Gifts for everyone on your list - from the foodie to the philanthropist
Posted November 30, 2016
While Santa's been busy with his naughty and nice list, the Deseret News has been doing a little compiling, too, scouring store shelves, searching online and catching a few well-placed product pitches to create a holiday gift guide that has something for just about everybody, in a bunch of different price ranges. It's a list with heart — including some interesting ways to be philanthropic while you give. Merry Christmas!
For the family
• The Artiphon ($399) is last year's most-funded Kickstarter musical instrument, according to a news release. It's a combo of guitar, violin, piano, drum and more. Plug it into your iPhone, iPad or laptop to use with popular music-making apps.
• Weather and dust won't bother the ToughTested Rugged Battery Pack ($44.99). Shockproof, its 8,000 milliamps will charge most smartphones multiple times. Also available in solar-powered versions, with 10,000 mAH or 15,000 mAh. Available through major retailers and Amazon.
• Soundcast VG1 waterproof speaker ($149) can go to the pool, the gym or just hang out at home. It has great sound quality, too.
• The Innova Swing 2 inflatable kayak (from $659) seats two and is a "boat in a bag," just 25 pounds and suitcase-proportioned.
• Anomia Party Edition (around $25) for three to six players combines fast thinking with common knowledge. You know that word! Ages 10+.
• Fast Flip Card Game ($12) by Blue Orange Games is fast and fun. Take a quick break with the kids and build your visual processing skills, too. Ages 7+, 2-8 players.
• Bamboo hair styling station ($69.99) from greatusefulstuff.com is durable, attractive and eco-friendly.
• Airport friendly Green Goo skin care travel pack ($24.95) contains all natural products, including Citrus Zest and Cool Mint lip balms, Travel Tin of Repair, small face wash and a travel tin of Solar Goo sunscreen.
• Millie Marotta's "Curious Creatures" adult coloring book ($14.95), published by Sterling Publishing Co. features intricate, varied drawings by the best-selling artist to color any way you'd like.
• The Beddi ($99) by Witti is a smart alarm clock that includes a wake up light, USB charging ports, high-quality Bluetooth speaker and mood lighting. Hook in your smartphone and see what it does.
• Ameribag's Healthy Back Bag comes in a huge array of colors and sizes, allowing customers to pick the size that fits. The bags hold an astonishing amount of items without creating back or shoulder pain. Prices vary with size and color.
• Use Hobbico's Dromida Hovershot Drone ($99.99) to shoot video or photos and then view them instantly on your smartphone. It's durable, easy to fly and available in multiple colors. Ages 14+.
• Axial's newest 4WD rock racer RR10 Bomber ($399.99) is a 1/10th scale take-along when you're out hiking. If you can hike it, this remote can drive it. It's detailed, durable and different.
• Craftsman's men's heated jacket ($219.99) comes with a 12-volt battery, adapter and USB to charge a phone. He can stay toasty working outdoors. Available at Sears.com.
• Truly handy, the Kelvin 23 ($29.99) has 23 tools so you can hammer, twist a screw, use a tape measure or more — and it fits well in your hand and in your pocket. A grander version is $20 more.
• Mambo Man soap ($6) by Nourish features bergamot, lime and Mediterranean spices for an appealing aroma. Not your thing? They have something for everyone.
• 3D Motokit ($4.99) by Super Impulse lets kids assemble their own wind-up toys. Military, animals, dinosaurs and construction are among the motifs. Available for various degrees of difficulty and ages.
• Chocolate Science Lab ($19.95) by Geek & Co. brings together science exploration and chocolate. Ages 8+.
• Camera Roll from Endless Games ($21) makes hilarious use of those pictures on your smartphone. Ages 12+.
• Meffert's Molecube ($34.99, $14 for mini version) is a 3-D kind of sudoku. Make sure each face of this six-sided monster has only one of each of the nine colors — and then be sure it's true of the rows and columns, too. It's a one-person challenge. Ages 9+.
• Sturdy 12345 puzzle by Lilliputiens ($15.99) teaches toddlers shapes and counting. Ages 2+.
For a cause
• Bicycle for a Girl ($100) through WorldVision helps girls stay in school in countries where dropping out is common because it's too far away or too dangerous to walk.
• Bears for Humanity ($45) donates one bear to a needy child through its global partners network for every cuddly critter sold.
• Applepear's sterling silver breastfeeding support necklace ($62) features akoya pearl. The company will donate 15 percent of proceeds for each one sold to the Lactation Consultant Association.
• Each BeyondBeanie hat, made by Bolivian artists, also provides meals, school supplies, school uniforms or dental care to Bolivian orphans. Price varies.
• Kiehl's teamed up with artist duo Faile on a limited edition holiday collection of items like grapefruit whipped body butter ($38) that help fund an anti-hunger campaign in America.
• Omega's Cube300S Silver Juice Cube ($349) folds into an attractive cube and can sit out on the counter. This multitasker gives fresh juice and makes butters and nut milks, sorbet and more.
• Six-vial salt sampler by Jacobsen Salt Co. ($40) in a wooden holder includes infused Pure Flake Salt, Sweet Onion Salt, Habanero Salt, Garlic Salt, Black Pepper Salt and Black Garlic Salt and pairing ideas.
• Zing Anything’s Citrus Zinger Gift Set ($19.99) includes a water bottle citrus press, cucumber slicer and kiwi reamer to infuse water the way you want it.
• Love ice cream? Make your own fresh waffle cones in two minutes with the Chef'sChoice International WaffleCone Express Model 838 ($49.99).
• Blades by Rick Moonen, celebrity chef and cookbook author, is a 12-piece set of high-carbon stainless steel knives that resist rust and tarnish ($199 on Amazon.com).
• The ToyDriver ($9.99) is a handy little electric screwdriver with magnetic bits that's perfect for those tiny screws on toys and computers, including recessed screws.
• The Loop Earbud Holders (3/$18.99 or 10/$49.99) is a simple but genius solution to those perpetually tangled earbuds. Takes seconds to wind or unwind them.
• Liquid Palisade ($14) gel shields nails for a perfect manicure.
• Somerset Shaving Oils ($6.99 and up) come in lots of formulations, for delicate skin and more.
• iPops brighten those FitBit and Apple Watch bands with little charms. (Starting at $6.99) Customize them any way you want. Kids to adults.
• Nomad Key for iPhone or Android ($19.95) is a rugged Lightning to USB charging cable. It's lightweight, portable and practical.
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