) - What can be more meaningful than a gift that will not only wow a special person in your life, but will also encourage positive change?
This year, think beyond the traditional with these unique and inspirational ideas.
For Expanding Your Horizons. Inspire someone special by taking them on an international trip. Currently, Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com
) offers round-trip fares to Istanbul from $539 to $759 out of Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston, New York and Los Angeles. (Prices vary depending on the city of departure.) The airline, recently voted Europe's Best Airline for the third year in a row, travels to 240 global destinations. For travel between January 15 and March 31, 2014, check its website for details.
For Healthier Eating. Help your loved ones stay healthy with the new Ninja Ultima Blender (www.NinjaUltimaBlender.com
). Dual-stage blending technology pulverizes ice, whole fruits and veggies, plus bottom high speed cyclonic blades deliver silky smooth, grit-free beverages. Create nutrient-rich juices, pureed soups, cream dips and sauces. Starting at $199.
For Cleaner Living. Floor-to-ceiling cleaning becomes a breeze with this versatile tool. Shark has packed the cleaning power of a full-upright vacuum, into the sleek Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright (www.SharkRocket.com
) which swiftly transforms between an eight-pound upright to a three-pound handheld vacuum. Perfect for cleaning stairs, cars and hard-to-reach areas. Featuring Never Loses Suction power, this vac deep cleans carpets better than its full-sized competitors. Retails for $179.99.
For Musical Inspiration on the Go. Monoprice's Premium Bluetooth Hi-fi Over-the-Ear headphones (www.monoprice.com
) are a gift an audiophile could love, but will also delight your friends and family. The concert never ends with these headphones that deliver high-end connectivity and sound for only $78 (vs. competitor products priced at $200 and up). They include a single 50 mm woofer and three 13 mm tweeters in each earpiece.
For Protecting Your Valuable Electronics. Who hasn't dropped their cell phone or tablet at least once and watched the screen shatter? With a BodyGuardz (www.bodyguardz.com
) glass screen protector, a new standard of protection is offered. Made from a special chemically tempered glass that exceeds the hardness of steel, ScreenGuardz Pure Premium Glass Screen Protector is incredibly durable and can withstand the power of nails, a hammer, box cutters and more. The product is available online and select stores nationwide. Prices range between $39.95 and $79.95.