2012 Holiday Gift Ideas

I tried hard to wait until December before posting the 2012 Holiday Gift Ideas post. I really did. Unfortunately this time frame didn’t jive with the gift planning and buying public. So I succumbed to the masses and present you this list today to ensure there is enough prep time before Black Friday.

There is most likely something for everyone on this list and in every price range. I based it off gifts I like, gifts I may purchase and gifts I know others will enjoy. I tried not to overburden it with hundreds of choices, but rather provide you will thoughtful ideas that I hope will save a little time and frustration.

So here it is, the essential 2012 Holiday Gift Ideas List. Enjoy.

Technology
Google Chrome Book laptop
The new Chrome Book is extremely light and inexpensive. There are two models to select from the Samsung for $249 and up and the Acer from $199. Since cloud computing is widely excepted the Chromebook is a perfect gift and a great alternative to a more costly tablet.
bestbuy.com

Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones
The new standard in audio entertainment. Just a few years ago Bose ruled the headphone world, however behind the business savvy of former N.W.A. member Dr. Dre, Beats has become the premier brand. The headphones can get pricey, but for the trend consensus person on your list it is the only choice.
www.beatsbydre.com


Home Appliances

Keurig Brewing System
Keurig makes a variety of products for any coffee, tea or hot chocolate drinker or even non-caffeinated drinker. These machines are a great product to have for entertaining guests and makes a cup of java instantly.
www.keurig.com

Aerolatte Milk Frother
A more inexpensive hot beverage necessity to the brew system counterpart. This helps make a frothy, delicious beverage in no time.
www.bedbathandbeyond.com

Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker
The perfect item to help kick-start a happy breakfast. The Mickey Waffle Maker is great for any parent with cranky kids in the morning.
www.amazon.com

Auntie Annes At-Home Pretzel Baking Kit
One of the greatest reasons to visit your local mall is stopping in at Auntie Annes for a delicious, hot pretzel straight out of the oven. Now you can make these tasty treats in your own kitchen.
www.auntieannes.com

Tools
Black & Decker Ready Wrench
You can always count on a Black & Decker tool to make a holiday gift idea list. This is yet another take on a wrench but an easy gift that will most certainly be used. A tool I do use frequently.
www.blackanddecker.com

Swiss Army Knife
Another perfect gift that will always be used and never re-gifted. Leatherman utility knives are also another great choice.
www.swissarmy.com

Generator
Enough Said.
www.homedepot.com

Household
Yankee Candle: Pinecone & Lime or Cherries on Snow scented candles
Yankee Candles help to provide that warm homey feel. And these great holiday scents will be inviting to all of your guests.
www.yankeecandle.com

Guacamole Kit
Just in time for the big Super Bowl game. Don’t bother with the preservative laden guacamole purchased at your local grocery store, just make your own. Freshness never tasted better.
www.chefscatalog.com

Salsabol – salsa bowl
Another great item for highlighting comfort foods.
www.uncommongoods.com

Beer
Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome
One of the most delicious holiday brews to drink.

Sam Adams Old Fezewig’s Ale
Another great holiday staple.

Apparel
Cariloha bamboo t-shirts
Quite frankly the most soft and comfortable t-shirts you can imagine. A little expensive for a t-shirt, but hey you can’t put a price on comfort can you? Cariloha offers a variety of products including socks and sheets.
www.cariloha.com

Under Armor Fleece Storm Hoody
You can never have enough hoodies. It is the only thing I wear for six months out of the year. These hoodies are weather proof and will keep you toasty and dry during any weather pattern. When buying a hoody for someone on your list be sure that the item has a little color as no one wants a plain grey hoodie.
www.underarmour.com

Beard Hat
Keep your head and face warm this winter with the beard hat.
www.beardbeanie.com

Adidas Climacool Boat Sneaker
No more need for hippy loving Teva’s. These sneakers are great near water, provide better support and look cool. I personally love my pair and only wish I could wear them more. These sneakers come in a variety of colors including black, green, red and blue.
www.adidas.com

Nike Dri-Fit Lightweight Gloves
Not too bulky but will still do the job of keeping your hands warm on most days.
www.nike.com

Books
5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth
www.barnesandnoble.com

Bitter Brew: The Rise & Fall of Anheuser Busch
www.barnesandnoble.com

From Cupcakes to Cashmere
www.barnesandnoble.com

Coaching Confidential: Inside the Fraternity of NFL Coaches
www.barnesandnoble.com

2013 Guinness Book of World Records
www.barnesandnoble.com

Fantastic Drinking Games
www.barnesandnoble.com

Music
Mumford & Sons: Babel
One of the best cd’s in 2012. A must listen.
www.amazon.com

John Travolta & Oliva Newton-John: This Christmas
Although far removed from their Grease duet days, this should help warm the soul of those “Hopelessly Devoted” to shopping.
www.amazon.com

Taylor Swift: Red
I couldn’t neglect this album, never, ever, ever, since it has been playing 24/7 in my house.
www.amazon.com

Sporting Goods

Angry Birds Golf Balls
Your favorite birds going for a birdie.
www.dickssportinggoods.com

Snow Shoes
A fun workout in the winter.
www.dickssportinggoods.com

Toys
Furby
Be the first on your block for this interactive, furry Gremlin.
www.toysrus.com

LeapPad 2
The original LeapPad was a hit in our house. Fun, easy to use and will make the little ones think they’re using a tablet.
www.toysrus.com

Games
Charlie Brown Christmas Yahtzee
One’s a great game, the other’s a great holiday tradition. Combined they are hours of great holiday family fun.
www.amazon.com

Monopoly Zapped Edition for iPad
A modern take on an old classic.
www.target.com

Words with Friends
The popular smart phone game is now a board game. Not my cup of tea but many will enjoy.
www.target.com

Uno Roboto
A twist on one of the most popular games in my house. Most games are dominated by little Claire.
www.target.com

Video Games
Madden NFL 13
www.gamestop.com

Call of Duty: Black Opps II
www.gamestop.com

Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Mini Lego Kits
Baseball Cards
Mini Cereal Boxes from Kellogg’s Fun Pak
A magazine
Xmas Marshmallow Peeps
Bottle of hot sauce
Movie Pass
$5 gift cards to Panera or Starbucks
Matchbox cars
Bubbles
Ear buds
Luggage tags
Peppermint Bark
Key chain
Gold dollar coin

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