For your earth-loving, tree-hugging, health-minded, and crunchy friends, check out these gift ideas. Looking for something that is repurposed, upcycled, or sustainably made? How about handmade goods to help support local artisans in small communities? The elves have got you covered.
This beautiful Jewel Toned Sari Scarf is handmade from upcycled, vintage, silk saris. Be sure to check out the video to see how the saris are made.
This Suncoat Polish & Peel Nail Polish is water-based, non-toxic, and is even safe for kids. If that wasn’t enough, it is a vegan (cruelty-free) product. How to remove? Just soak your fingertips in water and peel. It’s that easy! This peely polish only lasts a couple days, so if you’re looking for one that lasts longer, try this one or this one.
Bye-bye chemical air fresheners! Hello Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag! This handy charcoal filled bag will eliminate odors in your home, apartment, or car. Set it out in the sun for an hour each month, and it will last 2 years.
Reduce waste and save trees by using Squeeze Cellulose Cloths as an alternative to paper towels. These cloths are made from biodegradable cellulose and can be used for months! Dishwasher safe.
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When I think of geeks, I think about brainy smarts, rockin’ glasses, and wild hairdos. How about you? One of my friends doesn’t have a crazy hairdo or glasses, but is really smart—he can solve a Rubik’s cube in less than 2 minutes! For your friends who are math wizards, science geeks, and appreciators of techie things, here are some gift ideas.
Filled with iron-based particles, this Super Magnetic Putty is just that—super magnetic. When placed near the magnet (included) the putty will slowly stretch and engulf the magnet. When you click the link above, be sure to check out the video of the putty in action!
When I go out shopping, I generally spot things I’d like to have in my home even if they are not on my shopping list. I enjoy spotting gadgets and things that make the house feel cozy, and I’m sure you do, too. Any of the gift ideas in today’s post would be great for friends/family or would make a nice hostess gift.
This handy scrubber, the Original Spaghetti Scrub, is made of polyester, cotton, and peach pits. Its unique shape allows it to scrub in hard-to-reach places, and it is perfect for cleaning wooden, non-stick, or plastic surfaces.
This tube wringer will come in handy for tubes of toothpaste, paint, ointment, or whenever you want to squeeze out the last drop from a tube.
You may recall that we blogged about some popular kids’ toys a few days ago, but there are so many great toys out there that we couldn’t fit them all into one post! We wanted to give you some more ideas, so here they are:
The TOMY Pokémon Battle Arena playset comes with one arena, three Pokémon figurines, 2 battle shields, and attack tags. Recommended age: 4–6 years
Anyone who loves Despicable Me will be endeared to this talking action figure. Listen to Dave the minion talk when you press his pocket or move his head. Recommended age: 4–12 years
Meet Zoomer. He’s a robot dog who can bark and play and loves to do tricks just like a real dog. He’s a smart puppy, too! He understands English as well as French and Spanish. Recommended age: 5–10 years
Big Hugs Elmo is interactive! He gives hugs, sings songs, and even gets sleepy when you lay him down. Recommended age: 14 months–4 years
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As Christmas rapidly approaches, I am reminded of how much there is to do before the big day. If you’re like me, you probably still have some holiday shopping to do. It is Green Monday today, and some retailers are running deals and sales. Take advantage of these deals and specials while they last!
DIY is a broad term that has come to include home repairs, arts and crafts, as well as fashion. If you’re looking for gift ideas for crafters, go ahead and check out this post. Today’s selection focuses more on gifts for the handyman (or woman) who fixes things around the home.
Don’t be mistaken—this tool is actually a saw pizza cutter! It’s a great gift for a carpenter or someone who works with wood.
A funny and literal interpretation of a nail brush, this scrubber will bring humor whenever it is used.
Of all the gift ideas we have posted thus far, we elves are thrilled to bring you some seasonal gifts. Nothing says “Christmas is coming” like the smell of evergreens, the taste of peppermint, or the beautiful decorations. If you want to send some holiday greetings or spread Christmas cheer, take a peek at the gifts below.
A vibrant red amaryllis is a lovely flower to see blooming in the heart of winter. This Red Lion Amaryllis arrives as a bulb planted in soil, so you just water and wait for it to bloom. After it blooms, keep the bulb so you can enjoy a bright amaryllis next year!
If you’re wondering what toys are popular this year, we are here to help! Here are some toys that are at the top of many kids’ wish lists this year.
Apple White is the daughter of Snow White and attends Ever After High where she is the leader of the Royals. Recommended age: 6–13 years
Have your youngsters ever wanted a pet monkey? Cuddles My Giggly Monkey is a toy pet that responds with giggles and sounds when you play with it. Recommended age: 4 years and up
For the big kids on your list, a karaoke machine will be a hit. This one plays regular CDs in addition to CD+G dics, plus it has a disco light. Sounds like fun for the whole family! Recommended age: 7 years and up
Kids can play educational games on the VTech InnoTab 3S Tablet, but that’s not all. Parents can download e-books, videos, and music to suit their child’s interest and age. Recommended age: 3–9 years
Children can stomp, step, and slide to create tunes on this gigantic piano mat. The keyboard mat is 6 feet long and has 8 other instruments built in! Recommended age: 3–10 years
This Dusty Crophopper Plane is no ordinary toy plane. The child can move the wings of the plane with the 2 remote controllers (one per wing). Dusty also says phrases and makes sounds for an even more fun adventure. Recommended age: 3 years and up
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fir, and pine! We love to decorate with fresh evergreens because we love the crisp scent that emanates from the verdant branches. Want to send a unique holiday gift to someone on your list? Send a fragrant Christmas present such as a wreath or decoration.
The Woodland Eucalyptus Wreath is made from fresh evergreens (noble fir and juniper) with sprigs of eucalyptus and is accented with pinecones and red berries.
We like to think that we are a cultured bunch of elves up here, enjoying the food, traditions, and wares of different countries. One country we all definitely love is Japan (especially Raymond and Becky, which I’m guessing you already surmised from their trip to Japan). If you also have some Japan-loving friends in your life, here are some gift ideas for them.