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Sure, the holiday season is peak gift giving season but it’s always a good idea to have an arsenal of thoughtful gift ideas for everyone. If you’re on the hunt for gift ideas for kids that aren’t junk!, gift ideas for coworkers, gift ideas for foodies and more – I’ve rounded them up for you here and I think you’ll love what you see!

GIFTS IDEAS FOR KIDS…THAT ARE NOT JUNK!

What is it? Cubetto Screen Free Coding Toy

Why I Love it: Cubetto is a cube shaped robot on wheels who needs your help to get from place to place. You and your kids use the coding board and logic blocks to tell Cubetto which direction to move across the included floor map. Once you’ve arranged the logic blocks on the board, you press the blue button and watch Cubetto move. This toy is great for helping with abstract and concrete thinking skill as well as executive function skills like planning. Once you get the hang of it, you can grab the Big City or Ancient Egypt floor maps to have more fun. You can also grab additional Cubetto Logic Blocks to challenge your child’s computational thinking skills

What is it? FlyCatcher Smart Sketcher

Why I love it: My 8 year old, Markus has always been hesitant to draw for fear that his finished product will be less than perfect. The FlyCatcher Smart Sketcher uses cartridges to shows kids the step by step process of drawing tons of images, empowering them to be able to draw on their own. This popular, top-rated toy is a great gift for all creative kids!

What is it? PlayShifu Educational Globe for Kids

Why I love it: My kids love playing with our digital globe and this educational globe adds a whole level of fun with an accompanying app. This gift idea for kids can scan an area on the map and learn more about the animals and culture of that location.

What is it? Barrista Playset

Why I love it: This interactive wooden coffee making set has all the features of the Melissa and Doug Coffee Making Set but this one has way more cute pieces. My kids currently have the Melissa and Doug toy, and it’s great…but this one actually allows them to make something that looks like coffee! The coffee shaped discs and clear glasses feel more “real.” Also – I love that it comes with play money and you can even make matcha!

What is it? Glow in the Dark Fort Building Set

Why I love it: Fort building never gets old and this glow in the dark set is top rated! Kids love having a private hideout and parents love when their kids are occupied…this fort building set is a win on both fronts! Your kids can build a fort, tear it down and then build another! Add a sheet or blanket to make it feel like a real hideout! A great way for kids to read a book or watch a movie!

What is it? Kinetic Sand Exclusive Color Mixing Bag

Why I love it: I cannot recommend Kinetic Sand highly enough!! My kids play with it for HOURS on end and unlike Playdoh, this won’t get stuck in your rug! You just vacuum or sweep it up when playtime is over! This exclusive 6lb bag of Kinetic Sand is perfect for color mixing and comes with a color mixing guide. I highly recommend grabbing a set of inexpensive sand toys as well to add more adventure and creativity to their Kinetic Sand play.

What is it? Canon IVY Cliq 2 Mini Camera and Printer

Why I love it: It takes photos. It prints photos…onto sticker paper! It comes in cute colors AND it’s lightweight and super portable. Need I say more?! The Canon IVY CLIQ 2 is a great way for your kids to enjoy photography and instantly see the results! The Canon IVY CLIQ 2 uses Zink (Zero Ink) Photo paper which has gotte much more affordable over the year ($23 for a pack of 50 sheets). Hint: take your kids on a photo safari around the neighborhood OR use photo stickers as a way to jazz up postcards on summer vacation.

What is it? Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Wooden Cookie Set

Why I love it: Play food is such a great way to engage kids in imaginative play. As they grow they can use the same toy in different ways. These cookies are SO cute and don’t take up a ton of space. Pair it with the Barrista Playset and you’ve got a full on coffee shop!

What is it? Indoor/Outdoor Basketball Hoop for Kids

Why I love it: My kids love playing basketball but I have no plans of setting up a permanent hoop at our home. This indoor basketball hoop even features a LED scoreboard!

What is it: Mini Remote Control Helicopter

Why I love it: Just trust me on this. Your kids will be obsessed! Also, this mini remote control helicopter is small enough that you can actually fly it indoors without too much concern. My son received this as a birthday gift and has been flying ever since! He loves it and it really is a cool gadget. It’s super affordable and surprisingly durable. He’s hit it against a few walls, and neither the wall nor helicopter has been damaged.

GIFT FOR THE HOMEBODY

What it is? Temperature-Controlled, Self-Heating Coffee Mug

Why I love it: You go through the effort of making your own cup of coffee or tea…might as well make sure it’s piping hot for you all day long! This self-heating mug is genius and is such a great gift for anyone who enjoys to cuddle up with a cup of joe or just wants a hot cup of coffee/tea/hot cocoa to get through the day.

