Need Innovative Gift Ideas? 10 Items to Help with Your Holiday Shopping

By Laura Kemmerer

The stockings are hanging by the fireplace, the tree is strung with lights and the toys are taking over the living room. The holidays are coming and we want to help prepare you with a list of unique and creative gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Nvate innovative gifts Iron Man Stained Glass by Martian Glass Works Portal Gun Replica Brass Knuckles Stun Gun Celluon Magic Cube Virtual Keyboard Sonic Screwdriver Necklace by Urban Industries Rainbow Fireplace Flame Crystals Nintendo Controller Coffee Table by Bohemian Workbench 24-Port Monster USB Hub by ThinkGeek The Lord of the Rings 50th Anniversary Edition Beard Beanie

Iron Man Stained Glass

Iron Man Stained Glass

For Marvel and movie fans alike, Martian Glass Works on Etsy brings Iron Man to life—in stained glass. According to the product page, this piece is ringing in at dimensions of 31 by 47 inches, while incorporating 334 pieces of glass, 275 feet of copper foil, five rolls of solder and a whole lot of manpower. Paired with the fact that the Iron Man himself features the new armor redesign from the Iron Man 3 movie, this is a wonderful piece for anyone who is in love with this hero from the Marvel universe. This particular piece is listed for $4,500 on Etsy.

Portal Gun Replica

The cake may be a lie—a catchphrase from the Portal videogame—but this replica of the Portal gun from the videogames sure isn’t. Constructed at a 1 to 1 scale, this piece measures 30 inches long, and has orange and blue LED lights with the appropriate sounds. This piece also features a three-way switch that allows the user to switch between LED colors, and when triggered it plays a firing sound. Limited to a production of 5,000, the Portal gun replica is available for $580 on Amazon.

Brass Knuckles Stun Gun

For the member of your family that is constantly investing in self-defense classes and nonlethal weaponry, there is the brass knuckles stun gun. Packing 950,000 volts of punch, this combination of brass knuckles and stun gun comes with a rubberized coating for grip, a safety switch, a “ready for use” indicator, and a separate button that delivers the electric punch. The brass knuckles stun gun lists for $18.50 on Amazon.

Infrared Keyboard

For the family member constantly on the go who can’t ever manage to leave their tech behind, there is the Celluon Magic Cube Virtual Keyboard. Able to be hooked in to devices ranging from an iPad to a desktop computer, this handy little device projects a virtual keyboard onto a flat, opaque surface. Gone are the days of getting dust and other less than savory things under the keys of your keyboard, when all you need is this small device and a flat surface. The infrared keyboard can also be charged via a mini-USB to USB cable, which is provided. The Celluon Magic Cube Virtual Keyboard is $135 on Amazon.

Sonic Screwdriver Necklace

If you have a Doctor Who fan in your life, getting them something they don’t already have might prove to be a challenge. But Urban Industries on Etsy has stepped up to meet that challenge with a variety of unique necklaces that feature the 10th or 11th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. Each pendant is made with pewter and comes with a 24-inch necklace chain. The sonic screwdriver necklace is listed for $25 on Etsy.

Rainbow Fireplace Flame Crystals

If you have a loved one who enjoys camping, bonfires or is a fire aficionado, take a look at the Rainbow Fireplace Flame Crystals. Meant only to work with wood fires, these crystals will turn flames a variety of crazy colors—reds, blues and greens. One use of these crystals will last for half an hour, and each container has enough for 20 to30 uses. The flame crystals are $14.95 on Amazon.

Nvate innovative gifts Iron Man Stained Glass by Martian Glass Works Portal Gun Replica Brass Knuckles Stun Gun Celluon Magic Cube Virtual Keyboard Sonic Screwdriver Necklace by Urban Industries Rainbow Fireplace Flame Crystals Nintendo Controller Coffee Table by Bohemian Workbench 24-Port Monster USB Hub by ThinkGeek The Lord of the Rings 50th Anniversary Edition Beard Beanie

Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

For the nerd who likes to mix retro functionality with beautiful design, there is the Nintendo Controller coffee table. Comprised of maple, mahogany and walnut, this table can also be used as a Nintendo NES controller. At 18 inches in height, 42 inches in length and 18.25 inches wide, this functional piece of gaming history rings in at $3,700 on Etsy.

24-Port Monster USB Hub

Know someone who never has enough places to hook up all of their electronics? Be the new favorite relative and introduce them to the 24-Port Monster USB Hub. Featuring overcurrent protection for every port, USB and AC/DC wall adapter power sources, and the ability to power USB devices without a computer, this is a must have for any tech addict. The 24-Port Monster USB Hub is $44.95 at ThinkGeek.

The Lord of the Rings 50th Anniversary Edition

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Lord of the Rings, these classic books have been reprinted in one hardbound tome. This edition features a cover design originally dreamt up by J.R.R. Tolkien himself and the collection features text corrected under the supervision of his son, Christopher. Also included are two fold-out maps, an insert of Tolkien’s own paintings and a sturdy slipcase. The Lord of the Rings 50th Anniversary Edition is $85 on Amazon.

Beard Beanie

Whether you have an inner barbarian itching to get loose, or are unable to grow a glorious beard of your own, there are now beanies with yarn beards attached. The beard itself is attached to the beanie with buttons, so each can be adjusted to fit your face and head—or it can be removed entirely. Price varies by length of beard. Long beards are $40 and $45, and as the beard gets shorter prices fall to $33, $28 and so on. These magnificent pieces of head art can be found on the Beard Head website.

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