Announcing the 2012 Giftee Award Winners

November 26, 2012    |    By +
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After months of nominating, voting, and tallying, we are officially announcing the 2012 Giftee Award Winners! We asked everyone in America to nominate their favorite gifts in our 10 fun categories from Most Unusual to Best Gift Made in the USA. We enlisted a panel of expert judges from influential blogs to weigh in and help determine the 10 finalists in each category too. But, in the end, it came down to You! You voted to decide which gifts are #1 in their class.

We got thousands of nominations and thousands of votes, all to help us find out what America really wants this holiday season.

Well, here they are! We hope that this helps you with your holiday shopping and that you share your favorite Giftee Award Winners with friends and family whether it be on Facebook, Pinterest, or wrapped up under the tree.

Best Gift Made in America
KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer ($399.99) – All KitchenAid mixers are made with pride right in America…Ohio to be exact! This iconic American kitchen accessory turns out to be a great way to support American Made Products too. See the Top 10 Best Gifts Made in America

Most Unusual Gift
Workaholics Bear Coat  ($200) – Whether you are a fan of the show or not, this coat is a must-have for any office that needs some comedic relief. See the Top 10 Most Unusual Gifts

Best Toy of 2012
Nintendo Wii U ($300) – Nintendo is taking gaming to the next level yet again with the Wii U system that lets you take your game from big screen to small screen to big screen seamlessly. The 2 screen option lets players have 2 unique experiences within the same game, at the same time. See the Top 10 Toys of 2012

Best Hostess Gift
Soup and Crackers Mug Set ($15) – These mugs make eating soup and crackers even more fun, and mobile, than ever. Who doesn’t love soup and crackers? See the Top 10 Best Hostess Gifts

Best Gift Under $25
Bear Grylls Survival Series Basic Kit  ($18.22) – Bear Grylls knows survival like no one else and this kit will make any feel ready to survive until rescuers arrive. Water proof matches, fire starter, knife, SOS Guide and more make this a must have for any outdoorsman. See the Top 10 Best Gifts Under $25

Best Eco-Friendly Gift
Rukus Solar Sound System  ($159.99) – This is the ultimate gift for anyone who loves spending time outside listening to music. They will never buy a battery again & can listen to their favorite music while charging their cell phone using nothing but solar power. See the Top 10 Best Eco-Friendly Gifts

Best Gift for Him
Ride Shotgun in a Stock Car  ($119) – Men’s love of cars and their love for speed come together in this once in a lifetime experience of riding along in a stock car on a closed course at real racing speeds! See the Top 10 Best gifts for Him

Best Gift for Her
Simply Solved Style & Go Hair Care Valet by Marcy McKenna  ($169.95) – Women have spoken! Organizing their hair styling gear so that they can look their best and keeping their bathroom looking its best too is a priority. See the Top 10 Best Gifts for Her

Best Gift for a Baby
4momsMamaroo Bouncer Soother ($239.99) – Moms we know personally, and Giftee Award voters agree that this hi-tech addition to the nursery is an absolute lifesaver because of its versatility in keeping your baby relaxed and happy…and you can hook your iPod up to it to lull your baby to sleep to your lullabies (aka any songs you want). See the Top 10 Best Gifts for Babies

Best Gadget Gift
LifeProofnuuad Case & Cover/Stand Bundle for iPad ($129.95) – They’ve spent enough on their iPad to warrant getting them this case that makes their prized tablet waterproof and virtually indestructible. See the Top 10 Gadget Gifts

Shop the 2012 Giftee Award Winners all in one place on!

And, keep an eye out for the Giftee Award Judges who are hosting giveaways of their favorite Giftee Award Finalists! We’ll keep you updated on those through our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts.

The panel of judges includes the Party Bluprints Blog , Toy Insider, SheScribes, Foodie City Mom, Married My Sugardaddy, eVite, Red Tricycle, Scary Mommy, Retail Me Not Insider, Green Gifts Guide, the Gift Gurus.


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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.