It’s that time of year again, crunch time for getting a gift for that special “someone” in your life. If you’ve been tardy in hitting the mall or ordering online, or simply slept through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, worry not. You’re not quite at the two-minute warning (yet) but you are getting close!
Members of the Barrel O’Monkeyz team got together and brainstormed a list of gift ideas for a range of ages and budgets, which can be especially useful for all you procrastinators out there . . . or if you’re just really stumped on what to get a certain somebody.
Dina Daglas, Monkeyz Account Coordinator
Star Wars BB-8 Droid
This App-enabled Droid from “Sphero” is the real thing. Based on the BB-8 character in the new Star Wars film, you can be the coolest kid (or big-kid) in the neighborhood. www.sphero.com.
Star Wars Onesie
For the guy in your life who has everything, I bet he doesn’t have one of these! Check out this Chewbacca Hooded “Onesie.” www.target.com
Track heart rate, walking, all-day activity stats, and even your sleep with these wearables from Fitbit. www.fitbit.com.
GoPro Hero 4 & HERO4 Session
Capture your active lifestyle with GoPro’s HERO4, featuring 4K Ultra HD video and liquid-smooth slow motion. For a less expensive, smaller option, check out GoPro’s HERO4 Session.
Travis Perreira (Monkeyz Web Guy and Technical Support)
Star Wars Shirts and Exercise Gear
With the release of Under Armour’s “The Star Wars Imperial Collection,” the Star Wars nerd in all of us no longer needs to limit him or herself to just sitting on the couch, watching TV. Now anyone can summon “the force” while exercising and playing hard with these Star Wars shirts and gear.
You can find more “cool” Star Wars exercise clothes at www.thinkgeek.com, and if Star Wars just isn’t your thing, check out www.stridefitnessapparel.com for more cool stuff.
Laura Hendrickson, Monkeyz Marketing Manager
Wilson Beach Volleyball
Sometimes simple gifts are best. Here’s the classic Wilson Beach Volleyball for the volleyball enthusiast in your life.
Feather/Down Bed Comforter
Sleep in comfort and warmth with the SÖTVEDEL Extra Warm Comforter from Ikea.
Epoch Sole Solution Foot Crème
Treat your feet right with this top-rated cream that gets your feet super soft (no more cracks or rough skin!) www.nuskinops.com
Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband
Check your heart rate, how far you’ve walked, and how many calories you’ve consumed! www1.macys.com
Matt McGovern, Monkeyz Copywriter/Consultant
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
Get more out of your media with these noise cancelling headphones which are designed to reduce background and ambient noise. Pricey, but a must-have for travelers who want to cancel out the sounds of jet engines, crying babies, and idle conversations. www.bestbuy.com
Drones and QuadCopters
One of the season’s hottest items, hobby drones can range in price from $50 to $3,000 and are as varied in design as they are in capabilities. When buying, check the specs and the reviews. You’ll want something with decent battery life, range, and some sort of camera/video capability. For starters, check out this search results page at Amazon and be sure to read the FAA’s recent ruling concerning registering your drone (read here).
What’s kind of holiday season would it be without a party or two? That said, my gift picks relate (albeit some are a stretch!) to making the most of your holiday get-togethers.
Pro Passback Training Football (Gets the party started)
With the Passback training football, you can toss the flat end of the specially designed football against a wall and it will bounce right back to you! It’s a great way to get some exercise, improve your football handling skills, and get your blood pumping.
Mobile Edge Bags and Cases (Bring stuff to the party)
Stylish, designer inspired laptop bags, tablet cases, backpacks, handbags, briefcases, smartphone accessories, and more. www.mobileedge.com
Gifts Inspired by BOM Clients
- Dig out from parties with the DMOS Kicker Tool, the ultimate portable shovel for skiers and snowboarders. dmoscollective.com
- For those food cravings post-party, get back on track with these Superfood Proteins from Ground-Based Nutrition. ground-based.com
- Get to your holiday party in style with Airport Van Rentals for groups ranging from 7 to 15 people! airportvanrental.com
- Carry stuff to the party with these eco-friendly bags, backpacks, and totes from Belvedere Exclusive. belvedereexclusive.com
- Hydrate with pure, great tasting water at the party or after with Gobie H2O, the sexiest water bottle on the market. gobieh2o.com.
- Don’t forget your party wear from Plastic Clothing, active lifestyle clothing and gear for men, women, and kids. plasticclothing.com
No Holiday Would Be Complete Without A Cat Video
While this list could go on forever, hopefully something here has inspired you to think of a unique and meaningful gift for that certain someone. After all, it’s the thought that counts. For more gift-giving ideas, check out my earlier blog, “The Act of Giving is What Matters Most.”
Happy gift giving . . . and if you have any of your own gift-giving ideas, share them here with the monkeyz community.
Paul June is King Monkey of BARREL O’MONKEYZ, a full-service digital media and marketing group specializing in more creativity, ideas, and fun for active lifestyle consumer products, sports marketing, and brands in San Diego and Southern California.