Lifestyle Expert, Bethany Braun-Silva partners with 23andMe, Bedsure, Big Lots, Duluth Trading Co., and Outright Games to share holiday gifting ideas.

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U.S. online holiday spending is expected to surge to more than $220 billion this year. That puts spending up by almost 5% year over year from about $210 billion in 2022. Adobe holiday spending forecast predicts more than half of online spending will be made via mobile devices.

Industry analysts predict electronics, toys, and apparel will see the highest demand and discounts now through December 31st. Cyber Week will drive $37 billion in online holiday spending. Overall, most shoppers plan on spending just over $800 on holiday gifts this year, totaling more than $180 billion.

Braun-Silva has compiled her 2023 list of family gifting ideas.


Braun-Silva says the majority of consumers are looking for big deals and Big Lots, one of America’s largest home discount retailers, offers extreme bargains on gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

The lifestyle expert admits, “I absolutely love their cozy Broyhill reversible knit throw blanket – a dupe for the popular Barefoot Dreams blanket that is all the rage – it’s the perfect gift for a best friend, parents or even yourself at a fraction of the price.”

Big Lots truly carries some of the most unique gift items, including a popcorn maker. It’s perfect for a movie night in. She also says shoppers can find top toy brands and save on gifts for the kiddos, adding, “I love the Barbie Groom ‘n Care Horse playset. It’s 32% less at Big Lots than elsewhere!”

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For the gamers out there, Braun-Silva says Bluey: The Videogame and PAW Patrol World are two recently released kids video games available now on all consoles and PC. “My two boys absolutely love playing them and as both have couch co-op they can play together, so I would highly recommend this as a Christmas gift this year.”

In Bluey: The Videogame, gamers can become immersed in the world of Bluey in this interactive adventure game that faithfully recreates iconic locations from the show. With up to 4 players in couch co-op it's the perfect game for all the family.

Everyone’s favorite pups have returned in the open-world adventure game PAW Patrol World. Explore Adventure Bay and beyond with up to 2 players in couch co-op in Outright Game’s biggest PAW Patrol game yet!

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Braun-Silva says the holidays are all about those warm and cozy moments. One of her favorite brands is Bedsure. “It’s a budget-friendly and stylish brand where shoppers can find everything cozy this holiday season, whether inside or outdoors, I love their Wearable Blanket Hoodies— Bedsure’s Sherpa Fleece Tall Wearable Blanket Hoodie, Sherpa Fleece, Shaggy Sherpa and Feather Yarn Poncho.”

Available in multiple sizes, colors, materials—and matching family sets—these hooded blankets keep consumers and their loved ones snuggly and warm.

The super-soft Bedsure Wearable Blanket Hoodie, with nearly 4,000 ratings, is available at Bedsure’s store on Amazon and 20% off for Black Friday.

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Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Tall Wearable Blanket Hoodie

Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Wearable Blanket Hoodie

Bedsure Shaggy Sherpa Wearable Blanket Hoodie

Bedsure Feather Yarn Poncho Wearable Blanket Hoodie

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As a New York City woman, Braun-Silva says, “Style is not lost on me.”

Duluth Trading has flannel for the whole family. The brand’s Free Swingin’ Flannel is 100% cotton that’s double-brushed for superior softness and comfort. “They call it ‘Free Swingin’’ for a reason too, due to its Reach Gussets at the underarms and deep shoulder pleats that allow you to stretch, reach, move and swing without any restriction,” adds the lifestyle expert.

Duluth’s Free Swingin’ Flannels are offered in over 15 different patterns and colors, so there’s one to match everyone’s personal style.

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Braun-Silva says a truly unique family gift idea is associated with health and happiness!

“You probably know 23andMe for its DNA test that reveals where in the world your ancestors came from. What you might not know is that it has provided health reports for years. They’re the only company that offers direct-to-consumer health reports authorized by the FDA.”

23andMe provides personalized and actionable genetic insights on health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, celiac disease, high cholesterol, and many more. “This is health information you may not know without a 23andMe test,” adds Braun-Silva, “It’s the perfect gift for those looking to live their best lives.”

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