The Perfect Gift for the Creative on Your List

We all have different perspectives, and each of us uses a variety of tools and talents to express them. Whether through audio, visual, or text, we find a way to convey our ideas to the world. These gifts are for the person in your life who always strives to make the world a better, brighter place.

Visual Artists

Addison + Lake Custom Art Prints and Framing ($36+ at
Perhaps your favorite artist is in need of printing or framing services. Addison + Lake creates custom art prints on a variety of materials, including fine art paper, canvas, metal, and wood. Add a professional touch to your favorite artist’s work with Addison + Lake.

Feit Electric Vintage LED Bulbs ($10 at

Feit Electric is dedicated to bringing innovative and creative lighting solutions to the market, and this lineup of vintage-inspired LED bulbs is sure to please even the most critical artist in your circle. Visually appealing without all the bells, whistles (and bugs) in modern smart lights, these LED bulbs use modern technology while still looking vintage and providing a style unlike anything else.

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Fillamentum Timberfill Wood Composite Filament ($58 at

Once you get started with home 3D printing, it’s only a matter of time before you start wanting to experiment with different polymer blends to create different effects. Fillamentum makes a wide variety of polymers, and the Timberfill line is my personal favorite. It’s a wooden polymer composite filament that’s made from 100% biodegradable sources and makes your finished product look and almost feel like real wood.

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Force1 F100 Ghost Drone ($179.95 at

Camera drones can get expensive, but they’re a dream buy for any photographer looking to get beautiful aerial shots. The F100 Force Drone comes with a 1080P camera and can accommodate most action cams so you can upgrade it to 4K, 360, or whatever your heart desires. Get up to 15 minutes of flight time per charge and extended use from the brushless motors that are ideal for holding steady and getting that perfect shot.

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FujiFilm Instax Wide 300 and Share SP-1 ($180 and $120 on

Smartphones put digital cameras in everyone’s pockets, but some of us still prefer the physical touch and feel of physical photographs. FujiFilm’s Instax series bridges this gap with two innovative products that allow for instant printers. The Share SP-1 connects to your phone via WiFi to print instant photos directly from it. Meanwhile, the Instax Wide 300 is an instant-print camera that makes taking and printing instant pictures a snap.

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Gnarbox Portable Backup & Editing System ($299.99 for 128GB at

Video and photo editing can be a pain, especially while on the go. Something as simple as transferring a file between devices can bottleneck production, which can cripple a creative professional’s business. Gnarbox makes this easier by allowing connections from any camera (and some memory cards). Files (even 4k and .Raw) can then be imported, edited, and shared directly from the Gnarbox app. It’s rugged enough to be used anywhere and small enough that you’ll want to.

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Medium Photo Boards ($40 at
Wondering why the photos here look so good? It’s partly because I’m working with a great photographer. The Medium Granite Photo Board helps too. Make your social media and ecommerce pictures shine with these printed foam boards in a variety of textures. Perfect for the photographer, entrepreneur, or social media maven in your life.

Prismacolor Premium Soft-core Colored Pencils (Price Varies at

Every artist loves to draw occasionally, and only the best art supplies will work. Nurture their creative side with Prismacolor’s premium colored pencils. These are capable of creating professional, sell-able artwork and will certainly put a smile on the face of the artist in your life.

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Prismacolor Premium Pens (Price Varies at

Prismacolor doesn’t just make colored pencils – the brand is a leader in a wide variety of artist-grade pens, markers, and more. Boost your skills on any medium with this premium set of pens. Or check out something else from their wide selection.

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Robo R2 Smart 3D Printer w/ Wi-Fi ($1499 at
Of all the consumer 3D printers I’ve tested this year, most are only capable of 100 micron-resolution prints. This means even the expensive models are barely putting out anything more than hobbyist-quality prints. The Robo R2 is easily the best filament printer I’ve used so far, providing a 20 micron print, heated bed, and on-board camera so you can monitor your prints remotely. Help someone start their own home-based 3D printing business with a Robo R2 for the holidays.
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Vidbox Video Conversion Suite for PC & Mac ($89.99 at

