Gift giving is fun for me! When I do have time to go shopping I’m on the lookout for items my family or friends may enjoy. Ideas for gifts come from all different directions. I find listening closely to the person helps me identify gifts for them that will be useful and often become items they love.
The recommended gifts below are all gifts I have personally used or have given to someone who has loved it!
I have organized the gifts under headings to help you sort through easily and perhaps find just the perfect gift! Click on each picture to be linked directly to the product page for purchase and more info.
Tech and Gadgets
Sony Wireless Headphones: This is the gift that saved my marriage. As the years have gone by (all 35 of them), my husband keeps going to bed earlier and while I try to go to sleep earlier, I seem to be a night owl. The Sony Wireless Headphones allow you to watch TV with the volume on mute on the actual TV, allowing others in the room to enjoy their peace and quiet while you get to enjoy watching TV. And… just in case the person you are with doesn’t need the volume as loud as you do to catch every word, the headphones also work with the volume on. You do not miss a word of dialogue with these headphones, they are fantastic. Perfect for those with some hearing loss, for those sharing a room, and those wanting to enjoy the uninterrupted pleasure of a TV show, movie, or music.
iPad: Even if your loved one does not use a cell phone, an iPad may win them over to the digital world. Take the time and set the iPad up before you give it to them. Set your loved one up with a Gmail email address and an iTunes account – and give the gift that keeps on giving. I recommend using an iTunes gift card to access paid apps, movies, etc… to avoid the problem of potential credit card fraud. The next holiday you can pay to reload the gift card.
Load up favorite photos and videos onto the iPad for them to look at over and over, and each time you go to visit you can assist them with saving the new ones or accessing the cloud to get the most up to date photos available. This keeps them with you no matter where you are. Be sure to include photos of them from their younger years with you – allowing them to think back through the decades. I also downloaded some favorite game apps, solitaire, candy crush, and of course a variety of Las Vegas style slot machine apps. This can provide hours of enjoyment for those with limited mobility. As they get used to the iPad they may learn to explore apps available on their own, or recommendations by their friends. Read more…
Open It: Each year my book club celebrates the holidays with a white elephant gift exchange. The goal of the gift is to bring your favorite “find” of the year. This year my gift will be the Open It!
I can’t remember when I first found the “Open It”, but I sure am glad I did. It seems like so many packages today are so hard to open. One of things I’ve noticed is that my hand strength is not what it used to be, or should I say the using the strength in my hands sometimes hurts. The Open It tool prevents any pain from happening. It includes a very stiff scissor function that cuts through fairly thick plastic, cardboard, all sorts of things. The Open It also includes a Utility Knife, which is great for opening packages and a screwdriver when you need it.
The Mommy Hook: Have you heard of the term “milk drunk?” I never had either until my first grandchild came into the world this year. It appears to be a state of almost asleep after they have just eaten, they are very cute in this stage. The terms used to describe babies and their supplies are totally different since my children were young. One of the most useful gifts my daughter-in-law received was a Mommy Hook. This hook is sold to be used on strollers, however the first thought on my mind was to use the hook on walkers or wheelchairs. This hook is strong enough to carry several bags, a purse, and other miscellaneous items. Or handy just to keep your purse right by you.
Self-Improvement Gift Ideas
Tweezerman Tweezers and 10x Magnifying Mirror: Every woman I know worries about the weird eyebrow hair, the random black hair that sometimes shows up on her chin, and whether she has her lipstick just on her lips! The 10x mirror, lighted or not, with Tweezerman tweezers allows you to find even the smallest gray hairs and pluck them when you need to. This 10x mirror helps you not miss a one. This set keeps you pretty and confident.
Clarins Restorative Wake-up Lotion: A few years ago I was walking through Bloomingdale’s and a sales person at a makeup counter called me over and said would you like to have your face perk up and have a younger looking skin tone. Well it only took about 5 seconds to answer that question. I’m not sure what the active ingredient is in this lotion, but it definitely wakes up your skin in the morning and brings some light to your face. The lotion is easy to apply, absorbs quickly and just the perfect moisturizer for under your tinted moisturizer or foundation.
Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant: While at the Spa of the Rockies in Glenwood Springs Colorado I had the most amazing facial leaving my skin glowing and feeling very clean. The product they used was an exfoliator you can use daily to clean your pores and over time the pores get smaller. I have started using this every morning and am amazed how smooth my face feels after I use it. It only takes a dime size amount so this one container will last a very long time.
