Gifts that keep on giving: Present ideas that produce hours of pleasure

These gifts that keep on giving range from charitable presents to brilliant subscription services and all of them will spark joy long after the present has been unwrapped

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Gifts that keep on giving can be enjoyed by the lucky recipient long after the gift wrap has been recycled, be it a subscription service that delivers a new surprise every month or a charitable gift that gives back. 

The best gifts are always those that you can enjoy for years or a lifetime, and gifts that keep on giving make lovely gifts for couples to mark an important moment in their lives (like a wedding gift), or for milestone birthdays like a 40th, 50th or 60th birthday gift where you want to splash out on something special. 

We've curated a list of unique and useful presents for every kind of recipient below that we feel are worth the money, to help inspire your next present purchase. 

Our pick of the best gifts that keep on giving and unique ideas in 2023


1. Uncommon Goods Glittering Vision Design Your Own Ring

<a href="" data-link-merchant=""">Personalized jewelry makes a lovely present, but a kit that allows you to design your own statement ring is a gift that keeps on giving by also teaching your recipient a new skill in jewelry design and creation. This jeweler carving kit includes a two-hour live virtual class with jeweler Cat McCadden where she'll give your recipient step-by-step instructions on how to design their ideal ring. And once the mold is up to par, she can send it to the professionals to finalize it and create a piece your recipient can keep forever. 


2. Sakscloth & Ashes Herringbone Sand Blanket

From chilly summer mornings to cold winter nights, this plush cotton blanket will keep your giftee warm and cozy year-round. Plus, it is a great decorative piece for any sofa or bed. This minimal blanket is made with recycled materials and constructed in a chemical-free process. And while your giftee snuggles in their new blanket, a homeless person from a local shelter will also enjoy the warmth and coziness of a Sakscloth & Ashes blanket as the brand donates one blanket to a local homeless shelter for every blanket purchased.


3. AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Garden

An AeroGarden is one of the <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">best gifts for gardeners or the green thumb in training. Rain or shine, it doesn't matter. They can grow their herbs right from their kitchen counter with this hydroponic system that only requires water.


4. Cozymeal Gift Card

Cozymeal is known for its online cooking classes, food tours, and more delicious experiences. Whether your giftee is always whipping up new recipes in the kitchen or is a wine enthusiast, your recipient can choose between a virtual wine tasting class or cooking class with a Cozymeal gift card. And if you're shopping for a <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">housewarming gift, this will be a great way to break in those new pots and pans.


5. Papier Tulip Vase Wellness Journal

Give your giftee the gift of a clear mind and a positive outlook on life with Papier's wellness journal. I surprised my best friend with one for her birthday, and she's still thanking me nearly a year later. You can jot down your goals and what you're thankful for and keep track of your health, such as your water intake, sleep, and self-care ideas. It's a journal that helps your mind and body. Did we mention this journal is customizable?


6. Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Vard

If your gal pal is in dire need of some self-care, a Spafinder gift card may be all she needs to recharge physically and mentally. She can redeem this gift card at major and independent wellness centers across the USA and reap the benefits of self-care for weeks afterwards. 


7. Boy Smells Les Room Spray

A fancy room spray is a useful home gift they'll enjoy using every day. Your giftee can keep it in their guest bathroom for visitors to indulge in or store it in their bag while on the go. Boy Smell's Les Room Spray comes packaged in this gorgeous, sleek black tinted glass bottle filled with fruity and floral notes of dark berries, bergamot, and flora. And the best part is the brand donates 1% of every purchase to a nonprofit of your choice.


8. MasterClass 1-Year Subscription

If they've been talking about adding a new skill under their belt, a one-year MasterClass subscription is an excellent gift option. Whether they want to spruce up their writing and learn from Shonda Rhimes or improve their cooking skills with Gordon Ramsay, this is a gift they can enjoy for a year and then benefit from with their new knowledge for a lifetime. 


9. KitchenAid Classic 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer

For the giftee who enjoys spending their free time whipping up new desserts, the <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">best stand mixer is a gift that'll make baking much more enjoyable now and for years to come, especially when it's one of the <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant=""">best KitchenAid mixers we've tested. This classic tilt-head stand mixer is an all-around great option for casual bakers. It features a 4.5 quart stainless bowl, a dough hook, and a flat beater. 


10. Bouqet Box Floral Arranging Experience Subscription

If she's a florist or always has a new beautiful arrangement on her kitchen island, Bouquet Box's floral arranging subscription is a gift she can look forward to every month. Rated one of the <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">best flower delivery services for its DIY arrangement and farm-fresh flowers, Bouquet Box allows you to tap into your inner florist by providing a step-by-step flower arrangement guide, a reusable glass vase, and all the tools needed to produce a beautiful masterpiece. 


