Sure, you could send them all gift cards again (or worse, a stale fruitcake from the gas station), but we have some better ideas for travelers, drag queens, fur babies, fashionistas, and so much more. (Hint: click "more" for prices and links.)
The waterproof Aquio Bottle Speaker also keeps things cold up to 24 hours. ($70, AquioBottles.com)
The super-cool, lightweight, and compact Portable Solar Camping Lantern, Phone Charger, and Flashlight can charge a 8 phone and fold up to fit into the palm of a hand to be used as a flashlight. ($29, EverythingTechGear.com)
Ingenious Wonderbag cooks without electricity or fire (after initial boil) so you can arrive on the slopes with dinner ready.
It combats deforestation and reduces rape (82 percent of rape in Africa happen while women and girls are gathering firewood) because for every bag sold in the West, a bag goes to the developing world. ($39, WonderbagWorld.com)
Industrial designer Marion Excoffon’s father refused to lend her his boat, so she decided to build her own and make sailing accessible to all.
The result: Tiwal 3 Inflatable Sailing Dinghy, a sailboat that can be assembled in under 20 minutes and transported in a small car. ($5,400 and up, Tiwal.com)
This innovative Two- Way Live Conversation Speaking Translator provides instant, two-way verbal communication between people that don’t share a common language.
Unlike other translators that require one to stop and enter each sentence word for word, one simply talks into this device as if engaging in real conversation. ($350, Hammacher.com)
This neoprene Java Sok will keep their Frappuccinos cold and hands dry. ($10 JavaSok.com)
Kids can't help but adore Ozobot's new Evo, an app-connected, coding robot that kids can program themselves using simple computer code.
A little larger than a golfball, Evo uses optical sensors to follow lines that kids make with just markers and plain paper, so they don't even need a screen to start their STEM education. Evo works on a color-coded language so kids use colored markers or stickers to tell it what to do. (Red green red green, for example, is the tornado code and makes Evo spin around.) Add a computer or smartphone and kids can use Ozobot's programs to do advanced codes (that create sounds, lights, routines). There are two new wearable skins (unicorn and racer) that Ozobot and Mark Hanna (America's Got Talent alum) created (if your niece is like mine, she'll dig the YouTube videos of Hanna's fluidly, funky robotic moves in a dance-off with Evo, with its own dance pattern programmed completely with Ozobot's OzoBlockly visual code editor). ($99 Evo, $10 Skins, ozobot.com)
With the Rocketbook Everlast, you can upload your notes, add water, and it magically erases so you can reuse it again. ($34, GetRocketBook.com)
Having trouble finding the perfect gift for the musical genius in your life?
Look no further than the Spire Studio, a portable recording studio with built-in mic, wi-fi, one-touch soundcheck, and no annoying cables. Working with its mobile app featuring loads of recording and editing tools, Spire Studio helps you record up to eight tracks, mix them in the Spire app, and produce professional-quality sounds with ease—whenever and wherever inspiration may strike. ($349, spire.live)
Stuff his stocking with Tame the Beast’s Nut Butter Edibles (yep, stuff for your junk), Butter Shave Soap, and Ginseng Shampoo & Caffeine Conditioner. (Nutt Butter $19, GetBeast.com)
The genius premise behind the award-winning, Not Parent Approved Card Game (letting the kids behave inappropriately) is a great way to the get the entire family’s noses out of their devices and connect.
($25, Amazon). Or, try Vertellis Conversation Cards, which has family, holiday, or relationship editions. ($20, Vertellis.com)
Shirtless leather daddy or purse-hater? NiK Kacy’s GenderFree Utility Holster with Wallet is sleek and practical. ($172, NiKKacy.com)
Love that The Good Chemist Youth Boost Serum is made only of scientifically-proven elements and the company donates $1 of every purchase to support STEM education programs for girls. ($65, TheGoodChemist.com)
Rice's Local Hive Honey lets you treat honey like fine wine, with 16 different local varietals of raw, unfiltered honey. Each region (including Florida, Northeast, Southern California, Colorado, and more) brings something new to the tasting menu. A great hostess gift, too. ($5.99 and up, LocalHiveHoney.com)