Make it a holly jolly hipster holiday

It can be challenging to shop for the hipster 20-something in your life. But you can impress your ultra-cool family members with these quirky gifts. For the craft-beer-obsessed, look into getting a beer-making kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop, whose founders went to Boston University. Trendy world travelers will love Fredflare’s scratch-off travel map, which can serve as wall decor and a conversation-starter about all the places they’ve been. It features scratch-off paint, like lotto tickets, to reveal their past destinations. Know any Instagram-aholics? Of course you do. Help them achieve even better special effects for their phone photography by treating them to an Olloclip, a small attachment for iPhone that adds features of fish-eye, macro, and wide-angle lenses all in one piece. For the bookworm in your life, give a dose of nostalgia with an e-Book jacket (fits iPad, Kindle Fire, and Nexus 7) or iPhone case featuring a vintage book cover, from the Out of Print company. But what about that one person who’s nearly impossible to buy for? Perhaps he or she might enjoy a knitted drink insulator, called a Freaker, that can fit on almost any bottle, can, or jar. The Freaker website also sells gift sets that include another innovative product — the Cuppow — created in Somerville, which fits on a mason jar and converts it into a travel mug. The gift set includes the Freaker of your choice, a Cuppow, and a mason jar to create a funky beverage dispenser of hipster dreams.

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E-book jacket, $45, iPhone case, $35 at Select styles may be available at your local Newbury Comics. Call to check for availability and pricing.


Freaker gift set, $20, at Also sold separately. Freaker, $8. Cuppow at for $7.99. Freakers are also available at Brookline Booksmith for $8.95. Cuppow available at more than 20 area locations. Check the store locator on the website.

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Chesnut Brown Ale 1-gallon beer-making kit, $40 at Also available at several local Whole Foods stores, including the River Street location in Cambridge and stores in Hingham, Dedham, Bellingham, and Medford. Call your store to check for availability and pricing.

Olloclip 3-in-1 iPhone camera lens, $69.99, at Also found at Apple stores, Target, and Newbury Comics. Availability and pricing may vary.

Where I’ve Been Scratch Map Travel Edition, $22, at

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