11. Threshold Glass Telford Tumblers 4-Pack

You can never have too much glassware, and this clear four-pack glass set is simple yet chic with its contoured design where your fingers naturally rest on. I bought this drinkware set before moving into my apartment, and it was the best seven dollars I've ever spent. So if you're searching for the <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">best college graduation gift for the young adult moving into their new space, this is the perfect option. It's a high-quality glass set they'll have for years.


12. Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee and Espresso Machine

If they love all things espresso, I highly recommend snagging them a Nespresso Vertuo Plus. As a coffee drinker with a Vertuo Plus,  I can attest this is the ultimate <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">gift for coffee lovers. I use my machine every morning and can count on one hand how many times I've been back to Starbucks since I opened it on Christmas day. They'll love making their own specialty lattes and trying all the different <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank">Nespresso pods.


13. Jo Malone White Lilac & Rhubarb Charity Candle

The best gifts that keep on giving are those that pour back into the community. This Jo Malone charity <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">scented candle will be a gift for your loved one and to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). While your giftee enjoys the sweet summer notes of white lilac, children and young adults will receive the mental health support they need. Jo Malone will donate at least 70% to UNICEF with each charity candle sold.


14. Baggu Travel Cloud Bag

A tote is something everyone should have in their closet, and there's no such thing as having too many. This Baggu travel bag is big enough to store your laptop, clothes, snacks, and more. It's the perfect carry-on bag and work bag. And when it's not in use, you can fold it and pack it inside the included pouch. It's the perfect bag for the giftee on the go. Plus, there are many cute and vibrant color and pattern options.


15. Conscious Step Socks That Save Dogs

Looking for a sweet small gift that gives back? Say hello to these feet-warming socks with extra arch support and padding. Available in three neutral colors, this pack is made of fairtrade organic cotton and has a cute paw print embroidery. Each pair supports Best Friends Animal Society, an animal welfare organization committed to saving our furry friends in shelters—one of the <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">best gifts for dog lovers, hands-down.


16. The Sill Monstera Deliciosa

No plant parent will turn away a new house plant. Yes, flowers bring days of pleasure, but your giftee will enjoy witnessing the growth of a plant over a year or longer. You can surprise them with this beautiful plant in person or have it delivered to their front door.


17. Glo Subscription

Snag her one of the <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">best yoga mats and pair it with a Glo subscription for the ultimate de-stressor gift. She can start her mornings with meditation or end her day with partner yoga. With over 4,000 online yoga classes to choose from, there's a style, experience level, and instructor for every kind of yogi.


18. Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition

If she's always talking about her newest book find, the best Kindle is a gift right up her alley. For a gift that keeps on giving, buy your recipient a subscription to <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank">Kindle Unlimited, which will grant them access to millions of digital books.  They'll be able to download many books within minutes and read them from a glare-free screen with a flush-font design similar to the pages of a physical book. 


19. Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

An Amazon Fire Stick is an entertaining gift the entire house will enjoy. They can simply plug it into any TV, and it instantly turns into a smart TV. They'll be able to binge-watch the newest Netflix shows, catch up on the latest news, launch content with their voice with the Alexa Voice Remote, and more. They might even cancel their cable subscription. For a gift that keeps on giving, why not <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank">gift a Netflix subscription or <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank">Disney+ subscription with the Firestick? 


20. Google Nest Learning Thermostat

The opportunity to save money is a gift that keeps on giving. Cue: The Google Nest Learning Thermostat, which can decrease your monthly electricity bill. This gadget memorizes your favorite temperature settings and self-adjusts throughout the day. When you're not in the room, it turns off your heating and air conditioning to conserve electricity and fuel. It's an unexpected gift they'll thank you for every time their new electric bill comes out.

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Kenedee Fowler
Shopping Writer

Kenedee Fowler is a shopping writer based in the United States. She joined woman&home in September 2022, and ever since has been sharing her expertise with the brand to help readers source gifts for any occasion and on any budget, reviews products so you don’t have to, and scout out the best deals and products to give you the best value for your money. Before joining woman&home, Kenedee was a home editorial fellow for Insider Reviews, where she wrote in-depth reviews and articles across the home vertical.

Kenedee is a recent graduate from the number one journalism school in the US, the University of Missouri - Columbia, where she gained hands-on experience as a multimedia journalist at mid-Missouri’s local news station.