Although most everything new is digital these days, it doesn’t mean we don’t all still own VHS cassette tapes, DVDs, and other analog media and playback devices. With Vidbox, you can transfer audio and video to your computer using any compatible video player with RCA or S-video outputs. Useful for the video engineer in your life.
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Vivitar 360-View Action Cam ($195 at
Virtual reality is slowly gaining acceptance, but there’s not much spherical content around when compared to traditional 2D video. With a 360 action camera, you’ll be able to make your mark in the VR world and gain a following inaccessible to others. Get on this bandwagon early, because it’s only a matter of time before our reality goes virtual.
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Blue Bluebird SL Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone ($299.99 at
Blue redefined the microphone industry with its Yeti USB microphone, which is popular among podcasters, Youtubers, and web professionals. Studio musicians, radio DJs, and others, however, prefer the Bluebird SL, which uses the standard mic cable. This expertly designed mic captures crystal-clear vocals, piano, guitar, and more. On top of this, it’s simply breathtaking to look at. Honestly, there’s nobody you can get this for who won’t be immediately impressed with it.
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Master & Dynamic MW60 Over-Ear Wireless Headphones ($549 at
I’m lucky enough to have a lot of product knowledge and hands-on experience from all the products marketing companies and brands send me to review. Master and Dynamic is one of those products I kept for my personal collection, after having tested over 30 bluetooth headsets. That’s because as a musician myself, I appreciate their attention to using the best materials and bypassing all the extra electronic crap other companies add to remind me of that era before mp3s became so popular.

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NewAir Portable Dryer ($279.95 at

NewAir is a name you can trust for appliances, and since musicians tend to travel a lot and live in small spaces, this compact, 26W, 2.6 cubic foot dryer is the perfect appliance for the musician in your life. It’s compact (weighs only 44 pounds) and works with a standard 120V, three-pronged outlet. Whether on the road, while couch surfing, or living in small houses and apartments without dryer vents, NewAir doesn’t sacrifice on quality to save space.

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Spire Mobile Recording Studio ($349 at

Recording music, or any kind of audio for that matter, is an art form, and it’s a lot harder than it looks, especially when you’re on the go. The Spire Mobile Studio makes this easier with built-in Wi-Fi and an iOS app that lets you control everything from your iPhone. Don’t let your musician friend’s Stairway to Heaven go unheard – pick up a recording solution for them this holiday season.
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Ultimate Ears Boom 2 ($149.99-199.99 at
The best portable bluetooth speaker from the 2016 holiday season remains the king of the crop among the 2017 holiday lineup as well. If you know someone who loves listening to music wherever they go, the UE Boom 2 is waterproof, tough enough to handle a beating, and can synchronize with over 150 Boom, Boom 2, and Megaboom speakers to provide the most immersive sound possible.
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V-Moda Remix Hi-Fi Bluetooth Speaker ($300 at

Serious musicians demand serious equipment, and the V-Moda Remix is the ultimate hi-fidelity bluetooth speaker on the market. Making things even better, you can customize your speaker with 3D printing and even plug headphones into the first Bluetooth speaker with a built-in headphone amplifier.
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Zivix Air Jamz ($39.99 at
Back in the day, we played Guitar Hero and Rock Band and pretend to rock out to our favorite tunes. Unfortunately the experience was limited and didn’t feel much like a real guitar. Thanks to Air Jamz, you can use a pick to air strum your way through Stairway to Heaven, Freebird, or whatever you favorite song is.
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Zivix Jamstik+ ($279.99 at
If air guitar isn’t your thing and you prefer the real thing, Zivix has the product for you. The Jamstik+ is a fully functional portable smart guitar that lets you strum real strings connected while connecting to your computer or phone as a Bluetooth MIDI controller. Now you no longer need to carry around that huge guitar, and it’s only a matter of time before we see a band popularize these great instruments.
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Readers and Writers

Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution ($19.95 at
There aren’t many people out there who don’t love chocolate. The journey from cacao pod into finished chocolate bar is actually an interesting story – one that author Megan Giller traces every nuanced detail of, while providing a plethora of pairings, recipes, and tips from chefs and chocolatiers around the world.
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Community Coffee Morning Coffee Set ($29.99 at

Community Coffee is a great way to get the caffeine kick necessary to be creative in the morning. It’s not only how I start some days, it’s how I extend them long into the night. Reading and writing can make your eyes droopy real quick, and this delicious pick-me-up keeps them open when work needs to be done.

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House Jungle: Turn Your Home into a Plant-Filled Paradise ($12.95 at

Have you ever been to a friend’s house who could really use some color in their decorating? House Jungle is Annie Dornan-Smith’s illustrated and hand-lettered book walking anyone through each and every step necessary to grow your own houseplants. From selecting the perfect pots and plants for every corner to care tips, it’s the only manual you’ll ever need.

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Panther Vision Lights ($14.99-49.99 at

It’s hard to read in the dark, not to mention the negative impact it’ll have on your eye health and sight. Panther Vision reading glasses have built-in flashlights to ensure you can read anywhere, even in the middle of the night. Pick up a pair for the bookworm on your holiday gift list.

