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Gift Guide for the Whole Family: Holiday Shopping Ideas

affiliateJingle bells, candy canes, spruce trees, cookies, and shopping?! December is here and many of us will hit the stores or the internet to buy the perfect gifts for our loved ones. In case you’re looking for some inspiration, I’ve compiled this gift guide that has great gift ideas for the whole family including some terrific technology!

For the Kids

Fun gift ideas for giving your kids this holiday season. Check your off your Christmas list with some of these toys for boys and girls!

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Picks for Kids

LEGO Minecraft: allow your kids to create and build with their favorite Minecraft materials IRL (in real life). Players can form fantastic structures, creations and artwork acrosss various multiplayer servers in multiple game modes. Minecraft promotes essential creative play building with virtual cubes. Due to it’s popularity and public outcry, this game has been “ported” to LEGO form, for even more enjoyment!

Areaware Balancing Blocks: what a cool new take on the traditional wooden building blocks. Stack up, down, sideways – Balance these ten faceted stone-size shapes to create your own sculpture. Finished with non-toxic tints and packaged in a cotton drawstring bag.

MaKey MaKey The Original Invention Kit: a fun lesson in electronics that allows kids to turn anything into a keyboard/joystick. Make a banana piano, play Mario on  a play dough game pad, take a selfie of your cat every time she drinks water. How? First, load up a computer program or any webpage. Let’s say you load up a piano. Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook the Makey Makey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys.

Kano: the computer you can build and program yourself. Launched on Kickstarter in 2013, Kano is a computer you build and code yourself. It’s a new way to make and play with technology – a kit with all of the pieces necessary to build a computer that, once built, teaches you to code. Children as young as eight have used it to make games, choreograph music, animate characters and much more.

Hot Wheels Track Builder System Playset: design, create and customize the ultimate hot wheels track challenge with a variety of stunts and layouts. This big bundle includes 5 1:64 scale cars that get the action started right away, plus the Track Builder 5-Lane Tower Starter Set – for even higher thrills! Race 5 cars in 4 different directions! Brave sky-high ramps, jump through flames and compete in a furious side-by-side race. The cool tower features multiple places for even more tracks to connect.

Spirograph Deluxe Design Set: create great pieces of art using the classic wheels and gears that mixes art with mathematics. Since it was first introduced in 1965, Spirograph has made it possible for aspiring artists of all ages to create beautifully intricate designs, originally developed as a drafting tool, by a mechanical engineer named Denys Fisher, the distinctive wheels and rings of the Spirograph cleverly combine, the principles of art and mathematics in a way that has inspired and delighted generations. Now you too can create your own cool designs and awesome pictures with the help of this fun and classic Spirograph drawing accessory.

LeapFrog LeapPad3 Kids’ Learning Tablet: the best all in one electronic device for young kids. They can play games built for fun and education with some of their favorite characters, take photos and videos, and parents can track their learning progress. Plus the LeapPad3 is earning awesome parent reviews! LeapPad3 is a fast, high-performance, fun-packed Wi-Fi tablet that allows kids to learn and play in a way that’s just right for them. Compact and kid-tough, the LeapPad3 tablet provides access to a 100% kid-perfect web experience and access to a library of 1,000+ age-appropriate, educator-approved games, apps, eBooks, videos and more. LeapPad3 features LeapFrog’s powerful new quad-core chip and a sleek and beautiful design, for fast-action fun kids love. Also in Pink.

Fire HD 7 Kids Edition: ready to step up to a big kid tablet? The new Fire HD Kids Edition features a great rugged case and includes a 2 year guarantee. Kids will love the sharp HD screen, perfect for watching their favorite movies and reading popular books. The Fire HD Kids Edition also includes Amazon FreeTime – a kid-friendly design, where they only see the titles that they have access to see, the home screen carousel shows their recently viewed titles, and they can even navigate visually to content based on characters or topics—for example “Cinderella,” “Dinosaurs,” or “Puppies.” Also available in 6″ Display

Yoga Pretzels: perfect for your little yogi. Practice bending, twisting, breathing, relaxing and more with Yoga Pretzels, a vibrant and colorful set of illustrated cards that provide a healthy dose of fun and education while teaching all the basics of yoga to help your head and heart.

Spot It Games: pick any of these games for a guaranteed night of family fun! The first thing to know about Spot it! is that there is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards. Got it? Now all you need is a sharp eye and a quick hand to play all five party games packed into the grab ‘n’ go tin. These are perfect for family travels and they even have a new Spot it! Disney Frozen version perfect for all your Elsa, Anna, and Olaf fans!

