10 Awesome Gifts for Very Specific People On Your List

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iStock, Milkos

We all have one—that friend or loved one who’s just really hard to shop for, either because they have everything they need or their interests are incredibly specific. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with this quirky but awesome list.

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1. Icebreaker Sheep Suit

Who It’s For: The person living their best hygge life (or who loves to ski)

Icebreaker has thought of everything when it comes to this onesie base layer: It’s 96 percent moisture-wicking and odor-resistant merino wool with Lycra thrown in for stretch. It has mesh for ventilation, gussets for movability, a hood for coziness, and a backflap or fly so you don’t have to take it all the way off to use the bathroom. It’s just as comfortable to wear under your layers on the slopes as it is on its own on your couch at home.

Find It at Icebreaker (in both women's, men's) for $220 and also at these other retailers:

2. Shark ION F80 MultiFlex Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum

Shark ION F80
Amazon

Who It’s For: The neat freak who lives in an impossibly small apartment

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a person who lives in a small apartment is in want of a vacuum that gets the job done without taking up a ton of space—but it can be tough to find a vacuum that’s both small and powerful. Enter the Shark ION F80: With two li-ion batteries, the compact device can run for 80 minutes, and has no trouble picking up pet hair and debris big and small from both carpets and hardwood floors. The bendable stick allows the vacuumer to get under the couch and other hard-to-reach places. That feature also means the vacuum can be folded in half and stored in a small space. Another bonus: The top part of the ION F80 detaches, turning it into a hand vac and creating two vacuums in one.

Find It at Amazon for $299 and also at these other retailers:

3. One Eleven Watches

An image of a One Eleven watch.
One Eleven Watches

Who It’s for: The person who never remembers to replace their watch batteries

There’s nothing worse than putting on a watch and realizing it’s no longer ticking. That’s almost guaranteed not to happen with One Eleven watches: The stainless steel, water-resistant watches, which have mineral crystal lenses, are solar-powered. (The face itself is a mini solar panel; it charges in natural and artificial light.) One Eleven is currently offering free overnight shipping with the code FREESHIP, so you’ll be sure to get the watch in time for Christmas.

Find It at 111watches.com (men’s, women’s) for $195.

4. Easy Egg Peeler

An image of the easy egg peeler.
Uncommon Goods

Who it’s for: The person who can never peel their hard-boiled eggs.

The crunch of a shell in egg salad is horrifying for the chef who has spent all day in the kitchen. If your recipient knows that horror, this is the gift for them. This device makes it easy to remove the shells from hard boiled egg: Put a quarter cup of water in the cylinder, add the egg, snap on the cap, and shake. The inside of the cylinder is equipped with bumps which help to loosen the egg membrane and shell. When the whites appear, stop shaking, pull out the egg, and pinch the shell—it will slide right off.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $18.

5. Injinji Outdoor Midweight Crew NuWool Socks

An image of Injinji's socks.
Injinji

Who It’s For: The person whose feet are ALWAYS cold

Sure, these socks are technically designed to make you run or otherwise perform better athletically; according to Injinji, they “[allow] your toes to splay naturally and align properly, enabling greater stability and more comfort.” Isolating every toe helps prevent blisters and wicks away moisture—but also, they’re like gloves for your feet, keeping every single tootsie warm and snug.

Find It at Injinji.com for $20.

6. Nautical Works

Who it’s for: The person who can’t stop reading about early days of exploration

Your exploration-obsessed recipient will love this “XL”—it’s 10.9 by 15.6 inches and contains 264 pages—reprint of Les premières œuvres de Jacques Devaulx. In the 16th century, sailors used the book, which is loaded with maps and illustrations, as a guide and an encyclopedia; your friend will use it as a conversation-starting showpiece on their coffee table.

Find It at TASCHEN for $150.

7. The Sill Plant Subscription

An image of plants from The Sill.
The Sill

Who It’s For: The person who fantasizes about living in the forest

Instead of buying a single plant for your loved one this year, give them the gift of a monthly subscription. They'll be able to pick from either low light, beginners, and pet friendly subscriptions, then update their planter color as they wish. They’ll receive the plants, pre-potted in a stylish planter and complete with care instructions.

Find It at The Sill for $105 for three months or $210 for six months (click on “I want to give a gift instead”).

8. Cotopaxi Libre Sweater

An image of Cotopaxi's Llama sweater.
Cotopaxi

Who It’s For: The llama lover

The “holly” version of this unisex sweater comes adorned with llamas—perfect for the friend who’s always telling you to “save the drama for your llama.” This is also a gift that gives back: Cotopaxi earmarks 2 percent of all profits to fund initiatives that alleviate poverty and to give “targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world.” You can find out more here.

