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Father’s Day Gifts: The Stay-at-Home Edition

Life’s annual celebrations look a little different this year. But if you give it even a moment’s thought, the reasons to be grateful sure do mount up. And during stressful times, it’s more important than ever—and more beneficial to your health—to focus on them. Are you grateful to have a fab dad in your life? Then celebrate your love for him with a thoughtful Father’s Day gift that’s just right for the moment.  

The Gift of Connection

Social distancing has lots of us looking for new and more engaging ways to stay in touch. Many of us have turned to social media, but by their very nature, they’re public places where you may not want to share your most personal thoughts and images. However, a Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame makes having a direct connection to Dad easy. It’s Wifi-enabled and compatible with your smartphone, so you can share images and videos in real-time. Dad can watch his granddaughter take her first steps or blow out her birthday candles along with you.

The Gift of Comfort

When you give a present to someone, do you ever wonder whether the recipient will really use it? Well, there’s one thing all of us do every day and that’s sleep. Upgrade your dad’s mattress and you can be sure your gift will be appreciated on a nightly basis. The best mattresses will give your dad a decade or more of comfort and support—not to mention the rest he deserves after raising you!

Gifts from the Garden

The world has gone greener since the global pandemic hit. More people are turning to home vegetable gardening as a soothing hobby. Gardening is a great, gentle exercise for people of all ages, and it puts food on the table at a time when fears about food shortages are top of mind. The more fresh veggies your dad puts on his plate, the better he’ll look and feel. From seeds and other supplies to trowels and trimmers, there are dozens of affordable gifts you can give to encourage Dad’s green thumb. 

The Gift of Companionship

Maybe you can’t be with your dad as often as you’d like, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep him company. One feel-good story that’s come out of the global pandemic is that pet shelters around the globe have seen a delightful dip in occupancy. A lovable mutt can brighten anybody’s day, after all! You can also adopt family-friendly dogs like golden retrievers (or less active breeds like bulldogs and Bichon Frises) from dedicated rescue organizations around the country.

Studies have found that pet owners enjoy better health and, statistically, they even live longer. And you want your dad to be around a long time, don’t you? Think of all the Father’s Day gifts you can buy—and how much fun he can have as he uses his Nixplay Frame to share photos and videos of his pup’s antics to you and the rest of the family!

The Gift of Good Health

New stay-at-home guidelines have us all doing more cooking. Nutritionists recommend grilling as one of the healthiest cooking techniques. Whether your dad’s grill skills are legendary or apprentice-level, a new gas grill, charcoal grill, or even a smoker could really up his game. And it can help him ease into socially-distanced outdoor entertaining.

Is he already armed for battle with grilling gear? You could try sending a box of perfectly-aged, organic steaks, or a subscription to a wine club (red wines have heart-healthy benefits!). If he’s missing his pub fries or Friday fish and chips, an air fryer delivered to his doorstep will give him the fried crispness he craves minus the calories and excess cholesterol. 

The Gift of Accomplishment

In homes across America, dads are checking stuff off of their to-do lists at speeds that were previously unheard of. That’s because, strangely, the coronavirus itself has given us one very special gift: the gift of time. And lots of dads are using it to be very productive around the home.

You’ve probably noticed the uptick of home improvement projects on your Instagram or Facebook feeds. Photos of newly painted decks, immaculately organized garages, and shiny refinished floors are popping up everywhere. Mechanical and power tools are a great way to support your DIY dad’s skills and help him tackle the projects he’s been wanting to complete around the house.

The Gift of Getting Away

Summer vacation season has taken a hit, with airline travel restrictions, beach closures, and other health regulations in place. But when you’ve been tethered to home for months, you don’t have to go far to feel like you’re getting a break from your routine. Why not plan a boredom-busting weekend for your dad at a nearby bed-and-breakfast? If your dad loves fishing, find one near a lake. If he’s golfer, find one located near the best course he can get to in a day-trip. 

Susan Doktor is a journalist and business strategist who hails from New York City. She writes, guest- and ghost-blogs on a wide range of topics including health and fitness, parenting, finance, and technology. Follow her on Twitter @branddoktor.

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8 Gift Ideas for the Dapper Dad

Still wracking your brain for the best Father’s Day gift for your stylish dad? We’re here to help. Here some handy suggestions:

Noise-canceling headphones

Give the busy executive dad a gadget he’ll be able to use a lot. A pair of noise-canceling headphones can be his perfect companion during conference calls, long-haul flights, and lazy afternoons spent listening to his ebooks and podcasts.

