One of the best things about the holidays is that they force us to slow down. Schools are closed, offices thin out, and most of us get some uninterrupted downtime with family and friends. But instead of spending our precious time off zoned out in front of the bright and shiny gadgets many of us will inevitably receive as gifts, we at HuffPost Screen Sense would like to offer some alternatives. Here are our analog picks for all of the parents on your list.
1. For The Parent Who Takes Her Gadgets To Bed
Make your bedroom a tech-free zone by replacing the stimulating blue glow of your smartphone or tablet with a soothing beside light.
2. For The Parent Who Can't Put Down The Smartphone
Place a beautiful box (make sure it has a lid!) in your entryway and park your devices there as soon as you get home. Then go chill out with your kids.
3. For The Parent Who Relies Too Much On GPS
Don't spend your vacation staring at a map on a screen. Instead take these elegant (and lightweight) travel guides on your next family trip.
4. For The Crafty Parent
Studies have shown that working with your hands has a stress-relieving effect. Chose a craft subscription box for the creative types on your list.
5. For The New Parent
Give the new mom or dad in your life some handome personalized stationery for all of their baby gift thank you notes. Because a handwritten note will always mean more than an email or text.
6. For The Parent Who Never Stops
Studies show that the happiest people are also the most grateful. Giving someone a gratitude journal will remind them to slow down and take stock.
7. For The Parent Who's Addicted To Their iPad
Keep your tablet away from your kids’ sticky fingers -- and remind yourself to put it away sometimes, too -- with this adorable iPad cozy.
8. For The Parent Who Used To Read
Take a look at the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of the Year and buy one -- the actual book, not the e-book -- for a new mom or dad who hasn’t read anything but parenting guides in months.
9. For The Sentimental Parent
Photos always make great gifts, but instead of an electronic frame or album break out the scissors and glue and create a unique photo scrapbook.
10. For The Parent Who Needs To Breathe
We all know that yoga helps relieve stress and promotes well-being. But who has time? This yoga kit is perfect for the on-the-go parent who is always scrambling to make it to class.