Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

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by Rachel Harris, Managedmoms.com

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Posted on December 15, 2011 at 5:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 15 at 12:21 PM

I am behind this holiday season!  I fully admit it!  So this segment is for you, and for me, as I hurry and scurry to finish up my holiday shopping!  Here are some gift ideas, some unique, some fun and some practical.  Take a look to see if there are some helpful gift ideas to finish up your list!

Family Friendly Gift Ideas:

*Kodak Pulse 7 inch Digital Frame -- $129.95 at kodak.com, amazon.com and major retailers -- This is such a cool gift because you can add pictures anytime in an instant.  This digital frame takes photos directly from your email, smart phone, Facebook and more.  This is definitely a gift that keeps on giving!

*Grandcamp Adventures Here We Go CD  -- $12.00 at grandcamp.com and Itunes.com -- For grandparents looking for bonding activities with their beloved grandkids, check out this unique website.  Storybooks, CDs and other items provide fun-filled activities for grandparents to enjoy with their young grandchildren.  This CD called "Here We Go" includes songs like "Nobody Loves Me Like My Grandma" and "Backwards Day" as well as several other melodies that celebrate time spent with grandchildren.  A unique and thoughtful gift.

*Make and Takes for Kids craft ideas book by Marie LeBaron -- $18.99 in bookstores -- Another great gift idea for grandparents to enjoy with the grandkids and/or for parents, teachers, babysitters and friends, this fun guide illustrates how to make 50 different crafts throughout the year.  Projects include instructions for how to make a summer fun foam flower crown, a back-to-school pet rock paper weight for the teacher, candy cane headband antlers and more.  A creative and fun gift for adults to do with the kids.

For the Guys AND/OR Athlete:

*SKLZ Jimmy Ball -- $24.95 at Amazon.com, Sports Authority and other sports retailers -- Jimmy Ball is an all-in-one soccer training aid that helps to improve a variety of soccer techniques like inside the foot, outside foot, inside volley, backheels, heading, chest traps and juggling.  The trainer includes a short cord-attached standard size ball that is connected to the body by quick-slip, adjustable shoulder straps, which prevent the ball from rolling away.   A great gift for the soccer player on your list.

*SKLZ Reaction Ball -- $9.99 at Amazon.com, KMart and other retailers -- The Reaction Ball improves hand-eye coordination and reaction time.   With six sides, this high-bounce rubber design causes the ball to leap and pop randomly, which is great for multi-person or individual use.  Volley the Reaction Ball between two athletes, or rebound it against a wall. Upon landing,
the ball will bounce in an unpredictable manner, improving speed and coordination.  This gift idea is a terrific training tool for all sports. 

*SKLZ Power Wedge -- $14.99 at Amazon.com, Dick's Sporting Goods, Golfsmith -- Great golf swings are all about solid footwork and body sequencing.  The Power Wedge is a device that quickly and easily improves this facet of swing development.  Simply place your back foot on the Power Wedge and it will sound a properly sequenced "click" as the club passes through impact if you're shifting your weight off your back foot with solid timing. The Power Wedge synchronizes the legs, hips and arms preventing swaying back, which leads to an off-balance
ball strike.  This comes with detailed instructional drill card and is a great gift for the golfer in the family.

*Paul Mitchell MITCH Travel Essential Kits -- $40  in professional salons --  Cool and convenient travel sizes of Paul Mitchell’s new men’s collection, MITCH. The MITCH collection features high performance styling products that fit the grooming needs of every man. The travel essentials come packaged in a 5.5x5.5’ inch box with a matchbox top that is perfect for the on-the-go and traveling man.

