After creating The Best Gifts of 2014, we kind of consider ourselves holiday trend experts, and we’ve got a few unexpected gift ideas up our sleeve.

First off, with unlimited access to over 140 different magazines, Next Issue has something for everyone on your list. Give a gift in the form of a 1, 3, 6, or 12-month subscription.

Next up, five more gift ideas sure to surprise and delight even the hardest-to-shop-for friend.

1) The new-to-market gift

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Nothing makes a better surprise than technology they haven’t gotten their hands on yet. The iPhone 6 Plus was one of the most-recommended gifts this year across all 145 Next Issue magazines (Vogue, Men’s Fitness, and more). Then there’s the Aether Cone, the music player recommended by Men’s Health that automatically learns what you like to listen to. The newer it is, the better the surprise!

 2) The experiential gift

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So they have everything they want? No problem. Give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience to share. Maybe it’s a concert, maybe it’s a nice meal at a fancy restaurant, or maybe it’s one of those wildly-popular wine and painting classes. Who knows, maybe they’ll even invite you along.

3) The subscription gift 

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Show your friend just how well you know them by helping them enjoy the things they love most. For those who like to read, give the gift of unlimited magazines. Some of the other trendiest subscriptions of the year include Blue Apron, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Coolhaus.

4) The handmade or customized gift

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Feeling crafty? Nothing’s more appreciated than a little time and creativity. You can even celebrate your friendship with a framed photo or some customized jewelry, as recommended by Women’s Health. 

5) The universally-loved gift

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Wine and spirits. Chocolate. Movies. There are some things that nearly everyone loves. While the type you get depends on personal preference, our gift guide shows that both spirits and great reads were among the top gift trends this year.

Happy Gifting!