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‘Tis the season for gift giving, but don’t fret about what to get for your children, partner or even yourself (hey, we won’t tell), because we’ve got 10 holiday gifts that will please even the Scroogiest of Scrooges.
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Confetti the Unicorn
Hand-knit by skilled Peruvian artists, Confetti the Unicorn is just one of almost six dozen dolls designed and sold by BlaBlaKids, and it will be the best bed mate, carry on and friend that your girl could ever imagine. Vibrantly colored, the soft body and 12-inch size make it an ideal gift.
If graduating from high school with honors and attending college out of state are in your teenager's plans for the new year, give him a Home T-Shirt that lets him wear his state pride, wherever he may land. The 100 percent cotton, U.S.-made tees are available in designs for all 50 states. Bonus: Feel good knowing that a portion of Home T proceeds will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Your school-age son has already mastered Legos and K'Nex, so why not let him try his hand at Creator Box. This new subscription service, geared toward children ages 6-12, allows your future engineer to build his own educational toys. If you sign up for the Intro Creator Track program, he'll receive up to 10 monthly boxes, including the popular Catapult, Smart House and more.
JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAM
As a personal thank-you for hosting (yet another) successful family gathering, treat yourself to a special post-holiday gift of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. The aptly named Host with the Most set includes two pints of your choice of 32 flavors of Jeni's ice cream—which is made from grass-grazed milk, local produce and select international ingredients—and either the Salty Graham or Chocolate Blackout gravel topping. If you're looking for flavor recommendations, try the Dark Chocolate and Brown Butter Almond Brittle.
Train Play-mat T-shirt
Technically, this ingenious train play-mat T-shirt is for Dad, but your youngsters will have all the fun, chugging their favorite toy trains up, down and around Dad's back. Crafted by Etsy.com seller BKYKid and made of preshrunk cotton, this standard-fit tee is ideal for vacation play or whenever Dad's in need of a little back massage. It's available in sizes small through double extra-large.
Hand in Hand Soap Candle
Give your on-the-go teenage daughter this mesmerizing orange-blossom-scented candle, crafted by Hand in Hand Soap, and encourage her to light it during pre-slumber quiet time in her room to help her relax after a busy day. Made from 100 percent USA-sourced, GMO-free soy wax and natural essential oils, this clean-burning candle is housed in a beautiful ceramic vessel and packaged in an artfully decorated eco-friendly paper tube. Toss an Orange Blossom Lip Balm, made of 100 percent natural ingredients, into your daughter's stocking to complete the gift. As part of their mission to save lives, Hand in Hand Soap donates one bar of soap and one month of clean water to a child in a developing nation, as well as saves 50 square feet of rain forest.
Alessandro Esteri Notebooks
Artistic to his core, your son can be found sketching, writing song lyrics and even penning poetry during his down time, so it's only fitting to fuel his passions with the gift of a blank canvas. This box set from designer Alessandro Esteri includes 12 leather-bound blank notebooks, one for each month of the new year.
Heart Snapshot Photo Art
The best gifts aren't necessarily those found on a magazine page, but rather those that come from the heart. This thoughtful 11-by-11-inch unframed Heart Snapshot Photo Art from Minted.com is a unique collage of 30 personal photos, printed on acid- and lignin-free paper with deluxe pigment ink. Select images for Dad that span time, or present him with art that celebrates recent successes and joys.
This holiday season, replace your teen's raggedy lounge wear with this beautiful pair of 100 percent cotton lounge pants, available in sizes extra-small through double extra-large, from Punjammies. The International Princess Project, which produces Punjammies, employs Indian women escaping sex slavery, partnering with indigenous organizations to teach them a new, monetizable skill (sewing), in addition to offering housing options and medical care. One hundred percent of the proceeds from a Punjammies purchase are reinvested in the company, allowing them to help even more women looking for a fresh start.
EcoCentricMom's Pregnancy Discovery Box
Pregnancy is a time of growth and learning, which is why EcoCentricMom's Pregnancy Discovery Box is the perfect gift for a special mom-to-be. Every other month, your gift recipient will receive a box containing a mixture of five to nine large sample or full-size products, with a retail value ranging from $40 to $70. All the items—free of artificial colors and flavors, triclosan, phthalates, sulfates and other nasty chemicals—are hand selected by moms, for moms.