It may sound cliche, but gadgets and trends will always come and go. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we don’t still want the hottest gifts of the year—it just means that they shouldn’t be our only focus during the holidays. Once everyone finishes trying on clothes and fiddling with their tablets, you can take out one of these gifts below and enjoy them for quality family time.
The kids often forget that parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts were once young too! This journal is a great way for different generations to connect while sharing personal stories. Inside, you’ll find questions that prompt interesting conversations about life experience. It’s a great keepsake to hold onto for years to come.
These days, Greek yogurt seems to have become a “trendy” food to eat since it’s loaded with health benefits that improve weight, digestion, blood pressure, and bone density. It’s a tasty option for breakfast or a snack, and since it has double the protein of regular yogurt, it’s much more filling as well.
It’s a great food to eat in theory, but a lot of the Greek yogurts sold in stores contain artificial ingredients, which basically cancel out any of the benefits that they’re supposed to have. Fortunately, you can create your own flavors while saving money by purchasing your own Greek yogurt maker. The one pictured above is compact, easy-to-use, and comes in 4 different colors.
Bad weather never has to prevent anyone from enjoying a beautiful starlit sky again. You can turn your living room (or any room for that matter) into a planetarium with this night sky projection kit. It’s a fun activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Once everyone learns where all of the constellations are, the family can head outside on a clear night and test their knowledge!
Why not turn your favorite photo into a family-friendly activity? Whether it’s a group shot from a vacation or an adorable picture of your pet, you can turn any image into your own custom puzzle. The top of the tin shows the completed picture for reference, and inside, you’ll find 252 puzzles pieces that measure roughly .75″ x .75″ each.
Available at Walgreens.
Want to teach your kids how to save money? Trying to save some money yourself? Turn financial responsibility into something a bit more entertaining with this smart piggy bank. The “Porkfolio” wirelessly communicates through a mobile app that allows you to track your balance and even set financial goals right from your phone. Each time you feed it a coin, its nose lights up with joy. Each family member can get their own piggy bank and compete against each other to see who can save the most money each month.
Available at Quirky.
Jessica Dolnick sets up many of the merchants that you see on We-Care.com, and through extensive research and personal experiences, writes about them in the We-Care blog. Jessica has always been passionate about the nonprofit sector–before working at We-Care.com, she organized benefit concerts, volunteered at her local hospital, and raised over $50,000 for her alma mater. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in psychology and communication and a minor in education from the University at Albany.