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23 Smart Gifts That Will Make Everyone On Your List A Genius

Get yo' brainin' on.

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1. Knot So Fast, $19.99

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Knot So Fast involves racing the clock to construct the perfect knots, either with friends or flying solo. Its name is also an incredibly strong though incredibly weak pun that would be fun to repeat in the manner of a detective busting a case — "KNOT SO FAST!" — every time a knot is constructed correctly.

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4. Rock me Archimedes, $34.99

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This game is the perfect gift to help build critical thinking skills, particularly for a pair of siblings or a couple who love to one-up each other in everything. The aim is to try to get four marbles to your end before your opponent, without tipping the apparatus over. May the odds be ever in your favor.

6. Shell Game, $19.99

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Boost a friend or family member's memory with this game that activates deduction skills and spatial reasoning. Also great for the cold months to imagine you are on a warm, shelly beach rather than in the frigid snow.

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10. E-reader, $79, or just an honest to goodness stack of books.

Get someone into reading this year with an e-reader or a stack of books to dive into. Visit here, or here, or just go to a bookstore and pick up something that looks good.

11. Math Equation Glasses, $38

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Not only do these look classy and smart, but watching your friends try to figure out these equations after a drink or two could potentially make everyone smarter. Or maybe the opposite. Let us know? Thanks.

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13. Sudoku Game Board, $34.99

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This Scrabble-like version of Sudoku is great for groups, and when someone gets upset at the numbers, they actually have something to chuck at the wall. Much more satisfying than newspaper Sudoku.

15. Word Dominoes, $24.95

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This spin on the classic version of dominoes requires players to use word skills to make phrases using the picture dominoes. If for nothing else, you can use them to make a Vine of a more visual than usual domino effect.

17. Anomia Party Game, $29.99

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This fast-paced game accesses the frontal lobe and enhances motor skills, requiring players to use quick wit to name items in different categories before their opponent. Seems like a lot of frustrated swear words would also be involved, but hey, ~word skills~.

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20. Splickety Lit, $24.99

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This word game's aim is not only to get the answer to the questions right, but to flip the first consonants of the answer as well. Watch your friends get tongue tied flipping ridiculous words like, "start to finish" (fart to stinish. LOL. Fart).

23. Fidget Widget, $1.99

Great for coordination and dexterity, fidget widgets can be manipulated in a number of different ways to encourage problem solving and for little ones, color recognition skills. Or just build fun shapes and pass it off as something super fancy on your desk. Either way. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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