creative gift ideas

We’ve all been there: Someone asks what’s on your birthday or holiday wishlist. Your mind suddenly goes blank; you’re sure you’ve never wanted anything in your life. Don’t worry—we’ve got some ideas for stuff you’ll actually love receiving! They’re the kind of thing you probably would have never think to get yourself, but that will absolutely make you smile. Bookmark these fun, creative gift ideas, and you’ll be more than ready the next time someone asks, “What’s on your wishlist?

1. Wallet Phone Cover

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Get it on Amazon for around $10

Are your bags and wallets a disaster area? The idea of slimming down the amount of stuff you carry around with you every day is catching on, and there’s a whole range of products that help keep your life decluttered. This is one of the easiest to adopt.

Made of polyurethane leather in a variety of sizes and colors, this uniquely designed wallet phone case protects your smartphone while safely storing cards and cash with a magnetic closure. It’s roomy enough for the essentials, but streamlined enough to make you cull all those receipts and loyalty cards. Have an older iPhone or Samsung Galaxy? Don’t fret! There are sizes for a variety of models, whether you’re an Apple or Android user.

2. 12-Piece Kitchen Wizard

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Get it on Amazon for around $29

Have you been struggling to chop onions with a butter knife? Does chopping up enough potatoes for dinner take so long, you start to lose your mind? This will be your new best friend in the kitchen. With this easy-to-use, easy-to-store 12-piece kitchen wizard, is named correctly, because it’s magical. You can expertly slice, cut, and dice anything on the menu! Prep veggies, fruit, cheese, eggs, and more in no time. Ingredients fall into the bowl below for easy cleanup and storage.

3. Giant Inflatable Pool Yacht

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Get it on Amazon for around $119

Your loved ones probably can’t afford to get you a boat, but they can help you can fake it ‘til you make it, on a smaller scale. This inflatable yacht will make you the envy of the summer pool party. It’s over 9 feet long, with two cup holders and a front cooler. Yeah, you’ll feel like a boss floating around on this. This is a gift you can feel good asking for; each purchase provides one person one year of clean drinking water through an associated charity.

4. Soft-Grip Professional Knife Sharpener

creative gift ideas - knife sharpener

Get it on Amazon for around $9

Even if you get the Kitchen Wizard chopper, sometimes you’ll still need to break out an actual knife. Blunt ones are impossible to use and dangerous. Instead of chucking out your blunt blade for a new set of knives, save money and sharpen it. It’s super easy with this professional-quality knife sharpener. With two sharpening mode options—carbide blades or ceramic rods—this sharpener is durable, simple, and essential.

5. Hidden Book Safe

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Get it on Amazon for around $14

A hollow book where you can store money, IDs, and jewelry seems like something out of a spy movie—in a cool way. Put one on your gift wishlist, and you’ll keep your prized possessions safe in a pleasingly 007 way. Keep your valuables hidden in plain sight with this incognito storage safe that comes equipped with an anti-theft lock.

6. LED Tactical Flashlight with Clip

creative gift ideas - tactical flashlight

Get it on Amazon for around $15

Most of us have flashlights on our phone these days, but if you’re camping, hiking, or stranded on a road in the middle of the night, having a portable flashlight wouldn’t hurt. This easy to carry, pen-shaped LED flashlight torch provides ultra-bright light in a slim waterproof and scratch-proof design. Just put in two AAA batteries and you’ll be good to go.

7. Exploding Kittens Game

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Get it on Amazon for around $20

A card game for everyone, Exploding Kittens is the most-backed Kickstarter project in history. It’s described as a “highly strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette.” It’s a beginner- and family-friendly game for anyone who likes “kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.” The question now is: Why don’t you have this game in your house?

8. Women’s Travel Urinal

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Get it on Amazon for around $9

Stick with us here: this wishlist idea is weird but good. For the ladies out there, the “need to pee” predicament can be tricky, especially if you’re outdoorsy, travel a lot, or go to festivals. Hover no more! This discreet, portable, silicone travel allows women of all ages to urinate in most every situation. Great for camping, hiking, hunting, and everywhere public toilets are unavailable.

Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

 

Jacquelyn Nause is a contributing writer with specialties in real estate, parenting, and wellness. She enjoys traveling with her husband, being a doting mother to her two incredible kids and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest playground.

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