The holidays are just around the corner! Studies show that women do a majority of the shopping in their households, and for many of us it’s easy to select gifts for our daughters, sister, mothers, grandmothers, and BFF’s. But buying for men, or the little ones in your life, can be a bit more challenging for some. To help ease your worry, we have compiled a list of thoughtful and unique gifts from around the world, for the gentleman or sweet tot you’re shopping for this year.
Music to His (Warm) Ears: We love products that pull double-duty! The new headphone beanie from 1 Voice fits that bill in the coziest way, providing practical warmth plus high-quality beats. The 1 Voice beanie is water resistant, so he can wear it snowboarding or skiing, and it connects wirelessly via Bluetooth technology. Comes in a variety of colors and styles for $69, available at http://www.1voicenyc.com/
Making Scents: ManCans were invented after 13-year old Hart Main watched his sister sell candles for a school fundraiser and thought, “Why don’t people sell candles with scents men like?” This entrepreneurial young man launched his own candle company, not only to provide candles men would like, but also as a massive effort to give back to his community.
“ManCans are made inside a real soup can, and each candle helps provide a meal to someone in need,” he states. On top of the over 100,000 meals that have been donated by candle purchases, each candle is hand-poured and manufactured at a developmentally-disabled facility, providing jobs and empowerment to the men and women who work there. Scents include Root Beer, New Car, Grandpa’s Pipe, Fresh Cut Grass, Gunpowder, and more, and are all $9.50 at www.man-cans.com.
Grizzly Good Gift: You may have noticed a huge trend in many men’s approaches this season: the beard. From trimmed hipster to Gandalf-wizard-wise, facial hair is loud, proud, and popular right now! Help your guy manage his mane with products from The Beardsmith. Wendy Rose and Jeff Summers, long-time barbershop professionals, crafted these popular balms and greases from years of hands-on feedback from customers, and grooming work on thousands of beards. They use all-natural, plant-based oils and butters that have been shown to promote healthy, moisturized and soft hair and skin. The Beardsmith offers variety of products and scents for all types of facial hair, from Beard Grease to Mustache Putty. If you’re unsure which product he would love the most, opt for a pre-packaged variety gift set! $29.99-35.99 at.
Reach for the Stars: If you’re looking to splurge on the professional gentleman in your life this holiday season, we love the Star Wars 3D Cufflinks from Neiman Marcus! These officially licensed accessories come in a variety of characters, and are sterling silver with swivel closures. From Darth Vader to the Millennium Falcon, he can wear his Star Wars fandom on his sleeves with pride! $250 at Neiman Marcus.
Stay Hydrated, Anywhere: Is the man in your life an adventurer or traveler? The award-winning LifeStraw personal water filter is a must-have. This handy little travel-sized tube filters parasites, waterborne bacteria, and surpasses EPA standards for water filters. Perfect for hiking, camping, fishing, weather emergencies, and international travel! Only $13.99 right now at Amazon.com here.
Best Face Forward: Winter weather can mean dry skin for many of us, especially those who work or exercise outside. Help your guy pamper his skin with Camille Beckman’s Basics For Men Tough Skin Relief. Made with pure vegetable glycerin and sweet almond oil to soothe and condition, the Ultimate Tough Skin Relief is perfect to rectify patches of rough skin, calluses and dry spots. $13.95 at CamilleBeckman.com.
Make Beer Not War: From War to Peace, a jewelry and art company in California, recycles copper from disarmed nuclear weapons to create unique and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list! Our favorite “manly” accessory is their Beers Not Bombs bottle openers. Transformed from the most ferocious bombs ever created, these mounted or keychain openers aim to better the world one beer at a time. So raise a toast to world peace, with their unique and creatively-recycled works of art! $14.95-24.95 at www.fromwartopeace.com.
The Future Begins Now: Give the gift of empowerment this holiday season with a Future World Changer t-shirt from Sudara. Every human being, young or old, has their own special power to help make our world a better place - let them know while they are little, that their influence on those around them can be so big! As we shared in our previous Women’s Gift Guide (INSERT LINK!), Sudara products are crafted and hand sewn by women who have escaped the horrors of sexual slavery in brothels around India. Even these cute little shirts go a long way towards helping women maintain their freedom, and rebuild their lives! $29, Sudara.org.
Show Stopper: For the little one in your life, bridge the gap between learning and technology with this first virtual reality book, “Ernie’s Wish Trail.” An augmented reality app accompanies the book, which brings characters and settings to life in a way that’s fresh and new for children everywhere. Ernie’s Wish Trail makes a great gift for kids ages 2-6, but parents and grandparents will also enjoy reading to their little ones, and watching them interact with the sweet characters in the book. Even our pre-teen testers had fun playing with the story’s effects and cute animals! Purchase at Amazon.com here.
On the Other Foot: Did you know approximately 300 million children in this world do not have shoes? And when kids live in places that don’t have proper sanitation, bare feet can lead to huge problems, like parasites, soil-borne diseases, and more. Donated shoes are great for adults, but what about children, who grow out of them so quickly? TheShoeThatGrows.com aims to solve this global dilema! They have invented shoes that look great, are sturdy and nearly unbreakable, and that G R O W up to five sizes! When you purchase a pair for a child in your life, two pairs are donated to children in need elsewhere in the world! And you’ll rest easy knowing no matter what size you select, the shoes will grow for years right along with the child you bought them for. $50 at www.theshoethatgrows.com .
Practically Perfect: Camille Beckman has the perfect gift for a growing family this winter. Give her the Cough and Cold Balm & Mom and Baby Balm for an ultra-natural and soothing remedy to everything from dry skin to winter colds. The Cough and Cold Balm utilizes lemon, eucalyptus and lemongrass essential oils to open the sinuses and nasal passages for a lighter, yet more effective formula than standard over-the-counter options. The Mom and Baby Balm is perfect from early pregnancy to post care, combining the healing power of olive oil and shea butter with natural plant waxes and butters to soften dry skin. Safe for everything from stretch marks to cracked nipples from nursing. $10.95-$14.95 at CamilleBeckman.com.
Hometown Pride: We love these state-specific luggage tags from Bed, Bath, & Beyond! They make a great stocking stuffer for the globetrotter in your life who may often roam, but will always appreciate home. $9.99 for a set of two, at bedbathandbeyond.com here.
Moment of Zen: Perhaps the best gift of all this holiday season, is a moment of peace amidst all the festivities! Give the Bath Soak Variety Pack from Camille Beckman for those who might crave a little nourishment and healing. The Pack includes Beauty Bath, Full Relaxation, Skin Soothing, and Wellness Plus, which relieve sore muscles and leave the body feeling regenerated and renewed. These blissfully-scented bath salts are all natural, nutrient rich, and made with nourishing oils and healing salts. On special NOW at CamilleBeckman.com here.
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