Gadgets, Travel

Last-Minute Unique Stocking Stuffers

unique stocking stuffersNeed some great ideas for last-minute unique stocking stuffers for this year’s holiday season? At e-Holster, we’re here to help.

In many households, the stocking is probably the least interesting part of the holiday gift giving process. It’s like the appetizer or opening act, a warm-up for the main event that typically includes fine but predictable gifts like candy, socks, and underwear. So why not spice up the stocking session for your loved ones this year, with some truly unique gifts that they will never see coming?

From phone cases to off-the-wall games and beyond, these ideas will make the stockings almost as exciting as whatever is waiting underneath the tree!

TaskOne G3 iPhone Case

tasklab caseAt e-Holster, as both makers and fans of phone cases and wallets, we are always looking for unique phone accessories. The TaskOne G3 iPhone Case (available for the iPhone 5, 5S, 6, and 6S) definitely fits the bill. A phone case that essentially doubles as a Swiss Army Knife, the TaskOne G3 case (depending on the version you buy) includes a knife, a saw blade, a magnesium flint fire starter, a pair of pliers, a ruler, a set of Allen wrenches, a set of box wrenches, a wire stripper, several screwdrivers, a kickstand, and a bottle opener. Multi-tools and Swiss Army Knives often make for great stocking stuffers, so why not put a twist on the tradition. Just make sure your loved one knows they can’t take this phone case on an airplane!

Exploding Kittens

exploding kittensIn January and February 2015, a trio of entrepreneurs with ties to Xbox, Marvel, and The Oatmeal (a popular website known for humorous comics) made crowdfunding history with a campaign for a party card game called Exploding Kittens. The campaign raised $8,782,571 from more than 219,000 backers—the largest number of supporters in the history of Kickstarter. Exploding Kittens is now available and is described as “A card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.” If that description doesn’t pique your curiosity, consider that the game has a 4.5-star rating out of more than 2,700 reviews on Amazon. True, this is a gift that might be worth slipping into someone’s stocking for novelty’s sake, but the game is pretty fun, too.

Uncommon Goods Pick Punch

pick punchIf one of your family members is a passionate guitar player, then this gift from the website Uncommon Goods is the perfect stocking stuffer. Sure, guitar picks and guitar strings are common stocking stuffers for guitarists. But the Pick Punch goes one step further, working like a specialized hole punch that can cut guitar pick shapes out of old credit cards or gift cards. Both whimsical and useful, the Pick Punch can be a saving grace for a guitarist who forgets or loses their pick right before a gig. The picks come out looking cool and unique, with a clean enough cut to provide a great strumming sound.

e-Holster Travel Money Belt with RFID Blocking

travel money beltIf your loved one is a consummate world traveler, then this brand new phone wallet from e-Holster might just be the perfect gift. Many credit cards these days include tiny microchips that contain the personal information of the cardholder. When you use a system like PayWave to make a transaction at your favorite store—instead of swiping your card in the traditional fashion—the payment terminal is communicating with that microchip to access your personal information. Unfortunately, some cybercriminals have sensors that can use this remote access system to their advantage, stealing your credit card information right out of your pocket. This travel wallet, in addition to providing a spot to store a phone, also includes RFID blocking, which keeps microchip-enabled cards safe and impossible to access while they are in the wallet. As more criminals begin using RFID technology to steal credit card information, it’s important for every traveler to have an RFID-enabled wallet—making this gift a perfect stocking stuffer for the 2015 holiday season.

Robot Tea Infuser

robot tea infuserThe best stocking stuffers are often the most gleefully random. This robot shaped tea infuser absolutely falls into that category. If you are shopping for a tea lover, this gift will be received as both funny and useful—as well as very creative. The tea goes in the middle of the robot’s body while his arms can be manipulated to cling to the rims of any cup or mug. When the tea has steeped thoroughly, there’s also a drip tray—eliminating the dilemma of where to put a tea bag once the tea is ready. Just click the Amazon link above and take a look at the pictures, and you’ll understand why this one is so fun.

Belkin SurgePlus Travel Swivel Charger

belkin surgeplusWhen you travel, you never know how many plugs are going to be available at the hotel or at the house of the friend or relative you’re visiting. Back before every person had a phone, a laptop, a tablet, and potentially one or two other gadgets that need charging, this issue wasn’t a problem. Today, it can make travel more difficult to manage. Luckily, affordable gadgets like the Belkin SurgePlus Swivel Travel Charger are available to fill the void. For just $15, this compact charger gives you three standard AC outlets and two USB ports. It’s also a surge protector, which will keep your devices protected, and it works with international outlets, making it a perfect travel aid for anyone on your shopping list.

Whether you’re shopping for a tech fiend or a lover of funny little trinkets, this list will hopefully give you some good ideas about how to fill stockings this year (or, at least, provide some inspiration for your own unique stocking stuffers search). Is there anything we missed you will be leaving in a loved one’s stocking come Christmas Eve? Let us know by leaving a note and a link in the comments! And of course, Happy Holidays to all.