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ReMarkable Tablet ($599 at

Tablets are great for a lot of things, but reading and writing aren’t among them. Thankfully the Remarkable Tablet is a paperwhite tablet with stylus that feels like using a real paper and pen. If you know a writer like me, they’ll certainly love the feel of writing, sketching, and taking notes on Remarkable.

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The Julia Rothman Collection: Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy ($50 at
We have a disconnect with food in the U.S., and most kids probably think pizza grows on trees. This collection of whimsical books from author Julia Rothman is a great way to learn about farming, nature, and food. It’s a great book set with fun illustrations that’s sure to impress the bookworm on your list.
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Makeup Mavens

Ardell Pro Eyeshadow Palette ($14.99 at

Ardell knows eyes – the company has provided the best fake lashes on the market for over 45 years, and they also provide a line of eye shadows that are to die for. With gritty names like “Limo Leather” and “Hot Night Out,” these eyeshadows will put a smile on the face of the beauty queen in your life.
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Bio Ionic Power Diva Hair Dryer ($150 at
Bio Ionic uses a nozzle infused with natural volcanic mineral in the Power Diva to microhydrate your hair and dry at a lower heat. This 1800W blow dryer is compact and provides a refined level of control over speed settings. It’s perfect for the traveler in your life who wants to keep his or her hair perfectly styled in any weather.
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eSalon Getting Rich Shampoo and Every Rich Way Conditioner ($15 each at

A lot of shampoos have sulfates that can wreak havoc on colored hair. Luckily, eSalon provides this affordable shampoo and conditioner that skip the sulfates to include moisturizing ingredients that’ll leave your hair smooth, untangled, and with vibrant color. You can also have products customized specifically for your hair and auto-delivered on your schedule.

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L’Oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($10.99 at

With no ammonia and no mixing required, L’Oreal’s Colorista semi-permanent hair colors are a great way to touch up grays or just try out a new look. With 7 shades of blonde, 4 shades of brown, and bright colors like pink and blue, these hair color treatments will ensure the social butterfly on your list looks great wherever he or she goes.
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L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipsticks ($8.99 at

Your natural lips won’t show up well on camera, and L’Oreal makes some great lipsticks at an affordable price to put a matte finish on your lips. You’ll notice an immediate difference in the way you look on social media and more. Pick some up for the Instaglam princess in your life.

Red Carpet Manicure Gel Pro Kit ($80 at

Gel manicures are a long-lasting way to provide vibrant color to fingers and toes, and this professional kit with LED gel-curing light is the envy of every woman who doesn’t have one. Impress your favorite social media queen with a gel polish kit she’ll use for years to come.

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Vanity Girl Hollywood Broadway Lighted Vanity Mirror ($399 at
If you’ve ever watched a movie about broadway or been on social media, odds are you’re familiar with the classic vanity mirror, surrounded by bulbs to light up your face and put makeup on with extreme detail. Vanity Girl Hollywood makes these mirrors available to the masses.
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Vanity Planet Blend Party Oval Makeup Brush Kit ($129.99 at

Everybody knows you can’t put makeup on with your fingers anymore, and we’re trending toward more professional solutions. These oval makeup brushes from Vanity Planet are styled after those found in the makeup bags of Hollywood’s most elite makeup professionals. Mimic their flawless style with these premium brushes.
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Smokers and Vapers

Astral Hemp Tinkers ($100 at

Cannabis is about more than just THC and CBD. Hemp is a useful fiber that has a variety of uses, one of which is as a textile for shoes. The Hemp Tinkers from Astral combine hemp with recycled polyester to create the ultimate outdoor performance and lifestyle shoe. Pick some up for the hemp lover in your inner circle.

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CBD Medic ($69 at

Cannabidiol is one of the major cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Used for relief of pain, nausea, and more, it’s a wonder drug whose potency and legality is still being determined by the DEA. CBD derived from hemp is still legal in most states, and Healthy Hemp’s CBD Medic topical is a great product for relieving pain on the spot. Pick some up to make your favorite stoner’s holiday a happy one.

Deviant Dabs ($30+ at

Based in NorCal’s famous Emerald Triangle, Deviant Dabs provides handcrafted, small-batch wax, shatter, and rosin in compliance with California’s recreational marijuana laws. If you’re on the west coast, pick some up to let the pothead in your life get their head straight with a few dabs of cannabis concentrates.

Glassy Quartz Pipe ($54 at

I’ve used a ton of pipes in my day, everything from homemade temporary one-hitter foil pipes to unbreakable glass, and everything in between. Quartz pipes are among my favorite, as the raw stone looks great and it’s durable, too. On top of all this, 10% of profits from each sale is donated to Planned Parenthood.

