2012 Holiday Gift Guide: 30 unique gifts for everyone on your ‘nice’ list
From yoga gloves and bicycle wine racks to doggie car seats and see-through toasters, HellaWella’s 2012 holiday gift guide has something for everyone — which means you can finish your shopping early this season! Hopefully Santa takes us off the naughty list for doing you all this favor. Happy shopping!
FOR THE GADGET-OBSESSED HOME COOK
This dishwasher-safe kitchen gadget spares you the task of chopping herbs, allowing you to simply twist the handle for minced parsley, dill, cilantro, mint or sage. Plus, it prevents the blemishing and bruising often caused by chopping.
FOR THE ALWAYS HYDRATED ATHLETE
Everyone who works out has — or needs! — a water bottle to stay hydrated. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for an exercise buddy, give them the new Vacuum Insulated Hydration Bottle by Thermos. Using vacuum insulation technology, this water bottle can provide superior cold retention for 12 to 18 hours! After all, research shows that cold water hydration during workouts keeps your core temperature down, potentially relieving heat-related stress on the body that leads to fatigue and other negative effects on performance. Available at Target and online, the bottle is made from BPA-free materials and comes in 18-ounce and 24-ounce sizes.
Price: $19.99 to $24.99
FOR THE SNUGGLING-REQUIRED SLEEPER
Know someone with back pain? Buy a body pillow and add this customizable cover for a touch of humor. You can choose the background fabric color, as well as the typography color.
FOR THE WINE LOVER
Keep your wine fresh AND cold with this ingenious product. The Corkcicle combines a cork with, you guessed it, an icicle to maintain the temperature of whites and cool down reds.
FOR THE STYLISH PET LOVER
If your dog’s jingling collar drives you nuts — or if the hanging ID tag drives your dog nuts — swap it for one of these personalized dog collars, which allow you to engrave your dog’s name and your contact information on a lightweight buckle.
FOR THE GUY/GIRL WHO ALWAYS MAKES TOO MUCH PASTA
Don’t ever let pasta go to waste again! This compact spaghetti measure lets you measure up to four servings before you throw the noodles in the pot. Gotta love an innovative, easy-to-use and inexpensive product that helps you monitor your portion sizes.
FOR THE ECO-FRIENDLY GUY/GIRL WHO’S NEVER ON TIME
Don’t be alarmed; it’s just water. This eco-friendly clock has no chemicals, requires no batteries and uses no electricity. It simply runs on the power of tap. Just filling the tank with water ensures eight to 12 weeks of refreshing timekeeping — not to mention, the clock’s built-in memory chip maintains the time while changing the water.
Price: $19 to $39
FOR THE OUTDOOR FITNESS ENTHUSIAST
Active Accessories' On-The-Go Accessory Pouch is a great stocking stuffer for the sporty woman in your life. This water-resistant, lightweight pouch is perfect for gym-goers and outdoor fitness enthusiasts who want to keep their ID, phone and keys safe while they workout. Just dangle it off the exercise machine or handlebars of your bike. It’s large enough to hold your smartphone but small enough for your earrings. There’s also an inside button that allows you to clip in rings or hoop earrings and a ripstop nylon handle with hook so you can use the pouch as a clutch or clip it onto any bag. Comes in black, fuchsia or polka dot.
Price: $14.95 (free shipping during the holidays!)
FOR THE ECO-FRIENDLY TECHIE
The CO2 Saver Pack provides batteries that can be recharged via an integrated USB stick—genius, right? Assembled as the Footprint Pack card, it makes a great eco gift with space on the reverse to include a special message, reminding the lucky beneficiary that each pack can save 14 kg of C02 in basic re-use compared to the mercury-filled alkaline batteries in most households. Or you could just write “Happy Holidays.” Price: $20.60
FOR THE TRAVELER
No one’s going to haul a bulky humidifier on a trip, which is why this compact humidifier exists. It’s lightweight and small enough to easily fit in your luggage — and it uses a water bottle to generate mist. Perfect for travel or the office.
FOR THE GUY/GIRL WITH THE TOO-SMALL APARTMENT
There’s no longer any need to keep that space-wasting ironing board at home. This magnetic ironing blanket can be easily spread on top of any washer or dryer, held firmly in place by sewn-in magnets. Don’t have a washer or dryer? The blanket can be used on any flat surface and is perfect for travel.
FOR THE CYCLIST
If you have a friend who loves both wine and biking, surprise him with this handmade leather bicycle wine rack, which easily attaches to the bike frame for on-the-go wine purchases.
FOR THE FREQUENT DRIVER
Great for the daily commuter or road trip maven, the ultra-thin portable solar charger with windshield suction cups is a backup battery charger for cell phones, iPods and most USB-powered devices. With a flexible LED light, it makes for a good camping companion, too.
FOR THE HOME COOK WHO ADDS CHEESE TO EVERYTHING
It’s like a Ped-Egg for cheeses and zests. The grater pod's extra-sharp grating surface allows you to grate ingredients right into the pod, and the markings on the clear side let you easily measure as you go. It’s dishwasher-safe and perfect for citrus fruits, chocolate, ginger, Parmesan and more.
FOR THE TECH-LOVING TRAVELER
These travel-friendly universal speakers made by Fashionation fold flat, so your iPod, phone or any device with a 3.5-millimeter jack can stay fashionably equipped on the go. They’re also made from pliable post-consumer recycled materials and require no battery, which means less hassle for you and less waste and pollution for Mother Nature.
FOR THE FITNESS FANATIC
It may not look like much, but The Stick will be a fitness enthusiast’s new best friend. Smaller and more portable than a foam roller, this device improves flexibility and performance, and speeds up recovery as you roll and massage knots and sore muscles. Keep one in the office or in your travel bag. The Stick is available in a variety of sizes.
