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15 Unique Christmas Gifts for 2007

Black Friday in Manhattan was a mad house. Shoppers were crammed into Best Buy and Circuit City looking for the items that were advertised in the circulars. I felt like everyone in New York was going to open one of 5 things on Christmas morning. If you want to make an impact and get something really unique that will blow your family members away, take a look at these 15 unique gift ideas for Christmas 2007.

You might also consider this my unofficial Christmas list.

  1. DNA Portrait from DNA 11
  2. Our DNA Portrait shook the art world with its novelty, scientific ingenuity and arresting beauty. Now it’s time for you to enter the world of unique, personal art. We’ll send you a collection kit with everything you need to capture a sample of your DNA. (Trust us, it’s painless and effortless: nothing more than swabbing the inside of your cheek.) The tough part is choosing the style, color, size and frame from an almost limitless range of possibilities. Take all the time you need. Your DNA Portrait will be as unique as you are.

    Price: starting at $390
    Uniqueness: 10 – DNA is as unique as it gets.
    Available at: DNA11

  3. Baby Foot Print
  4. Don’t miss baby’s first step with these two hinged half-boxes filled with impression foam for capturing an infant’s footprint. An ideal gift for relatives, friends, and parents alike. Made of phenolic foam and cardboard. Included in Destination: Berlin, our limited-time product collection celebrating the city’s young and dynamic design scene.

    Baby Foot Print
    Price: $35
    Uniqueness: 10 – A timeless tradition in a new format.
    Available at: MoMA Store

  5. Digital Camera Accessories
  6. Digital cameras are going to be hot this year, because prices on them have fallen so much. Be different and pick up some cool accessories from the Photojojo store. I can personally recommend the magnetic photo rope, Fotoclips and Gorillapod SLR Zoom tripod. For a real cool gift check out the Eye-fi sd card.

    Never scrounge around for a USB cable again! Eye-fi is a magical orange SD memory card that will not only store 2GB worth of pictures, it’ll upload them to your computer, and to Flickr, Facebook, Picasa (or 14 others) wirelessly, invisibly, automatically!

    Price: $99
    Uniqueness: 8 – The products might not be that unique, but your photos will be.
    Available at: Photojojo

  7. The Original AppleSac
  8. This stylish and functional sleeve is made of burlap and 100% polyester sherpa fleece. Its rugged surface is engineered to handle the rough world while its inside provides gentle, scratch-free protection for your Apple’s surface. It also fits perfectly snugly around your MacBook. This unique sleeve is discrete and acts as a theft deterrent (no one associates burlap with a notebook). But maybe more important is that it is the coolest looking sleeve out there.

    Price: $29.99
    Uniqueness: 7 – Cool way to blend nature and technology, it’s made of sherpa fleece it has to be good.
    Available at: Applesac.com

  9. Ambient Forecasting Umbrella
  10. This umbrella has been injected with some wonderful technology in the handle. A built-in wireless receiver gets a daily weather forecast from Accuweather.com, and blue LEDs will flash to let you know if the forecast is rain or snow. The LEDs located at the bottom of the handle will flash in proportion to the chance of precipitation for your area

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    Price: $99.99
    Uniqueness: 9 – It tells you if it’s going to rain!
    Available at: ThinkGeek

  11. Alexander Girard Alphabet Blocks
  12. These functionally playful alphabet blocks bring an unobtrusively quiet distinctiveness to any well-appointed living room while affording hours of educational and aesthetic pleasure for young design sophisticates. Created by House Industries in a collaboration with the estate of reknowned mid-century designer Alexander Girard, the 28 wood blocks feature alphabets based on the forthcoming Alexander Girard font collection and a cleverly-adapted House Industries factory logo puzzle.

    Alexander Girard Alphabet Blocks
    Price: $100 On Sale for $75 or $85 w/poster
    Uniqueness: 8 – No other kid on the “block” will get these for Christmas.
    Available at: House Industries

  13. Voltaic Solar Backpack
  14. The Voltaic solar bags are mobile power generators, designed to charge your devices without tying you to a power outlet, which makes them ideal for traveling. Just plug a standard car charger into the bag using the included CLA (car lighter adaptor) and recharge most small electronic devices including: cell phones, cameras, two way radios, PDA’s, and MP3s. Note: it is not designed to charge laptops. If you don’t have a car charger, the bags come with a set of 11 standard adaptors for common cell phones and other devices.

