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14 Gifts That Will Give Your Life an Instant Upgrade

Best Gifts For Anyone This Holiday
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* Cold brew in the comfort of your own home
* Warm your body, heart, and soul
* Simple daily luxuries

Stumped about what to add to your wish list? Clueless what to get that friend who never seems to end up using what you give? Forget the usual candles, cashmere sweaters, and other oh-so-not-memorable stocking stuffers–these are the gifts that aren’t on your list, but should be.

From essential time-savers to little indulgences that will take home life to the next level, the list below is packed with items we know you’ll not only love, but discover you need.

1. Osaka Glass Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Spending a ton on your morning fuel at that overpriced coffee house? There’s no need to even get dressed and leave the house for an iced latte if you have a cold brew coffee maker, much less shovel out your hard-earned dough. It’s super easy to make a refreshing java drink right at home. You’ll feel like you’re living in your own private Starbucks.

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2. ZAQ Dew Essential Oil Diffuser

It’s a relatively inexpensive gift, but it’ll glam up whatever room you put it in. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and let the ZAQ Dew Diffuser work its magic. Its light changes colors, too, making it the perfect companion for a daily yoga routine or at-home spa experience. 

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3. Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

Before you stick your nose up to carbs and bulky appliances, consider how popular you will be with everyone in smelling distance. Nothing is cozier than the smell of freshly baked bread. Once you start baking your own loaves, scones, and focaccia in the comfort of your home, you’ll have a hard time buying the bland, spongy bread from the grocery store or spending a fortune on crusty baguettes that only stay fresh one day.

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4.  Fire Sense Patio Heater

Does cooler weather get you down? No, this is not an odd gift (okay, maybe a little). Treat yourself to a patio heater so you can enjoy your time outdoors a little longer. It’s also great for when you’re entertaining friends outside on cold summer nights.

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5.  Amba RWH-CP Radiant Hardwired Curved Towel Warmer

Picture this: you get out of the shower on a chilly day and get to wrap yourself in a warm, toasty, plush towel. Sounds luxurious, doesn’t it? This towel warmer will heat up your towels so that leaving that steamy shower or bath is a lot more enticing… or at least not as dreadful. Throw in a microfiber hotel-grade towel and–poof–it becomes a great gift!

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6.  KitchenAid Nespresso Espresso Maker

Not a cold brew fan? Hate to wait on that slow, old coffee maker taking up lots of counter space? Pop in a Nespresso coffee pod and get quality coffee at any time of day. This compact machine brews a delicious tasting cup in no time at all, and looks cute, too. Once you get hooked on this quick-brewing device, you’ll never go back to your old coffee maker.

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7.  iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum

If you like to keep your place neat and tidy but find the routine of vacuuming every other day a little tiresome (who doesn’t?), a robotic vacuum may be the perfect way to treat yourself or a fellow busy pal. Set it and forget it and you’ll get dust-free floors and feel like you’re living in the future. Roomba is the hottest brand.

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8. Comfort U Total Body Support Pillow

A good night’s rest is essential, but if you can’t get comfortable, you’re not going to get quality snooze time. A body pillow isn’t just for pregnant women–it can help anyone who might toss and turn to snuggle up without needing to flop around all night.

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9. 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Speaking of pillows, if you want a truly luxurious night of sleep and a good hair day the next day, get yourself a silk pillowcase for your traditional-sized pillow. Silk doesn’t hold onto moisture or stick to your locks like cotton does, so bacteria won’t proliferate as easily and it’s gentle on your hair. Frizz and crease marks be gone!

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10. Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy a watch like the Fitbit Blaze. This smartwatch does keep track of your steps and is a great fitness tracker, but it also provides notifications from your phone right on your wrist. No more forgotten text messages or alerts. You won’t be able to go back to a regular wristwatch after using the Blaze. It can also tell you how much better you’re sleeping after you get our pillow recommendations (see above).

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11. Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Being able to make any crazy flavor you want, right at home? Now that’s a treat! Once you start making homemade frozen desserts, the store-bought stuff won’t taste the same. You can even make gelato or frozen yogurt in this. Boozy milkshake party, anyone?

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12.  Hiku Shopping Button

Tired of making handwritten shopping lists that you lose on your way to the grocery store? Or are you just forgetful in general? The Hiku Shopping button lets you add items to your grocery list via its scanner or just by using your voice. It’s like Siri for your fridge! You won’t want to go back to the inconvenience of paper lists (and you’re saving trees, too).

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13.  DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone

You don’t have to be a professional videographer or photographer to want a drone like the DJI Phantom 4. Take aerial photos and videos of beautiful scenery or just have fun flying the thing. Yes, that’s how your favorite Instagrammer takes those shots. It will literally give you a whole new perspective on things.

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14.  Nest 3rd Generation Thermostat

The Nest thermostat isn’t just programmable. You can use your phone to turn on the heat before you get home from work and it can even learn from your habits. It’s a little robot whose sole goal is to make you comfortable. On a cold, lazy day, you can even turn up the heat from the comfort of your bed. Nest also sends you updates regarding your usage to let you know if you’re heating your home efficiently. Win-win.

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