8Great: Holiday Gifts for Everyone in Your Family
by Lavanya Sunkura
Holidays are just around the corner, and there’s nothing more satisfying than getting your holiday gifts shopping done early. We’ve made it easier by hand picking eight unique and fun gifts for everyone in the family. Here, you’ll find gadgets for kids and teenagers, gifts that make a difference, and gear that makes holiday travel a bit easier, all of which you can get by just a few clicks!
Heshima Kenya Scarves Made by African Refugees
Heshima Kenya, a non-profit working in Nairobi Kenya protects and empowers refugee women and girls in East Africa. Through its social enterprise, Maisha Collective, the women are taught the design and production of hand-dyed scarves. These delightful scarves are sure to brighten the winter collection of the woman in your life, and help women become independent in Kenya. Shop on Heshima scarves on Etsy.com, with items starting from $30. 100% of proceeds are reinvested into Heshima Kenya’s safe house in Nairobi. That’s a win, win for everyone involved.
AirSelfie Camera Drone
For the tech lover in your family, invest in the revolutionary flying camera that can fit in the pocket. The AirSelfie ($299 on Amazon/Best Buy) can be operated through an app and the camera captures HD images and video footage, comes with sensor-drive image stabilization and is capable of going up 66 feet in the air. It includes self-generated WiFi and comes equipped with a rechargeable battery through a cell phone case. It’s ideal for capturing group or family photos or aerial footage of unreachable monuments and sport stadiums.
Animoodles Mix & Match Plush Toys
Let your kids imagination run wild with Animoodles, stuffed animals with magnetized body parts that can be detached and reattached, mixed and matched in more than 100 ways. Choose a couple or all six of the animal characters (including a unicorn!) designed by Silicon Valley creators with backgrounds at Apple, Disney and Pixar. The magnets in the toys are safely hidden inside double-sewn patent pending enclosures that keep them plush and yet sturdy enough for rough play.
Karma Mob Apparel
New York City based Karma Mob makes creative clothing with inspiring catch phrases like “Love is the Answer,” “Happy is the New Rich,” “Save the Elephants,” and “Stay Golden”. Choose from tees, tanks, loungewear, sweatshirts, and more for the person in your family who likes to express herself. Karma Mob partners with artisans and small business owners to create products that are soft, eco friendly, and well made to share their values and messages.
Wine in a Chrome Bottle from Tank Garage Winery
Tank Garage, an innovative winery that operates out of a 1930’s era gas station in Calistoga, CA, has recently launched Chrome Dreams, the first of its kind metallic glass wine bottle with a classic Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Tank Garage is all about pushing the boundaries, and it’s evident in the way they market their products that are considered “one offs” with art-driven labels. They are not just unique, but also delicious and will make perfect gifts for the wine aficionados in your family. You can get Chrome Dreams online and at Tank Garage’s Calistoga Winery for $75.
Handmade Wooden Yarn Bowl
Inspire the knitting fan in your family with this beautiful wooden yarn bowl ($69) made from Indian Rosewood, available on Darn Good Yarn. The bowl acts as both a yarn holder and storage organizer, fitting comfortably a 3.5oz/100-gram ball of bulky knitting yarn inside. It’s small enough to fit the yarn bag to take it on the road. Now, your loved one can enjoy their favorite hobby on a plane, train or in the hotel room. The product is handmade and fairly traded from India, and each purchase from Darn Good Yarn helps provide jobs for families.
Moonlite Children’s Story Book Projector
Make your children’s story-time even more fun with this cool new gadget that connects to your mobile device and projects storybooks on the wall or ceiling. Created by former google veteran, Natalie Rebot, Moonlite uses the flashlight of the phone to bring storybooks from reels to life, making reading fun and memorable. Starter packs are available for $24.00 and the app can be downloaded on Apple Store and Google Play Store, and the story library includes New York Times best sellers.
Dogly’s Charity Focused Pet Gifts
Treat your pooch to a new bed, or get a travel bag at Dogly.com, a website selling products from independent brands and female founders. Get the sleeping bag from Wilderdog, modeled by rescue dog Josette, for your adventure loving dog. Travel with ease with your pup with this comfortable K9 Sport Sack AIR backpack or the fancy Camo-X travel tote by Mr. Dog. Participating companies donate a percentage of the price to a rescue of your choice when you buy it through Dogly. Now, that’s the holiday spirit.
We wish you Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!