AutoCamp. If you have someone in your life who loves camping, glamping, or travel in general, a gift certificate to AutoCamp is sure to delight! AutoCamp is a modern and stylish outdoor hospitality experience that makes connecting with the great outdoors easy for everyone. An alternative lodging experience, AutoCamp blends the traditional outdoor experience in beautiful natural environs like Santa Barbara and Russian River Valley (and soon at Yosemite) with the service and design of a boutique hotel (with amenities like luxury linens, bedding, and bathrobes). And the deals are GREAT!
Lucky Tackle Box. Have someone in your life who loves fishing? You can give them the gift of fishing all year long with Lucky Tackle Box – a premier fishing subscription box with monthly shipments of the hottest name-brand lures, tackle, and products in the sport fishing industry to help them discover great new items. One of the things I love about it is that the subscription includes educational online videos for those who want to up their game, or who want to get their kids and family involved in their beloved hobby. You can choose boxes for different species of fish and types of fishing, and can set up the subscription in 1, 3, 6, or 12-month durations. Get $5 off your first box with my invitation link: http://luckytacklebox.refr.cc/ramonacruzpeters
Team Logo Duffel (University of Oregon Ducks). This officially licensed collegiate bag from The Northwest Company is the perfect size, has just the right amount of pockets and compartments, and is available in a number of different sports team options. Not just duffels, The Northwest Company makes a huge amount of high-quality, sports and entertainment-themed products, including backpacks, blankets, and more! They even offer customization and monogramming!
Sports Team Woven Tapestry Throw (University of Texas Longhorns). A perfect addition for anyone’s fan cave, this throw blanket is also from The Northwest Company. This high-quality official collegiate tapestry blanket is one of many team and theme options, and can be used as a throw blanket, wall-hanging, or just an accent for your game room.
Out-of-the-Box Instructional Art Books. These compact instructional books are great for artists with a quirky side, and are just the right size for carrying in a backpack or pocket. Folk Art Fusion, teaches how to paint folk art subjects in a vibrant yet homespun style. The lively, graphic approach of Pocket Art: Figure Drawing will have them drawing figures right away. Look and learn with step-by-step illustrations and expert tips provided by London-based fashion and portrait artist Miss Led, a.k.a. Joanna Henly. Filled with open practice pages, creative exercises, and prompts, The Little Book of Manga Drawing encourages interactivity for immediate results, while also teaching the fundamentals of the featured medium in an engaging and fun way.
Cross Stitch Creations: Fine Art. Great for newbies or experienced cross-stitchers who would appreciate an all-in-one, travel-friendly kit, this set includes 12 patterns of the world’s finest masterpieces along with an embroidery hoop, two pieces of Aida fabric, twelve colors of floss, and a needle.
In Focus Book Series. Written by expert authors, these mind/body/spirit titles feature beautiful visual material to smartly and purposely illustrate key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book is packaged with index cards or a wall chart to give readers a quick, go-to reference guide containing the most important information on the subject, for easy practice and retention. These books make the perfect gift for seekers of all kinds. In Focus Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Marlene Houghton includes an 18-24” Wall Chart. In Focus Meditation by Jacqueline Towers includes seven Meditation Cards.
Once Upon a Book Club. Book lovers know that reading a good book is an immersive experience. This monthly book club subscription takes this idea to an epic level by including not just a book each month, but also 3-5 additional surprises in the box that are associated with different parts of the book to bring the experience to life. Each carefully chosen gift is labeled with a page number so that you can open the surprise when you get to that page. You can choose subscription options in Adult or Young Adult categories. My box had Lydia Kang’s The Impossible Girl, and even included an autograph from the author!
Beer Hacks: 100 Tips, Tricks, and Projects. This book by Ben Robinson perfect gift for the beer lover in your life. It is a tour de force of 100 ideas to make your beer-drinking life better. With DIY beer bottle projects and important life hacks, it’s filled with step-by-step illustrations throughout (in the happy, ironic style of an airplane safety guide) and includes an emergency bottle opener on the front cover.
