21 best gift ideas in 2016

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Holiday shopping for expats

How do you get hold of those ‘must-have’ Christmas gifts when they aren’t available where you live?

This holiday season we are reminded of the phrase, ‘an item has value as long it brings the owner joy’. What better way to spark joy than to find a beautiful, curious, or practical gift for a person close to your heart. In our quest to find these humble yet cherishable gifts, we poured over hundreds of items and assembled a list of items that we either want to give, or wish we could receive.

And, if some of them are not available where you live – fear not! We even have a solution on how you can get them in your hand, easily and quickly via package forwarding services from the U.S. like US Delivered who help you buy and bundle items together into one box to save big bucks on international shipping.

Ready for some inspiration? Here’s the list:

For the lil’ munchkins!

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Hatchimals Egg – These eggs are all interactive; in order to hatch, your kids need to take care of them. Once hatched you can nurture and teach these fun little creatures how to walk, talk and more! How cool is that?

Pokémon Z-Ring Set – Experience playing Pokémon in a new way when you use your Z-ring with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon for Nintendo 3DS.

WowWee Chip Interactive Pet Robot Dog – A dog you don’t have to clean up after! This robot dog is perfect when you don’t want the added responsibility of owning a dog but your kids still want a dog!

IDO-3D Vertical Five Pen 3D Art Set – No need to buy an expensive 3D printer when you have these pens! You can now build awesome 3D creations on your own or by following the guide provided.

NERF N-Strike Elite TerraScout RC Drone Blaster – NERF and drones, enough said! Live video feed to get your out-of-sight targets and also the feature to record your action.

Kano Build Your Own Computer Kit – Get a budding engineer a head start with this kit to learn how to build and program a computer. Coding made fun!

For the techie in the house:

Playstation VRPlayStation VR – Take your gaming experience to another level. 3D audio technology makes the sounds sharper while the virtual environment makes everything feel lifelike.

Google Home – A voice-activated speaker powered by the Google assistant. Your personal Google at your disposal anytime!

DJI Mavic Pro Drone – Perfect for the photographer and traveler! Foldable and portable to take anywhere on your adventures.

For her:

lumee_newLuMee Light up selfie phone case – Women love selfies! So why not enhance your perfect selfie with this light up case. It’s perfect when you are using your phone as a mirror too!

Patagonia Down Winter Jacket – Perfect jacket for the cold. Lightweight, windproof and will definitely keep her super warm!

Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer – If she loves to take pictures, buy her this compact portable printer and save her the trip of having to get them printed every time.

For him:

R2D2 Coffee PressR2-D2 Coffee Press – Everyone has been raving about this awesome coffee press that makes 4 cups of coffee and is our favorite little robot!

Polaroid ‘Impossible Project’ Instant Camera – Hook it up to your iPhone too! Everything old school is becoming the new thing. Shake your Polaroid picture!

Converse – Chucks finally redesign their sneakers! A pair of Chucks will definitely take you down the memory lane back to school!

For the beauty maven:

urban-decay-basicsUrban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics – This is your essential set for every makeup lover as the shades offer a variety of mix and match-able hues.

First Aid Beauty Winter Skin Savers – The perfect skin care set essential that will help your skin during this winter time no matter where you live!

Urban Decay Cosmetics Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette – You have to collect them all! Start off with the foundation of the collection giving you 12 different colors that will last you all year long!

Gifts that give back:

Gifts that are nearest and dearest to our hearts are the ones that help the wider world share in our good fortune.

Society B – Society B is a marketplace for good. They’ve curated their store with the best brands that give back and goods that empower makers, and they also give 10% of all purchases to charity. So every good gives back to make a difference.

Love your melon – LoveYourMelon.com donates a hat to a child battling cancer as well as supporting organizations that fight against pediatric cancer. Make that beanie/hat that you purchase count!

Savannah Co – For every purchase of these fashionable bracelets or apparel you will help in saving Africa’s endangered lions.

If you are set on buying for yourself, a family member, or even a friend, these examples are sure to make a statement. The idea of a benefaction becomes so much greater when it is personalized and takes time to plan.

How to get it all delivered:

Remember we said you could get all these items delivered to your door? We meant it!

US Delivered is an altogether great service for expats. It lets you buy from the US like you were living there, ship items locally to an address (most items ship free within the US) and have them bundled together and shipped to you at home. Even if you don’t have an international credit card, they can source the items for you.

And here’s why we choose them over similar services: they donate 20% of all membership proceeds to charities helping children in war zones. Win-win all around.

Happy Shopping! Happy Holidays!

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