Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for All Ages

There are a whole lotta gift recommendation posts out there.  I love them all.  I thought I’d give you some ideas that were a little out of the ordinary.  Stuff you might not think of, but you may wish to gift to someone in your circle of friends or family.  Here ya go… my favorite gift ideas for 2012:

I’m in love with these Baby Bloomers.  Such a sweet idea. ($19.31)

This is an Alex I Can Cook toy.  Yum yum, every day is spaghetti day! Fill and spill a soft pot with pasta and vegetables. Squeak the carrot, rattle the radish and jingle the tomato. ($16.72)

My 3 year old nephew is getting this Reversible Superhero Cape this year.  It comes with a mask too.  My son would have gone nuts of this! ($30.00)


And my 5 year old niece is getting this: Pretend & Play School.  I was a teacher for 12 years, and I know how much kids like to pretend to be the teacher.  The box says ages 3+, but I’m thinking this is best for 5+.  There’s a moveable clock, a map, fill-in-your-own calendar, pointer, eraser, hall passes, awards, worksheets, bell, stickers, report cards, etc.  So cute. ($26.27)


I’m saving Magformers for a 5/6 year old gift idea.  Kids can use the magnetic shapes to create imaginative and creative structures. ($37.30)


I think these Carpet Skates are fun for people who live in shivering, snowy/rainy climates.  Kids can get a little exercise by skating around on your carpet! ($19.57)

I thought of the iHome Speaker for a teenager, but my husband has one too and uses it quite often!  It just plugs into your iPhone, iPod, iTouch or whatever i-device you have and you’ve got an instant mini-speaker to play your iTunes! ($17.58)

And then I saw these ADORABLE iPhone covers for the iPhone 4 on Etsy.  Ice cream sandwiches,  Spam, Peeps, Cracker Jacks, Matzah, etc.  ($17.99)

Slippers for the Baseball Lover in your life (choose your team @ $13.99) or slippers for the Zombie-crazed person in your life too ($19.99)

A brand-new biography of Bruce Springsteen has just been published ($15.86), so if you know anyone who is as obsessed with The Boss as my husband is, they might enjoy it!  And OF COURSE, I’m suggesting that you begin watching Homeland (Showtime) because it is *absolutely* the best show on television.  If you haven’t seen it, you simply must.  I feel like I’m watching a really good movie every time a new episode is on.  It would make a great gift. ($34.96)


My sister bought me a Magnabilities Necklace for my birthday, and I TOTALLY LOVE IT!  The decorative magnets are inserts, so you can constantly change the look of your necklace.  You can get them in all shapes ($18 to $25)- on different kinds of cords or chains ($6 to $22), and then you can choose from zillions of magnetic inserts from all kinds of themes ($5).

Phew.  That’s it… those are my picks.  See anything you like?

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12 Responses to “Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for All Ages”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 5, 2012 @ 2:16 PM

    Awesome post. And yes, Homeland is a must! And is it weird that I kind of want the superhero cape for myself? :)

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    JulieD — December 5, 2012 @ 2:28 PM

    Of course you found zombie slippers!! LOL

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    kelley — December 6, 2012 @ 6:15 AM

    I love the pretend school. I have a six year old who would love this. He and his friends love to role play and since they just started kindergarten this year, school is often the theme! And those necklaces are going on MY wish list!

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    Renee@Mykitchenadventures — December 6, 2012 @ 6:53 AM

    Love the superhero cape! I think I just might pick the season one of Homeland up for my husband. We don’t have HBO, but it seems to be a great drama to watch…esp when there is nothing else on! We actually had a two day Walking Dead marathon with season one when we both started watching the series around the beginning of season two to catch up. THAT was a lot of Zombie!

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    Lacey — December 6, 2012 @ 3:48 PM

    That ice cream sandwich iphone case is just my style. Sending the link to my hubby right now!

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    Linda | The Urban Mrs — December 6, 2012 @ 6:54 PM

    Hahaha – Baby Bloomers are too cute! I hope they also have them in adult size so I can tease my sister. :)

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    Erin — December 7, 2012 @ 12:47 PM

    These are all such great ideas! I think a great gift for all ages is donating to a charity in someone’s name. Heifer International (www.heifer.org) is a great charity to consider. They are working to end hunger and poverty by providing animals to families in need.

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 8th, 2012 @ 10:06 PM

      great idea!

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    Muddy Kinzer — December 8, 2012 @ 11:20 AM

    I LOVE Homeland! It’s a great show: high caliber in every way. I also love the Magnibilities necklaces. Thanks for the great ideas!

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    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — December 10, 2012 @ 5:27 PM

    I LOVE that ice cream iPhone cover! Looks like I know what I’ll be getting myself this year :) Merry Christmas, Lori!

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    Alicia — December 17, 2012 @ 7:24 PM

    I have Homeland next in the Netflix queue, so excited! Also, awesome idea on that magnetic necklace… my sister is super into jewelry and accessories and that would be PERFECT for her

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    Denise — November 12, 2013 @ 11:19 AM

    Thanks for the tips for Christmas gifts. I always have trouble getting ideas.