Books for Cooks and Foodies. There’s a book or cookbook out there for any type of foodie on your list. The Bourbon Country Cookbook is a tour of Bourbon Country and modern Southern entertaining through more than 90 recipes developed by David Danielson, executive chef at Churchill Downs, and Tim Laird, chief entertaining officer at Brown-Forman. Hardcore Carnivore by Jess Pryles is a protein-packed cookbook for meat lovers everywhere. In addition to dozens of recipes for chicken, game, pork, lamb, and beef, Pryles—touted as the “female Ron Swanson” by her loyal followers—covers all the basics, finishes, and tricks of the trade, ensuring you’ll be cooking meat like a seasoned pro. May We Suggest by art historian and food lover Alison Pearlman takes you to more than 60 restaurants to take a critical look at the design of physical restaurant menus—their content, size, scope, material, and more—to explore how they influence (or not) our dining experiences and choices.
Bacon & Bourbon Candle. This “man candle” from Silver Dollar Candle Co is perfect as a gift for your bourbon-loving friend or as a stocking stuffer for any bacon-lover in your life.
Zodiac sign necklace. Also from Mignon & Mignon, this is a great personalized gift for a girlfriend, niece, or cousin.
State heart necklace. For your traveling friend or relative who’s away for college, give them a piece to remind them where they left their heart with a delicate state necklace from JunkJewelry. You can choose what city to stamp the heart!
Rollie, My Kissing Puppy. The must-have toy this season is Rollie, #MyKissingPup! This adorable little cuddly friend moves, licks, sniffs, and wags his tail just like a real dog. He also sleeps (and wakes when you lift him) and has over 35 different responsive sounds. My boys love him like a part of the family already. Your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews will love to adopt this little one! Bring Rollie home today.
Num Noms Shimmer Playset. Have you guys heard of Num Noms? My boys have been seeing ads for these adorable foodie character sets, and were so excited to get a Num Noms Shimmer Playset of their own! Each Shimmer Playset comes with two special edition Num Noms and everything you need to “glitterize” any of your favorite Num Nom characters. They also smell delicious! The kids absolutely loved getting to make a hands-on creation.
I See the Sun. The award-winning, critically-acclaimed I See the Sun children’s book series entertains while teaching social diversity. The newest in the series, I See the Sun in the USA, uniquely brings children into the social and interracial realities of this country. Geared to children age 5 and up, parents, elementary school teachers and librarians, the book serves as a unifying force for children in a divided country. It points out differences and similarities between American children with unique cultural backgrounds with an overarching emphasis on those elements which bind us together as a country and welcome our diversity. I See the Sun in the USA tells the story of Stella and the children and families she meets, with a variety of ethnicities and cultures, while on a family vacation. Each child is also presented by a family tree depicting the blending of their families, hence the blending of American culture. Glorious illustrations express and enhance the storyline.
Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate. Captain LaPlank entertains while ever so subtly delivering a message around imperfection, leadership, and learning to live with mistakes. This rhyming pirate adventure tells a funny story of LaPlank perfectly captaining his ship as his new crew watches, until one by one they begin making minor mistakes and are shown the plank! It’s a classic and timely tale of something our culture today struggles to overcome, the desire to be perfect and in control. At a time when parents and children are bombarded by images in the media of perfect families and extreme athletic, educational, and financial success, we have much to learn from LaPlank’s epiphany, “It has nothing to do with ship captains and crews—perfection’s not something that pirates can choose. They’d bungled their business but those are the breaks—mistakes are just something that everyone makes!” More information, including a video version of the story and a downloadable coloring book, can be found at misterflibber.com and on YouTube.
Gods & Heroes. Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World by Korwin Briggs celebrates the world’s myths and legends in an A–Z compendium that draws not only from Greek and Roman traditions, but also Norse sagas, Egyptian history, Shinto pantheons, and more. Modern, illustrations, and a humorous narrative voice revive the enduring appeal of each tale.
Daring Chemistry. The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry: 24 Experiments for Young Scientists by Sean Connolly is an introduction to chemistry for kids from the master of messy science books. Easy-to-follow experiments help readers put their newfound knowledge into action by using everyday household ingredients such as light bulbs, eggs, and fridge magnets.
