Cool Gift Ideas for Anyone – A Roundup of All the Cool Stuff I Got This Year

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I get a lot of stuff at my door hitting all sorts of price points. Beleive me when I say, free isn’t always awesome. So when I get something that really stands out and makes it into my daily life, I feel like it’s worth talking about. That’s why I came up with this list of things I got this year that didn’t suck which I hope will give you cool gift ideas for anyone you need to shop for. I’ve also added a few things that I’ve been eyeballing and would like under my tree, and a few things I found on Amazon that I think are cool gift ideas. Sometimes you just need a little perspective or inspiration to find the right gift. So I hope this helps!


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Gift Ideas for Anyone – From My Personal Collection


For the Home

Mediflow Original Waterbase Pillow I was sent this earlier this year. I was in dire need of a new pillow. Every day I woke up with a kink in my neck or a pain in my shoulder. I thought it was the funniest thing when I put water in this, but two months later and I haven’t woken up in pain yet. Get this for you MOM! She will LOVE you for it!


I was recently sent these DVF sunglasses from Visionworks. I love the shape of these. While they are for women, I found it very easy to choose the sunglasses I wanted and they arrived really fast. They were in perfect condition and came with a case and cloth for cleaning.

My other half doesn’t know it yet but this bad boy is going under the tree. The Casio LK-265 PPK 61-Key Premium Lighted Keyboard is just what he wanted for his in-home studio so he can make music. As an avid guitarist, this will be perfect for him to set beats and arrange rhythms for his original songs (or when he’s playing his favorite covers).


Travel moves you. It inspires and opens our minds to creativity. This beautiful handmade leather journal by Soothi is one of my favorite journals to date. I can’t wait to take it on an epic adventure. The embossed “I do believe it’s time for another adventure” is a perfect notation for any traveler. And the feel of it is like something from a Harry Potter movie. This would make a very thoughtful gift for the adventurer in your life.  



Tis the season for holiday scents and these soy candles are bursting with them! I love the Bright Endeavors brand mission which is to transform the lives of young moms by teaching them to craft premium soy candles in a supportive, professional environment. Through their paid job training program, they provide the guidance and job skills young moms need to secure quality employment and begin working toward professional success.


This is possibly one of the handiest little things I’ve gotten so far. The KeySmart Pro organizes your keys as well as serves as a locating device in case you misplace them. I love the LED light feature which you can use to light your locks at night so you can see where to place the key.

  • Tile smart location that lets you track your missing keys on a map, all from the free Tile app on your phone!
  • MAKE YOUR KEYS RING: Use the Tile app to make your KeySmart Pro play a tune so you can find your keys faster!
  • FIND YOUR MISSING PHONE: Press the button on the KeySmart Pro to make your phone ring, even on silent.
  • 10 KEYS + FLASHLIGHT + BOTTLE OPENER: Includes a built-in LED light, bottle opener and a loop piece to attach your car key fob. And it fits up to 10 keys!



Quite possibly my favorite blogger package of the year was his and hers “OG Santa Where My Hos At” Christmas sweaters. I mean, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you totally understand why the Shinesty brand is totally my people. See for yourself here. I encourage you to sign up for their email list and get one of their catalogs to brighten your day.


The Cherry MX Silent Keyboard is perfect for anyone who works from home and tends to work late, or just wants a silent keyboard experience. If you’re home with a baby, or work late at night and don’t want the tapping of the keys to bother others, this is a great choice.


The ultimate leather jacket for him. Whether you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or not, this Negan Jacket is a fashion statement. I loved this jacket on Negan and I love that you can get it in real life to wear every day.


Whether you’re traveling a lot or just lounging at home, this iStabilizer – Articulating Arm for iPad and other tablets is perfect to keep you hands-free. I for one am always multitasking between my smartphone, tablet, and desktop, so to be able to have this mounted so I can quickly access my tablet in mid-workflow is amazing and would be a great gift idea for anyone. 


I am always dropping my things. Two tablet screens later and I knew it was time to find something that would really give my laptop the protection I need (before it ended up like my tablets). The Velomacchi Speedway 13″-15″ Impact Laptop Sleeve is great for travelers or anyone who is on the go with their laptop.




This is a funny story because this cordless massager came to me as an accident when sent out by a PR company. The company told me to enjoy it and I sure did! The day it arrived I just happened to be in athe worst pain ever. After spending 5 hours painting the 10′ walls in my bedroom, and the cieling to match, and then mulching my landscaping, I was DEAD! I gave this Shiatsu Massager a try and WOW! They also gave me a coupon code for my readers so yay! 10% promo code: CHRISTA10




The Sonos One Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-In is an incredible device. Not only does it have amazing sound, but it is way smarter than I ever thought it could be. By using the app you can choose special skills for it like reporting the news and playing music from your streaming service. I use it for everyday tasks like keeping lists, checking the weather, traffic times and asking it questions. I also love using it as a calculator.


This JORD Wood Watch came to me early this year and I have been in love with it ever since. They make these beautiful watches for men and women. They are lightweight and go with every look. I love my wood watch!


My partner was sent this Minus33 Minero Wool crew for our recent trip to the Mountains. We spent one of the nights tent camping in 35-degree weather and this crew lived up to its name. Now I currently steal it and wear it around the house it’s so comfy and warm but lightweight, it’s perfect.


One of my favorite things I got this year were these Maui Jim Aviators. I fell in love with them the moment I put them on. The classic aviator style works for any look and just about any face shape. It’s a perfect gift idea for anyone.


