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Holiday Gift Guide of 2021 for Men, Women, Teens, Kids and Pets

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Holiday Gift Guide of 2021

Welcome to our Holiday Gift Guide of 2021

If it fits the topic of GIFT trends, we will feature it.

Keep checking back throughout October, November and December and see what new topics and brands I have added!

Make sure to also visit our  2021 Back to School Guide and stay tuned for the 2022 Healthy New Year Series coming soon!

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Gifts for KIDS (infant to tween)


Headstart has developed soft plush using 100% plastic waste. Each 14” Resoftables toy is made from about 11 recycled plastic bottles. Choose your favorite!

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Best gift for young book worms! OwlCrate Jr send a book or 2 a month built on a theme including other related items from crafts, plush, apparel and more!

Buy an OwlCrate Jr box!

This counting board book by DreamWorks will have your child counting Toothless’s teeth as they pull the tab on each page to reveal his changing smile

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Exploding Kittens Minions by Exploding Kittens – A Russian Roulette Card Game, Easy Family-Friendly Party Games – Card Games for Kids, Teens & Adults – 2-5 Players

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Cats vs Pickles – Single Surprise Bags are so fun to open and collect

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Snap Ships is a versatile, modular building system for creating multiple crafts with action play, and all sets and pieces are interchangeable, so kids can build however they want!

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5 Surprise Mini Brands Series 3 Mystery Capsule Real Miniature Brands Collectible Toy by Zuru

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3-Pack Bundle: If Not You, Then Who? Series Volumes 1, 2, 3 | The Inventor In The Pink Pajamas, Noah’s Treehouse and Let The Games Begin | Teach Young Readers How Curiosity Leads to Useful Inventions

Shop this STEM series on Amazon!

FUNKO Snapsies are all the range in the world of blind openings! These make the perfect stocking stuffers!

Buy FUNKO Snapsies!

Your kids will have so much fun interacting with their very own Wall Stories adventure, as well as searching for their favorite zoo animals in the ‘Seek & Find’ game. And, they’ll also be able to play virtual dress up with the app!

Buy Wall Stories

The Original Christmas Specials Collection Steelbook Blu-Ray and DVD Gift

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With a Howdy Baby Box or Howdy Kids Box, you get a box full of products delivered monthly that is themed and from women-owned, environmentally-friendly brands. See our review:

Buy a box!

A card game of Dares and penalty’s the entire family will love.

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Dabble & Dollop’s mixable bath products make great stocking stuffers

Shop Dabble & Dollop

The inhabitants of Cuba, Trinidad, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico are the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean and are the heart of Ojala Threads. The symbols of their products that make up the logos represents their identity and are meant to celebrate the Hispanic culture.

Shop Ojalla Threads

Stomp Rocket toys are STEM-based play that is kid-powered. This Stomp Rocket Ultra soars up to 200 feet!

Shop Stomp Rocket

Bamboo Bamboo Children Feeding Sets will Motivate the Pickiest Eaters

Shop Bamboo Bamboo


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Gifts for Teens and College Students

Exploding Kittens Minions by Exploding Kittens – A Russian Roulette Card Game, Easy Family-Friendly Party Games – Card Games for Kids, Teens & Adults – 2-5 Players

Buy on Amazon!

We all know how crazy everyone is for FUNKO POP! figures. Many new POP! are being released in time for the Holiday’s, but you better pre-order now.

Buy/Pre-order FUNKO POP!

Rick and Morty: The Complete Fifth Season available now – Buy on Amazon

Heat Holders® are specially developed with cashmere-like acrylic yarn which provides high performance insulation against the cold with superior moisture breathing abilities. 

Shop Heat Holders on Amazon

Elegear Rainbow Throw Girls Blanket, Unique Tie-dye Flannel Blanket Super Soft Cute Decorative Floor Sofa Couch Throw Warm Cozy Fuzzy Blanket for Adults Kid’s Gift

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Read our review of Elegear Fleece Blanket

MyBevi tumblers keep your cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot in styles you will love!

