Mom Knows Best : Unique Holiday Gifts For The Whole Family

Friday, October 6, 2017

Unique Holiday Gifts For The Whole Family

Need ideas for gifts?

  The holidays are coming and it is a great time to buy gifts for family and friends. So if you are like me you probably need some suggestions for gifts. I have some unique gift suggestions for the whole family from kids to grown ups. Some of the gifts are reasonably priced too. I put the gifts in categories as some of the suggestions may work for kids and grownups. So I hope I am able to help you get that shopping done for the holidays.

                                              Toys and Kid products

LTXtreme Land/Sea RC Age: 8+

Conquer any terrain and blast through obstacles with the LTXtreme Land Sea RC! Large treaded tires let you race over multiple terrains like gravel, grass, dirt and even snow.  Haven’t had enough? Use the one touch transformation button on the remote control to transform from assault vehicle to battling. Blast through obstacles and take down your target at rapid speed or precision firing with the built-in cannon. Load up to five missiles and be ready to take aim. Transform! Blast! Battle!   

 My First Drone™  Age: 4 + years
My First Drone is perfect for the budding aviators in your life! With a simple one-touch remote, protective propeller rings and auto-hover technology, this RC Drone is great for first flyers looking to start their aerial adventures. Add in fun lights, sounds and cool design, My First Drone is ideal for little ones looking to play out their high-flying dreams!

Check out my review of these two toys with videos


The Zen of Slime

Fluffy. Crunchy. Smooth. Sparkly. Iridescent. Irresistible. 

Slime has arrived, bringing with it a tangible sense of serenity. It’s a beautiful substance, enjoyed on many levels: Discover the alchemy of making your own; chill out with slime-playing videos; and/or get inspired by playful presentations of every iteration slime can take.

Whatever your pleasure, The Zen of Slime celebrates it with stunning art, secret recipes, interviews with Instagram sensations, and branding, packaging, and photography advice. Embrace the slime. Your journey has already begun.

Fooled Ya!

Discover the variety of ways our brains can trick us, from optical illusions to magicians' masterful use of misdirection to strategies used by con artists. Learn why you can't always trust your brain, so you'll be less likely to be swindled, hoodwinked, or bamboozled. Along the way, Brian Z. Brain, an illustrated comic guide, will help explain how your mind works.


Utter Nonsense

Utter Nonsense: Family Edition is a hilarious, family-friendly card game where players combine silly voices with even sillier phrases to create sayings that are just plain ridiculous.
The game contains 50 Accent Cards and 450 Phrase Cards which players combine and act out. You don't have to be good at accents and the combinations don't need to make sense. Players are encouraged to improvise and make the phrases their own because the best performance wins the round. 
Age 8 is the suggested starting point so that kids can read the cards, but the humor is appropriate for all ages. Both kids and adults will have fun playing the game!
Sold exclusively at Target stores and online.


AquaCraft Mini Alligator Tours Airboat

Realistic and ready for action, anytime and anywhere!
Romp through smaller swamps with the Mini Alligator Tours EP RTR! Its looks are sure to please and you can be on the water, learning to do skid turns almost immediately. It’s the simple little RTR that anyone can enjoy. Get yours and get out on the bayou today!

+ White ABS hull with lengthwise plastic stakes for added stability and a factory-installed foam floatation for safety.
+ 380-size brushed motor.
+ 3-channel Tactic TTX300 SLT radio system.
+ Twin air rudders with adjustable single link between steering servo and rudders for fast, powerful response.
+ 6-cell 1100mAh NiMH battery with a standard connector.
12V DC quick field charger.


Magic Sketch 


                With Magic Sketch your kids can create all kinds of amazing art and, unlike most tablets, the Magic Sketch is super kid proof!  They can drop it, toss it, even step on it -- it won’t break!  It’s completely water resistant, so if they have a spill, just wipe it off and keep going!  With the advanced internal electronics, you can clear the screen with just the push of a button!

  • Magic Sketch
  • Protector Guard
  • 1 Roller
  • 3 Stamps
  • 20 Learning Stencils
  • 20 Games Stencils
  • 20 Art Stencils


Creation Crate

Finding a unique, thoughtful gift for kids can be quite a challenge during the holiday season. Why not gift the kids in your life something fun and useful? Creation Crate is a subscription box service that improves tech literacy with both children and adults, without the intimidating technical lingo.

