From students young and old, to jobseekers or those settled into their careers, Kuder’s 2017 holiday gift guide has everyone on your list covered. Whether your shopping priority is age, interest, or price, we promise you’ll find something nice.
Books for Readers of All Ages
Ada Twist, Scientist, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. The creators of the New York Times bestselling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect are back with a story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who is on a mission to use science to understand her world. Ada Twist, Scientist is a celebration of STEM, perseverance, and passion, perfect for children in Kindergarten through second grade. Amazon.com.
Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the award-winning young adult author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. Turtles All the Way Down is about 16-year-old Aza, who is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living with obsessive compulsive disorder and the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.Turtles All the Way Down is sure to be a hit among young readers in your life. Amazon.com.
Lift Off: From the Classroom to the Stars, by Donovan Livingston. Donovan Livingston’s powerful speech, delivered in the form of a spoken-word poem at a Harvard Graduate School of Education’s convocation, shared a message of hope and truths regarding America’s future. Livingston is dedicated to helping young people reach their celestial potential, and in his galvanizing commencement address, now adapted for the first time to the page, he calls on readers to raise voices on behalf of all children, as their brighter futures can light up our own. Together, we can lift off! Amazon.com.
Adult-ish: Record You Highs and Lows on the Road to the Real World, by Cristina Vanko. Has someone in your life landed his/her first real job? Maybe they’ve managed to keep a plant alive for the first time? Perhaps they’re in their first serious relationship? Then this hand-lettered and illustrated guided journal — a charming and cheeky celebration of what it means to finally be a grown-up (sort of) — is a perfect present to place under this year’s Christmas tree. Adult-ish is a place to record small victories and meaningful milestones, and helps make “growing up” a fun experience for anyone winning at adulthood. Amazon.com.
Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff, by Chip Gaines. The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well-known to millions of people as the star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, husband to co-host Joanna, and father of four in Waco, Texas. But prior to becoming a household name, Chip was a serial entrepreneur always ready for the next challenge. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or starting a lawn-mowing service, to Chip, the most important thing was taking that first step. Chip’s book is the perfect read for anyone looking to succeed not only in business but, more importantly, in life. Amazon.com
Toys and Gadgets for the Young and the Young-at-Heart
Magna-Tiles. Geometry meets Legos with Magna-Tiles — plastic shapes that hold together with internal magnets. This free-form building toy can be enjoyed by everyone, is baby- and child- friendly (no choking hazards), and easy to clean up. Amazon.com.
Edible Chemistry Kit. Albert Einstein said true intelligence comes from the imagination. In that spirit, this edible chemistry set combines creativity and fun for youngsters on their way to becoming the great minds of tomorrow. Go ahead, let 'em play with their food! All ingredients are 100% safe! Uncommongoods.com.
Rainbow Popsicle Puzzle. Have a future chef at home? One by one, the 500 pieces of this puzzle will bring a splash of cool color to your home. Amazon.com.
Snap Instant Digital Camera. Take a stroll back to the good ole’ days, where gas was a buck and photos were objects you could hold in your hand. Polaroid can’t help with rising fuel costs, but its 10-megapixel Snap Instant Digital Camera prints pictures immediately after you take them. Amazon.com.
Custom State Pillows. What’s a fun and creative way to remind a college student of home or show coworkers where you’re from? Custom state pillows … little reminders of home while away, be it for a just a day or extended periods of time. Uncommongoods.com.
Cool & Kitschy Mugs. With nearly 70 designs including Shakespeare, Elvis, math, architecture, Mister Rogers, sharks, the wives of Henry VIII, climate change, and so many more, these mugs will make those into art, literature, pop culture, science, or just about anything, smile. Plus, they’ll help students and employees get through those long day by being the vessel of much-needed caffeine. Fun features include changing images when hot liquid is added, and watching characters leave one side of a mug and materialize on the surface on the other. Philosophersguild.com.
Tile Pro Tracker. This is for anyone who’s always asking, “Have you seen my keys?”
The Tile Pro tracker attaches to a purse, wallet, or other valuables and alerts users of its location via sound or Bluetooth app. Thetileapp.com.
Inspiration, Motivation, and Organization for College Students and Working Adults
Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration. Great for those in college—a time when many young people really begin to discover who they are. This journal is a wonderful place for them to start. Amazon.
Homelabs Sunrise Alarm Clock. Students and working adults alike need to rise and shine! This digital LED clock features six color switches, multiple nature sounds, sunset simulation, and touch controls. Give this gift of starting the day on a positive note. Amazon.com.
Bamboo Slate. Anyone with an imagination will love the Wacom Bamboo Slate, which digitizes handwritten notes or doodles and sends them to the cloud with the touch of a button. Your friends and loved ones can wave goodbye to the days of messy piles of loose-leaf paper clogging backpacks or briefcases. Wacom.com.
Goals Journal. Use this gorgeous journal will help any recipient explore passions, discover the life they want to live, and set goals. With fun exercises, prompts, and planners, it helps people achieve dreams each month of the year. Kikki.K.com.
Bluesmart Series 2 Suitcase. Anyone who travels but hates heavy baggage fees will appreciate this suitcase that weighs itself. But that’s not all: The suitcase can track its location and charge devices. Bluesmart.com.
Magazine Subscriptions. A business publication or trade journal is the obvious choice for busy professionals, but be sure to consider titles geared toward personal interests as well. After all, having well-rounded interests is often considered a competitive advantage. Magazineline.com (hardcopy); Texture.com (digital).
Association Memberships. For anyone wanting to further a career, joining a professional association can be a good start. There are associations for nearly every profession or area of interest and many have national, state, and regional chapters available to join. Directoryofassociations.com.
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