Exciting Gift Ideas for Boomers and Retirees [50 Gifts They Won’t Return]

50 Gifts That Boomers Really Want- Rebel Retirement

If you’ve been searching for exciting gift ideas for boomers and retirees, I’ve got 50 ideas for gifts they won’t return!

Perhaps you’ve got the gift-giving blues because you’re frustrated with trying to come up with a great gift for the boomer in your life.  Maybe you think boomers and retirees have been around so long, they already have everything they could possibly want.

Not so!

I’m a boomer and a retiree. I know what boomers want. And I’m here to help.

Before I get to my list of exciting gift ideas for boomers and retirees, let’s talk a little bit about what makes boomers tick.

If you prefer, click to the list of Gift Ideas for Guys. Or, the list of Gift Ideas for Gals.

Growing older means growing bolder.

We are not content to sit on our duffs and watch the world pass us by.

For over 60 years, baby boomers have shaped the political and cultural landscape. We’ve been movers and shakers and our baby boomer influence continues to this day.

Even if you think it’s unrealistic, we think of ourselves as perpetually youthful and intend to retain our spark as we age.

We have bucket lists filled with goals to accomplish, places to see, and skills to master.

Exercise is a priority, and many of us use alternative natural health solutions.

Baby boomers are taking up new hobbies, exploring the outdoors like never before, and trying new things.

Having said that, I hope I’ve made it clear that we couldn’t possibly have everything we want. Every day presents a new opportunity to try something new.

Be observant to what the boomer in your life is presently “in to”, and bingo, you’ve got a gift idea!

Before selecting a gift, think about the “real” person beneath the persona of Mom, Dad, Husband, Wife, Sister, Brother, Aunt, Uncle – you get the idea.

And, let me warn you before I give you my list of exciting gift ideas.

Anything that smacks of age-related gifts is a big no-no! Medication management devices or medical alert alarms would be a total insult!

50 Ideas for Gifts that Boomers Really Want and Won’t Return.

I’ve broken it down into 25 gift ideas for guys,  and 25 gift ideas for gals. All of the items are available through our affiliate program with Amazon, the worldwide merchant we all trust. If you see something you like, please click through from our website. You’ll get Amazon’s great prices, reliable service, and it won’t cost you a single penny extra if you buy it through our site. Although, we will receive a small commission and warm fuzzies in our hearts.

25 gifts that guys will appreciate


No. 1 – Trail Camera 

Apeman Trail Camera

APEMAN Trail Camera 12MP 1080P 2.4″ LCD Game&Hunting Camera with 940nm Upgrading IR LEDs Night Vision up to 65ft/20m IP66 Spray Water Protected Design

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon favorite! Affordably priced at $39.99. The top customer review states,

“Exactly what I was looking for. I’m not a hunter but I love wildlife. I also wanted something to keep an eye on our back door where deliveries are left. This fit the bill perfectly.”

My husband fully enjoys his trail camera. And we take pleasure in seeing all of the different wildlife that passes through our yard.


No. 2 –  Hiking Poles 

Black Diamond Trail Sport 3 Trekking Pole

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon’s Choice for trek pro hiking poles! Affordably priced at $69.95 plus free shipping. The top customer review states,

“My husband had a knee replacement in May. We went to CO in July, so I bought these for him for hiking. He was a hiking maniac with these!!! They were awesome! Many of the other brands got reviews that said that they broke off while using. Not these!! They were sturdy. And they fit perfectly in his suitcase for our travel to the mountains. Highly recommend!”

Hiking poles are very helpful on long and steep trails. My husband never takes a hike without his.


No. 3 –  Bear Deterrent

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent with Holster, 8.1-Ounce

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for Counter Assault Bear Spray. Best price at $34.99. The top customer review states,

“I carried this while hiking for a week at Glacier National Park. I never actually had to use it, but the holster made it very convenient to carry on my belt, and it gave me extra peace of mind while enjoying the amazing scenery.”

This is the bear spray we carry when hiking in bear country. A great product any man would want to have as a back-up against bears or predators while hunting. 


No. 4 – Down Winter Mittens

Gordini Down Men's Mittens

Gordini Men’s Da Goose V GTX Mitts. Naturaloft, Gore-Tex, gauntlet Cinch closure.

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, these Gordini Mittens are Gortex- waterproof, with naturaloft down insulation to keep hands toasty in frigid weather.  Priced from $58.38 to $90.00. Top customer review states,

“Great present for my husband for his Christmas….very full and long cuffs….they have separate thumbs….the quality was great!! He liked the way they tightened up at the wrist, too!!!”

Hands stay warm and dry even sub-zero temperatures.


No. 5 – Fire Starter 

Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter

Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter [31-000699]

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for fire starter kit. The perfect man gift for only $11.93. Top  customer review states,

“Grylls makes great products. I use a lot of his gear when backpacking and this is a definite must. I have been through a couple hundred strikes on this and there is still about 90% of the flint left. It packs away very nicely and is very easy to use. You can produce huge sparks on this if you align the striker and flint properly. The cord that holds the two pieces together does get in the way a little bit since it is fairly short but if you make slow methodical strikes, the cord doesn’t get the way too much. If anything it helps make sure that you don’t get the two pieces separated. I would definitely recommend this product over other on the market. I bought this for just over $10 over a year ago and have used it on camping trips about every month since then. I have barely put a dent in the life of this product and will expect to use it for the next 8-10 years before it runs out.”

