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If you’re like me, you like finding unique gifts for people when you can, and try to avoid the same-old, same-old. That’s why each year I look for cool and unique gift ideas that I can share with you all for your own holiday shopping inspiration! In my 2019 gift guide I’ve got something for everyone on your list. I hope you discover something new and cool for your loved ones (or maybe even for yourself).
Custom Nixon watch. The watch guy in your life is no doubt already familiar with the amazing styles and quality of Nixon watches. Take their watch game up a notch with a custom-built watch from Nixon (either designed by you, or let them make their own perfect watch). Customization options go all the way down to the second hand, and you can even engrave them! My husband cherishes his custom Nixon watch, and the men in your life will, too.
“Life-changing” underwear from Saxx. I got a few pairs for the hubby, and after giving them a test drive, he says that they are most comfortable underwear he has ever tried (and he also got a serious kick out of the name)! Not only are they soft and available in a variety of cool patterns (like these fun rocket pop ones, and they have all sorts of others), they keep everything in place to avoid chafing and friction with the underwear’s signature 3D hammock-shaped “Ballpark Pouch.” Plus they have a 30 day happiness guarantee (but according to my husband you won’t need that)!
For another great gift idea, check out the trendiest magic wallets as a gift to him at Jason’s site.
Budsies custom-stuffed animal made from your children’s art. This is one of my favorite things in my gift guide this year. We surprised the boys early with custom stuffed animals made from their drawings. I’ll never forget the looks on their faces when they saw Mr. Toast and Black Hole come to life! For Budsies, unlike other toys and stuffed animals, a child uses his or her imagination to create and draw their very own character, and then they see that creation come to life as a toy that they can play with for years to come. They are designed to look just like your drawing, artwork or photo, and hand-sewn with super plush and hypoallergenic stuffing. This is a gift they will cherish forever!
AdventureForce NASCAR Crash Racers. I got these at Walmart, and not only was it easy to put together (I know parents can appreciate that!), but the boys literally played with it for hours! These cars charge, then race on a double-wide, 16-foot (!!) figure-8 track, crash into each other, burst, then easily rebuild to keep the fun going. They go so fast! The boys were losing their minds with them.
Scoot Duo hand drone toys. The boys are flipping out over these mini drone toys! The Scoot Duo hand-operated flying drones are tons of fun, and so cool that even my husband had a blast with it. These toys get the #FabFam stamp of approval. Note: they also come in single sets (if you don’t need the two-pack).
Ad- and Screen-Free audio streaming geared for kids from Pinna. If you’ve not heard of it yet, Pinna is an ad-free, screen-free audio streaming service with podcasts, music and audiobooks custom-made for kids (geared for ages 3-12). It’s like story time in bite-size episodes that kids love, with hundreds of hours of safe, age-appropriate content to get kids giggling, guessing, puzzling and participating — all without screens. Sawyer loves the hilarious Molly and the Sugar Monster podcast, Grayson has been really into The Totally Unauthorized Minecraft Fan Show (naturally), and lately, we’ve all been enjoying Christmas is Coming. Check it out for yourself on the Pinna app (they offer a free trial to start), then save by getting the kiddos in your life an annual Pinna Audio subscription.
F is for Fashion book by Project Runway designer Amanda Perna (of House of Perna). There are so many alphabet books about apples and ducks… F is for Fashion is not one of them! This fashion-inspired ABC book is designed to teach your child about fashion while they learn the alphabet. F is for Fashion uses colorful, whimsical illustrations to bring the fashion alphabet to life. This book will take them on a learning adventure inside fashion, helping them recognize each letter of the alphabet along with a fashion-related term.
Artkive professionally printed book of your kid’s art. If you’re anything like me, you’ve got stacks of your kids’ artwork taking up space and gathering dust somewhere, not getting the attention they deserve. Instead, send it off to Artkive for them to professionally photograph and turn into a beautiful keepsake book! They send you a box with a pre-paid shipping label for you to bundle up all that loose artwork, and they’ll send you back a book! Check it out for yourself, and use code FABEVERYDAY20 for a discount!
For the Home Cook
Instant Pot + my favorite Instant Pot accessories. Do you have an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker? If not, you need this life-changing device. If so, here are my tried-and-true, favorite accessories to use with my Instant Pot. You’ll want to pick up a few of these (see the links below) so you can get the most out of it!