Try: Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II, Apple AirPods Pro

A grooming kit

For the dad who always strives to look his best–or who just needs to replace his ancient razor.

Try: Bevel Shave Kit, Kiehl’s Men’s Grooming Essentials

Stylish sunglasses

A handsome pair of sunglasses will always be appreciated by dad. Get him a classic pair that will stand the test of time and will keep him looking sharp during backyard barbecues, grocery runs, and everything in between.

Try: Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic, Oakley Holbrook

Timeless loafers

The ultimate dad shoe. Comfortable, effortlessly stylish, and a certified classic.

Try: Sperry Plushwave Penny Loafer, Tod’s City Gommino Driving Shoes in Suede-Brown 

A Nixplay Frame

Does dad love taking photos? Make sure his snaps are perfectly displayed on the USA’s bestselling digital photo frame. Nixplay’s Father’s Day Sale is ongoing–now’s your chance to get up to 30% off on selected frames!

A bottle of his favorite alcohol

Didn’t manage to buy a gift in time? When all else fails, swing by the liquor store: a bottle of his favorite drink should do the trick. 

Try: The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Aviation Old Tom Gin

A UV sanitizer case

These days, it’s especially important to keep your surroundings and things squeaky-clean. A UV Sanitizer should properly disinfect for dad’s gadgets, gizmos, and other small items.


A book he’ll love

Delight dad with this easy but thoughtful gift idea: A tome about the things that interest him most. See our other recommendations here.

Try: The American House by Phaidon, The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin’s House by Daniel Mark Epstein

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at

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7 Cool Tech Gadgets For Mom

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat mom and shower her with gifts to show her just how much you care. Flowers and candy are always a crowd-pleaser, but why not make it a little extra special this year with our selection of Mother’s Day digital gifts? There’s no time like the present to get hunting for that perfect gift!

The Best Tech Gifts For Mother’s Day

Looking for a fun tech gift to give to mom this Mother’s Day? From indoor gardens to jewelry, we’ve pulled together a list of 7 cool tech gadgets for mom that are suitable for even the less tech-savvy parents out there. With a mix of thoughtful, practical, and humorous goodies, you can’t go wrong!

Hydroponic Garden Kit

With hydroponic gardening, your plants grow faster without the need for messy dirt. Minerals and nutrients are added to the water so that the plants begin to produce delicious fruits and vegetables, including lettuce, spinach, herbs, and even strawberries. So you can grow your own food at home without the need for digging and weeding!

It’s a fun and quirky way to harvest your own greens, herbs, and vegetables at home that comes with all the benefits of growing your own mini garden – without all the hard work. Ideal for those looking to add a spot of color to their kitchen décor, or for apartment moms with no access to a backyard.

Smart Jewelry

A fun tech twist on the classic gift for mom. Combine fashion and functionality to create the perfect Mother’s Day tech gift. From watches and bracelets, to necklaces, rings and even sunglasses, there are a range of smart jewelry pieces available on the market. Smart jewelry devices offer several tech uses, from tracking your breathing, sleep, activity and monthly cycles, to smart alarms that gently wake you in the morning. Although not every piece of smart jewelry has the same capabilities, so doing your research and finding something to suit mom is your best bet.

Smart Baby Monitor

Whether she’s a new mom or has a little one on the way, a smart baby monitor is the perfect gift. It connects to an app over WiFi, meaning you can easily monitor your baby from your mobile or tablet and unlike traditional designs, a smart monitor allows you to connect to multiple devices. Some smart baby monitors can also be paired to a home device like Alexa, so you can control the monitor with ease using your own voice.

You can monitor several children on one device by connecting to multiple cameras at the same time, which is ideal for moms who are juggling a busy household. A smart baby monitor is also the perfect gift if you’re working away from home and are missing your little ones – giving you a real-time view of what they’re up to.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

If you live in a busy household, this gift may also be a great way to give mom a break! Available in a range of sizes and styles, there’s a pair of noise cancelling headphones to suit every activity. As one of the best tech gifts for Mother’s Day, wireless headphones are ideal for night feeds, housework, exercise and much more. They’re also great when working from home, to block out the noise and focus on the task at hand. Choose this Mother’s Day tech gift and allow mom to sit back and relax.

Looking for an extra personal touch? Put together her very own personalized playlist with some of her favorite tunes to get her feeling motivated throughout the day.

Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with household chores, so anything that can help us along the way is a bonus. Although a smart vacuum cleaner won’t take the place of your regular model, it can make your life a little easier throughout the week. A robot vacuum can also get into those niggly places that your upright vacuum can’t – like under the sofa or below the bed! Plus, prices range from $50 dollars to $2,000, so there’s something for every budget.

