Typically we are a little earlier than this in releasing our gift guide, but there were just too many options we had to source out to collectively decide on what exactly would capture the best of the best for everyone. It's hard enough to buy everything for your best friend, your fam, his fam, co-workers, dogs and toddlers.
So without further ado......
1. THE HOST/HOSTESS (basically anyone you know that has people over, whether it's for a fancy dinner party or to scarf down cheetos while the games on.
It's The Jam. The Watson Kitchen is a local Tampa gem. While they have other products, this Strawberry Jalepeno Jam is one of our absolute favorites, on absolutely everything. Especially a spoon.
Check Out their product line here GET THE JAM
The King of Dips. We got the pleasure of meeting this next company at the Jackson, MS, Miseltoe Marketplace this year. Straight out of Texas, Bear Creek Smokehouse comes out swingin homers. They specialize in meat but have an array of products from soup mixes to Pancakes. We love all their stuff but their dip mixes were easy and amazing. You just add sour cream and BAM! Party time.
Check out all they have to offer here Bear Creek Smokehouse
The Bottle Loft. The beer or Cider drinker will love the Bottle Loft, which are magnetic strips that attach in your fridge for easy access. You can purchase these Bottle Loft
Jurassic Salt So Target actually made us mad with this. Instantly fell in love with this in the store and then made us crazy looking for the matching pepper shaker, low and behold couldn't find it anywhere. Needless to say this was bought and they soon should have a pepper brontosaurus coming out.
you can purchase your lonely yet awesome Dino Here
ps. Target feel free to send us a complete set
Popping with Cheer It's not Christmas without one of these in our house and typically it's already eaten well before Santa even arrives. The best come from the popcorn factory, unless you're from Chicago and then yea...we know where the best is, but they also carry a version now at Walgreens.
Prices range from $15 to $34 depending
You can order here Pop Some Cheer
2. THE TECHY
Show Time. This phone projector is perfect for any age and can be used anywhere for movies, clips, home videos, YouTube, you name it. Now you don't have to crowd around over someone's smelly shoulder. At only $28.00 the price is right to get everyone one.
Hotline Bling We thought as far as style goes this basically nailed it. While it might not be for everybody this could easily get the girl nerds going crazy. Wearing your hidden charger for your phone.
Get it at $149 from Mark and Graham Here
Sketched Out This cute Wacom Bamboo Notepad uses real paper to design any plans or doodles and sends them straight to your computer or mobile device. Not too pricey at only $130, it's good for the smarties or the artsies.
Pick yours up Right Here
Selfie Steroid Stick. So the name is just a funny pun, the Spivo Stick device can hold go pros, cameras and smart phones. It acts as basically a movie studio camera rig, so it can turn 360 degrees completely steady.
Oh and it's under $50.00
Atleast go look at the Video Here
3. THE CULLOWHEE TYPE (outdoorsie)
Not So Bendy Straw The Life Straw is actually a neat little device that allows you to use it outdoors to suck river water through and it will filter the water source to basically save your life. Figure people that camp would love these.
only $19.99. Click Here
One Hot Nugget. The Solo Stove Bonfire is probably the cutest thing associated with the outdoors we've ever seen. It's compact and easy to use. The price is $249, but you can find them on sale online.
Rock the Tailgate. The GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocking Chair is about as southern as you can get. As if we don't have enough outside furniture during football season this sweet ass rocking chair puts the Hot in your Toddy. It will run you about $100
and you can click Here to purchase on Amazon
Butts Up We don't even own a boat and we bought two of these! The Butt Buoy is really just an anchor marker but why wouldn't you want this. It's only $30
Click here to Purchase
4. THE FAM JAM
Lite Brite Squirt Guns. The Splashlight Bioluminense Water Blaster is exactly that. I'm assuming this stuff doesn't stain...? Because this looks like the best toy ever!
At $24 it's a deal, Click here to see
Die Laughing The game Watch Your Mouth is exactly that. Fun for the entire family and involves trying to pronounce words while wearing a mouth-opener. It's worth the $19.99
Table Art The Chalkboard Table runner could provide hours of dining entertainment if your kids are younger or if yours is like my family, raise highly questionable doodles.
$12.00 to $34.00 Purchase Here
5. TRADITION This category was only added because I (one specific author) had to share my story with you. I was so excited to begin my very first Christmas tradition with my toddler and Elf on the Shelf. I had a little trouble getting the damn thing out of his actual box but found a good hiding spot for him. When my daughter woke up we made a scene and she was excited bc her father had read her the story the night before so she knew and was ready. Later that day at work, I was catching up with a co-worker and was telling him all about how much my daughter enjoyed eating breakfast with the Elf and feeding it and ..... he interrupts me and it goes like this
"You let her play with it?" Him
"oh yea, she loved it" - me
"they aren't suppose to touch it, like that's the whole point, they watch for good behavior and report to Santa" - him
"yeah, if they touch it, it dissapears"-Him
"what kind of bullshit ass game is that?, so I gotta hide this damn thing each night?, she doesn't even touch it?, I do all the work on top of mom duties and my paying job? And they don't even do ANYTHING with it?" -Me
hysteric laughter -Him
"Well this is some kind of Nazi BS, my kids not gunna be good bc of an elf, they're goingto be good bc I said so, I'm done, forget this, the Elf can suck it!" - Me
Needless to say the saga continued when I told my husband what happened at work and he further explained that it's written in like every page of the book, that we can't touch the Elf.
Bottom Line is that the Elf on the Shelf can go F himself, and we immediately found a fun, down to earth tradition........ I give you
The Christmas Star From Afar!!!!! I honestly couldn't be happier for the disaster of Elfgate, without it I wouldn't have found this gem that fits my family perfectly. This set comes with a wooden nativity scene and a book of Jesus' birth. Each night you hide the Star and the child finds it and can actually TOUCH it. Once found they then move the three wise men to where you found it. This continues until the night before Christmas when the star fits on top of the stable and the three wise men complete their journey.
I'm sure I'm not the only one with Holiday Meltdowns but at least this list should help with your shopping plans!!
C. & G.