The Survival Series Fire Starter is a must-have for scouting, camping, and hiking expeditions.

No.  6 – Splitting Maul

Fiskars Iso Core 8 lb Maul, 36 Inch

Fiskars Iso Core 8 lb Maul, 36 Inch

4.8 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for splitting maul. Can’t beat the price at $41.80. Top customer review states,

“I’ve been splitting wood wrong my whole life. Seriously. I should have bought this decades ago.

I heat my home with a wood stove. I’m also cheap and buy rounds. They’re cheaper than split wood, and hey, I get a good workout splitting and stacking them.

For all my life I’ve used an axe, a wedge, and a 5lb short handle sledge. Over the past summer I somehow lost the sledge somewhere on my 7 acre property. Went here to buy a replacement, and stumbled upon this amazing device. Sure, it is expensive. But I intuitively grasped the implication of its design. It arrived two days ago.

Oh. My. Gawd.

It flies through pine rounds like a hot knife through soft butter. It splits hefty rounds with ease. It feels as if I am Gandalf wielding Glamdring. Rounds split asunder like the cheap helms of orcs. It exhorts you to holler like a Viking warrior as you vanquish rounds into firewood. AAAAAARRRRRRGGGHHHHHH!!!!! It is only after you have surrounded yourself with the shards of the vanquished now piled knee deep that you realize that your body is weary, your brow dripping, your breath short, and your body steaming in the chill air – that you realize in a few minutes you have split a month’s worth of heat. You can rest.

My sole complaint is that it is TOO EFFECTIVE. it flies through the subject round and has begun to split my sturdy anvil of a very large Ponderosa Pine round I have been using as a base for splitting for years. I may need to place some plywood as a protective layer to preserve it.

This is a fine tool. I will cherish it. I will use it. I will pass it down to my sons as a family heirloom.”

Well, I think the review says it all. Men love splitting mauls! I know my husband does. He loves the invigorating workout he gets when splitting wood, and says it makes him feel manly. A real winner of a gift for the man on your list that splits wood.

No. 7 – Backyard Green House

Palram Nature Series Mythos Hobby Greenhouse - 6' x 8' x 7'- Silver

Palram Nature Series Mythos Hobby Greenhouse – 6′ x 8′ x 7′- Silver

Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, this backyard greenhouse provides 48 square feet of growing space. Priced right at $441.99. Top customer review states,

Recieved greenhouse in March 2015. Prepared a level site to place greenhouse in April, I’m 54 and put it up by myself on a sunny, calm day. It took about 7 hours. Very pleased with it. I planned on using it over winter months so I did a lot of extras, I caulked all seams along frame. I also dug 3 ft slots around foundation and buried foam boards in those slots. This was to help with more insulation to keep ground freezing from creeping under. I added some foam strips along door to also aid in insulating for winter months.
I have used the greenhouse very heavily thru all the seasons now. Spring for vegie garden seedlings, summer for house plants and flower gardens, fall for herbs and wedding flowers for a September 20th wedding, winter is here and I left a few herbs in to see how they would do. At this time I have Parsley, thyme, rosemary in it and they are doing very well. I plan to add a heater for next winter to grow more delicate greens.
We just had our first snowstorm, 31 inches. I live in York County, PA. I was surprised to see that the snow never accumulated more than 3 inches at the most on the roof. The warmness inside kept it melting off which was great, I was worried I would have to clear off snow but never had to. See attached pix. The building behind greenhouse is henhouse and goose house, the snow was so deep we had to clear it off their roofs.
I love the auto window opener. It works great. I also added a louver in back side to add more air flow over summer months and a misting unit with a timer I attached to shelves. I used regular garden hoses to attach to rain gutters and ran them in to 5 gal. bucket to collect water. I had cinder blocks that I turned on their side then used 2 x 4s to put on them for shelves.
I am very happy with this greenhouse.”

A backyard greenhouse has been on my husband’s wish list for years!

No. 8 – Ash Bucket with Shovel

Panacea 15343 Ash Bucket with Shovel, Black

Panacea 15343 Ash Bucket with Shovel, Black

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for ash bucket with shovel. It’s a great value at $31.05. Top customer review states,
“Very good product. I use my wood burning fireplace insert as a main heating source and clean it once a week . The one week constant burning ash fills around 1/2 of this bucket. The insert helps to burn the wood completely so only ash is left. I also have a special “Ash vacuum cleaner” which I use for the remaining fine ash , that is remaining around and inside the fireplace after the “rough cleaning” with the scoop, that is included with this ash bucket.”
This makes a much-appreciated gift for anyone that needs to dispose of ashes from a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

No. 9 – 3-Way Winter Coat

Columbia Men's Eager Air Interchange Jacket

Columbia Men’s Eager Air Interchange Jacket

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, Zip-in and 3-point interchange system winter coat cost about $89.00. Top customer review states,

“Couldn’t be better. My husband LOVES IT and wears it everyday. I like the look, style and mostly the warmth it provides in freezing cold weather. The fact that it’s so lightweight is the best feature. Usually to keep the cold out you would have to wear something heavy and constricting, but that’s not the case with this jacket. I have been a Columbia fan for years – and now my husband is too. I have a jacket I bought 6 years ago and it’s still working. No rips, no problems… I get tired of looking at it but no other jacket can do the job Columbia can (IMO). If it’s not broke, don’t fix it – right. You won’t be disappointed in this jacket. We are living with temps below 30, snow, wind and rain and my hubby is as warm as a bunny lol.”

