14 Presents You’re Actually Going To Need In 2017

If you are looking for something to bring you down this holiday season–because, if you are anything like me, you cannot enjoy anything good without finding a few negative components to balance it out–I’ve got it. Ready? Almost every holiday present you’re going to receive this year will, at some point, be rendered boring and useless to you. Like, think about it–most good presents tend to hinge on some sort of novelty, which means that once the excitement of a sexy coloring book or special Evil Kermit baseball cap wears off, you’ll just be left with a material good that will take up space in your room for a while before you decide to give it away.

In the name of full disclosure, I feel like I should tell you that I bought the special Glossier holiday gift set that comes with a literal satin black ribbon as a purchasing incentive on a whim today, so I am not exactly one to give a lecture on the value of practicality and necessity. Still, I assume that the fact remains that, in the event that you are receiving holiday gifts this year, you would like them to contain some degree of usefulness, even if the only reason for that is so you can spend your own money on the frivolous, worhtless things you enjoy. Anyway, the point here is that you can be strategic about the gifts you’ll get this year–you just have to know what to ask for. So, check out these presents you’re actually going to need for the upcoming year:
1. Cute Calendar:

It is a new year and a new you, which means that you’re going to have to start getting organized. This calendar makes it easy.

Buy it from Anthropologie for $26


2. Cute planner:


You’ll also need a planner that you’re actually going to want to write in throughout the year. MAke this one your inspiration!

Buy it from Anthropologie for $34


3. Cute pens:


Sensing a trend here? These pens will motivate you to take whatever notes you need, whether they’re for school, work, or just daily life.

Buy them from Yoobi for $9.99


4. Book Of The Month subscription:


If you’re in school right now, the idea of reading a full book a month–and, like, for pleasure, no less–probably seems laughable to you. But Book Of The Month–a subscription service that sends a book to your house every month–is a really great, low-pressure way to stay up-to-date with current books available. Plus, when an actual book is getting delivered to you house, it makes it hard not to read it.

Get a 3-month subscription at Book Of The Month for $44.97


5. Snack subscription:


Healthy, delicious, low-maintenance snacks. What more could you want?

Get an 8-snack variety box from Graze for $11.97


6. Eye mask:


There’s probably more light in your bedroom than you think. Block it–and get a better night’s sleep–with this super cute eye mask that pays homage to Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

Buy it from Etsy for $18.99


7. A big-ass phone case:


An oversized phone case is one of the few products available that fulfills the need for both practicality and whimsy. Protect your new phone with this one.

Buy this from Selfridges for $42


8. A new water bottle:


As a S’well user myself, I feel compelled to tell you that this is the only good water bottle–it keeps drinks hot or cold for literal hours, and it looks really cute, too.

Buy this from S’well for $35


9. Tweezers:


I bet that you haven’t really been thinking about your tweezers lately. But now that you have, you’ve probably realized that they’re at least a little bit dull–get this super-festive pair to replace them.

Buy these from Tweezerman for $28


10. Hair ties:


My dad always gives me a pack of hair ties for Christmas, which is convenient and thoughtful because I always happen to lose all of my hair ties by mid-December. If you, too, have lost all of your hair ties, ask for some of these!

Buy these from Sephora for $8


11. Backpack:


If you’ve had the same one since sixth grade, it’s probably time for a new backpack.

Buy this from Urban Outfitters for $45


12. Beauty box subscription:


If you’re into beauty, but not so into commitment, a beauty box subscription is a great option for you. This gives you five high-end beauty samples a month, meaning that you get to play around with cool products, but don’t actually have to devote the rest of your life to it.

Buy a 3-month subscription from Birchbox for $30


13. Portable charger:


You don’t have to accept the constantly draining battery of your phone anymore–just keep this portable charger from BUQU around, and you should be all set.

Buy this from BUQU for $19.99


14. A cool umbrella:


Brighten up any rainy day you may experience with an umbrella that’ll make you smile every time you take it out.

Buy this from Nordstrom for $38

What do you think of these gift ideas? Are you going to get any of them? Let us know in the comments!

You can reach the author, Sara Hendricks, on Twitter and Instagram.


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