The holiday season is upon us once again, and to help you celebrate, we've compiled suggestions for gifts that will appeal to friends and family with a futurist bent. These gift ideas say, "The future is here, for the low, low price of $99.99!"
Book two tickets to the moon and back
Space Adventures offers a circumlunar mission that includes launching into space on a Russian craft, docking with the International Space Station, and living there for about 10 days. Enjoy the exotic life of an astronaut for a week, and then rendezvous with their lunar module in low-Earth orbit and travel in style for another 6 days looping around the moon and back. Pricing isn't specified on the Space Adventures site, but this once-in-a-lifetime trip would be much more exciting than going on a holiday cruise.
Although space travel isn't known for its fine dining options, everybody loves astronaut ice cream. For the low price of $170, you can buy a home freeze dryer starter kit and make sweet treats that are shelf-stable for 20 years.
Don't get a puppy for Christmas: try a robot dog
An adorable puppy popping out of an oversized box under the tree, hopefully with holes conspicuously punched in the top of it, is a classic Christmas image. But as many animal advocates have pointed out, getting a puppy is a big responsibility and not a gift to be given lightly. Instead, for the lonely pet lover in your life, why not try a robotic companion? Joy For All offers companions with touch and motion sensors, as well as a lifelike heartbeat and fur pelt. Originally marketed to seniors, these fuzzy friends don't require walking or cleaning up after, and are surely the pets of the future.
Ever look at your dog or cat and think, "Well, I love this little animal, but it would be great if it could also play music"? Look no further than this Dancing Cat Speaker from Odditymall. For $23.99 you can have a bass-bumping feline gyrating on your desk whenever and wherever you like.
An alarm clock with a mind of its own
The future waits for no one, and neither does this little alarm clock with a mind of its own. Clocky is an alarm clock on wheels that can jump off a three-foot-high nightstand and run away from you, beeping merrilly, until you get out of bed and chase it down.
It's a perfect gift for someone who loves to be annoyed by their autonomous tech products and hates oversleeping.
Jetpacks are set to be the hottest tech gift for 2030
JetPack Aviation and JetPack International are two companies that seem to have cracked the formula for jet-powered flight. Both have developed a wearable jetpack and something that looks more like a futuristic flying jet-ski.
Jetpack companies have generated a lot of media hype promising these devices will be available in the next few years, but the top promoter, Martin Jetpack, who advertised a consumer device for $150,000 in 2016, no longer even have a functioning website. Our prediction? The jetpack will be the hottest tech gift in approximately 20 years.
Win the ugly Christmas sweater contest
One month out of the year, the closet's ugly ducklings have their time to shine. Instead of an ugly Christmas sweater with a pithy saying on it, Digital Dudz (by the creators of the always-terrifying MorphSuit) have created ugly sweaters that integrate your iPhone. Place your phone in the convenient front pocket and wow your friends by becoming a walking Yule Log.
Or, make a statement by purchasing the "Last Sweater," a global warming-themed ugly Christmas sweater by Julian Zigerli. All proceeds go to the World Wildlife Fund's climate work, and it's sure to be a conversation-starter along with some coal in the stocking.
Technology is magic, learn to code by building a wand
All joking aside, the Harry Potter-themed Kano Coding Kit is the hottest tech gift for kids and kids at heart alike this year. It comes with step-by-step instructions to build a Bluetooth wand and code 70 different creative challenges compatible with most tablets and computers.
Levitating lamps or plant pots are another sufficiently advanced technology that is indistinguishable from magic, and Sweden's Flyte has a beautifully-designed selection.
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