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Saturday, December 9, 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.

Zinc Flyte #sidthecyclops

Is it a suitcase? Is it a scooter? Well, yes actually, it’s both of them. Introducing Flyte, our brand new case scooter. We know that travel can be a pain, especially for families navigating the globe (or the road to Grandma’s house). But it shouldn’t be! We took it upon ourselves to make your travel dreams come true.


Flyte is a compact piece of cabin sized luggage, that works as a pull-along case and then even has its own flip out deck so your child has their own scooter on-the-go! See it in action!

Midi Ages 4 - 8 Years

Use this discount code 1MW25R1B6FY1, good for one use per user to save 20% on the purchase of a ZincFlyte 


WowWee Fingerlings Gigi the baby unicorn

Toys ‘R Us, Walmart, and Amazon have all named Fingerlings a top holiday toy of 2017. WowWee is welcoming Gigi, a baby unicorn, to their award-winning Fingerlings family! 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. Featuring a vividly colored rainbow mane and tail, Gigi is sure to add a real “wow” factor to everyone's Fingerlings collection. 

Check out this video that shows Gigi in action. 


GeoSafari® Mystery Rock 

Looking for a gift that is sure to delight parents and kids alike this holiday season? The GeoSafari® Mystery Rock is one of many educational and fun gifts that Educational Insights sells. This place has plenty of learning toys for all ages from age 2 and up. They also carry fun sets for the whole family to enjoy as you are never too old to learn. This Mystery Rock is perfect for budding archaeologists and paleontologists. Kids can excavate real specimens from Earth’s ancient past just like a real archaeologist and paleontologist! They can dig up 10 buried treasures hidden within the clay rock, and then complete activities to learn even more! 


Primary Microscope by Learning Resources

Entry-level scientists have the power to view so much with this durable, easy-to-use microscope that works with slide strips and Curiosity Boxes. Learning Resources is the place for plenty of learning/science toys for all ages from age 2 and up. This microscope includes an Activity Guide, 2 disposable slides, 1 Curiosity Box™, 1 pair of tweezers, stir rod and spatula. Perfect for that science fair at school.


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 good waterproof portable 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!


Loop & Tie

Loop & Tie is the ultimate gift-giving service that takes the stress out of holiday shopping! Everyone wants to give the perfect gift but with so many options available today it's difficult to choose. The pressure is high to find something unique and fun, or practical and customized - not to mention the added chaos that comes with holiday shopping. But thanks to Loop & Tie, the pressure is off and the holidays can be fun again

Through Loop & Tie, gifters can send the fun of choice in a personalized online experience. Gifters choose a collection (like this coffee or Black Truffle salt from the food collection or from many more collections) to send, personalize an online card with their own pictures, video and message, and the recipient gets to select anything they'd like, without ever seeing prices.

It takes gifting to a whole new level and has allowed people to master the art of gift-giving with just a few clicks. Loop & Tie Is the 2017 equivalent of walking into a store with someone and telling them "Pick out whatever you'd like."

Contigo AUTOSEAL® West Loop travel mug


West Loop is made for the modern movers, shakers, commuters, travelers – and for the urban explorer in all of us. Whether you’re traveling via car, train, horse-drawn carriage, rickshaw or penny farthing (it’s cool, you can Google it) this mug is the ultimate in convenience. This larger capacity mug is spill-proof, will stay piping hot for hours and it’s easy to use with just one hand.


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.


STANLEY® TLM30 Laser Distance Measurer 


This $20 pocket-sized tool is designed to help the advanced DIY-er easily measure with accuracy when calculating paint for a room or furniture layout. It’s the perfect holiday stocking stuffer and must-have when looking for a new house, apartment or figuring out how to place furniture.

Capture measurements on the go with the STANLEY® TLM30 Pocket Laser Distance Measurer. The pocket size is easy to carry and the 30’ range is great for most interior measurements.

Features & Benefits
1/4" at 30 ft for accuracy
30 ft range for tackling most measuring tasks
Lithium-Ion battery for on the go USB charging


 7th Heaven Peel-Off Masks

     These facial masks are a natural, vegan line of fresh, single pack options.  These new masks make AMAZING STOCKING STUFFERS (range from $1.99 - $2.99)

1. Charcoal Peel-Off Mask - This single-serve sachet mask is all-natural and mineral-rich, featuring charcoal, which attaches to toxins and impurities and then brings them to the skin’s surface.  It’s great for problem skin and oily skin and also helps reduce redness from acne. 

