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Carolyn Graff

2017 Home and Car Electronics Gift Guide

The holidays can be a time of fun and celebrating as you spend time with friends and loved ones. But for some people, the holidays are a time of stress and running around trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on their list until they feel like they’re about to drop.

The key to a stress-free holiday shopping season is found in knowing what you’re going to buy before the time arrives. When you know what you’re going to buy someone ahead of time, it removes the stress as well as cuts down on the time that you’ll spend picking out a gift.


One of the nicest gifts that you can buy someone is a television. Some years ago, it used to be that a television was only good for one thing – watching whatever shows or free movies the basic channels provided.

But TVs can do so much more than that now. These electronics are the perfect gift for anyone, but especially with those who have a family because everyone can use this gift.

You can open a world of possible, inexpensive entertainment that the receiver will never grow tired of. And there’s always something new to discover when you have the right television.

Finding the right television can baffle even the savviest shopper – and that’s because there are more features than ever before on televisions. In addition to using one to watch your favorite shows or movies, you can now access you’re the Internet.

You can watch music videos, catch the news, chat with friends or family or even Skype or Facetime with someone you want to talk to. Depending on whether the receiver has cable, Internet viewing or Netflix, there’s so much informative programming available.

There are shows about cooking, sports, children’s education, and those that can show you how to do home projects – and more. How well someone can view what they want to see depends on the type of television you plan to buy.

Since a TV is an investment, you want to buy the best that you can afford to give, yet still maintain your budget. What you want to do when shopping for a TV is compare the cost of the set versus the type of features that it has.

Certain features will make the television more useful for a variety of entertainment choices. You want models that have a good refresh rate and you want good clarity. Look for a good quality core processor when selecting a TV.

One thing that a lot of people don’t think about when buying a TV as a gift are the number of HDMI ports on one. But these are must haves and the more you can get on a television, the better it is.

Because the many devices that people use need a way to connect to the television so that you’re not constantly having to unplug different connections. After awhile, that can get extremely annoying.

You’ll want HDMI ports for your Blu Ray or regular DVD player. You also need one for your gaming console. Then, if you have a television device such as the Apple or Amazon Echo box, you’ll need a port for those as well.

For a good, feature loaded, latest model television, look at one like the Samsung UN50KU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV or their other model, the Samsung UN49KS8000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. Some of the other Samsung models are the curved edition types and a lot of people really like those.

If you’re looking for a television that has OLED pixels and is one of the latest models, then you can look at one like the LG Electronics OLED65B6P Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV.

When purchasing a TV as a gift, you’ll always get offered some kind of extended warranty coverage, in addition to what’s already provided by the manufacturer. Read what’s covered by the manufacturer and see if the extended warranty covers any gaps left by the manufacturer.

Home Theater

If you have friends or family who love to spend time on home entertainment, one of the most loved gifts that you get for them is a home theater. Not only can this give the receiver top of the line entertainment viewing ability, but the sound quality in a home theater simply can’t be beat.

With the right home theater system, you truly can have the same experience that you do if you were actually at the movies. That’s how great both the clarity and sound can be with a home system.

If you’re thinking that you’d love to buy this for someone you have in mind, but you’re worried about the possible high cost, don’t be. These systems are more affordable than ever before.

Plus, they’ve been streamlined – so that they’re easy to install and there’s not a lot of cable clutter. Since there are a lot of choices involving different brands of home theaters and even more models under the same brand, you might not be sure which one would be the best one to get.

Usually, when most people have a home theater, they add components to the television they have that include a sound bar, the receiver, some solid speakers and the subwoofer.

You can find all of that in one system or you can pay and buy each piece separately – depending on how you want to give the gift. What most people look for are the home theater systems that pretty much include everything that’s needed to get started.

One of the most highly recommended systems in home theater is the Onkyo HT-S3700 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver-Speaker Package. This one has everything that’s needed to set up a system and also has 6 HDMI inputs.

One of the most important pieces of a home theater system will always be the sound system. You want that surround sound ability, but how good that surround system is will depend on the quality of the speakers that come with the system.

This is why people will sometimes buy the sound system separate rather than bundling everything up. If you’re looking for top quality speakers that are popular, then you’re going to want the Bose CineMate 15 Home Theater Speaker System.

You might be familiar with the term subwoofer when it comes to home theaters. This is the speaker that handles the low bass frequencies. It’s what gives you that deep sound that can rattle the windows and bring the movie to life.

Not every home theater system has top quality subwoofers. But one that does is the Yamaha YHT-4920UBL 5.1-Channel Home Theater in a Box System with Bluetooth.

The prices for any of the systems that you’ll look at can vary from hundreds of dollars to thousands. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you have to shell out thousands of dollars to get a system that would make a nice gift – because you don’t.

Anything from a couple of hundred to five hundred dollars for the cost of a home theater can still deliver the same great theater experience as the systems that cost multiple thousands.

Car Electronics

People spend thousands of hours of their lives in their vehicles running errands or traveling from one city to the next. Most people don’t think of having certain helpful electronic items in their car until they need it. Of course, by then, it’s too late.

Then there are other electronic items for cars that can really enhance the driving experience. If you’re thinking of getting someone a gift for their car, but you’re not exactly sure of what to get, this guide can help you with that decision.

Since almost everyone travels, one of the best gifts that you can give is a navigating system. This is not only a wise gift for someone, but is also thoughtful as well as practical.

A navigating system does so much more than simply direct the driver from the shortest route between two points of travel. It can also look up directions to places of entertainment such as restaurants or places to shop and tell you about traffic situations up ahead.

If you look up navigating systems, you’ll see that there are a lot of them. However, not all of them are known for their precise instructions and correct destinations.

You need to make sure that the one you buy offers continual map updates so that the destinations are never out of date. For that, you’d want to look at the 57LM GPS Navigator System by Garmin Nuvi that comes with spoken directions on a turn by turn basis, map updates for a lifetime, Direct Access, and Speed Limit Displays.

There’s also the 55 GPS Navigators System made by the same company – with maps that are preloaded, spoken directions, and speed limit displays as well. Garmin is one of the most trusted names in navigating systems, but there are also other brands that are good quality, too.

A great gift to buy any driver would also be a dashboard camera recorder. Not only can the driver capture some great scenery and use it as a video memory if they’d like, but it also has a practical side to it.

Some of these cameras can be extremely helpful in the event of an accident. It cuts out the he said-she said debate and can be used to protect the driver in the event of an accusation dealing with their driving.

One of the most popular ones to get is the Rexing wide angle Dashboard Camera with V1 2.4 inch LCD FHD 1080p and a G-Sensor, WDR, with Loop Recording. This one has a feature called the Accident Auto Detection Feature which can hold onto memory if you’re involved in a crash.

Smart Home Gadgets

There are gadgets that can make life easier for people when they’re at home and add to overall safety as well. These items range from entertainment to security and more.

If you’re planning on buying a smart home gadget for someone as a gift, then you want to consider what their needs are. Sometimes what you can do is just get a gift that everyone can use – such as a home alarm system.

