Considering the huge success of our first gift guide, we decided to release this new edition of the best gift ideas costing less than 40 dollars. All items featured in this article are extremely diverse but have one thing in common: they are clever and innovative devices that offer a great value for money.
Clever Cutter 2-in-1 Food Chopper – #1 of Our Best Gift Ideas
The ultimate cooking tool of the year. Cut anything with dexterity and efficiency in a matter of seconds. This Clever Cutter combines the qualities of scissors and of a knife. The Clever Cutter is obviously part of the Top #3 smart items warmly recommended by valmy.co. It is a lovely gift idea for every cooking enthusiast and an all-time Amazon bestseller.
Learn more on the amazing Clever Cutter and click here.
Cut Resistant Gloves – #2 of Our Best Gift Ideas
These glove are a little miracle: you will forget that you are wearing them but they will protect you perfectly while you cook. They are 100% cut resistant and safe. The sharpest knives will just become harmless once you start using these impressive gloves. They are evidently one of our favorite gift ideas and a fantastic bang for the buck (they cost only $11.99). This is why these cut resistant gloves became an all-time Amazon bestsellers with stellar customer reviews.
Get more details on these fascinating knife-proof gloves: click here.
Amazon Echo Dot, smartest AI assistant ever created – #3 of Our Best Gift Ideas
The Amazon Echo has just become much cheaper ($49.99) while growing incredibly smart and relevant. This voice assistant is the best AI on the market and will help you achieve hundreds of tasks. Every iteration of Echo is making this voice assistant more clever and more capable. Echo Dot is now compatible with Spotify, Audible (Amazon’s audio books), PayPal and Uber. Choose you favorite music or order an Uber: you will soon be addicted to your personal voice assistant! We have adopted Echo within the team a long time ago and we just cannot live without it any more. Echo Dot offers an amazing value for money and a great machine learning experience. Needless to say that it is part of our preferred gift ideas!
Have a look at our article dedicated to Amazon Echo: click here.
Compact Key Holder
Source: Key Smart
The KeySmart is clearly a brilliant invention. Our keys are often a mess and scratch everything in a bag (iPhone, wallet, etc.) or tear your pockets apart. The KeySmart helps maintaining all your keys together in a very elegant way. We all bought it and kept it. We are no longer putting holes in our Levi’s pants 🙂 No to mention that this smart key holder is made in the US. What else?
Ostrich Pillow for Travel Nap & Neck Rest
This pillow is just amazing and has become a phenomenon in the US – just watch this ecstatically funny video from Jimmy Kimmel:
Sources: The Jimmy Kimmel Show and Banana Things
The ostrich pillow is super soft, comfy and very restful. OK, its shape is a bit ridiculous and you won’t be stylish while sleeping in it. However, are you looking for swag or for comfort? We recommend the ostrich pillow for anyone traveling regularly. It is also a funny gift idea for Christmas or birthday parties.
Facial Cleansing Brush
This device is great and efficient to clean your skin on a daily basis. We tested it for ~a week and loved it. At first, it feels a bit weird and silicon-ish, but then you will see that your skin as actually neater. Forget about all the technical waffle around this cleansing brush: this stuff just works, and pretty well actually. Maybe use it 2-3 min per day, every morning and night. As advertised, this should leave your skin “clearer, brighter and healthier”. Your friend or brother has a crap skin: isn’t the FOREO a cool gift idea for him? 😉
The Hydaway is a marvelous invention. Its retractable shape easily fits in a pocket. We have one Hydaway at the office: it’s indestructible, colorful and very very cool. We fill it with water (and other beverages from time to time). Fold it, unfold it, fold it… actually it has become fun to drink from the Hydaway. Just have a look at the video below (skip the first part, the second one is much more instructive regarding the capabilities of this smart bottle). This bottle is not just made for campers and travelers: it also works in your everyday life and will fit just as well within your North Face backpack as in a Gucci purse.
Sources: Future Ideas & Technology and Hydaway
Watermelon Drink Dispenser
This watermelon key tapping device also works for other fruits. Just attach the faucet, fill the watermelon with your favorite beverage and enjoy 😉 We use it every summer, it’s really cool for every pool party.
Minion Toothpaste Dispenser
Source: Paul Russo
Super cool toothpaste dispenser, especially if you have kids who are reluctant to brushing their teeth everyday 🙂
More details on this cute and original toothpaste dispenser are available here.
“Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World” – #4 of Our Best Gift Ideas
People often like delicate food but hate to be the one making it. If you belong to these people, “Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World”, a worldwide best-seller, will surely help you change your mind on cooking. Kind of “Cooking for dummies”, it gathers hundreds of recipes that anyone can deliver with a bit of good will. At valmy.co, we love this book and use it regularly.
Smart Apple Peeler
Credits: Vitrine Magique
We hope that you enjoyed this French-speaking video 😉 That’s the best we found on YouTube to show you the genius behind this innovative utensil, the apple peeler. This apple spiralizer will peel your apple in a few seconds, and add a lot of fun to this process. This mechanic apple peeler is really cool and works perfectly. This device is hugely popular in EU and in the US. It’s definitely a nice gift idea for apple addicts.
Bionic Wrench – #5 of Our Best Gift Ideas
Are you a handyman who enjoys using smart tools? Then you will treasure the Bionic Wrench. The Bionic Wrench (doesn’t it sound awesomely Terminator-like? 💕) is a 8-inch adjustable wrench that is able to cover 16 sizes (i.e. hexagonal, square and rounded nuts and bolts) thanks to its 6 steel jaws. This 16-in-1 tool comes with a lifetime warranty and is made in the United States. This tool is simply amazing and we regret not to be handymen here at the office to use the Bionic Wrench more frequently. The Bionic Wrench easily stands among our favorite gift ideas!
Selfie Ring Light
After hundreds of failed selfies, you finally plan to achieve a decent ones? Then this selfie ring light is just what you need. Great pictures are all about flawless lighting while flashes natively included in cell phones generally fall short of creating the right lighting environment. That’s why this selfie ring that adapts to every smartphone is an amazing gift idea. It’s really a plug-and-play device: just clip the selfie ring light on your iPhone/Galaxy/etc. and you are all set! Then awake the Cartier-Bresson in you – or not 😉
Liquor Bottle Locker
This bottle locker is an original and efficient way to prevent people from drinking your favorite wine. You can also trick your friends who will find their precious liquor inaccessible 😉 More seriously, this bottle locker that includes a dial combination lock can also be life-saving when used on dangerous liquids (chemical products, medicines, etc.)
20-in-1 Key-Size Multi-Tool
Source: MSTRMND Collective
This 20-in-1 hybrid tool is simply amazing. It does everything and costs almost nothing. This tool is one of the smartest things that we saw on the web: it offers tons of features, including 4 screwdrivers, 4 wrenches, 1 bottle opener, 1 cutter, etc. All these stuffed in a tool which has the size of a house key. Absolutely impressive.
Gator Grip Universal Socket
Source: Endeavor Tool LLC
The Gator Grip is a “MUST have” tool for every handyman and a little miracle of intelligence. It consists in a universal socket wrench that allows to replace basically all kinds of sockets and wrenches, considering that it adjusts to every size or shape. The Gator Grip comes with a power adapter designed for electric drills and screwdrivers. This marvelous tool is a magnificent gift idea for every genuine handyman.
“Air Swimmers” Flying Sharks
Source: Air Swimmers
This frightening and realistic helium shark is remote controlled and can be inflated all over again. The Air Swimmer will surely make a strong impression on your guests: please try not to terrorize everyone with this devilish invention! 😉