Gift-Giving Ideas for the 2016 Holiday Season

We’ve all been stuck with the challenge of finding the perfect gift for at least one person on our list!  We want to be original and thoughtful without the (extreme) sticker shock.  Here are some fresh budget-friendly gift ideas (2016 edition!) that will make your friends and family jump for joy!
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For the traveler– You may not be able to give them a trip to Dubai but in the world of box deliveries, Try The World specializes in experiencing food from around the globe without leaving the comforts of your own kitchen.  Chefs expertly craft every box to tailor it to a part of the world to ensure you are enjoying an authentic meal.  Can we say YUM?!
Retail value: $29-39 per box
Photo credit: trytheworld.com
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For the thrill-seeker–  Escape Room Games are original experiences to find the clues, solve the puzzle, and escape the room with your team.  It’s fun for the family or even for date nights!  Even better?  You can find Groupon deals for local escape room venues in your area!
Retail value: $28 and up

For the tech-lover The Amazon Echo Dot is the latest voice-controlled gadgets to help streamline everyday life with voice commands.  The device is compatible to stream Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, or iHeartRadio and to control other wirelessly controlled lights, fans, and sprinklers.  It also works as an alarm clock!   This is the perfect gift to make tasks easier for the busiest person you know!
Retail value: $49.99 amazon.com

For the teen or tween– Think of the Skewb Ultimate as the classic Rubki’s Cube on steroids!   The updated twist includes a 12-sided, 12-color spatial challenge based closely to the classic puzzle’s concept.  skewbGet them away from their screens and give their minds a bend as they twist the sides to mix up the shades and solve by getting one solid color to take up every side.
Retail value: $20, mcachicagostore.org

For the book lover- Even in the digital age, the classic book lover enjoys flipping the pages of a good book.  Book of the Month Club offers the five hand-picked best books voted notable journalists and bloggers each month.  The reader selects one book each month and the book is delivered in a custom-edition hardcover print.   Imagine their excitement of opening up that package even after the holidays are over!  Retail value: Subscriptions are $44.97 and up

For the sentimental– If you know somebody who loves decorating their home with photos, this canvas print is the perfect gift that will circle all of the things that they love most. canvas-art This personalized canvas art brings the best memories into a beautiful art piece.
Retail value: Canvas prints vary $27.95 and up, http://www.personalizationmall.com/canvasart

 

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