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Gift Ideas For Your Real, Weird Family: Part 1

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Welcome to Racked's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! We got our hands on real peoples' gifting lists, and helped them conquer everyone—from the classic "I don't want anything" dad to the frequent traveler's dog. Stay tuned for new families through Thursday and a special wrapping wrap-up on Friday.

First up are the Changs, a gaggle of siblings from 24 to 34 spread 'round the world. Mostly sisters with one brother in the mix, they all have names that start with 'C' and fittingly call themselves the Chang-dashians, dedicated hashtag and all.

Third oldest sister Charlene, who's based in New York City, asked for our help in shopping for her family, ranging from a mom in her 50s who recently started working as a flight attendant to her brother, whose hobbies include revamping vintage Japanese cars. Let's get shopping, shall we?


Grown Alchemist travel kit, $70. Photos by Driely S.

Globetrotting sister Christine is based in Madrid, Spain, where she's getting her MBA, and is obsessed with chefs and fine food, Charlene tells us. Grown Alchemist's handsomely packaged travel kit is full of organic, botanical beauty goodies in sophisticated scent combinations (like mandarin-rosemary and damask rose with black pepper and sage) that her refined palette will appreciate.


Target candy cane braided rawhide, $6 and Filson collapsible dog bowl, $38

Christine loves her dog, so Bear gets his own candy cane (in the form of a braided chew toy) and a clever water bowl that's ideal for travel.


Ban.do 'I Am Very Busy' iPad Sleeve, $25

Little sister Connie calls Los Angeles home, and works in marketing and events. For her, an iPad sleeve that gets straight to the point.


Knife and Fork, $60

Brother Chris lives in Dallas and works in fine dining. With his interest in fixing up vintage Japanese cars, we're guessing he has an eye for aesthetics, so he should dig the marriage of his work life and visual sense found in Knife and Fork, a hefty book exploring visual identity and design concepts in restaurants, bars, and hospitality.


Bergino turf coasters, $15 for four, and KnobStoppers vintage golf ball wine stopper, $26

The oldest sister of the bunch, Catherine, calls Playa Aventuras, Mexico home (nice work, Catherine), where she Charlene says she "really likes to golf all the time." When the links are closed and it's time for a drink, she can keep her passion for the game at hand with these cheeky turf coasters and a wine stopper topped with a vintage golf ball.


Tegu MagBot magnetic wooden block set, $25, and Toymail wifi walkie talkie mailman, $60

For the next generation (Catherine's little boys, age two and five), a pair of very different robots. Tegu's wooden robot clicks together with embedded magnets (just as fun to put together as it is to play DIY rock 'em sock 'em and tear apart—without actually breaking). The wifi enabled mailbox—disguised as a darling raccoon—allows the spread out fam to leave the boys messages from anywhere in the world. Kids can reply right into the mailbox and the message is shot back to the sender's phone in an instant.


Triple C Power Wallet, $80

After a long career at American Airlines corporate, Mom recently switched gears and started working as a flight attendant! She lives in Palo Alto, but works and flies out of Chicago. This minimalist wallet will keep everything in order and she hops from plane to plane, city to city, doubling as a phone charger for iPhone 5s and later, or any micro-USB smartphone.

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