Giving someone the gift of home security is a thoughtful gift that will continue to give for years to come. Some of the systems are relatively inexpensive, while others that have more features can cost a little more.

If you do choose to go with giving a home security system as a gift, then choose the one that has the most options. The S02-B do it yourself kit that’s a wireless home and business security alarm system by Fortress Security Store has a lot of features like passive motion sensors and an alarm that can be heard outside.

The same brand also has the S02-A, which is another do it yourself home and business security kit that comes with a panic button. Like the other model, it can automatically make phone calls if someone breaks in.

If you’re looking for a gift to give new parents, then check out the variety of baby smart gadgets you can buy such as the DXR-8 model of the Infant Optics video baby monitor that comes with an interchangeable lens.

This video monitor can give parents peace of mind when they’re not in the room with the baby. It’s sound activated, so parents will get a notice when the baby is stirring.

Not all smart gadgets are for security or safety. Some are for just plain having fun with as well as making life run smoother. One of the most wanted gifts is the Amazon Echo.

This handy device is known as Alexa and is a hands-free device that pays attention to the sound of your voice and does exactly what you tell it to once you have it hooked up to your WiFi.

The device can give you the morning news. Or if you’re not a news person, it can read you an audio book. It can turn the lights in your home on or off. You can tell it that you want to listen to music and it will play it for you. Or you can have it call for take out food. It can even turn the thermostat up or down for you. It’s one of the hottest gifts that you can give to someone who enjoys home gadgets.

Originally posted 2016-11-18 11:36:56.

2017 Sports and Outdoor Gift Guide

Keeping fit and enjoying the great outdoors isn’t just a fad anymore – it’s a passion. Enjoying sports that you participate in – plus exercise and fitness pursuits – have produced thriving businesses ready to meet the needs of every outdoor and fitness enthusiast.

If you’re gift-shopping for someone this year who has a passion for fitness and sports, it will be easier than ever to find just the right gift. Check out items for exercise and fitness that includes everything from under-the-desk elliptical items to glam Yoga mats.

This Sports and Outdoor Gift Guide will help you find just the right gift for your sports and fitness enthusiast. Beginning with exercise and fitness, then moving on to hunting and fishing, team sports, camping and hiking and cycling – let’s cover all options.

Exercise and Fitness

It isn’t always easy to fit in a workout during a busy day. At work, it’s especially difficult because you’re sitting at your desk and movement is almost non-existent. Since your very life may depend on keeping your fitness level high, it’s imperative that exercise and how you stay fit with nutrition is a part of your lifestyle.

Sitting at your desk all day isn’t good for anyone. If you have a busy friend who rarely gets away for a daily exercise routine, you can help him out with a gift he can use without ever leaving his desk.

The FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical is an innovative desk pedaling machine that closely imitates the larger elliptical machines you’d find at a gym. You can achieve a smooth forward and backward elliptical motion without hitting your knees on the underside of the desk.

You may want to include a desk stand with a digital meter to track your progress while you’re working out at your desk. The FitDesk Elliptical can be used hands-free so you can work on the computer or perform other tasks at the same time you’re exercising.

Your holiday gift-giving budget can easily accommodate many of the exercise and fitness items you might choose. For example, the new, Isokinetics Inc. Balance Exercise Ball Chair (Standard or Tall Boy) cleverly incorporates the exercise ball and a chair so you can get the same flexibility and balance of the single ball plus the advantage of sitting up straight in a chair.

The ball chair can be used in the office or at home. Many people say they prefer them over regular office chairs or a single ball to sit on. It’s a gift of love that shows you care about a person’s overall health and well-being.

Exercise and fitness require dedication and determination. You can encourage those on your gift list this year to take care of themselves by choosing from the wide array of inspirational gift ideas online.

Fitness includes eating well and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. Super-fancy water bottles are available to both make a statement and carry life-giving and cell-supporting water wherever you go. They make great gifts.

Blenders for those special power-smoothies and juicers to use with fresh fruits and veggies are popular items for those who want to stay fit by watching their diets carefully. Infusers are popular this year because you can infuse water, juice or other liquids with favorite fruits and vegetables.

Exercise and fitness clothing have also become an integral part of gift-giving this year. Fun and comfortable exercise gear can be found online in abundance and in almost any size and color.

Hunting and Fishing

Hunting and fishing are time-honored pursuits that both men and women are developing a passion for. Rather than going to large and confusing sports stores this year, shop online to find almost any desired gift.

Although the traditions of hunting and fishing go back to the beginning of time, it’s only lately that incredible items have been created to enhance the experience. There are night vision devices, state-of-the-art spinning reels and even technologically designed fish-finders.

You’re sure to find the perfect gift for your hunting and fishing aficionado online – and some of the ideas are in this guide. Hunters will appreciate the Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular with a built-in illuminator that can let you view up to 500 feet in the distance.

This device is protected from the elements in water-resistant housing and can be used both for daytime and nighttime viewing. Your hunter-friend will appreciate its ease-of-use and dependability.

Fishers and hunters on your gift list will love finding any of the excellent designs for Kershaw knives in their stockings. The functional and safe design of these knives extends far beyond the normal usage of knives.

For example, the Kershaw 6034 Emerson Designed Knife is designed to be both versatile and safe. The clip-point blade ensures precise cutting and the secure handle grip and stainless steel back makes it a favorite for knife users – including the military and law enforcement.

Besides the usual hunting and fishing items, there’s a wide array of clothing, backpacks, camping gear, nets and safety items. Hunting and fishing isn’t just for grownups anymore, and many gifts can be found online for kids.

There are even gift items that let your hunter or fisher cook the food after a day in the blind or on the water. The Magma Marine Kettle Gas Grill is a stainless steel wonder grill that has all the functionality of a large grill while being efficient and small enough to easily carry from place to place.

Only 15-inches in diameter, the Magma Marine grill rapidly rises to the desired temperature and cooks thoroughly and evenly with convection heating technology. Don’t worry about weather conditions. This grill has the turbo venture tube, which prevents blowouts and grease splatters.

From small, inexpensive items to larger items with many features, you can find hunter or fisher gifts online by the dozens. Even the special clothing – such as lifejackets and special fishing waders – can be chosen online and shipped to your door. No need to visit crowded malls to find the perfect gifts.


Whether you have team sports enthusiasts and participants on your gift list – or those who prefer to watch their favorite teams on television or in person – you’ll find a complete selection online.

There are balance beams for the gymnast, baseball bats and tennis balls for the aspiring tennis player. Sports fans will love any gift that helps them show their love and appreciation for their favorite teams.

Clothing such as T-shirts, hoodies and hats emblazoned with team names and logos, banners, throws and fun décor items will delight any sports fan. Hats come in all shapes and sizes, such as traditional billed-caps and beanies.

For your gift recipient who lives for golf, you can’t go wrong with gifts such as the Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch, which was engineered and designed especially for the ultra-serious golfer.

This long battery life GPS golf watch is preloaded with over 35,000 golf courses (within 30 countries) to choose from. You can use its features like the hazard-layup distance, hole advance auto recognition and a step counter to ensure your game of golf is as precise as it can be.

