Give your family and friends the gift of vision health this holiday season.

Christmas is officially less than a week away and many of us across the country are doing the typical “holiday scramble” to purchase our last minute gifts and fill up the stockings of the one’s we love dear. However, rather than fill your family’s stockings to the brim with candy and gift cards, why not give them some lifestyle essentials that they would never consider buying for themselves?

That’s right, give them something that they have to use for the next couple of years to a decade and you’ll be astonished how thankful they will be.  Some of the best gifts are the ones that you use every day, and what better way to do this then by providing the tools for taking care of one’s eyes?  It’s a no brainer and trust us, your recipient will definitely thank you when the time comes.

For people who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, or even those who do not but like to take good care of their vision, there are many eye essentials that we use on a day to day basis. In fact, many of these eye care accessories need to be replaced quite often, and the holiday season is the perfect time to stock up your friends and families so they have fresh, clean eye care accessories for the new year.

If you want to include some goodies in your friends or family members in their holiday grab bag that they will need in 2014, here are some of our favorite eye care stocking stuffers for every person on your list:

Glasses Cleaning Cloth:

When most people’s sunglasses or eyeglasses get smudged up, they typically take to their shirt or pants in order to clean the lenses. However, your clothing is awful for cleaning glasses because of dirt, grease and oils that can collect on fabric throughout daily wear. Dirt can actually scratch the surface of your lenses, and the oils on your clothing can make them dirtier than they were before.  Frankly, it’s the most frustrating feeling when you just can’t seem to get them cleaner then they were before.  Therefore, a glasses-specific cleaning cloth for on-the-go is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who wears glasses regularly.

Eyeglass Cleaner:

Just as is the case above, a lot of people don’t realize that you can use a spray to clean your glasses along with the cloth.  The spray will get rid of all the dirt and residue much easier than any shirt will because it is meant to clean them. Nowhere is the phrase “can be used to clean eyewear” posted on any of your clothing, so be sure to get some cleaning solution for your recipient today!

Contact Lens Case:

While many contact lens wearers will replace their lenses on a daily, weekly or monthly basis without question, many people do not realize that your case should only be used for a few months as well. Most eye doctors recommend replacing your contact lens case everything three months to prevent bacteria from spreading into your eyes. Luckily, there are some really cool and trendy contact lens cases on the market, so try finding one to fit your friends personality this holiday season.

Contact Solution:

The best thing to go along with your contact lens case is some contact solution.  For some reason, there just never seems to be enough solution to go around and luckily, stores have noticed that people need different amounts of solution for different occasions.  This is especially the case when someone is going on a trip and can’t take their big bottle of solution on the plane with them, so why not grab them a mini case instead for them to keep in their bag?

Glasses Tool Kit:

If you know someone who doesn’t take the best care of their glasses, or is constantly banging up their frames, a portable glasses tool or repair kit is a great thing to have on hand. Most of these kits come with screws and screwdrivers to tighten up any lose arms or frames, and some even include extra ear or nose pads for when you get extra rough with your lenses. These are a great stocking stuffer for eyeglass and sunglass-wearers alike.

What is your favorite vision related gift that you have received? Are you asking for any particular vision gifts for this upcoming holiday season? Be sure to share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments below!

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