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10 Amazing Gifts That You Can Bring To Your Families’ Christmas Parties!

10 Amazing Gifts That You Can Bring To Your Families’ Christmas Parties!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a… OH NO! You forgot to get Uncle Daryl’s gift for the family Christmas party!

As the holidays are approaching, it is time to begin brainstorming all of the possible gift ideas to bring to the family Christmas party. Let’s face it – although they are delicious, the family might be a little bored of Santa-shaped cookies. It is time to step it up a notch. This is the year to knock your family’s socks off with some unique & amazing Christmas gifts! Thankfully, we were able to create a list of ten incredible gift ideas that will ignite a great deal of inspiration in this year’s festivities.

1. iPad Foosball Table

iPad Foosball

    Photo Courtesy of: Uncommon Goods

    This first gift idea is one for the whole family, and would make a great additional gift to anyone receiving an iPad for Christmas. Simply placing an iPad in the tray and turn it into a miniature, virtual foosball table. This can make for some great competitions during the downtime of the party.

    Place to get it: Uncommon Goods

    2. Personalized Photo Book

    Soft Cover Photo Book

      Photo Courtesy of Artifact Uprising

      A photo book can always serve as a unique and fantastic gift. Providing an opportunity to showcase your family’s most-cherished memories into a neat little book. Photo books can be a great gift for anyone in the family, but I’d argue that Grandma will enjoy them the most.

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      Place to get it: Artifact Uprising

      3. 3D Printing Pen

      3D printing Pen

        Photo Courtesy of: Hammacher

        For all of the tech-lovers in the family, a 3D Printing Pen is an extremely unique gift that will be sure to turn heads at the Christmas party. These pens allows the family artist to create three-dimensional plastic drawings – they can even use it to create napkin holders for next year’s party!

        Place to get it: Hammacher

         4. Matching Dog/Human Bow Tie

        Dog and Owner matching Bow Tie

          Photo Courtesy of: Wool & Water

          The only thing cuter than a dog is a dog in bow tie. If you’re anything like myself, your family’s little furry friends are quite spoiled during the holiday season. An adorable (slightly ridiculous) bow tie can make for a great stocking stuffer for Fido. You can even get a matching bow tie for yourself!

          Place to get it: Butch Basix

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          5. Pinpointing Metal Detector

          Metal Detector

            Photo Courtesy of: MetalDetector.com

            For the adventurer in the family, a metal detector can be a unique gift that keeps on giving (literally). Back in my day, nothing was better than returning from a family camping trip with a pocket full of shiny, new metal objects that were uncovered throughout the campsite. All thanks to a metal detector.

            Place to get it: MetalDetector.com

            6. Selfie Stick

            selfie stick

              Photo Courtesy of: Nicolas Mirguet

              Oh, the selfie stick. Perhaps one of the smartest inventions of our generation. These can be used virtually everywhere. On vacation? Take a selfie. At the dinner table? Take a selfie. The opportunities are endless with this gift. Who knows, maybe your selfies will end up in next year’s family photo book.

              Place to get it: Kirklands

               7. Ollie

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              OLLIE

                Photo Courtesy of: My Trendy Phone

                Ollie is a remote control device that performs rolls, flips, and various tricks – all through a smartphone app. Such a toy could be the perfect gift for the racing fan in the family. These things takes on all types of terrain. I know I would have loved this thing when I was growing up!

                Place to get it: Sphero

                8. Polaroid Camera

                Polaroid Camera

                  Photo Courtesy of: Stephane Venne

                  The technology of the mid 1900’s seem to be coming back with a bang, and with it comes Polaroid cameras. After all, nothing is more satisfying than capturing a photograph, and watching it print and develop right before your eyes. A Polaroid camera would make a great gift for the photographer in your family – if you’re feeling extra generous, I have one on my gift list this year!

                  Place to get it: Skymall

                  9. Tracking Tiles

                  tile

                    Photo Courtesy of: Tile

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                    Every family has the family airhead. Constantly misplacing their keys, wallet, phone, or car. Thankfully Tracking Tiles are available as gifts this year. Attaching a tile to any item will allow it to be found in a matter of seconds. Someone let me know when they invent a time machine so I can go back and put one of these on that car key I lost last year.

                    Place to get it: Tile

                    10. Cuddle Clone

                    Cuddle Clone

                      Photo Courtesy of: This is Why I’m Broke

                      This is the perfect gift for the animal lover in the family. A Cuddle Clone is a personalized stuffed animal, made to replicate your pet (can also serve as a loophole for pesky “no pets” housing restrictions). These furry creations can double as a gift for your pet as well – everyone needs a companion!

                      Place to get it: Cuddle Clones

                      Featured photo credit: Dr. Wendy Longo via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on January 25, 2021

                      What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                      What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                      It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                      If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                      What should I do today? No ideas?

                      Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                      Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                      1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                      2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                      3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                      4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                      5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                      6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                      7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                      8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                      9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                      10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                      11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                      12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                      13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                      14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                      15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                      16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                      17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                      18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                      19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                      20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                      21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                      22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                      23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                      24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                      25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                      26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                      27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                      28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                      29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                      30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                      Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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