Adult Party Games. Kids aren’t the only ones who like to play games! Games Adults Play™ makes adult party games geared for players 18 and up, to act as icebreakers and spark unforgettable moments to help form friendships that will last a lifetime. Shit Happens is the card game that brings people together through mutual shock and awe of terribly-unfortunate scenarios. Designed by the hysterical-former SNL writer, Andy Breckman, each of the shitty situation cards are ranked from 0-100 according to The Misery Index. What’s worse? Stepping in dog shit or finding half a dead hooker in your bed? The player who most accurately guesses, keeps the card. BYOB? Don’t forget Sip It! This is the ultimate drinking game that serves up a side of laughter. Players take turns drawing cards that include tasks ranging from wildly ridiculous to mildly embarrassing. If a task is simply too uncomfortable, players must take a sip or lose points. Tossed Salad is the fast-paced game of quick thinking and acting nasty. This charades-like game is sure to prove who has the dirtiest mind and ensure hours of laughter. Players split into two teams and must get their teammates to shout out the double entendre listed on their card. Gather old friends, new friends, and faux friends to play Friend or Faux. Players go through five rounds of questions, as the game progresses each round becomes increasingly more revealing and entertaining. Get personal, share stories, recall memories and make new friends with Friend or Faux. True Colors will let you find out what your friends really think of you! After a question is read, players secretly cast votes for who they think fits the description. You earn points by correctly predicting how many votes you’ll receive.
Shaker33 Cocktail Shaker. Great as a host gift or regular gift, this is a high-tech update on the traditional cocktail shaker. Why is it special, you ask? It’s leak-proof (thanks to an easy-to-remove locking top), is made of shatterproof and BPA-free material, it’s clear (so you can see what you’re doing a bit better), has two different-sized holes for fast or fine straining speed, is shaped to mix and shake with one hand, and has a low-condensation technology that keeps drinks chilled but not your hands. Slainte!
Deep Eddy Vodka Holiday Gift Box. Deep Eddy Vodka is distilled in small batches using the highest quality ingredients in a 99% waste-free production process at their state-of-the-art distillery in Buda, TX. Deep Eddy Vodka offers 10x distilled Original Vodka and all-natural flavored vodkas, made with ingredients like real fruit juices, brewed tea and honey from a San Antonio apiary. This quality Texas vodka is available in a festive and affordable gift box for the holidays! Available at select retailers nationwide and in Texas, the box includes a 750mL bottle of Deep Eddy Original Vodka alongside a festive 6 ft. string of Deep Eddy Vodka mini-lights plus a recipe for a simple apple spice cocktail.
PhotoSquared. Perfect for your loved ones (think parents and grandparents), or for your photo-loving friend, PhotoSquared allows you to create your own 8”x8” photo boards out of Instagram photos (or your camera roll, Facebook, and Google Photos too)! Get grandma a set of the cutest pics of your kids, or get your friend a keepsake of her best ‘grammable pics from her fabulous trip abroad. The photos can be arranged however you like, and simply stick to your wall (no nails or damage involved!). Get them in time for Christmas AND get two FREE PhotoSquares when you buy four (six squares for the price of four) with code RAMONARUBY if you purchase by 12/19/18.
Instagram photo book from Zno. Who wouldn’t love a printed book with their Instagram photos? Think about it – your friends can enjoy their IG IRL, and document that gorgeous grid in a keepsake book! Or what about all those cute pics you posted of your kids all summer? Since Grandma isn’t on IG, give her something she can like without having to double-tap. Zno creates amazing products with your photos, like books, wall art, desk calendars, and more, all really easily through their app and the photos on your phone or your Instagram timeline. Their Instagram Books are especially easy to make, as they are pulled into the app from your feed, and can be printed in a series or as individual books. I love the series option, because it let me document different “chapters” of the year (I made one from the #FabFam’s summer of fun), and exclude the pics I didn’t need in a coffee table book. Fab Everyday followers get 50% off their first Instagram Book with code ZNO3M9L! Download the Zno app for free so you can start playing with your own photos. Then use my code to get your own high-quality, hard-cover books with thick, mounted pages in a lay-flat layout.
ToGoSpa. Sheet masks are all the rage these days, but it’s hard to know which one is right for you or your loved ones. That’s why I love ToGoSpa and their varieties of natural collagen face, under-eye, lip, and neck masks… they are “perfect for anyone with a face” as they say! Choose from sample packs or lines that target dark circles or wrinkles, or help detoxify, nourish, or plump. These are seriously my go-to products.
Happy gifting, and be sure to check out more holiday inspiration on Fab Everyday here.