If you haven't read our "4 thoughtful gifts", you may want to read this blog post first.
The "something you need" category is of course, the most practical. Every year we take a different spin on the word "need". My "rule follower" child commented that everyone should get a wrapped water bottle. And my out of the box thinker tries to convince me that this is the category for a rocket launcher. Here are my ideas:
4 year old
I truly think my 4 year old would appreciate a special set of flannel sheets for his bed this winter. We are short a backup set so this becomes his "need". Love all the target options of flannel I'm seeing this season. *click images to link*
6 year old
A few extra pairs of underwear are in need right now. So to keep the practicality in gift giving he'll get his favorite package of undies. All my boys say the Calvin Klein Briefs from Costco are the most comfortable. They aren't online for me to link, but you Costco shoppers know where to find them.
Here's a "needed" solution for getting out the door quick. We don't wear shoes in our home so this makes the constant on and off very helpful.
8 year old
This hair gel for my long haired boy keeps his hair under control with the "I'm not trying too hard because I'm a free spirt wild child" feel. It's a very safe brand (it's made with quinoa and smells like orange peel for goodness sake) and leaves no flaking or crunchy hair. I originally found this at whole foods and never thought to see if Amazon had in stock until now. Win!
11 year old
The advantage of my oldest having a phone is that I can contact her when I need to, but only if she has her phone with her. I think this would be the easiest way for her to take her phone when she goes for a run or a bike ride.
My daughter is at the age where I'm sharing lots of self-care tips and she mentioned her interest in this when she saw at a friends house. Caring for skin is something that needs to become a habit at a young age. I was only familiar with the Clarisonic brands but they are over $100! This one has amazing reviews and is only $22.
Most men really don't take the time to shop for themselves (especially Dads). Shopping for my husband's clothing is simple but when it comes to beauty products and self-care it's trickier to know what he might like and actually use. I found Birch Box, a beauty box subscription for men! This is a better idea of a gift than my normal toothpaste or wrapped up toilet paper as his "something you need". Isn't this what a gift should be, something unique that you wouldn't normally purchase for yourself. Undecided on starting a subscription for him (only $10 a month!) or choosing one of these two gift sets (one-time purchase).
Me (aka: Mama):
My favorite bowls keep getting dropped by my little kitchen helpers. Bowls definitely fall under the "need" category. They are only $6, the perfect size, and more durable than most, so I keep replacing them.
Okay, saving the BEST for last again! I know you all rushed off to Anthropology after my post yesterday, but this one you just need to click a link! At the TOP of my wish list is a subscription box to FabFitFun! I recently saw a friend's box and my mouth was dropped open at all the fun and unique goodies that I'd never seek out for myself. The box is filled with fabulous finds in beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness, hand-picked by the FabFitFun team, delivered once per season. Each box is limited edition and contains $200+ in retail value. The starter box is only 19 dollars! What??!! Seriously! Sweetie, if you are reading... hint hint hint FabFitFun has lots of my "needs" inside.
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