The struggle is real. The struggle to buy a really cool and thoughtful gift this holiday, that is. And we get it. Dad doesn’t really want a tie. Mom doesn’t really want slippers. Ho-hum can easily translate to humbug. It’s time to up your gift game and come out the hero over the holidays.
Your friends here at BackCountry have found a few gift ideas online that we think are pretty rad and can score you big points with the fam. No more cell phone cases, Swiss Army knives, and rom-com DVDs. Here are the presents people really want to open:
Don’t buy a gym membership for your family member who plans on “losing 20 pounds” in the new year. Get this person a Class Pass instead. With this pass, he or she can sign up for different classes at different studios around their neighborhood, trying their hand at everything from boxing to spinning to boot camp.
Star Wars Pen
Is there a Star Wars fan in the family? Instead of buying another action figure or video game, give them the gift of class with a pen from the Cross X Star Wars collection. These pens commemorate Darth Vader, the Millennium Falcon, and the Stormtrooper, and feature a powerful wide stance with strong lines.
National Parks Year Pass
This gift goes a long way for your grandparents setting out in their Winnebago or your college-aged kid who’s an avid hiker. A year-long pass to the United States National Parks and federal recreational lands is perfect for the adventurer in your family. You’ll even be giving the whole family an excuse to pack up the hiking gear and spend a weekend among the trees.
Cell Phone Sanitizer
Is there a germaphobe or “germ conscious” person in your life? Seen on both Shark Tank and The Discovery Channel, this gadget kills 99.9% of the bacteria on your mobile device with UV Light while charging it. This patented design is the only device out there that can sanitize your whole phone. It also zaps the bac off of pacifiers, smart watches, headphones, credit cards, and keys.
MasterClass gives you the opportunity to learn skills from the best — the literal masters of their fields — through online videos and material. Gordon Ramsay teaches a course on cooking. Annie Leibovitz teaches photography. Steph Curry teaches basketball technique. The list goes on. Perfect for that person who is constantly curious and always craving knowledge.
Hopefully, this list put the holly-jolly back in your holiday gift-giving spirit. Are there any gifts you came up with this year that are truly one-of-a-kind? We’d love to hear more gift ideas – the more the merrier! Feel free to share and we can’t wait to see what everyone got in the new year!