Many men and women are choosing to participate in team sports after work or on weekends to keep in shape, socialize and simply have fun. Volleyball is one of the popular sports that is capturing the interest of young and old alike.

One gift that’s sure to delight the volleyball enthusiast is the Light Up LED Volleyball – a battery powered ball with an LED light that illuminates from inside the ball. It’s perfect for night games and will remain on during play since it’s activated by impact.

The sports fans in your life will be happy with any gift that touts their favorite teams. NFL 3-foot by 5-foot banner flags are fun gifts. They’re made of durable polyester and you can find college or NFL banners available for your favorite teams.

Camping and Hiking

Camping trips and hiking excursions are great ways to bring families together without the drone of cell phones or busy clacking of computers. It’s a time to devote to the great outdoors and getting to know each other better.

There are so many beautiful places to camp and hike and observe nature that it’s becoming one of the most popular activities – especially for families. There’s no shortage of camping sites and hiking trails either, so it’s easy to get to and enjoy.

Campers are always looking for things to make the experience easy and more memorable. Gift ideas for camping are abundant – including large items such as tents to sleeping bags and cooking accessories.

The Coleman Brazos Sleeping Bag is basic, but meets the needs of most camping enthusiasts. You can remain cozy and warm when temperatures plunge to 20 degrees and is made from 100% polyester, so it’s machine washable and dryable.

Also consider backpacks, emergency and survival kits and durable clothing that are especially designed for camping. There won’t be a shortage of gift ideas online and can be delivered to your doorstep in plenty of time for the holidays.

Hikers get to enjoy the outdoors while getting a cardio and overall fitness workout. Cities are even incorporating hiking trails into their planning because of the popularity of the sport and a way to keep the population fit and healthy.

If you have a hiker on your gift list this season, you’ll enjoy getting ideas and shopping online for such items as clothing or the latest in fitness technology. All avid hikers should have a fitness tracker and these make great gifts for any occasion.

The Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker is available in silver and black. It’s small and lightweight in stature, but can perform all of the latest technological tests to keep your hiker physically safe. It’s sweat, rain and splash proof and you can sync it to any computer or Android and Windows devices with the wireless technology of Bluetooth.

This Fitbit fitness tracker is worn on the wrist and tracks the time, distance and steps during your hike – and much more. You’ll also be able to glance at the battery level so you can make sure it’s charged and ready to go on your next hiking trek.

Take this season’s holiday opportunity to shower your loved ones with fitness gifts that will promote good health. Browse through the fitness gifts on the ‘net to get more ideas about prices and availability.


You can find biking trails in almost every city and town in the country today. Its popularity has soared in past years and the technological advances in equipment and safety features has made it one of the top rated methods to keep fit and have fun, too.

You can find inexpensive accessories or go all out in your gift-giving to purchase the latest design in bicycles or stationary bikes. Online sites provide a way to do your shopping for the cycling enthusiast at your computer rather than fighting the holiday crowds.

Many cycling enthusiasts make their rounds after work and during nighttime hours. The Super Bright Rechargeable Bike Light is a safety feature any biker would love to have for those dark night rides.

Since it’s rechargeable there’s no need to keep replacing batteries –and the light is incredibly bright so you can see more and feel safer on the ride. It even swivels on the bracket to provide even more flexibility.

Cycling gloves and insulated water bottles to keep you hydrated are musts for any avid cycler and make great gift ideas. Another innovation and excellent gift is the Kryptonite Kryptolok Bicycle locking device.

It’s designed and manufactured for sturdiness and to prevent your bike from being stolen. This locking device is lightweight and easy to mount to the bicycle frame and features special resistance to drilling and lock-picking.

If weather or time doesn’t permit a long outdoor bicycle ride, check out the stationary bicycles. They make excellent gifts for the cycler who wants to practice his skills when the elements keep him indoors.

One great cycling innovation lets the biker use his outdoor bicycle for indoor exercising. The Magnet Steel Bike Bicycle Indoor Exercise Trainer Standturns your bike into an effective, magnetic resistant trainer – so you can train no matter what the weather or situation.

It’s designed to fold for travel and storage and the ergonomic design keeps noise down. There are five levels of resistance that can be changed from the handle bars, so you don’t even have to dismount the bike. Check out all of the great online deals for cycling equipment gifts during the 2016 holiday season.

Originally posted 2016-11-18 11:40:37.

2017 Jewelry and Accessories Gift Guide

Shopping is always fun – except when you’re in the middle of the store or searching online and you draw a complete blank on what to buy. There are some gifts that are always appreciated and many that will leave the receiver beautifully surprised.

One of the categories where you can find that perfect gift for someone you care about is in jewelry – especially watches. Not only are they attractive, but functional as well.

Luxury Watches for Men and Women

Not only can watches be worn for any occasion, but a beloved luxury watch can often be passed down from generation to generation. You can find these watches in different colors and made of a variety of materials.

Some watches can have a special meaning, depending on the type that you buy. For example, if you’re looking for a watch for a flying enthusiast, you can purchase a watch that’s made from the parts of an airplane.

Watches that are customizable to the wearer are always appreciated as gifts. You can even find ones that combine today’s technology with beauty, such as watches that work in tandem with smart phones to give you notifications of email or phone messages.

Most of these are going to be toward the high end when it comes to cost, but they’re well worth the price. You can find one of these in the Michael Kors Access Touch Screen Black Dylan Smartwatch MKT5010.

Some luxury watches look great with any style of clothing, but are also extremely durable. If you want to buy a luxury watch for a man who’s always around water or likes to go sailing, you’d want to get one that’s waterproof.

For that, you’d probably want to look at what’s called dive watches. You might think that a dive watch would be big, bulky and just unattractive, but that’s not the case. These watches are attractive as well as functional.

The cost will vary. You can find some very expensive ones and you can find some budget friendly luxury dive watches like the Henry Jay Men’s Analog Quartz Two Tone Stainless Steel Aquamaster Dive Watch.

For women, jewelry like watches become a fashion statement. You can find watches that match the color of almost any outfit. Plus, some of them look like bracelets and the bracelet pieces can be swapped out.

If you want to get an idea of what one of those looks like, then check out the Anne Klein Women’s AK/1470 Bangle Watch and Bracelet Set. There are also plenty of watches that have interchangeable bands and even decorative rings that you can place around the face of the watch.

Diamond ones like the Carlien Women Luxury Brand Series Austria Diamond watch make a great gift. There are lovely jeweled watches that are considered luxury watches as well as simple ones that are still high end. A lady’s watch is practical as well as beautiful.

Diamond and Fine Jewelry

There are dozens of different types of jewelry that you can give that would put a smile on someone’s face. When you give diamonds and fine jewelry as a gift, it’s a thoughtful way to shower someone you love with elegance as well as an investment for their future.

Everyone loves jewelry and diamonds are a classic, timeless gift. Giving diamonds and fine jewelry is giving the kind of gift that can be worn for any occasion – whether it’s dressing up or dressing down.

