Christmas may be weeks away, but savvy shoppers know that shopping early is the way to go. Those who shop early for their Christmas gifts can spread out the costs of holiday shopping over two months, rather than bearing the expense all at once. Plus, those who shop early can buy the hottest gifts before the stores sell out of the best items. If you want the very best Christmas gifts, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest presents for men, women, and kids. Our gift guide includes moderately-priced gifts, as well as a few extravagant gifts that will really show how much you care. Read on to see some of the coolest, most unique Christmas gifts for 2015.
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1. Merge VR Goggles
VR technology is a very cool gift, but many people have avoided taking the plunge with VR because of the high cost associated with a new headset. Unlike some of its competitors, Merge VR goggles are quite affordable. If you own a smartphone, then you’re ready to use these goggles.
These VR goggles are soft, making them both comfortable to wear, as well as somewhat child-proof when it comes to accidental drops. The goggles are compatible with most iOS and Android smartphones made in the past two years, and will work with any existing virtual reality apps on Google Play and the iOS App Store. Recommended devices are as follows: iPhone 6 and newer, Galaxy S5 and newer, HTC One M8 and newer, LG G4 and newer.
Curious about VR? Check out our in-depth guide to the best VR headsets to see other cool gift options.
2. Anki Drive Starter Kit Smart Robot Car Racing Game
Smart toys are huge this holiday season, and this smart car racing toy is an awesome gift for any kid who loves cars, technology, or robots. Part video game and part classic toy, this gift includes two physical robot cars and a starter track.
To play, just roll out the track, download the app, and use it to control the car. The free Anki DRIVE app lets kids command and customize cars with cool upgrades, and can be used for either solo or competitive play.
Not sure this toy is the right gift? Peruse a listing of cutting edge smart toys here.
3. August Smart Lock
Looking for a cool gift for a spouse or other family member? This cool smart lock makes your home more secure. Rather than using a key, you can now open the front door using your iOS or Android smartphone. Installation only takes 10 minutes, and you can keep the look of your original door hardware. A spare key can be copied, lost, or stolen. August smart locks let you give smartphone access to select people (friends, babysitters, family members, etc.), and that access can be revoked by you at any time.
Looking for more gift ideas? Shop our guide to the best Christmas gifts for women to see even more cool gift ideas.
4. popSLATE Second Screen for iPhone 6/6S
We’re totally obsessed with this funky, productivity-boosting iPhone case. The rear of the case has a e-ink screen, which essentially gives you a second screen to use on your device. The e-ink screen lets you display images from your camera, friends, or Instagram. The screen can also be used to get notifications at a glance, or to display maps, lists, boarding passes, and more. You can display important info on the back of the phone, freeing up your actual screen for games, movies, texting, and more.
5. ‘The LEGO Architect’ by Tom Alphin
This awesome book is a must-read for LEGO fans of all ages. It’s packed with fascinating stories about architecture through the ages, and also includes info on how to build LEGO models of your own.
A great item to include with this gift is a cool LEGO Architecture building set. You can shop the whole line of LEGO Architecture sets here, which includes sets inspired by the Eiffel Tower and the Guggenheim. You can also browse more cool book-related gift ideas here.
Price: $14.97 (40 percent off MSRP)
6. Skull Mug & Spoon Set
Need a gift for someone who loves dark, creepy, and offbeat things? This cool skull mug and skull spoon are a great gift for fans of the macabre with a serious coffee habit. We suggest pairing this mug and spoon with one of the coffees on our list of the best free trade coffees.
Price: $10.69 for the mug, $2.82 for the spoon
7. Billy Jealousy Marked IV Life Tattoo Care Kit
Need a cool gift for someone who loves getting inked? This luxurious tattoo aftercare kit is designed for both men and women, and will help keep freshly tattooed skin clean and moisturized. Tattoo aftercare is hugely important for preserving the colors and lines of tattoos, so this is a really thoughtful gift for anyone who is planning on getting a new tattoo. This kit includes soothing tattoo cleanser, tattoo lotion, and a protective tattoo salve.