Virtual Home Assistant

Available at a range of price points, home assistants are perfect Mother’s Day tech gifts. As well as playing music and answering questions, a virtual assistant comes with several uses that are great for the whole family:

Telling your children a bedtime story: Turning bedtime into a slightly more enjoyable activity for the little ones.
Creating a household intercom system: Making shouting the kids down for dinner that little bit easier.
Playing games: A range of games are available to download, including quizzes, mysteries and some of the classics.
Managing finances: From checking your balance to making bank transfers.

Home assistants are also compatible with a range of home appliances and devices, including smart photo frames – the next choice in our selection of cool tech gadgets for mom.

Smart Frame

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a smart digital frame full of her favorite memories? The perfect way to share memories and make your mom feel extra special. Create a playlist full of your best family photos from over the years and get it set up ready for the morning. Better yet, why not pull together a selection of Mother’s Day photos from over the years to reminisce?

Available in a range of classic designs, there’s a Nixplay digital photo frame to suit every home décor and style. This Mother’s Day we’re also offering up to 30% off on selected frames until May 10th – find out more about how to treat your mom to the best tech gifts for Mother’s Day with Nixplay.

And that’s our list of 7 cool tech gadgets for mom! Now you’re all set to pick up the perfect Mother’s Day digital gifts to celebrate with the family. And don’t forget to share and display your Mother’s Day memories on your Nixplay digital photo frame. With the Nixplay app, using your frame has never been easier.

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Irreplaceable Gifts For Your Family

Our families mean the world to us, and oftentimes it can be hard to express just how important these people are to us. When considering gifts to give your loved ones, a present can be more meaningful when it comes from the heart. Take a look at these options for gifts that will leave a permanent mark on your family’s life.

A gift to help them feel more present

For families separated by distance, feeling like you’re with your loved ones can be the greatest gift of all. Consider purchasing something that can help them feel your presence in their lives even if your schedules don’t easily line up. Digital photo frames are a great option for family members looking to reconnect through old memories, elderly relatives who can’t travel as much, or people who want to honor their late loved ones. It’s a great way to keep in mind those closest to your heart: Not only does it keep the faces of the people you love within sight, but the videos playing on a digital photo frame also keeps the voices of distant family present and remembered.

A gift for better living

Supporting good habits and encouraging healthy behavior is a gift that can have a lasting impact on the well-being of your family. If you have kids, it’s essential to establish healthy eating habits in young children to help them grow strong and stay healthy. Look for nutritious recipes that you can cook as a whole family⁠—acting as both a way to spend quality time together while also giving the gift of physical wellness.

For your partner, older relatives, or anyone else in your family looking for help eating better, there are printable meal-planning templates that can help them achieve their wellness goals while collaboratively working towards a better quality of life. As nutrition is key to living a longer life, supporting loved ones in this way demonstrates how much you value their presence in your life.

A gift for motivation

One of the greatest gifts that you can offer someone is an open ear and an opportunity to help them grow. As you think about the ways you want to give back to a family member, consider which qualities you admire most about them. Helping your friends or family reach their potential can be one of the most mutually rewarding experiences, and luckily there are several different ways to accomplish this.

One way to provide support for a family member in this way is to volunteer your time to help them harness their talents or gifts, such as taking a cooking class or visiting an art museum with them. If time isn’t always something you can offer, consider purchasing a guided journal for your loved one. Using this journal allows them to ask focused questions and plan different activities for deeper thought. Journals can be a great start to self-exploration and aid in goal-setting, making your gift a memorable part of their personal development.

A gift for peace of mind

Something you might not think about often but is unquestionably important is how you can continue to give to your families past your time with them. Ensuring that the ones closest to you are taken care of financially in the long run not only grants peace of mind but will guarantee that they are protected under any unforeseen circumstance. Life insurance isn’t as expensive as most people think and it can serve as a responsible gift for family members who rely on you financially, will act as an income replacement, and can help pay major payments should you no longer be there to provide for them. Listing your family as the beneficiary of your policy can help support any members who might be looking to go to college, have a mortgage, or have younger children.

While picking out the perfect gift isn’t always easy, finding something that is irreplaceable to your family can demonstrate the love and care you have for these special people. From physical gifts to simply the dedication of your time, the ways to give to your family are endless. And remember, just as author Catherine Pulsifer says, “giving to others will not take away from what you have but will, in fact, add to your life.”

