12 Ideal Christmas Gifts

12 Ideal Christmas Gifts

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By Denny Patterson

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout – because Christmas is right around the corner. For real, how is it already that time of year? Although the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and merriment spent with loved ones, there is one aspect that is constantly, and forever will be, a pain in the rump – gift shopping. No matter what, there is always that one person who is impossible to shop for. You may have better luck finding the lost city of Atlantis. So, to make your job a little easier, listed below are some perfect gift ideas that will surely put a smile on the receiver’s face. Don’t stress. We are here to help.

Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Where to Buy It: Amazon.com

Price: $80.00

This gift is the perfect stocking stuffer, especially for those who travel a lot, but still get a little nervous during flights. TSA approved, the carry-on cocktail kit will help take away those jitters. This holiday gift set includes the kit to make a Moscow Mule, an Old Fashioned, and a Gin and Tonic. Each kit has ingredients to make two cocktails, for a total of six in the bundle. Bottoms up!

Charbonnel et Walker Chocolate Truffle Gift Box

Where to Buy It: Nordstrom.com

Price: $100.00

Treat your sweetheart’s taste buds to something spectacular, and chocolate is always the answer. This mouthwatering box of flavored truffles is specially handcrafted by chocolatiers at Charbonnel et Walker, makers of some of the most delicious treats that England has to offer. The receiver of this gift will not be disappointed.

Coco Chanel Mademoiselle Perfume

Where to Buy It: Nordstrom.com

Price: $100.00 – $210.00

Sexy and fresh, this fragrance is perfect for women and men. Recalling the irrepressible spirit of the young Coco Chanel, this elegant, luxurious spray comes in a classic signature bottle. Ideal for the dressing table or traveling. Take in the notes of orange, jasmine, rose, vanilla, and more. Comes in 1.7, 3.4, and 6.8 oz.

Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker

Where to Buy It: Amazon.com

Price: $150.00

The Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker is ideal for those who like to keep track of their health and exercise. It’s slimmest design yet, this device not only keeps record of your workouts, heart rate, distance, burned calories, floors climbed, active minutes, and steps, but also it monitors how long and well you have been sleeping. The Fitbit Alta finds the right workout intensity for your goals and helps you take steps toward a better night’s rest. In addition, it can even receive texts and calls at a glance when you are on the move. The Fitbit Alta is the perfect holiday gift for those seeking to improve their health. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it’s water resistant?

Fringe Alpaca Throw

Where to Buy It: Parachutehome.com

Price: $400.00

This gift is ideal for someone you know who loves to curl up in a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and a book. The Fringe Alpaca Throw is sublimely soft and exquisitely knit. This throw lends warmth and style to any room in the home. Its substantial weight makes it perfect for lounging around in colder temps. Dry clean only.

Hello Fresh Food Subscription Box

Where to Buy It: Hellofresh.com

Price: Varies

As they say, “dinner” and “boring” should never be in the same sentence. A subscription to Hello Fresh is the ideal gift for the chef in your family. Start out with a classic box which features a variety of recipes for meat, fish, produce, and grains. Choose dinner for 2-4, then decide on 3-5 meals per week. Together with pre-measured, fresh ingredients, you’ll also receive easy-to-follow recipes with clear nutritional info. This fun cooking experience will make any amateur chef feel like a master chef. Even Gordon Ramsay would be proud.  

Longchamp Tote Bag

Where to Buy It: Nordstrom.com

Price: $145.00

Do you know someone who constantly needs a large bag to carry their stuff? Then have no fear, this bag will make an excellent present. The Longchamp Tote Bag is a customer favorite. Water-resistant and trimmed with embossed leather for classic contrast, it also comes in a variety of colors. The version being offered this holiday season is a new, trimmed-down size with a short, more elegant strap drop. Men and women will go crazy for this beauty.

New Amazon Echo Plus

Where to Buy It: Amazon.com

Price: $150.00

New and improved, Echo Plus is a simple way to start your smart home. With the built-in ZigBee hub, you can directly set up and control all your smart devices. Echo Plus is connected to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, so users can play music, make calls, set alarms, answer questions, check traffic and weather, and so much more in the blink of an eye. Hands free, ask Alexa anything and she’ll answer. Additional features are constantly being added.

PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer & Cleaner

Where to Buy It: Uncommongoods.com

Price: $20.00 – $50.00

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also cold and flu season. Anything you touch can be a breeding ground full of bacteria, and the one thing we constantly touch is our smartphone. However, thanks to the magic of UV lights, you can now sanitize your phone as much as you want. This easy-to-use smartphone sanitizer and charger helps zap away germs automatically. Place your phone inside the dish, attach the charging cable, and close the lid. Specialized UV lights are doing the dirty work for you. Large enough to accommodate most smartphones, it also comes with a micro USB charging cable that can be easily switched out to fit your phone’s requirements. If you need to clean your phone while on the go, this gift also comes with two microfiber patches and a polish for a quick and easy clean. Keep your phone looking pristine.

Star Wars R2-D2 Coffee Press

Where to Buy It: Thinkgeek.com

Price: $40.00

We all have at least one Star Wars fanatic in the family, and this is the perfect gift for them. This is the coffee press that literally everyone is trying to get their hands on this holiday season. Let R2-D2 help navigate your morning more successfully. Put your grounds and boiling water in his glass body, brew for a couple minutes, plunge, and he will then serve up to 32 oz. of piping hot coffee. That’s at least four cups. Keep in mind, this is not dishwasher or microwave safe. You don’t want the Jawas to put poor R2 in their scrap heap.

“What Do You Meme” Card Game for Adults

Where to Buy It: Amazon.com

Price: $30.00

Move over Cards Against Humanity, there’s a new hysterical card game in town. The What Do You Meme Adult Party Games has players competing to create the funniest meme by pairing the caption cards with the photo card in play. A rotating judge picks the best combination each round. This game comes with 435 cards (360 caption cards and 75 photo cards), and includes easel and bonus rules and shrink-wrapped in a custom box. For anywhere between 3-20 adult players, but most definitely not intended for children.

Whiskey Stones Gift Set

Where to Buy It: UncommonGoods.com

Price: $20.00- $58.00

This gift is perfect for the classy drinker in your life. Forget the ice, we really are serving “on the rocks.” These innovative soapstone cubes were designed by Andrew Hellman who was a fan of single malt scotch. However, he wanted to discover a way to chill his spirits without diluting them. After much research, Hellman came up with the idea of using natural soapstone to chill drinks due to its softness, the fact that it will not scratch the glass, and its unique ability to retain temperature for extended periods of time. Whiskey stones keep the drink at a perfect 50 degrees, whereas ice can make the whiskey too cold and ruin the flavor. Simply freeze the stones, add three to your next drink, and let stand for five minutes. The gift set includes a set of six whiskey stones and two sipping glasses.