Beginner friendly, each project is designed to increase in difficulty each month so that users can be fluent in the language of technology by the end of the 24-month curriculum. Projects range from building a mood lamp to a memory game focused on programming, to learning how to input a distance reading from an ultrasonic sensor.

Unlike other technology subscription boxes, Creation Crate uses raw electronic components, offering users real-world skills. Subscriptions start at $30 a month with 3, 6, or 12-month subscription packages to choose from.

See my full review HERE of Creation Crate here that also includes a video that my boys made.

Gifts for the bedroom

Rem-Fit 300 Memory Foam Mattress

Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress Built for Support and Comfort

The no-flip REM-Fit Sleep 300 mattress combines superior conformity and comfort. Featuring a top layer of Adaptive Foam, it provides gel-infused flexible support that’s cool and responsive, while a Cradle Foam layer conforms to your shape, providing positive pressure under the curve of your back, along your sides and down your legs. Built on a 6.5-inch foundation of support foam, the Sleep 300 prevents deep sinking, making it perfect for stomach, back, side and larger sleepers.

Designed to deliver the optimum sleep environment, this memory foam mattress is covered in Re-Ax Unleashed Fiber™ combined in the Hi-Flow Knit™ pattern. This combination allows it to not only transfer heat and rapidly respond to moisture, but increases airflow to reduce sleep temperature and increase comfort. The REM-Fit Sleep 300 also features Contour Fit, a unique structure that delivers 4-way stretch, leading to a more responsive, flexible sleep surface. Tested through 250,000 cycles with a 350 lbs. load, the REM-Fit 300 is proven to deliver consistent support and comfort.
See my review

                                             Zefiro Innerspring Memory Foam Pillow

The Zefiro Hybrid Memory Foam Pillow WIth Comfort Springs delivers form-fitting loft, providing head and neck support for proper spinal alignment
The pocketed coil system at the heart of the pillow features 60 buoyant springs encased in foam that respond to your weight, shape and movement
Like a cool breeze, compression and expansion encourages air circulation throughout the pillow
Select from soft, medium or firm density memory foam pillow fill, perfect for a variety of sleep positions
Soft, breathable jacquard knit pillow cover
Hand-crafted in Italy
5-year manufacturer's warranty


Dreampad Pillow

We all know that quality sleep = health and Dreampad is making it easier
than ever to get quality snooze time. The Dreampad is a revolutionary
smart pillow designed specifically to help you shut off your brain and fall
asleep quickly. Available in Memory, Medium, Firm, and Slim.

More than a pillow, each Dreampad prompts your body to relax, converting
specially-treated music into gentle vibrations only you can hear.
Everybody needs sleep – and most of us wish we got more of it. So this year, why
not give someone that very thing?


Avea Flare and Bulb

 App-enabled Bluetooth dynamic mood light available as a standalone lamp or light bulb that will transform your home with beautiful hues right from your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.

Avea Bulb

Turn any luminaire into the perfect mood lamp with Avea Bulb. Simply replace your current light source with the energy efficient LED light bulb, and create the perfect atmosphere with colorful, dynamic light moods.

Avea Flare

Bring dynamic light moods anywhere with Avea Flare. The battery-powered, wirelessly charged LED lamp illuminates any place for more than 8 hours on a single charge, and with IP65 water resistance, your home atmosphere can now extend to the outside, too.

Gifts for the outdoor person


 ICEMULE™was born on a hot day when founder James Collie was taking a day-long hike, unable to find a goodwaterproofportable cooler, he created a makeshift cooler out of a backpack lined it with plastic trash bags. A wet hiker, warm drinks, and soggy food started the wheels of innovation; turning to design a soft-sided, waterproof and portable cooler that could carry ice comfortably enough for long hikes as well as, relaxing days at the beach. After several months, dozens of prototypes and many days of field testing, IceMule ™ is here to help keep all of your adventures cool!

