Crafty musicians can make old plastic (like hotel key cards, Mom or Dad’s expired credit card, his school ID from last year, the plastic lid from that big jar of coffee grinds, or the Best Buy gift card they used moments after receiving it) rock new lives as guitar picks. It works just like a regular hole punch—simply slip a thin piece of plastic in the slot and press down on the lever to make standard 351 shape guitar picks. Now all she’ll need is a place to store all of those new guitar picks.
Did she spend a lot of time examining “the dress” when the world couldn’t decide if it was blue and black or white and gold? Or, maybe she surveyed the whole family to find out who saw “the legs” as ultra-shiny and oily and who saw them as paint-flecked? If so, this book is an absolute must this year. Packed with pop-ups, eyeball-benders, tabs, flaps, and spinning disks, it’s analog entertainment to rival the Xbox. Not totally sold yet? There’s even a 3D sculpture that follows you around the room. The book also serves a science lesson of sorts, offering explanations for how the illusions work.
Texting doesn’t stop for cold weather. (Hello, she needs to tell Katie “OMG I’m FREEZING”.) Special fabric on the index finger and thumb of these gloves allows her to use a touch screen without taking them off.