We're bringing you tips and tricks to Celebrate Smarter this holiday season. Check it out.
White elephant gift exchanges used to be about battling it out for the funniest, most useless gift in the room. But these days, Shake Weights and canned unicorn meat just seem a little... wasteful. So, some groups are turning more toward unexpected, but useful, gifts.
Something that won't sit under a desk or in a closet until next year. We've rounded up creative ideas other players will actually want. They're all $25 or less.
Why it’s smart: Plastic straws are bad for the environment. They’re too small to be recycled and then end up in our oceans. But paper straws are a soggy mess by the time you’ve finished your drink. Enter these reusable silicone straws that fold up into a little carrying case. Problem solved
Why it’s smart: Jigsaw puzzles help improve short term memory. This one is a simple color gradient which makes it both challenging and visually pleasing at the same time. When it's done, it looks like a piece of modern art to hang on your wall.
Why it’s smart: This reusable sleeve has a built-in pop grip (like the kind on the back of a phone) so you can keep a firm grip while getting caffeinated. Bonus: It also fits a pint glass, giving new meaning to ‘hold my beer.’
Why it’s smart:No more Googling ‘how to open a bottle of wine.’ This automatic opener uncorks up to 30 bottles on a single charge. Cheers.
Why it’s smart: This glass bottle is the jack of all trades. It has a mesh basket that screws into the lid. So you can make tea (hot or cold) or infused water. The thick glass and neoprene sleeve mean the bottle won’t be too hot to hold.
Why it’s smart: This heart-shaped plant only needs to be watered once a month (a little more if it's in a bright windowsill). Plus, it's safe for pets so if your cat chews on it you don't have to worry.
Why it’s smart: This collapsible coffee cup can hold a Grande but also shrinks down to fit in a makeup bag, purse, or pocket. So you can take it with you anywhere and say goodbye to throwaway cups. The planet will thank you later.
Why it’s smart: This book about the ultimate protein will open their eyes to the egg’s versatility. Eggcellent.
Why it’s smart: Word games stimulate the brain. This Scrabble-esque card game lets you play with words (and friends) without a screen or a board. Each card has a letter and you win points by creating words.
Why it’s smart: Some nail polishes are tested on animals. And some have ingredients that are derived from animals. This polish is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. At-home manicures just got kinder.
Why it’s smart: Something to look forward to at 30,000 feet. This kit has everything you need to make a bloody mary in flight. Just add booze.
Why it’s smart: This portable, leak-proof bowl will help save cash (goodbye, $15 salads) and the planet. Win, win.
Why it’s smart: Depending on where you stick it, your co-workers may notice you're a gem employee. No promises.
PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. Thanks.
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Your family loves you no matter what. But it never hurts to score some extra brownie points.
We’ve all been there. The holiday shopping should have been done yesterday. All the "ship by" dates have passed and you've still got people on your list.
Slow clap for the friend who stepped up to host this year’s potluck or ugly sweater party. It takes time and effort to plan a shindig, so you can’t show up empty handed.