Three-way coats are waterproof and always a go-to jacket when snow, rain, and winter conditions set in.


No. 10 – GoPro Hero 7 Black Edition

GoPro Hero 7 Black Edition with Two Extra GoPro USA Batteries + Sandisk Extreme 64GB MicroSD + Free Polaroid 16GB MicroSD (80GB Total)

Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon’s Choice for GoPro. The price is awesome at $339.99. The top-rated review states,

“Considering the standalone Hero 7 Black is $389, this bundled package for $399 was a fantastic deal. 3 Batteries in total, 2 memory cards and the Hero 7 Black…amazing product as well, already used it on my motorcycle for a track day event, unbelievable video. Love it, get one!”

Every man wants a GoPro brand action camera. Gifts like this are sure to make him smile!

No. 11 – Metal Detector

Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector

Metal Detector

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for metal detector. Get it for only $81.87. Top customer review states,

Go exploring and find hidden treasures everywhere! A lot of fun, especially for the man who is retired and looking for new hobby!

No. 12 – Leather Work  Gloves

Leather Work Gloves with Wrist Closure, DIY, Yardwork, Construction, Motorcycle, Large (Wells Lamont 1132L)

Leather Work Gloves with Wrist Closure, DIY, Yardwork, Construction, Motorcycle, Large (Wells Lamont 1132L)

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, these are made of high-quality genuine grain cowhide, and cost only $10.89.  Top customer review states, 

“Best work gloves for working in the yard or construction. Keeps hands warm and comfortable in winter, unless they get wet. Got a zipper to secure hands in nice and tight. Sizes fit well and they usually last me a while.”

Pair these gloves with a splitting maul for a great surprise gift.


No. 13 – Bolo Tie

Scheppend Classical Gold Plated Capital Letters Western Cowboy Bolo Tie

Scheppend Classic Bolo Tie

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, you pick the initial you want to be featured on this popular bolo tie, comes with gift box,  nicely priced at $19.99. Top customer review states,

“Bought this for myself to wear at a wedding, I absolutely love it and will have it for years to come.”

I wouldn’t normally recommend a tie as a gift, but bolo ties are always welcomed by the man who wants to look dressy and sharp, but dislikes regular ties choking him around the neck.


No. 14 – Genuine Italian Leather Belt

Men’s Genuine Italian Leather Dress Belt Brown 35mm

Genuine Leather Italian Belt

Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, made in Italy, 100% leather belt, affordable at $28.99. Top customer review states,

“Very happy with the value I received with this belt purchase! It’s not often that you can get a quality, genuine belt for this price, especially considering that it’s Made in Italy. Highly recommended!”

Click over to see how it looks in its beautiful gift packaging!


No. 15 – Snowshoes 

Chinook Trekker Snowshoes

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for snowshoes. Check prices. Costs anywhere from $49.70 to $129.12. Top customer review states,

“I purchased these snowshoes for a 200+ mile segment of the Continental Divide Trail in the San Juan Mountains. As a thru hiker I used these to their limit and was surprised how well the held up. I would recommend them to anyone needing a cheap pair of snowshoes for a short trip. I used tennis shoes and waterproof socks.

– quick release straps make it easy to clip in.
– somewhat light for those times you have to carry on your backpack
– plastic held up well for duration of trip

– aluminum teeth on bottom bend if you walk on rocks
– only have 2 straps on top, need a third for better circulation in foot
– no traction when side stepping across a slope, no sided to side, great on up and downs.”

I recommend you don’t buy any snowshoe without a quick-release strap! Your cold hands will thank you.

No. 16 – Fish Finder

Garmin Striker 4 Bbuilt-in GPS Fish Finder

Garmin Fish Finder

Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, this is a Best Seller and Amazon’s Choice in fish finder. Great price $103.99. Top customer review states,

“Hands down best budget fish finder i have ever used. I use it on a job boat and have no complaints. Very accurate in deep/shallow waters as far as i can tell. The amount of detail you can see on color fish finder vs black and white is AMAZING! GPS comes in handy for marking hot spots and marking the dock you used to get in the water so you don’t get lost trying to get back. CHIRP is also a game changer. The two things ill never go without again is CHIRP and color! This is a great budget unit.”

Lots of men enjoy fishing and intend to do more of it when they retire. Every fisherman wants a fish finder.


