Gift-giving has become much more difficult than it should be. Every year, the gadgets get smarter, and the Black Friday deals get better. Not to mention, the Black Friday lines have gotten even wilder than they were during the “Tickle Me Elmo” craze.

Believe it or not, holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a test of your survival skills and will. Rather than getting the latest and hottest devices for your family, this year you should get them simple and practical gifts. If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that the little things mean the most. If you’re looking for ways to simplify Christmas shopping and get your family gifts they’ll love at the same time, then we’ve got some unique gift ideas for you.

Hand Grips

Do you have an elderly person on your shopping list who’s starting to lose some of their physical capabilities? By putting grips on the devices they use and drop the most, you could prevent them from breaking their most valuable gadgets.

Panova provides custom rubber molding for everything from tablets to remote controls. Their products are durable and can be made to fit anything you can hold as well as custom made to fit your loved one’s grip.

Mani-Pedi Kit


Do you have a woman in your life who spends so much time at the nail salon that she’s on a first-name basis with every nail technician in the city? By gifting her a mani kit, you’ll be giving her a present she’ll love as well as one that will save her a lot of trips to the nail salon. ManiMe’s line of home manicure kits come with everything from nail polish to stick on nail art so she can achieve that fresh-from-the-salon look from the comfort of her own home.

Portable Charger

Do you know someone whose phone always seems to die at the most inconvenient times? What’s the point of smartphones if you can’t reach someone whenever you please? For the person in your life who just can’t seem to remember to charge their devices before they leave home, a portable charger is a perfect stocking stuffer. The phone and charger should come from the same manufacturer to ensure compatibility and optimal performance. If they don’t remember to take their portable charger with them when they leave the house, well, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.

Streaming Subscription

A streaming app is a great gift for just about anyone. You can’t go wrong whether you choose Netflix, Disney+, or Hulu because each streaming service has a combination of blockbuster movies as well as their own series and original movies. If you know someone who doesn’t have any streaming apps and is always asking if they can use the password to one of your streaming accounts, then get them off your account and onto one of their own.

Trip to the Spa

There are few better gifts than a good pampering. For the woman or man in your life who’s in serious need of some self-care, then give them a spa day as a Christmas gift. The only way you could make the gift any better is to do the laundry and the dishes while they’re away.

Stylish Masks

The pandemic has made it so that we now have to wear masks when we go out in public, so we might as well make the best of it right? For some people, masks have become as much of a fashion accessory as they are a type of personal protection garment. If you know someone whose masks have to coordinate with the rest of their outfits, then get them some stylish masks this Christmas.


Christmas is a time to say “see you later” to the cares of the world and just enjoy the moment. There aren’t many better ways to do that than over a glass of whiskey. A bottle of whiskey makes an excellent gift for your father, uncle, or brother, and it could even spark some new holiday traditions.