You might know that I am partnered with Kia. Inside of my Kia Niro is a Harman/Kardon sound system. At one of the events, I was given these Harman/Kardon SOHO wireless Bluetooth headphones and I never travel without them.


Stop the press right now. This is probably one of the coolest things ever. When I went to the Photowall website to pick my favorite one out, I had such a hard time choosing just one. Keep an eye out for my mural coming to my new office in 2018! Check out their selection of awesome wall murals here. Also be sure to use my discount code for 20% off! CODE: fairytaletravelercampaign2017

Cool gift ideas for anyone

I did not get this one, but while I was pulling up my links for all the stuff I did get, I saw this decanter set and couldn’t resist. It’s stunning! And, it would make a lovely gift idea for anyone who just got a new home or even a friend from work.

Fitz and Floyd Daphne 5 Piece Decanter Set, Copper

gift ideas for anyone

This wicker ice bucket for outdoor entertaining was another item on Amazon that caught my eye. This makes a great gift for anyone who loves to hang out on their patio and have friends and family over. It’s also great for family gatherings all year round. 

You don’t know how much you need a bartender set until you’re having a girls night in and try to make martinis. These sets come in handy, but so many of them are cheaply made. I love the look and quality of this Oggi 4 Piece stainless steel bartender accessories set.

I tried to make those martinis once, and it didn’t go over so well without the martini glasses. But I always hated how long-stemmed martini glasses fit in my cupboard. Behold, these stemless martini glasses are the answer to the weird glass in the cupboard debacle.

gift ideas for anyone

Adventures can really add up. And unless you save for them you might find that your adventures are few and far between. If you know someone who loves to travel or go on spontaneous adventures, this is a thoughtful gift that will inspire them to save for travel.

I love nostalgia, and one of the most nostalgic things to have is a record player. If you know someone who loves music, they would appreciate this Crosley CR8005A-TU Cruiser portable 3-Speed turntable. Collecting vinyl records is not dead!



Technology is cool. Technology that makes things float in mid-air is even cooler. This ICE Orb Levitating/Floating Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker caught my eye while I was on Amazon and I think it would be a super awesome gift for anyone who’s into music.


The holidays don’t have to be tough. And people don’t have to get gifts that suck. Are you stumped for the holidays? Leave me a comment in the section below and I’ll help you with gift ideas!

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

20 Comments on this post

  1. I’m really excited when looking for a perfect gift. I love wicker ice bucket my friend will really love this. Perfect for hang outs with family and friends.

    Kelly Reci / Reply
  2. These are all cool ideas for gifts this holiday season. I am so interested in the ICE Orb Levitating/Floating Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker for myself. It would be so cool to have that on my office desk at home.

    Dogvills / Reply
  3. This is all some pretty cool stuff for so many people on my list. Thanks for sharing, going to bookmark so I can purchase some of these ideas! The perfect roundup.

    Brandy / Reply
  4. You’ve included some amazing gift ideas in here. I would personally love a couple of the soy candles and the stemless martini glasses.

    rbekhaj / Reply
  5. What a great list! I just really want a new pillow in my life and that waterbase pillow looks amazing!

    Monica / Reply
  6. Love your list. I could cover all four of my adult children with it. My oldest would freak over the ICE Orb, My daughter would love the sonos one voice, my third would enjoy the wicker ice bucket too much and the Crosley turntable. Finally my youngest would be in heaven with the Casio! Boom done!

    Gladys Parker / Reply
  7. Wow so many gift ideas and these are all such amazing ideas!

    Adaleta Avdić / Reply
  8. I love your ideas. Those are such cool gifts for someone that has special place in your heart. They will really appreciate it.

    Julie Syl / Reply
  9. My favorite is the record player. Choosing gifts can be difficult, especially depending on the person. Great list!

    Elisha Fernandez / Reply
  10. What am amazing list this is of gift ideas, my favorite is the laptop bag, iphone holder and the headphones.

    Nayna Kanabar / Reply
  11. Wow, thats a fab list I must say and I loved so many things. Soy candles looks so scented and his and hers sweater was personally I loved so much.

    jhilmil / Reply
  12. I enjoyed looking at this cool gifts, I think my Hubby would like the jacket, and my mom would like the bag.. ahaha you made me feel so excited about Christmas shopping lol

    rowena diciembre / Reply
  13. Love the decanter set and the tin candles ❤ thank you for the ideeas

    Denni / Reply
  14. You are not wrong about being perfect gifts for anyone. I certainly would be happy with any.

    London Mumma / Reply
  15. I love the wooden watch it’s so unique! I’ve also been wanting a record player, I love that they’re coming back in style.

    Liz / Reply
  16. Awesome guide. I really love the classic biker jacket.

    thegentlemanracer / Reply
  17. Awesome ideas! I always struggle this time of year knowing what to get for people! It’s good to have an outside opinion about what people actually like.

    Alexis Rene / Reply
  18. All the gift ideas on your list are so cool! DVF sunglasses are my favourite of them all though! Thanks for sharing.
    Do drop by my blog as well : 🙂

    Sarmistha Goswami / Reply
  19. What a great list of amazing gift ideas this holiday season! I have an eye on the record player for last few months! Crosley CR8005A-TU Cruiser portable 3-Speed turntable looks amazing! Will check it out for myself!

    Ana Ojha / Reply

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