Happy Kit Deluxe ($29.99 at
Traveling with weed isn’t easy, especially when you’re crossing borders. Each state in the U.S. has different marijuana laws these days, and it’s still federally illegal, so you don’t want to have your expensive paraphernalia confiscated. The Happy Kit provides basic smoking tools in a clearly labeled pouch, so you’ll be able to find, smoke, or toss your stash as the need arises, wherever you are.

Into the AM Guy Fawkes Hoodie ($60+ at
Drugs are a culture, and that culture is closely tied to raves and other festivals. You’ll look good and fit in with this Guy Fawkes hoodie from Into the AM. Whether chilling with your friends or hitting the streets to make your voice heard, this stylish hoodie is sure to leave a lasting impression wherever you go.
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Kinin Breathable Aromatherapy Pens ($24+

Launched this year, Kinin provides essential oil blends that help you relax, recover, or energize using pure essential oils like eucalyptus, kava, and cinnamon spice. Vaping is a lot healthier when using natural essential oils, and these pens will give you the feeling of vaping without drugs. Get them to help the smoker in your life get healthier.

Magical Butter Starter Kit ($174.95 at

There’s nothing more magical than creating your own homemade infused butters, oils, tinctures, soups, sauces, skin care products, and more. The Magical Butter Machine lets you infuse any herb (420 or not) into any base, which is why it’s one of the most successful companies to arise from the legalization of medical marijuana.

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Vape Chemist Kold Blue e-Juice ($19.99+ at

If you don’t already know, I’ve been contributing to the Vape Chemist blog for several years now. In that time, I’ve had the pleasure of vaping all their flavors and keep many in my personal collection. Kold Blue is a new flavor from the brand, mixing blueberry and menthol to create a bold flavor that’s sure to impress the vaper on your list.

Vape Chemist Philippine Mango CBD e-Juice ($49.99 at

The Philippine Mango is one of my favorite vape flavors in my personal stash. Now they’re releasing a CBD-infused version of this popular flavor. Pick some up today to make the switch from nicotine to a healthier, more relaxing alternative.

VaporFi Vex 150 TC Mod & Vulk Tank ($74.99 & $39.99 at
Vaping began as a fringe hobby, but it’s exploded over the past decade, and vape kits are now used by smokers and non-smokers alike. VaporFi’s Vex 150 TC Mod box uses removable 18650 batteries and produces 150 watts to ensure smooth vaping from start to finish. Pair with a Sub-Ohm Vulk Tank for the ultimate in portable vaping. Check out their Grand Reserv eJuices to find your favorite flavor.

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VaporFi Atom Dry Herb Vaporizer ($139.99 at

Vaporizers aren’t just for eliquids and essential oils. You can vape dry herbs as well, and the VaporFi Atom is a sleek, portable, and easy-to-use device to allow vaping of cannabis and other herbs without attracting too much attention with smoke odors.

VaporFi Grnd Rsrv E-Juice ($17.99+ at
VaporFi’s grand reserve collection of e-juices are their premium collection of favorite flavor options like Cloud Candy, Catch Ya Latte, and Maui Menthol. Pick some up for the vaper in your life who always wants to try new flavors.
Wynd Personal Air Purifier ($199 at
There’s nothing worse than hotboxing a car or room you didn’t mean to. Smoking can be stigmatizing, and the smell it leaves behind is gross, even to smokers. With a Wynd personal air purifier, you can keep the air around you clean by blowing your smoke into a personal air purifier that also tracks the air around you. Don’t be ghetto – ditch your toilet paper roll filled with dryer sheets and pick up a solution that actually works.
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DIY Experts

Dremel 4000 Series 39-piece Rotary Tool Kit ($99 at

Lowes is one of the top hardware stores around, and you’re unlikely to have a DIY project they don’t have the proper tools to get done. The Dremel 4000 series rotary tool is among my personal favorite tools, as it can be used to sand, cut, polish, grind, or drill even the smallest spaces. It’s the perfect way to finish your 3D prints to make them look professional before sending them out to customers.

Flir One Thermal Imaging Camera ($199 at

By turning your phone into a thermal imaging camera, Flir One is the ultimate DIY tool. Thermal imaging helps you find electrical problems, air leaks, unwelcome critters, and more night or day using thermal scanning technology and your smartphone. If you know a handyman who loves working around the house, Flir One is the perfect gift to he may not even know he wanted.

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Earthstone Cleaning and Sanding Blocks ($4.95+ at

Paper towels, sponges, and copper brushes get dirty and need to be replaced eventually, adding more garbage to landfills. Earthstone is a green, US-based manufacturer of foamed glass products that turns recycled glass into useful products for cleaning your toilets, kitchen, grill, pool, and so much more. Get a few for the Danny Tanner in your life.

