The Best and Most Unexpected Gifts for the 2016 Holidays

The holiday season is almost upon us, and it’s now time to start thinking how we can up our gift giving game this year. Here are some of the best and most unexpected gifts you can give to your loved ones this holiday season.

AboveTek Gooseneck Tablet Arm, $39;


Give this attachable tablet holder to the Netflix-obsessed.  They will finally be able to lie in bed face-up while binging on the newest it-series (because they always finish them first).


Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, $40;

If your pal likes to watch movies on an actual television, hand over this nifty gadget. This inexpensive streaming player will hook any tv up with Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, and other media services.


Audio Technica ATLP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Belt Drive Turntable, $100;

Whether they’re a hardcore music-lover or a casual vinyl collector, you can’t go wrong by gifting this classic turntable. It’s also a great stepping stone for an aspiring DJ (because everyone is a DJ these days).


Podo Camera 2, $49;

Hate your friend’s selfie stick? Trust me, we all do. Replace it with the latest in selfie technology: the Podo camera. Released in 2015 on Kickstarter, the company is launching the sequel later this year. The handy stick-on camera will attach to almost any surface, and their app will live stream the footage directly to your smartphone. You can pre-order it now for half the price, but the deal ends on October 13th.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron Meal/Ingredient Monthly/Weekly Subscription –

Receive fresh ingredients, with seasonal recipes that are never repeated during the year.  Choose a 2 person plan, or plan for a family of 4.  Prices start at $59.94/week (for a 2 person, 3 meals a week plan) and $69.92/week (for a 4 person, 2 meals a week plan). See more food and gift subscription boxes.


Fitbit Alta, $150;

For a sporty type, the Fitbit is the ultimate gift. It can track their steps, calories burned, and help them reach their #fitnessgoals.


HP Sprocket Photo Printer, $130;

Don’t let your friend’s pictures be buried in their photo gallery again. This pocket printer will print directly from their smartphone or tablet.


Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate Activity Subscription Box for Kids –

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. Perfect for innovators, each month is a different theme, with all the materials and inspiration for kids to build, make, and create.  Robots & rockets anyone? See more subscription boxes for kids.


Native Union DOCK+ Lightning Marble Edition, $130;

With this uber-chic dock, nobody will ever clumsily search for a charger again.

UO Custom Impossible OneStep Camera Kit, $139;

When Poloroid shuttered their doors in 2008, a company called Impossible stepped in to keep their instant camera afloat. They are the only company that sells the iconic white-bordered prints, making this ideal for vintage enthusiasts.


Samsung Gear VR Vitual Reality Headset, $70;

Virtual Reality is becoming more and more prevalent, so why not get your friend or family member ahead of the game? This set is relatively inexpensive, and is a fun novelty for anyone that owns a Samsung phone.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $400;

When it comes to portable speakers, Bang & Olufsen has cornered the market on the best-looking options. Give it to someone who’s constantly on the go (and can’t stand ugly electronics).


Birchbox Beauty/Makeup/Skincare Subscription Box –

Gift subscriptions start at $30 for 3 months (for women) and $60 for 3 months (for men).  Each box includes 5 beauty samples for women and 3-4 grooming samples plus a stylish gadget for men. Don’t forget to build a profile and Birchbox will adjust the samples they send based on your likes, dislikes, hair type and skin type. See more beauty subscription boxes.