• Shop all these items conveniently on my Amazon storefront (along with my other favorite kitchen gadgets): https://www.amazon.com/shop/fabeveryday
• 18-piece accessory set
• 7 cup glass dish
• Bakeware sling
• Extra sealing rings
• Steamer basket with dividers
• Large steamer basket
• Stackable egg steamer rack
• Egg bites mold
• 6 cup Bundt pan
• 7″ springform pan
• 7″ flan mold
• Silicone pinch oven mitts
• I own the Instant Pot DUO Plus 6-Quart 9-in-1 pot, which works out great for my family of four
Cuisinart Nonstick Multi-Color Knife Set. These knives aren’t just pretty- they also do the job so well! The Cuisinart Nonstick Color Knife Set includes six professional-quality stainless steel knives with matching blade guards. The handles are ergonomic, and the nonstick coating on the blades makes cutting and slicing easier. Plus the color coding helps avoid cross-contamination during food prep.
The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook: Healthy Everyday Recipes for People With Diabetes by Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss. This cookbook celebrates one of the most celebrated kitchen inventions in recent memory: the air fryer! Packed with 80 delicious recipes for the handy countertop appliance, the book helps readers make fried favorites healthy. Best of all, every recipe has been customized to meet the nutritional guidelines established by the American Diabetes Association making them all diabetes-friendly!
For the Fashionista
Armoire designer clothing rental subscription. Over the last several months I’ve taken a more sustainable approach to fashion through a rental subscription from Armoire. Armoire gives me access to an unlimited closet of designer clothes (for everyday, business, vacation, formal… everything!) that I can swap out as much as I need throughout the month for one monthly fee. It saves on money and saves on waste! The shipping is quick, the customer service is great, and the quality of the clothes is top notch.
Stella & Dot sequin camo Margeaux clutch. This trendy little clutch works perfectly as a travel jewelry bag, and folds compactly over itself. The sequins are smooth (not sharp or snaggy), and the camo is subtly on trend.
For the Traveler
Travel memory bracelet from Denizen. Imagine your most beloved memory of your vacation artfully expressed in a gorgeous medallion cutout with a shape of a destination close to your heart. Available in stainless steel, sterling silver, or 14 and 18kt gold with a variety of band colors and options (from fabric to metal), they have a huge number of countries, states, and islands to choose from. Check them out to see all the destination designs, and get someone this special memento of their homeland, favorite travel spot, honeymoon location, or even the entire globe for the active traveler.
The Traveler Deluxe travel beauty box from Beauty & the Box. This is from a new beauty brand in cosmetics and storage. The Traveler Deluxe set is a dream come true for any globe-trotting makeup maven. The Traveler’s unique, innovative design includes 3 POP-UP cosmetic boxes that travel flat for convenience and pop-up intuitively at your destination. Each box is cleverly stair-stepped to hold mascaras, pencils, brushes, lipsticks. The boxes fit securely into the sturdy, go-anywhere tray base, so makeup won’t wobble around or fall over. Also included are some zip cosmetic bags and a pop-up mirror. For those that travel with their cosmetics and skincare products like I do, this is a dream for staying organized in hotel bathrooms!
Sustainable, hygienic portable bidet from Everything Bidet. Everything Bidet’s new portable bidet is the must-have travel accessory for women to stay clean while on the go. It does not require batteries and is instead chargeable through a USB cable that plugs into any computer, wall outlet; even a car! A convenient carrying case is also included. Not only is the portable travel bidet more efficient and hygienic than tissue paper, it is also more environmentally friendly as toilet paper destroys 27,000 trees every day. Consider this unconventional gift for your nomadic friends.
For the Crafty One
15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces + Watercolor with Me in the Ocean books. With this collection of easy, step-by-step instructions, unlocking your creativity with watercolor has never been easier. Follow along as Anna Koliadych guides you through painting your own watercolor masterpieces in just 15 minutes. Dana Fox provides fifty new marine-themed projects in this beginner-friendly watercolor guide. Bring adorable sea creatures like octopuses and otters to life on high-quality art paper. Start simple with shading in a monochromatic orca, experiment with adding depth to color with a bright bobbing seahorse and practice stylizing your subject in a charming lighthouse scene. With inspired art and step-by-step instruction, it’s easy to pick up a paintbrush, break out your palette, and create something beautiful.
The Woven Home: Easy Frame Loom Projects to Spruce Up Your Living Space. Simple weaving projects for stunning wall hangings, pillows and more. Learn to create your own handwoven home accents with Rainie Owen, weaving instructor and founder of the online fiber art supply shop The Unusual Pear. Rainie’s unique designs blend natural colors, soft fibers and organic shapes to bring warmth and style to your living space. You’ll love making trendy décor like the Pastel Pop Wall Hanging, which mixes yarn and plush roving for a striking textured effect, and mastering patterns with the geometric Potted Plant Mat―the perfect accessory for your favorite houseplant.
