The holidays in our Seattle home are a big deal. We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, and our three young children love both. One of our most important traditions is driving as a family to a Christmas tree farm in the forest about an hour away. The kids really enjoy watching as I struggle to chop down a tree. Once said tree has been vanquished, I drag it through the mud — and sometimes snow — and hoist it onto the roof of our car, and then attempt to tie it down as best I can. The ride home is usually touch and go, with the tree precariously dangling from the car's roof as my wife and children shake their heads in dismay. (Key takeaway for the reader: Never drive behind a car with a Christmas tree on its roof!)
I love giving (and receiving) gifts that are fun to use but also serve a purpose and make every day life more enjoyable. Here are some of the gifts on my shopping list this holiday season:
I have a Charge HR, and I love it. I love it so much that a few years ago we gave Fitbits to all of our employees at our annual company meeting. Now we give a free Fitbit to every Zillow Group employee when they join the company as part of our cultural focus on health and wellness. Smart mind, smart body.
Style minus the shopping
Trunk Club is perfect for those of us who hate to shop. I get a new trunk of clothes every few months, and I send back what I don't want. You'll get all the perks of having a personal stylist without having to spend any time shopping.
Julep (where I'm a director) provides a subscription to the web's leading female beauty box. Again, great for people who like trying new products but don't want to spend time shopping. Every month you can choose what you love from a new collection.
It sits on my kitchen counter and entertains the kids endlessly. Everything from "Alexa, what time is it?" to "Alexa, tell me a joke."
For the wine lover who has everything, consider the Coravin, which uses a tiny needle to pierce through a cork and pours wine without actually opening the bottle. A great way to enjoy good wine without having to open the whole bottle.
Blade, gift certificate
Blade is an on-demand helicopter and private aircraft service powered completely by their easy to use app. Flights can be booked to the most in-demand destinations within seconds. The app allows you to launch your own crowdsourced charter flight and leave when you want or book individual seats on flights already created.
Commentary by Spencer Rascoff, chief executive officer of Zillow Group, which houses a portfolio of real-estate sites, including Zillow and Trulia. He is also the co-author of "Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate" (out in paperback in January 2016). Follow him on Twitter @spencerrascoff.
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