I typically use it with my Clarisonic Facial Cleansing System each morning in the shower. While it takes a minute, which actually feels like a long time in the shower, the smoothness you feel on your face is worth it.
Comforting Holiday Gifts for Seniors
Faux Fur Blanket: I love my faux fur blanket with its fleece backing on the other side. I love crawling into a cool crisp bed at night, the temperature low so I can breathe well and don’t stay awake half the night. This fur blanket keeps me warm, not too hot, and the softness of the fur on my hands and up around my face when I sleep feels great. This blanket is so pretty it can be used on your bed, on your lap wherever you are sitting, or around your shoulders while enjoying an outside fire-pit.
Anti-fatigue Kitchen Mat: I love to chop, mix and cook – especially around the holidays. However, on Thanksgiving Day I typically have a backache well before the festivities get started from being on my feet all morning cooking. This Anti-fatigue Kitchen Mat from Frontgate has helped tremendously in decreasing the pain from standing and often eliminates the pain from starting all together. The mat is attractive in the kitchen and provides nice padding to stand on, therefore giving your back a break and less chance for pain to develop. I can’t imagine anyone having to stand in the kitchen not being thankful for this mat.
Dearform Slipper Clogs: There is nothing better than coming home from work, especially if it was a day I had to wear high heels and slipping on my Dearfoam Clogs. They bring immediately relief to sore, tired feet and feel so comfy. The padding is thick in the slipper and feels great to walk on as well as very soft to the skin. Ah…. They feel so good!
Gifts for Health and Wellness
PowerBeats Ear Headphones: As you will figure out by the time you get to the end of my list I have some hearing impairment. My next recommendation allows me to work out and listen to my music or my favorite podcast wherever I am without the earbuds falling out of ears. What I love about these headphones is that they never fall out of my ear and I do not have to push them in very far (which typically irritates my ear canal). The sound quality is great too, allowing me to thoroughly enjoy whatever I’m listening to and not miss a beat! And the over the ear hook does not hurt.
Bose Bluetooth Speaker: My Bluetooth speaker is a gift I use every day. I love listening to podcasts and my favorite music on Pandora. The Bluetooth speaker allows me to take my shower and get ready for the day with all my favorites loud enough for me to hear and keep on moving and getting ready for the day. So instead of having TV on in a different room, straining to hear what it is saying, the blue tooth speaker moves with me from room to room, while I make the bed, prepare our smoothies, and clean the kitchen without missing a word.
The NiINJA Mega System: Speaking of smoothies, the NINJA has made a huge difference in our diet. I have to admit, the NINJA mega system is the first item I have ever purchased from watching an infomercial. And wow, I’m so glad I did. From making individual smoothies to making coleslaw and macaroni and cheese from scratch – it is an amazing machine, easy to use and best of all easy to clean.
Olly Restful Sleep Blackberry Zen Vitamin Gummies: Are you always hoping for a great night’s sleep – well look no further! I found Olly Blackberry Restful Sleep gummies earlier this year and they have been a game changer. As many of you know as we get older our sleep patterns change and well…. There are some nights where it alludes us all together. We wake up or get up more tired than when we went to bed. These gummies have made all the difference for me. If I have a lot on my mind and can kind of predict getting to sleep is going to be tough I will chew two gummies – especially if I don’t have to set my alarm for the next morning. However, when I have to get up in the AM to go to work or for an appointment I will only chew one gummy so I don’t feel like I’m having to fight myself to get awake!
The Chill Pal: This is an awesome gift for the exercise person in your life. I have given this to many of my friends and family, it is perfect in the heat. You can make the Chill Pal cloth wet with cold water, snap to the extra water out and wrap it around your neck to bring you immediate coolness. This is perfect for when you are outside exercising in heat or at the gym. This will help you avoid the excuse of saying it is “too hot” to exercise.
The Foam Roller: I can’t believe how stiff and sometimes inflexible my body has gotten over the years. My trainer has turned me on to slowly stretching in the morning and utilizing the foam roller to help with that process. I can’t believe what a difference it has made to my body and how much better I feel after rolling my muscles with the foam roller.
The Kozy Kollar: I love my large Kozy Kollar and use it almost every night. I prefer the unscented Kozy Kollar and love that I can heat it up to my preferred temperature in my microwave. I like the large Kozy Kollar as I typically start it on my neck, move it down to my lower back and go to sleep with it on my stomach. It relieves what ails me and helps me go to sleep. I have a lot of little aches and pains and prefer not to take any medication, the Kozy Kollar brings me pain relief through the heat it provides to my body.
