Here at NextStepU, we did some digging around to find the latest in gift-giving ideas. Listed below are some fun and quirky ideas for each of your friends.
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1. Sphero 2.0
The future of gaming is here, and you hold the power! Sphero rolls 7 feet per second and pairs to your device via Bluetooth. Sphero also glows in millions of colors and is pet proof, waterproof, and ready for any adventure. Choose from more than 25 apps. Drive circles around your friends and turn your living room into a video game with augmented reality apps like The Rolling Dead. Watch the video to see how it works!
2. ReFleece™ tablet sleeves
Made from upcycled Patagonia and Woolrich garments, these innovative iPad, e-reader, and mini covers are a fun, furry way to cover a gadget, keep it protected from spills, and make a unique statement at the same time. Available in fuzzy red and green exteriors, as well as buffalo plaid and other patterns from Woolrich.
3. TaskLab TaskOne multi-tool iPhone case
This case (for iPhone 4, 4S and 5) is as thin or thinner than many other iPhone cases. Complete with 22 tools, including a kickstand, TaskOne comes in a variety of brilliant colors: Slate Grey, Cherry Red and Jet Black. It attaches easily with four small screws (included). Tools included are a removable knife with serrations, a Sawblade, small and large flathead screwdrivers, medium Phillips screwdriver, pliers with integrated wrench, wire cutters, Allen wrenches, spoke wrenches, wire stripper and a ruler.
4. HP Slatebook x2
With the HP SlateBook x2 detachable Android PC, you get the best of both worlds, transitioning from work to play easily and effortlessly. The full-size keyboard makes organization a breeze, while the tablet allows you to access your favorite Android apps, games or social network sites at home or on-the-go.
Price: Starting at $479
5. Apathy Anti-Bad-Mood Spray™
The pink grapefruit and basil essential oils in this hand-blended essential oil spray will jump start the brain and recharge energy levels. Mist your anti-Apathy™ mood spray in the steamy air of the shower before that early morning class or freshen stale air in shared restrooms and in your dorm room. These mood sprays are mess-free, ready-to-use, safe and convenient for shared environments.
Price: Starting at $9.99
The first patented headphones with external speakers, Boomphones have the dual functionality as headphones and a boombox. Designed with four speakers – two on the inside and two on the outside, they are perfect for hanging in your dorm, working out at the gym, riding the school bus or lunching in the quad. Boomphones let you rock out individually or share your music with everyone around. LED lights show which mode is in action: glowing white when Boomphones are internally amplified, and red when the bomb icon is pressed to blast the external speakers in boombox mode.
Price: The Phantom model retails for $149.99
7. World Vision
Women in Thailand hand-craft scarves to benefit families in Asia. The 58-inch long and 28-inch wide scarf is just one example of gifts available in the Maximum Impact Fund where money used to purchase the item is distributed among impoverished women and children. Get more holiday gift ideas from the World Vision Gift Catalog, a collection of gifts from a Christian humanitarian not-for-profit with an impressive impact on poverty.
8. Hit Mit
A paddle game that can be played by anyone, anywhere, anytime, Hit Mit is referred to as a “hands-on volley game.” Whether players are looking for a fun game or want to keep fit, Hit Mit is the perfect solution. Players have ultimate ball control — where their hand essentially becomes the paddle. Hit Mit is a great game to play on campus, and the perfect gift for your roommate!
MixMyOwn has you choose from 31 types of dried fruits including 13 types of freeze-dried fruits, 20 types of nuts and seeds, and other ingredients to make your own breakfast and snack mixes. MixMyOwn offers 8 pre-mixed breakfasts, and all choices are made from responsibly chosen ingredients, including a variety of 100% natural, unprocessed, organic, non-GMO, preservative-free and sugar-free options. What a fun gift for your foodie friends. Mix up a gift for your friend today!
Price: Starting at $7.60
10. Sarah Pinto Planners
Give your friends the gift of a fresh start in 2014. A Sarah Pinto planner and notebook is sure to set them off on the right foot and in style. Sarah Pinto’s planners and notebooks are simple, stylish, FUNctional and environmentally-friendly! They are made in San Francisco with recycled paper and soy based ink — sure to please the organized friends on your holiday gift list.
Price: Starting at $10
11. Foot Cardigan
When you get your friend a gift subscription to Foot Cardigan, each month a pair of totally random, quirky socks will be delivered to their doorstep. There’s no way to predict what’s in store until they rip open that special delivery — from mustache-covered toes to cute creatures. There are two options for purchase: a recurring monthly payment or an upfront, pre-paid subscription. Don’t have a friend that would love fun socks? Treat yourself!
Price: $9 per month or subscriptions starting at $33
12. Willa Skincare
A wide variety of cosmetics including lip balms, tinted moisturizers, shimmer lotions, acne treatment, face wash and moisturizers allow for teens to love a brand that will grow with them. Make a healthy choice for your bestie this holiday season by gifting her with natural products. We recommend the sleepover kit, which includes Start Fresh foaming face wash and Face Friendly clear face moisturizer small enough so you can travel light but also keep you glam on the go. The travel bag is cute to boot!
Price: Travel kit starting at $18
13. Studio C
The Cabana and Hot to Trot Collections from Studio C are colorful, happy and made for the person who wants to show her fun personality! These products are lightweight, slim fit and trendy — making them the perfect gift for your bestie or sister. These cases are designed to keep your devices protected without adding extra bulk to your bag.
Price: $29.99 - $39.99 and are available at Best Buy stores nationwide.
Do you have some great gift-giving ideas now?
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