10 gifts from Amazon for the people you “sort of” tolerate


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Jonathan McCaslin, Feature Writer

Let’s face it, you still need to buy Christmas presents for several people, including that one coworker, your cousin and that “friend” you’re unsure why you still hang out with. But if you’re like me, you do not want to break the bank on someone you don’t really like.

Here are 10 gift ideas from Amazon that will show others that you care, but not too much.

1. 12 Packs of Trident Original Flavor Sugar-Free Gum, $6.82

You know how Barb from Accounting eats tuna salad for lunch every day? And then she stinks up the water cooler, talking up a storm about her nephew and how she’s so proud of him? Well, say goodbye to Barb’s bad breath with Trident!

This gift is perfect for those who you wish would brush their teeth more than once in the morning, and with 62% of Amazon consumers rating this product “5 stars,” you can’t go wrong!

2. 7” x 10” “Quiet Please” Sign, $8.47

Sick of grandma making racist comments at Christmas dinner? Well, shut her up with his “Quiet Please” sign by SmartSign! This durable piece of plastic has a guaranteed lifespan of five years, and is made from 96% recycled materials, so it’s good for the environment.

Amazon user klc travel summed up this product perfectly in their review, which simply said, “Good!”

3. General Motors 95161606 Windshield Wiper Blade, $9.99

Do you love your dad, but the only thing you know about him is that he likes cars? Are you still holding some resentment toward him for missing your Little League game the one time you were actually allowed off the bench?

If so, then the General Motors 95161606 Windshield Wiper Blade is the perfect present for him! This gift will tell him that you do know his interests while also letting him know that you’re the same angsty teen that hates his guts.

Only one wiper blade is included, so make sure to tell your dad that he’ll need to buy the other.

4. 2 Pack – White Marble Decal Sticker Vinyl Skin for Juul Vape, $6.99

Remember earlier this year, when your cousin was suspended from high school for using her JUUL in the bathroom? Well, make her year by buying a skin for her JUUL.

This two-pack will add a classy, white marble look to her nicotine-infused flash drive and has an average 4-star rating!

Note: This gift also works for any dude you meet on Tinder.

5. I AM STUPID Funny Lost Bet Fantasy Sports T-Shirt, $16.99

Do you have a friend who keeps going back to her loser boyfriend? What about a professor who always forgets what’s on their syllabus? Do you just know someone who, whenever they open their mouth, you hear the dumbest stuff?

Let them know how you feel with the I AM STUPID Funny Lost Bet Fantasy Sports T-Shirt for only $16.99!

Sizes range from a kid’s 4 to a men’s 3XL and they come in six colors. Just tell them to stay home on the seventh day – and you can get someone a shirt for nearly every day of the week.

6. You Got This Funny Quote Coffee Mug, Funny Gift for Coworker Friend, Motivational Mug, Fun Mugs, $10.97

Sick of playing therapist for your friends? Give them a daily confidence boost with the You Got This Funny Quote Coffee Mug, Funny Gift for Coworker Friend, Motivational Mug, Fun Mugs by Loftipop!

Amazon user KN said, “It was as expected.”

If your not-so-special someone doesn’t drink coffee, don’t fret. This mug can also hold water, milk, tea and most other liquids.

7. 5 Fake All-Winning Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets, $5.75

Give your family the gift of false hope this year by stuffing their stockings with Fake Lottery (Lotto) Tickets Assorted Party Bundle by Matty’s Toy Shop!

With 5 tickets per pack, you can instill in some of your relatives the joy of being a millionaire, only to watch the holiday spirit fade from their eyes as they realize the ticket is fake.

Note: This product is intended for consumers ages 18 or older. Do not use this as a last-minute gift for children.

8. Demeter Cologne Spray, Funeral Home, 3.4 oz., $32.50

Let’s face it, grandpa isn’t getting any younger. Get him ready for the afterlife with Demeter Cologne Spray, Funeral Home edition!

Unlike regular, boring colognes, after you hug Gramps, Demeter’s Funeral Home will leave you smelling like white flowers, mixed with stems and leaves.

It is the perfect gift for those who are close to death or close to nature.

9. Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat, $13.46

Help Aunt Becky and Cousin John turn their cats’ hairballs into sweaters with the book “Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat” by Kaori Tsutaya.

This gift provides step-by-step instructions on how to turn feline fur into fluffy cat toys, picture frames and many other useless crafts!

The book is also available on the Kindle App store for $9.99 (if you know anyone who still uses a Kindle).

10. Accoutrements Bacon Soap in Tin, $7.89

Make your girlfriend the snack that smiles back with Accoutrements Bacon Soap in Tin! This marbled piece of soap provides a quick clean while leaving the crisp smell of bacon clinging to your body. Beware, the soap is not as tasty as the real thing.

This holiday season, give gifts that make you smile.


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