The  ICEMULE™Cooler has 5 patented cutting-edge technologies; including:

  • TriFold DriTop System™, a foolproof seal to keep ice in and air out
  • ComfortCarryIMPT System ™, reinforced back-straps, and ventilated pads provide ultimate comfort
  • MuleSkinEV™, a tough Inner and Outer layers; 2X thicker than most soft coolers  
  • PolarLayer Insulation™, that keeps contents “IceMule Cold” for up to 24 hours
  • IM AirValve™, that adds air enhancing insulation; and releases it to be easily compacted for travel & storage


Food Gifts

Graeter's Ice Cream

Graeter’s Ice Cream is a nationally recognized and awarded ice cream brand that was founded over 146 years ago in Cincinnati, OH. The fourth-generation family owned and operated company has perfected the art of using the French Pot, a traditional, small batch artisanal process of making ice cream. Known for their indulgent, premium flavors and ingredients, they’re also widely recognized for their gargantuan gourmet chocolate chips.

You can find indulgent flavors like Black Cherry Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Coconut Chocolate Chip, and many other unique flavors.

You can find Graeter’s Ice Cream at stores like Smith's, Kroger, Target, Jewel, and many others. You can also order this yummy ice cream online and have several pints delivered to that special person.

Dripo 2-in-1 iced-drip coffee maker

Love cold-brew coffee?

Dripo is a 2-in-1 iced-drip coffee maker that works as your cold-brew coffee maker and as a portable tumbler so you can enjoy your fresh cold brew on the go. It's perfect for use at home or on-the-go with its simple design and incredible ease of use. This is my favorite new coffee maker!

Stocking Stuffers

                                                          Heat Holders


Heat Holders® are the warmest socks ever! They are over 7x warmer than regular cotton socks and nearly 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks. They are better than heated, electric or battery operated socks because you can just put them on without fussing with batteries, wires etc. Heat Holders® means No more cold feet! They are made using a unique 3 step process which makes them the Warmest Thermal Socks! Heat Holders also carries gloves, hats, tights, blankets, and more.

                              These socks were so comfortable and my feet were so warm.


Noniko Magic Deodorant 

I love that Noniko Magic Deodorant glides on so easily without having to be warmed up like other natural shea butter based deodorants. This one is made from baking soda and keeps me fresh and dry even after running. It also does not leave any white gunk on my armpits! Noniko has other amazing scents that I am dying to try like Lavender/Mint and Bergamot/Grapefruit.


Static Schmatic

 The weather here is getting cooler but it is also getting dryer. That dryness can do a number on my hair causing flyaways. My youngest son has wonderful soft hair but the static in his hair can be amazing. So we have been loving this wonderful vanilla scented spray from Static Schmatic. This spray is also great to use on clothes and is made from all natural ingredients. I love that it does not leave a sticky residue on my hair. Static Schmatic also has formulas for men and dogs.


  1. All of these are such great gift ideas!! I mean honestly who doesn't want ice cream as a gift :) thanks so much for sharing you've given me a lot of really great ideas!

  2. The Zen of Slime - is that a great title or what?

  3. I can't believe the holidays are just around the corner. There are some great ideas on this list that I'll definitely be looking into in the near future.

  4. I am a fan of family memberships to places like zoos and museums. My mom always gets my family a zoo pass and a children's museum membership.

  5. This is a great gift guide for the whole family. That memory foam mattress sounds comfy. I need a new mattress for my daughter's room.

  6. These are some great gift ideas!

  7. Oh my goodness - my girls would die for the slime. Thank you for this out-of-ordinary- and-extraordinary list I will definitely be using some of your suggestions.

  8. While there are many who probably started already, I am not yet ready to even contemplate Christmas. Wow! Can’t beluebe how fast this year is going.

  9. So many gift ideas!! I wouldn't say no to that foam mattress! Would be perfect for the guest bedroom!

  10. All of these are such great gift ideas. We have kids in different age groups and so that can be difficult.

  11. These are all great holiday gift ideas for the whole family. I love the idea of the Rem-Fit 300 Memory Foam Mattress and the Heat Holders Gloves along with the Socks for stocking stuffers. Thanks for sharing the gift ideas.

  12. Wow - these are definitely some great gift ideas! I will check these out for the holiday season!


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