Home-for-the-Holidays Gifts

Bright Ideas From Seasoned Faves to New Additions

Since most of us will be spending more time at home this holiday, take the opportunity to create a wonderful and whimsical atmosphere in your home this season. Present everyone in the family with great gift ideas both new – and old – that bring an element of surprise, give a nod to high tech and fill your home with pure joy.

Nostalgia Is the Name of the Game. The holidays are a great time to get back to family basics with an old-fashioned board game. Take your gaze away from your high-tech devices and look to family members for interactive fun. Bring back the charm of nostalgic games revamped in themed or anniversary editions, including classics such as Scrabble®, Monopoly® and The Game of Life® – voted some of the best board games of all time. Play up your unplugged holiday this year, plan your next game day and get ready to roll with the home team. Most available on Amazon.com, $25 and up.

Embrace the One and Only You. We all come in different shapes, colors and sizes, so why not put your unique mug on your mug? In fact, get the whole family in on it with drinking mugs in a personalized cast

of characters, rendered from an artist’s hand to your specifications. Along with a first name on the mug front, and a family surname and year on the back, you can choose from a wide array of line-drawn people, from tiny tykes to run-the-gamut adults. Select hair color, skin tone and outfits. It’s a tongue-in-cheek gift for the entire family and a perfect way to toast the festivities – here’s to the joy of the holiday season! Uncommongoods.com, $30 and up.

Loud and Clear Projection. Create your own home theater anywhere with the small profile, state-of-the-art TOPVISION projector. Sync it to your smartphone, tablet, laptop and other household devices to cast crisp, bright images indoors or outside. Project movies, photos, games, exercise and music videos on your own “big screen” anywhere you have a blank wall that’s approximately 10 feet away from viewing. Fire up the popcorn, gather the family around and let the show begin – your home theater is open for business. It’s a perfect family gift at a surprisingly affordable price. Amazon.com, $79.99.

’Tis the season to inspire imaginations, introduce innovations and, most of all, have fun with the ones you love. With these gift-giving ideas, you can wrap the holiday festivities up with a neat little bow. Happy holidays!

Guest Post written by Tracy Ellison and Jennifer McGuire

Jennifer McGuire is National Director of Creative Content at The Studio. Tracy Ellison is a creative content writer for The Studio, providing insightful information and ideas to enhance the art of living, with a background as an advertising photo stylist, designer, artist and copywriter.

Senior Manager, Content & Multimedia at Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his role he manages content strategy and execution across several platforms. He’s held other roles within the Marketing Department ranging from Previews & Product Development to the day to day management of the coldwellbanker.com redesign. Besides being a marketer, Gustavo is a filmmaker, musician and writer.

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