Gift giving can turn out to be both wonderful and frustrating. You want to find that perfect gift, but you don’t know what the other person already has. Personally I prefer practical gifts – things I can use. Here are a few ideas for thoughtful and memorable gifts that gift recipients will appreciate for a long time to come. Be sure to shop through TopCashBack to receive rebates on all of your online purchases from major retailers like Walmart and Amazon!
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Giving Soaps offers bath and body products that not only smell fantastic, but they’re also environmentally friendly. Plus, 20 percent of profits get donated to charity – currently Feed My Starving Children and charity: water.
I received a tub of lotion, soap and a soap sweater to try. The soap made such luscious, delightful suds that I wish that I had a camera in the shower to share photos for this post. I also could have used some sort of smell-o-vision so you could share the soap’s absolutely phenomenal scent. I got extra clean because I couldn’t stop using the soap and didn’t want to leave the shower.
The lotion is just as impressive, with a wonderful feel and incredible scent. The tub is small, but a little bit goes a long way. It worked almost instantaneously on body parts with extra dry skin. It’s called lotion, but it’s more like a thick cream.
Giving Soaps uses 100 percent plant-derived ingredients and all reusable and/or compostable packaging – no plastic. They even reuse shipping boxes and shred junk mail to use for packing materials. This company sells the types of splurge-worthy products that let the recipient know you really care.
Exercise Equipment for Any Fitness Level
LiveInfinitely sells a wide assortment of fitness and health products that are sure to please any recipient who wants to live a healthy lifestyle. One of the hottest trends in exercise is resistance bands, and LiveInfinitely offers a great deal on 48″ stackable resistance bands in an 11-piece set, currently on sale for $27.90.
The kit includes 5 bands, made from durable gym-quality latex, plus several accessories. The bands offer a total of 105 pounds of body toning resistance. Their comfortable foam-covered handles make the bands easy on the hands, and each band is labeled with resistance levels. The whole kit comes in a convenient nylon carry bag.
Though I’ve exercised regularly for many years, trying the sample resistance bands from LiveInfinitly was my first venture into resistance band training. Now I can see why so many people swear by resistance band training – you definitely get a great workout with these things! I can feel my muscles becoming stronger and more flexible.
These would be especially helpful for people who haven’t exercised in awhile or who are older or in poor physical condition. You can easily do resistance training as chair exercises and work your way up to better strength and stamina.
No More Smoke Detector Battery Changes
One of my least favorite household chores is changing batteries in smoke detectors. It’s important for every household to have several working smoke detectors (and carbon monoxide detectors in many homes, too).
First Alert’s new technology means no more battery changes in smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors. The First Alert CO710 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Alarm (read my full review here) and First Alert SA3210 Dual Sensor Smoke and Fire Alarm (read my full review here) have a sealed battery that lasts a full 10 years – the life of a standard smoke or carbon monoxide detector.
Genealogy DNA Testing
One of my all-time favorite Christmas gifts was what my husband bought for me last Christmas – a genealogy DNA testing kit. He knew that I wouldn’t splurge on such a thing for myself, but I’d been wanting ancestral DNA testing ever since I’d heard that they existed.
If someone on your gift list is into genealogy or has an interest in family history, I highly recommend a DNA testing kit.
The testing process is very easy. You basically spit into a container and send it off for testing. The results are quite interesting and eye-opening.
If you need a gift for someone who often has a houseful of guests and a shortage of beds, check out the Serta Raised Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump. To make sure that this inflatable mattress never goes flat while you’re sleeping, it has a patented two-pump system that silently works all night to keep the bed full of air.
The primary pump automatically inflates or deflates your airbed in 5 minutes or less. while the secondary pump monitors and maintains the air pressure while you sleep. It’s 18 inches high and includes a convenient bag for carrying, storage and travel.
Hale Groves offers a variety of fantastic fresh fruit baskets. You can even find some great baskets under $30 and have them shipped right away to your far away loved ones.
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