Shopping for someone without tattoos? Browse cool luxury beauty products for men and women here.
Price: $30 (25 percent off MSRP)
8. Triby Connected Speaker
Modern families are always getting pulled in three different directions at once, and it can be really hard to coordinate all of the PTA meetings, sports practices, after-school activities, and family obligations. This cool connected speaker makes communicating with family much simpler.
Triby is both a wireless music system and a communication hub. You stick this smart speaker to your fridge, and it becomes a central place for family members to check messages, leave notes, and even take calls. The speaker lets you take calls, stream music, and share written messages or drawings. This unique gift is great for families that struggle to communicate effectively, but it’s also a great addition to the kitchen of couples or singletons.
9. OCTOMASK GoPro Dive Mask for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
GoPro camera accessories are an awesome holiday gift for anyone who loves exploring the great outdoors. We love this GoPro mount mask for anyone who loves diving or snorkeling. It works with all GoPro models, and is made with tempered safety glass. One cool feature is the one-handed nose pocket, which makes it easy to equalize pressure in your ear while underwater.
10. Personalized Wine Rack
Looking for a handmade gift? This personalized wine rack is a great gift for any oenophile. These racks can be hand-painted with the family name of your choice. Each rack stores six standard-sized wine bottles, along with four wine glasses.
Need more gift ideas for wine lovers? Check out our Wine section for suggestions about wine accessories, and the best bottles on sale now.
11. Palladium Women’s Tactical Leather WP Snow Boot
Palladium boots are gorgeous, and built tough. These are the perfect boots for a woman who wants to remain stylish, but still keep her feet warm and toasty. Not sold on this style? Check out more women’s boots here.
Price: $94.99 – $189.95, depending on size selected
12. Spin Clean Complete Record Washing System
This vinyl record washer is the perfect gift for anyone with an extensive vinyl collection, or anyone who loves rescuing old records from yard sales and junk shops. The kit includes a basin with lid, washing fluid, brushes and rollers, and drying cloths.
Price: $107 (14 percent off MSRP)
13. CogniToys Dino
Looking for a really cool toy? This dinosaur from CogniToys is a unique toy that grows with your child, giving you incredible value for money. This Wi-Fi-enabled educational smart toy is powered by IBM Watson. The Dino can deliver interactive stories, jokes and games. It’s smart enough to remember details about your child (such as their favorite color). It’s also an educational toy, providing answers to simple “who,” “what,” “why,” “where” and “when” questions. The durable body makes it perfect for young kids, and ensures that the toy will age gracefully.
Not sure this toy is the right gift? Peruse a listing of cutting edge smart toys here.
14. 2 Mixed Metals Leather Ring by Amy Fine Design
Looking for a cool piece of jewelry that’s got a unique style? This unusual ring uses leather, rather than metal, to make the band. This makes it comfortable, easy to re-size, and ideal for those who have skin that’s easily irritated. The ring itself is gorgeous, and can be worn with casual outfits or totally glam evening looks. This handmade statement piece is a unique gift. If it isn’t to your taste, however, consider browsing more handmade jewelry here.
15. ‘Star Wars’ The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience
With a new Star Wars movie due out in December, you can better believe that all things Star Wars are going to be insanely popular this holiday season. We love this “Force Trainer” toy, which lets kids feel like they are true Jedi knights. The included bluetooth headset uses real brainwave technology to detect levels of concentration, and features cool music, sound effects, and voice instruction from Master Yoda. Please note that an iOS or Android tablet is required to use this toy. If you don’t already have a tablet at home, check out this list of the best tablets on the market today.
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Need more help finding great holiday gifts? Visit our Gifts page for thoughtfully curated gift guides, or check out our Toys page for gift ideas for your kids. You should also check out our collection of long-format gift guides: Best Gifts for Women and Best Gifts for Men, and the Heavy Christmas list.