Don’t Want to Give the Same Old Gift – Then Don’t

Jean J. Sanders

How many times have you given the same old gifts? The Amazon gift card? Everyone loves those, but they are expected. Or do you give a shirt and tie to dad every year? When I was a teenager, I gave my dad a shirt that he totally loved. But I saw that shirt sitting in his closet, not worn. The next year, I took the shirt out of his closet and gave him the same shirt — again — and repeated the process for the next three years.

Dad absolutely loved the shirt every single time! The next year I drove to a neighboring town that was known for pinenuts and purchased him one and a half pounds of pinenuts. (Now, you can buy pinenuts and many other interesting things at Trader Joe’s, but I digress.)

The point is: don’t give the same old gift this year. “Think outside the box” is a worn-out phrase, but you catch the meaning. Don’t give the same old gift this year.

Nanoleaf Smart backlit LED light bars
Nanoleaf Smart Backlit LED Light Bars

Nanoleaf is having some pretty good sales right now. You will want to hop on the site and see some configurations that you’d love to see in your home. The Nanoleaf has beautiful smart bulbs in dozens or more colors and lighted bars to line your walls (or run a line under your cabinets or bar). Upgrade a space in your life to bring in the new year.

Eva Solo SmartMat by cribsi
Eva Solo SmartMat by Cribsi

This smart and decorative trivet doubles as a stand for mobile phones and tablets, so you can easily follow a recipe online, read the news, or watch TV. When the food is ready for serving, use the Eva Solo SmartMat as a table mat for a hot saucepan or dish.

SmartMat is designed for use with most tablets and mobile phones. It features different-sized grooves at various angles so that you can place your phone or tablet exactly as you want.

Zum Hand Soap and Mist by Indigo Wild
Zum Hand Soap and Mist by Indigo Wild

Here are just a few of the enduring scents you can choose from for your scented hand soaps: Frankincense and Myrrh hand soap and refill, Patchouli hand soap, and Lavender hand soap.

You can feel good about it knowing that every one of our products is made with pure, high-quality, vegetarian ingredients. No parabens, phthalates, or detergents are found here.

Dental Whitening by lusterpremiumwhite
Dental Whitening by Luster Premium White

UP TO 7X FASTER: Than all major whitening kits. You get visibly whiter teeth in just 30 minutes. The Luster Premium White Pearl Infused Pro Light Dental Whitening System is 7x faster than other teeth-whitening led light systems. Includes Pro Light, Serum, Rinse, and Pearl Infused Mint Whitening Toothpaste.

6 SHADES WHITER IN 3 DAYS: Our teeth whitening light system includes our one-of-a-kind patented whitening serum that helps to make your teeth 6 shades whiter in just three days.

Halocollar virtual fence for your dog
Halo Collar Virtual Fence for Your Dog

Up to 20 Hours Dog Collar Battery Life. An improved battery means less time charging and more time exploring. An improved battery means less time charging and more time exploring. Enhanced Built-in GPS. 50% more coverage, so you can experience the best possible GPS performance for your dog collar and accuracy to keep your dogs safely where you want them. This is a Halo Smart Fence. All seen from your phone.

EliandElm weighted comforter
Eli and Elm Weighted Comforter

Thousands of micro glass beads are evenly distributed throughout the comforter to achieve the right amount of weight for a calming and relaxing night’s sleep. I have to throw in one more pitch here. I love this wonderful weighted blanket — and wouldn’t be without it — I even travel with it. But I really love the wonderful Eli and Elm pillow. It’s for side sleepers and my favorite!

Susansown CBD muscle balm
Susan’s Own CBD Muscle Balm

“Treat problem areas in a flash with Susan’s Own CBD Muscle Balm — a fast-acting muscle balm. Simply rub the retractable stick onto the surface of any muscle, joint, or area where you’re experiencing pain. The 3,000mg Full Spectrum CBD will immediately go to work, relieving and relaxing without leaving behind a greasy mess. Our balm is designed to be stronger and penetrates deeper than other balms on the market.” I have fluid around my shoulder blades, and this balm makes it so I can sleep.

gurunanda essential oil set with storage box
Gurunanda Essential Oil Set With Storage Box

“You love essential oils, so why should you have to choose between single notes and blends? The Top 12 Essential Oils Set conveniently bundles our top single note and blends in a Wooden Keepsake Box. Despite their accessible price point, the essential oils are always 100% pure, natural, and sustainably harvested from the best farms the world over.” A really thoughtful gift.

riemot snow boots
Riemot Snow Boots

“With a cozy lining, the waterproof and slip-resistant winter boot will keep you warm and dry all season long. Wear the snow boots for a trendy update to your casual cold-weather style!” I purchased the black boots last year, but this mulberry color is incredible, and I found a coat that matches these boots. These boots are lightweight and have good traction.

lynnliana baguett acacia boards and charcuterie display boards
Lynn Liana Baguette Acacia Boards and Charcuterie Display Boards

I had to include at least two shapes of this lovely board. A great gift for housewarmings, weddings, or maybe just a treat for yourself. Serve your favorite snacks for a girl’s night in, a date night with your spouse, or use the board to show off a favorite dish for a get-together with friends.

The baguette board (I call it a charcuterie board) is perfect for serving sushi, baguettes, bruschetta, kebabs, and anything you can dream up for dinner or a party. Great mom or friend gift — or be the first to create a beautiful spread with the charcuterie board you buy for yourself.

coalatree camper hooded mens jacket
Coalatree Camper Hooded Men’s Jacket

With long-lasting insulation that keeps its warmth even when wet, six pockets for gloves, headphones, passports, and more, and an internal stuff pocket that instantly turns the jacket into an on-the-go travel pillow, the Coalatree Camper Hooded Jacket is the perfect layer for all your travel and outdoor adventures.

DuPont Comfort Max Fiberfill is a perfect multi-layer padding for low temperatures, with resistance up to 20 º F. Manufactured using the latest technology of carding, it provides 4-5 times more insulation than other similar fibers.

Linkmypet GPS Tracking for pet
Link My Pet GPS Tracking For Pet

With the Link smart dog collar and smartphone app, everything you need for a happy and healthy BFF is contained in one easy-to-navigate pet connect ecosystem. Ensure you never miss a moment with your BFF by joining Link’s community of pet parents.

Instantly access your dog’s exact location with GPS tracking, record daily activity goals and adventures, learn good behaviors with training controls, manage vet records and reminders, light the night with the LED flashlight, and so much more — all from the palm of your hand in Link’s easy-to-navigate app.

Featured Image Credit: Photo by Nicole Michalou; Pexels; Thank you!

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Deanna Ritchie

Deanna Ritchie

Managing Editor at ReadWrite

Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content management and content development.

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