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2015 Gifts for Family Holiday Gift Guide #TwoBlogsFunGuides #HGG

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Welcome to the 2015 Gifts for Family Holiday Gift Guide. These are gifts that are great for families. You can expect to find fun things for the entire family in these guides. Games, Snacks, Gift Baskets, & more! All of these gifts were tested and approved by Women and Their Pretties or Mama Smith’s Blog (unless otherwise stated).

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Oh Snap! Marbles The Brain Store2

Oh Snap! Game 

A 2-6 player group game of dueling decision-making where the law of physics challenges your every move. This game is great to challenge the entire family!

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PURPUR Faucet Water Filter

Let’s face it – getting the perfect gift for your family members can be stressful. From new clothes to electronics, the options are endless and can often become a very daunting task. This holiday season, why not gift your family members with a product they may not often think of during the holidays – water! PUR Water Filtration offers consumers not only great-tasting water, but also water with less contaminants. In fact, PUR filters remove more contaminants than the leading competitor’s pitcher or faucet mount! Take some stress out of holiday shopping with a useful product that will be used beyond the holiday season and into the New Year!

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LectroFan JrLectroFan Jr

LectroFan Jr. delivers the advanced sound technology behind the trusted LectroFan line of products while also providing music box sounds to play classic nursery rhyme songs. The LectroFan Jr. offers unique engineered nursery rhyme tones and promotes an ideal sleep environment for the whole family with the 12 non-repeating fan sounds and white noises. Doctors and sleep experts recommend a consistent, relaxing sleep routine for newborns and older babies. Freeing a child’s sleep environment of jarring or distracting outside noises is a crucial step in creating a soothing space for sleep. The LectroFan Jr. provides nursery rhyme tones and background sounds to reduce household noise, neighborhood traffic, snoring, and even the unexpected noises found when travelling.

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Skylanders Superchargers

Kick your Skylanders adventure into overdrive! Pilot an unstoppable fleet of incredible vehicles over land, under sea and through sky to stop Kaos and save Skylands! Includes NEW online multiplayer race and CO-OP modes. My family is now addicted to Skylanders – we need to collect them all! This is the perfect gift for the entire family this holiday season.

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Dancing Moon CoffeeDancing Moon Coffee

Everyone needs a good cup of coffee! Parents are aware of what it in their children’s food but they should also be aware of what they are putting in their own bodies and that includes that morning cup that gets you going. In a crowded field, the new Dancing Moon Coffee stands out as a premium brand that’s small batch, single source, strictly organic, mold-free and fair trade compliant, using only the highest standards in roasting. The product line focuses on beans from the world’s best single source plantations. This coffee tastes fresh & delicious! One of my favorites to brew in the morning – and for company! A portion of the proceeds of Dancing Moon Coffee goes to the Semper Fi Fund, set up post – 9/11 to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for the wounded, critically ill and injured members of the Marines.

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AT&T Unite Express

The AT&T Unite Express by NETGEAR is perfect for creating a mobile hotpsot when you are traveling. It uses prepaid data  and allows you to connect up to 10 WiFi devices so the entire family can use it at one time. It also provides secure internet access via AT&T’s 4G LTE network but also has guest WiFi for one-time users. The unit itself provides up to 10 hours of battery life and there is even an optional Spanish language interface. For just $79.99 with no annual contract, no credit check, and no monthly commitment it makes the perfect holiday gift for the family that loves to travel.

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Utter Nonsense - Family Gift IdeaUtter Nonsense! Game

Utter Nonsense is a card game where players combine stereotypical accents with outrageous phrases to create sayings that are just plain ridiculous. This game is perfect for families with a good sense of humor! It’s clever, fun, and utterly hilarious. If you liked Cards Against Humanity, this is a similar to that, but very different at the same time. It’s typically suitable for ages 18 & up. 

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DSC_0045American Experience: Walt Disney DVD

Walt Disney was uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology and storytelling. This new film examines Disney’s complex life and enduring legacy. Features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, interviews with biographers and animators, and the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality.

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Mac & Cheese MakerElectric Mac and Cheese Maker

Looking for a quick and easy way to make mac and cheese? Look no further! With the electric mac and cheese maker your pasta will be ready in just minutes. The built in strainer drains the water in seconds then use the integrates mixer to stir in the cheese (and more if desired!). This handy kitchen gadget makes a delicious lunch or snack quickly and efficiently. The cheese gets mixed in evenly so every bite is just as cheesy as the others. My young daughters love this because they can really help make mac and cheese now. This is the perfect addition to any family fun night and will make a great gift for anyone! Only $19.99 at a CVS near you.

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Grilled Cheese ToasterGrilled Cheese Toaster

Grilled cheese is a family favorite in our house. Especially on cold nights with a cup of tomato soup. Sometimes it can be a hassle to pull out a pan or the griddle to make them but the grilled cheese toaster has solved all of that. Simply put together your favorite grilled cheese sandwich (I like mine with bacon and tomato), place it in the grill cage, and toast! It is that easy! My daughters have a blast using this and I know it will be a hit when they start having sleepovers with their friends. This is another great gift that the entire family will enjoy! Only $19.99 at a CVS near you.