The brilliance of diamonds never wanes despite the passing of time. You can find diamonds and fine jewelry that will fit any budget. You can also find pieces that have special meaning – such as diamond necklaces with certain words or a name spelled out.

You can find symbols and jewels in fine jewelry. These customized pieces carry even more meaning for the person getting the gift. You can get earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, toe rings, ankle bracelets, and more.

The good thing about jewelry is that it’s not the kind of gift that’s limited to a certain gender or age level. You can buy fine jewelry for men, women, teens and even for children. Regardless of the age of the receiver, you can find something to please everyone on your shopping list.

Earrings are very popular jewelry gift items and diamond studs are worn by both men and women. The 14k Diamond with Screw Back and Post Stud Earrings is a good choice to give as a gift.

But if you’re looking for something with a little color in it, then you’d want to check out the Katarina half carat Blue I1 Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Earring Studs in 14K White Gold.

If you look, you can find matching necklaces for the earrings. When you give jewelry and you buy a matching set of earrings along with a necklace, it looks more opulent – but still won’t break your budget.

For people looking for the newest arrivals in fine jewelry in the necklace category, pay attention to what TriJewels has recently released – such as the Black and White Diamond Circle Halo Pendant 0.68 ct tw in 14K White Gold with 18 Inches 14K Gold Chain.

Rings to give as a gift that symbolize couples or everlasting love would be something like the Sterling Silver and 14k Rose Gold Diamond Hearts Ring. What you want to do before you buy anyone you care about jewelry as a gift is to first find out what their preference is.

Some people prefer long necklaces over short ones and when it comes to earrings, some people like the smaller ones versus hoops. Some people like white gold or platinum over the yellow-toned gold, and some prefer silver.

Handbags and Wallets

There are some people who can’t wear jewelry because they’re allergic to the various metals. But you can still find nice gifts to give for those loved ones. One of the best ideas to give someone who can’t wear jewelry is either a handbag or a wallet.

Everyone uses one – or sometimes both of these items. And while you can find a ton of them that look pretty durable, you can also find ones that are stunningly beautiful.

You can also find some that are quirky or feature works of art suitable for any personality. When it comes to these items, you want to pay attention to the workmanship.

Sometimes, you can find some costly items that are made to last but other times, you can find moderately priced handbags and wallets that are equally as good. Leather is a natural material that usually holds up well when it’s used to make handbags or wallets.

You can get the patent leather for these items, but keep in mind that shine will dull. One of the upsides of wallets or handbags made from this is that if they get wet out in the rain, it won’t hurt them at all.

You can also find suede pieces in handbags and wallets, but you can expect to pay more for items made from this material, since it tends to be more high end. The downside to this material is that it’s not nearly as durable as leather.

It all depends on the type of suede that’s used in the making of the product. If you get suede wet, it can leave a spot that may never resolve. Pay attention to the brand names when you’re selecting handbags. Most of the brand names signify quality work.

One particular brand that you can trust where you can find some great leather handbags is the Michael Kors collection. One of them – the Michael Kors Jet Set Top-Zip Tote – is popular as a gift item.

Anne Klein is another good choice and some of these handbags have beautiful designs like the Anne Klein Shimmer Down Dome Satchel Bag, which features flowers on the sides.

For wallets, you can find front pocket designs like the DASH Co. Premium Slim Wallet for men or the SERMAN BRANDS- RFID Blocking Bifold Slim Genuine Leather Thin Minimalist Front Pocket Wallets.

Fashion Accessories

Most people use some sort of fashion accessories. Among the most often purchased items are things like sunglasses, scarves, umbrellas and hats. While everyone uses these items, they don’t often think about getting something that’s top of the line or particularly attractive.

Most people just go with whatever is functional and falls within the budget parameters. But you can choose a nice fashion accessory gift that will surprise and delight whoever you give it to.

Since sunglasses are one of the top, most universally needed fashion accessories, starting there when choosing a gift is probably the wisest choice. You can find sunglasses for men, women and children.

You can get the elegant ones, or ones that are whimsical and some are even patterned after characters. One of the most popular selling brands for men’s sunglasses are Ray Bans.

These glasses have seen long standing popularity because they’re durable and they look good. They can be expensive, depending on the style that you choose. One of the most often purchased pair are the Ray Bans that are the Aviator RB3025 Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses.

A scarf is a functional, stylish fashion statement. You can wrap it around you and have the ability to keep the wind, rain or sun from your face, while adding a touch of style to your attire. You’ll find a lot of variety in the color, pattern and design of scarves.

The Scarfand’s Plaid & Tartan Infinity Scarf is a pretty choice – and so is the Wander Agio Women’s Fashion Long Shawl Big Grid Winter Warm Lattice Large Scarf.

One gift that is most often overlooked with fashion accessories is the umbrella. These are always a good choice as a gift because you can find these in bright colors or with breathtaking designs. There are umbrellas featuring animals, princesses, flowers, lace, the night sky and even characters from popular TV shows.


Shoes make a fashion statement today. Whether you wear sandals or boots, high heels, men’s dress shoes or quality sneakers, you’ll discover that over the past few years, the style of shoes you can buy has grown in number.

Shoes never go out of style – and some people not only own dozens of shoes, but they can’t get enough of them. That’s why giving shoes as a gift is such a great idea.

If you’re shoe shopping for a woman, you want to look at both comfort and design – especially if it’s a high heeled shoe. Consider something in the line made by Badgley Mischka like the Badgley Mischka Women’s Poise Dress Pump.

With those, you get style plus comfort and the kind of shoe that can easily go from daytime wear to evening attire. When buying dress shoes for a man, look for shoes that are classic like wingtips.

The Nunn Bush Men’s Nelson Wingtip Oxford is a good choice. These are leather shoes that are durable. When buying men’s dress shoes, you’re always better off buying leather.

Make sure you stay clear of the high shine men’s dress shoes – unless you know for a fact that’s the kind the person wears. The reason you want to do that is because the more popular men’s shoes are the ones that are leather or have the matte finish.

Popular right now are tennis shoes or sneakers, which complete the look. There are many different brands of sneakers and they’re all great, but one particular brand remains on the top seller list year after year.

Those shoes are the Converse brand. Under that brand, you’ll find shoes for men, women and children. You can find them in muted colors, bright colors and with eye catching designs.

One of the popular sellers is their red sneaker. This is the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox Red M9696. One of their recent releases for women is the Converse Unisex Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Basketball Shoe with the skull design, and it’s in high demand.

If you have a Star Wars fan among your family and friends, buying them shoes featuring the characters such as the Vans Unisex Star Wars Print Skateboarding Shoes is a good idea. These shows are comfortable and long lasting.

You can also find the shoes featuring the New Hope movie version in the Vans Star Wars sneakers that are made for the movie A New Hope and designed to look like the movie poster. Either one of these pairs would make an excellent gift.

Originally posted 2016-11-18 11:39:55.

2017 Home and Garden Gift Guide

More families – and even singles – now prefer to cocoon in their homes rather than venturing out for socialization. This new trend means that the home and garden are turning into personal spaces that reflect the tastes of those who inhabit them as well as for entertaining purposes.

