Lifestyle Gifts are this Year’s Holiday Trend

Are you trying to come up with a gift idea for a friend or loved one who has a special, unique lifestyle? Then you’re in luck because lifestyle gifts are all the rage for holiday season 2020. Neckties, socks, perfume, and sweaters are not going to cut it this year, so save yourself some time and use one of the suggestions below. Each one has its own particular demographic, and each is guaranteed to please. What’s the bonus? You won’t have to spend a ton of money to bring a big smile to the face of your recipient. Here are four ideas to get you started.

Marijuana Subscription Boxes

Chances are, there are at least a few cannabis enthusiasts on your gift list. That’s good news because marijuana subscription boxes are one of the trendiest, most beloved of all items on our list. Maybe you’re already seen a review of Hemper Box and know what it’s all about. If you haven’t, there’s essential info to know. Offered by Nugg Club, both the Nugg Club Box and the Hemper Box are ideal for anyone with a taste for the finer things in life. But, what’s the difference? The former contains top-grade marijuana while the latter contains necessary supplies like rolling papers, bongs, and various accessories. There’s no reason you can’t give both, which would be a double-great holiday present. Or, choose which one will make your friend or family member happiest.

Video Conference Peripherals

Do you have techie pals who can’t stay away from video chat or teleconferencing? What about all those employees with work-at-home for the foreseeable future who could use an add-on or two for their camera setup? One of the season’s biggest selling product categories is video peripherals. Whether it’s self-focusing webcams, smart microphones, cool green screen pulldowns or the latest monitors, a tech-related item is sure to please anyone in this lifestyle category.

GPS Collars for Pets

What do animal lovers love more than animals? GPS collars for their pets. What was a pricey little tech toy just a few years ago has finally become an affordable product. There are plenty of brands and sizes to choose from, so make sure you know what kind of pet will be wearing the collar. Some of these clever gadgets come with their own apps that let the owner find a lost pet by using a cell phone for tracking. The big win is that anyone who uses a tracking collar will never again have to worry about losing a pet.

Bluetooth Car Diagnostic Units

For all your motorhead pals, the newer wave of Bluetooth-enabled car care tools makes the perfect holiday present. They’re not costly at all but have amazing capabilities. Run through a phone app, the tiny little boxes attach to the under dash of any car and deliver a detailed readout about every conceivable engine parameter, including mileage, temperature, all fluid levels, and anything that needs the attention of a mechanic. The amount of data and diagnostics these things put out is incredible. Consider getting one for yourself as well because many sellers offer half-off discounts if you purchase a pair.

5 Unique Experience Gifts

Tired of giving the same old gifts over and over again? While material items make special gifts, a unique experience gift can help create memories that last a lifetime. Baseball games, travel vouchers, plane tickets, and much more can help take your gifts to the next level and leave an impression that will always be fondly remembered. Here are five unique experience gifts for the next time you want something a little different.

1. Award Show Tickets

Have you ever attended the VMAs or Emmy’s? These exciting events can create memories you’ll never forget, as every event is different. When it comes to actors and artists, you can always expect the unexpected!

Gifting award show tickets can be a step-up from your usual gifts. Maybe dad doesn’t need another tie for his birthday, or mom has so many coffee mugs she’s running out of cupboard space. Your best friend probably doesn’t need another handbag either, but a pair of tickets to the VMAs can be just the thing to shake it up a bit and show your giftee just how much you care.

2. Major Sporting Event Tickets

For the sports fan in your circle, memorabilia and merchandise can only go so far. If you’ve maxed out their jersey collection and there’s no more room in the display case for bobbleheads, purchasing them an actual ticket to the event they’re so fond of can really light up their day.

Many sporting venues and associations offer discounts on season passes or family packages, so you can even include the whole family if you so choose. These make the perfect birthday, father’s day, or simply “I love you” gifts for your dad, brother, sister, uncle, or best friend who love sports.

You can also sign up your giftee for the loyalty program that many stadiums/associations offer, so they can earn points or other rewards for purchasing merchandise and tickets for their favorite teams. The gift that keeps on giving!

3. Glamping

Glamping is just camping without all of the barebones survival aspects thrown into it. With glamping, you’ll be sleeping in a comfortable tent or cabin, complete with all of the amenities you would have in your home (except with significantly better scenery).

Glamping near Yellowstone is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, as Yellowstone has some of the most breathtaking experiences and landscapes of any of the nation’s national parks. Experience the beauty and majesty of the national parks from a luxury tent complete with a bed and comfortable pillows!

4. Cruise Tickets

What’s better than a cruise? A cruise that was gifted, of course! Cruises make for amazing experiences; you get to travel the high seas on a luxury ship while enjoying fun in the sun in tropical places.  

There are literally thousands of cruise packages available online, each with their own specific itineraries and inclusions. Some packages will include airfare and alcohol, while others will only include the cost of the cruise itself. It’s important to always price check with other cruise lines to ensure you’re getting a great deal, as prices and packages can change daily.

Many cruise packages are quite affordable, ranging from just above $1,000 to well above $5,000. It all depends on how long the cruise is, which room you choose on the ship, and departure dates.

5. Racing a Luxury Sports Car

If you’ve got a friend or a loved one who loves cars, this is the ultimate gift experience for them. Flying down the racetrack in a Lamborghini or Ferrari is a truly unique experience, and sure to satisfy the car lover in your circle.

There are many tracks that provide such experiences, from The Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida. The packages will vary in cost, but we found some that fell in at around $400 for three laps. You can always choose more laps as well, but the price goes up from there.

Racing some of the fastest cars in the world is sure to be an experience your friend or loved one will thank you for over and over again. After all, who hasn’t wanted to suit up and hit 200mph on an open road in a Ferrari?

Blu-ray Review “The Girl With All The Gifts”

Actors: Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua
Directors: Colm McCarthy
Rated: R
Studio: Lionsgate
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Run Time: 111 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Who knew that six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close’s next film was going to be a post apocalyptic zombie film, I would have said “Hell no!” But she kicks some major ass in “The Girl With All The Gifts”. This British zombie flick definitely stands out among the flood of non-stop entries into this popular genre. In this film the flesh-eating beasts are called “hungries” and are teachable like pets (sort of). Very cool flick. Great performance from the underappreciated Gemma Arterton and stealing the show is the newcomer Sennia Nanua! She was amazing and I hope to see much more of her!

Official Premise: Humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh eating “hungries.” Only a small group of children seems immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, these unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. When the base falls, one little girl escapes and must discover what she is, ultimately deciding both her own future and that of the human race.

Lionsgate is delivering the film as a combo pack with a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD copy. Unlike the film, the special features are disappointing. There is only one featurettes included here called “Unwrap the Secret World of The Girl with All the Gifts”, which is a pretty standard brief behind-the-scenes look. Was hoping for a commentary track to get a little deeper into the subtext of the film itself.