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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My choices for "best gifts ever"

I originally planned on posting a gift idea every day from December 1st until the 24th. Well, that didn't work out, but I've compiled all this information and ideas that I wanted to share with you so I'm just going to do one gigantic list. It shouldn't be too long and you should be able to find an absolutely perfect gift for someone on your list.

Here we go...

1. This idea is a great stocking stuffer if you get the small version and a good gift for an avid reader if you get a larger one: The book light. My teenager and I found the perfect one to use as stocking stuffers at Wal-Mart for ONLY $1.47. It's a Clip-On Book Light that comes in a variety of different colors. We each bought one and are really loving them. No more rolling over or getting up to turn off lights! I couldn't find this one on the site, but there's one at Walmart.com for just $14.96. Check the store the $1.47 one. (BTW: Barnes and Noble has great book lights too!)

2. When you give a baby a gift you should give a gift that is helpful to the parents. (That's just my opinion.) That's why I suggest a bebePOD plus for children ages 3 to 14 months. Not only will the babies love sitting in this thing, but the parents will thank you for giving them something useful and helpful. This little seat includes a removable pommel, adjustable tray, reusable placemats and an attachable toy! It's also pediatrician recommended (well, that's what they say!) Check the bebePOD plus out. (Okay, I want one of these!! HINT HINT!) I think Babies R Us carries something similar.

3. Before I give you this gift idea I have to include a WARNING LABEL specifically for the guys! To the men: WARNING! Do not buy a gift like this for your wife or significant other unless you know for a fact that they don't mind receiving appliances for the holidays!!! The reason I chose this one is because I want one: The Bissell® Lightweight Bagless Vacuum. Wal-mart had them on sale for $25 awhile back so you may have to do some shopping around. What I like best about this is it's bagless, it has a HEPA filter and it's lightweight. Nuff said. I did a little search and found them at Walmart.com for $39.88.

4. I don't remember what magazine I saw this in, but it's the perfect gift for someone who travels a lot. It's a cashmere travel-pillow-and-eye-mask set by Armand Diradourian Cashmere. Okay, they're $150 for the set, which maybe a little high, but it's the perfect holiday indulgence that can be used and enjoyed for years to come. They come in some delicious colors and although I couldn't find a picture to share with you when I did a search; I did find Armand Diradourian's Cashmere Travel Slippers. These cashmere gifts are absolutely divine! Check out Vivre.com, Neiman Marcus or do a search and see if you can find them at your favorite store.

5. For some people, shopping for grandparents and older family members can be difficult. I think the best choices for this group of loved ones is something useful or something that they'll hold dear. Two gifts I think they'll love -- one on the semi high end and one on the low end: Pandigital 7" Digital Photo Frame or a Jumbo Remote Control. Both are sold at Bed Bath & Beyond. The frame has 128MB of memory, a remote control and the AC adapter, and you can find it in the store for $79.99 (after rebate). On the site the frames start at $29.99 and go up to $299.99. The remote is universal and the buttons are easy to see and push. It's $9.99 in stores and on the site.

6. Some great stocking stuffers:
**Filigree candle with base -- proceeds from this purchase go to Unicef. Check them out at UnicefUSA.org. (According to All You magazine this is a green gift!)
**HoMedics Quad massager -- They're only $10 and you can find them at Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, Linens N' Things and Walgreens. (HoMedics is a great brand!)
**Digital key chain frame -- This is a great stocking stuffer for dads. It's his pictures on the go and it's a gadget. Look for one at Amazon.
**iKaraoki -- Talk about the perfect gift for your teen or tween. This little gadget is plugged into an iPod and the lead vocals will fade out so your aspiring star can shine through. It's Griffin Technology that you can find at stores like Best Buy and Target.

Final on the list are the standards: Don't forget clothes, jewelry, perfume and home decorative items. Keep these thoughts in mind when shopping for gifts:

1. The person's favorite color.
2. Their likes and dislikes.
3. Their style and body type.
4. Interests and hobbies.
5. And any hints they've dropped. :-)

Like Dr. Phil says, "Don't give them what you want them to have, give them what they want."
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