No. 17 – WiFi FPV Drone with HD Camera

DBPOWER UDI U842 Predator WiFi FPV Drone with HD Camera 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis Gyro RTF Low Voltage Alarm, Gravity Induction and Headless Mode Includes Bonus Battery

WiFi Done with HD Camera

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, this is one of Amazon’s Best Sellers. This drone costs $129.90. Top customer review states,

“this drone kicks but.. I like the sleek design the price is right , flight is stable easy to fly I will buy another to give as a gift.”

A popular guy gift!

No. 18 – Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer

ThermoPro TP60 Digital Hygrometer Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Humidity Monitor with Temperature Gauge Humidity Meter, Wireless Outdoor Hygrometer, 200ft/60m Range

Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon Best Seller, and economically priced to have in multiple rooms, $17.99. Top customer review states,

“Very accurate little unit and well made. It measures within a degree or two for temperature and a few percentage points for humidity of our much more expensive weather station. Keep in mind that the display unit is smaller than it appears in the ad: 3.1 x 2.6 x 1 inches, so you’ll need to put it close by if you want to be able to check it from your chair.

As for $95 for “professional installation,” give me a break. You have to remove one screw with the jeweler’s screwdriver included in the box. Put two of the batteries (included) in the display unit and two batteries in the remote unit. Hang the remote unit under a deck or somewhere outside but not directly exposed to the weather. It will take you about 5 minutes to set it up.”

No. 19 – Metal Targets

Caldwell Rimfire Resetting Target

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, this Caldwell Rimfire Resetting Target Sells for $25.61. Top customer review states,

“Used a Ruger 10/22 to take some shots at this target and it was great fun. At 100 yards lead-nose .22 rimfire was still able to flip the plates with no issues. The reset feature worked great for me as well. For the price, I would buy it again.”

A fun gift for the target shooter!

No. 20 – Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa

All-New Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB, Black – with Special Offers

Fire 7 with Alexa

Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, the all new Fire 7 Tablet is an Amazon #1 Best Seller at the outstanding price of $49.99.  Top customer review states,

“This is my first kindle since the 1st generation. That tablet went away after a couple years. Kindle Fire 7th gen is a great tablet for the money. Honestly, I don’t use it for reading. I use it for browsing websites, social media, and listen to podcasts. I use my Bluetooth headphones to listen to the podcasts. The couple times I’ve used the speaker on the tablet, I haven’t been disappointed, but I wasn’t impressed. It works just fine for watching videos in bed. Had no problems hearing. Search Google for some tips and tricks to get apps from the google play store. Silk browser is terrible. I reccomend installing Opera. I reccomend this tablet for people like me, who want to just lay in bed or on the couch and doing simple tasks on the tablet. Don’t need a $300 or $400 tablet to do what I’m doing.”

My husband keeps his tablet (not a Fire 7) on his nightstand and listens to Youtube videos upon retiring.

No. 21 – Smart Wool Socks

SmartWool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks

Smarlwool Socks

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, these Smart Wool Trekking Socks are well worth the price, $18.99. Top customer review states,

“Smart wool is the best, hands down. To keep warm in the winter, cool in the summer-under work boots they keep feet warm and dry , under walking shoes keep feet from sweating. My family wears only smart wool! Don’t let labels fool you, however, if it doesn’t say smart wool with their little picture of a “man” with a cross for a head! Seriously! It can’t just say “merino wool”…they aren’t the same! And they are made in the USA!!!”

The only sock my husband wears.


No 22. – Sausage Maker

KITCHENER- Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Vertical Sausage Stuffer/Filler/Maker with 3 Stuffing Tubes (Heavy Duty: 15-Lbs)

Stainless Steel Sausage Maker

Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, heavy duty stainless steel sausage stuffer, priced at $229.99. Top customer review states,

“This makes the best jerky strips. So much easier than the jerky slicing board I used previously. I’ve wanted a cuber / tenderizer for years. This unit costs less than either a cuber or slicer that would attach to a grinder. I thought I might add a motor later, but it really isn’t necessary. It’s easy to use, easy to clean. Excellent value!”

Gifts for the hunter who likes to make his own sausage!


No. 23 – Fly Fishing Vest

Anglatech Fly Fishing Backpack Vest Combo for Tackle and Gear | Includes Water Bladder | Adjustable Size for Men and Women

Fly fishing vest

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, This vest will be most appreciated by the fly fisherman, price, $79.95. Top customer review states,

“While I ended up going to a sling pack, this vest is quality made, and has a place for everything. I really liked the backpack with the water container in the back. However, you’ll have to police yourself – don’t pack too much! Eventually it’ll tire you out after a long day on the water if you do it (learn from my experience).”

No. 24 – Survival Seeds

Survival Seed Vault Non-GMO Hardy Heirloom Seeds for Long-Term Emergency Storage – 20 Variety Pack in a Sturdy Can

Survival Seed Vault

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for survival seed vault. $20.90. Top customer review states,

“Good start for this semi-survivalist. I hope to be completely off-grid and self-sustaining capable within a few years. This, more seeds, canning, aquaponics, and a single solar pole or roof face tiling and I’ll be set if the world goes kaput. (I have several hundred gallons/day of gravity fed spring water, and the FEMA recommended 30 day supply. Power failures alone have made my small generator a paid off investment.)”

