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Many of us want to be that cool friend that wins when it comes to gift giving. (Not that it’s a competition or anything.) You want to find something you wouldn’t find at just any old department store. We have you covered with our selection of cool gifts. These items might be described as quirky and celebrate artistry, imagination, and style.

Want some suggestions? Here are some of our favorites.

Vinyl figures have made a splash over the years by depicting famous people in popular culture. The brand Today is Art Day has approached this trend with an art historical twist. They’ve turned the likes of Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, and Salvador Dali into five-inch tall action figures that have artist-specific accessories and trivia about them. (You’re going to kill it at trivia night!)

Speaking of artists, we have supplies they are going to love. It might sound hyperbolic to say that Viviva Colorsheets is revolutionary, but it’s true. You’ve never seen a watercolor paint palette like this one. There are 16 vibrant colors that come in a thin booklet that’s smaller than your smartphone. The colors are incredible—and best of all portable.

Viviva Colorsheet’s isn’t the only cool gift in our shop that could be called revolutionary. Design studio Nervous System creates mind-bending puzzles that challenge how you work a jigsaw. Some puzzles, like their Infinity Puzzle, have no beginning and no end, and the pieces can be worked back to front. Other puzzles, like their Geode Puzzle, are completely unique and use a computer algorithm to make the jigsaw extra challenging to solve.

While those are some of our favorites, there are plenty of other cool gifts to give. Best of all, the decision is up to you!

Do you know a creative person in your life? That's great—with every gift-giving occasion, you get to look for fun items that'll ignite their imagination. From making art to celebrating legendary figures, these gifts for artists are sure to be a hit.

When deciding what kind of present to buy for an artist, first consider what they love about art. If they love to study art history, then check out some of the best-selling artist action figures by Today is Art Day. We have Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, and more available. Each vinyl toy comes with accessories that correspond to their career and life, and the packaging features facts about them.

But if creating art is more your gift recipient’s style, then they’ve got to try Viviva Colorsheets. This revolutionary watercolor set reimagines the conventional artist palette. Instead of paint tubes or pigment cakes, Viviva Colorsheets has produced a hand-held booklet full of 16 transparent watercolors. It’s easily portable. To get started, simply wet a brush and run it over the desired color.

Need more gift ideas for artists? Books for artists are also a popular option. We have a selection that every type from which any maker can benefit—from books about the business of art to ideas of what to draw to inspiring imagery that celebrates the unique vision of a creative person.

Are you looking for a hobby that will last a lifetime? Well, you can stop your search! Hand embroidery is a fun way to exercise your creativity. With just a few basic tools and stitches, you can transform an ordinary piece of fabric into a fiber art masterpiece.

But what if you don’t know the first thing about embroidery? It can definitely be daunting to start. Don’t worry, though! We’ve got a lot of hand embroidery ideas that will get you on the path to sewing.

There are basic supplies that you’ll need for embroidery. They include an embroidery hoop, thread, needle, scissors, and fabric. If you’ve already stitched before, you probably have the scissors and needle covered—maybe even the hoop and thread, too! In that case, we’d recommend giving your stitches extra practice with Dropcloth Sampler products. Developed by Rebecca Ringquist, these printed pieces of fabric offer guidelines for different techniques. The Beginner Stitch Sampler, for instance, has space for you to make the satin stitch, running stitch, French knots, and beyond. Her other products only grow more complex, stitch wise, but each offers a great reference for other projects.

Don’t have a needle and thread? That’s no problem! We sell a number of hand embroidery kits that include everything you need to complete a project. You can stitch nature-inspired scenes or even make an embroidered animal pal. These all inclusive-kits are great gift options, too—especially if you don’t know what supplies your recipient has.

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Math and science have the ability to strike wonder—no matter what branch. Whether it’s exploring infinity and beyond, or understanding what makes our brains ticks, everyone can find something they love about these fields. This makes STEM a popular choice for gift giving. It’s a safe bet that someone in your life will enjoy science and math gifts! (Even if they aren't an engineer or scientist.)

For those that love physics and math, try the kinetic sculpture toys designed by John Edmark. He was inspired by nature and based on the Fibonacci Numbers, this enchanting kinetic toy is a shapeshifter. With one flick of the wrist, it goes from pinecone to helix. With another twist, it’s back to a pinecone again.

If you’re looking for something a bit more hands-on, give This Book Is a Planetarium a spin. It uses the power of paper to explain how things work. .Part pop-up book and part cabinet of curiosities, you'll discover a collection of six functional gizmos, from a portable planetarium to a decoder ring to a never-ending calendar.

