Santa's not the only one making lists. We scoured the Internet and store shelves to find some gift ideas that are a little different.
"Bananagram’s Wild Tiles" provides fun for up to eight players. The word game now has six special tiles to increase the possibilities; $16 at Bananagrams.com.
YouLo Pages is an award-winning estate planning tool that is actually a very pleasant way to pass on final wishes, family memories and more. Part journal, part program planner, it’s beautifully crafted and inviting; $50 at YouLopages.com.
Walkaroos are good for kids and adults. They’re lightweight, ergonomic stilts that give you a leg up and it doesn’t matter if you’re short or 6-foot-6. Size and price varies, from $46.99 to $68.99 a set; Geospaceplay.com.
The Journal 10+ is the perfect journal for busy moms, dads or the whole family. It’s a decade-long record of life, with short entries — think five minutes a day. As you write, you can see what happened on that date every year; $$39.95, discounted for multiples, Journal10.com.
Stackable valet corrals keys, money, phone, coins and other items in bamboo and recycled cotton strays that can be configured any way you want. Clear fronts make it easy to see what’s what; $49.99, GreatUsefulStuff.com.
Coleman 16-can soft outdoor camping cooler; $26 at Overstock.com.
Innovative Technology's Justin Power Bank, 6,000 mAh, with built-in stand so you can watch movies, play games or chat while re-energizing. Recharges anything that uses a USB cable; $29.99 at major retailers.
Designer desk mats that capture one’s personality. Ranging from colorful designs and photos to artist’s renderings. Up to $29, Kessinhouse,com.
Bag Beam shines a little light in a woman’s purse to make it easy to find everything. Clips inside with a strong magnet; $16, Beauty9.com.
Torrain sling bag features lots of pockets, all recycled material; $34, Torrain.org.
Elgato smart key connects to various devices to tell you where you left your keys or where you parked. With its tracking system, you can attach it to bags and other objects you don’t want to lose. MSRP $39.95, Elgato.com, Amazon.
JBL wireless headphones, with rechargeable battery, case, built-in microphone. About $120, various retailers, or JBL.com.
Native Union’s Night Cable charging cord is tangle-free, with a knot that can weight it down. Avoid the hassle of dropped cords; $31.99, Nativeunion.com.
Females of all ages may love the Inni nail wraps, which feature everything from feathers to Ryan Gosling's face; $9.90 a set, Inni.com.
Kids may enjoy building puzzles that include their names; 48-pieces, numerous designs to capture their personalities, too; $21-$29 at Averyandethan.com.
Slip the Sparkup Magical Reader on a book and record yourself reading it as you turn the pages. It will remember where you are, so if the child skips ahead, it reads the right page. Great when you can’t be there. As low as $29.99, Amazon.com, Sparkup.com.
GeoSpace Sparkler LED Whip ‘N Skip improves balance while kids get active. Slide it on your ankle and it rolls around, creating a coordination challenge that’s fun; $19.99, Amazon, others.
Mama Koala and Baby is a snuggly sound machine that plays the ocean, mom’s heart beat, spring showers or whale songs. The baby is also a rattle. MSRP $39.95, Cloudb.com.
Give a Shelterbox in someone’s honor. The boxes — you shop by price — provide relief and cover to someone in a time of disaster or crisis; $35 pays for mosquito netting to prevent malaria; $100 gives a family access to clean water. Or support the cause and buy a shirt, Shelterbox.usa.org.
100 Good Deeds bracelets are handmade by African and Haitian women who use the money generated to support their families. It’s a celebrity favorite right now. You do a good deed, anonymously, and move one bead closer to a marker until you’ve done 100; $30, 100gooddeeds.org.
For fitness lovers, Casio's OmniSync STB1000 is a sports watch that monitors running, hiking and cycling to show running pace and distance, how long, cycling speed, pedal rotations and more. It also syncs with smartphones and can control music, receive text/call alerts and more; $99.95 MSRP at major retailers.
Foodies may enjoy Food Huggers, silicon slip covers that slide right onto unused portions of fruits and vegetables to keep them fresh. A set of four is $9.99 at Foodhuggers.com.
Foodies also might like Taylor’s digital scale/measuring cup, which converts volume and weight, holds four cups or 6.6 pounds and has some conversions already figured out. Lithium battery, $29.99 MSRP at Amazon.com.
These insoles can be recharged up to 500 times using a wireless remote. Synthetic material, embedded battery. $134.99 MSRP a pair found at outdoor retailers and Amazon.com.