Artist Alona Dudich runs a shop called Crazy Pillows. There, she specializes in handmade pillows that look like classic electronic instruments like the Roland TR-808 and SH-101, along with some playful original designs. She also makes pillows that resemble Technics turntables. They’re great gifts for musicians and DJs.
THE BEST Gifts
Remember when you were a kid and you pretended a banana was a telephone? Well, now you can talk to someone on the other end of the line thanks to the Banana Phone. This fruity accessory connects via Bluetooth, so you can make and receive calls on it. It doubles as a speaker, though bananas aren’t known for their acoustics.
Are you the middle kid? Do you have days where you feel like Jan Brady? Remind them you won’t be ignored with this purple candle from Whiskey River Soap Co.. Despite its “Largely Invisible Scent” labeling, it actually smells like grape. The 17oz. candle burns for about 60 hours.
Pop Chart’s print makes a perfect gift for cinephiles, mapping out hundreds of classic movies by genre. Each film includes the year it was released, along with a circle to mark whether they loved it, liked it, or merely watched it. It measures 36″ x 24″ and available unframed, framed, or mounted on a birch plywood panel.
GRID Studio turns electronic junk into art. To make their unique wall art, they carefully disassemble old smartphones, then meticulously place and glue their components into a shadowbox frame. They currently make versions based on the iPhone 3GS, 4S, and 5, as well as the Nokia E71, and BlackBerry Bold 9000.
Perhaps the most difficult of Bgraamiens’ challenging jigsaw designs, this 1000-piece puzzle is covered with a seemingly random arrangement of skinny lines, overlapping across a white background. Looking for something more colorful? Check out more of their puzzle designs here.
4DMAPART creates eye-popping elevation map prints. Each image jumps right off the page thanks to an impressive depth illusion that combines light, shadow, color, and topographical data captured by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. They can be printed onto photo paper or metal. The U.S. geology map is our favorite.
Stop staring at your screen and read this book. Bestselling author Paul Greenberg provides ideas, wit, and wisdom to help you break away from technology and get back to living. The book includes 65 small but meaningful activities to help occupy your mind and expand your creativity instead of being a slave to your phone.
This series of infographic posters offer an artful presentation of useful knowledge at a glance. Etsy seller Christie Gift Shop carries them in a variety of designs, including carpentry, photography, scuba diving, golf, scouting, quilting, and more. They’re available in 12″ x 18″ and 16″ x 24″ sizes, unframed.
Looking for a unique, personalized gift? Kentucky artists The Davidson Workshop creates these wooden art pieces that look like record players. Each one comes engraved with the lyrics to a song of your choice, along with a custom message in the center of the wooden record sitting on its platter. Measures 13″ w x 9″ h x 1″ d.
This series of three jigsaw puzzles come together to form the major anatomical structures of a 5-foot-tall human being. Choose from head, thorax, or abdominal sections, each certified for accuracy by medical illustrator Mesa Schumacher. They make a great gift for biology students, or just anyone interested in science.
Looking for a gift for a book lover who already has a full library? These solid wood coasters from Cutting Boredom make a great present for bookworms. They come in more than 20 different designs, each inspired by the cover of a classic piece of literature. Sold in sets of two or more.
This old-fashioned stainless steel ice cream scoop carves out perfect cylinders instead of spheres, resulting in larger, taller scoops, and a unique presentation for frozen desserts. Just press into ice cream, and pull the trigger above your cone or bowl.
Inspired by 1980s boomboxes, but updated with modern audio tech, the Flare6 cranks out 150-watts of power via its three speakers. It offers 12 hours of wireless playtime, and has a 1/4″ microphone input, SD and USB ports for playing MP3 files, and five EQ settings. For even more power, check out the 200-watt Flare 8.
From the Beverly Hills bakery that invented the 24-hour cupcake ATM, Sprinkles is shipping cupcakes from coast-to-coast. Sprinkle a little love with the flash-frozen Holiday Box: Four Red Velvet, Four Vanilla, and Four Chocolate Peppermint cupcakes decorated with green trees, gingerbread, snowmen, and sprinkles. Order by 12.14.20.
Does someone special on your shopping list have a sweet tooth? This elegant collection of chocolates comes with an assortment of delicious treats from Chicago/Pilsen chocolatier Uzma Sharif, including rich chocolate bars, caramels, sipping chocolate, marshmallows, and more. Also available in a medium size.
“Feeling classy as f*ck? Have a Bellini. Life kicking your ass? Try a Corpse Reviver.” Classy as F*ck Cocktails demonstrates that profanity is elegant when combined with gold calligraphy and 60 classic drink recipes. Equally swanky: Two Damn Classy rocks glasses and the golden Shaking Sh*t Up! cocktail shaker.
Looking to fill up those stockings with some fun, funny, and sometimes functional little items? We’ve got you covered, with a bunch of great gift ideas that all cost under $25 and are small enough to stuff into those oversize socks you’ve got hanging over the fireplace.
Do you or someone you care about love wine? The worst-kept secret of oenophiles is that good wine doesn’t need to be expensive. For less than $6 a bottle, Wine Insiders will ship a selection of 12 to 15 bottles of you or your gift recipient’s favorite types of wine. Buyers will receive a code they can redeem for their wine.
Karakuri is the Japanese art of making papercraft automata. Originally published in Japan by artist and “paper engineer” Keisuke Saka, this book is filled with designs for fourteen different Karakuri models, including a tea-serving robot and a penguin on an iceberg that moves when you turn its crank. Best for ages 13+.
Do you love roller coasters? The guys at CoasterDynamix make teeny models of virtual thrill rides for your desk or bookshelf. They come in a variety of designs, including traditional, looped, and adventure-themed rides, each sold as an easy-to-build kit. Find more variants here.
Do you or your kids digging into your piggy bank and take money out too often? The Lusen safe will help you resist that temptation, because it has no openings other than its money slot. This stainless steel cube must be cut open with power tools if you ever need to get money out. Measures 5.9″ x 5.9″ x 5.9″.
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