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15 Magical Gifts for Unicorn Lovers

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Unicorns might not be real, but the love for them certainly is. Help your friends and family celebrate those magical horses with a Technicolor gift.

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1. WHITE FLATS; $31

Everyone needs a pair of shoes that go with everything, and these simple but charming flats, could be that pair for your recipient. The white ballet flats show off a pair of smiling unicorn faces and an embroidered rainbow outline. The insole of each slipper says "cute to the core," and we can't disagree.

Find It: ModCloth

2. SANTA SWEATER; $55

How does Santa Claus have time to make it to all those children's homes in just one night? Unicorn magic, of course. Give your friend this acrylic yarn sweater to wear while opening presents.

Find It: Tipsy Elves

3. DOOR LIGHT; $19

This light-up unicorn bust is motion-sensored, illuminating for 20 seconds every time it detects movement. Besides making for a great hallway light, it also has a long horn, which can be used to hang keys or jackets. The light is powered by three watch batteries and can be mounted with screws or magnets.

Find It: Firebox

4. GIANT GLOW LAMP; $90

This 20-inch tall LED light can cycle between 16 different colors and four lighting modes. It's also remote-operated so users can change their glowing friend's color from across the room.

Find It: ThinkGeek

5. MINIATURE GLOW LAMP; $17

If the giant unicorn light is too intimidating, you can also opt for a smaller version that can sit in the palm of your giftee's hand. These battery-powered alternatives—available in pink, purple, yellow, and white—stand at 5 inches tall, making them a portable companion.

Find It: Amazon

6. LIGHT-UP SLIPPERS; $45

Why should little kids have all the fun with their light-up sneakers? These battery-powered slippers have light-up cheeks that glow with each step the wearer takes, making the trip to the fridge all the more magical.

Find It: ModCloth

7. GIN LIQUEUR; $52

Sometimes people's love for unicorns is less than pure, as evidenced by Firebox's popular gin liqueur called "Unicorn Tears." The magical—yet arguably inhumane—concoction comes with little bits of silver that make the bottle look like a snow globe when you shake it. The sparkly drink will be perfect for clinking glasses with fellow villainous drinkers. At 80 proof, you're likely to forget all about the poor unicorns whose tears were harvested for your shimmery drink.

Find It: Firebox

8. GLASS SET; $25

Staying hydrated will be a lot easier with a glass that's hard to put down. Give your friend this set of beautiful unicorn glasses that come with black and white unicorns painted on the sides. There's four in each set, so you can hope to use one when you pay a visit.

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9. BAND-AIDS; $6

If you have a loved one who's been rocking those plain generic bandages, give them a stocking stuffer that will brighten up their medicine cabinet. Each tin comes with 15 band-aids featuring pictures of unicorns crying as well as a special mystery toy.

Find It: Amazon

10. CUPCAKE TOPPERS; $13

Help your favorite baker add a touch of magic to their cupcakes with these colorful toppers. Each set includes 24 cupcake holders and 24 toppers. You might also want to buy your recipient a bottle of sparkly sprinkles to really sell the look.

Find It: Amazon

11. GIANT PLUSH HEAD; $68

Have a friend who wishes they were a unicorn? Gift them a gigantic plush unicorn head. There's a mesh liner to allow the wearer to see and a subtle opening under the snout for easy breathing.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

12. SQUIRREL FEEDER; $13

Feeders for birds are more common, but squirrels need to eat too—and they might as well put on a good show for anyone who's watching. This comical feeder transforms any unsuspecting squirrel that stops by into a tiny unicorn.

Find It: Amazon

13. STRING LIGHTS; $25

String lights are a quick and easy way to add a little dazzle to otherwise unassuming rooms. That's why these hot pink unicorn lights are perfect for anyone in college or their first apartment. The 10-foot wire comes with 25 plastic lights and a battery pack so it can be wrapped around a banister or coiled into a glass jar.

Find It: Amazon

14. CUPCAKE BATH BOMB; $12

At first glance, this looks like a real cupcake, but tell your recipient not to eat it! It's secretly a bath bomb that comes with its own rubber ducky. Once the cupcake is tossed into the bath, it creates a soothing mixture that softens skin and makes the bathroom smell like cotton candy. The rubber ducky doesn't dissolve of course, and can be used again for other baths.

Find It: ThinkGeek

15. TASSEL NECKLACE; $15

This 18-inch necklace features a pendant made with translucent acrylic and gold glitter, a gold-colored chain, and a blue tassel.

Find It: Amazon

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This Footbridge in the Netherlands Transforms With Rising Waters
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Twenty-six percent of the Netherlands lies below sea level, making the country vulnerable to floods. This is especially true of the 2000-year-old city of Nijmegen, which straddles the Waal river. The town is home to many examples of flood-resistant infrastructure, but one footbridge there works a bit differently. Instead of building it around the threat of rising waters, the designers of the Zalige bridge made a crossing that changes along with its environment, according to Co.Design.

Commissioned as part of the Netherland’s Room for the River infrastructure program, it connects the Waal’s northern bank to a small island that’s part of a public park. NEXT architects, in collaboration with H+N+S Landscape Architects, made a bold choice when designing it: The path curves up and down, and at one point is level with the park’s floodplains. When the river resides at normal levels, pedestrians can walk the bridge in its entirety. Only when water levels rise is the reasoning behind the unusual shape revealed. The flooded path leaves behind a series of raised concrete blocks sticking out of the water, and to keep moving, people must hop from one block to the next.

The bridge opened in 2016, but it made news again this January when Nijmegen saw its highest water levels in 15 years. As the river rose, the Zalige bridge could be reached only by using the stepping stones. Residents flocked to the site for a closer look at the water, ignoring instructions from authorities to avoid the park as flooding continued. Eventually the water became so high that even the blocks were completely submerged, but not before demonstrating the bridge’s innovative approach to an old problem.

NEXT writes on the project webpage, "As a crest above the river, the bridge emphasizes the dynamic character of water by letting people see and experience the changing river landscape."

People biking on path.

People walking on bridge.

People walking on path.

People walking on path.

[h/t Co.Design]

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The Entire Plot of Back to the Future in One Handy Chart
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Never seen Back to the Future? Now you don't have to (though you really should). Laughing Squid spotted this graphic by statistician and data viz expert Nathan Yau that tells you everything you need to know about the plot of the 1985 movie in 16 chart-heavy panels.

There's the basic science of the DeLorean (a flux capacitor, a cool car with a nuclear reactor, 1.21 gigawatts of electricity, a speed of 88 mph), the introduction of dangerous terrorists, and some time travel. Awkward Oedipal subplot? Check. A visual representation of Christopher Lloyd's memorable "Where we're going, we don't need roads" line? You bet.

Now, we just have to wait around for Yau to digest Back to the Future Part II for us. If you like his visualization style, there's plenty more to tide you over while you wait; he has previously visualized how many years you probably have left to live, how jobs types correlate with divorce rates, and more. You can see his work on his site, Flowing Data.

A 16-panel comic shows the plot of 'Back to the Future' using line graphs.
Nathan Yau

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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