    Voltaic Solar Backpack
    Price: $218
    Uniqueness: 8 – It charges your electronics while you hike, how cool is that.
    Available at: Earth Tech Products

  15. Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser
  16. When London-based designers Daniel Black and Martin Blum couldn’t find a tape dispenser that worked the way they wanted it to, they created their own. The Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser (2006) has a three-pound cast zinc body that’s heavy enough to permit single-handed use. The forged stainless steel blade cuts effectively over years of use. The Tape Dispenser’s shape echoes the lines of industrial design icons, combining modern materials with a slightly retro sensibility.

    Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser
    Price: $60
    Uniqueness: 7 – Imagine the confusion when they pick it up feel that weight, open it and find out it is the world’s most expensive tape dispenser.
    Available at: Design Within Reach

  17. SNL D*ck in a Box
  18. Christmas…D*ck in a Box, Hanukkah…D*ck in a Box, Kwanzaa…D*ck in a Box. Uncensored D*ck in a Box video.

    SNL D*ck in a Box. “We supply the box. You supply the rest.” Attaches to your belt.

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    Price: $15
    Uniqueness: 5 – You put your junk in that box…good for a laugh.
    Available at: NBC Universal Store

  19. Threadless 12 Month Club
  20. A new limited edition tee sent to you EVERY MONTH for an entire year, you also get a free $30 gift certificate towards more tees!

    Price: $272 (US Customers)
    Uniqueness: 8 – Only people in the club will have these awesome Tee’s.
    Available at: Threadless

  21. Sumo Omni Beanbag
  22. This super-sized pillow by Sumo is the ultimate solution for all your relaxing needs. We’ve come up with 10 ways to use it, but some people say we lack imagination! It’s a crash mat, lounge chair, loveseat or floor pillow to name a few, but the possibilities really do go on.Sumo Beanbags are made from space age rip-proof nylon and come filled with top quality Sumo Beads.

    Sumo Omni Beanbag
    Price: $129
    Uniqueness: 6 – These were popular last year, but they are still just as comfortable.
    Available at: Sumolounge

  23. The Sun Doesn’t Know Why It’s A Star
  24. The International Star Registry gift package includes a beautiful 16″ x 12″ parchment certificate, available framed or unframed, with the name of your choice, dedication date, and telescopic coordinates of the star. You’ll also receive an informative booklet with charts of the constellations plus a larger, more detailed chart with the star you name encircled in red.

    Name a Star
    Price: $139
    Uniqueness: 10 – Despite how long this gift has been around…You get to name a star after someone!
    Available at: International Star Registry

  25. Twist Together Lamp
  26. reate your own geometric light installation with glowing building blocks that can be assembled into dozens of fun and different combinations. Designed by Stephen Feuerborn and David Liatti, this playful and modern light sculpture comes in bright candy colors. The modular blocks use long lasting, low voltage LED lights. These low energy lights emit a soft, subtle glow – perfect for creating atmosphere or as a funky nightlight.

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    Price: $100
    Uniqueness: 8 – These shape changing lights are sure to light up your relatives faces.
    Available at: Uncommon Goods

  27. Fisher Space Pen & Moleskine Notebook
  28. These classics would make a great stocking stuffer or low priced gift for that third cousin. This combo is like peanut butter and jelly, pretzels and chocolate, or Sonny and Cher. You can’t go wrong.
    Fisher Space Pen
    Price: $19.99 and $7.50
    Uniqueness: 5 – Despite not being the most unique gifts on the list they are still classic and inexpensive.
    Available at: Fisher Space Pen
    Moleskine Notebook

  29. Meade mySKY
  30. The Meade mySKY is your personal guide to the night sky. Just point and shoot for audio, video, images and text that teach you all about the universe. Using GPS technology, mySKY™ lets users simply point and shoot to identify planets, stars, constellations and more.

    Meade mySKY
    Price: $399
    Uniqueness: 9 – This “toy” is freakin’ awesome, I might buy one for my Dad and then accidentally pack it on my way home.
    Available at: REI