Holiday Gift Guide 2016 Best Gifts of 2016

It’s that time of year that we have to start thinking about what gifts we will buy for our loved ones. Close to Home is helping you out once again and sharing some of the hot holiday gift items for 2016. We are focusing on great gifts for him, gifts for her, gifts for teens and tweens, gifts for pets and gifts for cooks this year. With direct links to  purchase most of these items online, I hope you can get all your shopping needs done easily. We will also be giving away some of the times in the gift guide so check back often as we add new items throughout the season. These items were given to us in exchange for a feature in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Must have gifts for the holidays

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 Must have gifts for the holidays

Gifts for the home

Any woman would love one of the unique items from The Burlap Cottage®. Plus, a portion of sales goes to charity. All of the items are handmade with burlap or linen, and many can be personalized. Find this pillow and others on Amazon or Etsy. 

gift guide for her

Everyone loves tracking their activity level these days. But those clunky plastic bands do not go well with work clothes or a night on the town. Don’t miss those steps on the dance floor, check out these Amazfit, a wearable technology company that recently launched the first ceramic-based wearable activity tracker by the same name. Amazfit is a stylish, slim and sleek activity tracker that allows people to track and record steps, distance traveled, calories burned and sleep quality and also offers incoming call vibration alerts. Disguised as a fashion accessory, Amazfit delivers cutting-edge capabilities and data-rich features, including new generation ADI sensors, a 10-day battery life, and wireless charging – all without sacrificing style. Amazfit is available for purchase on for $79.99. I love that it can be worn as a bracelet or a necklace. 

holiday gifts for her and him

 Spark the romance in any relationship. How about one of these adorable   or the holidays. Each kid includes a boy and girl gnome, each with a special pouch for including notes, mementos, and gifts, along with an embedded NFC chip for high-tech messages and a 32 page hard-covered, illustrated story book with ideas to get you started so you can begin making special moments today. Check out this video for the true use of these adorable little gnomes. Sometimes we get all caught up with the kids, share some fun moments with your spouse. Through the NFC Chip and a free App called NFC tools, an NFC-enabled smartphone can read and easily program fun links like videos, sound, photos, addresses for scavenger hunts and so much more. Why should kids get all the toys for the holidays?
 holiday gift guide ideas
Mommy Time Out Wine: the perfect hostess gift too. Even over the holidays, moms need a time out from all the craziness. This gift will be appreciated. Currently, the line features four varieties that have a suggested retail price of $9.99: Mommy’s Time Out Garganega Pinot Grigio, Mommy’s Time Out Moscato, Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Red and Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Pink. All are made from grapes grown in Italy and have wonderful fruity undertones. All the wines are fresh, fruity and well balanced and are delicious for sipping with snacks or to complement a meal.

Here is another great gift for anyone on your list from a teacher, child, coach or parent. The OGO J.A.R., or “Jackpot of Acknowledgment and Recognition,” is a customizable glass jar anyone can fill with handwritten notes and words of encouragement to present to loved ones. The OGO J.A.R. is a meaningful way to teach kids how to recognize a special person in their life. It’s also a great way for parents to recognize kids and help build confidence or to say “thank you” to a spouse for all they do. We could all use a little encouragement and thankfulness in our day. This would make a great teacher gift from the class. Each child can write one slip and add it to the jar.


We always can use new sheets, especially toasty ones in the winter. Check out these TOASTMASTER SHEETS by WE are Giving a set away.


  • Brushed microfiber sheets are luxuriously and permanently soft. 
  • Rich fuzzy surface feels like you’re being hugged.
  • Ranked best for no pilling. Tested smoothest and least scratchy over time.
  • Easy to maintain: no lint; no wrinkles; non-shrinking; colorfast.
  • Fits mattresses up to 18 inches (Twin 14″; Full 16″). 

