The 2014 Gift Guide for Everyone in Your Life

We have compiled our favorite gift ideas for every person in your life, from your baker mom to your fancy best friend. We think these ideas will delight your loved ones more than just the usual go-to gift card.

FOR YOUR BAKER MOM WHO HAS EVERY COOKIE CUTTER KNOWN TO MAN

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Embossed wooden rolling pin from Etsy, $38.40

Made in Poland, these beautiful handmade rolling pins with etched folk prints will add something special to your mom’s favorite sugar cookie recipe.

FOR YOUR FITNESS FREAK BROTHER WHO CAN’T GO A DAY WITHOUT A PROTEIN SHAKE

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GRID X Foam Roller, $49.99

This foam roller will keep your bro flexible and less achy after his latest power workout. And while you’re at it, gift him a new flavor of cinnamon bun protein powder instead of his usual vanilla or chocolate.

for your little sister who moved to chicago just in time for her first winter

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Women’s Tofino Boot from Sorel, $150

Keep her warm and comfy on her daily commute during the inevitable, frigid Chicago winter. She’ll text you “Thanks!” when she survives the next Polar Vortex.

for your iphone-loving Dad who always wants his battery 100% charged

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Power knife from Brunton, $24.99

A tech version of the pocket knife, this power knife provides adapters for the most commonly used gadgets so your dad won’t ever have to freak out about being out of battery and disconnected from his favorite child.

for your frequent flier aunt & uncle who are spending New Year’s Eve in paris

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Carry On Cocktail Kit, $24

Help make airplane turbulence slightly more tolerable by giving them the ingredients to concoct party-perfect cocktails before they ring in 2015. Mini liquor bottles not included.

 

for Your little kid cousin who educates you on what’s cool in the world

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Silver Tooth from brandnewnoise, $50

This handcrafted lo-fi voice recording device is a throwback to when toys just required two AAA batteries. A pitch shift control knob will provide them with hours of entertainment recording fun and alien-like noises.

 

for your couple friends who just moved into their first home

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Neato Botvac 70e, $479

Scary smart, this high performance vacuum will stealthily move around furniture, cords, and toys to suck up all the dirt in their new place – just in time for the housewarming party.

for your commuter colleague who monitors gas prices like it’s a second job

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Automatic, $99.95

This little gadget plugs into the car’s data port and monitors daily routes and driving activities, including rough braking and speeding. Automatic sends the driver feedback on driving style and ways to improve gas mileage, including tracking local gas prices. Perfect for the data-loving and budget-conscious commuter!

 

for your ambitious boyfriend who is all about being fit and healthy in 2015

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Basis Peak, $200

Get him started with better sleep and exercise habits by gifting him the ultra-sleek Basis Peak watch. This high-tech watch will track fitness and sleep patterns, while also sending friendly health and wellness reminders to his phone every day.

for Your Foodie girlfriend who channels her inner julia child for every meal

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Anova Precision Cooker, $179

Take her culinary belt up a notch with this sous-vide cooker, which easily attaches to any pot and uses a smart phone to monitor temperature and time for fancy water bath cooking.

for your luxury lover best friend with a penchant for domestically made goods

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Market Tote from J.W. Hulme Co., $495

Impress your hard-to-impress friend with this buttery leather tote, made in the good ole’ USA. A complimentary embossing of their initials adds another wow factor to this bag that they’ll carry everywhere.

for your high school friend who only comes back during the holidays

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Illinois Letterpress Print, $26

Remind them of what’s so great about Illinois with this whimsical letterpress print. While you’re at it, throw in some other locally-made treats to make them question why they ever left.