2009 Holiday Gift Guide

Need some help finding a unique gift idea?  Social media makes it easy.

With social shopping recommendations in full swing thanks to twitter, Facebook, Amazon Wish lists and sites like This Next, it’s easy to find unusual and amusing gift ideas for the Holidays.

To test out the social shopping trend, I asked my network in Twitter and Facebook networks to tell me what was on their wish list this Holiday season as well as scoured the social shopping sites for some unique gift ideas. Below are 25 gift ideas.

For the Athlete:


  1. Nike+ Sensor iPod Nano ($29)
    Rock and Run with your iPod and Nike. Put the sensor in your Nike+ shoe then connect the receiver to your iPod nano – the sensor tracks your run, then sends the data to your iPod.
  2. The Ultimate Survival Kit in a Water Bottle ($19.99)
    This comes as a 32 oz water bottle stuffed with survival gear, such as a blanket and multi-function tool, flash-light and more. This is perfect if you know someone who’s a hiker or loves to go camping.
  3. Mr. Wilson Volleyball ($14.99)
    Maybe you love Volleyball or maybe you love Tom Hanks. Either way at $14.99 this gift is sure to create a smile.
  4. Vibram Five Fingers ($75 – $125)
    Have you ever wanted the feeling of running barefoot – without actually being barefoot?  These innovative shoes will result in a more sensory experience when exercising without causing damage to your feet.
  5. Nike + SportBand ($69)
    This tracks your distance, pace, time and calories burned while you run in an easy-to-read display. It’s also your connection to the world’s largest running club on nike+.

For the Techie


  1. Apple’s Magic Mouse ($69)
    Magic Mouse is a Multi-Touch mouse that works wirelessly via Bluetooth wireless technology. It lets you click anywhere and scroll in any direction.
  2. Adobe Photoshop CS4 Keyboard Cover ($39.90)
    If you know a digital artist or graphic designer, this gift will help make using Adobe Photoshop a snap! It makes remembering the shortcuts easy.
  3. Star Fleet Spork ($29.99)
    It’s not a spoon. It’s not a fork. It’s both! If you know a Star Trek fan this will inspire them to eat boldly….
  4. Lego Sorter ($29.95)
    This thing is simply amazing. The video below explains it all.
  5. Nook ($259)
    There’s a reason this is one of the hottest gifts this season.  It’s different than other e-readers because you get access to thousands of books free and you can lend e-books to your friends so they can read them too.

For The Cook


  1. Wine Accessory Gift Set and Bottle Holder ($49.95)
    Made out of wood, this 5 piece set is sure to please any one of your friends whom loves to host get togethers.
  2. 18 piece BBQ set ($39.99)
    This 18 piece set includes its own carrying case and provides you with everything you could possibly want or need to be a grill master. Each piece features redwood handles and Stainless Steel heads.
  3. Origami Colander ($19.99)
    If you know someone who is tight on space, then the Origami Colander is sure to be a good fit. Not only does it look cool, but it folds flat for easy storage and is dishwasher safe.
  4. Salt & Pepper Robots ($29.99)
    Do you ever feel lazy and don’t want to “pass the salt”?. This cute duo of robots can be wound up and will  walk across the table. You know you want them for yourself!
  5. Whisky Stones ($19.99)
    Don’t you hate it when melting ice waters down your cocktail? Made of Vermont Soapstone, the Whisky stones can be chilled and won’t  dilute your favorite Whisky or Scotch. This is a hard-to-find item and is selling out fast for the Holidays.

Gifts for Anyone


  1. iTunes gift card ($varies)
    This is the perfect fall-back gift. Might not be a bad idea to keep a few on hand just in case you get an unexpected gift or two.  They also make great stocking stuffers.
  2. Tom’s Shoes ($34 and up)
    Feel good about giving. For each pair of shoes bought,  TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. The shoes are perfect for casual comfort.
  3. Credit Card Lightbulb ($4.99)
    This gift makes a great stocking stuffer or fun gift for anyone. It’s a light up card that fits in your wallet. So no more fumbling for your keys in the dark. Batteries are included.
  4. Krunk-a-Claus Dunny ($9.95)
    We are big fans of Kid Robot at AgencyNet and each year they release a special limited-edition holiday Dunny.
  5. Brownies for Charity ($34)
    Give Brownie mix for a good cause! All profits that the Greyston Bakery makes from these ooey, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth brownies go to the Greyston Foundation. You have the choice of a box of 12 chocolate fudge or an assorted box of 12.