For the Fitness Friend/Family Member:

*Ironman Yurbuds -- $59.99 in Apple stores and Best Buy-- Yurbuds 3-Button Dry Mic earphones are designed to work with Apple’s iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The earphones are sweat-and-water resistant and the volume can be changed very easily while moving. A button controls the user’s music tracks and phone. Two sizes of interchangeable ear buds come in each box and are guaranteed to never fall out, even in the most rigorous conditions.  These are made with an ergonomic funnel shape that avoids sensitive nerve-rich areas of the ear and creates superior sound quality.  Plus, ambient noise protection allows sounds outside to be heard, such as a passing car and this also enables the user to converse with an exercising friend, while listening to the music at the same time.  A great gift idea.

Gifts That Give Back:

*Heart of Haiti Holiday Collection from Fairwinds Trading -- Sold at Macys and macys.com.  This collection consists of home goods and jewelry handcrafted by Haitian artisans using 100% natural and sustainable materials. The proceeds from the collection goes directly back to the artist who created the goods and more than 4,000 Haitians are benefiting from this business.  Give a gift that truly gives back.

*IKEA Soft Toys for Education -- .49 cents to $19.99 -- buy these toys for gifts and help to raise money to assist millions of children around the world. For every IKEA Soft Toy purchased through December 24th, one euro (approximately $1.35 US) is donated to UNICEF and Save the Children.  Since 2003, the IKEA Soft Toy campaign has donated $47.5 million dollars to these organizations, granting over 8 million children in nearly 40 countries access to a quality education. These small stuffed animals are great for travel because they make kids feed good and they are portable. The IKEA Soft Toys include stuffed animals, finger puppets and books and are available in all IKEA stores and online at www.ikea.com/us

Beauty Gifts:

*LUSH holiday wrapped spa gift items -- LUSH line of bath and shower spa products are sold at the LUSH store in Scottsdale Fashion Square and www.lushusa.com and some of them are wrapped for you in 100% post recycled materials that are festive and fun.  Plus, the LUSH line of soaps, bath gels, shampoos, lip scrubs and more are all handmade with ingredients that include organic fruits and veggies with little or no preservatives. Great company and great products that are sold in Arizona at Scottsdale Fashion Square or you can shop online at www.lushusa.com.

*Paul Mitchell limited edition tools and gift sets for the holiday season -- Various prices sold in professional salons.  Paul Mitchell has teamed up with Tarina Tarantino to release the fabulous The Express Ion Dry TurboLight Dryer and Express Ion Smoothing Iron.  Both cool tools are being released with a really glamorous, whimsical Tarina Tarantino design in conjunction with limited edition “Duo” and “Trio” product sets. They’re girlie, fun and gorgeous and are perfect for gifting! The duo and trio product sets retail between $14.99-$19.99 and the tool prices vary by salon.

*philosophy tinsel town gift set --  $12, www.philosophy.com -- This fun tinsel town stocking stuffer includes crisp berry shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath and a high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine to brighten the season.  A fun and festive beauty gift.

Fashion Gifts:

For the fashionable diva, The Limited carries several faux fur items that include the The Limited Faux Fur Bag that sells for $69.90 at The Limited and the The Limited Blonde Faux Fur Scarf - $44.90 at The Limited.  Stylish, warm and fun to give.

DeStress Gift Idea

Put together what I like to call a Relax Basket!  Fill with spa products, a good book, a DVD and herbal teas.  South of France Spa Naturals has a nice line of products that will fill a basket nicely.  Purchase at Walmart stores or order online at goodhealthnaturalproducts.com.  A nice herbal tea to place in the basket is the Good Earth Tea line.  I like the Green Tea Lemongrass flavor.  Good Earth was one of the first herbal tea companies and they offer over 25 different varieties of tea.  Purchase Good Earth teas are sold at grocery stores or online at GoodEarth.com.  These teas are also made with no sugar, no artificial colors and no preservatives.  And a nice little bonus comes with each tea bag that includes an inspirational message.

Did you see any gift ideas here that will help you complete your holiday shopping?  And if you have ideas for those of us who aren't quite done with our list, share here in the comments section.  Happy shopping!  Happy finishing and Happy Holidays!  Be sure to check out my website at managedmoms.com for more holiday ideas, recipes, beauty news, pet pics and more.
 

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