Inspire them to try something unexpected (think cooking, art, or competitive chess).

By Kate Flaim
November 21, 2012

Roland HPD-10 Handsonic

Roland HPD-10 Handsonic Rock them with this electronic pad that mimics 400 percussion instruments, from bongos to djembes (rhythm coach included). Buy: $700
Photo: Brian Henn

Rock them with this electronic pad that mimics 400 percussion instruments, from bongos to djembes (rhythm coach included).

Buy:$700


Hobie Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard

Hobie Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard Mimic celebrities catching the paddleboarding wave with this model, which deflates enough to stow in an accompanying bag. Buy: $1,349
Photo: Brian Henn

Mimic celebrities catching the paddleboarding wave with this model, which deflates enough to stow in an accompanying bag.

Buy: $1,349


Edge of Belgravia Onyx Series Knife Set

Edge of Belgravia Onyx Series Knife Set Get them chopping like a pro with a stunning set of ceramic knives that will keep slicing for years without needing sharpening. Buy: $415
Photo: Brian Henn

Get them chopping like a pro with a stunning set of ceramic knives that will keep slicing for years without needing sharpening.

Buy: $415


Man Ray Chess Pieces

Man Ray Chess Pieces A reissue of a 1920s design, each beechwood piece is a traditional symbol -- from an Egyptian pyramid for the king to a medicinal flask for the bishop. Buy: $380
Photo: Brian Henn

A reissue of a 1920s design, each beechwood piece is a traditional symbol — from an Egyptian pyramid for the king to a medicinal flask for the bishop.

Buy:$380


Faber-Castell Artist Pen Set

Faber-Castell Artist Pen Set Free the artist within with this classic set of 48 saturated colors. The brush nib allows for flexible line widths, and the range of colors will brighten even beginners' sketches. Buy: $176
Photo: Brian Henn

Free the artist within with this classic set of 48 saturated colors. The brush nib allows for flexible line widths, and the range of colors will brighten even beginners’ sketches.

Buy: $176


Garrett Wade Canoe Model

Garrett Wade Canoe Model Crafting a beautiful boat model can be cathartic. This 1:12 replica of a classic "prospector" canoe from the 19th century will grace his desk long after he's finished assembling it. Buy: $140
Photo: Brian Henn

Crafting a beautiful boat model can be cathartic. This 1:12 replica of a classic “prospector” canoe from the 19th century will grace his desk long after he’s finished assembling it.

Buy: $140

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