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Buying gifts can be a daunting experience, even for the most seasoned shopper. Mainly because, no matter how well you think you know someone, shopping is still a guessing game. Do they already have everything they could want? Are they going to be surprised? Or, is this too expensive? But, there is a good way to avoid the anxiety of shopping for gifts. These viral products are already proving to be popular and make great gifts. So if you were to buy them for those on your list that are leaving you scratching your head, you stand a good chance.
Viral products make excellent gifts because they're obviously hot ticket items. First of all, to have gone viral, they need to be something that people are really going to love. And if people are talking about them across the internet, you know that they're something special. Honestly, it may be a little harder to get them, but they're so much more worth it because they're something that you know is going to go over well with the gift receiver. So, here's our list of some of the best viral products to gift this year for the holidays.
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This is the perfect gift for any little princess lover in your life, especially if they like to play dress up. You can get up to six new Disney princess costumes, plus a host of other goodies featuring different princesses, including Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, and Mulan. While there are two levels of subscription, the differences are slight. Both boxes come with an authentic Disney store princess costume, a read-along storybook and CD, stickers and activities, an exclusive video message from the princess and coupons for the Disney store and the shopDisney website. You also have subscription options too, you can do box to box, starting at $54.95 a month, or you can do the yearlong subscription starting at $299.94 a month. And the option to gift the subscription is on the website, so it's not even a challenge to do!
Over the last few years, slime has really grown in popularity. There are plenty of slime tutorials out there, and whole social media accounts dedicated to the stuff. Kids will somehow convince their parents to shell out hundreds of dollars on supplies like glue, contact lens solution and glitter so they can become DIY slime masters. So it's no surprise that everyone wants to get in on the slime game. That's why Jell-O has created edible slime. Because at least now if it gets all over our kids, they can eat it off of their hands and we can give them a wet wipe instead of having to hose them down?
We hope the unicorn phase never goes away. There have been several unicorn viral products this year, because obviously 2018 is the year of the unicorn. While some of them are cute and only moderately useful, Elodie the unicorn humidifier is quite useful. Winter is a great time for using a humidifier, we're running heaters which dry out the air, and obviously this puts some moisture back in, and in the most adorable package ever. And she's only $51, which isn't that pricey for a humidifier, but especially not for one that shoots mist out of it's horn and lights up. You can even add essential oils to your mist.
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If you know someone who spend a lot of time in the kitchen and you love them enough to spend $300 on a pot, how can you pass up an ombre dutch oven from Le Creuset? Those are the gold standard of cookware, and now they come in three different shades of ombre. The best one is clearly the pink, but the blue and grey sets are also quite nice. The pots come in either 4.5 or 7.5 quarts, and while they're pricey, they're totally worth it. One of the best things about these dutch ovens is that they can be used on top of the stove and go in the oven. Totally worth the cost.
Let's be honest, men's junk is fragile. When one of the kids accidentally steps on them below the waist, they drop to the ground like a crumpled tissue. So, FridaBaby (yes, the same company that makes the NoseFrida) has a solution. Allow us to introduce you to FridaBalls, underwear a dad can wear to protect his balls from being crushed. This would make a great gift for a dad of a little one, or maybe one who coaches some sort of youth sport. Per the website: "Head butts, the baby carrier swinging heel + the good ole Sunday morning bed jump. FridaBalls is the boxer brief designed to add branches to your family tree." If that doesn't sell you, what will?
If you like your lipstick with a side of social justice, look no further. Cosmetics company Lipslut has made a bit of a splash for their two liquid lipsticks, F*ck Trump and F*ck Kavanaugh. Both lipsticks are not only amazing cruelty-free, and vegan, but the proceeds go to a good cause. 50 percent of the sales of each color go to organizations making a difference. F*ck Trump's proceeds go to civil rights organizations being targeted by the Trump administration, and F*ck Kavanaugh goes to anti sexual harassment organizations. The colors are both awesome, and they create a perfect matte lip. Perfect to wear to the next women's march.
Do you know someone who spends a lot of time obsessing over true crime stories? Do they love Serial, or do they binge Making a Murderer? Well, if they do, Investigation Discoveries has come up with a wine club. Because what goes better with true crime than a nice glass of Merlot. You need something to relax you from the wild ride that these kind of shows take you on. Each shipment includes six bottles of wine, three of which are exclusively ID channel themed. Then you can edit how frequently you want another box of six new wines, but it's basically every other month. There's a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc called The Perfect Accomplice. How clever is that?
