Want to buy a gift that your loved one will truly appreciate and use all the time? Here’s my “favorite things of the year” holiday gift guide, including a wide range of price points.
Need to buy a nice gift for a child? Little Twig and Sparrow’s pajamas are super soft and comfy, and they come in sizes for all ages of kids. Regularly starting at $40 a pair, they’re currently on sale for around $20 to $23 – a great price for such high-quality pajamas that wash well and keep the kids warm and snuggly on cold winter nights.
If you need to buy a gift for a Dyson fan – or someone who’s always wanted a Dyson (and who doesn’t want one?) – check out the amazing cordless Dyson DC 59 Motorhead vacuum. This vacuum has incredible sucking power – even more than any corded vacuum I’ve encountered. It’s also a heck of a lot more convenient to use than a corded vacuum because it’s so light, maneuverable and, of course, cordless.
If you need to buy a gift for a woman, you really can’t go wrong with something from cinda b. Consider a Super Tote II or Carry On Rolly bag. Or check out cinda b’s Metro Bag, with or without a matching smartphone tough case. I carry the Metro Bag every day to the office and use a Samsung Galaxy S4 tough case. I absolutely love both of them, which come in 10 different colors/patterns. The Metro Bag is both stain resistant and machine washable.
Among its many gorgeous designer accessories, cinda b also sells a new $129 Traveling Bowler bag, which offers an external zip opening to slip over a luggage handle for piggybacking on a rolling suitcase.
Do you buy a gift for your cat? Your fur friend will surely have loads of fun with Catty Stacks. Cats love cardboard boxes, and Catty Stacks makes attractive cardboard kitty castles which you can easily stack, move and fasten together for your kitty’s maximum enjoyment. They also make cozy sleeping places if you have a cat who likes to sleep in an enclosed place or prefers to doze in a box.
If you’re looking to buy a gift for someone who drinks a lot of soda, check out Sodastream. This is a must-have item for households that tend to cart home huge amounts of soda, which costs a lot of money and creates significant unnecessary waste. Sodastream bottles come in dozens of tasty flavor options, and the Sodastream appliance itself is extremely simple to use – even a 10-year-old child has no trouble making soda with it as a special treat.
If you plan to buy a gift for a cord cutter (or potential cord cutter), you should know about TabloTV, which has significantly decreased in price recently, just in time for holiday gift giving. Tablo is a must-have for anyone who cuts the cord to cable or satellite TV but wants to watch and record over-the-air programming from local channels. Tablo functions as a whole-home DVR for free TV pulled in from an HD antenna and lets you watch live or recorded programming from most TV streaming devices, including Roku.
If someone you plan to buy a gift for wants the best smartphone on the market, nothing beats the Samsung Galaxy S5. This phone has so many features that even a die-hard geek probably would take months to find most of them. It’s also so easy to use that even the first time smartphone owner won’t have any trouble making use of the most common things people do on smartphones. The Galaxy S5 has a phenomenal camera with outstanding photo editing capabilities, plus a large, gorgeous display, excellent onscreen keyboard and Android’s impressive voice recognition (along with Samsung’s S-Voice enhancement).
If you need to buy a gift for a woman but can’t spend much, Kohl’s has what you’re after. An Apt. 9 Chevron Lurex Infinity Scarf costs only $14.99 from Kohls.com, minus whatever Kohl’s coupon code you use (such as 20 percent off with code DASHER) plus 6 percent cash back from ebates.com. A scarf really dresses up an outfit, turning a plain sweater, mockneck or turtleneck into a snazzy outfit in a jiffy. This particular scarf comes in black/blue, black/silver and black/red. The black/red looks more like purple to me, but I still love the coloring and the pattern.