What it is? Floral Print Spa Towel with Velcro Closure

Why I love it: I use this spa towel nightly as I go through my nightly hair and skincare routines. The bright colors make it fun and special, while the elastic, velcro band makes it functional and easy to wear. It’s especially helpful when washing your face and you don’t want to get your pajamas all wet!

What it is? Candle Warmer Lamp with timer

Why I love it: I love burning candles in our home but I don’t love the idea of toxic fumes being emitted from the flaming wick. This candle warmer is a perfect solution. I love it’s sleek, modern design which differs from lots of the more antique, traditional candle warmers I’ve seen. I also love that this candle warmer has a timer! Just turn it on, enjoy the scent of your candle and forget about it.

What is it? Diptique 6 oz Candle

Why I love it: I’ve done my research on candles and many of them are made with ingredients that you may not want to inhale. Many lower priced candles are made with wicks and wax that aren’t great for us. While Diptyque is absolutely a splurge brand, their candles are also made with incredible ingredients. The scent is also amazing and is extremely fragrant.

What it is? Adjustable Lap Desk with Book Stand and Tablet Holder

Why I love it: I bought this adjustable lap desk in the middle of the pandemic a work from home desk. Since then, it’s been such a great daily tool for me! Instead of having a hot laptop in my lap, I can use this desk while sitting on the floor, bed or couch. I can even place it on my dining table and have a stand desk for working. It’s adjustable for different heights and has a rest for books, tablets and phones. I cannot recommend this highly enough!

What it is? Magic Keyboard for Apple Ipad

Why I love it: If you need a super portable laptop option, ditch the traditional laptop and go with an Ipad Pro with Magic Keyboard. I recently made the switch and it’s a gamechanger. The Ipad Pro allows you to have a touch screen and the Magic Keyboard turns it into a laptop. The Magic Keyboard is super sturdy and can sit flat in your lap without any other support. I can also carry this around in all my tote bags which makes it incredibly easy to transport and tackle work on the road.

What it is: Bartesian At-Home Premium Cocktail Machine

Why I love it: Drinks any one?! Imagine having a Nespresso machine…but instead of coffee, it makes cocktails!! A dream, right? The Bartesian Cocktail Machine uses cocktail pods and liquor reservoirs to blend your favorite drinks on the spot. I love that I don’t have to be a master bartender but can still serve up delicious drinks for myself and guests. Everyone can make their own concoction in minutes!

What is it? Kinetic Sand Exclusive Color Mixing Bag

Why I love it: I cannot recommend Kinetic Sand highly enough!! My kids play with it for HOURS on end and unlike Playdoh, this won’t get stuck in your rug! You just vacuum or sweep it up when playtime is over! This exclusive 6lb bag of Kinetic Sand is perfect for color mixing and comes with a color mixing guide. I highly recommend grabbing a set of inexpensive sand toys as well to add more adventure and creativity to their Kinetic Sand play.

What is it: Mindfulness and Self Card Card Deck

Why I love it: If you’re a Homebody, you value taking time to decompress…but sometimes you don’t even know what to do. This deck of self care cards provides inspiration and guidance for self care activities and mindfulness exercises to help relieve overwhelm and stress. Honestly, homebodies and busy-bodies can both benefit from this gift.

What is it: LG TV Stand By Me Portable Television

Why I love it: I’ve never been a fan of having a television as the focal point of a room. In our current home, we have a TV in the family room…but that’s it. This portable Stand by Me television is great for enjoying your favorite shows without actually having a TV in the room. It rests on a stable stand with smooth wheels on the bottom. You can easily cart it from room to room…even the bathroom while you enjoy a bubble bath! The screen also swivels to be vertical which is great for browsing social media on this portable smart TV.

What is it? Ice cream cone planter

Why I love it: Every homebody needs a houseplant! This ice cream cone planter is functional and a conversation piece. If you want to go the extra mile, add in a plant to complete the gift. Looks like they’ve got it styled with a money plant!

What is it? Assorted Aromatherapy Shower Steamers

Why I love it: Have you heard of these?! Shower steamers have replaced bath fizzies and I’m loving it. I’m sure you’re wondering “what is a shower steamer” and “how does a shower steamer work!?Place the steamer pod on the shower floor outside the direct stream of water. As the shower warms up the shower steamer dissolves and releases relaxing scents. This top rated set of shower steamers has lots of aromas to choose from.

What is it? Record Player Coaster Set

Why I love it: I can’t help but love it when home decor also serves as a great conversation piece. These coasters have sparked so many fun conversations with friends. Questions like: “What’s the best record of all time?” or “Mariah vs. Whitney?” (the answer is Whitney, btw). These record player coasters are great for a music lover …or really anyone!

What is it? Cuzen Matcha Maker Starter Kit

Why I love it: Not everyone is a coffee lover but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t enjoy a fun beverage machine! This matcha maker is stylish and has a small footprint so it can easily tuck away on a kitchen counter or bar cart.