Homes are a reflection of who we are, and what better way to show someone we appreciate him or her than to give a gift they’ll love and use. There are gifts for the kitchen, great appliances that can enhance their lives, lawn and garden décor and home enhancement items which can help improve or totally revise a space.

This home and garden gift guide will give you some ideas for what to choose for your homebody family and friends and make your holiday – or any day – shopping less stressful.


No matter what your budget constraints, you’ll be able to find gifts for the kitchen in every color, style and use you desire. From crock pots and coffee grinders to food sealing machines and frozen yogurt makers, it can all be ordered online and shipped to your doorstep.

Some coffee grinders now have the ability to grind spice for your favorite recipes and you can even grind your own meat for sausage. People are creating their own food items from fresh plants and meats and you can find all sorts of classic and new items to help the trend.

Many kitchen gadgets have shrunk to accommodate smaller kitchens with less storage space, but they’re new and improved to do everything the old gadgets did – and more. Most are designed to save time and money and make great gifts for a budding or seasoned gourmet cook.

We may love to practice our cooking skills, but find less time to enjoy it. Now, there are miniature versions of the larger kitchen appliances such as the Mini-Prep Food Processor by Cuisinart.

This little gadget is perfect for singles who love to cook, but have very little space and time to devote to the art. The Cuisinart Mini-Processor is a compact, 21 oz. version of the larger size and can chop and dice just as well.

Children and grownups alike will have fun with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker from Williams-Sonoma. It only takes 7 minutes to make frozen concoctions that you can layer or center-fill with fresh fruit or your own imaginative creation.

One kitchen trend that’s sure to be a best-seller this holiday season is a brainchild from Starbuck’s. The Verismo V System lets you make your own shots of espresso, use the special froth feature to make it fancy or simply get the same quality coffee roast that you would from a Starbuck’s store.

Everyone has their own kitchen personalities. Some love to cook and spend as much time as they can creating delicious meals for family and friends. Others prefer other pursuits and just want to get in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible.

Do you have a friend who’s busy all the time, but loves to put on the chef’s hat when he has a moment? Consider those appliances that will cut prep time. Choppers, dicers, blenders that puree and blend are great gifts for the busy chef in your life.

A friend who just moved into a new apartment or home may enjoy the gift of updated appliances to give a whole new look to his kitchen. And they now come in all colors, so it should be easy to find something that will blend with the kitchen décor.

There are all sorts of choices for the avid baker in your life. A stand mixer with attachments that can perform any task from kneading to whisking can make a baker’s dreams come true.

Choose from brands such as KitchenAid and Cuisinart and that have the capacity for up to 7 quarts. Check out the Cuisinart SM-55BC, 12-Speed stand mixer in elegant brushed chrome that features a countdown timer and an automatic shutoff for precision in your timing.

An immersion blender will also be appreciated by gourmet and novice chefs. The KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender can help the cook create bisques, dressings or sauces and comes with various attachments that make creative cooking even easier.

Other kitchen appliances that make excellent gifts include waffle makers, blenders, juicers and coffeemakers. Many come with extras such as multiple settings for coffee-inspired drinks or let you choose single servings to eliminate waste.

Slow cookers are making a comeback this year and you can find any size, color or variable heat and time settings that suit your needs or that make the perfect gift for a busy person in your life.

There’s a kitchen gift for every personality type. Simply surf the ‘net for ideas on gifts that will fit your budget and needs. There are many deals to be found this holiday season, so have fun with your gift selection.

The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home. Now, more than ever, both singles and families are flocking to the kitchen to try their skills at the culinary arts, save money and become healthier.

Think of items for the kitchen as gifts for your favorite family members and friends. They’re gifts that will keep on giving throughout the year and make them think of you whenever they use them.


Appliances for the home and garden can sometimes be expensive. And there are so many to choose from that it can be confusing. This home and garden gift guide can point you in the right direction for appliance gift-giving, no matter what your budget or needs.

Aside from the kitchen, there are many home appliances you can get as a gift for someone you love. Think of gadgets that make life easier – such as trash compactors, warming drawer, vacuums and more.

If the gift is for a spouse or parent, you might consider going with a large new appliance such as a new refrigerator, washer or dryer. You can order online and have these items delivered right to their door in time for the holidays.

There are some items that make life a bit cozier and enjoyable, such as space heaters, freestanding, small wine cellars, humidifiers and fans. If you’re thinking of getting someone an appliance, consider the space they have for the item.

If storage space is a problem, you won’t have any trouble finding appliances that are compact and easy to store. As homes have drastically downsized, appliance manufacturers have met the challenge by producing items that are small versions of the more familiar, larger appliances.

Besides downsizing, manufacturers have also made appliances lighter and less cumbersome to work with. Technology has made it possible to produce lighter versions of the old appliances your mom and grandmother used to use.

Don’t let size or weight fool you – they’re still the workhorses of the kitchen with the power to do the hardest jobs, but now in a size that’s easier to handle and store. Check out the mini-appliances in various shapes, sizes and see what home tasks you can make easier.

Lawn and Garden

Holiday gift giving for the tranquil areas of a home that include the lawn and garden has never been more fun and easy. These areas are becoming extensions of our indoor rooms and the gift items you can choose from range from tools and plants to décor and lounging.

A friend who gardens or one who heads outdoors with a cup of coffee in the morning are perfect candidates for gifts that include herb starter kits, insulated mugs, fluffy outdoor pillows or decorative items for the patio.

For someone who has recently developed a passion for gardening, check out the Vremi 9 Piece Garden Tools Set. It comes with 6 ergonomically designed tools, plus a tote bag to carry them in. It provides everything a beginning gardener needs.

For a garden or patio area to become a tranquil place for meditation or quiet, choose from gift ideas like chimes, fountains and décor that suits the personality and taste of the person you’re gifting.

One best-selling item this year for outdoor garden enthusiasts includes the Keter Cool Bar Rattan Patio – Pool Cooler table. This clever invention is both a cooler and cocktail table.

You can ice down your summer drinks and have a place to put your beverage at the same time. It’s the perfect barbeque and party item for the person who loves to entertain outdoors.

Open any home and garden magazine or surf the ‘net for a gift suitable for your outdoor-loving friends and family members. There are items for entertaining, enhancing and working within the home that will help create a dream spot for relaxing and enjoying beauty and nature.

Sending a beautiful potted plant for the holidays is a good way to give a gift that keeps on giving. They can enjoy the plant indoors during the winter months and move it to the patio area when spring weather makes it a serene spot for meditating or entertaining.

People with outdoor kitchens will appreciate a gift that will make their outdoor meal prep easier and give them more options for outdoor cooking. You can find appliances that withstand the erosion of weather and easy cleanup items to make life easier when entertaining.

If you know a person who enjoys yard work and gardening, you’ll find a vast array of tools that will help make the work easier and even fun. Step savers such as garden carts and self-winding hoses can make the gardener’s life much easier and less stressful.

Today, there are more ideas than ever before for giving home and garden gifts. Many are designed to enhance the overall look and ambiance while others are designed especially to make taking care of a home easier and less time consuming.

