'Tis the season for a gift guide! We've curated a collection of our favorite things—gifts that either pull us away from our screens and into real-life moments or enhance the experiences we cherish when we're unplugged. Check out our picks across categories like outdoors, tech, books, games, and resources—there's something for every member of the family to love.
Gather Grills: For an unforgettable outdoor experience with friends and family, Gather Grills is your go-to. This cutting-edge outdoor cooking device is designed to bring people together and allow them to reconnect – a splurge well worth it!
Solo Stove: A sleek and smokeless fire pit available in various sizes AND it's portable. It's an addition that will elevate all your backyard bonfires or outdoor gatherings.
Turtle Box: A speaker made specifically for the outdoors. The Turtle Box is waterproof, impact resistant, loud, and has a long-lasting battery life making it perfect for any outdoor adventure.
Outdoor Bug Shield Throw Blanket: For the outdoor lover who's not so fond of bugs, Live Outer's got you covered – literally. Their bug-repelling, luxuriously soft throw blanket is a game-changer. Our favorite thing about it is that it's machine washable!
Yeti's M12 Soft Backpack Cooler: Ideal for long outdoor day trips, this cooler is designed to accommodate wine bottles and up to 20 cans. A great addition to any outdoor lover's gear.
Restore 2 by Hatch: We're on a mission to bring back real alarm clocks here at Aro and the Restore 2 is a team favorite. This alarm clock was designed to have you sleeping the way nature intended with a gentle sunrise alarm and soothing sleep sounds.
Whoop: Another Aro team favorite! Whoop is the best gift for the health and wellness lover in your life. Whoop captures biometric data, provides a comprehensive analysis, and offers actionable insights for personal health improvement.
Troomi's Kids Smart Phone: If you're a parent looking to give your child a phone, look no further. Troomi's kids smart phone excludes the bad and retains all the good of a typical smartphone. You can even graduate your child into more functionality based on needs and maturity. If you're interested in learning more about Troomi, check out our episode of The Aro Podcast where we had Troomi's CEO Bill Brady on as a guest.
COSMO's Kids Smartwatch and GPS Tracker: If you're a parent who is not quite ready to give your child a phone, COSMO's kids smartwatch is the next best thing! It's a simple, reliable, and affordable way for parents and kids to stay connected and secure. You can use the code 'ARO' at checkout and receive 20% off your order of any of their kids smartwatches.
Aro: We couldn't have a tech category and not include Aro. The ultimate gift you can give is your presence. Explore our website, and don't hesitate to reach out to our support team with any questions.
Books by Justin Whitmel Earley: Made for People and Habits of the Household are books by our great friend Justin. They offer invaluable insights for parents in today's age. "Made for People" underscores the significance of friendship in adulthood, while "Habits of the Household" dives into how our parenting habits shape not only us but also our children. You can't go wrong with gifting either of these reads.
Children's books by Abbey Wedgeworth: Our friend Abbey brings you What Are Hands For and What Are Mouths For from her Training Young Hearts series which was designed to help parents teach their kids the difference between the positive and negative ways they can use their hands and mouths.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: This instant New York Times bestseller is a captivating historical fiction novel set during World War II. It's even been adapted into a Netflix limited series that the whole family will enjoy!
Atomic Habits by James Clear: Another Aro team favorite! Atomic Habits is the most comprehensive guide on habit change and is packed with evidence-based strategies teaching you how to make small changes that will lead to significant personal growth.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: This one speaks for itself! A timeless fantasy that the whole family will love. And a major bonus is that it's just the beginning of an incredible series.
Talking Point Cards - Family Pack: We love conversation cards here at Aro and these are among the best for fostering genuine connections within your family. Here's a pro tip: keep those phones away and be fully present while playing.
We're Not Really Strangers - Family Edition: Another great set of conversation cards made for the family. Designed by We're Not Really Strangers, these cards aim to foster connections between family members, providing an opportunity to get to know each other on a deeper level.
Monopoly: Another classic that needs no explanation. Save this one for a rainy day when you'll have endless hours to be kept busy!
Springbok's Christmas Puzzle: You really can't go wrong with a puzzle. They're perfect for leaving out on the table and enjoying bit by bit!
Half Baked Harvest Every Day by Tieghan Gerard: Tieghan's recipes are comforting and wholesome, focused on using real foods and lots of flavor. She offers plenty of free recipes on her blog for you to explore before diving into her cookbook (but trust us, you'll love it).
Eat Your Heart Out by Daphne Oz: This cookbook is perfect for the person in your life who prioritizes self-care through nutrition. Daphne's cookbook is full of 150 recipes free from gluten and refined sugar! She also has plenty of free recipes on her blog that you can take a look at, like her Blueberry Almond Protein Muffins, before deciding on her cookbook.
Body and Bump by Sarah Tilse: This 24-week pregnancy workout guide was written and designed by Sarah and Charlotte - her pelvic floor physiotherapist who also has a special interest in women's health. TPacked with pregnancy-safe exercises, this guide will leave expecting moms feeling motivated and strong!
Banded Body Guide by Rachael DeVaux: Perfect for busy moms seeking quick and effective workouts, this guide by certified personal trainer Rachael DeVaux is a game-changer. With 30 workouts ranging from 5-30 minutes, using only bodyweight and resistance bands, it's not only efficient but also stackable for maximum flexibility.
Move with J by Jeannette Aranda of @shutthekaleup: Designed by a mom of two, this daily wellness guide offers 21 yoga sculpt flows (5-25 minutes each), breath-work lessons, journal prompts, and mindfulness practices, including mantras and intentions. Perfect for the person wanting to prioritize slow, and impactful movement!
Slow Family Rhythms Guide by Sarah Roof: Crafted by our dear friend, this guide is for moms yearning to embrace a slower pace and savor precious moments with their children. It assists mothers in discovering their unique vision for motherhood, structuring their busy schedules, creating simple daily rhythms that prioritize what matters most, and cultivating a strong family culture. It's the most intentional guide out there!
Slow and Sacred Christmas Guide by Sarah Roof: Consider this an early Christmas gift recommendation for the whole family. This 4-week Advent resource is a special invitation to step away from the hustle and experience a slow, meaningful Christmas. Packed with simple yet fun activities, daily prompts, and Christmas readings, it brings the entire family together throughout December. Check out Sarah's Instagram to learn more about both of her thoughtful guides!