Kaja’s Top 5: December 2018

This is a perfect family gift guide for the holidays!

Kaja Bingham, Columnist

Need ideas for holiday gifts this year? This list is sure to give you plenty of ideas!

For Mom

I’m sure you love the planet, and if your mom is a fantastic cook and loves the grocery store as much as mine does, do her a favor and get her chic and reusable produce and grocery bags. Baggu has quite literally the cutest reusable and sustainable totes in all sizes for large grocery runs and produce. According to Baggus website, their bags hold 2-3 plastic grocery bags worth of items, equivalent to 50 lbs, and when not in use can fold into a flat 5 in. x 5 in. pouch. You can also check out Amazon for smaller narrower produce bags from brands like Naturally Sensible and Penguin Pantry. Help your mom save the earth this holiday.

For Dad

If your dad is like mine and drinks coffee like his life depends on it, I have the perfect gift: The Ember Temperature Control Mug is the future of coffee. It is a mug with a sleek elegant design that has no buttons or complicated technology. The mug connects to your phone through an app, you can control the temperature of your coffee by turning a heating knob on the bottom or using the app to turn up the heat. This mug keeps your coffee warm all day and can reheat your coffee when you forget about it and it goes cold… yuck. The coffee mug is rechargeable when you set it on its charging coaster and lasts for several hours before you need to recharge it again.

For Sister

For your sister that needs to be zen, get an oil diffuser. Oil diffusers can clean and purify the air while adding a beautiful aroma to the room that will disperse in even steam. These can be found at all price points in places like Amazon, Urban Outfitters, and even Home Goods. This is the perfect gift that can be used during the daytime and even before bed with a lavender essential oil for sleep. I have gifted all of my friends an oil diffuser and would recommend to all.

For Brother

What’s a nice gift for your brother you might ask? Well, I don’t have a brother so I am not experienced in this aspect of gift giving. However, I have cousins that have enjoyed my gifts in the past. Here’s what I am thinking: I use my Alexa religiously so I am going to say get your brother an Amazon Alexa. Alexa is so convenient for so many reasons. First of all, your brother can blast his music, listen to the news, set alarms, get the weather, play trivia and so much more on his new Alexa. It is convenient easy and serves many purposes plus its a great gift for brothers in college or ones that are going to go, what a great piece for a dorm!

For Grandparent

Whenever you go over to your grandparent’s house and pour a nice glass of ice water do you ever see your grandparent staring from across the room making sure you don’t set it down on their table without a coaster? Me too. Get your grandparent custom coasters. Uncommon Goods sells customizable map coasters that depict 9 square miles of your location of choice. Choose their hometown, where the family lives in different parts of the world, or even where you are going off to school! This personalized gift is the perfect option for your grandparents as they will be reminded of you every time they use them.