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Gift ideas for any human

Multiple giving holidays are fast approaching but don’t worry about gift ideas—TDS employees have your back.

The members of the TDS Employee Resource Groups are offering up a wide range of fantastic (and quite creative) suggestions for kids, tweens, teens, and adults alike!

Stocking stuffers

ABLE ERG
Adaptive utensils
Designed for folks with arthritis, Parkinson’s, or hand tremors, this set has a comfy wide, non-slip grip that can improve anyone’s dexterity and control. (And if you bring a set to the office, and the Green ERG will cheer!)

ABLE ERG
Car multi tool
Check this best-selling gadget: it’s a car emergency escape tool with window breaker and seat belt cutter AND a stander handybar, a standing assist mobility handle, and portable vehicle support grab bar. Pretty perfect for anyone to have on hand.

Intern ERG
Target shopping spree/gift cards
A “post-Christmas Target clearance shopping spree” was the specific idea, which would be a great (and fun) way to spend time with your favorite intern. If that can’t happen due to distance, gift cards could also help make that happen (and it fits easier in a stocking 🙂 ).

Green ERG
Reusable or biodegradable straws
Help them easily reduce their single-use plastics. There are so many options available now, the hard part may be choosing only one reusable straw!

Green ERG
A spork
Don’t laugh! A spork is just the ticket for folks to keep at their desks at work. It’s an all-in-one tool that’s easy to wash and will eliminate single-use plastic at the office. Check out this titanium one, or how about these fun-colored options?

Green ERG
Wool dryer balls
Who doesn’t love soft laundry AND saving money? Paying for fabric softener and dryer sheets will be a thing of the past once you give them wool dryer balls that can last 1,000 dryer cycles or more. Pair with some essential oils and they can infuse their laundry with natural scents too.

Gifts for kids under 5

WIT ERG
Magnatiles
Colorful, bright and sparkly Magnatiles that can provide hands-on experience with geometric concepts. Your imagination is the limit to the possibilities of what can be built.

Gifts for ages 6-11

WIT ERG
Snap Circuits
There are many versions of this toy for all skill levels. Snap Circuits are a great STEM toy for kids to learn about circuits and how electricity works. Each kit includes numerous projects in an easy-to-read guidebook with diagrams.

WIT ERG
Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit
Let your kids take their Legos  to new heights! With this toy you get to design and build 10 machines.

Gifts for kids ages 12+

WIT ERG
4M Crystal Growing Science Experimental Kit
This kit is real and actual science! It contains all the materials needed to perform seven different crystal growth experiments which will amaze.

Young adult gifts

2BU
Love Simon DVD
This charming and sweet film flips the script on your typical teenage crush movie in the best of ways. Who doesn’t love a great love story? Um, everyone does, so this would be a welcome addition to a film library.

2BU
What If It’s Us
This critically acclaimed book by bestselling authors Beck Albertalli and Adam Silvera is a wonderful read. The funny and romantic story follows Arthur and Ben as they ponder whether the universe is pulling them apart or pushing them together.

Gifts for everyone

ABLE ERG
Neck , Shoulder, Back and Foot Massage Pillow with Heat-Relaxation
Give the gift of relation with this pillow that can be used to target multiple areas of the body. It’s like a massage gift card that keeps giving at a moment’s notice (heck, it even comes with a AC car adapter so the recipient can work out tight muscles on the go).

2BU
Windchimes
Check out this rainbow capiz chime, or this glass and wood offering. Not only are they gorgeous, the sound they produce is soothing and would make a wonderful addition to any outdoor space.

Green ERG
Rechargeable batteries
The gift of power is no small thing—especially when it comes in the form of rechargeable batteries.  Panasonic eneloop batteries, for example, are a fantastic option. Give a charger and a few sets of batteries and the recipient won’t have to run to the store to buy disposables for years.

Green ERG
Water bottle/hot beverage mug
Seriously, who wouldn’t enjoy a high-quality thermos/container for their favorite beverage? Go for broke and get them a Yeti, or a Zojirushi, and now even Tervis is getting into the stainless tumbler biz. Their drink will stay cold or hot longer AND they’ll help save the Earth.

Intern ERG
Legos
Seriously, who can resist Legos? No one, that’s who. If they’re out and available to play with, no one can resist grabbing a few bricks and building. Whether you give an open-ended box of fun, or a kit to build something specific, odds are they’ll be appreciated.

Intern ERG
Concert tickets
The gift of live music is such a treat! Concert tickets can be hard to fit into a budget so, when received as a gift it just adds to the excitement. (Besides, giving an experience is just a fun thing to do!)

Patriot ERG
Black Rifle Coffee Company coffee or Rakkasan Tea
If your loved one loves coffee, why not gift them the good stuff from the Veteran-owned Black Rifle coffee company?  Is tea more their bag? (get it?) Give the gift of Rakkasan Tea. This veteran-owned tea company sources their products from post-conflict countries as a way to promote peace and economic growth.

Our Heritage
23 & Me Ancestry kit
Our Heritage is a big fan of folks finding out who they are and where their ancestry lies. A 23 & Me kit is just the ticket to a little cultural introspection.

Patriot ERG
A Woobie
It’s a liner and wet weather poncho perfect for the outdoorsperson or camper that has its origins in the military. The Woobie is fan favorite for good reason. They trap heat in and keep cold out and can be used as a blanket, a tarp, a tent, etc. (For more about the origins of this “greatest military invention ever fielded,” check out this article)

Patriot ERG
Tickets to see “Midway”
Give the gift of an experience, rather than a “thing.” Midway, the new movie, has a whopping 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes for its retelling of this pivotal naval battle.

Emerging Professionals ERG
Wireless headphones
They’re the hot trend for a reason: the convenience of wireless cannot be overstated. Don’t know which ones to get? Check out this article for budget-friendly options or this article for the best of the best.

Emerging Professionals ERG
Audible.com gift certificate
More than just audio books, Audible has guided fitness programs, news, original podcasts, medication and more! Whether they listen in the car, at home, or at work (perhaps using their new wireless headphones?), it makes a fantastic gift.

To learn more about our awesome ERG groups, visit each of their pages on our website. If you’d like more Green-focused idea, be sure to check out this blog and ICYMI, we also have six tech gift ideas for that special someone.

About Missy Kellor

Missy works on the Corporate Communications team and reports stories to TDS employees and customers. This is right up her alley because she’s an extrovert and also a big fan of research (really, she’ll look up just about anything that strikes her interest). Missy is a native of Madison, Wis. with an undergraduate in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in the Internet as a mass media shaped her work towards a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s also worked as an editorial assistant, copywriter, and production artist. In her off hours, Missy is a crafter, Pinterest addict, reader, wife, and mom of two kids. You can find Missy on G+ and on Twitter.
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