Gifts including a bonsai growing kit and a gourmet hot sauce making kit

Last week I got the heated shiatsu back and neck massager. I really like it and it works great to get the kinks out of my lower and upper back. It is definitely intense, but so is going to the physical therapist, you know? I also got the Oontz portable speaker. It’s super easy to connect, has good sound, and is perfect for listening to music when I’m cleaning up and getting ready. Here are some gift ideas, with some geared toward hard-to-shop for people. If you’re looking for deals, here’s a link to Amazon’s Black Friday countdown deals. You can use the icons at the top of the page to find deals by category.

A deeply moisturizing lip treatment that would make a luxurious gift
I have the Laneige lip sleeping mask in berry and highly recommend it. It makes your lips feel so soft without being greasy and adds a pretty shine over lipstick. I’m getting this for my mom for Christmas and may buy a few extra for friends. People say their lips are “baby soft,” that this is the “holy grail” of lip balm, and that it heals dry, cracked lips overnight.

A car emergency kit for teens, college students and just about anyone
I have a very large first aid kit in my car, it was a gift and I hope I never have to use it. Years ago I became obsessed with the car escape hammers and gave one to all my family members for Christmas. This kit has everything you need in the event of an emergency. It has first aid supplies, a car escape hammer (take it out and keep it close), a tow rope, a security vest, a reflective warning cone for visibility during breakdowns at night, jumper cables, gloves, a hand-powered flashlight and so much more. Plus it’s only $30! This has 94 ratings, 4.5 stars and a B from Fakespot. People call it worth the money and peace of mind and say it “includes all the basic necessities and packs nicely away.”

A reusable collapsible bottle for backpacking, traveling and more
These BPA-free food grade silicone bottles by Mountop fold up small and are great for bringing with you while traveling, camping and whenever you’re on the go. They’re only $12 and come in five different colors. They would make a great gift for students, sporty people and just about anyone. This has 4.3 stars, 125 ratings and a B from Fakespot. People say this doesn’t leak, that they’re surprised at how little space it takes up and that it’s great for traveling. Ooh and if you want a bunch of collapsible bottles to give as an easy gift, here’s a different set of colorful non-toxic plastic bottles to consider. You can get 6 for just $10 or 12 for $15! These colorful bottles by Blulu have 3.8 stars, 77 ratings and an A from Fakespot. I put a photo below this post.

A mid-priced eyeshadow palette for versatile holiday looks
I got this eyeshadow palette from one of the Buzzfeed lists and I really like it. I have the “hidden gems” version which was $18. It has a nice mix of metallic and matte colors, however it does get sparkly stuff on your face. (Reviewers say it doesn’t have a lot of fallout though.) To solve that I got some of the eyeshadow guards we talked about a few months ago. Those work so well. Reviewers say this eyeshadow is “buttery,” “highly pigmented,” and comparable to high end brand palettes. This would make a great gift for yourself or a friend. Women who wear makeup love eyeshadow palettes! I can never get enough of them.

An under $30 electric toothbrush that people love
I love the Sonicare whitening toothbrush and it has definitely made my teeth whiter and my gums healthier. The price point is a bit high at $80 though. This electric toothbrush by Gloridea is a third of the price at $24! It comes in pink, white or black and is just $6 more for the version with a travel case. It has a 30 second timer to remind you to switch sides and a 2 minute shut off so you brush your teeth for the recommended time. Plus it comes with three brush heads. It has 4.6 stars, over 1,600 ratings and a B from Fakespot. People call this a “great toothbrush for the price” that’s “comparable to Oral B” and say it’s really helped remove stains on their teeth. It’s also said to be lighter than other electric toothbrushes and to hold a charge for a long time.

A gourmet hot sauce making kit
This would make a great gift for a budding or established chef or any hot sauce lover. It comes with six glass bottles and all the ingredients and recipes you need. The heat level can be adjusted from mild to extremely hot. This has 4.4 stars, 106 ratings and a B from Fakespot. Sauce makers say it’s fun to put the sauces together, that they taste delicious and that “this kit is great for anyone who likes heat and loves to cook.” If you’re just looking for a nice set of hot sauces, this set of 7 hot sauces from around the world has 4.4 stars, 220 ratings and an A from Fakespot. (Photo is at the top of this post.)

A complete bonsai starter kit with supplies for four trees
My dad loves bonsai trees and I have bought him several over the years. He’s regifted some to me too! This bonsai starter kit is only $20 and comes with everything you need to start four different kinds of trees. You get seeds, planters, soil, markers, an instruction guide and pruning sheers. This has 1,000 ratings, 3.9 stars and an A from Fakespot. People call it “a nice kit for starters and beginners in the bonsai art.” Most reviewers had their seeds sprout. Some said that when the seeds didn’t sprout the manufacturer sent them another seed to try. This would make a thoughtful gift for plant lovers.

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  1. LadyMTL says:

    The Laneige lip mask is amazing, I have tried 3 different “flavors” now and they’re all wonderful (vanilla, the original berry, and grapefruit…I think grapefruit is my favorite.) They have also put out holiday flavors too, I got one for my bestie for Xmas.
    Also a good one to try: Bite Beauty’s Agave lip mask. It’s thicker than the Laneige one but it’s also super-effective.

