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Gift shopping can be so much fun – but it can also be such a headache if the people on your list seem impossible to shop for. I work hard for my money and if I’m going to be spending it on someone, I want to make sure the gift is going to be loved and put to use!
Last year I put together the post Gift Ideas for the Impossible People on Your List which included the categories of: the grown up kid, stressed out parent, blogger, bookworm, sophisticated drinker, foodie, sports fan, traveler, little ones, and littlest ones. The list was super popular, with over 55,000 visitors using it to help them gift shop.
That list is still a great resource, but this year my list has new individuals and along with that come new categories. Below you’ll find gift ideas for: the techie, young at heart,recent empty nester, home-body, the runner, the jokester, the one with no space, the one who is always cold, animal lover, and the new adult as well as my favorite find of the year.
My Top Pick for 2016
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The Skylight Photo Frame – I love the idea behind this photo frame. Just send photos attached to an email and they automatically show up on this touch screen frame. Meaning you can give this frame to a loved one or friend, share the email associated with the frame, and whoever has the email can update the photos. Imagine the fun you could have! Make friends laugh daily with silly photos; send love to grandparents far away with photo updates of their grandkids; share smiles between long-distances. It makes photo sharing so much more integrated into a home above and beyond simple text message photos. And even better, if you use coupon code myurbanfamily it takes $5 off your order!
A Loot Crate Subscription – I’ve gotten these as a gift in the past and they’re so fun! If you’re unfamiliar, it is a monthly mystery crate for pop culture fans filled with incredible and exclusive items and apparel from your favorite tv shows, movies, games, and more! Over $45 value in every crate!
All-New Echo Dot – I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Echo and now that the Echo Dot is here, you can experience the same fun technology for a fraction of the price. If you’re unfamiliar, the Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more.
A Virtual Reality Headset – I have the Samsung Gear VR and it’s crazy amazing. I wasn’t sure what to think before trying it, but the experience is so fun and really well done. Between the games, photography, and videos I could use the headset all day long.
Cozmo the Robot – Cozmo won one of 2016’s best new tech accomplishments. This personal robot is like you’ve only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out.
Young at Heart
Adult Coloring Books – There is nothing more relaxing than taking a few minutes to color, at least in my opinion. But I know I’m not alone because adult coloring books have taken the world by storm lately. I will admit I have a healthy collection of them by now, and these are my favorites: Fantastic Cities, Memos to Shitty People, The Dr. Seuss Coloring Book, Doodle Invasion
A Mini At Home S’mores Maker Set – Who doesn’t love S’mores? And who wouldn’t love a s’mores break at home during the winter? This set paired with some graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows makes for the perfect gift.
Mustache Outlet Decals – I’ve said in the past that it’s the little details around my house that make me happy. These make me smile and they are a tiny detail but pack so much personality.
Recent Empty Nester
A Smart Phone Printer – Just because the kids are not at home every day doesn’t mean new memories can’t be shared. Share text message photos between the family and print and keep your favorites. A photo doesn’t replace the person, but it’s a fun reminder between visits.
A Photo Frame You Can Update from Anywhere – This is a repeat of my top pick from above, but I think it especially fits here so I wanted to mention it again. Think about having mom and dad set this up in their living room and then update them with your photos every so often. Remember to use Coupon Code myurbanfamily for $5 off your order!
Effortless Entertaining Cookbook – Remind this recent empty nester to live it up a little now that they have the house to themselves again. This entertaining cookbook offers easy, but fun and impressive dinner party ideas.
Corkcicle Air Wine Chiller – And with all those dinner parties they will be having, make sure they have the one tool they need to aerate, chill, cork and pour.
4 Piece Silk Suit Mens Pajama – Do you know a fancy pants homebody? These suit pajamas are inspired by How I Met Your Mother and they are legen… wait for it, dary!
Bath Accessories – For someone who loves to chill at home, what is better than a warm bath this time of the year? And what goes better with a bath than Bath Bombs or a Luxury Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray? Maybe some music, a glass of wine too? Sounds like a great Friday night to me.
Amazon Prime – Did you know you can gift a year of Prime? Obviously home bodies don’t stay home 100% of the time, but not having to run out for small things all the time can be such a great gift. And aside from shipping, you get so many more great perks like free books, video and more. I don’t know what I would do without my Prime membership.
Hair Tie Bracelet – Female runners always have a hair tie with them, right? And it’s usually around their wrist just waiting to pull their hair back. This bracelet adds a bit of fashion to the trend.
