Genius and strange holiday gifts for sale on Amazon

Click to view our wishlist of weird, strange and genius items on my Amazon holiday wish list
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With the holidays comes the task of filling your loved ones stockings with cute little gifts and finding that perfect special something for your loved one. Below I’ve taken time to sift through Amazon to find the most absurd, silly, useless, weird, strange and yet genius holiday gift ideas for you to use as gift ideas or to add to your holiday wish list. I’ve also take time to add all of these products to a wish list on Amazon for your shopping simplicity. On each (well most) weird or genius gift idea below, I’ve attempted to include the social media for each manufacturer to plug their hard work so please click through and like your favorites.

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Genius or Absurd Camping Gifts

The first group of absurd amazon gifts are for those who love to go camping.

Full Body Sleeping Bag

Who needs to get out bed when you have this! Don’t worry about the logistics of spending all day outdoors in your sleeping bag, especially when the weather goes sour! This KingCamp full body sleeping bag is made in China and is sold on Amazon for $69-$89.

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Solar Powered Sun Hat

This seems like it would be a good idea but so often when you wear a big hat to keep the sun off you, the hat is hot to wear anyway. The silliness or genius aspect of this hat is that it includes a little solar powered fan to cool you down. Find this Amazon Prime item for only $49.99! Visit the social networks for this Kool Breeze Solar Hat below.

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Propane Coffeemaker

Who needs a campfire or camp stove to brew up the morning Joe when you can have this genius contraption from Coleman! That’s right, plug in your portable mini-propane tank and start the morning right with this “QuickPot” Propane Coffeemaker! A must have for the coffee-lover on your holiday shopping list. Available from Amazon for only around $65 and with Prime shipping too boot!

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Bunk Bed Cot

This portable bunk bed is a genius camping item I have been waiting to find my whole life! Finally I can sleep with my partner on top or below of me just about anywhere! Plus this double bed cot folds into a couch! Just what I need inside my tent. Available from Amazon Prime for around $350, you too can grab one of these fully collapsible bunk bed cots!

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Genius or Strange Gifts for Home

Cookin’ with Coolio

Don’t judge, Coolio knows his way around the kitchen and now you can buy his recipes in this fun book, “Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price”. The prices of this book vary depending on which version you buy: $1.99 (Kindle); $9.86 (Paperback) and; $28.99 (Spiral bound). Buy this unique book on Amazon.

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Giant Bean Bag Chair

The Comfy Sacks 8 foot memory foam bean bag chair falls under the amazingly unique gift category. I really like the idea of having a GIANT bean bag chair but look out for the $620 price tag for this super comfy looking bean bag. Available for Prime members, grab this genius gift item on Amazon.

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Dream Big and head to Aspen Square Condominium Hotel

Our family has big dreams of family vacations like traveling to Montréal in Canada, Washington State in the PNW and heading back to Colorado for a stay in the Rocky Mountains!

This post contains sponsored links from Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, all opinions are my own.

One of the great locations I’ve been looking into is Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, located in downtown Aspen, Colorado. I’ve included a few photos of this cozy, beautiful local below for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, Aspen Square gets really great customer reviews on travel website like Orbitz.com, Expedia.com and TripAdvisor.com and reading many of these, I am sold. Fireplaces, fully-equipped kitchens, heated pools, hot tubs, 24 hr. check-in, free wifi and so much more to enjoy! What a great place to stay which includes everything you could ask for in a hotel/condo in the mountains in Colorado.

Here’s what Aspen Square has to offer about their “signature full-service condominium hotel”:

Aspen Square’s warmly welcoming personality, ideal location across from the base of Aspen Mountain, and full hotel-style services and amenities combine to make our property a great choice for a memorable vacation year round.

Booking a stay at Aspen Square during the off peak winter season has many advantages for a frugal traveler.
* Early and late season rates can be as much as 50% lower than high season, for the same room type
* More rooms are available in the lower seasons, so even hard to book rooms like our one-bedrooms or three-bedrooms are more likely to be open for booking.
* Guests receive the same outstanding services and amenities as the high season guest
* Smaller crowds translates to shorter lift lines, easier access to restaurant and event tickets
* Pre-holiday stays allow guests to enjoy the festive ambiance without the crowds and costs associated with holiday rates and costs in town
* End of season snow is sometimes the best of the entire winter season, with longer ski days in late March and early April

I highly recommend booking your family destination or ski vacation at Aspen Square Condo/Hotel in cozy Aspen, CO. Check out Aspen Square’s special deals for booking where to save big on seasonal and pre-holiday savings and learn more about Aspen Square’s lift ticket sales and gear rentals for your snowy fun too!