Gifts for her

Another great hostess gift is a bottle of  Skinnygirl Cabernet Sauvignon. Skinnygirl Cabernet Sauvignon features bright aromas of dark berries with a touch of warm chocolate. Pair it with dark chocolate to highlight the mature tannins and bright acidity. ($11.99 for 750ml)  Learn how to Make a snowman ornament

home gift guide

Looking for fashionable and durable products that range from rugs and kitchen mats, to bedding and pet products for your gift guide this holiday season? Try out some of Home Dynamix’s functional and stylish offerings that are sure to add to any house’s décor. This year, Home Dynamix is offering an array of festive welcome mats, pictured below, that will bring the holiday cheer to your home! I just love this bright Happy Holidays Mat for our Christmas Decor this year. 

  Must have gifts for the holidays

Don’t miss out on one of the hottest gadgets this holiday, the Sengled’s Pulse.  Sengled’s a combined LED lightbulb + JBL Bluetooth speaker that allows you to stream music throughout your home, all from your smart device – the perfect new sound system to give this holiday season. Simply screw in Pulse like a regular lightbulb, download the app and start streaming your favorite holiday tunes! You can even connect up to 8 bulbs for a whole-home sound.
With its non-permanent installation, Pulse is easily moveable from room to room, or apartment to apartment, and will last for about 17 years – the perfect gift to shift your family & friend’s perspectives on home décor. The sound was pretty good and the ability to link up more than one is the best feature for BlueTooth speakers. BUY YOUR Sengled NOW in time for Christmas.



gifts for him

Gone are the day of stereotyping. Get your favorite man his very own DW3 Steam Care Iron ($69.99) by Rowenta. This iron safely and seamlessly removes wrinkles from any type of fabric, no matter how delicate or difficult, without the need for manual thermostat adjustment. This should be on your Teens list too!

Best Iron on market

Really anyone can get a warm fire started with The new ExtremeStart Firestarter from Pine Mountain. Unlike other fire starters that you need to break apart, you can just light the wrapper! About the size of a Swiss Army Knife, the ExtremeStart Firestarter is portable and easy-to-use. Simply place one firestarter among your wood and light the wrapper for a perfect flame.

The SanDisk’s next-generation iXpand Flash Drive for iOS devices is really a gift for anyone on your list that has a smartphone. The iXpand Flash Drive is designed to help iOS users quickly and easily free up space on their iPhone and iPad – with up to 128GB of additional capacity. NO more worries about deleting pictures you may or many not want to lose.
With a USB 3.0 connector for faster transfer speeds to Mac or PCs, you can save family photos, home videos, and your favorite music, freeing up storage in a flash. Featuring a completely redesigned app to easily manage content. The size is small enough to keep in a small purse or briefcase pocket. Buy it here to preserve all the space on your phones.





No one will say no to coffee or tea pods as a gift. Buy pods online for a discounted price from Intelligent Blends. Get free shipping on all orders as well. Place your Tea and coffee pods order on the Intelligent Blends Homepage   These make great stocking stuffers too. 

Does your man cringe at the idea of putting up holiday lights? We have teh solution to easily Light up your landscape, illuminate a dark walkway and decorate your home inside or out with two color combinations that cover over 2,500 square feet without the use of wires. All that you’ll have to do is stake it in the ground and plug it in! You can then choose from eight different program modes that’ll deliver a star-kissed scenery with the touch of a button.

gift guide for home

For a competitive price of $19.99 a StarNight Laser can be purchased at, or Amazon  

Gifts for him

It has been a crazy election year. No matter what side you were rooting for, any Tequila Aficionado won’t say no to :
·         Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila is triple aged to create a complex tequila with whiskey characteristics, making it unlike anything else in the tequila category. This unique combination makes a great gift idea for tequila and whiskey lovers alike. As the most highly awarded tequila since 2014*, Hornitos Black Barrel is definitely cool enough to win over the people on your gift list this year. ($29.99 for 750ml)  Find out how to make the cork snowman ornament.