GIFTS FOR CRAFTY PEEPS

What is it: Canon Selphy CP 1500

Why I love it: I get emails all the time asking for printer recommendations! The most requested printer is one that will print amazing photos! My response? The Canon Selphy CP1500. This compact photo printer creates high quality prints from home via the Canon Selphy App. I love that you can create a variety of sizes…you can even make bookmarks! I also love using the Selphy at parties and get-togethers. People can take photos on their phone and then print them right on the spot! To me, this is, hands-down the best photo printer!

What is it? Bullet Journaling Pen Set

Why I love it: Journaling is one of my favorite self care activities. It’s a great way to get your creativity onto paper and also stay organized. These bullet journal pens make it easy to doodle without being a doodle expert. Each pen rolls across the paper and leaves a fun pattern in its path. These pens also make a great stocking stuffer.

What is it? Extra Large Silicone Craft Mat

Why I love it: Honestly, this might be the gift you need to buy for yourself! I often find myself doing crafty projects on our kitchen counter and dining room table. This extra large silicone craft mat protects the surface from paint, hot glue drips and other crafty messes. It’s a hugely practical item for anyone who like to make and create.

What is it? Woobles Learn to Crochet Kit

Why I love it: Have you seen these?!!?!? Learn how to crochet and create the cutest little stuffy…all in one kit!! I love that these easy crochet kits come with everything you need…no need to do all the guess work while standing in the aisle of the craft store!! Check out all the Woobles kits because there are so many adorable designs like Felix the Fox and Sebastian the Lion!

What is it? Posca Art Markers

Why I love it: These Posca Art Markers have viral videos on their side! They write so smoothly and it’s SO satisfying. Use them on a variety of surfaces to create art, home decor, class projects and more. Of all the paint markers out there…these are the best!

What is it? Prismacolor Colored Pencil Set with Art Lessons

Why I love it: There are lots of colored pencil brands out there…but Prismacolor is the only one worth your money. Prismacolor Colored Pencils are incredibly high quality . This Prismacolor set is a special one because it comes packed with all the supplies you need to get started as a budding artist. You’ll receive pencils (of course), a sharpener, a sketch book, eraser and even access to online classes.

What is it? Craft B**** Socks

Why I love it: Not necessarily safe for work but still lots of fun for your favorite sassy crafter…with a penchant for potty mouth! These make a great stocking stuffer for any crafty person!

What is it? Art Dice Creative Starter Game

Why I love it: Sometimes getting started is the hardest part! This collection of dice gives you lots of fun options for what to create next. Roll the die to determine what shape, color, mood and medium you’ll use for your next piece. With so many possible combinations, this gift will be enjoyed for years.

What is it? Storymatic Story Starter Game for Kids

Why I Love it: The Storymatic game is great for kids and adults. If you love writing short stories or have dreams of publishing a book one day, this game gives your hilarious story starters to embark on your journey as an author. For my son, this is a great activity since he is often hesitant to come up with story ideas. Once you get started with this game, you just can’t stop! You can also pick up Storymatic for Grown Ups too!

What is it? Sew Your Own Handbag Kit

Why I Love it: Fashion meets crafting!! This kit is too cute to pass up! Stitch together each of the pre-cut pieces to create your own handbag. If you want to elevate this gift, combine it with leather paint so that the recipient can decorate the panels before assembling the bag.

GIFTS FOR THE FASHIONISTA

What is it? Sink Topper for Beauty Tools

Why I love it: Super cool. Super practical! This foldable sink topper, converts your sink into a vanity while still leaving room for the water to flow from the faucet. Genius right?! I love that it is perforated so that any fall off will go directly into the sink for easier clean up.

What is it? Rhinestone Bow Shoe Clip

Why I love it: Take any plain pair of pumps and turn them into something wow-worthy. Shoe clips have been around forever, but they’re having a well deserved moment! These rhinestone bows are perfect for an evening out or you could opt for these satin bows that come in lots of colors and patterns. These are a great stocking stuffer!

What is it? Elastic Belts for Tucking

Why I love it: Perhaps my favorite fashion hack item of 2023! If you follow me on Instagram or TikTok, you’ve seen me use this! Place the comfy elastic belt around your waist, underneath your sweater, tee or shirt. Then, just tuck the shirt under the belt! This hack gives you the look of a tuck without the bulk you get when you tuck it into your pants or skirt. Bonus: When you have to use the restroom, no need to re-tuck after your done!

What it is: Ubuntu Beach Tote Bag (several colors)

Why I love it: Fashion…with a cause! Ubuntu started as a community support organization for children with special needs in Kenya, Africa. It grew into an artisan community of mothers who create handbags and footwear featuring locally sourced textiles. These beautiful products also come with a beautiful story, and what’s not to love about that.

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2 thoughts on “Gift Ideas for Kids, Homebodies and More!

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