And sometimes, you just want to wear something that’s absolutely stunning. In that case, look no further than the solar system jewelry of Yugen Tribe! Their bezel pendants look like jewels, but those with an affinity for the universe will recognize the likes of Mars’ red glow.

No matter your age, we're continually dazzled by the rainbow. The vibrant hues are the biggest reason, and their harmony is a close second. When you see things arranged in red, yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple, your eyes dance across the instantly recognizable spectrum. Because these hues are universally loved, it makes them a great option for gift giving.

Our selection of rainbow gifts celebrates falls into a few categories: crafts, figurines, and books. One of our most popular items is the Rainbow Joes collection. Battling bad posture and boring color, these playful polychromatic toys feature seven army men figures practicing their yoga poses. For anyone that enjoys Downward Dog and is perfecting their Crow, they’re sure to appreciate this set.

Beyond the Rainbow Joes, Julie Seabrook Ream is dedicated to showing colorful arrangements in our everyday world. Her book titled Encyclopedia of Rainbows features a kaleidoscopic flora, fauna, and found objects that put a technicolor twist on your traditional encyclopedia. The striking photographs feature, among many other things, collections of rocks, toy cars, and roses that follow the spectrum. Once you’ve finally set the book down, you’ll be looking for rainbows everywhere you go.

While those two items are overly rainbows, don’t forget that you can always make your own. With Dropcloth Sampler’s Color Wheel Embroidery Sampler, you can customize a color wheel. Divided into 12 segments, each piece of the pie has a stitch for you to master. Pick out your favorite variations of the hues and have fun inventing your own rainbow. Now if only you could recreate it in real life.

We hope you enjoy our selection of rainbow gifts. If you want help picking out a present for a pal, check our guide for unique gift ideas.

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The best gifts are ones that someone likes but wouldn’t get for themselves. This comes from the gift giver being thoughtful and picking up on things that someone has expressed interest in. If those things are art, nature, science, unique accessories, mind-bending puzzles, and more, then you’re in luck. We have all of those unique gifts just waiting for you.

So, how do you find the perfect gift for someone? It’s no small feat—gift giving can be stressful, but it can bring you a whole lot of happiness in making another person happy as well. Here are three big tips that will help:

1. Define the person that you are giving the gift to. What are their interests? What is their personality?

Consider the personality of the gift recipient first. What are some of the things they like to do in their free time? Maybe they like to be outdoors and go for a hike on the weekends, or they love to travel and explore a new city. If they are a creative person, maybe they like to take painting workshops or check out the latest exhibition at an art museum. Try making a list of what this person likes to better determine their personality.

2. Think about the past.

To understand what your recipient might want now, look to the past and consider gifts they’ve previously received and loved. You can even take it farther back than that. Depending on how well you know them, think about how they liked to spend their time as a kid. Did they love playing games? Working on a puzzle? Drawing? Painting? A gift that can make them remember their past can bring on a powerful emotion—nostalgia.

3. Consider: What does this person need?

Sometimes, someone will need something but just never buy it for themselves. Or, they don’t know what they want. This is where you come in! If someone is always talking about how drab their office desk is, find them something fun to set on it. Maybe your gift recipient wants to start making things again, but they are feeling a creative block. Be mindful of what your friend or family member says and you just might find inspiration for your next gift.

Did you know that you can include a free gift message? Look for it at the checkout!

Why fit in when you can stand out? Even if you shy away from loud printed shirts and bright pants, there are still ways in which you can express your funky side. We have unique jewelry to wear on your fingers, wrist, and around your neck.

No matter your style, you’ll find something rock in our collection of artsy accessories. Science jewelry takes the beauty of the cosmos and transforms the swirling surfaces of the planets into striking wearables. They look like jewels, but those with an affinity for the universe will recognize the likes of Mars’ red glow.

Speaking of jewels, diamond’s aren’t always a girl’s best friend. Resin jewels, like the kind by Secret Wood, offer a different type of glitz. The striking, multifaceted surfaces are created with different colors of resin. Coupled with a wood base, the rings are exquisite miniature landscapes that will transport you to far away places.

What type of unique jewelry is best for you?

Let us help you pick the perfect wearable art.

Do you never miss a solar eclipse?  Yugen Tribe has a variety of jewelry—necklaces, bracelets, and earrings—that use photo-quality images of the solar system and incorporate them into statement pieces.

Is it your goal to explore the beauty of our natural world? Secret Wood creates magic you can wear on your finger. In one ring, you’ll see the aurora borealis. In another, a magical waterfall.

Like living the ~ slow life ~ like a sloth? Lean into your sloth-ness with the adjustable three-piece sloth ring by Mary Lou. We know they’re the slowest mammal on Earth, but you’ll be able to rock this jewelry in no time flat.