Great for the prepper on your list!


No. 25 – Poo-pouri

Poo-Pourri Ship Happens Spray, 4 oz


Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, Ship Happens Poo-Pourri, Price $13.49 Top customer review states,

“We nearly died laughing at the Advertisement for this product. Guess what? …It works! This is the scent that was agreed that everyone liked the most. So Enjoy, for I highly recommend this product.”

Guys want this because they want to know if it really works. Ha!

25 gifts that will meet her approval

 1 – Yoga Mat

Gaiam Premium Print Reversible Yoga Mat

Gaiam Yoga Mat

Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, this is a pretty and versatile yoga mat. Priced right at $30.39. Top customer review states,

“I’m a Yoga instructor and I love Gaiam mats because they’re not outrageously expensive, are a good value, and do the job you need them to do. I purchased this in December 2016 and there was NO chemical odor or problem, beyond the initial rubbery scent that dissipated within a few hours. (I’ve never had a smell problem with Gaiam mats and whatever smell other reviewers were encountering seems to have been from an external source and has been solved.) My mat is bright, beautiful, and does everything I need it to do.

As for the slickness, I don’t have a problem with slickness with this mat … however, note that this is a 5mm thickness, slightly squishier than a thinner mat. You will have to grip a little when you’re in your poses. If you have a vigorous or sweaty practice, you should be on a thinner mat. Remember, you’re doing the Yoga, not your mat. So, yes, you do need to activate hands and feet in your poses. 5mm thickness is great for basic Yoga and most traditions, including flow practices. I also recommend a 5mm thickness as a comfort for older students or anyone with minor joint issues.”

My Gaiam yoga mat is still holding up after many years of use.

 2 – Himalayan Salt Lamp

Levoit Elana Himalayan Salt Lamp, Natural Himilian Himalayan Pink Salt Rock Lamps(8-11 lbs,7.5-10″Height),Hymilian Sea Crystals Night Light with Touch Dimmer Switch, Best Christmas Decorations & Gifts

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Rated 4.7  out of 5 stars this is an Amazon Best Seller, Comes with Extra Bulbs and is affordably priced at $39.99. Top customer review states,

“As much as I love salt lamps for the health benefits, I also think they are gorgeous. I keep a large one in my bedroom, and a small one in the livingroom. I got this one for the entryway. I can’t believe how beautiful the presentation of this was when it showed up. It comes boxed up looking like a gift, with red ribbons as the handles. It felt like unwrapping a present getting it out of the box. It comes with 1 bulb already installed inside it, and two spares.the bottom actually screws on, which is a feature that neither of my other salt lamps have. The particular dimmer control on this was something completely new to me. My other lamps have a standard dimmer switch on them, so this one baffled me for a minute until I realized you have to tap it to operate it. This is a feature I really have come to like, because it won’t get turned off accidentally by just bumping the switch, or having one of my cats touching it. The light is beautiful. It gives off a soft, warm glow. I love all my salt lamps, but I’m most impressed with the care that went into this one. If I ever purchase another, it will definitely be one of these.”

My Himalayan salt lamp came as a much welcomed birthday gift. I keep it in my yoga space and especially love the soft light it produces for meditation.

No. 3 – Painter’s Easel

U.S. Art Supply Coronado French Style Easel & Sketchbox with 12″ Drawer, Wooden Pallete & Shoulder Strap

French Style Easel

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, this French Style Easel would make a hobby painter happy. Good deal at $79.96. Top customer review states,

“This is a fine, well constructed easel, and we all know the origins of the design. I purchased this for my daughter and have suggested a few hard earned protips to her:1) Use better hardware. Small wingnuts get lost. 2) Take a tube of Acrylic paint and touch the opening to EVERY single screw thread end. This will prevent the small, cheap wingnuts from flying away. 3) Rub the entire easel with linseed oil every few years to prevent drying and cracking. Beech dries faster, so use your own judgement. This easel is generally better constructed than my twenty year old Mabef. I hope you find this useful,reader.”


No. 4 – Annie Oakley Indian Musk Fragrance 

Annie Oakley Indian Musk 1.35 oz Eau de Toilette Spray

Annie Oakley Indian Musk

Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, this is my absolute favorite musk toilette spray. Price $29.99. Top customer review states,

This is the best scent ever. I have been buying this perfume for years. My kids were little when I started buying it and they are grown now and they say that it will always be my scent”

This is not a flowery or overpowering scent. It is very subtle. My daughter remarked that if one was to wear a fragrance, this would be it!


No. 5 – Camera Strap

Capturing Couture SLR20-HARM 2″ Camera Strap, Harmony

camera strap

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, this is a premium quality, comfortable camera strap, price $34.00. Top customer review states,

“The strap is amazing and much better than what i expected. I was suprised by the velvety padding around the neck and how unique and gorgous it is. My favorite part was the packing. It was literally wrapped like a very precious gift. Untied the bow, opened the box, pulled out the tissue paper and saw my new strap. I like that they seem to take so much time and care in their product. Made it seem very precious and special. As for the strap itself, very lovely pattern and incredibly sturdy. It has actual metal and not plastic so it’s very dependable. I will definitly be buying another one for my other camera very soon.”

