The 24 Best Gifts That We Discovered on TikTok in 2021
If you’re like us, TikTok has become an integral part of your daily routine in 2021 (and has completely disrupted your sleep schedule). While we've spent this year learning how to wear our towels properly, trying to candle-bend to spruce up our home decor and attempting to make the delicious feta pasta, it’s the "TikTok Made Me Buy It" videos that have us scrolling through and adding these must-have items to our cart. From the Always pan to Squishmallows, here are 24 of the best gifts we've discovered on TikTok to buy someone on your wishlist (or for yourself) this holiday season.
1. KVD Beauty Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm
Whether you prefer liquid, powder or balm, foundation was super popular on the platform this year. But the one item that sold out overnight was this $38 pick. The foundation balm promises full coverage with a single swipe, and of course, one PureWow editor had to put that theory to the test. (Spoiler alert: It holds true.) It comes in 42 shades to ensure all skin tones can benefit from the soft, matte finish.
2. Colorfulkoala High Waisted Leggings
While the Aerie crossover leggings were the stars of 2020, this year we had our eyes set on this Amazon pair. These high-waisted puppies are currently the number one best seller on the site, and for good reason. Over 31,000+ 5-star reviews can attest to the comfort, seamless waistband and color selection. And don't forget to surprise the runner in your life by mentioning the two deep side pockets, useful for storing everything from keys to phones.
A jazzy skincare tool is always a hot commodity on TikTok—just look at the gua sha, ice globes and facial brushes for reference. So it's no surprise that red light therapy devices are joining the list. Use this wand for about five minutes a day to smooth textured skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and fade blemishes over time (or say devout users). And as PureWow editor Olivia Kappler mentioned in her review of the product, "I’ve really started to look forward to using my SolaWave, as it’s the perfect end of day treat."
4. FLEXISPOT Home Office Standing Desk Exercise Bike
Work from home alongside your partner? Your new coworker will enjoy this standing desk and exercise combo to keep them on their toes and out of your hair. They'll probably even thank you as they seamlessly transition from work calls to spin class.
Know a person who's constantly on their feet? Wouldn't they enjoy giving their toes a little TLC (aka reducing swelling and pain) while they're watching TV or, yeah, scrolling through TikTok?
6. Always Pan
The cook in the fam needs this all-in-one pan which can replace an eight-piece cooking set, minimizing the dishes you both have to do. The 10-inch pan checks off all the boxes—scratch-resistant, nonstick and ideal for cooking almost any type of dish. Plus, it has nine colors (like heat, spice and blue salt) to match their kitchen aesthetic.
8. PVO Mini Projector
TVs are out and mini projectors are in? Yup, these small devices were all over our FYP this year, but not for binge-watching Ted Lasso. No, it rose to popularity for the "Fake Window Challenge." See users were transforming their bedroom walls with visually-appealing shots of nature, space and even an aquarium. But of course, you can always just host a movie night with the kiddos instead.
9. Smile Makers The Billionaire
Finding the right vibrator can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Smile Makers is making it a little bit easier. For one, you can take their quiz to find the right one for you. Second, all their toys are small, soft and silent (so you can find pleasure without waking up your roommate). The Billionaire is great for beginners with four speeds and two pulsation modes to find your own rhythm—whether gentle stimulation or intense orgasms are your (or your giftee's) jam.
10. Makeup Brush Cleaner
We won't judge if your brushes haven't been cleaned in ages. Let an electric cleaner solve your problems and make them spanking new in less than a minute. This guy has eight rubber collars to make it compatible with just about any brush. Plus, it only requires three steps to use: add cleaning liquid, water and watch the machine go to work removing all that gunk. Oh, and it dries them, too.
11. Impala Rollerskates
This year, we were mesmerized by Tiktokers like Coco Franklin, Ana Coto and Marician Dedeaux Brown gracing our feeds while they skated effortlessly to popular songs in the background. In response, Google saw a surge in "roller skates for women," and these Impala Quad Skates were a popular pick. They're designed for comfort (with max ankle support), style (aka the signature light blue) and great for beginner-to-intermediate skaters.
12. VoChill The Perfect Gift
The VoChill keeps the wine lover in your life's whites and rosés chilled, even when she's spending hours talking about the Virgin River finale. In technical terms, the drink will stay cold for about 1.5 hours indoors and 45 minutes outdoors, and the gift set comes with an extra cradle, so she'll never have to worry about room temperature vino again.
13. Bonoak Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
It's time to take carpool karaoke to the next level. This Bluetooth microphone amplifies your voice like you're performing for a full arena of your adoring fans. There's no need to attach it to your phone (or car) so your duet partner can enjoy adding some choreography to the mix. (Or in the case of Tiktoker Tonia Erin, you can always use it to embarrassed your kid at school drop-offs).
14. Olive & June The Poppy
Your little sis need not worry about one hand looking way better than the other, thanks to this little gizmo which fits on any polish brush and gives you a steady hand, so your shade doesn't decorate your cuticles instead of your nail.
15. AstroAI Mini Fridge
While there's still a debate about whether or not you should refrigerate your skincare products, it doesn't stop users from displaying their collections in this $46 find. It has four liters of capacity (to store serums, masks or even those aesthetically pleasing clear mini water bottles). But it's not only for cooling; the fridge also has the ability to keep items warm if needed.
18. BISSELL Little Green Portable Spot and Stain Cleaner
With over 2,000+ 5-star reviews, this portable cleaner is no joke. The tool can scrub, lift and spray any dirt and stains you have lying around your home. From removing pet hair to restoring a carpet's original color, Tiktok uses maintain there's nothing this thing can't do.
20. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peel Solution
The affordable skincare line is still a fan-favorite in the beauty world (if you can get your hands on a bottle before it sells out). But its the peeling solution that has flooded your FYP with before/after shots of the treatment. In over 2,000+ 5-star reviews, customers raved about how it exfoliates and tightens skin, with one reviewer stating, "[I] love the slight tingle factor. I leave [it] on for 10 minutes and do it twice a week. [It] makes my 48-year-old skin tighten & so soft. The entire line is amazing. The price and quality can't be beat."
21. Nori Iron
The handheld Nori Iron is not your traditional iron. Instead, it employs a clamp feature to ensure a smooth finish (even on harder areas like collars and arm holes) with no ironing board required. Users also swear by the steam reservoir design, which keeps temperature and steam pressure in check so no article of clothing will have a water (or burn) stain.
22. Squishmallow Maui The Pineapple
Whether you're shopping for your child, grandma or yourself, squishmallows are the cutest gift of the season. Yes, they're trending on TikTok...but they're also extremely pleasant to hold and honestly, who wouldn't want a smiley pineapple on their bedside?
23. UBeesize Selfie Stick Tripod
Your sister can finally work on her TikTok videos (and maybe let you be a part of them) thanks to this all-in-one tripod, which can hold her phone and take a ton of shots with just a click of the bluetooth remote. (It's even a fave of Kaley Cuoco, who snagged herself one after a PureWow interview.)
24. PhoneSoap Smartphone UV Sanitizer
We all know one person who's constantly on their phone (we’re looking at you Aunt May). So, gift them a cool tech find that sanitizes any phone (or keys, smartwatches and even your credit card) for 10 minutes, while it's charging it.