2. Black Seaweed Peel Off Mask - This luxurious, mineral-infused skin treatment lifts away soil and grease to leave skin clear, healthy and glowing. The marine mask harnesses the skin-caring qualities of chopped black laver seaweed harvested on the coastline of Wales together with crushed sea buckthorn berries and sea salt.  

3. Dead Sea Peel Off Mask - The luxurious formula harnesses the therapeutic properties of Dead Sea salts and seaweed.  Wear it while relaxing, and then peel it off to reveal naturally glowing, fresher, cleaner skin.  The mask features crushed sea salt crystals to deep cleanse and purify, seaweed to fight free radicals, and chamomile to soothe. 
All masks are available at Walmart stores nationwide! 

Sagely Naturals, the innovative CBD wellness brand is derived from Hemp, a therapeutic super-plant. CBD taps into the existing Cannabinoid receptors in our bodies and safely provides immediate and natural pain relief without the high of straight marijuana. Their Relief and Recovery Cream (Peppermint oil, Argan oil, Safflower oil and CBD) and the Pain Relief Supplements (Organic Turmeric and CBD) helps tired, stressed, or fatigued muscles and joints while combating discomfort and inflammation. They also alleviate PMS symptoms, mild anxiety, and chronic aches and pains. We believe CBD is much like Tumeric and Kombucha, and it's about to take the wellness world by storm because of its natural healing properties.

Check out my experience with the Relief & Recovery products here


V.I.Poo Spray

Need a last-minute stocking stuffer that is sure to elicit a few laughs? (And for some: silent appreciation.) V.I.Poo is a pre-poo spray that traps nasty smells where they belong - in the bowl.

The time has come to change the way we face embarrassing bathroom odors! Air Wick's collection of scents (Lavender, Lemon, Rose, and Fruits) trap nasty smells in the bowl and release a spectacular fragrance that leaves the bathroom smelling better than before you used it. Check out all four fragrances!


Boobie Bar

Need a stocking stuffer for a mom-to-be or a nursing mom?  Boobie Bar® – the original herbal lactation bar! Packed with delicious and nutritious ingredients, Boobie Bars have been used for years to help lactating moms boost their breastmilk supply. Lactation herbs have normally been found in the form of capsules to swallow with doses as large as 10-15 pills a day, or multiple cups of tea to brew. Now you can easily get your daily dose of milk-boosting herbs in just ONE single bar from Boobie Bar!


Sphynx Portable Razors

Sphynx Portable Razors are perfect for the busy mom, woman, girl, lady, etc on the go--shave anywhere, anytime! Never miss out because of a missed spot! Perfect for traveling!
The Sphynx is a portable, fun and trendy razor that comes in 4 colors. The package includes one refillable water spray bottle, one shea butter moisturizing pre-shave bar, and two razor blades.


Aromatherapy Bracelet Blend 

Goddess Garden has three different styles of Aromatherapy bracelets and five Aromatherapy blends. Each of the oil blends enhances different moods. Simply choose the bracelet that makes you happy and then apply the oil according to your mood. The scent lasts for a long time too.

Check out my review and find out how you can win one of the bracelets.

Gifts for the fitness folks

Healbe GoBe 2 fitness tracker

Healbe GoBe is the first all-in-one device that automatically tracks your calorie intake, hydration level, and other health parameters to keep you on track with your health and fitness goals. It does this via the company’s patented Healbe FLOW(TM) technology that uses an impedance sensor to send signals through the skin to calculate the volume of water bound to glucose entering cells within the body. GoBe2 continuously measures this movement of water, which is affected by the consumption of carbs and protein, to evaluate nutritional intake and calculate fat and calories ingested over 24-hour periods.

 I am trying this fitness tracker out and will be writing a review about it next month.


www.alohabottsandtots.com said...

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!


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

Charnita F. said...

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.

Parenting Patch said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Kaci Rose said...

These are some great gift ideas!

jenbendewish said...

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.

JNoteMusic said...

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.

Unknown said...

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

TColeman said...

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

Rebecca Swenor said...

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.

redheadmomblog said...

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

Burgess said...

They are given to customers/clients (Past, Present and Future), representatives and even to different organizations. corporate gifts

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