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Holiday Gift Guide: For Her, Him and the Whole Family

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It’s holiday shopping season again, and that means that the hints were probably already dropped a while back. We really hope you picked up on them, but if you didn’t, don’t despair! We’ve got tons of gift ideas for the women in your life, no matter what her loves are! Hey, who knows, maybe one of these will jog your memory. Best of luck out there (hopefully, out there being in your pajamas in front of your computer, and not lined up out in the cold).

Belkin PowerHouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone

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If she already stole your gift-giving thunder and jumped on the iPhone 7 and the 2nd generation Apple Watch, you can at least help her display them nicely! Belkin makes this 2-in-1 charging stand, which combines a magnetic charger for the Watch with a long Lightning connector that can charge the iPhone, even if it’s in a case. They’ve also got that coveted Apple MFi certification.

Belkin – $100

Columbia Crest Sauvignon Blanc

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Can’t go wrong. This tangy white wine should pair up nicely with fish or with a headache after the kids have opened all their presents and started running wild.

Columbia Crest – $15

Knomo Beauchamp Backpack

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We’ve been big fans of Knomo bags for a while, and that’s not changing this year. Made of nylon with bits of leather, the Beauchamp backpack is sturdy and stylish, making it a great city backpack for the woman on the go.

Knomo – $180

Votivo Red Currant Three Wick Candle

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Celebrate the time-honored holiday tradition of sweetly scented candles!

Votivo – $60

Beats EP On-Ear Headphones

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Is she still on that Beats trend? These EP on-ears are the most affordable Beats on-ears, but still produce the bass-heavy sound Beats fans have come to expect. They’re also lighter and more comfortable than some of the more expensive Beats headphones.

Apple – $130

The Days of Gifts

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Feeling too much pressure to pick the right gift? We feel you, that’s why we write these guides. If you’re really feeling the heat this year, you can let the people at The Days of Gifts handle it. Give them some money, and they’ll make all of December a celebration. They’ll box, wrap, and send one gift per day for as many days as you pay for. You can choose which holiday you and yours celebrates, then provide her interests so The Days of Gifts can pick just the right presents. If you don’t know what her interests are, then we really don’t know what to tell you.

The Days of Gifts

Huawei MediaPad M3

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Tablets aren’t as hot as they used to be, but if she’s looking for a nice entertainment device for use in bed or on the couch, the 8.4″ Huawei MediaPad M3 has an excellent 2560 x 1600 display and comes with some nice AKG in-ear headphones. Not a bad choice, and not a bad price.

Huawei – $300

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

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The trouble with Sony cameras is that they’re too expensive! The good news is that you can buy last year’s model for cheaper, and she’ll still end up with an amazing camera. The Cyber-shot RX100 IV is a point-and-shoot, but that doesn’t do it justice — it still has Sony’s excellent Exmor RS sensor and Zeiss optics. She won’t be disappointed with the results, especially if she wants to take good slow-motion video.

Sony – $900

Lenovo Yoga Book

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If you’ve got a student in mind, the Yoga Book is a really cool new kind of device. The slate beneath the display is totally flat, and can become either a light-up touch keyboard or a blank canvas. The included stylus can be used to write or draw on the slate or on a special pad of paper included with the device — when used with the slate, anything written or drawn on paper shows up on screen! It’s a great way to make a digital and physical copy of notes at the same time. It’s available with Android or Windows 10.

Lenovo – $500 (Android)/$550 (Windows 10)

Amazon Tap

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Amazon’s done a great job with Alexa, their smart home assistant. Most major smart home devices work with Alexa now, allowing for control over smart lights, locks, and all that other good stuff with simple voice commands. The Tap is a smaller version of the Echo — it’s a portable speaker with colorful carrying cases and a single button to activate Alexa.

Amazon – $130

Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

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The new X3 model is already on backorder, but fortunately, the older model isn’t much of a compromise. The Jaybird X2 Bluetooth in-ears are some of the best sport in-ear headphones on the market in terms of sound quality and stability of Bluetooth connection. If she’s big into fitness, you can’t go wrong with these.

Amazon – $150

Brooks Gray Lady Adrenaline GTS 17

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Who says running shoes can’t look great? Brooks has issued this limited edition shoe as a tribute to the New York Times, giving shouts out to all the boroughs on the outside while sneaking in a crossword puzzle pattern on the inside.

Brooks — $120 – $130

 Corkcicle Canteen

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Drinking more water is always a New Years resolution, whether any of us actually say it or not. This canteen is a solid choice for any liquids — the stainless steel interior keeps hot beverages hot for 12 hours and cold beverages cold for 25 hours. Perfect for taking hot tea on the go in winter!

Corkcicle – $20-$50

label.m Hair Products

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As they’ve taken great pains to point out, label.m is the official hair care brand of London Fashion Week. That means something! Hair products are normally a too-safe holiday gift, so going this route will spice it up a little.

label.m – $27-$58

Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden

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Here’s one of our favorite picks this year! It’s so hard to find the space or the right conditions to grow your own herbs, and that’s assuming there’s a good gardener in the house. Give her the gift of unlimited flavor with this smart herb garden — it automates watering and lighting based on soil conditions, ensuring a good crop from the plant capsules (three basil capsules come with the garden). Other capsules can be purchased and slotted into the garden once herbs have been harvested, so it’s the gift that will definitely keep on giving.

Click and Grow – $60

Teavana Perfectea Maker

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Tea made easy. Loose-leaf tea can be steeped in the upper chamber of the Perfectea Maker, then easily drained into a cup or thermos when it’s ready to go. The big win here is that it’s much easier to clean than a teapot.

Teavana – $30

Nu Skin Facial Spa Package

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As skincare regimens go, this is the nuclear option. Nu Skin has an entire set of age-defying products in their facial spa package, including the Facial Spa application device, conductive gel, an ageLOC rejuvenating gel mask, NaPCA moisture mist, ageLOC gentle cleanse and tone, and ageLOC radiant day SPF 22 sunblock. There’s also a DVD and a brochure about their sales program, but you and her can safely ignore the wrinkles that might cause.

Nu Skin – $480

Thermal Pro Clad Stainless Steel 3.5-Quart Saute Pan

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For the elite chef, there is no replacement for a reliable saute pan. Here’s one!

Breville – $200

Personalized Adult Coloring Book

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The gift of stress relief is a strong play. Adult coloring books are all the rage (suppression instruments) these days, and now you can get one with calming quotes, beautiful patterns, and a personalized front cover.

Put Me in the Story – $20

Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide and Slow Cooker

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OK, so for the pro chef who scoffs at the idea that she’d need to be given a reliable saute pan, here’s something that might actually impress her. Sous vide is a way to cook meats slowly, evenly, and to perfect tenderness — anyone who’s going to be treated to the meals coming from this thing are going to appreciate this gift.

Hamilton Beach – $180

Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive

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Western Digital’s portable hard drives have always been nice, but we love that they gave the whole line a colorful makeover this year. Yeah, even storage devices need to look nice these days!

Western Digital – $60+

Harman/Kardon Onyx Mini Speaker

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It’s portable, yeah, but we like the Onyx Mini as a classy, professional desk speaker. It can be used as a speakerphone, too, so it’s a solid pick for the office workers of the world.

Harman/Kardon – $200