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Twelve Gifts for the Coolest Person You Know

Everybody has at least one—that person in your life who’s always one step ahead of the rest of us. She (or he) always has the coolest clothes, the slickest home décor, the most interesting hobbies, and is sporting next year’s hottest gadget. What do you give a person with impeccable taste and a singular personal style? Try one of these finds, which are sure to surprise and delight, whether it’s for your brother, sister, friend, parent, or coworker. (But who are we kidding—obviously the coolest person you know is you.)   Related Stories: Snappy Comebacks to Ten Inappropriate Questions What We’d Give Our Favorite Tabloid Train Wrecks What Your Favorite Christmas Movie Says About You
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For the Lifecaster
For the Cultural Elitist
For the Chic Geek
For the Gourmand
For the Luddite
For the Whimsical Decorator
For the Maestro
For the “Sarcastic Sally”
For the Eco-Friendly Nostalgist
For the Wanderlust-Afflicted
For the Kid-at-Heart Modernist
For the Twee Naturalist

For the Maestro

Anyone who owns the movie Amadeus or has a room full of guitars and drum sets will love figuring out the Otamatone. It’s an actual musical instrument—press the stem for sound and squeeze the note head for vibrato. Plus, since it was designed by an artist, it’s as cool to look at as it is to play. ($35, Momastore.org)

For the Cultural Elitist

All 3,022 classic paintings that are housed in the Louvre Museum are collected into this incredible book. The Louvre: All the Paintings features notes and analysis on the most famous works, along with a DVD-ROM companion. The perfect gift for any art lover—or anyone who just wants something classy to sit on their coffee table. It’s like a trip to Paris in one magnificent hardbound edition. (The Louvre: All the Paintings, Erich Lessing and Vincent Pomarède, $75, Powells.com)

For the Chic Geek

Functional and beautiful—this four-port USB hub gets rid of desk cutter and functions as an unexpected objet d’arte. ($46, Fredflare.com)

For the Gourmand

Any foodie will love the chance to experiment with these three flavors. Spicy Yuzu from Japan, Argentine Chimichurri sauce, and savory Umami paste are a must-have for any kitchen chemist. Hopefully your friend will reciprocate the gift with an invitation to dinner. (World of Flavors set, $28, Deandeluca.com)

For the Luddite

For the friend who’s been dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age, this throwback to a simpler, analog time will be like white noise for the heart. The POP telephone handset plugs into the headphone port of any iPhone, iPad, or Blackberry. ($35,” Givesimple.com”:http://bit.ly/rO3FSU)

For the Whimsical Decorator

Jonathan Adler’s hilarious “vice” canisters add playful yet functional flair to the abode of your favorite design maven. Each porcelain container comes labeled with addictive substances ranging from “glitter” to “caffeine” to “carbs” to “quaaludes,” making it easy to find the tongue-in-cheek vice that matches your friend, too. ($28-$138, JonathanAdler.com)

For the Maestro

Anyone who owns the movie Amadeus or has a room full of guitars and drum sets will love figuring out the Otamatone. It’s an actual musical instrument—press the stem for sound and squeeze the note head for vibrato. Plus, since it was designed by an artist, it’s as cool to look at as it is to play. ($35, Momastore.org)

For the “Sarcastic Sally”

Make sure your funny friend still has full use of air quotes no matter what the temperature is outside with these cheeky mittens. ($65, KateSpade.com)

For the Eco-Friendly Nostalgist

Reusable coffee cups may be greener, but they don’t have the same emotional pull as the traditional Greek diner-style to-go cup. This ceramic cup mimics one of the mainstays of urban living, but with a lot less waste. ($12, Pearlriver.com)

For the Wanderlust-Afflicted

Forget about the boring places like Greenland, Paraguay, and Slovenia. These colorful hand-drawn globes focus just on a single beloved city—London, Rome, Venice, Paris, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Berlin, or New York—describing landmarks and points of interest. (from $31, Pylones-usa.com)

For the Kid-at-Heart Modernist

You’re never too old for LEGO—the LEGO Architecture series lets grownups construct masterworks of architecture like the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world. The construction process helps foster a Zen-like serenity, too. ($24.99, Shop.lego.com)

For the Twee Naturalist

Anyone who has a house filled with salvaged wood shelving or fixtures made out of antlers will adore this tiny moss terrarium, which arrives pre-assembled in a vintage glass jar. This one features a heartfelt message, but if you’re not the lovey-dovey type, opt for a more platonic tableau. ($50, Twigterrariums.com)

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