It’s the “happiest” time of year!
Our very own Emily Richett is traveling to top TV stations across the country to share some of our favorite products to gift this holiday season.
Whether you’re looking for products for your colleague, neighbor, kids’ teacher, or that hard-to-gift special someone, look no further.
For Girls: Girlpalooza
Girlpalooza is the only clean, cruelty-free cosmetic and skincare line that promotes female empowerment. It offers shampoo, body wash, body butter, bath bombs, and more. Everything is paraben-free, vegan, and Leaping Bunny & Peta Cruelty-Free Certified.
Another bonus, Girlpalooza puts its money where its mouth is – a portion of all the proceeds goes towards girl-empowering charities.
For The Commuter: Micro Luggage 3.0
Micro Kickboard’s Micro Luggage 3.0 is perfect for any teen or adult who travels or commutes often. The bag on the scooter is TSA-approved carry-on-size, and it has enough space for two to three days of luggage, plus a laptop and tablet.
The scooter features super-smooth steering that makes it easy to use even when fully packed. It converts easily from ride-on scooter to traditional carry-on, and it’ll fit into almost all overhead compartments.
You can find the Micro Luggage 3.0 on Micro Kickboard’s website.
For the Germophobe: Bissell’s GERM FREAK Kit
Bissell’s GERM FREAK Kit is an ideal holiday traveling companion, as the 12-piece kit meets TSA regulations for carry-on. It’s also a great everyday item that will fit in a large purse, diaper bag, or that you can leave in your car.
Know someone who wishes they could just wear a hazmat suit everywhere? This is the gift for them.
Check out Bissell’s website to order your GERM FREAK Kit for $12.50.
For Kids: Cubcoat
Cubcoats are wearable toys that were recently featured on Ellen’s 12 Day of Giveaways! The stuffed animal easily transforms into a kid’s coat in three steps:
- Flip it over and unzip the back
- Roll out the hoodie
- Tuck the character away inside the hood
Cubcoats offers coat sized 2T to 10, and character options include Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and much more.
Order from Cubcoats’ website, and you can receive 35% off by entering the promo code “12DAYS” at checkout.
For the Foodie: HopCat
HopCat’s roots are here in Grand Rapids, but it now has 17 locations across the midwest. Known for a large variety of craft beer on tap and its iconic Cosmik Fries, a gift card to HopCat is a perfect gift this season.
Be on the lookout for a new fry flavor, starting in January 2020: Shakshuka Spiced Fries.
Purchase a $50 gift card in person at any of its restaurants, and you’ll get a $10 voucher for yourself. You can also order a gift card for any amount on HopCat’s website.
For Teachers: Sprout
Sprout offers biodegradable pencils that you can plant when you’re done using them.
Yes, you read that right.
Invented by two MIT graduates in 2013, Sprout pencils have an attached capsule that dissolves once in contact with soil and water to release seeds that will sprout within one to four weeks of being planted. You can choose from different pencils that’ll sprout into different types of flowers, herbs, and vegetables.
Sprout recently released Sprout®SPOONs, which provide a sustainable alternative to plastic spoons and stirrers. Simply stick the end of the spoon with the tea packet into hot water, let it steep, stir with the Sprout®SPOON, and then place it in your compost, where it’ll fully decompose within a few months.
For the Coffee Lover: Coffee Cookie
Gone are the days of reheating your coffee or drinking it cold. Invented by two MIT graduates, the Coffee Cookie sticks onto the bottom of your coffee cup and keeps it warm for twice as long. It’s rechargeable and super small so you can keep it in your purse.
Bonus: the Coffee Cookie makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the coffee-lover on your list.
You can get it for $15.50 on the Coffee Cookie website.
For the Gamer: GoCube Smart Puzzle
The new GoCube from Particula is essentially a reimagined, modern Rubik’s cube. Fresh off a sensational crowdfunding campaign (which yes, most people associate with less joyous topics, but sometimes they can be used for cheer-bringing options too), which raised more than $1 million, the GoCube teaches players to solve the classic puzzle, sharpen their skills, and compete with cubers around the world.
The lightning-fast GoCube is equipped with sensors to track and measure activity and the cube’s position. It consumes very little power thanks to its rechargeable battery and connects to your phone through the GoCube app. The app provides a real-time display of the cube, analyzes movement, and offers fun tutorials so anyone can learn and enjoy cubing.
Find GoCube on Amazon Prime for $79.
For The Outdoor Adventurer: OROS
With OROS Apparel, outerwear meets science. The jacket was developed by a NASA scholar who wanted to use the technology astronauts use in space, to survive -450 degrees Fahrenheit.
These jackets can withstand the coldest temperatures on the planet, without being puffy, making them a great gift for the adventurer in your life, or for that matter, anyone who lives through Midwest winters.
Find all your outdoor apparel needs on the OROS website.
For Just About Anyone: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
Sweetwaters originated in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but it now has a few dozen locations across the country. At Sweetwaters, you’ll find not only a wide variety of beverages and pastries but also a welcoming, community-focused atmosphere.
A great choice for anyone who enjoys desserts, coffee, or tea (so, most people), Sweetwaters gift cards can be purchased on their website or in person.
For A Family Keepsake: Write To Me
Write To Me has a journal for just about any occasion, from holiday and recipe journals to pregnancy and gratitude journals. You’ll also find wedding planners, calendars, list makers, dot journals, and really anything you could need to stay organized, plan for the future, and remember the present.
They’re beautiful and made of linen, which makes them timeless and the perfect heirloom to pass down to future generations.
Find these journals on Write To Me’s website starting at around $20.
For Little Ones: cuddle+kind
A doll from cuddle+kind is truly a gift that keeps giving. For every doll purchased, cuddle+kind provides 10 meals to hungry children around the world.
Each doll is made with non-toxic yarn and natural cotton, hand-knitted by women artisans in Peru who receive sustainable, fair-trade wages.
For the Traveler: Away
Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or looking for a gift for the frequent flyer on your list, Away’s luggage and travel gear is a must-have.
Away offers products like expandable carry-on suitcases, tote bags, interior organizers, and much more, and they all come in varying colors to match your (or your loved one’s) personal style.
Find these great items on Away’s website; you’ll get a 100-day trial with free shipping and returns.
For the Cider Aficionado: Vander Mill
Vander Mill is a West Michigan based, family-owned cider mill with a variety of hard cider options. Vander Mill uses only Michigan-grown apples and works closely with an orchard right here in West Michigan.
Grab a six-pack of their award-winning cider at retailers and restaurants throughout Michigan, or pick up a gift card for a date night out.
For Kids: Knuckle Headz Head Poppin’ Racers
Kids can go head-to-head with these fun cars that compete in a jousting-like game. Each car is powered a pull-back motor, and when they crash into each other, each car’s spring-loaded animal head ejects about a foot into the air!
These toys are available in single and double packs at most large retailers, like Target and Walmart, or you can order them online at Amazon.
Do you know of a brand that we should feature in future media tours? Let us know, and if it’s a good fit, we’ll be in touch!