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Sure, they may not hold the key to perfect skin, but these jade rollers are actually not a terrible gift. These handy little rollers are portable, which means you can roll it across your under eye circles while you watch your millionth episode of Law and Order: SUV even though you have to be up in two hours. The science behind them is that they get the lymphatic system moving, which causes your face to drain any excess lymphatic fluid from where it's not welcome. Even if that doesn't necessarily work, massage is always good for the skin, and these certainly provide that!
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Be honest, you have at least one friend who is still obsessed with The Golden Girls, even though it's been off the air for almost 30 years. Of course they are, the show is a classic. There are a bevy of viral products featuring our favorite sassy old broads, but if you're looking for something to spice things up, get them the hot sauce. That's right, there are four hot sauces inspired by each of the Golden Girls. Jalapeno is the basis for both the Dorothy and Rose sauces, while habanero is the base for the Sophia and Blanche sauces (which makes sense since they're the hotter of the four.) If you only get one, you have to get the "Hot Slut," which is of course the Blanche sauce.
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If you have a friend or family member who treats their furry companion like a member of the family, they'd probably love something like this. Sure, it's extra af, but isn't that what the holidays are about? Website Patricia's Couture doesn't just stop at pajamas, you can also customize a caftan, blanket, pocket square, scarf or throw pillow. Because who wouldn't want to take Fluffy with them to an important business meeting? Unfortunately, the customized items take about eight weeks to produce, so they likely won't be ready for the holidays, but you can always give it as a belated gift. They probably won't mind.
Kids needs to learn how to clean up after themselves from an early age. And frankly, vacuuming is one of the worst household chores. But oddly enough kids tend to love it. So, if you know a kiddo who like to vacuum, the kid's size Casdon Dyson would be an awesome gift. And then the grownups can be jealous that their kid can afford a Dyson vacuum, but those things are ridiculously expensive. This one only retails around $30, so it's a steal. A toy that's cute and teaches little Billy how to be responsible? Can it get much better? The answer is no.
Your favorite coffee drinker can never have too many cute coffee cups to drink out of. So, if you're totally stumped about what to get them, Starbucks is collaborating with super cute shop ban.do to do a new line of cups and tumblers for coffee anytime. This collab is super pink and floral, which is one of ban.do's signatures. And we know Starbucks loves a good theme cup. So honestly, it's a match made in coffee heaven. The only thing is, because it's Starbucks, these beauties are available everywhere. So, you're going to have to be on the lookout for them in stores. And you better hope the other person doesn't find them first.
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This is for your friend who is addicted to La Croix, but also loves coffee. It's combining the best of both worlds into one little can. Phocus comes in five flavors: plain, cucumber, blood orange, grapefruit, and yuzu + lime. They're even kind of pretentious like La Croix is! But where does the caffeine come from? Well, it's extracted from green tea leaves. And if you know anything about green tea, you know that it packs quite a caffeine punch! You can get a assorted pack via Amazon for $20, and it's prime, so how could you not at least give it a try?
Winter sucks. This is pretty much a fact. But, a heated jacket would absolutely make it better right? Clothing company Ororo has given us a gift for the ages. It's a jacket with a built-in heating system. So basically, you'll never be cold again. It's kind of brilliant, and by kind of, I mean entirely brilliant. This will make spending time outside at things like Saturday soccer or school drop off significantly less terrible. With a portable, rechargeable battery that lasts up to eight hours, you can wear it literally everywhere and not have to be cold and grouchy anymore. Well, you can still be grouchy, just not cold.
Do you know someone who has trouble sleeping? For many, a weighted blanket is a godsend for sleep issues. It creates a very cozy, tucked in feeling that will hopefully lull the person to sleep. Weighted blankets help to relieve stress and anxiety, and we all know that those kind of things are happening times a million at holiday time. So, being able to give them some relief to alleviate some of that pressure and maybe have a peaceful night's sleep would be pretty amazing, would it not? Or maybe you're the person in need of such sweet relief. You seriously need one of these blankets.
Hogwarts is a magical place, as any witch or wizard will tell you. For those Muggles who know that Hogwarts clearly forgot to mail their letter, or lost their address, there are few things that bring the same magic. But if you can't have magic, you can have cookies. They're the closest thing to magic there is frankly. And these adorable cookie cutters will bring a little bit of Hogwarts to any kitchen. With iconic shapes like Harry's glasses, Hedwig the owl. a magic wand, the golden snitch and the Hogwarts express, they will perk up the cookie making experience.
Any of these on your list this yer? Let us know in the comments.