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Hot Dog SteamerSteam-O-Matic Hot Dog Steamer

Whenever we have birthday parties or get together with friends, we end up making hot dogs. Depending on how many people are over, this can take a long time to do. With the Steam-O-Matic Hot Dog Steamer you can now steam your hot dogs AND your buns in just minutes! The Steam-O-Matic comes with a transparent lid, bun steaming tray, hot dog steaming drawer, and of course, a heating base. It is easy to store and fun to use! This is sure to be a hit with the whole family! Only $19.99 at a CVS near you.

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white mountain puzzlesWhite Mountain Puzzles

A great activity to do on Family Fun Night is putting together a puzzle! It exercises the brain and gets you thinking. Not to mention, it is a lot of fun. White Mountain Puzzles has a wide selection of puzzles – from 24 pieces and perfect for little ones, to 1000+ pieces for adults to complete on their own. Their puzzles are fun and unique and a perfect gift to put under the tree this year.

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mark my wordsMark My Words

Making words has never been so much fun! This easy-to-play word game combines the likes of Scrabble and Boggle to create the ultimate word challenge! Each player is given a number of letter tiles to use, as letters keep getting added to the board, new words must be made. Each words gets a point! Players have the chance to challenge and steal words in this lively, competitive family game. It’s educational, creative, and perfect for all ages making it a great game to put under the tree this year for the ENTIRE family!

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Honest TeaHonest Tea

Honest Tea is the nation’s top-selling organic bottled tea company. We make organic teas and juice drinks using Fair Trade Certified ingredients when we can, as well as zero calorie sodas. They believe in “quali-tea” which for them brings together 5 factors: Organic, Hand Plucked, Fair Trade Certified, Real Brewed, and Compost Leaves. A great company with products that the whole family will enjoy.

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These are probably the most unique chocolates I’ve ever tried. Everything from the packaging to the flavors to the ingredients are so original. I love it. They have chocolates that will keep you awake, chocolates that will help you sleep, and chocolates just for relaxing. They come in little boxes that can be carried around wherever you go. They have the recommended serving size that will give you the feeling you are looking for. I just love everything about these and I recommend giving these as gifts to families this holiday season. Replace your sleepy time tea, glass of wine, and cups of coffee with chocolate! 

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Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs,Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, will celebrate the anniversaries of Disney’s most cherished and classic properties that have been enchanting audiences for generations.  Through 2015, Walt Disney Records will celebrate 12 anniversaries including “Pinocchio” (75th), “Fantasia” (75th), “Cinderella” (65th), “Lady and the Tramp” (60th), “Sleeping Beauty” (55th), “Mary Poppins” (50th), “The Lion King” (20th) and “Toy Story”  (20th), among others. To honor these musical landmarks, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection will feature the beloved original soundtracks, plus valuable documentary content that tells the story behind the music.  Each album will feature newly created artwork from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Tangled,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Wreck-It Ralph”).  The illustrations, inspired by the original properties, will celebrate Disney’s rich heritage and create a unified look for the entire collection.

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Discover the true meaning of the holiday season with the live action adaptation of the beloved classic, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Starring Jim Carrey as The Grinch, director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer reimagine one of the most enduring holiday stories of all time.  Why is The Grinch (Carrey) such a grouch? No one seems to know, until little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) takes matters into her own hands and turns both Whoville and The Grinch’s world upside down, inside out… and funny side up.  Filled with dazzling scenery, special effects, makeup and costumes, this is an adventure “that can make your heart grow three sizes – if you’re not laughing too hard!” (Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution) – Newly re-mastered in 2015 for improved HD picture and sound! Includes Blu-ray + Digital HD

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W.C. Fields is a true comedy legend and remains one of the most recognizable and beloved actors of all time. From his early days on stage in vaudeville and Broadway through his live appearances on radio, he created an iconic persona that has never been matched. The comic genius of W.C. Fields is best captured forever in his body of films that highlight his notoriously sarcastic quick wit and slapstick routines. The W.C. Fields: Comedy Essentials Collection features 18 of his best feature-length comedies that continue to leave audiences of all ages laughing out loud. 

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The iHealth Ease gives you the technology you love at a fair price. Turn your smart phone into a powerful, FDA approved blood pressure monitor for easy, accurate blood pressure readings with the Ease. Simply place your compatible device on the monitor, apply the cuff, and measure instantly using the iHealth MyVitals app. Track your trends over time, and share results right from your touchscreen. The new iHealth MyVitals Triple-Check option ensures thorough and accurate data by taking your blood pressure three times and averaging the results.  Your measurements are stored and charted with past readings to give you a clear overview of your blood pressure trends at a glance. The app also detects irregular heartbeats and stores unlimited users and readings. 

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inspired by happiness cakeInspired by Happiness Gluten Free Cakes

Inspired by Happiness was created by The Original Cakerie to give desserts back to those suffering from Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity and their families, of which a staggering 1 in 133 Americans suffer from Celiac disease and another 18 million have gluten sensitivity. The three cakes that Inspired by Happiness features are their Dreamin’ of Chocolate Dark & White Chocolate Layer Cake, Dreamin’ of Strawberries White Chocolate Shortcake, and the recently launched Cravin’ for Cookies & Cream Layered Cake. Inspired by Happiness sets a standard for gluten-free living, giving dessert the decadence it deserves, while being accompanied by irresistible flavors, a homemade taste and amazing, moist textures.