Gifts for Foodies
Pure Inventions Pomegranate + Acai Berry Antioxidant Fruit Extract: A few years ago I was visiting the Spa of the Rockies with the natural hot springs. I can’t tell you how amazing the hot springs are. One step into the hot springs and any aches and pains you have start to disappear. I absolutely love going to the hot springs. Next to the springs is the spa, and while visiting I decided to have a massage. In the waiting area was a selection of beverages, including a pomegranate flavored water, it was excellent and very refreshing. Absolutely no bad after taste. I was so excited to find something to flavor water that I actually liked. Read more…
Cashew Cranberry Cherry Jubilee: While at the Spa of the Rockies they also provided complimentary trail mix, wow was it yummy. I’m not quite sure how many times I refilled my little two ounce cup! I have become hooked on this trail mix for my mid-morning and after-noon snack. It is a yummy combo of cinnamon toffee peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, cranberries, cherries, and dried apples. The combination is delicious and it is a very filling and nutritious snack keeping me away from the gummy bears that often tempt me. This trail mix can be purchased in small or large size for a very reasonable price.
Biscoff Cookies: I remember flying Delta Airlines when I was young and getting to try Biscoff Lotus cookies for the first time. The light texture and light cinnamon flavor make these cookies delicious. I love that the cookies are packaged with two cookies packaged together. This keeps them fresh and crisp and also helps me not eat too many at one time. It is extremely enjoyable to curl up with a good book, sip some hot tea and snack on my Biscoff cookies. It makes for a great afternoon.
You can order online and have these shipped to a destination of your choosing. I promise you will make someone very happy when they open the package and try one.
Killer Brownies: My in-laws live in a little town in Ohio called Lebanon. The Golden Lamb Restaurant/Hotel is the oldest in Ohio and has hosted 12 presidents. Not too far from Lebanon, in Dayton, Ohio you will find an incredible grocery story, Dorothy Lane Market. Their baked goods are amazing. One of my favorites is their Killer Brownies which you can order and have delivered wherever you would like. As far as I know these Killer Brownies have never killed anyone, but there may be a few fights in the house over who is going to get to eat the last one! You can choose the Killer Brownie you might like best, the original chocolate caramel, peanut butter, cream cheese, Blonde Ambition, Brookie Killer, German Chocolate, PB&J, and Not a Nutter, or better yet, try them all. I haven’t’ tried one yet that I haven’t loved. You can ship these Killer Brownies anywhere and may want to add a few cookies too!
I love receiving and giving Edible Arrangements. I have received several arrangements and have sent out many throughout the year. The fruit has always had a great flavor, not too ripe but not under ripe either, and always very creatively arranged. I like sending the fruit arrangements when I know someone is working hard to eat healthy and maintain their weight. It is a nice surprise without them feeling like they are eating something they shouldn’t. I also love the fact that you can order a variety of size of arrangement, allowing the recipient not to feel like they are going to let part of the arrangement go to waste. This is a great gift for young or old, especially when it is difficult for them to have time to cut up and prepare fresh fruit.
Truffle Salt was one of my favorite things I found about three years ago. When I first purchased it my idea was to use the salt on fish and I can tell you it is perfect with fish and the flavor is not too heavy. Now that I have acquired the love of truffle flavor I have found myself using the salt in a variety of dishes. One of my favorites is trying to make a Gnocchi Salad I first experienced at Town Restaurant in Carbondale, CO*. This salad is delicious with a light truffle flavor. My take on this salad is sort of like this, I usually sauté yellow butternut squash in a skillet with a little truffle oil, once I have crisped the outside of the squash I will add a few sliced mushrooms and gnocchi to the skillet to quickly brown, then pour the mixture on top of a bed of spinach and sprinkle with parmigiano cheese and truffle salt – it is to die for! Add a grilled chicken breast and you now have a great dinner.
*If you get the chance to visit Carbondale, CO, try Town Restaurant. I haven’t found a bad dish on the menu!
I hope you have fun shopping this year and that this list helps you make some folks happy on your list. This list is a new experiment for us, we are trying affiliate marketing, which means we may get paid a commission on items you purchase through our links. I’m excited to see if you like any of the ideas and welcome any comments or questions. Next month, gifts to start the New Year right! Happy Shopping!
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