Aro's Favorite Things: Phone-free gifts we love

December 1, 2022
Rich Donnellan

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a gift guide, right? We’ve rounded up our favorite things that get us off our phones and engaged in real life. We’ve made sure to cover all the bases with gifts for Mom, Dad, and kids, and even some that the whole family will enjoy.

For Dad

Chippo Golf

We'd describe Chippo as a combination of Cornhole and Top Golf. We've listed it as a gift for Dads, but it's really a game the whole family will love.

Fly Tying-Kit

Tying flies takes a lot of patience and focus, so Dad won't have time to look at his phone during this activity. Orvis has a great starter-pack that has everything Dad needs to get into this new hobby.

Habits of the Household

Our good friend, Justin Whitmel Earley's, most recent book is a must-read. Habits of the Household helps parents take hold of the everyday practices they have in place while raising their kids.


An Aro team favorite - the Whoop band is perfect for the Dad wanting to dive deeper into his fitness goals and overall health! Yes - there is an app for your phone, but Whoop will make you want to get out and be active away from your phone.

For Mom

Book of the Month

The book subscription business that everyone is raving about and Mom will too! Choose from multiple wow-worthy books each month to be delivered directly to you for a fraction of the cost.

Bolt Farm Treehouse

A gift for Mom (and probably Dad too). Our friends Seth and Tori Bolt have created a luxury, nature-immersive traveling experience that is all about recharging and reconnecting with your loved ones. Their new mirror cabins are awesome!

Recreation Sweat

Recreation Sweat is perfect for the busy Mom who wants to make sure she gets a workout in - even if it's just 10 minutes! Rachael Devaux has curated the best line of at-home exercise equipment and even has a workout guide to go along with it.

Giada De Laurentiis' Cookbooks

For the Mom who loves to cook - Giada De Laurentiis’ has an array of cookbooks to choose from, and her newest cookbook is one that makes good, healthy cooking easy to implement at home.

For Kids

Big Future Toys

Not only are big future toys beautiful, sustainably-sourced, and made to last, but they also encourage creativity and loads of fun for your kiddos!

Kinetic Sand

Made from natural sand & hypo-allergenic, kinetic sand is a toy that once it’s in your kids’ hands, they won’t want to put it down!


Bananagrams is a word game your kids will love & that may remind parents of Scrabble! The kid who uses all of their letters first is the crowned winner in this fast and exciting game.

Coloring Book

Mindful & Co’s coloring book is not like others out there, and that’s what makes it so great. Their coloring book encourages kids to pause, relax, and focus as they make mindfulness fun and easy for your little ones.

For the Whole Family

Solo Stove

A smokeless fire pit that’s perfect for family nights outside. Get your s'mores supplies ready!

Gather Grills

The name says it all. Gather Grills is all about people gathering together and reconnecting. Sound familiar? They created the ultimate grill / firepit that allows the whole family to participate.


There’s nothing like a good puzzle for the whole family to work on together! Springbok has a collection of puzzles for you to choose from ranging from 400 to 2,000 pieces.

Monopoly Board Game

Who doesn’t love Monopoly? With so many options to choose from outside of the original rendition, there is bound to be a version your family will love.


While this gift isn’t fully screen-free, it is one that preserves meaningful moments and memories in a beautiful keepsake book. As much as this gift may seemingly be for a specific family member, it truly is one that everyone will enjoy.

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