What Readers Would You Like to Receive for the Holidays?

Are you having a difficult time choosing reading glasses for a loved one or for yourself? To help you out, we asked three customers to each choose a few pairs of readers from Reading Glasses Shopper that they would like to receive for the holidays.

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Check out each of their profiles, hobbies, and glasses picks. Who knows, you may find one of their choices is perfect for you, too!


Meet Jim: Jim is an airline pilot who, in his spare time,  spends a lot of hours in his workshop building model airplanes and working on home projects. He’s also an avid reader, runner, likes to cook, and enjoys working outside on the yard.

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Jim’s top three reading glasses picks:

  1. Norwalk Bi-Focal Sun Reader — “I have to wear sunglasses when I’m in the cockpit flying. I have no problem seeing things in the distance, but I have a hard time reading the fine print on charts with sunglasses on. These bi-focal sunglasses would protect my eyes while still allowing me to read up-close charts and checklists.”
  2. The Magnum Readers — “I would use these for reading, computer work, and hobbies. I like the conservative look and that they’re lightweight.”
  3. Bifocal Safety Glasses — “I would primarily use these for hobbies. I need safety glasses for operating power tools (saw, drills, sanders, bench grinder, etc.), and the bifocal portion of the glasses would help with up-close work on these tools.”


Meet Susie: Susie uses reading glasses for everything from attending work meetings to browsing restaurant menus. She also enjoys reading to her triplet granddaughters. She says, “I can’t be without my readers, so I like to keep a pair stashed everywhere, including a few in my purse.”

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Susie’s top three reading glasses picks:

  1. The Genevieve — “I love the red frames and silver sparkle for Christmas, of course.”
  2. The Waikiki Bi-Focal — “Just putting these on would take me to the Hawaiian sunsets!”
  3. The Tracey — “These are fun and colorful, and I like that they come with a case.”


Meet Marcy: Marcy uses reading glasses for a little bit of everything, including for work, reading, and working on the computer.

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Marcie’s top three reading glasses picks:

  1. The Paulina — “I like the cat eye style. And the rhinestones are so fun!”
  2. The Drama Bi-Focal Sun Reader — “I love the idea of a sun reader. It’s so convenient that you don’t have to take these off when you look up.”
  3. The Matilda — “These are a very smart-looking style.”


Still having a hard time choosing that perfect pair? Tell us how you use your reading glasses, and we’ll point you in the right direction!

What to Get Your Kids for Xmas (When They’re Not Kids Anymore)

As your children grow and mature into adults, it becomes harder and harder to buy holiday gifts for them. It’s no longer a matter of standing in line for that highly-sought-after toy and sneaking presents from Santa under the tree. However, your kids — no matter how old they are — will always appreciate a thoughtful gift from you.

If you’re at a loss for what to get your adult kids, check out our gift suggestions below. We broke our ideas down into age groups (teens, 20s, 30s, 40s+), so find the ages of your kids and browse our suggestions.

what to get teenagers for christmas

For her: animal print sweater / nameplate necklace / gold ring / lomography camera / clutch / perfume / coffee table book like Rookie Yearbook One
For him: plaid shirt / novelty phone case / headphones / over-the-door basketball hoop /book like Surviving the Zombie Outbreak / cologne

Teens may be the hardest age group to shop for. They’re not as easy-to-please as kids, but they still expect those wrapped presents under the tree. Teens like to receive trendy clothes and accessories, but they’ll still have fun with “toys” like the lomography camera and the basketball hoop.

what to get 20-somethings for christmas

For her: quality candle /nice bag big enough for laptop / [faux] fur stole / personalized stationery / nice watch / serving tray
For him: pocket knife / athletic jacket / nice watch / tickets to game or concert / beer-making kit (21+) / nice shaving supplies

20-somethings are probably getting started in life, so help them get going with nice items that will last for years. Career-minded 20-somethings will probably appreciate owning a  nice wristwatch or bag. Or, consider items for their first apartment or house.

christmas gifts for 30-somethings

For her: nice mohair throw / photo frames / scrubs & skin treatments / quality teas / cozy sweater / infinity scarf
For him: quality travel mug / tools / pullover shirt / leather gloves / binoculars / grilling tools

30-somethings are most likely established in life and maybe have a young family. They’ll appreciate little luxuries that they go without because of kids and other priorities. Whether it’s a luxurious blanket and tea or nice gloves and tools, your 30-something will appreciate almost any thoughtful gift.

christmas gifts for 40-somethings

For her: photo printer / cat eye readers / children birthstone necklace / weekend tote / gardening shoes / wine party kit
For him: reading glasses / bird feeder / suitcase / nice bottle of liquor / thermal socks / lap desk

40-somethings and older are probably enjoying life with older kids and saving for college tuition.  They, too, will appreciate almost any thoughtful gift. Consider the 40-something’s interests and hobbies (for example, wine, food, travel, gardening) that took a backseat to his or her kid-raising days. A pair of reading glasses is always a nice gift, too. Check out our reading glasses buying guide for tips on giving readers as gifts.

We hope this gives you some gift-giving inspiration. Remember, even adults look forward to the holidays and love unwrapping a thoughtful gift!

Giving Back: How to Donate Old Readers

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Raise your hand if you have reading glasses of decades past stowed away in a junk drawer or nightstand. Are you sitting in front of your screen, hand-in-air? Here at Reading Glasses Shopper, it’s our goal this holiday season to inform people about how they can donate old glasses to help those in need.

Why should everyone help? Because it’s easy for all of us to take reading glasses and good vision for granted. With a click of the mouse, a new pair of readers will be on your doorstep in a matter of days. But it’s not that easy for everyone.

Did you know that 25 percent of the world’s population is in need of reading glasses? There is someone — probably closer to your doorstep than you think — who would love to wear those unused, junk-drawer readers.

Learn how to donate your old readers by checking out our Giving Back Campaign.