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Smallville: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition is on Blu-ray for the first-time ever from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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You can trust that Class Tracker student planners have all they need to stay organized. In fact, Class Tracker was names Best Academic Planners for 2021 by CNN.

Shop Planners now

Base Station Apple Watch Mount Edition has 3 high-power charging coils and a built-in mount for an Apple Watch charging cable

Shop Nomad charging products

B3 3 Corn Hole Real Wood Bean Bag Toss Game will get the kids outdoors

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New from Ubisoft is Riders Republic available on PC, PS5, PS4, XBox Series XIS and XBox One. Ride your heart out in any style!

Visit the Ubisoft store

Gifts for Men & Women

Well Told has drink ware and barware you can have etched with maps of towns, college towns, academics and more.

Shop Well Told

9″ AEEZO WiFi Digital Picture Frame, IPS Touch Screen Smart Cloud Photo Frame with 16GB Storage, Easy Setup to Share Photos or Videos via Frameo APP, Auto-Rotate, Wall Mountable

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There are some great deals on eyewear from goggles to glasses at Messyweekend. You will ove the styles and color choices.

Shop Messyweekend’s Black Friday Deals

For decades, Loom & Table have been supplying quality-crafted table linens exclusively to top-tier hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Now, we can access these beautiful linens for our homes.

Shop Loom & Table

Read our review of Loom & Table

These high quality bed linens with designs inspired in Italy and sustainably made, Villa Cotton will transform any bedroom.

Read our review of Villa Cotton

Shop Villa Cotton

Zap away your unwanted hairs and stunt any hair growth with the official RoseSkinCo IPL Hair Removal Handset.

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Give the guys on your list a useful gift, that keeps giving and is with a cause! Society Socks sends 2 pairs of socks a month. What is sent is random, but all their designs are fun. For every pair sold, a pair is donated. The gift that gives all year long while giving back is the best kind of gift.

Shop Society Socks

Tre Olive Oil is the perfect gift to send your friends, family, or clients as a thank you or just to show you care. The gift of olive oil is a healthy alternative that will help you make a lasting impression.

Shop Olive Oil Gift Sets!

SeaBear – Premium Wild Alaskan Smoked Sockeye, Coho, and Pink Salmon Trio – 18oz Box. The salmon is vacuum sealed in our famous gold foil pouch, then gently cooked in the sealed pouch, preserving the salmon naturally.

Shop SeaBear on Amazon!

Besides the sleek, white look the lamp offers fantastic lighting to any space with 3 brightness dimmable options that do not flicker. The 10 high-quality LED chips offer a healthy and bright light so colors pop and you don’t have dark spots. The head swivels down to aim at your desk work.

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MyBevi – Sonoma – Stainless Steel Tumbler Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Stainless Steel – 20 oz 

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Heat Holders® are specially developed with cashmere-like acrylic yarn which provides high performance insulation against the cold with superior moisture breathing abilities. 

Shop Heat Holders on Amazon

Daisy Cakes has been featured on Shark Tank, Rachael Ray, the Food Netwoork, The Taste, The Chew, Good Morning America, ABC’s “Made in America”, 20/20, Home and Family, the Today Show, CNBC, Wendy Williams, and Anderson Cooper. You will love them too!

Buy Daisy Cakes!

These BendyFigs from The Noble Collection make great gifts for toy lovers and collectors. Each bendable 7-inch figure is highly detailed, can be sculpted for play or display.

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The Pirani party cup keeps drinks cold 12+ hours; hot up to six. It is triple-insulated stainless steel. This lid is fantastic and does not leak. The cup does not sweat and is stackable.

Shop Pirani!

Keep your AirTag and keychain as slim as possible with this ultra-thin leather keychain. This is the Nomad Leather Loop for AirTag 

Shop Nomad gifts

The Agra Blanket is one of many Atrisanal gifts you will find at Ecletticos gifts

Shop Ecletticos

If you are looking for trendy gifts for the man on your list, you may consider the classy watches, belts, ties and more from Trendhim

Shop Trendhim Accessories

Schitt Happens: An Unofficial Coloring Book for Fans of Schitt’s Creek with over 20 scenes from the show!

