Just before his band broke up, and at the height of a period of racial tensions in Palo Alto, California, Thelonious Monk made the unexpected decision to accept a student’s request for him to play a show at Palo Alto High School. A recording of the event is now available for the first time on CD and vinyl, offering a portal to another era—and just some really great music.
Depending on who you're shopping for this holiday (say, your loving grandma or your tough-to-please teenager), classic gifts may be the best choice. But what happens when you realize that you've bought the same cashmere sweater for your husband for the second year in a row? Browse through this list of unique Christmas gifts to find something that'll surprise and delight him. While some may consider these gift ideas to be unusual, we think they're just more creative than the basic (read: boring) finds that you give (and re-gift) year after year. These gifts, which start as low as $10, are perfect for anyone (and everyone) on your list: your kids, mom, dad, significant other, friends, you get the idea.
The Nintendo Switch has become quite the hot commodity in 2020 and has been selling out all year long. Whether you’re buying for a young gamer looking for family-friendly titles, a young person who wants to play the latest and greatest, or a classic gamer jonesing for a nostalgia fix, the Switch has it all. Right now, it's hard to find a regular Nintendo Switch that will arrive before Christmas, but the Nintendo Switch Lite is still available from Best Buy and is also a fantastic gift.

If he’s serious about his skin care and turning back the hands of time, this whirlwind combination of vitamins C and E and 17 other antioxidant ingredients will be just what the (skin) doctor ordered. The products enhance skin tone and luminosity, defend against free radicals, and reduce the appearance of redness. The Alpharet Overnight Cream significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles in as little as four weeks and offers minimal irritation when compared to other retinoid-based products.
This Cubcoats Pimm product is a T-shirt and a stuffed animal all in one! It’s a fun way to get little ones excited about new clothes because it’s also a toy. In a few quick seconds, the comfy tee transforms into a gender-neutral plush toy that’s great to play with, show off to friends and loved ones, or use as an impromptu pillow on long-haul flights and road trips.
People adore their Sonos systems, and the Sonos One SL is the best way to get in on the act. Just a single One SL can fill a room with beautiful music that is so, so much nicer than what you get from basic smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. The One SL can stream from all the most popular music services, works with Alexa, and can even be paired with a second One SL for wireless stereo sound.
Having a great dry shampoo on hand is one of the secrets to keeping hair selfie-ready, and Oribe’s Dry Styling Collection is the ideal way to seal the good-hair deal. It includes the brand’s iconic Dry Texturizing Spray in two sizes, as well as a generously sized Gold Lust Dry Shampoo. She’ll be able to shave time off her morning routine and go longer between washes with this set, and time is the most valuable gift of all.
What do you call this infamous Christmas tradition? Depending on where you are in the country, you might use one name or the other for the same game. There are a variety of variations on how to execute this gift exchange, but the fundamental difference between these two monikers lies in what you’re gifting. Is your gift exchange all about funny, impractical gifts? Then you’ve likely been playing White Elephant all along. If your gift exchange is more about universal, practical gift-giving- that’s a Yankee Swap. However you choose to play, coming up with the perfect gift can be tricky. Browse these gift exchange gift ideas for more inspiration.
Whiskey just hits different when it's poured from a 1920s-style decanter instead of the bottle—and he knows that, so he'll be excited to break out this gift the next time he has his colleagues over for a glass of scotch. According to hundreds of reviewers (who give the set a 4.7-star rating), the handcrafted glass is as sturdy and durable as it is luxe and distinguished.
Looking to treat Dad really big this year? Gift the Apple AirPods Max -- it's like AirPods in an over-ear headphone design with active noise cancellation. Features include a breathable mesh canopy headband, stainless steel arms, telescoping arms, anodized aluminum cups and memory foam ear cushions. It also comes with a Smart Case that keeps the headphones in a low-power state to preserve charge. Pre-order the AirPods Max, which will drop on Dec. 15. 
Danish brewery Mikkeller is renowned not only for its beer, but also for art director Keith Shore’s distinctly funky label design. If your dad misses cracking a beer with friends and playing cards, he might take some delight in Mikkeller’s Henry & Sally Playing Cards featuring Shore’s unique art. Pair a deck with a few cans of Mikkeller beer (we’re partial to its stouts) for all of the brownie points.
For the storyteller in your life, Storyworth is a service that will send your giftee questions and prompts every week via email for a whole year. The questions will urge the recipient to tell sentimental stories that give a window into their life. After the year is up, Storyworth compiles all those stories into a beautifully bound book, permanently recording all of their best anecdotes and memories.

If she’s into layered jewelry and accessories, this Dune Jewelry Co. Boho Stack Ring won’t disappoint. She’ll know she’s a total gem every time she wears the interconnected silver stack with her choice (or yours) of sands and natural finishes that appear like glistening gems. Each bezel is layered to a slightly domed, glass-like finish she’ll be eager to show off. If she has a lot of trinkets, you should share these 18 clever ways to organize jewelry.

Many men love handy, DIY jobs. If he likes to work with a cordless drill, then the RAK Magnetic Wristband is a handy tool to get him this Christmas. Each wristband is made of reinforced canvas and fits snugly to your wrist with the use of a Velcro fastener. Embedded in each band are ten strong magnets that can hold all manner of tools such as washers, drill, screwdrivers and bolts. The magnets on this wristband can keep all tools attached well, without them being difficult to move or fall off. Its handy one size fit provides men with a third helping hand while they work on home improvements, carpentry or any other handy jobs.
This authentic Japanese-style barbecue sauce from Bachan’s is the exciting vegan, small-batch, non-GMO way to take their dishes on a trip around the world even when everyone is staying home. Don’t expect this one to go on like American barbecue sauce, because it simply won’t. It’s a thinner, more teriyaki-like sauce that adds just the right balance of salty, sweet, and savory notes to meat, fish, veggies, and even tofu.

Whether your dad is a hunter, a hobbyist nature observer, or someone who just wants to know what goes bump in the night outside his rural home, an inexpensive trail camera is a surprisingly effective tool for capturing clear images and videos of wildlife. Our testing showed that the Wildgame Innovations Mirage 18 is the best trail camera under $100 because of its 720p resolution and ability to detect movement from up to 40 feet away. Just be sure to avoid its watchful eye when you’re sneaking out at night.
Another unique gift that you probably haven't thought about since the late 80s or early 90s is a Polaroid camera. Now a regular digital camera isn't really a unique gift in the 21st century but a Polaroid camera is insanely unique nowadays. This is a gift that will make him feel all sorts of nostalgic and a gift that he will have a ton of fun using over and over again. He will love having the power to take and then hold a picture in his hand and will cover the refrigerator and his workspace with pics of this family.
If you’re buying a laptop for a student (or anyone who needs a great laptop), the HP Envy x360 is just about the best all-around option for the money. Its performance is good enough for everyday tasks like surfing the web and checking email, and its long eight-hour battery life means your giftee can use it all day long. But perhaps what we like best is its 2-in-1 form function that allows you to use the Envy as a tablet, too.
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