For space geeks, it’s an awesome time to be alive. From the Great American eclipse to Cassini’s swan song, 2017 was a big year for space stuff. And with new, weird exoplanets popping up all the time and propulsion innovations bringing us closer to Mars, the future’s looking equally far out. So for all the stargazers on your list, we’ve assembled a constellation of space-inspired gifts to make the holidays merry and bright as Alpha Canis Majoris.
They may be specializing in philosophical theories or complex scientific methods. But when it comes to determining what’ll make them feel at home in their new land far away, they may draw a blank. Good thing you’re the expert on them. Pamper your scholar from afar, but in, you know, a totally chill way. Consider these presents the grownup equivalent of slipping a special note into their lunchbox. Each one shows you care and keep them close to your heart—even as they spread their wings and fly.
We know it’s the little things that count, but sometimes you want to show someone you care big. Putting together a DIY gift basket is a great way to combine an assortment of cool little gifts with a whole lot of love. Creating that gift basket around someone’s hobby, favorite food, or most-loved mythical creature adds another level of personalized charm. We even included gift basket ideas for kids and teens, because we know they can be even harder to shop for than that unicorn lover on your list.
Whether they have a soft spot for soft shells or prefer a crispy crunch, they’ll love these taco-themed goodies.
Pretty much everyone appreciates good food, but “foodies,” as they’re known, are another breed entirely. We all know at least one spice hoarder that fits the bill, and finding a gift to please their palate can be daunting, especially when you’ve seen them tackle ingredients out of one of Chopped’s crueler episodes. Thankfully, we’ve selected 15 of our favorite food-themed treats to make your life—and your holiday shopping—easier. Whether you’re on the hunt for something wearable, hangable, or, of course, edible, our well-seasoned selection of gifts for foodies has something just for you.
Whether you’re meeting the parents for the first time or the twenty-first, it’s never easy to know what, exactly, you should present as your holiday offering. A bottle of wine, while delicious, can be impersonal. A matching set of holiday sweaters? Too personal. To hit that yuletide sweet spot, look for something that’ll bring tidings of comfort and joy to their home. Wrap it up, present it with confidence, then gather around the table or fireplace to enjoy the reason for the season: loved ones coming together.
I was raised to be a capable outdoorswoman. I can set up a tent without once consulting the directions and identify edible plants and tubers in a pinch, but to my chagrin, I never proved to be a very good study in the art of fire-making. The last camping trip I organized, I managed to forget the matches and lighter at home, and thus served my fellow campers lukewarm pasta salad, sans pasta (so… salad) for dinner.
We’ve all got a gal we’re crazy about, but who, come holiday season, makes us… well, a little bit crazy. Whether she’s your mom, your sister, or your best friend, it seems like she’s already got everything. What could you possibly find to surprise her? Good news, friend: Here at UncommonGoods, we’ve got plenty of unique gift ideas, some of which your tough-to-shop-for lady friend hasn’t even heard of, probably. Read on for more on 15 such items, including chocolate champagne bottles, self-rolling yoga mats, and earrings that don’t match (on purpose, of course).
Stop us if this guy sounds familiar: He already has everything he needs (and a lot of things he doesn’t). He seems to own every book ever written about his favorite subject and definitely doesn’t need another sweater. You feel like it’s impossible to figure this guy out or surprise him with anything short of a monogrammed hovercraft. He is… Mr. Impossible-to-Shop-for. At times, even the savviest shoppers can feel stumped by a member of this elusive subspecies. Never fear—read on for some of our most uncommon offerings, from mind-bending fractal puzzles to great-smelling solid colognes, tackling your trickiest guy-gifting conundrums.