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The Top Five Holiday Gifts on Our List to Give This Year
How can it possibly be time for yet another installment of our annual list of favorite holiday gifts? This year has absolutely FLOWN by, hasn’t it? Makes me think it is high time to find a way to slow time down! But, since we haven’t figured that out just yet, check out
Roaring Pajamas’ Third Annual List of Holiday Gifts for
Business Owners, Social Media Gurus and, well, just about Anyone!
As you will notice, this year’s list does include some holiday gifts befitting those of us with little time, no time or disappearing time. And, in some cases, a little sense of humor!
LuMee Two Phone Case: Wondering how Kim Kardashian always takes the perfect selfie? Wonder no longer. The LuMee Two phone case, available for both iPhones and Samsungs, features a ring of lights that softly illuminate your face so that your selfies will be on point. The LuMee also helps improve your video chats, Facebook Live sessions and your Instagram Stories. Definitely a holiday gift that will keep on giving!
BlueParrott: Know someone who spends a fair amount of a day on the go, but still needs to talk on the phone all the time? While mobile phones, earbuds and Bluetooth-connected cars have come a very long way, you know how one can really never escape the fact that they are talking in the car, in public or someplace other than a quiet office on a landline? Well, we’ve got an answer! Made for truckers, the BlueParrott mobile, Bluetooth, noise-cancelling headset just can’t be beaten. Calls will be crystal clear; callers will understand everything said and no one will know where a call is taking place… be in on the bus, at Starbucks or in the bathroom! Sure, one may look like a retro Time-Life operator while sporting the headset, but we guarantee they will get over the geekiness once they hear the difference. Check it out; Polly wants a headset!
Subscription Box: Who doesn’t love a surprise package on their doorstep? And
especially one that arrives each month with new goodies! For that hard-to-shop-for person on your list, consider a holiday gift of a subscription box. Seems there’s a box service out there for every interest and every need, from simple to sublime, and everything in between. For makeup lovers, our team loves to recommend Ipsy. For the dapper man, check out StitchFix for Men - a delivery of five clothing pieces chosen just for him, based on his style profile. And for the gamer or nerd in your life, GeekFuel just may be a must-have!
Tomato Timer: Who could possibly need a tomato timer? Believe it or not, everyone, and especially someone who spends lots of time heads-down at a computer (like a social media marketer, for example). Tomato-Timer.com is an easy to use, flexible Pomodoro Technique timer. Created by Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique is a method for a more productive way to work and study. According to TomatoTimer, the technique comprises these five basic steps:
- Decide on the task at hand
- Set the Pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
- Work on the task until the timer expires; Record with an X
- Take a Short Break (5 minutes)
- Every four "pomodoros," take a Long Break (10 minutes)
Since everyone wants to be more productive, introducing the TomatoTimer to a friend, colleague or loved one serves as a priceless gift - both literally and figuratively. Given the low (ok, no) price tag, you may consider adding a little something to it. Perhaps stay with the tomato theme for this holiday gift idea and whip up a batch of our favorite Roasted Tomato Basil Soup by the incomparable Ina Garten? Or maybe some grilled cheese and tomato soup socks to keep someone tootsies warm while they work hard? You choose!
Insulated Water Bottles: As Zoolander reminds us, “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” Kidding and not-so-bright models aside, we all know the importance of water for our health and well-being. We also know that drinking anything out of a nice, pretty or well-designed cup or container always makes that drink taste better. Give the holiday gift of an insulated water bottle to someone who might need more moisture in their life! Our team recommends a couple of favorite brands that keep cold water cold, hot water hot and a smile on our faces:
- S’well: beautifully and gracefully designed and in a range of colors and designs, a S’well bottle should please your chicest thirsty giftee. Also consider this similar beautiful water bottle from one of our favorite athletic-wear designers, Nancy Rose Performance.
- Hydro Flask: sturdy and practical, a Hydro Flask will delight a more rugged sole.
What do you think? Do any of these holiday gift ideas sound appealing for someone in your life? Anything you added to your list - for you or someone else? Do tell!
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