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Christmas 2020 gift guide: When Santa needs help finding unique gifts for hard-to-shop-for family, friends

20 great unique gift ideas for everyone on your list

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Santa’s feeling a little discombobulated in this most unusual year. But don’t fret. The Deseret News has searched store offerings and online sellers galore to help find great gifts for everyone on your list. Shop carefully and you may even beat the manufacturer’s recommended price, which was accurate as of press time.


YogaSleep Nod

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News

YogaSleep Nod white noise machine with dimmable amber night light, with 20 sound options, including lullaby tracks to help babies and littles fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Three timer options: 45 minutes, 90 minutes and 8 hours. MSRP $24.95.


Whatsitsface plush toy

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News

Whatsitsface plush toy — cat, dog or teddy bear — with dial-up facial expressions for both emotional learning and creative play. This toy won parents’ choice and industry awards. MSRP $24.95.


Urbanista’s Stockholm Plus earbuds

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News

Urbanista Stockholm Plus earbuds are wireless, sleek and compatible with iOS, Android or Windows devices and come in a variety of colors. Charge these water-resistant earbuds in their case and be wowed by sound quality you might expect to costs more than the MSRP of $69.


Ekster Parliament slim wallet

Olivier Momma, Ekster

Ekster slim “Parliament” wallet has pop-up mechanism that makes cards readily accessible with the push of a button, while keeping safe from skimming. MSRP $89, leather. Also available in aluminum ($79). A solar-powered tracking card and/or cash clip can be purchased separately.


Amaranth vase

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News

Amaranth vase lets you drain the water, snip the stems without removing the flowers because of a special twist design — and it won’t break if you drop it on the floor. Multiple colors. MSRP $59.99


Envision Planner by Nicole Meline


Envision Planner by Nicole Meline is a pretty, thoughtful and practical planner that invites one to look forward — and back a little as well. This quarterly planner is undated and honors not just busy-ness but also spirituality and what one values and dreams. MSRP $38.


Pocket Socks


PocketSocks: The idea for socks with pockets — fun holiday styles or dressy, by the pair or by the set — came when the company founder had his passport and wallet stolen while traveling years ago. The zippered compartment is big enough to hold a passport, a credit card, a bit of cash, all without being noticeable. Prices vary depending on the style and quantity.


Tiny World: Crochet!

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News

Tiny World: Crochet! — or sculpt or felt or make soap, among other crafts. These small project kits published by Odd Dot include all the materials one needs to learn a new craft and complete a small project. Crochet a koala. Buy a different kit and make soap donuts or whimsical fruit pins. MSRP $14.99.



Lois M. Collins, Deseret News

CuBirds game by UltraPro Entertainment. Build a flock of birds in this game that’s easy to learn and only takes 20 minutes. Ages 8 and older, 2-5 players. $15.


Suffrage anniversary coin

U.S. Mint

Women’s suffrage uncirculated silver dollar is an eye-catching stocking stuffer that commemorates the 100th anniversary of women voting. The U.S. Mint sells collectable coins, proofs and even ornaments, but they run out early and stock is limited. This one’s $69.


Set of ring dishes


Marbled ring dish set, handcrafted for Doorstep Market, which features the work of local artisans in the region. It’s a “surprise box,” featuring four unique small dishes, but you can’t pick the colors. $24/set.


Yo Rings


Yo Ring is a surprisingly engaging little disk that can be bounced, rolled, tossed or spun to chase boredom away, develop eye-hand coordination and entertain the kids — including those who are only young at heart. $7.25 for one or $19 for a three-pack, it’s more fun that you’d guess.


MindLabs: Energy and Circuits

Quinn Tucker, MindLabs

MindLabs: Energy and Circuits combines digital and physical worlds, using “an app, tabletop playing cards and the excitement of augmented reality” to teach STEM to an individual or collaboratively, even if the team members are at different locations. Download the app, buy the playing card set that features electrical components and learn about circuits, energy and electrical design. The results can be seen on the team members’ devices, even if they’re at different locations. $24.99 for a card set for up to 4 players.


2020 pandemic keepsake ornament

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News

2020 COVID-19 Christmas ornament features everything you’d like to forget about 2020, including endless temperature checks, Zoom meetings and toilet paper shortages. If you’d prefer, get an ornament featuring Santa in a face mask. $12.99.


Liddlme sunglasses


Liddlme polarized, flexible sunglasses protect the littlest eyes from year-round sun damage. Each pair — babytoddlerkids, and tween — come with an adjustable head strap, carry pouch and cleaning wipe. $19.99.


The Dozop dolly


The Dozop dolly weighs 6 pounds but can hold up to 250. And it breaks down into a compact piece that you can tuck in a cupboard or the trunk of the car. The casters are user friendly and make it simple to move over many different types of terrain. MSRP $49.95.


Kinetic Sand Kalm Zen Box

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand Kalm Zen Box, manufactured by Spin Master, is relaxing and engrossing at the same time. Kinetic sand never dries out and it’s hard to keep your hands off it. Tons of options for the kids, but this one brings calm to the big kids. $21.


How to Be a Sports Surgeon kit

Little Medical School

How to Be a Sports Surgeon kit is part of the Little Medical School series and includes a plush skeleton doll, working stethoscope, surgical kit, Tommy John surgical board, elastic bandage, workbook with guided role-play activities and marker and diploma. $29.99


Terra Create DIY Maker Box


DIY Maker Crates for ages 10 and up. This one is Terra Create. Cratejoy offers a slew of subscription boxes, from family night art projects to baker crates and more. This well-liked box is $32/month and subscription can be canceled any time.


Yoto Player


Yoto Player has more than 100 cards with recorded versions of well-loved stories like “The Nutcracker,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” or “Matilda.” You can also record your own for this unique player, which can also serve as a night light and sleep trainer. Cards are sold separately. MSRP $99.