Innovative Twists on Modern Gift Items


Summer 2024

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With the holiday season drawing near, there’s no better time to buy gifts for those closest to you. Since those people mean so much to you, wouldn’t you rather present them with something unique? Your father, for instance, has enough ties in his closet—the next thing he needs is another tie or a variation such as bolo or bow tie. Instead, we examine the ever-changing tech landscape and present to you updated versions of popular items to consider, rather than the bland gifts of past Christmases.

Weighted Blankets

With blankets, the first instinct anyone would have is to pick the lightest and fluffiest ones. Today, you’ll probably be surprised to learn that this isn’t the best method and that the heavier the blanket you use to cover yourself, the better. Weighted blankets are the latest in sleep technology, which may sound strange if you’ve never considered that better sleep required technology. With blankets weighing from ten to thirty pounds (depending on the size of the sleeper), the science behind the blanket is to apply soft pressure evenly distributed across your body. According to studies, “[this] soothing pressure reduces cortisol, the human body’s main stress hormone, and encourages production of serotonin, a hormone associated with feelings of happiness and well-being.”

Weighted blankets can also help with insomnia, chronic pain conditions, restless leg syndrome, and other issues. Get the gift choice that takes relaxation and comfort to a whole other level.

CBD Bath Bombs

Who doesn’t love a bath bomb? Lie down in your tub full of warm water and drop in a fizzy ball filled with soothing scents or essential oils. A CBD bath bomb follows the same idea, but with the unique addition of cannabidiol oil. CBD oil is found in cannabis and marijuana plants and offers pain relief and reduces anxiety and depression without any psychoactive or mind-altering effects. CBD bath bombs offer a relaxing experience that you never even knew existed outside of a spa.

Carbon Fiber Wallet

Receiving a wallet for Christmas can be an underwhelming experience. Usually when you shop for one, you know the style and brand that you like, and it’s fitted for your comfort and ease. Rather than gifting an unwelcome replacement, offer something completely new—a different way of storing cards and money.

The minimalist presentation alone tells the gift receiver that this is not a traditional wallet. Made out of carbon fiber, a durable material that is resistant to tearing, these wallets are thinner and offer a sleek style adapted to modern needs. An added bonus: the RFID blocking function prevents card theft.


Giving the gift of a great night’s sleep will earn you eternal gratitude—and when it comes to sleep, adaptability is important. That’s why pillowcases come in different materials for different purposes. Visit almost any beauty spa and you’ll find that they sell satin pillowcases, which are meant to improve hair and skin quality, eliminate wrinkles, and prevent hair loss/breakage. One hundred per cent cotton, sateen, and flannel are other types of quality materials that just about anyone can appreciate for their pillowcases.

Wake-Up Light Therapy Alarm Clock

While this innovation is several years old, it’s one that isn’t as widespread as you’d think, considering its calming influence. Sometimes the sound of our alarms in the morning hits us like a dump truck, and there’s no better way to ruin your day than a lousy start to it. The imitation of the dawning sun is a sure way around this issue and ensures that you wake up as tranquilly as possible. Clinically proven to work, the wake-up light therapy alarm clock is ideal for anyone who begins their day quite early.

Elixuer Staff Writer

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