Did you know that giving gifts at Christmas time is a relatively new tradition in this country? Yep! It seems like it's been around since the beginning, but that's just not the case. In fact, the pilgrims who came to America didn't even celebrate Christmas because they thought the holiday too decadent.
In the early 1800's, Americans began celebrating Christmas again, not as a boisterous party, but as a solemn and private family event. Victorian standards of the day were being relaxed and families saw this as an opportunity to lavish attention and gifts on their children without spoiling them. (yeah, right!)
Stores began advertising Christmas shopping in 1820, Santa Claus becomes popular, Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' is widely read, and real live Santas are being visited by children in stores.
The rest, as they say, is history!
Sleek and stylish, Savora kitchen tools are the classiest gifts for your foodie friends. Choose from a grater, peeler, ice cream scoop, can opener, oil mister, or garlic press.
For the on-the-go person on your list, 100% leakproof and/or spillproof travel mugs, water bottles, and kids cups from Contigo will make their day.
The Zumba Fitness World Party videogame is the perfect gift for anyone wanting to get in shape and have fun too! Over 30 different dance styles from all over the world, plus great music make this fun for the whole family. They even have a kids version, Zumba Kids for the younger set.
Family size Sticky Toffee Pudding - way better than fruitcake!
Tip: Pay attention to details - gift giving happens throughout the year, but many people only think of it right before an event. Take some time and really think about the people in your life. Write down details about that person. Do they like to do things outdoors? Are they a bookworm? Foodie? Tech head? Brainstorm gift ideas ahead of time, then when a birthday or holiday comes up, you can go to your list and buy something customized just for
them. Believe me, this really makes people feel special (especially women - hint, hint, all you men out there!)
Tegu Magnetic blocks even come with a travel case. Perfect for little hands during long airplane rides.