The Best Gifts We've Ever Received, According to Real Simple Editors

No fake smiles or gift receipts required with these presents.

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Yes, it's the thought that counts, but let's be honest: There's a hierarchy when it comes to gifts. Many gifts just become clutter, collecting dust in a closet somewhere. So, the gifts that end up becoming useful, integral parts of our lives really stand out. Not to mention, it feels a lot better to unwrap a present and really, truly mean it when you say, "I love it, thanks!"

However, what constitutes a good gift can vary greatly from person to person, and the best gifts are personalized to the specific person's interests or needs. So, we asked our editors—who specialize in topics spanning across home, beauty, fashion, food, and more—to share the best gifts they've ever received. The answers range from a luxurious face wash to a functional cheese slicer.

Feel free to steal these ideas for the people on your list, or just for yourself.

Vitamix 750 Blender

Vitamix 750 Blender

Amazon

"My Vitamix blender has to be the best gift I've ever received. I've tested a lot of blenders, and this one beats them all. I love and use my Vitamix so much, I'll even devote precious countertop real estate to it for large parts of the year, especially all summer long for morning smoothies."

Lizzy Briskin, Food Editor

Price at time of publish: $517, amazon.com

OCOOPA Hand Warmers

Rechargeable Hand Warmers

Amazon

"Anyone who knows me knows I'm cold nine months out of the year. So when my boyfriend gifted me a set of rechargeable hand warmers to replace the wasteful single-use ones I'd been relying on, it was a thoughtful and practical present. They now have a permanent spot in my coat pockets all winter long."

Katie Holdefehr, Associate Editorial Director

Price at time of publish: $28, amazon.com

North Face Puffer Coat

North Face Jacket

The North Face

"I'm from Alaska, so obviously a warm coat is crucial. But, for years, I kept buying cheaper down coats that would lose feathers or eventually fall apart, until my mom finally got fed up and said 'We're buying you a proper coat for Christmas.' It was spendy—she still won't tell me how much—but I've had the same North Face coat for over five years now and I wear it every single day in the winter in Alaska, which is like 7 months out of the year, and I love it. It's the warmest coat I've ever worn, and it's a super-cute, almost-cropped style with a big hood."

Hannah Dorough, Assistant Editor

Price at time of publish: $199, thenorthface.com

Chanel La Mousse Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream-to-Foam

Chanel Face Wash

Courtesy of Ulta

"I am a skincare novice and a drugstore product gal through and through, so I would never think to buy something like this for myself. That said, I'm hooked. I use it every morning to wash my face. It smells so light and clean and heavenly, feels fantastic on my sensitive skin, and the best part is that I truly need less than a pea-sized amount per wash. Seriously! It's been nine months and I'm not even halfway through the tube. I felt very spoiled and pampered when I opened this gift—and that's what getting goodies is all about! The fact that it's 100 percent a worthwhile splurge was the cherry on top."

Maggie Seaver, Health and Wellness Editor

Price at time of publish: $50, ulta.com

Boska Stainless Steel Cheese Slicer

Boska Cheese Slicer

Amazon

"I got this Boska cheese slicer as a housewarming gift and I use it all the time. Its practical Dutch design looks more expensive than it is. It's extremely sturdy and I love the thin ribbons of cheese it produces—perfect cheese-to-cracker ratio."

Mickey O'Connor, Senior Editorial Director

Price at time of publish: $10, amazon.com

"You Can't Sit With Us" Sweatshirt

Golden Girls Sweatshirt

Customizedgirl.com

"The best gift I ever got was this Golden Girls sweatshirt. My best friend got it for me for Christmas since it's one of my favorite shows. I love how funny it is, but more than that, it is the softest sweatshirt I've ever owned for some reason. It's been washed probably 100 times and it still looks brand new." 

Erica Finamore, Home Director

Price at time of publish: $30, customizedgirl.com

Ring Dish

Ring Dish

Courtesy of RoyalJewelryInt

"One of the best gifts I've ever received is a ring holder. It's the kind of thing I'd never buy for myself and I honestly didn't think I'd use it when I got it, but I use it way more often than I thought! I can't tell you how many times I'm handling cookie dough or raw meat and the idea of keeping my rings on for that just skeeves me out, so I always take off my rings and drop them onto the ring holder. Having a designated safe spot for my rings means I never lose them when they're not on."

Leslie Corona, Senior Home Editor

Price at time of publish: $15, etsy.com

Air Up Water Bottle

Air Up Water Bottle

Courtesy of Air Up

"This thing is a game changer. Basically, it comes with a pod that you attach to the mouth of the water bottle and the scent of the 'flavor' tricks your brain into thinking that you’re drinking that flavor. No additives—just brain trickery. I’ve drank so much more water lately because of it."

Muzam Agha, Photo Director

Price at time of publish: Starting at $40, air-up.com

14K Gold Round Hoop Earrings

Small gold hoops

Tilo Jewelry, Etsy.com

"My mom got me a pair of small gold hoop earrings that I wear, no lie, every single day. I even wear them in the shower and they don't tarnish. They're easily the gift I've gotten the most use out of and they're nicer than any of the cheap jewelry I usually buy for myself."

Morgan Noll, Associate Editor 

Price at time of publish: $46, etsy.com

Helinox Chair Zero

Helinox chair

Helinox

"My boyfriend gifted this chair to me (probably because he was sick of me stealing his every time we left the house). I love it because it's super portable and can be taken anywhere—to the beach, the park, or camping. It’s so lightweight, too, so it doesn’t feel like another annoying thing to schlep when I’m on the go."

—Hali Potters, Social Media Editor

Price at time of publish: $130, helinox.com

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