Mario Kart 8: fun for the entire family when you pick a character and battle to finish first! Feel the rush as your kart rockets across the ceiling. Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in the most action-fueled Mario Kart game yet. Take on racers across the globe and share videos of your greatest moments via Mario Kart TV.

Just Dance 2015: a surprising workout and a great way to get up and move while enjoying some electronic time. Just Dance 2015 also introduces Challenger mode where players will be able to compete against their past performances or challenge friends anywhere to beat their score, even if they can’t play at the same time. Plus, this year we’re bringing even more excitement to World Dance Floor, the online multiplayer mode.

Razor RipStik Bright Caster Board Skateboard: a favorite toy for kids, and watch an adult try it for a good laugh! Twist and go. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of riding a RipStik caster board. It’s like carving through waves or snow – but on dry land. A pivoting deck and innovative 360 degree casters are the secret behind the craze. Rip it. All the same features of the Classic, in vibrant contrasting colors. Stand out in the crowd with this fresh new look.

PlasmaCar Ride On: get up and go with your own power! The Original PlasmaCar is an innovative, ride-on toy that harnesses the natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, friction, and kid power! No batteries, gears, or pedals are utilized. PlasmaCar can be used indoors or out on a smooth, flat surface

Sick Science Slick Tricks: have a science fan in the fam? Sick! Science is a whole new way to get kids excited about science. With over 100 million views and counting, the insanely popular Sick! Science YouTube videos challenge inquisitive minds to wonder, discover and explore. Now you can create your own sick science experiences at home that are guaranteed to get oohs & ahhs! Now Sick! Science is available in these insanely cool kits. Sick! Science Slick Tricks includes 9 magical experiences that kids and adults will try over and over trying to answer the questions: “why does it do that?” “How does that work?” It’s critical thinking made fun.

For Him

Looking for some great gift ideas for the man or men in your life? Here are some ideas that are sure to be hits this holiday season! Christmas gift ideas for him.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Men

Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones: Your music is deep, powerful and balanced, and so quiet that every note sounds clearer. Even air travel becomes enjoyable, as engine roar gently fades away. No matter how noisy the world is, it’s just you and your music-or simply peace and quiet.

SONOS PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Speaker: No other wireless speaker packs so much deep, crystal clear HiFi sound into such a compact design. PLAY:1’s sleek, versatile design easily fits anywhere your home needs music, for surprisingly big sound no matter how tight the spot. The PLAY:1 is humidity resistant to operate flawlessly in high-humidity environments, such as in a bathroom with a running shower, so you can truly play music in any room in your home.

GoPro HERO4: Capture your world in an all-new way with HERO4 Silver, the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling the camera, framing shots and playing back content is now ultra convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. HERO4 Silver captures 1080p60 and 720p120 video with lifelike clarity, plus 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second.

eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible: Meet the ultimate carry-on travel backpack – with all the organizational details to help you keep track of everything you pack. We’ve thought of of it all, even a place for your laptop. This truly is the solution to one bag travel.

Kenneth Cole REACTION Men’s Nylon Double Compartment Travel Kit: Keep your toiletries neatly organized and easy to find with this sleek and stylish toiletry kit from Kenneth Cole Reaction®. Stylish and durable nylon twill exterior with full grain cowhide leather trim, roomy double compartment zip-top construction, full lined interior, easy access front zipper pocket, convenient side handle.

Levi’s Men’s Beveled Edge Belt with Plaque: 100% Genuine Leather with embossed batwing logo on plaque buckle and beveled edges on strap.

Stuhrling Original Men’s Skeleton Leather Watch: Round watch in stainless steel featuring skeleton dial, exhibition caseback, and croco-embossed leather band with stitching. Automatic-self-wind movement with analog display and protective Krysterna crystal dial window. Features buckle closure, rose gold-tone dial indexes, Dauphine hands, outer minute track, and 24-hour counter on inner dial.

Herschel Supply Co. Men’s Roy Wallet: You could wad your cash up in a ball and stuff it in your pocket . . . or you could class it up a notch with this new take on a true classic from Herschel Supply Co. It should be an easy decision — a simple bifold wallet made of tough canvas.

Williams Cashmere Men’s 100% Cashmere V-Neck Sweater: Classic V-neck sweater in two-ply cashmere with long sleeves and ribbed trims.

