Holiday Gift Guide 2017
Who is ready? Here is what everyone has been waiting for. My 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. Lots of awesome gift ideas for all ages. Please check out all of them before planning your shopping. Shopping online can be easy too if you shop with good stores.
I love 7th Heaven Facial products (my kids steal them from me too). They come in all sorts of masks, peels, scrubs and strips. They would be great to tape on top of a gift or to put in a gift basket with a robe, slipper and some candles. I love how they meet vegetarian standards and have natural, man made ingredients.
Hair products are great for someone with thinning hair. Put them in a git basket with a bow on top and you have the perfect gift. These products by Macadamia Professionals are great for all hair types. Their line includes shampoo, conditioner, tousled texture finishing spray, foaming volumizer mousse and moisture hair masque for baby fine-to-fine hair. Most of their products are for baby fine-to-fine hair. Try them to see how they will transform straight and thin strands into bouncy, voluminous locks that you are going to love. All of their products have no added sulfates, are gluten-free, color free and cruelty-free.
Beer Bucket (awesome gift basket) from Gourmet Gift Baskets. This is great for the ‘dad that has everything’ and the beer connoisseur. It comes with six bottles of beer, cheese, crackers, popcorn and sausage all in a reusable bucket. They have gift baskets (and buckets) for all occasions.
Get a flask from J.T. Spencer. I got this super cute one with an American flag on it. It is a 6oz stainless steel flask with waxed canvas and full grain leather wrap permanently fixed around the flask. Fits perfectly into a pocket or a purse. It comes in a drawstring bag too.
Men & Women:
Great gift ideas for spouses, parents, some of the ‘could be either gender’ gifts and more.
Floating Comfort Waterbase Pillow. This is an amazing pillow! I’ve never seen anything like it. It comes with a mini-funnel and the pillow is filled with water. Great to make the softness/hardness to what you are comfortable with. I fall asleep so fast on mine. I sink right in it. It is comfortable and soft. Size is 20×28, regular twin or queen pillow size. Right now on Amazon you can get one for $71 or two for $90.
In the kitchen & in the Garden:
This might seem crazy but this is a fantastic gift for an avid gardener. Circle M Farms has organic 100% pure earthworm castings (really it is worm poop). This is absolutely amazing to put in garden planters to help plants get the vitamins and nutrients and grow better. This is totally the type of gift my dad would love. Plus, it isn’t like it is likely they got it from someone else for Christmas, right?
Board Games, Games & Toys:
These are mostly for children but some are family fun for all all ages. I love educational games but some are just entertainment too.
Hot on the market are these new Project Mc2 dolls and toys. It is a brand new series on Netflix too. Each doll comes with an experiment the kids can do. McKeyla come with DIY tattoos (temporary, of course). Adrienne comes with a kit to make your own soap. All of these are STEAM toys (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) and are get way for kids to have fun and learn. There is even a Perfume Maker kit (no dolls included) that comes with all the ingredients and bottles, vials,etc to make two scents of perfume and purses that open up to be spy kids and secret labs.
PlayMobil Toys are great for preschool age. These two are super cute NHL players and more for little hockey fans. One is a NHL Shootout Carrying Case and the other is a NHL Locker Room Play Box. I love how the kids can have their own little hockey games with the sticks and scorebook and goal net.
I love Winning Moves games. They have all board games and card games for ages preschool to adult. I got a few that I thought would be great gift ideas for my family. The Rubik’s Cube isn’t a new toy but the ‘Build It Solve It’ is a build your own Rubik’s Cube kit. Ages 8+ and everything is included in it. They have some classics like This Game is Bonkers (game from 1978, if you want to feel dated by saying you remember playing it as a kid) and Monopoly Mega, a twist to the classic edition with a speed dice and new twists. Card games are great for car trips & Christmas stocking stuffers. I like to bring them when we are traveling to play with in the hotel room too.
Check out the Little Green Men for some military toys for ages 6+. I love how the cases look like cars and each comes with its own battle pack and some mystery soldiers. Kids can collect and play The Battle Game.
The Space Adventure card game by LUPO. This is a fun, ridiculous, galactic space, planet pizza, zoomie adventure… and more. Ages 8+ and a LOT of people can play. Box says 3-25 players (wow, eh?). Each round takes about 45 minutes to play.
A new toy on the market is a huge hit. This little Fingerlings Unicorn can do all sorts of things. Pet its head, blow it a kiss, put it to sleep and more. Available exclusively at Toys ‘R Us. Gigi is a magical companion that comes to life in response to motion, sound and touch with 40+ movements and mystical unicorn noises.
Build your own DIY LED Compass by Thimble. Each kit comes with the hardware, wires and instructions to build a LED Compass or a different electronic. You can subscribe to get a different box each month letting kids build a light switch, robot, LED cube and more. Great STEM learning and kids can go online and look at the how-to videos if they don’t know how to do something. Once they are done building the compass they can program it. Thimble support is available and forums are too if you get stuck or have a question.
Make your own Chewing Gum Kit using natural ingredients. This is a fun learning experience you get to try when you are done. This kit by Glee Gum is for ages 8+ and is easy to use. You need a microwave and a mircorwave-safe container. You can make two different flavors of gum and make about 50 pieces total using natural gum base, sugar, corn syrup and flavor packets. Glee Gum also has ready to chew gum in six flavors and Gum Pops (lollipops with gum on the inside) in three flavors.
Craft City’s Slime Kit by Karina Garcia. This is a fun DIY slime kit with instruction manual and all the ingredients to make 8 different slime creations. Another great STEM project for kids. Ages 12+. Kids can make glitter slime, translucent slime and more. Available exclusively at Target stores.
Marbleocity Mini Coaster Maker Kit. Kids can make their own marble machine and then use kinetic and potential energy to make the marbles run the course. A Tinkineer creation and made in the USA. This is a STEM kit for kids to learn about gears and different types of energy. Kit includes instructions and all the pieces. All you need is some white glue. You can shop for other Marbleocity kits to expand your collection. Other kits available are a skate park, Da Vinci clock and dragon coaster.
Another building kit is Automoblox. Great kits for car fans. Mix and match kits. Build cards to race and have fun with. This C9 Sportscar is an expansion building set with 19 mix & match components. The more kits you have, the more you can create different cars. Swap the tires, brakes, middle block, connector, roof and more.
It seems like teens always want the latest in technology, more school supplies (and my daughter always wants more clothing and makeup). Here are some great gift ideas for teens.
Get them a new backpack from Sydney Paige and they’ll give one to someone needed. Their Buy One-Give One is a great way to help donate to children in American in poverty. Plus their backpacks are cute. Not only do they donate one for each one sold, but it is filled with school supplies before going to a needy child. We got a gray and black one for my son. They have all sorts, green orange plaid, purple with a dinosaur, etc. Since it is about 1/2 way through the school year their backpack is probably worn and this is the perfect way to replace it, so you are helping someone else get one too.
Pinky Petals Makeup. I have just learned about this company but they have an amazing variety of makeup and nail polish. Glitter, iridescent polish, Unicorn lip gloss, face paint colors (great for Halloween and costume parties), and lipstick.
Star Wars fans will love Star Wars Rebels dvd. The complete season three dvd with bonus features. The total movies running time is 485 minutes and it comes in BluRay.