*Based on collective awards won in 19 major spirits competitions since 2014.

holiday gift guide for men

My boys adult and kids included would go fishing every day if they could. Fill their stockings with Rapala fishing gift ideas. With an 80-year history of creating memories on the water, few brands know what makes fishing fanatics tick quite like Rapala. Whether they need a few new additions to their angling arsenal or are starting from scratch, the Rapala family of brands is a virtual one-stop shop for anyone that loves spending time chasing a huge hawg or legendary lunker. 
·       Rapala Skitter V
·       Storm Arashi Spinbait
·       Terminator Popping Frog
·       Rapala Angler Accessories

gift for him

Do you live in a cold climate, then you need to buy your guy something from RefrigiWear, a leader in cold-weather gear. RefrigiWear products are for or anyone that enjoys the outdoors even when the temperatures drop. For outdoor recreation and activities like gardening, we can offer a range of products that are suitable. 

 Among the gear that would be appropriate of outdoor activities include:

Diamond Quilted Jacket 

RefrigiWear has developed the Comfort Rating Scale, which aids in finding the best product based on your lifestyle and climate needs. These products do run big. My husband has on a large, the size he wears in most anything, and he could definitely layer a few shirts/jackets underneath.



Must have gifts for the holidays Does your teen constantly lose his keys or phone? We have the solution for you TrackR bravo, a coin-sized Bluetooth device that people can attach to all their important belongings — from purses to wallets to even pets — to make sure they never get lost. For about $30 a device it’s worth putting on even on your Pets!! Available on iPhone, iPad and Android.


Everyone one loves Chocolate so be sure to stock up on variety of Lindt holiday products for stocking stuffers! From A Large Snowman to LINDOR Token Gift Box filled with assorted truffles  These make great stocking stuffers as well as hostess gifts. They are under $5 so stock up!

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stocking stuffers

Teen and tween girls love nail polish. Here is the newest thing on the market. Fill their stocking with  Spray Perfect spray on nail polish  In just a few steps you have perfect nail polish. Just make sure they are spraying outside! Have you seen this on TV? 

teen gift idea, spray on nail polish
Spray Perfect is available $10 per color. Have you seen this unique application process? Simply put on a base coat, spray Spray Perfect, let dry, add a second coat of Spray Perfect, let dry, and add a top coat. When all is dry, just wash the extra color off of your skin and you are ready to go. Spray Perfect sticks on the area where the base coat is covered, so it won’t stick to skin — only to your nails.

gift guide for teens and tweens

Febreeze Air Purifier is a practical gift for those teens and tweens. Why not filter out pollutants & allergens such as dust, smoke, pollen and pet hair & dander that passes through the filter covering up all those teenage smells and sporting equipment. You know what I mean if you have a teen or tween in your house. Febreze Air Purifiers have dual-action filters that can capture up to 99 percent of airborne particles that pass through the filters before they settle in a home, helping to reduce dust collection on surfaces over time, all while giving off the fresh scent of Febreze. Buy all that you need to keep the air dust and smell free with this Febreeze Air Purifier system.

gift guide for kids

Brentwood Home is a great place to shop for kids. Get a Brentwood Coupon code
Any kid would go crazy over these items from Brentwood Home.   A Venice Lounger for hanging out  and a LilyPad Pillow for the perfect night sleep. We are giving away this bundle. 

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They may not appreciate the stocky stuffer, but hand hygiene is one of the most important preventive measures we can all take to reduce the spread of germs that can cause illness. PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer in convenient JELLY WRAP Carriers and PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes makes practicing good hand hygiene easy, plus they make great stocking stuffers. 
teen gift idea

One of the hottest new games out there will surely challenge your teenagers to interact. Take the challenge if you dare. Game includes 75+ challenges, 4 revenge cards and 5 mouth guards. Giggling, drooling and unforgettable moments are guaranteed! The boxed set is for 2 to 5 players. Buy the Mouthguard Challenge game now for good laugh. This unique game was created by Alex Mandel . It contains all Family Friendly Content for ages: 16 and up. So gather 2 to 5 players for of evening of challenges you would never think up on your own. 

