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Halloween Gift Ideas for All Ages
While candy is the most popular Halloween treat, there are plenty of other creative options when you want to give a friend or family member a present to celebrate All Hallows' Evening.
Non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free costume make-up. For people who are vegetarian, have sensitive skin, or just want to be nicer to the planet, high-quality, eco-friendly theater make-up makes a great gift just before Halloween. Check the websites of well-known animal advocacy groups and environmental organizations for cosmetic brand recommendations and endorsements. Some of these products may only be available online so shop early if you want your gift to arrive before Halloween.
Doesn't she look BOO-tiful?
Customized coffee mug. Do you live with someone who is downright scary before they have their first cup of coffee in the morning? A ceramic mug covered with cartooned monsters and zany zombies is the perfect Halloween gift. And depending on the monster design you choose, the mug could be used all year round.
Here's a design hint if you want to create a coffee mug using an on-demand merchandise manufacturer such as CafePress or Zazzle:
What do you call a mug in the shape of a mad scientist's lab creation?
Handmade trick or treating bags. Imagine if every year on December 24th, instead of hanging a festive Christmas stocking in front of the fireplace, you hung a plain pillowcase or a plastic bag out for Santa's gifts. No way would you do that, right? So don't do the same thing at Halloween. Make one of a kind trick-or-treating bags for your kids that can be used year after year. Get their input of what they'd like their bags to look like and involve them in the decorating the bags with Halloween trimmings. This gift is a treat that can be treasured long after your kids have outgrown Halloween..
Subtle jewelry and accessories that can be worn in the workplace. Not every workplace allows their employees to dress up in costumes for Halloween. In some offices, such as a high-powered law office or Fortune 500 company, wearing anything but a formal business suit is out of the question. But that doesn't necessarily mean that all Halloween motifs are forbidden. A silk tie with tiny embroidered ghosts on it might look like a paisley design. Or what about dress socks with jack-o-lanterns on them? Over the last few years, colorful socks have become an acceptable fashion trend in even the stuffiest of offices, so a pair of socks with Halloween images on them would fit right in. If wearing anything with a Halloween motif is forbidden, you could opt for spooky boxer shorts instead.
Eco-friendly jack-o-lanterns. There's no doubt that carving a pumpkin is a popular Halloween tradition. But a ceramic pumpkin that can be used year after year is a smart choice for a Halloween gift. In some places, a fresh pumpkin might not even be an option. Due to fluctuating weather patterns, some pumpkin harvests are happening much earlier as the summers get longer and the weather stays warm well into October.
A Halloween songs smash-up. What are your favorite songs to dance to at a Halloween party? Create a playlist of spooky pop-songs and send it to your friends. If you can't think of any Halloween songs right now, do any of these chart-toppers grab you?
- Thriller, by Micheal Jackson
- Time Warp, from the Rocky Horror Picture Show
- I Put a Spell on You, by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
- Ghostbusters, by Ray Parker Jr.
- This is Halloween, from The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Werewolves of London, by Warren Zevon
- Superstition, by Stevie Wonder
Special event tickets. Why should kids be the only ones who get to dress up on Halloween? Some of the most anticipated events of the year happen at Halloween. From zombie walks to masquerade balls to murder mystery dinners, there are plenty of parties to choose from. Treat your friends to a night out of fun and give them tickets to an event they'll never forget.
A frightful (or friendly!) flower bouquet. Floral arrangements are popular gifts to give for almost any occasion, and Halloween is no exception! You could simply order a Halloween-themed bouquet from a florist and have it delivered, or you could dress up a bouquet from the grocery store with ghoulishly cute decorations from your favorite craft store. Add a sweet touch to the arrangement by attaching miniature candy bars and treats to long bamboo skewers and tucking them into the bouquet.
Nighty-night sleep accessories. Why not extend the Christmas pajamas tradition to Halloween night? A cozy set of cotton pajamas with fun Halloween motifs can help ease little ones to sleep after an exciting night of trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.
Even people who don't like Halloween and would rather get a good night's sleep while the neighborhood is overrun by goblins will appreciate a Halloween surprise: earplugs and eye masks to block out noisy fireworks and bright lights. Not everyone wants to wake up looking like a tuckered out zombie the morning after Halloween!
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