Buy on Amazon!

Gifts for Pets

Polkadog Treats make great pet gifts. They are made with 100% all-natural ingredients from right here in the USA.

Shop Polkadog treats and gifts!

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Fashion, Kids, Money Saver, Tips and Tricks

7 Secrets To Finding An Epic Costume at Goodwill Stores

7 Secrets To Finding An Epic Costume at Goodwill Stores

My local Goodwill region (Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region) has 2 gals they call, Costume Experts. Having Whitney and Morena locally means we get great tips, talent displays and DIY ideas. Creating a costume that is unique makes Halloween so fun (or you can be a Baby Shark Mom with like else).

Whitney and Morena have put together some tips to finding a Costume that will stand out and I wanted to share a few of them with you below.

Use Your Smart Phone. Technology today allows us to merge what we scan on our phones to what we see in stores. Searching ideas on your phone and using images to know what items you need makes the outfit complete. Want to be ‘Grandpa”, search some photos and head to the men’s section of Goodwill.

Plan ahead. When you start now you can visit several stores in your area to piece the perfect items together. Having an 80’s family costume this year? You’ll find everything you need if you check all local stores and keep going back because new stuff is on the racks daily.

Have a budget. Most stores offer new and used costumes and costume ideas. If you are looking for a trending, new costume see if Goodwill has it for a lot less than most retailers. Is the budget thin? Shop used costumes and save even more.

Know your Halloween night plans. What will you be doing with your costume? Will you be outside in the cold, trick-or-treating with kids? Will you be at a kids party or adult party? Know your scene and then you can choose a costume with kid-friendly in mind or even weather in mind.

What are you favorite movies, TV shows? How do your favorite actors/actresses or characters dress? My son is a huge Stranger Things fan and he likes Steve’s character so he decided on Scoops Ahoy Steve for Halloween this year. You can find a lot of inspiration within your favorite media.

Leave the Halloween section. If you are visiting Goodwill stores for your costume hunt, leave the Halloween section to find the right pieces for tops, bottoms, hats, socks, etc. elsewhere in the store.

Find a Goodwill helper. Most stores have DIY experts that can help you find costume necessities and even help find a style or idea you’ll love. There are ‘Whitney’s and Morena’s’ at Goodwill stores nationwide so check your stores experts.

Don’t forget to think about year-round needs while there. My son is in the middle of October Awareness week at school. When I was Back to School shopping I kept colors in mind so we are good to go this week for Orange Day for Anti-Bullying and Pink/Black Day for Breast Cancer Awareness. It’s always a good idea to grab those bright color items in your kids sizes for school events when visiting Goodwill stores especially if they are the day’s colored tag sales.

Goodwill thrift store sales fund free education in a variety of career fields such as culinary, barista, construction, advanced manufacturing, warehouse, computers and more. Shop to help your local community and continue the cycle by donating your past Halloween attire along with other household items!

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Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player Streams from Device to TV

As a Best Buy blogger I was compensated for this feature

This little device does some very big things in your home, RV, Hotel room or anywhere that you have a TV with an HDMI port. You can stream your favorite entertainment like movies, shows,  live TV, YouTube or photo streaming and more on your TV from all of your family’s devices. What will you start watching?

From my phone I can use the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player to listen to my music playlists while cleaning or baking. I can stream from my NFL app or find a fun YouTube and in seconds put it on the TV to share with my family.

How easy is it to stream from your phone to TV? Simply plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV and to power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. And while streaming, you can still use your phone as you normally do.
Do you like to speak commands on your devices? No problem! Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free, with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together.
“Ok Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my living room TV.” -how fun is that?!
You have no need to go buy a streaming TV now. Just look behind it and if it has an HDMI port, your TV becomes instantly ‘smart’ with this Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player.
The geeky stuff! It has a built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately). It is compatible with your existing HDTV and easily connects to high-definition televisions with HDMI connectivity. Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.
Want to make the most of the apps you already use? Learn more at Best Buy and start streaming your favorite shows and videos with just a tap from all of your family’s devices.