Home Enhancement

With the soaring prices of real estate in many parts of the country, people are making wise decisions to keep the old home and enhance it with improvements they can do themselves.

Not only will enhancing a home environment improve a person’s lifestyle, but it will also increase the value of a home. If you know a person who is or would like to make improvements to their living area, you’ll find many gifts to fit the bill.

Depending on your budget, you could choose gift certificates from home improvement stores so they can choose what they want done. Or choose small, inexpensive gifts such as candles and decorative or storage items to add ambiance and reduce clutter in certain areas of the home.

When remodeling a home, people often think of adding storage spaces to reduce clutter and make it easier to find and access items. If you have a friend who’s looking for , consider the gift of decorative baskets or bins.

A basket can become part of the décor in a home – bins are great for kids’ toys, sewing items or to store rarely used items out of sight. Fill your gift with other, smaller, items for the home, add a bow and you have a great holiday or hostess gift.

Beautifully woven, The Juvale Wicker Home Decorative Storage Organizer Baskets can be found in a 5-piece, nesting set. They feature a decorative cotton liner and are rustic and durable – perfect for storing and concealing blankets, magazines and other home items.

Use these baskets anywhere in the home. Conceal them or leave them out to enhance any room’s décor. Baskets come in many shapes, sizes and colors to fit every need and desire.

For the wine aficionado in your life, check out all the items available today that can both please and add a unique touch to the home. The Rewind Candles come in Chardonnay or Pinot Noir “flavors” and are not only beautiful to look at, but delicious to inhale.

The Rewind Pinot Noir Candle contains, leather, cranberry, violet, fig and earth tones and the Chardonnay delights with vanilla, butter, cedar and hazelnut. They’re ensconced in glass and made with natural soy wax.

From inexpensive candles to smart home items such as security systems and wireless audio devices, you can please anyone with gifts for the home that they’ll remember and use for months to come.

Computer hacking is something we have to deal with and address in today’s world. Anyone you know who uses a computer would appreciate the CUJO Smart Internet Security Firewall device which will protect the network from hacking and devastating viruses.

Think outside the box when it comes to home enhancement gifts and you’ll surely please everyone on your list. A quick search of top home and garden gift guides should give you plenty of ideas to begin.

If your budget allows, consider fireplace tool sets or log carriers, tight-weave Egyptian cotton sheets, comforters or super-nice towels and rugs for the bathroom. Online shopping can reveal so many ideas that will suit your gift-giving needs.

Originally posted 2016-11-18 11:37:50.

2017 Toy Gift Guide

Holidays are for young and old alike. All of us can gain so much from being together with family and friends. But, the delight of kids when they open their gifts is priceless and well worth the time and effort it takes to choose them.

The 2016 Toy Gift Guide will provide some wonderful ideas for gifts for the kids in your life from babies to teens. From teething rings and baby gyms to fun games and electronics – you’ll find something for every kid on your list.

Make your shopping days for the holidays easy and stress free by shopping online and having the gifts delivered to your doorstep. The last thing you’ll want during the hectic holiday season is to fight the traffic and stand in line at malls.

For Babies

There are so many options for delightful baby gifts that you may have trouble choosing your favorite things. Babies’ toys are relatively inexpensive, so you can purchase more and double the joy of seeing the baby’s reaction to his new toys.

Fisher-Price has always been a brand you could go to for quality and helpful baby toys. The Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym is a sensory wonder for a baby – there’s so much to see and do.

She can kick the piano keys and get the reward of lively music or look at herself and make faces in the large mirror. If she gets tired of that, there are toys such as elephant clackers and a yummy hippo teether to catch her interest.

The gym will address the baby’s physical growth and the Ver-Baby Children’s Intelligence Learning Toy Table Activity Center will stimulate the brain. This exclusive learning desk for babies features 3 playing modes – one for standing up, one for sitting down and one for holding.

It’s colorful and mind-stimulating with animal sounds, songs, colorful keys that flash and an array of buttons to press. Creative development is crucial for children and starting them off early in life with these fun and educational toys is a way to ensure that need is met.

You can find all the information you need to make a decision about a baby gift online. When you click on the toy you want to check out, you’ll receive all sorts of information about the ages it’s meant for, durability and size details.

Shop early to ensure that you get the exact toy you want and that it can reach you or your recipient in time for the holidays. Most sites offer gift-wrapping and some even offer free shipping.

For Toddlers

Toddlers can be challenging, but mostly they’re delightful to watch. Their little minds are like sponges and now is the best time for a small child to learn and develop his motor skills.

If you have a toddler on your gift list, you’re in for some fun. Check out all the best-selling online toys that will give you all the information you need to make a decision about which is best for his age and developmental path.

Harry, the Electronic Pet Dog is a great substitute for an actual puppy. You don’t have to feed and walk Harry – just touch him and he launches into a list of activities that your toddler will love.

Harry is about 7-inches long and 6-inches tall and barks, walks and makes other little puppy sounds. He’s made in the form of a Dalmatian dog and your toddler will soon learn where to touch him to keep him going.

Plus, this pet dog talks and sings. “How Much is That Doggie In the Window” is one of his favorites. Your toddler will soon learn that different things happen when he touches different parts of the dog’s body.

Down time is an important part of a toddler’s daily activities. They play hard and rest hard. When it’s time to rest, your toddler will love to cuddle with KiKi Monkey large (24-inch) Elephant Pillow.

You can choose from six different colors for KiKi Elephant pillow – blue, grey, red, pink, purple and yellow. It’s so soft and plush – and ecologically safe for baby. There’s no fading and it’s lint free, too.

Choose from a wide variety of plush toys for your toddler gift online and begin a tradition that will go on through the teen years and beyond. They make great decorative items for a kid’s room and add color and whimsy too.

There’s no shortage of toys for toddlers. A simple surf online will reveal all types and prices of toddler toys from which you can choose. It seems that manufacturers have outdone themselves with toys for toddlers that can stimulate the brain and developmental abilities or help with their physical development.

There are many new startup toy companies that are enjoying great success with their foray into toys. Read the reviews and make your own decision about whether it’s the one you want or do you want to stick to the old brands who have proven themselves time again – such as Fisher-Price.

For Girls

While women are breaking glass ceilings and are making enormous strides in their professional lives, little girls are still playing with dolls and doing all the girly things that little girls love to do.

Having a young girl on your gift list will be a pleasure to shop for. So much to choose from – and you can find the perfect gift for her age and likes. She may like to play with electronics and soldier toys, but she’ll still love the other toys typically geared toward girls.

Boys and girls will love to play with the Pretend Play Electronic Cash Register Toy with Realistic Actions and Sounds. The set comes with play money, groceries made from ABS plastic and even credit cards that, when swiped, opens the register with lights and sounds.

She’ll shop to her heart’s content and learn how to operate the simple machine. Its color is pink, so it should fit right in to a girl’s favorite color. When she has her friends over for playtime, the Pretend cash register will be one of the most popular toys in the room.