    I might have a slight addiction to lipcare products, hahaha.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I got a bite beauty lip liner thing in my sephora bonus pack and it’s amazing. I want to try their lip mask that’s a great suggestion and also get more colors of that.

      • Pixelated says:

        FYI, my HG lip product is that Bite Agave lip mask and it’s on sale at Sephora today for 6.50 which is insane!

      • JennyJenny says:

        @Pixelated ~ Thanks for the tip about the sale at Sephora!
        I really love my Laneige, but can’t wait to try the Bite Agave lip mask.

      • CL says:

        The Bite Beauty mask is amazing and has kept chapped lips at bay for me for years!

    • Kaye says:

      For years I had dry flaky lips that no amount of Chapstick, Neutrogena, or Aquaphor could cure. I read about the Laneige product on one of the FugGirls’ posts, and the results have been amazing. I use it before bed and sometimes over lipstick, and it works like a champ.

  2. Meghan says:

    I need ideas for Dirty Santa! Last year I did a Target beauty box and a gift card to a local salon/spa but my aunt got it and she rarely ventures out of her house so she is trying to ban gift cards this year.

    There is always at least one blanket, random farmhouse style home decor, and usually a kitchen product. I try to stay around $40.

    • megs283 says:

      uhhh…what is Dirty Santa?!

      • Meghan says:

        In our family everyone buys a gift and they’re all wrapped and in a pile on the floor. You draw numbers, then who ever picked #1 picks a present and then opens it. The person after you can pick a present from the pile or steal the gift from you, and then you go back and pick another gift.

      • Darla says:

        Oh man, I thought it was gonna be much hotter Meghan! I was like, dirty santa, this sounds like something I want in on.

      • megs283 says:

        Ah, we call that a Yankee Swap!!

        @Darla, I thought the same thing! But then I saw salon, and I wondered if the gifts had to be spa-related, but the farmhouse sign threw me off there…! LOL.

  3. L84Tea says:

    I actually have that back massager and it’s awesome. I love to sit back in an armchair and cradle it behind my head and neck. You get the nicest massage and it’s warm too.

  4. Agnes says:

    So glad to hear that the massager is working well! I’m hoping to get it as a Christmas gift. Lol

    Random request – could you ladies recommend a phone sanitizer? (A case you put your phone into, not wipes etc.) I found a good one, but it’s a bit pricey at $90. Thank you!

    • megs283 says:

      I just bought the PhoneSoap one for a Yankee Swap! It was on sale last week for $42 on amazon…

      I just checked and it’s being listed at $79.95, but there’s a “30% off coupon” that you can click. So that makes it a more reasonable $58… search PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger | Patented & Clinically Proven UV Light Disinfector | (White)

      • Agnes says:

        Awesome, thank you! I missed the $42 deal on it and have been kicking myself since. Lol I wonder if they’ll have it cheaper for Black Friday.

  5. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Oooohhhh so I’m getting the roadside emergency kit for me and my sisters and toothbrush for my husband. Great suggestions!

  6. Doublesteff says:

    Got the bonsai kit for my mom. She used to love bonsai trees and I hope this gets her back into it

    • Darla says:

      Yeah that looks awesome, I actually got two, one for me and one for my 6yo nephew, he loves growing things. I think it’s going to be something different for him. I’m also getting him a load of Nintendo Switch stuff, but i worry about too much time on video games. This is something outside the box, I am excited about it.

  7. Bee says:

    I love my hot sauces. I’ve been gifted the 7 pack hot sauce in past and wouldn’t recommend them for the taste. The ‘variety’ flavours are incredibly similar as the bases/consistencies are the same. That said, the packaging is nicely done and it makes for a good stocking stuffer.

  8. ariel says:

    I want to buy one of those cozy, fluffy cat beds, and there are at least 10 brands that advertise in my Instagram feed.
    If you think anyone else would be interested, would you consider including a fluffy cat bed option in one of your upcoming product articles?
    thank you.

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I love adding your suggestions to my list. All I have to do is share the list! I’m going to have to get that massager.

  10. IMUCU says:

    I have a similar collapsing water bottle that I always take to the airport and fly with since I can fill it after I go through security. When I’m done with it, it packs down small enough that it takes up little room in my luggage. I have the other version you mention too, but I really prefer the first one tha rolls up bc it is sturdier and I don’t worry about it cracking or getting punctured. Definitely recommend it!

  11. Liz version 700 says:

    The lip mask is amazing I love it and use it a lot. I am ordering those roadside kits for me and my husband right now.

  12. EmmGee says:

    Added the massager to our Amazon cart this morning after reading some reviews. I have a spinal fusion at L4\5 and S1 and my neck is in equally bad condition and I’m always trying to reach the most painful spots for some relief. Hopefully this lil’ dude will help. Thanks for the awesome suggestions!

  13. Rachel nz says:

    Yesstyle as the lip mask far cheaper if anyone was interested