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  • For reservations at Aspen Square: www.aspensquarehotel.com or 866-285-7876 or reservations@aspensquarehotel.com

Watch us ride the longest zipline-Ski Apache Windrider in NM

Keller and I had a chance to ride the longest zipline in the lower 48 USA States, called Windrider at Ski Apache in Alto, NM, near Ruidoso.

This is a sponsored post however all opinions are my own.

Windrider zipline at Ski Apache, Ruidoso nm
This adventure experience was wrapped up during our family vacation from Wisconsin to New Mexico and we’re happy to let you know that the Ski Apache zipline tour near is extremely fun and well worth your family time.

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Ski Apache, here we come!

Road Trip to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin

We’re on our way to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin and will be heading through the following beautiful States: leaving from Wisconsin to Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and finally New Mexico. Along the way, we’ll stop to share some photos from the road and once we arrive in Ruidoso, NM where we’ll be featuring Ski Apache’s zip line tour and family gondola rides. Below is our travel map and photos of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Follow along as we tour the historic Route 66 and thanks for reading!

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Summer fun in Calgary Alberta Canada

In this special guest post, we’re featuring author and beer educator Marty Nachel as he spans the globe from Chicagoland to Calgary, Alberta in Canada for a travel adventure of hiking and beer!

Among many titles, Marty Nachel wrote the bible of beer making books Homebrewing For Dummies which you can find on Amazon. Marty is also a Faculty member at the College of DuPage Business of Craft Beer certificate program where you can join him for a 5-week Beer Evaluation course at College of DuPage to become a certified beer judge. Program info is available on the Aleconner Facebook page, at the COD.edu website or call (630) 942-2208 for class registration info!

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We're giving away a COOP Sports Reactorz Basketball and Reactorz Disc

Summer fun with COOP Hydro Whistle Dart and Reactorz giveaway

All winter long, I’ve been itching to get outdoors and now that the snow is long gone here in Wisconsin, we can finally play outside which we often do multiple times daily. My two younger boys and I love to have campfires on weekend nights but when I get home from work each weeknight, we love to be active and have fun outdoors. So our family often makes time to throw a ball, ride bikes, take a walk or just have fun outside before or after dinner time.

This week, I was given a Coop Hydro Whistle Dart to use with the boys in our playtime and wow we’ve been having fun!


Congrats to our giveaway winner Birdie S who has 48 hrs to claim the win.


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We went, we saw, we played

Recommendations from NY Toy Fair + Whiffer Sniffers Giveaway (ends 4/30)

Exclusive From Inside #NYTF17

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the NY Toy Fair for my full time job in public relations. Back home from Toy Fair, I was asked by two toy store owners what hot new products (toys and games) would I recommend they stock their retail store shelves with—below are my recommendations. Bonus! Check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

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Exploring Multnomah Falls in Oregon & #GIVEAWAY

At least once, everyone must plan to visit the Pacific Northwest, USA including Oregon, Washington and beyond. In this post, we welcome guest contributor and Pro photography Rachel Konsella of Vancouver, Washington. Plus, enter our giveaway for a vintage collection of tourist bells (which were my grandma’s.)


ANTIQUE BELLS #GIVEAWAY (USA/18+/ENDS 3/12)

***3/13/2017 UPDATE – Congrats to the giveaway winner: Karen M. of Michigan, who has been contacted and shipping confirmed! Thank you again to all the entrances to took time to participate in this giveaway and I look forward to continuing want to give away each month, cheers!***

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25 best travel Instagrams to follow in 2017

For 2017, my New Year’s resolution is to explore and travel to more destinations than I did in ’16. I’ve loaded my Instagram account @matt.w.sweeny by following the list below of best travel Instagram accounts for 2017, it’s time to get out and explore! Below are groups of Instagram accounts which I foresee as having the best insights on travel in 2017. For the record, some images below show “Follow” but we have followed all of these with our Instagram account @matt.w.sweeny.

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TRAVEL BLOGGERS & JOURNALISTS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW IN 2017

1) @traveldudes
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