No matter how sophisticated toys get, little girls usually love to play with dolls. One of the most popular dolls on the market is the American Girl Doll collection. One of the newest is the Maryellen Doll from the 1950s who comes with a book that tells her story of growing up in the 50s.

All American Girl Dolls have stories they tell about their lives in an accompanying book. Little girls love to read the book and then use their imaginations to play with the doll. She’s got posable limbs and brush able and style able hair, plus many other outfits and accessories that are sold separately.

Begin an American Doll collection for the little girl on your gift list. She’ll keep them forever and pass them on to her little girl. Dolls are always popular with girls, but the American Girl Dolls are collectibles and make excellent gifts they’ll keep and treasure.

Girls love electronics too – and there’s no shortage of fun and useful gifts that you can choose from in the electronics realm. They’re not really considered toys, but kids play with them.

Some feature games while others teach. They’re good options for kids who have all the toys they’ll ever need. Check online today for favorite girls’ gifts and place your order early.

For Boys

Boys and toys just go together like fun and games. In fact, there’s lots of fun in store this year when you shop for boys’ toys. When it comes to toys for boys, you won’t go wrong with toys that stimulate their love of games and building – and those that stimulate the imagination.

LEGO seems to be synonymous with boys and the boys on your gift list will love the LEGO Star Wars 75146 Advent Calendar Building Kit. It’s a holiday delight that he’s sure not to have in his LEGO collection.

Your little boy will love the Star Wars themed calendar where you open a door each day for 24 days to reveal gifts. There are Slave I, TIE Interceptor, Republic Cruiser, Sleigh and many more vehicles in the set.

You’ll also get 8 mini figures and a Battle Droid – plus, weapons such as Skywalker’s Light saber and two blaster pistols. He’ll get to experience adventures of Hoth, Naboo and Hoth while enjoying hours of fun with this new LEGO set.

It seems that the holidays wouldn’t be complete without Star Wars gifts under the tree. Most little boys (and adults) are enamored with everything Star Wars, and you’ll be able to find a wide selection of toys that emulate their favorite heroes online.

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chewbacca Electronic Mask is a fun playtime disguise that little boys love. It looks just like Chewbacca in the movies – and when its mouth opens Chewbacca roars. Open it a bit wider and it roars even more.

The Chewbacca mask has straps to ensure a good fit and the package includes instructions for use. Masks and costumes aren’t just for Halloween anymore. Kids use them to enhance their playtime fun.

You’ll find a wide collection of Star Wars and other popular costumes and masks online. Check them out for boys and girls and include one with their favorite themed toy. Now, kids can act out their favorite movies during playtime with authentic looking costumes and masks.

There are so many wonderful gifts for little boys. They’re not little for long, so have fun while you can with choosing gifts that will bring fun into his life and he’ll remember and appreciate it forever.

Check out all the boys’ toys online today and place your order early so there will be plenty of time for gift-wrapping, monogramming and shipping to your doorstep. You’ll be happy you don’t have to fight the crowds during the holiday season.

For Teens

You may think it’s difficult to decide on a teen gift for the holidays, but they’re really kids at heart and sometimes like the same things younger kids do. Besides electronics that feature games and socializing, there are some other choices you can make that will make them happy.

The Craft-tastic String Art Kit is perfect for the girl or boy who loves to work with his hands. String art has been around for years, but it’s taken a new turn and kids love it. This particular string art kit begins with the canvas that measures 8 ½ inches (square).

Your teen simply pushes the pins into a foam canvas (3 per kit) and use the designs (hi, peace or heart) to create art. Your teen won’t need a hammer or nail like some string arts kits recommend.

Your teen will love hanging the new art on the wall in his room – or lean them up on a dresser or other. It’s a great way for the teen to get away from electronics, homework and socializing and do something that’s totally for him or her.

Teens love to get together and play games, too. You’ll find a wide array of online games in your favorite online shopping sites and can have it sent to your home or the teen recipient.

The Lightning Reaction Reloaded – Shocking Game is fun for young and old alike. It looks like a space age contraption and works by having each player grab a handle from the base.

When the player presses the button in the center, the red light blinks and the eerie music will begin. Then, when the light turns green, the fun begins. Press the trigger button as rapidly as you can.

If you’re the last person to react, you’ll get a shock. It’s not a bad shock, but you can rev it up with settings from Low to Medium and High. You choose. It’s a shocking game, but one that’s fun and will encourage lots of reactions.

It’s fun to watch kids pull away from their iPhones and other electronic devices and enjoy fun and simple games that will help them socialize with friends and family. Other, tamer, games exist online when you’re searching for teen gifts and they’re fun for the entire family.

Teens also love gift certificates that allow them to shop online at stores like Amazon, or for iTunes or Steam credit. You can check our page which discusses the best tech gifts for christmas 2016 to give them ideas.

Don’t wait too long – place your orders online now to ensure you get the gifts you want, prices that are competitive and affordable shipping.

Originally posted 2016-11-18 11:41:18.

Beauty and Health Gift Guide

The holiday season is always chaotic for most of us. That’s why it’s nice to give a gift of relaxation and beauty to your friends who would appreciate it most. The online sites are filled with luxurious spa, makeup and stress relief items which will help shut out the chaos that the holidays bring.

Spa gifts might include foot massagers, creams and lotions that melt the stress away or chic, cotton beach and bath towels. There are amazing gifts for the men in your life, for women – makeup to conceal the flaws, stress relief in the form of candles and other items and even wearable health technology.

The 2016 Beauty and Health Gift Guide will make suggestions – but make sure you surf the ‘net for even greater gift ideas this season.


The gift of relaxation and indulgence is one of the most enjoyable and appreciated gifts you can bestow on someone. Choose from items such as a wearable air purifier, bath massagers and much more.

The Serene Life Bubble Bath Spa Tub Massage Mat turns an ordinary bathtub into a relaxing Jacuzzi. Simply drop the mat in a tub of water to begin reaping the benefits. There’s a connected air hose that creates massaging bubbles by pressing a button.

Feel the stress melt away as the gentle bubbles massage your skin and renew your energy. It’s designed to safely fit on the bottom of any tub and is the perfect gift for any friend who needs more relaxation in their lives.

Portable air purifiers are great for travelers who want to breathe clean air in hotel rooms wherever they wander. The BIGWHITE Mini Portable and Rechargeable Ionic Air Purifier helps you create a space that’s a virtual No Smog Zone.

You’ll be able to eliminate toxic odors and smoke and take deep breaths of clean anion. It can also improve lung function by removing formaldehyde and preventing airborne diseases.

Lightweight and easy to use, the Ionic air purifier lets anyone create a healthy air zone in public or private places or while traveling. It can even be worn around the neck for super-easy portability. It’s like having a spa around your neck.

Spa gifts can be as simple as aromatherapy candle to soothe every mood or as elegant as personalized robes and towels. It’s all about relaxation and renewal, so give a gift that can free a loved one from stress.

Lotions and potions, massage therapy and all manner of health-oriented appliances such as juicers and infusers can also be considered spa gifts. You can even find gift baskets filled with fragrant lotions and candles and other relaxation items. Search online today for the best spa gifts for the 2016 holiday season.