2020 Gift Guide Birthday Gift Ideas for Family and Beyond

2020 Gift Guide: Birthday Gift Ideas for Family and Beyond

Selecting the right birthday gift for family members, friends, and other loved ones can be a daunting task. Birthdays are major milestones meant to be celebrated, and finding that “perfect” item can seem like an impossible task. Even if you know the individual very well, the anxiety stemming from all the gift options around you can pile up. Out of all the options around you, you don’t want to pick the wrong thing.

However, with a bit of preparation and the ideas on this list, you can shop like a pro for anyone on your list. Keep reading to learn more!

The Most Popular Multi-Cooker

If you have yet to jump aboard the Instant Pot hype train, you may wonder what the fuss is all about. However, countless consumers have confirmed that the buzz around this pressure cooker is definitely deserved. With this cooker, you can give someone on your list the ability to cook an entire meal with minimal fuss. If there is someone you know who hates cooking or isn’t too good at it, the Instant Pot is a perfect gift. There are several models available, but the ones that got the best reviews are the Ultra and the Instant Pot Duo. Just pick one that’s right for your recipient!

A Robot Vacuum

Modern technology has infiltrated all aspects of life today. From smart doorbells with video screens to gadgets that dispense treats for your pet while you’re away, there’s a futuristic appliance for your home’s every need. However, something that most people can get behind is a device that makes cleaning your house easier.

Cleaning your floors can be such a chore, especially when you’re got a jam-packed schedule. That’s why a robot vacuum is a great investment. With this device, you’ll have no problem keeping your home (including those hard-to-reach areas under the table or couch) clean and dust-free. You can find these robot vacuums at virtually every price point, and they make for great gifts for your mom, sister, bachelor brother, or anyone who could use a helping hand.

The Gift of Memories

Memories are priceless, but as family members get older, some stories or things may be lost. In addition, older types of media, like VHS tapes and printed photographs, tend to fade or stop working properly, leaving reminders of your fondest moments lost to time. Consider using a service like Everpresent, which ensures that your precious memories are properly safeguarded now and in the future. This is something that both young and old members of your family will appreciate and treasure for many years to come.

Another way to keep your favorite moments alive is by investing in a Nixplay Smart Photo Frame. Scan your old photos and upload them on playlists, which you can easily display on your frame. You can also upload 15-second videos–perfect for immortalizing snippets of your milestone birthdays. Take advantage of our Valentine’s Day Sale and get as much as 30% off selected frames!

Wireless Earbuds

When it comes to the latest wireless earbuds, you either love them or you hate them–there’s no in-between. While the Apple Airpods started the true wireless trend, an array of other brands have also jumped on board, including Samsung, JBL, and Bose. Just make sure the person you’re giving the gift to is on the “love” side of the fence!

An Updated Gaming Experience

Is the birthday celebrant an avid gamer? If so, there is an array of ways to update their gameplay. One of the hottest gaming systems on the market today is the Nintendo Switch, a handy console that offers a little bit of everything for all gamers. If you’re not too keen on splurging for a Switch, other gift ideas for gamers include Steam gift cards and computer gaming accessories, like gaming keyboards and mice.

A Weighted Blanket

Imagine drifting to sleep while wrapped in a cozy, warm, and comfortable bear hug every single night. This is exactly how falling asleep cocooned in a weighted blanket feels like. These blankets are often requested by people of all ages, and you can find some great deals if you look hard enough!

DNA Testing

Did your parents ever have the opportunity to trace their roots? If not, you can surprise them with one of the many DNA kits currently on the market. You’ll find several options, each of which can provide some pretty amazing insights into your history. Some kits can even provide health overviews, letting the test taker know if they are at risk for certain conditions or diseases. It’s amazing what science and technology have made available today!

A Streaming Service Subscription

Chances are you can name a few of your loved ones’ favorite shows, right? Perhaps it is Friends, an oldie but a goodie, or something more recent, such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Regardless of what they love, a streaming service subscription will allow them to watch their favorite show (and thousands of others) on-demand. There are several options out there, so make sure to do your research before swiping your card!


Did you know that you can give others the gift of relaxation? From sound machines and oil diffusers, the concept of gifting relaxation has never been easier. Given the busy and stressful lives that most people live, there are few who would not appreciate this type of gift.

Buying the Right Gift Every Time

There is no question that there are more than a few amazing birthday gifts to consider in 2020. To find the right one, be sure to consider the recipient’s personality and interests. This will ensure that you will get them a gift they will love and use for many years.

Wendy Dessler is a super-connector who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

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