The Surprisingly Thoughtful White Elephant Gift That’s Bringing Me So Much Comfort in the New Year

updated Jan 13, 2021
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I’m one of those people with terrible luck in any Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange situation. So when I ended up with this kitchen mat (while others scooped up wins like spiffy waffle makers and fancy jade rollers) at my last Christmas Zoom party, I just pegged it to my streak of bad luck, and made some room in my entryway cupboard to stash away my gift once it arrived. But after cutting open the box, I was mildly intrigued by the squishy yet surprisingly sturdy mat and decided to give it a test run. A kitchen mat is one of those things I never knew I needed until I finally stood on one. Disclaimer: It’s never going back in storage ever again!

Over 11,000 Amazon reviewers have given Kangaroo’s Original Standing Mat a solid 4.6-star rating, using words like “incredibly comfortable”, “sturdy” and “amazing” to describe it. I have had my mat for almost a month now, and I can confidently say that it does indeed live up to the hype!

Compared to other kitchen mats, Kangaroo’s mat has an extra-thick, 3/4-inch cushion that’s designed to give better support and hold up a lot longer over time. While I can’t attest to the mat’s longevity just yet, I can confirm that the surface is thick and luxurious, making me feel like I’m bouncing on a plush Tempurpedic mattress at a fancy hotel, even though I’m just standing in my kitchen slicing onions or peeling potatoes.

As an added bonus, I have noticed that I’m no longer clutching or massaging my lower back every fifteen minutes while rushing to get dinner on the table or tackling an intense baking project. The cushioned surface takes the pressure off my feet and lower back, making me feel incredibly supported even when I’m barefoot. Plus, a special shoutout to the mat’s no-slip bottom that firmly clings to my kitchen floor and hasn’t budged an inch since the day I laid it out. A major pro since the last thing I want is to be standing on a slippery surface while using a knife or other sharp object.

I was gifted the smallest sized mat in this pretty sky blue, but Kangaroo’s mats are also available in 10 solid colors, six prints (including one that looks exactly like hardwood floor!) and several size options. And while I’m a little worried the sky blue may quickly turn brown since I tend to be a messy cook, several Amazon reviewers pointed out that the mat is truly stain-resistant and easy to clean using warm soapy water or a vacuum cleaner.

Sure, this isn’t the most fun or glamorous Christmas gift, but it’s quickly becoming my favorite one yet. It’s practical, durable, and bringing me and my achy joints so much comfort. But the best part? I know I’ll be enjoying it for a lot longer than the wine subscription I had originally won. I only hope my friend who stole that from me is reading this!