As a photographer who owns this camera strap, I can vouch for its superior quality.  I am a regular hiker and wear my camera around my neck. The thick, plush strap has made the hiking miles easier on the neck.

No. 6 – Tablet Cover/Protective Case

EpicGadget(TM) Green and Orange Durable Heavy Duty Rugged Impact Hybrid Case with Build In Kickstand Protective Case For Samsung Tablet Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 inch With Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T230 Clear Screen Protector And Universal Long Touch Stylus Pen (US Seller!!) (X Stand Green)

Tablet Protective Case

Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, this case comes with kickstand, stylus, and protective cover, all for $4.82. Top customer review states,

“Really like the case because of the kick stand and the attention to detail in being able to access all the ports for the tablet. Pen is surprisingly useful, who knew!? So far very kid proof.”

My tablet cover is baby blue and I paid around $7.00 for it. I am satisfied! It makes handling the tablet easier, and the kickstand is great for use on the kitchen counter when looking up recipes for dinner. 


No. 6 – Essential Oils

Radha Beauty Aromatherapy Top 8 Essential Oils 100% Pure & Therapeutic grade – Basic Sampler Gift Set & Kit (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Frankincense and Rosemary)

Radha Beauty Essential Oils

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon Choice, Price $14.95. Top customer review states,

“I usually don’t do reviews but this time I really felt like I should. My husband bought this set for our new diffuser to help us sleep at night. Honestly, they were bought because we had no oils and they were extremely affordable. They smell great with only a few drops in the diffuser and I suppose help us sleep. I was really pretty skeptical about whether or not they actually did anything at all. Then my carpal tunnel pain got out of control even with taking Ibuprofen 800 and bracing my wrist. I was pretty sure that I was doomed to surgery. So last night I was pretty desperate and found that EO’s are supposed to help. I got my big jar of coconut oil (the kind that looks like Crisco) that I have in the kitchen and put a tablespoon or so in a glass then dropped about 10 drops of peppermint (pain relief), 10 drops of lemongrass (tendon and ligament repair), and 5 drops of lavender (calming and pain relief) and massaged it in for about 5 minutes. Today my arm feels 80% better than it did yesterday. I honestly cannot believe how much better it feels after 1 day. I have a ton of friends who sell YL oil and swear that they are the cleanest purest and maybe they are, but I figure as long as I am willing to go eat a greasy burger at a restaurant then I already have impure oils in my system. I just don’t want my stupid wrist to keep hurting and these have helped immensely.”

I like lavender for its calming effect.

No. 7 – Windproof Cycling Jacket

Run Alp Convertable Cylcling Jacket

RunAlp Convertible Women Cycling Jacket Windproof Water Resistant Softshell

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, this jacket has room to layer underneath and converts into a vest. Priced at $37.59.  Top customer review states,

“Super light weight and comfortable. Definitely order a size up. I normally wear a medium and got a large and it fits well. I am 5’6, 153lbs, 36C bust, 33′ waist. It repels water and breathes well too. I love how the sleeves zip off and it turns into a vest.”

A jacket like this is a must for any cycling enthusiasts, particularly in spring and autumn when temperatures are cooler than summer.

No. 8- Garden Hod

Maine Garden Hod

Maine Garden Hod

Rated 5 out of 5 stars, this beautiful Maine garden hod will make toting your garden vegetables a pleasure. Only $49.99. Top customer review states,

“I LOVE THIS HOD!!! Great for flowers, tomatoes, peppers and all the other wonderful things our garden has given us this year!”

Want to see a happy face on a vegetable gardener you know? Buy this!





No. 9 – Metal Wall Art Home Decor

Love Vintage Camper Metal Sign, Travel Trailer, Industrial Decor, Metal Wall Art

Charming and well made.  This wall decoration would delight any RV’r on your list! Only $55.00 plus free shipping!

Description from Amazon: Love Vintage Camper Metal Sign, Travel Trailer, Industrial Decor, Metal Wall Art Door is popped open for an added touch! Metal sign is cut from steel and measures 14″ H x 14″ W ***Ordering Info*** Select finish. Available in raw steel or black. Raw steel is the material as it is produced at the mill, and has an industrial look. Protected with a rust preventative top coat.

Oregardenworks wall art and metal signs are beautifully handcrafted and made with care. I have several pieces that adorn my living room wall and yoga zone.  There are many styles to choose from, so click over to find yours! 

No. 10 – Silk Pajamas

Fishers Finery Women’s Classic Pure Mulberry Silk Pajama Set with Gift Box

Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, comes in a custom gift box and with mesh wash bag for delicates. Price  $109.00. Top customer review states,

“Very soft and comfy”




No. 11- Alpaca Luxury Socks

Women’s Luxury Alpaca Lightweight Blend Cushioned Boot/Performance Socks Crew

Alpaca Luxury Socks

Rated 5 out of 5 stars, made of Peruvian Alpaca, warm and comfortable, price $19.99. Top customer review states,

“Love these! They are soft and comfortable and my feet feel great all day long!”

