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Cool Tools 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Claudia’s Picks


Favorite gift ideas from Claudia Dawson

The editors of Cool Tools have curated a number of gift suggestions selected from the pages of Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities (which itself makes a great gift), and from the website. This week: Claudia’s picks.

“The Amazon reviews for these Zojirushi thermoses ($26) read like sycophantic hyperbole and almost turned me off, but my curiosity got the better of me. Turns out none of it is hyperbole.” — Phill

Because of the Tangle Teezer ($11), I actually like brushing my hair after I shower. Just a few, quick strokes and my hair is super smooth and detangled. I’ve used the Tangle Teezer on my 10-year-old niece, who has 26-inch long hair and hates getting it brushed, and there was not one complaint. A tip for brushing long hair painlessly: gather all hair in a fist and brush in sections from the bottom up.

“I’m a chronic insomniac, and often listen to music or podcasts in the late watches of the night. SleepPhones headphones ($40) have been a godsend. Basically they’re soft, low profile headphones in a fleece headband. My husband gave me the wired version a couple of years ago, and they were an immediate hit. I have fallen asleep wearing them fairly often.” — Amy Thompson

“David Bowie was asked what his most prized possession was and it was a chrysanthemum he pressed from his wedding in 1980. I think there’s something to be said for sampling the physical world and taking a piece of it with you. My flower press ($24) is two small pieces of plywood a quarter-inch thick with some pieces of cardboard and parchment paper.” — Robert Stephens

I’ve been using the Clarisonic Mia2 ($169) for a couple of months now and I’ve seen a definite improvement in the appearance of my pores and brightness of my skin. It does a really great job at removing my makeup and exfoliating. I can’t imagine living without it now.

Want more? Check out our other 2017 gift guide picks, as well as our 2016 Gift Guide, 2015 Gift Guide, 2014 Gift Guide and our 2103 Gift Guide