10 Creative Gifts Under $100

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It is holiday season again! Many people rushes to the stores purchasing gift for their beloved ones, friends, partners, children, or parents. However, to make your gift standing out of the mediocre piles of plastic toys, candies / chocolate, vogue clothes or purse that he or she may receive during the holiday is not an easy task.

Creative gifts are not necessarily expensive, vogue or eye-catching. In my opinion they should be long lasting, have a symbolic meaning of a deeper concept, no matter it is the harmony of the nature, complexity of the technology or the beauty of the science. They should be inspiring and reflect the exquisite taste of you. You will surely make a unique impression to someone with such a gift. She or he will appreciate your great effort in finding such a valuable present.

Here we select 10 creative gifts. Feel free to comment with creative gift ideas you have.

1. Ecosphere

Do you want to have a mini earth in your hand? That is Ecosphere. It is a perfectly enclosed eco-system that mimics the earth in a simplified way. Put it in a place with some sunlight and watch it thrive for years.

2. Strandbeest

This is a masterpiece of the pre-industrial mechanical craft. It is a walking animal driven not by electricity but the wind power. Complicated mechanical design is embedded in this animal to make it move forward which is intuitively impossible. A true inspiration from the mechanical age.

3. Game of Go Set

If you have heard of Googles most powerful AI AlphaGo, you probably know that computer program has finally defeat the human being in this board game. It takes AI scientists 20 more years to achieve this after they defeat the best chess player Kasparov. The Go has the most simple yet elegant rules among all board games but the largest complexity. Every should at least learn a little bit of it to enjoy the fascination.

4. The Swinging Sticks Kinetic Energy Sculpture

The Swing Sticks is a kinetic energy perpetual motion sculpture which is fascinating and intriguing. With double sticks move around random but elegantly, it magically gives the impression of a possibility of perpetual movement without power source, yet intuitively impossible again. It is featured in the movie Iron Man too for its uniqueness.


5. MoMA Small Perpetual Calendar

It is an award winning masterpiece and featured in the Museum of Modern Art of New York City. The magnetic force create a still symbol for the perpetually elapsed time.

6. Levitating Air Bonsai Pot – Magnetic Levitation Suspension flower and air bonsai pot

Another magical scene created by magnetic force. The Bonsai floats in the air like the floating mountains in the movie Avatar which conveys a divine sense to the plant. It gives the feeling of the harmony of the advanced technology and life.

7. Katzco Plasma Ball

If you ever watched a movie or picture about the most ingenious man Nikola Tesla, you probably have a sense of the intriguing shape and formation of the lightning. Bring it home and summon the lightning whenever you want.

8. Gui-Gong Ball

Gui-Gong means a crafting skill that is beyond human capability, which only belongs to the divine spirits. The Gui-Gong Ball represents the peak of craftsmanship and is the gold award for the World’s Panama Pacific Expo. in 1915 in San Francisco. It features 26 concentric spheres embedded one within another, while each can freely move. It is made with the most delicate and complicated carving technique on one piece of material, such as Jade or wood. I’m not able to find a sale in the U.S. so if you are interested please leave comment below or contact us and I’ll try to find one for you.

9. Handmade Glass Klein Bottle

Klein bottle, a 3 dimensional kin to the Mobius band in 2 dimensional plane, represent a geometry artifact that the internal and external is the same. It is the most famous symbol of a math branch, Topology

10. Toysmith Pin Art, Deluxe Zen Garden

The zen garden is derived from the ancient Japanese sand gardens where curves and marks are made on a sand yard to mimic the river or lake. Similar as the concept of Bonsai, it intends to zoom a bigger scene into a smaller space in a Zen way.

11. Rainbow Vision Sand Picture

A dynamic painting will definitely bring aliveness and uniqueness to your decoration.


Here we give 11 creative gifts, where the Gui-Gong ball is not found to sell online in the U.S., at least I did not find them. So I call it the 10 creative gifts that you can get and hope they are unique and creative. What is your favorite? Please comment to let me know.

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