Under Armour Clothing – There is a reason Under Armour is a bit pricier. A few good Under Armour pieces can go a long way and make a great gift for any runner, or really anyone athletic.
A Waist Pack – This pack holds all running and travel essentials which is perfect for any runner. It also works for anyone who travels and wants to be able to keep their important items with them without a large bag.
A Horse Mask – I know I’ve mentioned this one before, but it cracks me up everytime I see it. It’s a cheap laugh, but it works 100% of the time. Seriously.
Exploding Kittens – The description of this game is: a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and boob wizards and sometimes butts. This link goes to the not safe for work edition, which let’s be honest, is the better one. If you’re looking for the same fun idea, but with more PG content, check out this version here.
Naughty Salt and Pepper Shakers – These crack me up. They’re innocent enough to avoid questions from kids, but these rabbits know where the fun is at. Let these salt and pepper shakers spice up your dinner and literally bring life to your kitchen table.
Doody Head Game – This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. I bought this for my dad and brother a few years back and we got a lot of laughs out of playing. And some great photos as well.
The One with No Space
A Corner Shelf or an Invisible Book Shelf – When you’re tight on space, finding ways to organize and store items is always a challenge. These shelves are the perfect way to add more space and still be visually appealing.
Ventless Tabletop Ethanol Fireplace – When living in small quarters you don’t always have the same luxuries, like a full fireplace. But that doesn’t mean you should have to completely give up on having a fireplace completely. This Table Top Fireplace is clean burning and perfect for a small home.
Quick Change Photo Frame – My current home has barely any wall space, which is sad when I have about a million photos and other pieces of art that I’d love to showcase. But these quick change photo frames mean I can hang a few up on the wall and easily switch out the contents, over and over and over again.
The One Who is Always Cold
This one is me. And because I live in Chicago, I’m cold a good chunk of the year. I wrote a whole post about 20 Winter Fashion Must Haves from a Chicagoan and another one with 14 Tips to Help You Survive Winter from a Chicagoan. These posts are full of more fashionable and practical gift ideas beyond the fun ones below.
Warm Hoodie Kangaroo Sweater – If they’re a new parent, this kangaroo sweater is the best idea ever and it’s so adorable. It has two removable inserts: one maternity and one when you want to carry your baby but still keep both of you warm.
Narwhal Heated Footwarmer Slippers – These slippers may be the cutest thing on this list. They’re adorable, and they keep your feet extra warm. If someone loves to hang out at home, they would love being cozy in these slippers.
Earflap Hat Hood Scarf – This wool hood is so cute and I can imagine warm! Nothing else even needs to be said.
Woodwick Candles – These candles not only smell amazing, but they crackle like a fireplace. Just having a few candles around makes a room more cozy and warm feeling.
Pug Earrings – Is it just me, or are pugs the cutest ugly dogs ever? I mean that in the most loving way, I promise. And these earrings are such a fun, small statement piece to show your love.
A Retro Cat Shirt – If you know a cat lover, then this shirt is for them.
Adorable Dog Toy – When you have pets with toys, you want ones that you won’t mind seeing around the house. These toys are adorable and for under $4 with Amazon Prime (use my link for 30 days free) you really can’t go wrong.
Animal Throw Pillows – This otter one is my favorite, but there are so many available on amazon and they’re all really affordable. Some of them are only the covers, but you can also get a pillow filler here.
The New Adult
Fun Note Pads – Like this “Get Your Shit Together Note Pad”. When you’re on your own for the first time it’s easy to forget all those adult things you’re supposed to do – and there is no one there to remind you. Keeping a to-do list saved me those first few years and still something I utilize.
Show Me How Book – I was given this book when I graduated high school and it was honestly really helpful – so helpful in fact that I still have it on my coffee table and reference back to it every so often. The book is described as a series of 500 nearly wordless, highly informative step-by-step procedurals. Readers learn how to do hundreds of useful tasks.
A Subscription to a Dollar Shave Club – New adults on their own for the first time tend to forget the everyday essentials when it’s the first time they’re really responsible for them. I use the Dollar Shave Club and the razors are wonderful, but even more wonderful is remembering to change them and then getting new ones like clockwork. Plus, they’re super affordable. It’s a practical gift, but I promise it’s one that will also be appreciated.
A Futon – These seem to be a right of passage for those on their own for the first time – and honestly they’ve come a long way recently. There are some really stylish options available that are comfortable, and functional.
Looking for unique and affordable stocking stuffer ideas for the whole family? Check out my post HERE.
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If you’re still stuck, don’t forget to check out last year’s post Gift Ideas for the Impossible People on Your List
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