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2018 Holiday Must-Haves for the Family

2018 Holiday Must-Haves for the Family

By Candice Gregg

With the bustle of preparing for the holidays, you find yourself struggling to find ideas of what to give your wife, a family member, or a close friend. Asking people what is on their wish list might eliminate the element of surprise you were hoping for.  This list will help take the guess work out of finding a unique gift for your loved ones without breaking a sweat or even leaving the your home. So get a cup of hot cocoa, put on the Christmas music, and get comfy in your holiday pj’s for gift shopping this year.

This gift idea is a must-have for anyone! The Smile Direct Club has a state-of-the-art whitening kit with two treatments to help dramatically improve any smile. The Bright On. Whitening Kit has a light accelerator with 20 blue LED lights that work together with the teeth whitening formula which claims to be three times faster than regular whitening strips. It is also smartphone powered which allows you whiten wherever you go. The formula used has the same enamel-safe whitening agents also used by dentists. Priced at $79, this is an affordable and very effective method of teeth whitening and will definitely bring a smile!  


Whether you’re a dog mom, dog dad, or your kids have a sibling with paws, the family dog deserves a little love during the holidays too. A great way to connect with your pet while you’re anywhere, the Furbo, $169, is a camera that allows you to check in with your fur baby and even toss it treats using your smartphone. It has 2-way audio with barking detection that sends a push notification to give you ability to calm your dog and toss a treat to show your love.


For the techie or worker bee in the family, Felix Gray has glasses that will quickly become an essential. Not only do these glasses make a fashion statement with quality frames, they also filter out blue light and eliminate pesky screen glare. This allows you to be able to work in front of a computer screen for long periods of time without the side effects blue light can cause such as headaches, eye strain, and blurry vision. Prices start at $95, glasses are available in nonprescription, prescription, and readers in order to accommodate all.

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For mom or any other beauty lover, the  Vinmori Sonic Face Brush is a great tool priced at just $32 that won’t break the bank! This brush is made with medical grade silica gel which prevents bacterial growth and is wireless so the user is able cleanse their face anywhere without worrying about a cord. With 12 different vibration settings, it has the power to deep clean your face and in the fraction of the time it would without it. It even lets you know, via a vibrating notification, when you need to switch to a different part of your face so you don’t irritate your skin, which makes this suitable even for sensitive skin types. Comes with a wireless charger.


As we spend more time with our families around the holidays and memories and nostalgia are in full force, people may get curious about their family history and genetics – 23andMe allows you to explore your ancestry and get answers about your health with their at-home DNA testing kits, currently on sale for $139. With this testing, you can find out what diseases you are at higher risk for, learn about your ancestry background, or even how your DNA influences your traits, tastes, and facial features.  Whether you’re health conscious and want to know how your genes play a role in your lifestyle, or just curious about the genetics that make you “you”, 23andMe makes it possible.


If you know a first-time parent or you are the parent of a newborn, you might realize how hard it can be to get a good night’s sleep. The Baby Shusher is looking to make night time a happier time for everyone in the household.  This product is designed to help baby lull into sleep using a rhythmic shushing sound. Equipped with a 15-minute or 30-minute timer, it can help put even the fussiest baby to sleep. It is doctor tested and approved. Neonatal units everywhere are using the baby shusher to help soothe babies staying overnight. You can choose from the Baby Shusher for $35 or get the Baby Shusher Collection (shown below), priced at $45, which comes with 2 swaddles and 2 pacifiers that further help add to your baby’s relaxation.   

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Have a little girl on your list? One of the most popular toys right now are the L.O.L. Surprise Dolls. Dropping the shaped bath fizzies will reveal which of these little cuties you receive. This limited edition pearl style gift has a Doll and matching baby sister with 6 surprise balls containing accessories to style them. These accessories are mix and match so the more Surprise dolls, the more options you have for different looks. Pricing varies depending on which edition and style you get.


With all the technology around us, drones have gotten more and more popular. While full size drones can be expensive, this mini drone, Scoot, is appropriate for kids and adults alike and more budget friendly priced at only $30. Scoot is hand motioned controlled and easy to use. With the ability to fully charge in an hour, this gift makes it easy to be ready to go. To get flying, just toss Scoot up in the air and move your hand close to it in the direction you would like it to move. Easy for beginners! Kids of all ages are sure to have this on their list this year!


For those are hard to shop for or those that appear to have everything, the Wallet Ninja Version 2.0 is a perfect stocking stuffer. Priced at $12.99 and up, depending on the color, the Wallet Ninja is a credit card sized multi-tool that can be handy in any situation you may face. It fits in your wallet or your back pocket and has 20 tools in 1! Need a screwdriver? It has it! You can also peel fruit, open a bottle, use it as a cell phone stand, open a box, etc. It comes in pink or black and has a nail file and mirror as well. This is the kind of gift no one knew they needed but will be so glad they received!


Do you have a chef in the household? Maybe it’s you or your significant other? The Nature’s Blossom Herb Garden Kit ($20) is a kitchen must-have. Growing your own herbs not only adds healthy options for seasoning and garnishing meals but it also brightens up your kitchen and smells great. Whether or not you have a green thumb, this kit makes it easy to grow 5 of the most common herbs used in the kitchen. These little pots take up very little space making it super easy to find a home for them in your kitchen. And good food is always a win-win situation for dinner time with the family!


This last gift will allow your kids (or let’s be honest… you when the kids aren’t around) to be a super star in the comfort of your own home. Alone or with a crowd, the Singing Machine will definitely get the party started! Sing along to your favorite tunes with this Bluetooth karaoke system, featuring a built-in 7″color LCD screen for easy lyric reading. Wirelessly stream digital audio from any Bluetooth compatible device. This karaoke machine is also compatible with CDs and also has a USB port allowing the use of MP3 formatting as well. Equipped with multi-colored LED lights with a dimmer option, you can also put on an impressive light show while singing along to your favorite songs. There are even two microphone jacks so you can perform the ultimate duet – Islands in the Stream.. I Got You Babe… Priced at $129.99, this is truly a gift that everyone in your household will enjoy time and time again. Comes with 5 free karaoke downloads.


While the most important part of the holidays is spending time with your loved ones, gift-giving is an added bonus and can make you feel good when you find just the right gift for the right person. And this year, give yourself the gift of online shopping so that you have more time to spend with your family. Whether it be for your son or daughter, your husband, yourself, or Fido, these gifts are sure to please!

Happy Holidays!