Serious wonder is all about unique ideas, so we felt it was important to come up with a unique holiday gift ideas list. Some of these gifts are affordable and some are for your personal dream list (and ours). Either way we know that you will enjoy these ideas and we hope that it helps you surprise your friends and loved ones during this holiday season.
This is our very first year putting together a unique holiday gifts list and to make our list and we tried to cover unique technology ideas, futuristic concepts, and green gifts. We believe that future technology is sometimes inspired by traditional craftsmanship, so we included some of our favorite tecno-wood ideas as well.
What’s your favorite unique gift idea from this list? Do you have a recommendation for a unique gift idea that we should know about ? Leave us a comment below.
18 Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for 2012…
1. Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard:
We have been using the Logitech wireless solar keyboard in our office for over a year and we love it! This keyboard is compatible with MAC and PC . We love not having to use batteries and the best part is that this solar keyboard can be powered not only from sunlight, but can also be powered by indoor lighting as well. No more expensive batteries and it’s good for the environment!
– $59 – Get it HERE.
2. LYTRO Camera:
The LYTRO camera records the entire light field, all the light rays traveling in every direction through scene instead of the flat 2-D image. By capturing this full light field you can refocus the images after you take them. This means that you can literally tap any portion of the image and it will refocus!
– $399 Get your LYTRO HERE.
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3. LEAP MOTION:
“Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.
This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.”
– $70 Get your LAEP HERE.
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4. Ecotricity Portable Solar Plug and Play:
“Ecotricity solar powered generators are designed to simply plug and play right out of the box, offering reliable off-the-grid and self-sufficient power. From recreational use such as camping, to safety and emergency preparedness, the Ecotricity line of products will provide hours of remote solar power to keep you powered when you need it. Every household should have one for their outings, power outages, emergency back-up, or “just-in-case” situations. Let Ecotricity keep you powered in an Earth-friendly way.”
– $1595 Get ECOTRICITY HERE
5. Kinetic Sculpture:
David C. Roy creates amazing wood kinetic sculptures that we LOVE!!! – “Each kinetic sculpture is a wooden machine designed to produce interesting patterns. A simple winding sets them in motion where they entertain for hours with random patterns and soft sounds. The sculptures move solely by the controlled release of energy from a spring. No other motor, battery or power source is used. David designs and builds each sculpture in a small workshop located in Ashford, Connecticut. All are created either in limited editions or as one-of-a kind sculptures.”
– $1695 Get it HERE
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6. Star Theater Pro:
The whole family will enjoy a crystal-clear starry-night view in the comfort of your own home with this optical star projection system.
Sit back and watch as a crystal-clear slowly rotating field of 10 000 stars or heavenly bodies is projected on your ceiling or wall. Two interchangeable image disks (star field and heavenly bodies); Motorized star-field rotation; Use with included AC adapter or 3 AA batteries (not included). Ages 10 and up.
– $ 137.91 – Get it HERE
7. Equalizer T-Shirt T-qualizer:
The T-qualizer is a QUALITY T-Shirt with a built in graphic equalizer panel that is sound sensitive. As the music beats, this special T Shirts equalizer lights up to the beat of the music. You will have to party in the T-Qualizer or its full dazzling appeal will not become known. The T-Qualizer is made from 100% cotton. It has a fully functional EL (Electro Luminescence) panel with a battery pack that snuggles discretely into a pocket inside the shirt. Each frequency of music will activate a different equalizer bar, just like the equalizer on your home stereo!
$34.95 Get your T-qualizer HERE
8. MY ZEO:
“The sleep manager pro sleep management system by Zeo is the new and improved device for tracking the quality of your sleep. ZEO gives you personalized advice to help improve your sleep. By wearing Zeo’s lightweight, adjustable SoftWave headband, you can measure how much restorative Deep or REM sleep you are getting, which is critical for mental clarity, physical wellbeing, and performance. Supercharging your sleep can change your life. Zeo can show you how.”
– $99 Get ZEO HERE
Soap Rocks are a hybrid dense glycerine soap that lifts very little oil off of the skin as they gently cleanse. Soap Rock soap bars are endowed with extracts of earth: Aloe, Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey, Lavender, Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, and Almond Oil.
– $17 Get Your SoapRock HERE
10. USB TYPEWRITER:
“The thrill of using a typewriter may be passing from memory, but Jack Zylkin’s groundbreaking innovation brings this mechanical marvel out of retirement and offers a nod to its influence on the development of modern automation. For ardent admirers of the look, feel, and robust quality of an old-fashioned manual typewriter, the USB TypewriterTM allows you to use this once obsolete tool as a keyboard that plugs into any USB-capable device, such as your PC, Mac, or even your iPad! Plus, this new-and-improved gadget features all the advanced functions of a modern keyboard, such as ctrl, alt, esc, and arrow keys, so your typewriter is ready to keep up with your twenty-first century demands. Made in Philadelphia.”
– $799 Get your USB TYPEWRITER HERE
11. 3d Wood Puzzle:
“What’s a Burr Puzzle? This wood crafted, precision-made puzzle of intersecting cuboids supposedly resembles a burr seed (that famous inspiration for Velcro) upon completion. Not only is the name interesting, but the puzzle itself has been an inspiration to recreational mathematicians worldwide! ”
– $7.95 Get Your WOOD PUZZLE HERE
12. MINT Robotic Cleaner:
The Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner from Evolution Robotics is designed exclusively for sweeping and mopping hard surface floors for you. Using dry and pre-moistened cleaning cloths, Mint picks up the dust, dirt and pet hair that constantly accumulate on floors. Mint’s compact design gets into tight spaces, under furniture and into other areas that are hard to reach with traditional mops and sweepers.
– $146 Get Your MINT HERE
13. Koubachi WiFI Plant Sensor:
THE LATEST MODEL FROM KOUBACHI FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR USE. The Koubachi carefully monitors water levels, soil consistency, humidity, temperature and light, keeping you informed and ensuring that your showpiece shrubbery gets the love it deserves.
– $219 Get your Koubachi HERE
14. WeWOOD Watch:
Completely absent of artificial and toxic materials, the WeWOOD Timepiece is as natural as your wrist. It respects your skin as you respect nature by choosing it. Your WeWOOD Watch breathes the same air that you breathe and may awaken memories from another time and place. Your WeWOOD Watch records your sensations and shares your experiences as the perfect natural mate, whose story also becomes yours to wear, smell and feel.
– $120 Get Your WeWOOD HERE
15. WeMo Home Automation Switch for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch + Motion Control :
This is a fantastic smart plug that allows you to control your home through an app on your iPad or iPhone. You can turn your lights and electronic devices on or off or put them on a schedule. It also comes with a motion sensor that can shut of when you leave the room. Smart, fun and can save you some money!
– $92 Get your WeMo HERE
16. Emotiv EEG headset:
“Based on the latest developments in neuro-technology, Emotiv has developed a revolutionary new personal interface for human computer interaction. The Emotiv EPOC is a high resolution, neuro-signal acquisition and processing wireless neuroheadset.”
– $299 Get Your Emotiv HERE
17. Folded Book Sculpture:
“This unique custom book is made by carefully folding the individual pages of a book to spell the seven-letter word of your choice. Pick your first name, last name, your favorite word, anything is possible!
This “Imagine” book is made using the Times font. The Helvetica font is also available. Other fonts can be used at an additional cost.”
-$150 Get your Folded Book Sculpture HERE
18. Alan Watts : Out of Your Mind : The Nature of Consciousness:
-$17.98 Get your Alan Watts Collection HERE