ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Family Gift Ideas: Soda Stream

Updated on November 7, 2012

Are You Looking for a Great Family Christmas Gift Idea? Soda Stream is a fun family gadget!

My siblings often select family gifts for the holidays. It's easier to pick out a single quality item that will be enjoyed by everyone than tossing money at cheap junk that won't last the week. My sister is great about finding cool things that the kids will love. They have her to thank for introducing the home to Wii! Last year, she fed their love for sodas...maybe she felt a bit sorry for them. Soda is a very RARE treat, almost never purchased for kids in our family. She actually had her own Soda Stream first, and she insisted that it was a big money saver. Her kids do have sodas available more often. It took me a while to figure out how it would be affordable, but I'll explain more about that in a bit.

The kids love the Soda Stream. I don't keep them supplied with tons of soda syrup, though, so the sugar isn't a huge influence. Once in a while, I'll pick up a cartridge and syrups. Read further, and I'll explain what you get, what extras you need, and where to look for deals.

How Soda Stream Works

Fill bottles to the level line, screw onto the system. Press the button to discharge carbonation into liquid. When pressure is sufficient, there will be a buzzing sound.

Soda Stream Syrups for the Family Gift

There are many different syrups available, and some are great. I love the orange, cola, rootbeer, lemon lime. There is a Dr. Pepper like flavor and a Mountain Dew like flavor. I didn't like the diet flavors much. I LOVE the gingerale flavor syrup. The kids are pretty similar in which flavors hit the spot. There are some more natural syrup flavors that are a little more costly.

Extra Bottles for Soda Stream: If it's for a family, you need more than just one bottle!

Sodastream 1l Carbonating Bottles- Black (Twin Pack)
Sodastream 1l Carbonating Bottles- Black (Twin Pack)

I thought I could be thrifty and tried a Sobe bottle with the system. It exploded...not in a terrible way, but I did get sprayed with fluid. You need the special bottles, and you should plan for a few if the family you are giving the system to is large.


Do you love soda?

What's your soda consumption like?

See results

Carbonating Cartridges

SodaStream 60-Liter Carbonator-Spare Cylinder
SodaStream 60-Liter Carbonator-Spare Cylinder

The reason I thought this wasn't a very economical product at first was that the cartridges were selling for nearly 80 dollars on Amazon. They've come down some in those venues. I wasn't about to spend that. My daughter later read the pamphlet from the packaging and discovered there are some trade in options. I could trade in my cartridge at Bed Bath and Beyond and pay much less for a new cartridge that was full.

If you are selecting this as a gift for a family, especially for a family that doesn't drink much soda, be aware that the novelty will lead to quick use of the contents. Refills are recommended. My family of 10 wiped out all of the extra syrups and a complete carbonation cartridge in less than 2 weeks. This was the holiday season, and it was a novelty. I didn't pick up refills until April, and they lasted about a month that time. Adjust accordingly!


How it works: Video Demo of Soda Stream

Soda Stream Products on Ebay

One of the best finds for me was that you can track down Soda Stream stuff on eBay. If you need an empty cartridge for trade in programs, I've seen them in eBay listings. You can also track down syrup selections at decent prices. This is nice because I live in a rural community and until recently, none of our stores carried the related products. Now, I can trek down to the superstore, but eBay is a great place to search for specialty syrups and products at a bargain. The items shown here are a sampling of what's currently available through eBay auctions, and you'll find many more products as you investigate these.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)