Price: $23.95 to $53.95
FOR THE URBAN GARDENER
These creatively shaped planters give you the opportunity to grow plants and flowers even if you don’t have a garden, backyard or stoop for them — all you need is a railing. Any railing will do. The planter’s innovative design allows it to be placed over any shaped railing without the need for any adjustments.
FOR THE PET-LOVING TRAVELER
Lengthy car rides with Rover can be uncomfortable — for both the dog and the driver who’s constantly eyeing the backseat to make sure he’s OK. This doggie bed for the car attaches securely to the console and has a safety strap that can be attached to the pet’s harness, putting your furry friend comfortably upfront between the driver and passenger.
FOR THE MUSIC LOVER
Made from ABS plastic, any Amplifiear can boost your iPad’s volume by 10 dB — no electricity required. By reflecting and projecting sound from the tablet’s speakers toward the user, the compact and low-tech lobe, which is 100% recyclable, clips on to the corner of the iPad wirelessly. Can you hear me now?
FOR THE ARTISTIC GUY/GIRL WHO’S NEVER ON TIME
Give the gift of time with this this fanciful wall clock. The ingenious beauty of this gift lies in its flying birds, which denote the numbers. The 24-inch-diameter clock is made of resin, metal and plastic.
FOR THE GUY WHO ALWAYS BURNS HIS TOAST
The best thing since sliced bread is this Magimix toaster that allows you to perfectly brown your sliced bread just how you like it. You can watch the toasting process in action through the toaster’s viewing window and never again worry about burning bagels.
FOR THE BEER DRINKER
Never drink behind the wheel, but nobody ever said anything about not drinking from the windshield. Sold as a set of two, the hand-crafted pilsner beer glasses retain the same slight green hue from building and car window tints — added to lessen the sun’s glare — and come in a set of two. No doubt a gift like this will keep the holiday cheer “overflowing.”
FOR THE ALWAYS-LOOKING-THEIR-BEST ATHLETES
Noted as being “the only organic and natural skin care line designed specifically for athletes and fitness enthusiasts,” Skin Care for Athletes by Morning Indigo has a gift idea for every active person on your holiday list! Their P.A.R. (Prepare Achieve Recover) and Tri-Body Collections are designed to assist athletes in the preparation and recovery of their events and workouts. Both lines include 3-in-1 Tri-Body washes, Tri-Body moisturizers, Tri-Body therapeutic soaking salts and Tri-Body massage oil, and offers total body care that will condition, recondition, tone and hydrate your skin, muscles and joints. All products have anti-fungal/antibacterial properties; offer light UVA/UVB protection; are sulfate-, petrochemical-, paraben- and phthalate-free; and have never been tested on animals.
Price: $18 and up
FOR THE ITALIAN FOODIE
For the pasta lover — don't we all fall into that category? — Sur La Table has made it easy to make your own fresh Italian feast. The gift set comes with an Atlas Marcato Red Pasta Machine, which has nine settings to roll outpasta to your desired thickness; Azienda Olearia del Chianti Marca Verde Extra Virgin Olive Oil, cold-pressed and made from the Italian and Greek olives; and a Vintage-Label Italian Pasta Kitchen Towel.
FOR THE CANDLE COLLECTOR
If you’re looking to give the gift of light this holiday season, try this 60-hour candle. The 100% beeswax candle coil is fed in small increments through the candle clip. All the recipient needs to do is advance more candle as it burns. A 3-inch section burns for about an hour. Refills are available.
Price: $18 to $30
FOR THE HOME COOK OR BAKER
Instead of forcing you to grip the bowl with one hand and mix your ingredients with the other, the Staybowlizer provides a stable base for the mixing bowl, allowing you to free up one of your hands to add ingredients. It can also be placed over a pot of boiling water to support a smaller pot, forming a double boiler.
FOR THE GARDENER OR YARD-DECORATION ENTHUSIAST
Home decorations can be very environmentally unfriendly during the holiday season, but these solar-powered LED grass lights for any yard or garden keep the season bright — and eco-friendly. The grass lights, which you can bend as you please, turn on as dusk falls and provide six hours of lighting from only eight hours of sunlight.
FOR THE ASPIRING YOGI
Say goodbye to sweaty feet and hands slipping on mats. Stick-e Yoga Socks are awesome for any barefoot exercise — including yoga, dance, Pilates, and karate — while the gloves keep you grounded. If you know someone who is concerned about hygiene — especially sharing yoga mats — Stick-e Yoga socks and gloves are for them! They’re also perfect for anyone who uses a mobility device — such as a walker, cane or crutches — or suffers from nerve and muscle impairment, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis or fibromyalgia.
FOR THE HOME BARTENDER
Reminiscent of the trusted Swiss army knife, the Bar10der is a 10-in-1 bartending tool, perfect for mixing up your favorite cocktails. The creation includes a muddler, which crushes fruits, herbs and spices; a stirrer, which expands up to 6 inches and blends cocktails; a knife, which slices ingredients; a channel knife, to create twists and other garnishes; a zester, which zests citrus fruits; a reamer, which helps you add freshly squeezed juices; a jigger, which helps you get a 1/2-ounce or 1-ounce pour; a bottle opener, to pop the tops of beer or mixers; a corkscrew, to uncork wine; and a strainer, that separates ice from liquid as you pour.
FOR THE GUY/GIRL WITH THE GET-HEALTHY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
The Up wristband by Jawbone tracks your movement and sleep. The app — which can be downloaded for free in the Apple Store — displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward. Our favorite feature is the idling alert that reminds you to move when you’ve been inactive for too long. Perfect for office dwellers!