These plants (everything from tomatoes and chili peppers to succulents and marigolds) come in an electronic “smartpot” that handles the watering, fertilizing and care. (Watch the video to see how it works.) So really, you’re not just giving a plant, you’re giving the gift of a green thumb.
TOWER OF CANDY
A standard box of candy says, “I picked this up on the way to your house.” Seven boxes of sweets, including chocolate, gummy bears, cookies and more from celeb-loved N.Y.C. candy store Dylan’s Candy Bar says, “I am the best gift giver in the universe.”
GUITAR PICK PUNCH
Gift cards are pretty much the lowest common denominator present, which is why everyone ends up with a stack of them after Christmas. This cool gadget lets your friends turn their used squares of plastic into custom guitar picks.
FANCY DISHWASHING GLOVES
Passive-aggressively encourage a roommate or spouse to do more dishes by presenting him or her with these fashion-forward waterproof gloves, a major upgrade from the plain old yellow ones everyone else has.
PICKLES EVERY MONTH
Wine-of-the-month clubs are nice, but hardly creative. This site takes subscription gifts to the next level, though, with packages like pickled products (beets, grapes, bacon, fennel, cherries, the list goes on…). Other options include cocktails, jerky and the latest snacks from the “indie food scene.”
PORTABLE INDOOR/OUTDOOR FIREPLACE
If your family has a tradition of opening one present on Christmas Eve, make it this one. That way, you can all cozy up near this surprisingly affordable fireplace in your pajamas sipping hot chocolate while waiting for Santa to arrive.
AN OLIVE TREE
Yes, you read that right. You can adopt an actual Italian olive tree for your friend. Choose from a variety of types in different vineyards (your money goes toward caring for the tree) and pay a bit more to receive extra virgin olive oil direct from your adoptee.
Everyone seems to be buying throwback record players this season and they’re going to need something to play on them. What better way to help them build their collection than with a little “Creep” and “Waterfalls,” plus the 14 other tracks on TLC’s hit 1994 album.