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Formfutura Filament ($20+ at

Formfutura makes premium filaments for 3D printing from the Netherlands. Whether you’re looking for ABS, PLA, or specialty composites like wood, metal, nylons, and more, they have it in a variety of colors to suit your needs. Pick some up for the 3D printer enthusiast in your home.

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Gladiator 3’ Wide Mobile Workstation ($299.99 at
It takes strength and utility to survive outdoor and garage work. Whirlpool’s Gladiator brand understands this and makes this heavy-duty steel and hardwood mobile workstation that’s perfect for the DIY expert, tool head, gardener, or anyone who wants quality furniture in and around their house.
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HumanScale Infinity Light ($599+ at

The Infinity light is a minimalist arm light with seemingly limitless moveable possibilities. Cables are hidden from view to provide a clean look and fluid movement in any position. Using the highest-efficiency LED chip on the market, it uses only 9 watts of electricity to provide 1500 lux illumination. It’s great for working on all your DIY projects.

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Ledvance Sylvania Smart+ LED Full-Color A19 Bulb ($44.99 at

The biggest problem with most smart lights is they require a bulky hub, even if you use a smarthome hub like Samsung’s SmartThings or Wink. Sylvania partnered with Ledvance to create the Smart+ bulb series that’s now compatible with Apple HomeKit, which doesn’t require a hub. That means you’ll have hubless control over the lighting in your house – exactly what a DIYer would want for Christmas.

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Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill w/ One-Key ($120+ at

Everyone’s making smart tools these days, and I had a chance to try the largest platforms and compare their features and apps this year. Milwaukee Tools M18 Fuel with One-Key outperforms them all because of one key feature. The sensors are built into the drill instead of the battery, so you can lock, track, and locate your tools, even control the speed, all from your smartphone.
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Mynt Universal Remote and Bluetooth Tracker ($19.99 at

More than just your typical bluetooth tracker, Mynt can also be programmed to control your phone, presentation, music player, and more like a universal remote. Give your favorite DIY expert several to see what other uses they come up with.

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New Matter Mod-T 3D Printer ($299 at

New Matter is a Wi-Fi-enabled PLA printer that’s affordable with a minimal design. Print resolutions up to 100 microns using non-proprietary filament puts it ahead of competitors in its price range, like the Da Vinci Mini. On top of this, the second generation printer is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter with 30% faster printing speeds, 2x Wi-Fi signal strength, and even more improvements.
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Plantogram Big Red Pomegranate Tree ($49.99 at

The ultimate foodie treat is to eat food you’ve grown yourself, and Plantogram makes it easy by shipping grown plants that save you months or even years trying to sprout from seed. Find exotic fruits, herbs, and flowers like vanilla orchids, mango trees, chocolate, coffee, and more for the foodie in your life.

Scribbler 3D Pen Duo ($129 at

Even if you have the most expensive 3D printer on the consumer market, there’s a good chance it’ll make mistakes or run into trouble printing certain things. While a 3D pen is no replacement for a 3D printer (trust me – you don’t have the stamina to layer it evenly), it’s a great way to perform touchups or add some color to your finished 3D print. It’s perfect for the lifehacker on your list.

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Sharpie Ultimate Collection ($84.99 at

Doing things yourself requires a lot of marking, remarking, and marking again. Thankfully there’s Sharpie, the marker brand that’s coveted by street artists and creative professionals everywhere. The Ultimate Collection includes 115 fine, ultra-fine, neon, metallic, twin tip, and chisel tip markers in a wide variety of colors, so you’ll never find a surface you can’t make your mark on.
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SodaStream Power ($149.99 at

There’s nothing quite like taking control over your drinks and creating your own carbonated beverages. Simply attach the included CO2 cannister to carbonate water, then add flavoring of your choice. The SodaStream Power is the latest release from SodaStream and the perfect gift for the hacker in your life.

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Pico Brew Pico Pro Craft Brewing Kit ($799 at

Home brewing can be a tough task, but with craft beer being such a craze these days, it’s hard not to be intrigued by it. Pico Brew makes it easier with a countertop home-brewing machine that lets you create award-winning beers from over 170 breweries around the world at home in 2 weeks with the Pico Pro. Give one to the craft beer lover on your list.
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Trackr Pixel ($24.99 at

There’s nothing worse than needed a tool and not having it, and bluetooth trackers are the way to fix this. The Trackr Pixel is Alexa-enabled, meaning you can use it to find anything you need to track around the house by just asking out loud. Help your DIY expert find their things this holiday season.

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Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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