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Gifts

Chocolates, candy (like Jelly Belly!), toys, baskets, vouchers, movie tickets, cigars and flowers are all common ideas for gifts that cover men, women and children. But sometimes it’s nice to think outside of the box and surprise someone with a thoughtful gift.

Christmas gifts are rapidly becoming replaced with Gift Cards. Did you know that? They’re so handy, can be spent anyway the receiver likes and some research has suggested receivers aren’t offended by receiving a gift card, especially if you’ve put in some thought as to where it can be spent.

Speaking of cards, don’t forget to pickup Business, Birthday and Christmas Cards or Personalized Christmas Cards at Gallery Collection. With Thank You Cards for every occasion, you’ll find it easy to buy a pre-made card or personalize your own and they include free shipping which makes it easy. Or if you’re after personalized business / office supplies then checkout Deluxe.

And speaking of Christmas, if you’re in need of a tree for yourself or as a gift, then check out Treetopia.

Gym memberships have also become popular as well as magazine subscriptions. They both tie into the “useful” category where the receiver would’ve bought them anyway. If you’re shopping for a fitness addict then TRX offer a great range of products & have a big following.

Consider providing an “experience” like a tour, a sky dive, tickets to an event…basically anything that someone can do and it’ll be a memory forever. Not something tangible that can break, something that makes the receiver really sit up and take notice that you care and that you’ve just given them a memorable experience.

If  you’re gift shopping for a fashionista then do take a Reiss who offer an amazing range of modern, designer clothing and accessories for men and women. Some items are pricey, but it depends on your taste. TeeShirtPalace offer clothing for everyone at great prices which can make the task of finding a gift really easy. If shoes are your target then Naturalizer is a great choice with all the latest in footwear fashion.

If you know anyone in college (who doesn’t!) then Our Campus Market is a great resource to find something special for both students and parents.

A unique and wonderful surprise for anyone is a photo book or print. If you have access to some special photos, then MixBook can really help you develop a great gift that really shows you care by spending time on something unique.

Charitable gifts are also becoming more popular. You can sponsor a child, buy seeds for a village to grow their own food or you can even donate your own time to a charitable organization and have them print a certificate as proof that you’ve done it. All of the above work really well for someone who has it all.

Of course flower and gift baskets along with candy can also be an option, depending on the occasion. Flowers from a retailer such as The Bouqs offer a great range of prices, arrangements and delivery options can prove to be a quick solution, if you’re tight on time.

Makeup and cosmetics are a great idea for the fashion conscious. Face it, you won’t hear too many women say they have enough makeup. We like Sephora for their great range of Makeup, Skincare, Perfume and more at competitive prices. They’re a reputable company that have been around for a long time.

If you’re looking for somewhere that offers a massive range of gifts and ideas, try The Lighter Side Co who will keep you browsing for hours! Famous for its collection of licensed and nostalgic collectible merchandise, they have a gift for everyone. Charming Charlie is another similiar company who specialize in jewelry gifts.

When you deliver the gift, make it an event..it’s supposed to be exciting and fun! Mix it up each time, try hiding it & giving hints on where to look. Wrap it differently and inventively. Pinterest and Google Images are a great source to finding ideas.

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New Toys for 2016

Kids Toys

Each and every single year a new list of the “Best New Toys” hits the market (usually right before Black Friday and the kickoff of the holiday season), and each and every year most of those toys miss their mark and never really reach the kind of popularity that people had expected them to.

However, when you visit the annual New York City Toy Fair and see the kind of lineup that 2016 has produced, you’re looking at an all-star cast of heavy hitters and big-time sluggers that will make for a very, very interesting upcoming holiday season.

Toys aren’t “toys” anymore

Toys have always been shifting, changing, and evolving almost from the moment that the first toy was made, and today is no different. These toys are a little bit like the toys that you used to play with when you were a child, but at the same time something else entirely.

It’s been very exciting to watch as the world of toys changes and evolved over time, but it’s also difficult not to remember (usually clouded with a heavy dose of nostalgia) what it used to be like playing with your favorite toys and how simple they seem now by comparison.

That’s why it is so important to remember that toys aren’t exactly “toys” any longer.

New kids toys are something else entirely, not just something used to distract or to entertain children, but something that can help them better understand the world around them, expedite their development, and make sure that they are as well-adjusted and as happy as humanly possible. Often they can also be tied in with the latest movies like the Minions.

It’s a lot to ask of toys, but the new ones seem to be up to the task at hand.

Technology focused toys are probably the hottest options on the market today

You are definitely going to have a bit of a struggle finding too terribly many toys that aren’t somehow infused with the latest and greatest advanced technology available on the market today. Ever heard of Webkinz? This a great example of the online push for technology toys and kids are crazy for it!

Gone (almost for good) are the days of the yo-yo and paddle ball, replaced completely by digital versions of those two traditional favorites and so many more. Kids toys today almost always run off of batteries (sometimes replaceable and sometimes rechargeable), and it’s a bit of an uphill battle trying to find any “analog” toys that aren’t going to be ignored faster than you ever thought possible.

RC Cars and drone toys are two categories that have become really popular of late. Technology has come a long way from the days of batteries running out after an hour of use and they can provide a lot of entertainment for a reasonable cash outlay.

Traditional toy favorites are being revamped and overhauled almost completely

Legos are still some of the most popular toys on the planet (and likely always will be), though even they have been revamped and overhauled somewhat in the last few years.

Sure, they are still everyone’s favorite building blocks, but they are now being sold in all different kinds of configurations and kits – many of them licensed from other popular properties – that gives them a bit of a different feel than they had in the past.

Then of course you have toys like the Viewmaster (one of the hottest toys in the 1980s) that has been overhauled completely with the help of Google to provide a virtual look into the world around kids. The end result is something similar to the original Viewmaster, but something else entirely at the exact same time.

Toys that focus on education, social skills, and development are becoming a lot more fun than they ever were in the past

Finally, you’re going to recognize that the hot toys today are less focused on playtime and playtime alone but instead more focused on making sure that children are educated, are able to build valuable social skills, and enjoy an expedited developmental process while enjoying everything that these toys bring to the table.

It’s not all bad news as far as the new toys of 2016 (and beyond) are concerned!

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