I admit, I expected the new Halo game to be the biggest game of the year. I was astonished when my local GameStop told me they only had a few dozen preorders and most of them never came to pick up their copy. So what is the biggest game of the season? Why Fallout 4, of course. Fallout 4 follows a survivor from a nuclear war, and because of all the building involved you can essentially play this game forever. As a bonus, it even includes a free copy of Fallout 3. A forewarning: if you get this game for your significant other, don't expect any quality time together for a few weeks. Pick up your copy today at Amazon.
For your mom, sister, girlfriend, or skin-care loving friend, Burt's Bees is an all-natural line that has no harsh chemicals or additives. While most of the products range in the $10 range, when the holidays come around the company puts out a few gift sets that you can usually snap up for less than $20. My favorite set this year is the face essentials. It includes a scrub, face wash, makeup removing wipes, and the yummiest coconut-lime lip balm you will ever smell. Buy it here or find it at your local drugstore.
Assuming the book-lover in your life already has a Kindle, why not pick up a few books for the special person in your life. For readers YA through adult, I suggest the Flat-Out series. What's even better is that the author, Jessica Park, has donated this book to the Word Reader Foundation. If fantasy is more their style, the Snow Like Ashes series is not to be missed.
Forget all those crazy gadgets that everyone has, let's go back to the timeless calculator watch. Calculator watches are not only stylish but also functional. Sure, everyone has all this information on their phones, but let's not forget how easy it is to access compared to pulling out your phone, unlocking it, and pulling up the app. A family member recently visited and told me he had two of these. Before that, these watches were just an '80s fad.You'd be surprised at how much his watch came in handy. This is one of those must-haves for every wardrobe. Buy it on Amazon here or find it pretty much anywhere watches are sold.
Sometimes you have that gift you need to get but you're not quiet sure what to get. You don't want to spend too much money, but you don't want to go as standard as a gift card. That's where the adult coloring books come in. Not only are they therapeutic, but they take us back to when we were kids and didn't have to worry about bills or any of that other crap. Most of them are pretty humorous and may even make a great gag gift. My favorite is Unicorns Are Jerks. Slight humor but something fun to enjoy. Throw in a box of crayons and you have the perfect present for the person who sits next to you every day. You can pick this coloring book up at Amazon here, or find a few at your local bookstore.
We all have a friend who doesn't want to grow up. Remember those beanie babies in the '90s? Well, Shopkins are today's equivalent. These micro figurines come in blind packs or packages and there are hundreds to collect. The trick is to find the ultra-rare ones with pearl and glittery finishes.The silly names of these figures, such as Chelsea Charm, remind me of a tamer version of the Garbage Pail kids. Even if you aren't a kid, they're fun to collect and display on your desk. Quiet possibly one of the hottest toys of the season, good luck finding them at the store, but you can find them at Amazon here.
Work suck? Relationship giving you troubles? Everyone must have a Dammit doll at hand to relieve their frustrations. Whenever you get mad, you're encouraged to hit, throw, or pound these dolls against the wall or desk. They even come in a variety of patterns and hair colors. This is a perfect gift for any Dirty Santa exchange or that friend who enjoys a lighthearted gift. Find the dolls at Amazon here.
If you've never had a Harry and David gift basket, your life is incomplete. Handmade, delicious, and juicy, these gift baskets include a signature golden foil-wrapped pear. I know I dissed gift sets like these earlier, but this brand is the exception. Each layer in the package includes a different snack that's perfect for Christmas Eve snacking. Order them online here.
There's always that person who reads a little too much into a gift. Everything has to be politically correct, and they get offended by everyone and everything. These are the people who get giftcards, but god forbid they get one to anywhere they don't shop or have strong views against, because that means you you got them this offensive gift on purpose. So here is the biggest challenge of them all. What to get the easily offended person? Why, the space pen of course. The pen that writes at any angle and in any weather. The pen created especially by scientists to take up into space in the 1940s. Just don't become offended if the person loses it or it gets stolen. Pick one up here or find one at your local office supply store.
There's my list of top 10 gift ideas. Do you have a must-have gift you will be getting this year? Let me know in the comments.