Everyone loves a new pair of warm and cozy socks!




No. 12 – Bathtub Wine Glass Holder

SipCaddy Bath & Shower Portable Suction Cupholder Caddy for Beer & Wine, Clear

bathtub caddy wine glass holder

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for bathtub wine glass holder. Price, $13.95. Top customer review states,

“Use this for exactly what is pictured. It works perfect and its nice to have a safe place to set my glass of wine while relaxing in the tub. The hold with the suction cup is great and I haven’t lost a glass of wine yet.”

Pair this with a unique set of wine glasses and a bottle of wine and you have the perfect gift for the wine lover on your list.


No .13 –  Crystal Wine Glasses

Paksh Novelty Italian White Wine Glasses – 15 Ounce – Lead Free – Shatter Resistant – Wine Glass Set of 4, Clear

Crystal Wine Glasses

Rated 4 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon #1 Best Seller in goblets. Priced right at $19.95. Top customer review states,

Beautiful perfect crystal wine glasses! These are the best wine glasses I’ve ever purchased. I have others much more expensive & these glasses are better than the expensive ones.”

Perfect for the wine connoisseur on your list!

No. 14 – Travel Backpack 

Osprey Packs Porter 30 Travel Backpack

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, this travel backpack has a front organization pocket and a laptop/tablet sleeve. Affordably priced $90.00. Top customer states,

“This is a very versatile and comfortable pack for traveling light or as a carry-on.

The first trip it was used for, it was the only pack carried and had enough room for a five day trip that included fly fishing and going out. The packable shoulder and kidney straps are a very nice touch and the compression straps are great at reducing bulk.

There are plenty of zippered pockets for your small items, electronic/business accessories, toiletries and tablets/laptop. The top pocket was great for TSA check items cause of the ease of access and the main compartment has the ability to be locked.

I found that with a five day load, the pack had some weight, about 40lbs, and the shoulder straps were comfortable enough for rucking through terminals and getting to trains and what not, but you wouldn’t want to use this as a backcountry pack. It is however, a great pack for its intended use of a carry-on/short distance packing.”

Osprey has been my go-to backpack brand for years.

No. 15 – Peace Necklace

Diamond Peace Sign Pendant-Necklace in Sterling Silver on an 18in Box Chain

diamond peace necklace

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, sterling silver setting, 18-inch chain, genuine diamonds, $48.88. Top customer states,

“Arrived super fast. Very pretty and good quality. I bought it as a gift and now I want one!”

The symbol of baby boomers!


No. 16 – Artists Oil Paints

Colore Oil Paint Set – Perfect For Use On Landscape And Portrait Canvas Paintings – Great For Professional Artists, Students & Beginners – Set Of 24 Richly Pigmented Oil Paint Colors

Artists oil paints

Rated 4 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice in oil paints. Price, $19.99. Top customer states,

“Very satisfied with purchase. Product exactly as advertised”.


No. 17. – White Barn Candle

Bath & Body Works, White Barn 3-Wick Candle, Mahogany Teakwood

white barn candle

4.1 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for White Barn Candle. Priced right, $20.37. Top customer states,

“After my friend gave me this candle I was hooked and glad Amazon sold them once mines was finished. Shipping was fast and well packaged. Plus the scent is very nice, like a light cologne smell that’s not to over powering.”

My daughter in law surprised me with a set of beautifully scented White Barn Candles. They add elegance to any room and are the best candles for any woman that loves a fragrant space.

No. 18 – Cellphone/Tablet Pouch Purse

Cellphone Pouch with Shoulder Strap, Turpro Cross-Body Cell Phone Pouch Purse Hand Bag for iPhone 8/7/6/6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8/S7/S6 and Smartphones under 5.5 inch (Yellow)

Cellphone pouch

Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, you can’t beat the price of this organizing pouch purse. Price, $8.59. Top customer review states,

“LOVE this purse. It’s small enough to carry anywhere, especially when I go out with my friends. It fits my Galaxy S8 and my ID, Credit Card and cash in the other side and never looks like it’s too bulky. I can barely tell that I’m wearing it. The clasp stays together all the time.”

No. 19 – Laura Mercier Body and Bath – Creme Brulee Honey Bath

Laura Mercier Body and Bath – Creme Brulee Honey Bath

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, Laura Mercier’s Honey Bath offers a new twist on luxury that leaves skin feeling fresh & supple. Transform your bath into a decadent honey moisture bath with foaming bubbles. $Price 45.00. Top customer review states,

No. 20 – Camping Kitchen

GigaTent Pack N Go Prep Station

camping prep station

4.0 out of 5 stars, this would be a dream prep station for the camper on your gift list. $89.99. Top customer review states,

Camping recently, I told my husband I needed a wash and prep area. Went on Amazon Prime and found This! I can’t say enough great adjectives to describe this camp Kitchen! We want camping again this past week and I think I must have told my husband 10 times how much I loved it! It is the perfect height (I am 5’9″). I use the center section to prep food (we have another table for our camp stove), tubs for washing on one side, dishes and trays underneath in the black shelves, (which zips closed!). I put water on underneath shelf. It helps me keep everything organized. Only thing to do different would be to have manufacturer add a shelf or another shelf bag on the left side underneath. That would be Ideal! Anyone who camps should purchase this. Also easy to put together and to wipe down. Happy camping!”