For the New or Expectant Mom
From Belly to Baby pregnancy and baby journal. My friend, the amazing Lucy Riles of @LifeofMom just wrote a must-have book for all the new and expecting moms in your life: From Belly to Baby! A new type of baby journal and scrapbook that covers all stages from pregnancy to baby’s first birthday, From Belly to Baby is a sweetly illustrated pregnancy journal that offers plenty of space for moms to journal and jot down delightful details of their pregnancy to birth journey. From early symptoms, odd cravings, labor and birth, footprints, and beyond, this journal is the place to document all the major milestones of pregnancy and baby’s first year. There are so many wonderful memories being made and From Belly to Baby helps moms record them with thoughtful writing prompts, ample room to write, and even inspirational motherhood quotes, all in a fun and celebratory package!
For Pet Parents
Handmade custom stuffed animals of your fur babies from Petsies. From the people who make Budsies custom stuffed animals from kid’s art are these handmade and detailed stuffed animals made to look like your pet, down to the smallest of details. Perfect for ANY pet, from dogs and cats to horses and rats. They have a 100% Quality Guarantee, so this is the perfect gift for a pet-lover, someone who’s moved away to college and misses their pet, someone who travels a lot and can’t always bring their fur baby with them, or someone who’s lost a beloved pet.
Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs. A holistic cookbook for dogs that is the perfect holiday gift option for dog-lovers and holistic health enthusiasts! Author, Dr. Judy Morgan has a passion for healing her patients with whole foods, minimizing medications and chemicals, and allowing the body to heal from within. In this book she explains, in understandable language, how to use food therapy to keep your dog naturally healthy.
CordaRoy’s “Forever Bed” pet bed. CordaRoy’s was featured on Shark Tank for their convertible beanbag chairs that convert to a bed, and they now offer Pet Beds, called “Forever Beds,” because you’ll never need to purchase a completely new pet bed again. All the parts are replaceable, and if you need a new cover, liner, or foam, they’ve got you covered! They use premium fabrics and the washable/dryable outer cover has an extra-long zipper, which makes removing or replacing the cover a breeze. Unlike many other pet beds, the CordaRoy’s Pet Bed has two tops instead of a top and a bottom. It is available in a few different sizes and in different color combinations (I love how this one looks with our living room décor). Bear and Rolo LOVE theirs!
ChargeHub HomeBase Power Bank Docking Station. Keep your family’s devices charged and organized with this at-home charging solution that powers the whole family on-the-go! This Docking Station charges 4 power banks PLUS one additional device using the USB Charging Port. Each power bank has a durable aluminum case and is color-coordinated with a metallic-finish for easy identification. Its powerful 4000 mAh battery capacity will keep your devices charged throughout the day. The storage drawer conveniently stores your cables and maintains an organized space.
Delicious food with an Omaha Steaks holiday gift box. The gift that is guaranteed to please! Omaha Steaks has several different box options that are perfect for gifting. The Steakhouse Supreme Package, for example, will give someone the gift of a steakhouse experience at home! It includes 4 (5 oz.) Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignon (pictured above), Steakhouse Hash Browns, Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp, and a 6-inch Red Velvet Cake. The aged, twice-trimmed lean beef is tender and 100% guaranteed to satisfy.
Game night fun with stackable Upwords board game. Can you turn “dog” into “log”? You can with Upwords! In this high-stacking word game, players place tile letters onto the game board to create new words, or stack and build on top to change existing words. When it’s your turn, easily place your letters by rotating the lazy Susan game board in your direction. Earn points for words A single tile high and points for letters underneath – the higher you stack, the higher you score! If you form two or more words in a single turn, you’ll earn even more points. For additional word-hacking practice, you can improve your up words game play by playing solo.
Casely phone case subscription. This is a Bold case from Casely with military-grade drop-test protection. They carry many cute patterns at different protection levels, but what I love even more is that Casely offers a subscription purchase option that will get you a new trendy case every month (or every quarter, if you prefer) for just $15! You can choose your case or be surprised!
JumpSmart Portable Vehicle Jump Starter/Flashlight/Power Bank. JumpSmart is there when you need it for an emergency. This single unit combines a 37000 mWh jump starter, 330 Lumen flashlight and a power bank in one device! The JumpSmart is powerful enough to jump start 8-cylinder, 5.0L engines (up to 2.0L Diesel) and even works with most cars, trucks, SUV’s, boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, ATV’s, and more! The Smart Jumper Cables have 10 built-in safety features with audible alarms and visual safety indicator lights to warn of any improper connection. The flashlight has a 495ft reach and features 4-modes: high, low, SOS, and strobe. The power bank charges your USB devices, including phones and tablets fast with the patented SmartSpeed Technology at 2.4A output. Use it at home and take it on-the-road to help ensure peace of mind everywhere you go! Available in several colors, including this new and gorgeous rose gold, this is the perfect gift for a new driver, a kid going off to college, or really anyone!
