Last minute unique Christmas gift ideas

Don’t panic. We've got you covered as you scramble to get that special something for that special someone in your life

Don’t panic. Yes, you’ve waited until the last minute to get that special something for that special someone in your life but I have a few cool gift ideas that will not only show you’re thoughtful, but also innovative.

Wireless High Definition 4K 360°

If you’re looking for a gift for the kind of person who really wants to catch 360° immersive 4K and HD video but realizes their smartphone just won’t cut it, then consider getting them the 360fly 4K 360 Camera.

Its 61 mm spherical shape makes it look like an eyeball and socket from a Star Wars robot but, in fact, it’s currently designed as the world’s smallest 360° 4K single lens camera. It’s also wireless, supporting both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Under the lid is a 16-megapixel image sensor that can seamlessly capture 4K video (2880 x 2880 pixels) up to 30 frames per second. It’s powered by a lithium polymer battery designed to run constantly for up to 1.5 hours. It has a 64GB built-in memory capacity and can store up to three hours of full 4K footage.

To give the full VR (virtual-reality) experience the camera also has two built-in omnidirectional microphones that capture true stereo sound as well as a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and a non-assisted GPS sensor for geo-tagging.

It’s dust resistant, shock resistant to 1.5m and water resistant to three feet, so you can also use it indoors, outdoors and even in a little water.

The 360fly 4K 360 Camera is compatible with Macs, PCs, iOS and Android devices and makes for a great gift. It comes with a companion app, power cradle, charging cable and carry pouch. It retails for $649.99 but currently on at London Drugs for $499.99.

Spicy Gift Subscription

For those who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, a subscription to the Raw Spice Bar makes for a great holiday gift. It may not help them become the next Master Chef, but it can introduce them to new spices and help create exotic dishes they would not have otherwise discovered.

Unlike a one-time gift, this one can keep on giving – coming in the form of a subscription of three, six or 12 months for as low as US$26 quarterly or US$88 per year. A kit contains special selection of three small packets of uniquely blended exotic spices – enough for a meal for three or four people – is shipped right to their door each month. Each kit also includes diet-customized recipes created by top chefs, as well as an origin and history of spices from a new region. The company has collaborated with chefs and spice experts around the world, ensuring the authenticity of each of their flavours and dishes.

The December kit is a tribute to Iceland and includes Liquorice Salt, Quatre Epices and a 10-ingredient German Gingerbread Spice. You can order a subscription as a gift or purchase a gift card the recipient can easily redeem on-line at

Emergency Pocket Battery

If the person you’re buying for this year is always short on battery power, then the Logiix Piston Power Slim 360 must just be the right gift choice for them.

The good news is that it’s super light, only 7mm thin and smaller than a candy bar, so they could easily connect it to a smartphone and slip both into a suit jacket pocket, side pocket or even into a small purse.

The battery is housed in a sleek fashionable aluminum housing designed to stay cool so it doesn’t heat up the phone or their pocket. It also has an LED charge indicator that shows when it’s charging and how much juice is left over. It features a 5000 mAh battery so, depending on the type of phone, it could be good for up to three charges before the battery needs refueling. The battery pack also has a 2A output, making it suitable for charging power-hungry devices like an iPad. It comes in five colours, retails for under $50 and available at London Drugs.

Power Slim also has a 6000 mAH big brother pro model: It’s a little thicker at 8.5mm, but still quite thin. It sells for about $10 more.

Long-Range Free HDTV Antenna

This last holiday gift idea might be a little big for the stocking hung by the chimney with care, but if the family is thinking of cutting the cable cord as this New Year’s resolution, then the Antenna Direct Long Range Clearstream 2V could give them free HDTV and save them big bucks.

Clearstream 2V is a solidly built and highly efficient long-range digital indoor/outdoor antenna. Unlike the monstrosities of antennas and rabbit ears of yesteryear, this one is designed to bring in over-the-air 1080i HDTV broadcast signals up to almost 100 km away and looks like an oversized piece of modern art. It’s too big to sit atop your TV, but at 35.5 inches wide, 18 inches high and 6.5 inches deep, it’s certainly smaller than a typical roof antenna. It could be put it in a family room, as well as being easily mounted in the attic or out on the roof.

The beauty of this antenna is its ease of use: you simply plug a coax (cable TV style) cable (not included) into the antenna and attach it to the HDTV. Then run a channel scan or auto program like you did when you originally set up your cable. That’s it.

There are a number of factors that dictate how many UHF and VHF channels you will get. ( can tell you how many stations may be available in your area).

The Clearstream 2V retails at $119.99 and includes a 20 inch J-shaped mooting pole, mounting bracket and expansion bolts. It’s available from Antennas Direct and BestBuy.

Greg Gazin a.k.a “The Gadget Guy” and “Gadget Greg”, Senior Editor at Troy Media, is a syndicated veteran tech columnist, small business and technology speaker, blogger, podcaster (host and producer) and author. Greg can be reached at @gadgetgreg or at

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