Check out this video to see it in action!!

Must have gifts for the holidays

Even the best of cooks deserve a break in the kitchen. Let someone else do the grocery shopping and consider getting them a subscription to Home Chef. This holiday season, Home Chef offers the gift of culinary peace of mind. With a $60.00, $120.00, $240.00 or a custom amount Home Chef gift card, giftees will be able to choose from a weekly rotating menu of 13 chef-designed meals to prepare in the comfort of their own kitchen in thirty minutes or less, including gluten-free, low carb, vegetarian, soy-free and nut-free meals.

Home Chef Ideas

Give the cook in your family one of Cook Works by Art + Cook: 13-Piece Super Slicer // $10.97. Perfect for someone with a small kitchen.
Sold exclusively at Walmart, the 13-Piece Super Slicer provides an easy to use non-skid bowl and all-in-one lid to grate, slice, clean and separate yolks into prep for a variety of meals. Also includes a hand guard to protect your hand while using all blade attachments.

The Super Slicer Includes:
·         Salad spinner                      ·         Grating blade               ·         Egg beater blade
·         Slicing blade                                  Zesting blade               ·         Stainless steel triple blade
·         Ultra-fine julienne blade  ·         Julienne blade              ·         Yolk separator

Holiday Gift Guide for the cook
 I have never used a pressure cooker before, but now I am sold. We made some amazing mac and cheese in 20 minutes. Be sure to check out our post and recipe coming soon. Power Pressure Cooker XL™ also comes equipped with an intuitive one-touch setting designed for a variety of foods. Meat, fish, vegetables, beans, rice, soup or stews can all quickly be cooked to perfection without even thinking about it!
gift guide for cooks

Available in 6 quart ($99.99), 8 quart ($129.96) and 10 quart ($159.93) models, Power Pressure Cooker XL™ can be purchased at, as well as Amazon.

gift guide for cooks

This really is the perfect gift for anyone on your list? ICE CREAM! If you have never had Graeter’s you are missing out. They use a  traditional French Pot process and only make two gallons at a time. Graeter’s achieves an irresistible creaminess that’s completely unlike any other ice cream. You may not even want to share. They sell it at our Kroger but you can order it online too!

gifts for foodies

Any foodie on your list that appreciates the flavors of Lousiana than Parish Parcel, a monthly Cajun Curated subscription box. Every month we hand pick 6 to 8 unique items that are locally made here in Louisiana and impossible to find out-of-state. From Roux for the best gumbo you’ve ever tasted, to the state’s many infamous seasoning blends, and locally made soaps and candles, there’s something everyone can enjoy. Each Parish Parcel box includes a highlighted Artist of the Month and Musician of the Month, (complete with a free download). Use Coupon Code SCTH15 for 15% off your purchase.


Did you know a lot of chocolate recipes call for brewed coffee? Brighten up any coffee lovers holiday with a bag of  Dancing Moon Coffee. Certified Fair Trade and Certified Organic. Contains no GMO’s. Dancing Moon Coffee also  donates 5% of our profits to the Semper Fi Fund, a highly-rated charity that provides financial support for wounded members of our military. Right now its only available on Amazon.   Parents can all use a little coffee under their tree. 

Must have gifts for the holidays

Holiday Gift Ideas for Pets
Must have gifts for pets

Dogs are just like people they love to try new things. Truly Pawsome is a monthly subscription box of 4-5 hand selected natural, eco-friendly and quality doggie treats and toys.

