Every year we feel like it gets harder and harder to find cool presents for our friends and family. Because of this we end up buying the usual stuff: chunky knit sweater, fragrance, gift cards. These familiar items aren’t bad to receive by any means, but this year we’re determined to kick it up a notch. Ahead, eight truly unique gifts anyone will love.

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GE Profile

1. GE Profile Opal 2.0 Nugget Ice Maker

There’s ice and then there’s good ice, aka the type you can chew without feeling like your tooth is going to crack. Yup, we’re talking nugget ice. Typically found in restaurants and bars, nugget ice takes on the flavor of the drink, is easy to chew and instantly upgrades any beverage. Now, you can have your favorite ice right on your countertop with the GE Profile Opal 2.0 Nugget Ice Maker. It has built-in WiFi that connects to the SmartHQ app and voice control through Alexa and Google. Plus, the sleek design won’t be an eyesore on your counter, and it comes in two beautiful finishes: stainless or black stainless.

Buy It (from $529)

Solo Stove

2. Solo Stove Ranger

Bonfires are great, but it can be a lot of work schlepping all that firewood and digging a deep enough hole. And then you’re stuck dodging smoke whenever the wind blows. The Solo Stove Ranger eliminates the hassle and gives you the option to bring a bonfire anywhere you want thanks to its compact size (hint: this model is ideal for city dwellers with outdoor space) and ultralight weight. Solo Stove’s signature 360-degree airflow design creates an efficient secondary burn, so it creates way less smoke than other firepits. It’s also super easy to clean since nearly everything burns to a fine ash.

Buy It ($270; $215)


3. Muse 2 Meditation Device

It’s no secret that meditation has some serious health benefits, but it can still be difficult to know where to start. That’s where the Muse 2 comes in: It’s a multi-sensor meditation device worn across your forehead that gives real-time feedback on your brain activity, heart rate, breathing and body movements to help you build a consistent practice. You connect it to the app, choose your environment (beach, rain forest, desert) and start meditating. If your mind is calm you’ll hear peaceful weather, but as your focus shifts it changes to stormy weather—a cue to bring your attention back to your breath.

Buy It ($250)

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GE Profile

4. GE Profile Automatic Espresso Machine + Frother

For those days when coffee just won’t cut it, delicious espresso is your best bet. The GE Profile Automatic Espresso Machine + Frother allows you to make quality drinks without a trip to the coffeehouse. It has a one-touch brew that dispenses espresso, americano or hot water in only 90 seconds. The machine is also equipped with balanced extraction for a perfect-tasting cup, built-in conical burr grinder and bean hopper. Connect it to the SmartHQ app for customized drink preferences.

Buy It ($729)


5. Mobot Big Bertha 2-in-1 Foam Roller Water Bottle

Meet the world’s first and most portable trigger-point foam roller that doubles as a reusable water bottle. Ideal for any fitness enthusiast, this 40-ounce bottle will help release muscle tension, increase blood flow and decrease soreness all while keeping you totally hydrated. Tip: Fill the Mobot Big Bertha with ice-cold water to use as a cold-therapy foam roller. It has a silent sip straw, supports up to 350 pounds and is made from 100 percent recycled BPA-free stainless steel and high-density, non-toxic EVA foam.

Buy It ($60)


6. Oblio Wireless Charger & UV Cleaner

This nifty device combines the ease of wireless charging with the benefits of a UV cleaner. Simply stick your smartphone inside and allow the anti-bacterial UV-C LED to sanitize it in just 20 minutes. The Oblio will eliminate 99.9 percent of the germs on your phone’s screen, so no more worrying about what’s lingering at your fingertips or on your cheeks.

Buy It ($80)


7. Bose Frames

Headphones are headaches. The wires are constantly tangled in a ball or there’s an ongoing search party for a long-lost earbud. These Bose Frames eliminate that problem and give you the added benefit of UV protection for your eyes. Yes, you read that correctly: headphones and sunglasses in one. They feature built-in, open-ear Bose speakers that allow you to stay aware of your surroundings, while still giving you an immersive music experience. There’s also an integrated microphone for easy Bluetooth connection.

Buy It ($199)


8. Sculpd Filament Lamp Kit

Bring out your inner interior decorator with this fun Sculpd Filament Lamp Kit. It includes everything you’ll need to make the perfect light piece: filament bulb and fittings, air dry clay, pottery tools, sponge, white paint, varnish, paintbrushes and a pottery guide. The bulb itself is a dimmable amber spiral with a vintage Edison feel and soothing warm glow. We suggest buying a few kits so you can make multiple lamps for your entire space.

Buy It ($95)

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