Sure, you could pick up a generic gift certificate or hand over some cash in a bland holiday card, but you can do better than that. This year, avoid the socks and hand soaps and make everyone wish they received a present from you with the following great gift ideas. From the rugged outdoorsy type to the chefs in the kitchen and all your loved ones in between, there's something for everybody.
* For the on-the-go coffee or tea drinker: vacuum insulated travel tumbler
For the busy, always traveling relative, coworker or loved one, the Thermos Brand Vacuum Insulated Travel Tumbler is the perfect gift this holiday season. Whether they'll use it for running errands, during a weekend hike, or after a long meeting, this tumbler will keep liquids hot for five hours or cold for up to nine hours.
Constructed with an unbreakable stainless steel interior and exterior, this sleekly-designed tumbler stays cool to the touch with hot liquids and sweat-proof with cold liquids.
This travel tumbler is BPA-free, durable, and includes a lid that can be operated with one hand, creating the perfect on-the-go sipping experience. It's available in stainless steel silver, teal and plum, and for the tea drinkers in your life, this travel tumbler also contains a built-in tea hook that easily holds tea bags or most loose leaf infusers.
* For the outdoors enthusiast: give fishing fanatics the ultimate lure
When the angler in your life reaches for their tackle box, make sure they find fishing's latest marvel, the Rapala Scatter Rap.
An ideal stocking stuffer, the Scatter Rap Series flaunts classic balsa body shapes and an industry-first 'Scatter Lip,' which delivers a one-of-a-kind evasive action. As the lure swims though the water, its uniquely curved lip produces an erratic sweeping motion, mimicking a spooked baitfish fleeing attack and enticing predators to strike.
The Scatter Rap Series is perfect for casting or trolling for multispecies game fish, comes in 14-to-16 tempting color patterns, and is available in four trusted Rapala silhouettes, including the Scatter Rap Crank, Scatter Rap Shad, Scatter Rap Minnow and Scatter Rap CountDown.
A can't-miss gift for outdoors enthusiasts, the Scatter Rap will take your loved one's on-the-water fun to a new level.
* For the snacker: fuel your holiday with flavor
From marathon shopping excursions to traveling to grandma's house, having protein-based snacks on hand is key to maintaining your holiday stamina. With the abundance of carb-laden and fattening treats available, choosing snacks that are tasty and guilt-free is not always easy.
Treat yourself, and the snack lovers on your shopping list to lean protein snacks like Jack Link's Turkey Jerky. Made with premium cuts of white meat turkey, it tastes great, and is naturally high in protein, low in fat, calories and carbs. Slip a bag in your purse, glove compartment or your family's holiday stockings for a delicious and satisfying, anytime and anywhere snack.
Jack Link's Turkey Jerky and dozens of other Jack Link's Jerky products and flavors are available in grocery stores, mass retailers, convenience and drug stores nationwide.
* For the home chef: cooking essentials for every kitchen
Whether your holiday gift list includes the next Martha Stewart or an amateur chef, having the right tools is essential to any home-cooked masterpiece. With a vast assortment of cookware, kitchen electrics, utensils and cutlery sets, Calphalon can help to make a loved one's cooking dreams a reality.
The home chef on your list will appreciate the gift of easy prep and easy cleanup with Calphalon's Contemporary Nonstick Cookware. Contemporary Nonstick Cookware, the brand's No. 1 cookware line for home cooks and bridal registries for more than 10 years, features a multi-layer, non-stick cooking surface and hard-anodized construction that ensure lasting easy release and even heat distribution. It now comes with technology to make it dishwasher-safe so busy cooks can spend less time cleaning up and more time enjoying their company - especially around the holidays. The line includes everything from sauté pans to stock pots, making simmering, pan-searing, poaching, frying or stewing holiday foods easier than ever.
For more information on these great gift ideas, visit Thermos.com, Rapala.com, JackLinks.com and Calphalon.com or connect with each brand on Facebook.