I’m all for non-cliché gifting. I like to find unique, functional items to unveil for the holidays, as well as gift my family experiences- memories that live forever.
Here are some original gifting ideas and outings that will get your posse in the seasonal spirit.
If you’re craving a parent’s night out…
Gift your significant other a dinner like no other.
The Valley’s Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is home to Kai, Arizona’s only AAA Five Diamond Award-winning restaurant. The restaurant features a menu rich in creativity, history and Native American culture.
Your dining experience is truly one in a million- the waiter will literally become your BFF, walking you through every dish and refilling your wine glass before you’ve taken your last sip.
Each course is an inventively titled chapter — from small plates of “The Birth” to the main dishes titled, “Journey.” While the tasting menu comes at a cost, your 4+ hour dining adventure will be rich in culture, taste and enjoyment.
Esteemed dishes include Tribal Buffalo and Steelhead Trout. Book a reservation.
If your hubby handles grilling…
Gift him an innovative cooking essential: the new IG Charcoal BBQ(under $500).
This multi-functional concoction flaunts a grill top or removable top made for meat and veggies. With temperature control features for grill enthusiasts wanting to slow cook or char, the IGBBQ will make any meal result in perfection.
If your kids love to cuddle…
Bring the family to Build A Bear.
Instead of gifting your kids a pre-wrapped plush, let them custom create one of their own. There are many themed bears to choose from (“Frozen 2, “Star Wars,” etc)- and they can dress them however they creatively please.
Insider tip: have your child record a bit of their favorite song to insert into the bear, capturing their sweet voices forever. (And make sure to build a bear of your own, mama! Be a kid with your kids!)
If you’re revamping a game room…
Indulge in some friendly family competition with the Home Dual Pop-A-Shot.
Yep, those basketball games you see at Peter Piper Pizza can become your latest addition; Pop-A-Shot recently introduced its first game for the home market.
The basketball arcade game is sturdy and adjustable (even fits under 7’ ceilings). The scoreboard is big for optimal viewing and comes stocked with 16 games. With music selections, sound effects, and an announcer who calls the game, the Pop-A-Shot Home Dual Shot is the ultimate present for sporty families. And it’s on sale for $279.99!
If you’re into dance parties…
Launched in August, Ikea’s collaboration with Sonos is great for music buffs… and great for your budget. Opt for the best sounding lamp in the world- a table lamp equipped with WiFi speakers. It’s sleek, modern, and boasts crisp sound. Oh, and it’s under $200.
Written by: Nadine Bubeck
Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)