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6 Simple Gifts That Make Life a Little Better

1. Coffee mug warmer

On an everyday basis, there are few things more aggravating than to lift your half-drunken coffee and realize it’s gone cold. You either have to get up and microwave it or settle for cold coffee. For those who like to savor their hot beverages, a coffee mug warmer is an absolute life-saver.

2. Robot vacuum

You can have the nicest, most expensive vacuum cleaner in the world. But if it’s sitting in your closet collecting dust, what’s the point?

3. Blank note cards and envelopes

I used to think to myself, “Why bother sending a handwritten card? I can just send an email instead. It’s fast, free, and easy!” That may be true, but the problem is that most people nowadays think the same. Unfortunately, getting yet another email expressing congratulations or gratitude is forgettable.

4. Smart speaker

We’re all looking for ways to make our life more enjoyable. Or at the very least, more convenient. This is where a smart speaker comes into play. It does both.

5. E-reader

Books can be clunky and hard to carry around, especially when traveling. I know, because I used to plan which book to bring when I was going away for periods of time. The book would take up precious space and weight, and only bringing a single book meant a lack of reading variety.

6. Ultra compact microfiber towel

A big, fluffy towel is great. It’s warm, it’s comfortable, and it dries you. There’s no issue with using a regular towel… when you’re at home. But when you go outside, bringing along a giant towel can be inconvenient and bulky, if not downright impractical.

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