Van Der Hagen Men’s Luxury Shave Set:Shave Set includes a 100% Pure Badger brush, classic Monogrammed apothecary mug, Hypo-Allergenic shave soap, Combination brush & razor stand.

For Her

A collection of gift ideas for women this holiday / Christmas season!

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Garmin Vivosmart: vívosmart features a sleek, invisible display that comes to life when you get a notification or when you give the band a tap. Then the OLED display shines through the band to reveal your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, time of day and more. vívosmart automatically syncs your data to Garmin Connect™, our online fitness community, when you use the free app on your compatible Bluetooth® device¹. You can also access Garmin Connect on your computer. Stay active and connected with vívosmart wearable technology. Each time you receive a text, email or call from your compatible Bluetooth device, vívosmart gently vibrates and automatically displays the information. Simply touch and swipe the screen to read more.

Kashwere Unisex Shawl Collar Robe: Featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things! The moment you slip into a Kashwere robe you will feel the unforgettable warmth and softness that has so many Kashwere clients smiling. The Kashwere robe is luxuriously soft with the feel of a fluffy cloud. Its sophisticated look is appealing, durable and best of all, its machine washable and dryable. Kashwere will never shrink, pill, or fade with proper washing.

Womens Hunter Original Tall Gloss Rain Boots: The Hunter Original Tall for Women are built on the Original orthopaedic last. Details include a Smooth Matt Finish, cushioned insole, calendared sole crafted from a natural rubber and a vulcanised rubber upper. The boot is finished off with the Hunter branding on the front and a single side buckle.

Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Pedicure: Gentle on your feet and easy to use, the Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Pedicure Foot File quickly helps you achieve soft, silky feet. This electronic foot file is designed to remove hard skin for smooth results after just one use. It buffs away hard skin in minutes, leaving you with smooth feet you’ll want to show off.

Curlformers: Curlformers quickly became a retailing phenomenon, as women and girls of all ethnicities, discovered that Curlformers offered an easy and fun way to create gorgeous, glossy curls, without damaging their hair, because heat is not required other than to dry their hair!

Brother PTD400AD Label Maker: The P-touch PT-D400AD is an ideal label maker for users who want a quick and easy way to create a wide variety of durable labels for the home and home office.

AT&T Unite Mobile WiFi Hotspot: Stay connected over the wireless network with the AT&T Unite GoPhone (NO CONTRACT) WiFi Hotspot. This amazing Wi-Fi hotspot offers mobile network for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices. Enjoy the fastest 4G mobile broadband network plus up to 10 hour battery life with a rechargeable 2500 mAh Lithium Ion. This WIFI hotspot comes with 2.4″ touchscreen to offer user friendly device management.

Adonit Jot Script Evernote: The Jot Script Evernote Edition is the first of its kind: a true fine point stylus for iOS that allows your handwriting to flow as freely as your thoughts. With a revolutionary 1.9mm tip, Jot Script writes and feels like your favorite pen. Whether capturing ideas in a meeting or writing notes in the classroom, Jot Script elevates tablet note taking to an art form.

Samsung Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera: The Samsung NX300 Smart Compact System Camera combines performance, connectivity, and convenience in a small package that lets you take your video and photography to a new level. The camera’s 20.3-megapixel sensor captures incredible color rendition and detail, while an interchangeable lens mount offers versatility. The NX300 also features 3D technology for both still shots and video and built-in Wi-Fi, making it easy for you to get the shots you want and share them with all your friends.

State & Country Handmade Jewelry by OhSoAntsy: Let me help you tell your story. We all have a story and what better way to share it than by wearing this special piece. Perhaps you’ve moved and you want a reminder of home, maybe you just can’t imagine living anywhere else and you want everyone to know, maybe it’s where you first fell in love, or a memorable travel experience. Whatever your story is it’s unique and special to you just as this charm will be.

Urban Decay Naked3: A mirrored compact packed with a dozen never-before-seen rose-hued neutrals, plus a double-ended brush and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler. Naked3 debuts 12 insanely beautiful rose-hued neutrals in an impressive range of shades—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with red microglitter—in ultrasmooth matte, pearl, and glimmering metallic finishes. Each shadow features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability.

Did you find any great ideas? Hope you’ve enjoyed looking over this gift guide for the whole family, and that you’ll have happy shopping days ahead! Please share this list with your friends using one of the sharing buttons above or below. Thanks!

Shopping for kids, men, or women this holiday season? I've compiled this list of gift ideas for everyone in the family. They're sure to tick off a few boxes on your Christmas shopping list!

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Whole Family!

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