November has arrived, which means gift-giving season is upon us. If you’re like us, you want easy and affordable gift options that your friends and family will love. You are probably looking for gifts that are unique, yet also functional and practical for busy lives. We hear ya! That’s why we’ve teamed up with some of our favorite brands to bring you our hand-picked holiday gift guide for 2017.
Unbelievably soft and perfectly stylish, Areté Complete makes fitness towels unlike any other. Made at the intersection of art and function, these sweat towels are the perfect way to cool down. They’re highly absorbent, quick drying, and light weight. Each towel begins as a work of art by creator Paul Moston. Use them during peaceful yoga practice indoors or on your next backpacking adventure. Buy one at aretecomplete.com for $24.
FITKICKS are a must-have gift for those on your list with an active lifestyle. Ideal for everything from walking the dog around the block to biking a few miles with the family, they offer a variety of styles for women, men, and kids. We love these shoes because you can keep them flat in your bag until you’re ready to slip them on and go all day. Choose from bright and fun special edition prints ($22.99) or go for the minimalist look of their basic solids ($19.99) on fitkicks.com. You can’t go wrong!
We all have that one friend who seems to never have a hair out of place, has the most perfectly styled outfits, and is always traveling near or far . f’lint is the gift for them. This lint roller fits in just about any size bag and easily twists up and down for quick use. Though we can’t get enough of the chic prints in their Arctic line, there are so many fun colors and patterns to choose from that you’ll want to keep one in your purse, glove compartment, and luggage for on-the-go lint removal. Snag this marble print for $9.99 on meetflint.com.
Less rummaging, more exploring. Gobi Gear’s water-resistant SegSacs have sewn-in dividers for all your stuff, meaning you’ll never lose anything at the bottom of your bag ever again. Sounds pretty great, right? Their SegSac Compress is especially unique because it can pack down to half its size with the help of four compression straps. Throw it into your travel pack, duffel, or backpack, and you’re organized and ready to take on the world. Buy the 20L SegSac Compress as a gift or for yourself (we won’t judge) at gobigear.com for $39.99.
You know those people on your holiday shopping list that are ALWAYS on their phone or tablet? They’ll love finding HÄNS Swipe in their stocking. A completely new and sustainable approach to cleaning technology, HÄNS Swipe lasts through hundreds of cycles of cleaning and polishing. We also love that the cleaning units are so compact! They can be kept in the car, at home or at the office, and in your bag for an instant clean wherever your day takes you. Purchase the Perfect Grime Fighter with extra cleaning solution for $14.95 on hans-swipe.com.
We may be a bit biased here, but our Family Bundle is sure to fit your holiday gifting needs. It includes two 21 ounce bottles and two 12 ounce color-blocked bottles, each packing down to just over an inch! Our water bottles are fun, easy to personalize, simple to use, and they’ll keep everyone on your list hydrated! Choose your favorite colors and gift the Family Bundle for $74.95 on myhydaway.com.
Traveling with kids can be stressful. Between juggling the kids, car seat, stroller, etc. you can never have too many hands. Meet Lugabug. The easiest way to carry your child while traveling. Lugabug – a snug seat for tired feet – is a child’s travel seat that secures to luggage, creating an experience of fun, safe and efficient transport for kids. It’s a collapsible family travel accessory for parents who prefer a compact product that minimizes their load and reduces chaos while traveling. It is intended for children aged 2 or older; maximum weight of 60 lbs. It is made in the U.S.A. and available for $64 at www.lugabug.com and amazon.com.
“A house full of Macs. And white chargers. And ensuing confusion.” Sound familiar? This common problem is what prompted Karen Beber to create Meo, a charger sticker company for all things Apple. The unique designs and matte finish of the stickers allow you to stylishly personalize your chargers while eliminating the chance for confusion at family gatherings, office meetings, and airport layovers. Our top pick is the multipack for ultimate coordination between your laptop and phone. Grab this stellar stocking stuffer on shopmeo.com for $14.99.
If you wear glasses, you fully understand the ultimate struggle: slippage. Not a glasses wearer, but shopping for someone who is? Let us explain. No matter how well a pair of glasses fits, they will inevitably make their way down your nose, resulting in a lot of time spent pushing them back up. Nerdwax is on a mission to end this daily nuisance. Using only natural and certified organic ingredients, they’ve created a simple and convenient tube of wax that will help keep your regular glasses or sunnies in their proper place. Pick up a pack of three for $20 on nerdwax.com.
Whoever said our furry friends shouldn’t get gifts for the holidays was horribly mistaken. The Pocket Bowl from Rad Dog is one of our favorite options for your pup’s stocking! You can easily stash it in your bag, car, or even your pocket, as it collapses into itself to fit in the palm of your hand. When you’re ready to use it, it’s completely waterproof and can hold up to 16 ounces of food or water. If you’re always on-the-go with your dog in tow, the Pocket Bowl is a must-have. Find it (and other great gifts for Fido) for $11.95 on myraddog.com.
(re)zip is here to revolutionize storage bags, and you’ll probably want to gift one to just about everyone on your list. Use them for snacks, toiletries, craft supplies….the list goes on. When you’re ready to fill it with something else, simply hand wash or wash on the top rack of your dishwasher. Knowing that one (re)zip bag replaces 300 disposable baggies is reason enough to make the switch! They’re offered in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors, but our personal favorite is their 8-piece storage kit, retailing for $29.99 on rezip.com.
The Scrubba is definitely the gift for the travelers in your life. Packing for a trip can be tricky, especially with the increasing luggage fees and constraints from airlines. Weighing only 5 oz, Scrubba allows you to pack less and wear more; it’s like taking your washing machine with you. It has a flexible, internal washboard that works to provide a machine quality wash in just three minutes! When not in use, it folds up to the size of a soda can, making it the ideal travel companion for road trips, family vacations, business trips, and more. Find it at thescrubba.com for $55.00.
Here’s another one for the avid traveler – especially if they venture places where safe drinking water may not be as readily available. SteriPEN’s Pure+ fits in the palm of your hand and uses a UV light to purify (aka it destroys 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa) your water. Use its internal USB rechargeable batteries to use it over and over again wherever your travels may take you. Head over to Amazon, where it retails for $69.95.
If you’re looking for a no-brainer stocking stuffer, this is it. We love Socksmith socks for the personality and quality they inject into an otherwise mundane article of clothing. Unlike many other novelty sock brands, Socksmith knits their prints into the socks instead of printing them on, yielding a great-looking graphic that’s made to last. With hundreds of styles and fun prints to choose from, you’re sure to find a unique gift for anyone & everyone on your list! Our personal favorites? The Bashful Badger, Outlands, and Gone Camping. Available on socksmith.com ranging in price from $5 to $18.
The final item in our gift guide is here to help your body relax and unwind from your busy days. TriggerPoint is passionate about self care and simple habits you can work into your day to achieve a higher level of wellness. Our pick this holiday season is their MBX Massage Ball. Don’t let its small size fool you-take it with you anywhere for intense deep tissue relief of aches and pains, or throw it in your gym bag along with one of their incredibly unique GRID foam rollers. Gift the MBX Massage Ball for $19.99 on tptherapy.com.
You’ve crossed off everyone on your holiday shopping list now, right? We’ll certainly be gifting many of these awesome products this year!