These are TIME's 25 best inventions of the year

Looking for gift ideas? Here's some of the coolest things invented this year.

If you're looking for a unique gift this holiday season, here's a list that might be helpful: TIME's 25 Best Inventions of 2016.

TIME publishes a list of the best inventions every year – creations the magazine says "are making the world better, smarter and – in some cases – a little more fun."

In previous years, they've featured everything from hoverboards to a sensor that sniffs out gluten.

Here's what made the top 25 this year:

The levitating lightbulb

Watch out Thomas Edison! Someone re-invented the lightbulb.

Flyte is a lightbulb that uses electromagnetism to levitate and spin, and wireless power ­transmission to shine – talk about a conversation starter! Inventor Simon Morris says the design is a "seamless blend of science and art."

Snag a Flyte for the historian or budding scientist on your list for $349 on Amazon.

The folding helmet

If you live in Minnesota, you might have a bike enthusiast in your life – Minneapolis and St. Paul made the 50 Best Bike Cities in the U.S. earlier this year, and thanks to bike share programs like Nice Ride, more people have access to bicycles.

But some cyclists don't wear helmets, because they're not very convenient to carry around – until now.

The Morpher helmet can be folded up to make transport a cinch. Inventor Jeff Woolf was able to fund the idea via crowd-sourcing on Indiegogo. For $119, this could actually save someone's life.

The smart alarm

It can be hard to get out of bed during a Minnesota winter, but a Sense alarm clock makes waking up easier. Check it out:

Sense is a sound machine, sleep monitor and smart alarm all in one. For $149, give the gift of better sleep – who doesn't want that?

The power band for kids

This invention is a bracelet that does double duty, helping kids get more exercise while supporting a bigger cause: child hunger.

The UNICEF Kid Power Band is like a FitBit for kids. It tracks activity and encourages children to get active by sending them on virtual "missions."

But it also helps kids give back – they earn points which translate to real food packages that UNICEF sends to malnourished children all over the globe. Find the power bands at Target for $39.99.

And you can check out the rest of TIME's best inventions of 2016 here.

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