Truly Pawsome offers doggie parents the chance to select items by size of their dog along with a variety of subscription options – 1 – 3 – 6 – 12 month plans. Unlike its competitors, Truly Pawsome differentiates itself by offering free shipping and partnering with one canine rescue center, Rocket Dog Rescue, which receives 10% of all proceeds. Let someone else do the shopping for you.

gift guide for dogs

This holiday season, pet parents can treat their pups to PetMatrix’s SmartBones Smartsticks and SmartBones PlayTime Chews, which allow their pets to participate in the act of chewing, which is an essential, healthy and enjoyable activity for dogs, without exposing them to the potential risks associated with rawhide use. 

·         SmartBones SmartSticks – in chicken, peanut butter, sweet potato and beef flavors, are available at Petco or for a price ranging from $5.99-$14.99

·         SmartBones Playtime Chews – in chicken and peanut butter flavors, are available at PetSmart or for $7.99

adult coloring book

Cat lovers will find hours of calming activity with The Internet’s favorite chubby, tubby tabby Pusheen is back in a purr-fectly cute coloring book featuring adorable kitty drawings that will charm cat lovers and coloring book fans everywhere. Adult coloring books are all the rage, be sure you have your cat lover covered.

TrackR bravo, is great for tracking your pets too.

gifts for cat lovers

We always want to remember our pets. Head over to Personal Creations and customize your Christmas ornament with your favorite pet. This plaque ornament is large enough to hang on a wall all year round. Obviously, we would not say Meowy Christmas on it.

holiday gift guide for pets

Have you seen these adorable new products from Petmate® this Holiday season?

Holiday Heggies – The classic Heggies are decked out in festive, holiday style with the addition of Heggies dressed like Angels, Elves and Ornaments. 
Chuckit! Sport LX Launcher – Bring fetch play to a new level by strengthening the bond between families and their pets.
JW Toys – Keep your pets occupied inside with JW’s newest Cuz® and treat-stuffable Hol-ee® toys.

gifts for pets

We all know pets are part of the family. If you are going to be away from them this holiday then you can buy them a Pawbo+. Pawbo+ is an interactive wireless pet camera with treat dispensing and laser pointing capabilities. As the holidays draw near, Pawbo+ is the perfect gift for pet lovers and an ideal solution to keep pet owners stay connected to their pets while traveling this holiday season and beyond. I will be thrilled to be able to see our pup even on days that I am away from the house for several hours. A great gift for both cat and dog owners. Get it from Amazon.   The best gift for Christmas! Purchase now with 20% off

  • Multiple Best Friends allows up to 8 users to chat with your pet through Pawbo at one time.
  • Instant Sharing captures every precious moment and shares pictures instantly on social media.
  • Two-Way Talk Owners can hear and speak with pets anytime, anywhere.
  • Treat Dispenser lets owners to reward their pets for good behavior right away.
  • Laser Pointer Game entertains pets with laser pointer that owners can control manually or set to play automatically.



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Have young kids on your list? Then you need to get them a book from ISeeMe Books. Kids of all ages love to see their names in books. The ISeeMe Books have the kids name on each page. Even for a family of 4 kids, the names appeared either in text or in the illustration. Personalized books are great any time of year and the holidays is no different. NEW This Season!! Personalized Christmas Sing Along Bookwith CD   is even better as what kid does love to hear their name in a song?

gifts for kids

Which items on this holiday gift guide are most appealing to you? Don’t forget to win some of the holiday gift guide items here!

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  1. I’d love new bed sheets!

  2. I would love the air purifier.

  3. The gnomes are adorable.

  4. I would love to receive the TOASTMASTER SHEETS by! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  5. That OGO jar looks like such a great gift idea for families! I love it. And you can’t go wrong with chocolate!

  6. The sheets

  7. I love the Adult Coloring Books. That would be a fun and relaxing gift!

  8. My husband would really love the firestarter kit! Gift giving is so hard. I suck at it. That’s why I love reading lists like this to get me inspired for the holiday shopping season. Thanks!

  9. love the sheets!