No. 21 – Smart Watch

kate spade new york Holland Hybrid Smart Watch

Kate Spade Smart Watch

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, this Kate Spade Hybrid Smart  Watch costs $250.00. Top customer review states,

“This is a review of a Kate Spade New York women’s gold-toned, Holland Slim Hybrid, watch. My first impressions were that this was a very attractive watch, suitable for formal or informal settings. My wife immediately liked the design of the watch and noted the dual-latch closing mechanism was a nice touch. The case is solid and stylish. One thing that could be improved is the enclosed “quick start” manual. I had to get out a magnifying glass to read the print. The good news is that once I found the line regarding installation of the “Kate Spade New York Connected” application setup of the watch was straightforward. The application is compatible with Android OS 4.4+ or iPhone 5/iOS 8.2+. The watch pairs and talks to the phone app via Bluetooth 4.1. I connected the watch to my wife’s android phone. Once installed the application will walk you through pairing the watch to your phone, firmware updates, calibration and other functions that the watch has available…”


No. 22 – Kate Spade Everpurse Small Harmony Tote

Everpurse x Kate Spade New York iPhone Charging Small Harmony Tote

Kate Spade Smart Tote

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, this bag is leather and complete with mat and accessories for charging your phone. Price $377.00. Top customer review states,

“This bag is amazing! I love that there are no wires to deal with – I just drop my iPhone in. When I get home at night, I set my bag on the charging mat that’s included. It couldn’t be easier! I used to have to stop to find a spot to charge my phone at least once a day, such a pain. I’ve not run out of power once since I started carrying this beauty! It’s the perfect size – large enough to slip my MacBook in, but not so big that it’s cumbersome. Can’t wait to buy the wristlet next!
Thanks, Everpurse!”

A  fashionable high-tech tote!

No. 23 – Pottery Wheel/Supplies

Pottery Wheel Artista Table Top

potters wheel

Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, , this pottery wheel uses industrial quality material for rugged dependability. Costs, $469.92. Top customer review states,

“My name is Patti and my husband surprised me with a new potters wheel for Christmas this year. I have played with clay since the ’70’s and am glad to report that this wheel has found a happy home in my studio. This wheel is light and very easy to set up. Sturdy and durable. Speed controls. Easy clean up.”

No. 24 – HP Sprocket Photo Printer

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, print social media photos on 2×3 sticky-backed paper – black (X7N08A)

on the go photo printer

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, it’s a photo printer for on the go! Great price, $129.95. Top customer review states,

“worked great so far! I opted for this instead of paying more for a photobooth for my son’s graduation party. we took pics pf guests as they arrived and had them sign a note to my son in a scrapbook and stuck the pic next to their notes. i highly recommend having goodlighting for your pics so they do not print out dark. Use flash and/or brighten the pics in the app before printing.”

Easily print the pictures you take with your phone!

No. 25 – Bluetooth Wireless Ear Piece

Bluetooth Headphones, Hussar Magicbuds Best Wireless Sports Earphones with Mic, IPX7 Waterproof, HD Sound with Bass, Noise Cancelling, Secure Fit, up to 9 Hours Working time (2019 Upgraded)

Rated 4 out of 5 stars – Secure Fit Waterproof HD Earphones for Active Lifestyle – High Fidelity Sound for $28.31, Top customer review states,

I received these yesterday along with another set of Bluetooth earbuds by another company. These are by far the most comfortable for wearing over several hours, including while hiking & sweating. I have been a long time LG Infinum (sp?) user(they usually last at least 6 months), however assuming these hold up to heavy usage(lots of hours every day) I will be switching to these permanently. The quality of the sound is far better for music. I’m extremely impressed!! I usually remove my earbuds when seated and alone simply because my ears are not comfortable. Today, for the first time, I’m seated after a busy day and am listening to music on these earbuds as I write this review. I can’t say enough positive about these very lightweight little buds! In addition, this is the first time I did not need to change the earbuds pieces to improve their fit in my ear. They are most definitely the best I’ve found at noise canceling. While out on the trail today, in fairly windy conditions, I actually found that I wished I could decrease the volume one more notch. This too is a first for me with headphones. I will update this review if these do not manage to hold up to my normal wear and tear. Here’s hoping that they last. If you are waffling I feel they are worth the risk. The price point is among the least expensive with the best audio, etc that I’ve experienced.

I received these as a gift a couple of years ago. They are awesome. Great sound at a great price!

Wrapping it up.

Years ago, I gave my father in law a Salad Shooter for Christmas. As usual, I didn’t know what to get him. Because he and my mother in law said he wanted one, I succumbed to the pressure of Christmas gift-giving and purchased a gift I didn’t feel good about giving. To this day, I regret it.

I hope the list I’ve assembled helps you in your gift-giving journey.


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