College town drinkware from Well Told. Get your friends and loved ones a pair of 16 oz. College Town Map Pint glasses featuring the campus, streets and neighborhoods of their alma mater (like these of Austin, TX, home of University of Texas). Printed with crisp detail in the colors of the home team, these will be a cherished addition to their bar.
WiseSkies Astrology Digital Calendar. If you could open your phone or calendar and have it tell you exactly what to schedule and when to do it… would you check it out? If so, then you need to check out this Astrology Digital Calendar. It helps you make the most of your day by getting in sync with the cosmos, and the 2020 calendar is now available for purchase and download! WiseSkies Astrology Digital Calendar files come in a universal ICS format, compatible with Google Calendar, iOS Calendar, or Outlook, and can be viewed on any device and in any time zone (and even switches with you as you travel!). The new 2020 calendar includes Descriptions + Emojis (to help you easily identify optimal vs less optimal periods and their significance), Planetary Events (basic planetary aspects, retrogrades + stations, ingresses), Lunar Events (New and Full Moons, Eclipses, 1st and 3rd Quarter Moons, Lunar Ingresses and VOC), Numerology (an extra layer of wisdom with the monthly numerology codes + power days), and Crystal Suggestions (two crystal options are offered during each Lunar ingress to offer corresponding support and enhance your energies). Be sure to use code fabeveryday$5 to save $5!
Eco & Earth gift card. Get your eco-friendly loved ones a gift card to the Eco & Earth online store so they can shop a unique collection of organic and sustainable bath, body, haircare, skincare, cosmetics, and apparel products to help them lower their footprint.
Sips by. For your friend who has everything, or teachers and colleagues, Sips by is the perfect gift. This monthly subscription box personally matches you with different teas from all over the world! They’ll love being introduced to new premium teas and brands each month, and will thank you for such a fun and unique gift!
AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Garden System. Grow up to 6 different herbs, veggies or flower varieties all year long – no sun, no soil and no green thumb required. The AeroGarden Harvest’s compact shape and super easy 3 button control panel makes it a great fit for any room in any home. Have fresh flavors right at your fingertips no matter what the weather is like outside. The Harvest’s grow light hood contains 20 watts of white, red and blue LED lights, giving your plants the full spectrum of sunlight they need to grow, and grow quickly! Plants grow 5X faster than in a traditional outdoor garden. And the automatic timer makes sure the lights go on and off at exactly the right time. The garden adjusts for up to 12″ of grow height and the simple backlit buttons remind you when to add water and our patented liquid plant food so keeping your plant babies happy and thriving is never a problem. This is a great gift for someone with limited (or no) yard space, or a climate that makes outdoor gardening difficult.
Igloo x Star Wars Playmate cooler. This is the COOLEST cooler for the Star Wars fans on your gift list. The Igloo Playmate® cooler inspired by a galaxy far, far away…. This galactic gear is decorated in original ‘Star Wars’ storyboard art… you can take it home with you today! Star Wars gear is going to be hot this holiday season, and this classic #IglooxStarWars cooler is a must for any collector or super fan… and not just the ones on your list! If you’re a fan, you need one, too! Remember… the Force will be with you, always. Grab your very own ‘Star Wars’ Playmate® cooler and take it with you wherever you go in your galaxy.
ToGoSpa. Sheet masks and eye gels 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. Be sure to check out this year’s new Rose Gold line!
The Second City: The Essentially Accurate History collector’s book. An expanded and updated history of Chicago’s legendary comedy institution, complete with rare photographs and never-before-heard stories from scores of successful alumni. Released to celebrate The Second City’s 60th anniversary, with a new foreword by Catherine O’Hara. This is a beautiful keepsake book, worthy of your coffee table, and the perfect gift for any comedy buff in your life.
Happy gifting, and be sure to check out more holiday inspiration from Fab Everyday in these posts:
- Holiday photo cards with almost unlimited customization options!
- What to Wear, Where this Holiday Season
- Family recipe: The best Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) recipe
- Candy Cane Spritzer cocktail recipe – easy holiday party drink idea
- OREO Cookie Balls Christmas Lights recipe
- Dark Chocolate Caramel Corn Fudge Recipe – A 3-Ingredient Alternative to Christmas Cookies
- 15 fun and easy Christmas party food ideas
- Chic Holiday Mantel – Fab Everyday
- Contemporary Holiday Design on a Dime: DIY White Tissue Paper Flower Christmas Wreath
- White, Silver, and Gold Christmas Mantel
- Fab holiday decor: Simple (but bold) red, white, and silver Christmas table setting
- 20 Fabulous Christmas Decor Ideas (Easy and Chic DIY Holiday Decor Round-Up)
- Easy (and Cute) Kid’s Ornament Crafts
- 15 easy Christmas crafts for kids
- Frugal Christmas Shopping: Stocking Stuffer Ideas from the Dollar Store