This Season’s 10 Most Inspired Gifts

Does someone on your holiday shopping list have you completely stumped? Allow us to help. These ten gifts are some of our favorites—the ones on our personal wish lists, the ones we’re giving to our own families and friends, and the ones that will get you a big hug and a big thank-you from their lucky recipients on Christmas morning.

Things to Write Journal
“Put your iPod on random shuffle, write down the lyric of the first song that comes on, and use it as an opening line.” “Five things you wish you’d asked your grandmother or grandfather.” “A strange girl who hides herself under layers and layers of clothing.” Any writer or creative person will be jazzed to receive this journal, full of more than 600 fun prompts to get them started on their next great novel, article, or love letter. (For artists more inclined to sketch or paint, the Things to Draw Journal has plenty of good ideas!)

Chef’s Center White & Silver Cookbook Holder
Though we don’t have scientific evidence to back this up, we’d estimate that cooking with this helpful cookbook holder improves the taste of meals by 37% at least. You can be the most innovative cook, with the world’s top ingredients, but if you keep splashing Béchamel all over your recipes and smudging the ingredients lists, you’re at an epicurean disadvantage. This stand has a splatter guard, sits on a Lazy Susan that can be wheeled in any direction, and has a pull-out weight and measures chart.

Cotton Twill Tablet Pillow in Khaki
If you know someone who’s always on their tablet, you know someone in serious need of this tablet pillow. It’s one of those presents you don’t know how badly you need until you get it, then you wonder how you ever lived without it. Gift it to your favorite tablet fiend, and they’ll end up practically gluing it to their laps.

Crosley Executive USB Turntable
What does the serious music nerd in your life long for this Christmas? A way to turn their favorite vinyl into digital files! This USB Turntable is easy to use—just plug in the USB cable, play your record, and let the thing do its work. Its timeless retro design will look classy in any home.

HappyLight Liberty 5.0 Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp
Though you can’t buy happiness, with this Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp, you can come pretty close. Researchers at the National Institute of Health claim that just sitting near the lamp’s white light while you read, craft, or write will help you shake off those winter blues in no time. Merry Christmas, indeed!

Original Buddha Board
Know someone who could use a little de-stressing around the holidays? Based on the Zen concept of living in the moment, the Buddha Board brings out the artist in everyone. Just paint on the board with water and watch your creation appear—then disappear before your eyes as the water evaporates. Let your creative flag fly! Comes in original, mini black, and mini red.

Pencil & Pastel Wooden Art Case
We bet the artist in your life doesn’t own this—54 pastels in a beautiful hardwood box. The bright colors are just begging to be used for greeting cards, portraits, and anything else the innovative mind can imagine. If you gift this for Christmas, you can expect a gorgeous, handmade thank-you note! (Hint, hint.)

Playable Art Ball Desk Sculpture
This desk sculpture is cool to look at and totally functional—the balls twist into any creative design you desire, which is sure to relieve stress in the middle of a crazy project or deadline. The eye-catching colors add a nice pop to any workspace, and serve as a reminder that it’s important to take a minute or two to play.

Craft Beer Kit: American Pale Ale & Hefeweizen
Know somebody serious (let’s be honest—picky) about their beer intake? The beer perfectionist in your life will feel challenged and excited to receive this beer kit that includes everything they need to craft their own brew at home. The best part of this gift? Celebrating at the end of the process with a cheers! Comes in American Pale Ale and Hefeweizen varieties.

Microwave Corn Popper
What do you get for the movie fan who already owns every DVD under the sun? Give them the one thing every movie buff loves pairing with a great flick: freshly popped popcorn. They’ll never reach for the microwave stuff again. And foodies can get creative with the kinds of oils and spices they use—or not use oil at all, for a surprisingly healthy treat.

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