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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by: Mira Roberts

The holidays have kicked into high gear, and it's time to make your shopping list and check it twice! Whether you have a large family, a small family, or an assorted group of friends and colleagues to shop for, there's a perfect gift out there for each and every one of them.

Your tech loving friends, kitchen gadget obsessed sister and outdoorsy husband will all be happy to know that we've scoured the internet to find the best gifts in 2016. You can shop for most of these items online, or visit your favorite, nearby department stores and shopping centers to shop in person.

Get your shopping finished early this year, so that you can make more time to spend with the people you love and hold dear. Here are 10 gifts we think just about everyone in your life will love. Have a happy holiday and a wonderful start to the new year!

iphone 7
It's no surprise that Apple's latest iteration of the iphone would top our list this year, and while it comes with a hefty price tag ($750), it will likely cost less if you or your partner are due for a contract renegotiation (usually every two years). The iphone 7 comes with an upgraded camera, a stronger, more powerful battery, splash and water resistance and stereo speakers for a big win under the tree.

Amazon All New Fire TV Stick
The all new fire tv stick from Amazon comes with voice remote and access to over 700 apps, games and Alexa skills like NetFlix, Hulu, HBO Now, etc. Allow your loved one to cut their cable cord at last, and save money while choosing exactly the programs they want to watch.

Paderno Spiralizer
Does your loved one have big diet and exercise goals for the new year that don't include eating carbs? Pick up the easy to use spiralizer and help them swap out pasta noodles for zoodles (spiralized zucchini). The 4 blades can cut flat ribbons or spiraled noodles, from angel hair to thick. Fun to use, easy to clean and under $50, this gift is a score for the cook or gluten-free lover in your life.

Ugg Slippers
Let's face it-there are few things more comfortable to wear on your feet in winter than a fresh, cozy pair of uggs, and these ugg slippers are confirmation. Pick up a pair for your mom, dad, wife or husband, for your boss or even your best friend, and give the gift of comfort and warmth, all season long.

Love2Learn Elmo
Since the arrival of Tickle Me Elmo on the market almost 20 years ago, Elmo toys continue to surprise and delight little ones. If you're shopping for your own little tike, or for a niece or nephew, Love2Learn Elmo is a slam dunk. While the price tag of $45 does seem a little high for a children's toy, you can rest assured that the toddler in your life will use and love this toy for a long time.

Flannel Sheets
The Company Store's flannel sheets are currently on sale, and they're as warm and comfortable as they are beautiful to look at. Pick up a pair for your loved one who somehow always has cold feet at night (or tends to hog the blankets), and give the gift of a warm and cozy night of sleep.

Instant Camera
Keeping track of images on your smartphone can be a bear, and once in a while, we all long for a hard copy photo that we can hold onto. Pick up this instant camera by Fujifilm for the retro amateur photographer in your life. With a price tag of less than $60, you can stay on budget, and you'll love the many fun colors you have to choose from.

Wireless Speaker
The UE Boom wireless, mobile, bluetooth speaker is the be all, end all of wireless speakers, and is worth every cent of its $200 price tag. Waterproof, shockproof and featuring incredible sound, this speaker is easy to use and can go just about anywhere your loved one goes.

Programmable Pressure Cooker
The Instant Pot is not your mother's pressure cooker, and can function as a slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker, steamer/warmer and for saute/browning. Your loved one can prep, program and roll with this easy to use, ultra dynamic pressure cooker that may start getting more air time than their stove (just saying!).

Coleman Comfort Cloud Sleeping Bag
The outdoorsman, camping expert and adventurer in your love will love everything about this ultra comfortable and warm sleeping bag from Coleman. The removable, memory foam bottom creates added comfort and protection from the ground, and functional design elements like interior tuck pockets and roll control system make it easy to stow personal items and roll the bag up flat and tight.

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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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