Find It at Cotopaxi for $140.

9. BioLite Headlamp

An image of BioLite's headlamp.
BioLite

Who It’s For: The person who’s always tripping over things when they walk their dog at night

In designing this headlamp, BioLite set out to make something both comfortable and functional. The light is thin, the band is made of moisture-wicking fabric, and the rechargeable power source is placed in the back of the headlamp to comfortably distribute weight. It has one-handed tilt, allowing the user to easily redirect the 330-lumen light (which has five settings including spot, flood, and strobe). It’s useful on a night hike or at a campsite, yes, but also when your loved one has to walk the dog outside in the dark.

Find It at BioLite for $50.

10. Velociraptor Garden Sculpture

An image of two metal raptor sculptures.
Uncommon Goods

Who It’s For: The Jurassic Park fan who also loves to garden

Cut from cold rolled steel in Arizona by Chris Crooks, this set includes one large and one small raptor. Crooks hasn't missed any details—including the iconic claw Dr. Alan Grant uses to terrify a mouthy kid in Jurassic Park. Your dino-loving friend will be muttering "clever girl" every time they head out to the garden.

Find It at UncommonGoods for $180.

Indulge Your Kitty's Love of Boxes With This Modular Cardboard Cat Home

Cat Lovebox
Cat Lovebox

Cat owners know that even if their pet has access to fancy toys and cat trees, there's nothing more entertaining to them than a cardboard box. But you don't have to fill your home with trash to give your feline friend what they want. The Cat Lovebox turns your cat's favorite material into a playful, modular system that looks a lot more beautiful in your home than leftover packaging.

Each Cat Lovebox has holes in the sides that allow your cat to go in and out of with ease. The six holes are pre-cut into each side of the cube, but you can keep them closed if your cat prefers a dark hiding place, or open just a few of them to connect multiple boxes.

Cowhide cat boxes
Cat Lovebox

One box may be all your cat needs to feel warm and secure, but with several, you can design elaborate structures that will keep your pet busy for hours. They come with connecting rivets, so you can arrange groups of boxes however you like and trust that your cat won't be able to jostle them apart.

The product is also designed to be pleasing to the eye: The Lovebox is available in multiple fun patterns, including plaid, floral, and cowhide.

Buy it from Cat Lovebox starting at $29.95 for a set of two. Mental Floss readers can get 10 percent off by using the offer code TZOQZK.

And if your cat ever decides to come out of their new hiding place, here are some more cat products you'll both love.

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10 Essential Dog Products for National Puppy Day

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iStock.com/blanscape

Every dog parent wants to spoil their beloved pooch, and there are infinite pet products out there designed to help you do so. In honor of National Puppy Day on March 23, here are 10 essentials every dog owner needs, whether you just brought home a new pup or are just looking to add to your loyal friend’s collection of pet accessories.

1. Nite Ize Nite Dawg Dog Collar

A Golden Retriever wears a light-up collar while walking through a field.

Nite Ize, Amazon

Keep your pooch safe at all hours with a reflective, light-up collar that will make them visible from any angle at distances of up to 1000 feet. The LED lights on the battery-powered Night Ize Night Dawg collar feature flashing and glow modes for maximum visibility. The collar is also water-resistant for rainy days (or pond-loving dogs) and is designed to run for 100 hours before you need to change its batteries. It comes in four different sizes that will fit pups of all shapes, sizes, and breeds.

Buy it on Amazon starting at $15, at Chewy starting at $12, or at the retailers below:

2. Chase ’n Chomp Amazing Squeaker Ball

A Chase 'n Chomp squeaker ball

Chase 'n Chomp, Amazon

We’ve written about the amazing staying power of Chase ’n Chomp’s squeaker ball before, because according to pet owners, it’s virtually indestructible. Amazon reviewers swear their dogs love it: One even says her German Shepherd’s relationship with her squeaker ball is “like Golem with his magic ring—it’s that serious!”—which is about the highest praise we can imagine. The squeaker will outlast even the most intense chewing, and in case your dog is a swimmer, it floats, too.

Buy it on Amazon for $8.

3. Pooch Selfie Camera Attachment

The Pooch Selfie smartphone attachment is the easiest way to make sure the camera loves your pup as much as you do. The mount allows you to affix a tennis ball on top of your phone, giving your dog something enticing to look at so that you can capture the perfect photo of the two of you. It comes with a squeaky ball designed to get your dog’s attention, but any standard tennis ball will work. The clasp will fit on most smartphones and smartphone cases.

Buy it on The Grommet for $10.