Gifts for Men

Don’t leave the men in your life out when considering spa and health gifts. Men like to be pampered and relaxed, too – and there are many items available from the relaxation and restorative health gift selection that will please and delight the man in your life.

Robes are a great gift idea for men. Consider the Luxor Linens Waffle Weave Spa Robe in white. It’s perfect for either sex, but men love the luxurious feel and the roomy fit for relaxing lounging.

You can have the robe monogrammed the for extra-customized gift giving. There are many robe styles and colors to choose from, including those with sports emblems to celebrate his favorite team.

While he’s lounging in his new robe, he can enjoy the gift of scent if you include a Man Cave White Musk Scented Candle Travel Tin. Minx candles are manufactured using a soy wax blend, which optimizes the burn time and diffuses the fragrance evenly.

The White Musk scent is clean and fresh and is packaged beautifully. It’s sure to become a treasured memory for the man in your life. He’ll remember the scent of mint and citrus and think of you when he does.

If you know a guy who’s trying to live healthier, there are many gifts you can choose from that will help him in his pursuits. Check out the Fitbit wearable watches, which can help him monitor his heart and his overall fitness level – plus let him know how many steps he takes per day.

After a hard day at work, there’s nothing more relaxing than a Microwave Heating Pad Neck Wrap and Rice Pack. He’ll feel pampered and loved and the stress will melt away with this lavender or unscented spa set that relieves pain and relaxes muscles.

The heating pad is filled with rice flax and can be heated safely in the microwave. You can also choose from several designs and colors. The gift of relaxation during the holidays will be appreciated and treasured.

Online sites that offer suggestions and provide easy methods of payment and shipping are abundant, so start surfing now and start early on your gift-giving quest. And the best part is that you never have to leave your home to shop and receive the gift.


Makeup is an integral part of most women’s beauty routines. It can help cover up the worst of skin flaws and boost self-confidence when you know you look your best. New technology has ensured that there are makeup solutions for everyone.

Grooming is an important part of our lives and includes how you treat your skin and hair. You can order almost any line of makeup and skin care product online and have it delivered rather than fighting the masses.

Makeup also makes great gifts. There are lipstick packages, nail polish, makeup brushes and much more ready online for you to choose from. One classic brand, Elizabeth Arden is offering the Elizabeth Arden Lipgloss Set, which consists of four luminous-colored lip glosses.

These glosses are infused with luscious conditioning and ingredients that hydrate. It’s never sticky and goes on the lips like a balm. You can enhance your looks with the gloss with the contouring applicator.

An extra bonus of the lip gloss set is that it comes in a classy black pouch. The colors are red door red, iridescent mauve, precious petals and rose crème – sure to appeal to any woman who loves quality makeup.

If you’re unsure about colors and tones, you can’t go wrong by giving the gift of makeup tools such as the EmaxDesign 12-Piece Makeup Brush Set with Professional Bamboo Handles.

This set is the last word in luxury makeup tools and are made of synthetic fiber materials that never shed. They’re perfect for using with powders, creams and liquids to create the best use for your makeup.

They’re also handcrafted by a professional makeup artist and can be used for an incredibly long time. You’ll never want to be without these tools when you apply your makeup.

There are nail kits and tools and sprays to keep your makeup fresh. Make a gift basket with makeup goodies you know a person will appreciate and you’ll make a hit with this well thought out gift.

Today, many men are using skincare products, too and you’ll find a wide array of various brands that specialize in taking care of men’s skin. Everyone likes to look their best and makeup and skincare products help you fulfill that wish.

Stress Relief

Life is full of situations that cause stress in our lives and make us anxious and possibly depressed. There are many stress relievers on the market today that can relax and renew your disposition.

You’re bound to have friends and family members who are under stress – almost everyone experiences it. When you make a decision to give a gift of stress relief, you’re creating a bond of understanding.

There are a few stress relief products on the market that really do the job in helping people relax and melt stress away. Products that encourage exercise are valuable stress reducers and other forms such as aromatherapy and soothing music are also effective.

Eye pillows, essential oils and bath bombs are great for stress relief stocking stuffers. Or, choose from a number of table top Zen gardens which help relieve stress by raking sand into various patterns.

The Table Top Rock Sand Rake Zen Garden with an incense holder is a great addition to any décor and brings tranquility into your life when you rake the fine sands and burn some stress-relieving incense in the handy holder.

The minutes and hours may melt away as you become involved in creating your own positive energy. The set includes rocks, a small rake, a Zen rock, incense holder and fine sand perfect for raking into patterns.

A home or office will benefit from the InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic machine with color LED lights and an automatic shutoff feature. Add your favorite stress reducing essential oils to lift the mood and melt the stress away.

The operation of this little wonder is quiet and it humidifies your office or living space to help keep your skin moist and prevent dry, chapped lips during harsh winter months. Friends who love aromatherapy will appreciate this stress-relieving gift.

Online sites offer a wide selection of essential oils, masks and other devices for relieving stress. If you’re wondering what to get a co-worker, good friend or family member this holiday season – think about a stress-relieving gift.

Also, check out the many books about stress relief and how to rid your mind and body of negative thoughts that produce stress and threaten to ruin your health and well-being. Include a book on stress relief with one of the above gifts and you’ll both impress and show how much you care.

Wearable Health Technology

The first thing that may come to mind when you think about wearable health technology is the popular wrist bands that fitness enthusiasts use to track their steps and heart rate during the day.

But, there are other devices too that can help track various activities and physical changes. The Lumo Lift Posture Coach and Activity Tracker helps you stand taller and sit up straight while also tracking your steps, distance and how many calories burned.

You get a reminder in the form of gentle vibrations when you’re slouching in your chair and all you need to use it is an Android device to get the free app. This lightweight fitness tracker is so nice you can wear it as a fashion accessory – but can also hide it under clothing. It’s a fun fitness tracker that makes a great gift.

If you have a loved one who suffers from arthritis or nerve pain, back problems and other painful maladies, consider the gift of Quell – Wearable Pain Relief Starter Kit. It’s a wearable technology that relieves pain in a drug-free method.

This Opti Therapy method is patented and uses stimulation to help relieve pain when exercising, sleeping or simply going about your daily routine. You can customize the device to suit your level of pain.

Doctors are recommending wearable technology as a way to monitor the body’s changes and alert you of blood pressure and sugar spikes and other body malfunctions. As new technology emerges, better and more reliable devices are sure to appear and make our lives better and safer.

Check out the amazing array of wearable technology online and choose gifts for your friends and family members that they may not purchase for themselves, but which may save their lives at some point in the future.

Fitbit, Jawbone, Polar and Under Armour have other technology in the works that will soon be available, but the technology used today is better than ever and can make a difference in how a person views their body and how it functions.

Manufacturers of these devices have made them easy to operate and understand and the displays on most are very easy to read. Physicians are not recommending some of these devices for their patients who are at risk.

If there is a person on your gift list who would benefit from this amazing new wearable technology, be sure and check out all the online gift ideas. You’ll find gifts to fit every budget and style.

Originally posted 2016-11-18 11:35:03.