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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas for 2015

The holidays are here and so is the pressure of finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Regardless of your budget, it can be difficult to narrow down what gifts will be best. Never fear, because the internet is swimming with ideas for what to get those on your “Nice List” and we’ve complied a few of our own to get your started!

You Can Fly! - Sort of… 
Techies rejoice because the future is here! Remember those little flying helicopters you used to see at the mall kiosks? Well technology has advanced and for a price tag of around $1,000, you can have your very own drone with GPS capabilities, an HD camera to record and stream its travels, and the ability to fly for miles before landing. Visit National Geographic for some of the top drone models for gifting this year.

Another technology gift that is much more affordable and maybe a little more practical is the array of smartwatches available. One of the most popular is the Fitbit Surge, which like many of the others on the market, can connect to your smartphone and track fitness data. Another option is Pebble, which has a lot of the same features, but a few more stylish options for those who aren’t as fond of the “techie” appearance. Finally, the Apple Watch could be a good possibility for the tech junkie in your household. In addition to its fitness capabilities, the Apple watch can serve as a replacement to your smartphone.

Board Games 
With all the technology available and recent generations of children being “screen obsessed,” we sometimes forget about a tried and true gift that can keep giving for years: board games! There are classics like Monopoly, LIFE and Candy Land, each with helpful appropriate age ranges listed right on the box. Some families might avoid board games at all costs for the sake of harmony, but there’s just something about yelling “UNO!” that really brings out the fun!

DIY Christmas 
Lots of people have tried their hand at homemade gifts and feel they’ve failed: burnt cookies, a scarf turned into more of an oddly shaped afghan, and that collapsing gingerbread house you spent so much time on! With the help of sites like Pinterest, you can find endless ideas for homemade gifts. With a little searching, you will find a project that is more up your alley and discover that DIY gifting isn’t unrealistic. Keep in mind that no one has ever done DIY gifting without a fail or two, and it’s no reason to give up on it all together. Just check out for some inspiration of what NOT to do.

Photo Books 
Finally, what better gift can you give than the gift of preserved memories? Trying your hand at scrapbooking is a great way to preserve photos for your loved ones. For those who aren’t into arts and crafts, photobooks are very simple to order and very affordable. Try sites like or for personalized photo gift ideas. Whatever plans you have this holiday season, we hope you find the perfect gifts for the special people in your life.

*Community Financial does not endorse the information, content, presentation or accuracy, nor make any warranty, expressed or implied, regarding the websites and/or apps mentioned above.

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