4. Pogi’s Eco-Friendly Pee Pads

A package of puppy pee pads

Pogi's Pet Supplies, Amazon

House-training accidents are unavoidable, but you don’t need to worry about your furry friend ruining your floors. Pogi’s absorbent pee pads are made with plant-based, renewable materials so that you don’t have to feel guilty about hurting the environment for the sake of convenience. Better yet, the adhesive backing won’t slide around on hard floors, and the quilted core stops odors and leaks in their tracks. They also contain a dog attractant designed to make sure your pooch goes on the pad, not your floor. And they’re not just for puppies—pee pads are an excellent choice for older dogs or any pup that has trouble holding it in between walks. And if you just can’t convince your dog to stop marking its territory, dog diapers and wraps are a good option. (Mental Floss’s resident office dog, Simba, looks adorable in his.)

Buy them on Amazon for $12.

5. KONG Stuff-a-Ball Dog Toy

A KONG Stuff-a-Ball toy

KONG, Amazon

Unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars on dental cleanings and tooth extractions later in your dog’s life, you probably want to take care of their teeth. That doesn’t necessarily mean getting up in their molars with a toothbrush. There are plenty of dental chews and tooth-friendly toys, including this one from beloved pet toy brand KONG. The puzzle toy one can be stuffed with treats or peanut butter, and as your dog chews at it to extract its contents, the exterior ridges will clean their teeth. It comes in three different sizes and is designed to withstand even the toughest chewers.

Buy it on Amazon for $13 and up or at Chewy for $11 and up.

6. iFetch Automatic Ball Launcher

Your dog’s stamina for playing fetch probably far outweighs your own, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for saying no to those begging puppy-dog eyes. You can now outsource your playtime to a robot. The iFetch automatic ball launcher is made to play with your dog when you cannot. The interactive gadget can be programmed to throw balls 10, 20, or 30 feet, depending on the size of your home and your dog’s stamina, and comes with miniature balls designed for smaller dogs. (The company also makes a version that can launch a standard tennis ball up to 40 feet, called the iFetch Too.)

Buy it on Amazon for $110 or on Chewy for $106.

7. Burt’s Bees for Dogs Oatmeal Shampoo

A bottle of Burt's Bees dog shampoo

Burt's Bees, Amazon

No matter the breed, size, or hair type, your dog is bound to get stinky at some point. And while you’ll want to bathe them, you don’t want to irritate their skin. This colloidal oatmeal shampoo from Burt’s Bees promises to clean, soothe, and soften your dog’s dry skin and fur and reduce itching. It’s pH balanced, tear-free, and perfect for sensitive skin.

Buy it on Amazon or Chewy for $5.

8. Aikiou Interactive Dog Bowl

A dog eats out of a puzzle bowl shaped like an oversized paw.

Aikiou, Chewy

Challenge your dog’s mind while keeping their body trim with an interactive puzzle feeder that forces them to work for their dinner. Aikiou’s interactive bowl provides more of a challenge than most slow-feeding puzzle bowls, forcing your dog to nose through each of the “toe caps” on the paw-shaped bowl to reveal the kibble beneath—similar to the foraging behavior your pup would use in the wild. “In addition to slowing down his food intake to help prevent bloat and maintain a healthy weight, the mental stimulation also reduces boredom and anxiety while increasing physical activity and problem-solving skills,” the company promises.

Buy it on Chewy for $20.

9. Furbo Dog Camera

Furbo’s dog cam allows you to do more than just check in on your dog while you’re at work. You can view your pup on the high-definition, wide-angle livestream 24/7 with night vision capabilities. You can fill the robot with treats and use your phone to direct it to through treats for your pup. And you can calm an anxious dog with the bark-alert feature, which allows the Furbo to detect when your dog is barking so that you can see what’s going on and talk to them through the associated app. It can also detect a flurry of movement, such as if your dog is jumping on the couch, chewing cords, or pacing anxiously. Several users say these alerts have proved key in an emergency, detecting them to house fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and dogs tearing through massive bags of chocolate.

Buy it from Furbo or on Amazon for $199.

10. BarkBox

If you can’t choose what to buy your pup, let BarkBox choose for you. Each monthly subscription box comes with at least two toys, two bags of treats, and a chew around a specific theme, like “Knights of the Hound Table” and “Chewrassic Park.” You can choose to receive small, medium, or large toys; specify if your dog has food allergies; and decide between a one-month, six-month, or 12-month subscription. If your dog is a particularly enthusiastic chewer, the company also offers a Super Chewer box that comes with extra-durable toys.

Buy it on BarkBox starting at $22 a box.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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