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gifts for you nowFamily Word-Art Canvas

The Family Word-Art Canvas from GiftsForYouNow.com is a must for any family! It’s a cool custom wall art tech tool that allows you to type in names or words on the site and it creatively arranges then in various patterns, sizes and colors to make a really intriguing art piece. The Word-Art Canvas tech tool can be used for creating personalized art for families, friends, teams, sororities, businesses and many more. The site sports a fun personalization preview technology that allows you to see just what the art will look like with the specifications typed in. It was super easy to use and I love the way it came out. I proudly display my canvas for everyone who visits to see!

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Flavored CoffeeTwo Rivers Flavored Coffee Variety Pack

No need for 40 different boxes just to have variety in your flavored coffees. This sampler box lets you choose a different flavored coffee every day. Choice tastes better. These single serve kcups work in all Keurig machines (even the new 2.0 version) and are blended from 100% premium Arabica coffee beans.

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RiQ Robot KitPCS Edventures! RiQ Robot Kit

RiQ is an easy-to-build and easy-to-program robot kit for all ages with building components, sensors, and a microcontroller that enables everyone to be an inventor, engineer, or scientist! RiQ is a product for stimulating creativity, learning how to program, and providing a platform for experimenting in an engaging way with engineering and robotics. Recommended for students ages 9 and up, RiQ can be programmed easily with your Android or iOS Tablet using a Bluetooth connection, or you can program on an Apple or Windows computer (communicate with USB or Bluetooth). This kit is perfect for any after-school or home setting as a supplement to STEM or engineering education. My daughter and husband love experimenting with this kit and making many different robots. I love that my daughter is getting interested in the sciences while having fun and learning important skills.

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20151103_180153Peaceable Kingdom Cooperative Games

A cooperative game is a game where everyone plays together so that no one is left out and everyone has fun! Traditional games tend to have one winner and one (or many) losers. In a cooperative game, the players work as a team against a common obstacle, not against each other. Cooperative games emphasize play, not competition. Families learn to work and play together in respectful and compassionate ways. They learn to share, make decisions together, and trust one another. Cooperative games encourage inclusion and build confidence. Cooperative games are great for kids of all ages (as well as the adults in their life). Players don’t beat a cooperative game every time, so even if the players lose to the game, they lose as a team. There’s always a reason to keep working, thinking and playing together to win as a team! We received Feed the Woozle and Hoot Owl Hoot and my daughters love playing them. I am a huge fan of cooperative games and feel that they are very important for young children to learn valuable skills.

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comfort revolutionComfort Revolution

Comfort Revolution’s Hydraluxe Cooling Gel Pillow features a cool layer of Hydraluxe gel fused onto memory foam to help anyone get a better night’s sleep. The standard-size pillow comes in two patterns and a variety of colors. The pillow has been featured on Good Morning America, The Doctors, and The Dr. Oz Show. A 2011 independent test found the pillow slept significantly cooler than other sample pillows tested, including cool foam, ventilated foam, latex, fiber, and down. I personally love it and have been having great nights sleep since I started using it. Anyone would be lucky to find one of these under their tree this holiday season! 

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Captain America Light3DLightFX Lights

Kids love to decorate their walls. They love to express their personalities in every way possible. 3D Lights FX offers a wide lights and decals that will put the final touch on any room. From Captain America’s Shield, to a football, to Ninja Turtles, to Olaf – there is sure to be something for any child! These 3D lights are easy to install and look great on the wall. Even adults can join in the fun if they are geeky (like me!) with Avengers and Star Wars lights.

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society6Society6

Society6 is an online marketplace that customizes products for buyers by printing works from thousands of artists worldwide on dozens of items, ranging from tapestries to pillows to shower curtains. Check out a sample of Society6 holiday gifts in their affordable décor collections for fashionistasherhimgeek chic and kids. You can design your own home decor items. I received a throw pillow cover made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric. It is a stylish statement that will liven up any room. Individually cut and sewn by hand, the pillow cover measures 16″ x 16″, features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care! These are sure to impress your friends and family!

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iruluiRULU Tablet

I must say that I am pleasantly surprised by how much I love this tablet. I wanted it as something I could load up with toddler games for my young daughters and it is perfect for that. I have even played around on it quite a bit myself. It is google certified so it was ridiculously easy to load all my google stuff on to it. The keyboard case is a great fit – it is durable and protects the tablet nicely. The camera and screen resolution are decent – about what you would expect for this price point – slightly better even. If you are looking for a tablet that will be used for minimal work, or for games and apps for young kids, this is the perfect one for you. It would make a great holiday gift. It has a 7″ LCD multi-touch screen, Quad Core Processor 1.5GHZ, and Google Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. The iRULU tablet also features dual cameras and 16 GB capacity (which is extendable to 32 GB with an SD card).

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