Christmas Gift Giving: Are You a Spug?


Christmas Gifts

Christmas shouldn’t be about the gifts, but you still can’t help but cringe when you receive the odd, regifted, or incredibly useless present. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Amidst the holiday rush, Christmas music, and advertisements, we often hear shoppers bemoan that the true spirit of the season is slipping away. This isn’t a new thing; this has been a complaint that goes back to Teddy Roosevelt.

If gift-giving is supposed to represent a selfless gesture, then shouldn’t those gifts demonstrate good will and a sympathetic understanding of the needs of others?

All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth

Amid a mountain heap of cheap presents or useless gifts that will soon be forgotten, I’d posit it just might be time to revive SPUG (Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving). In my mind, a good gift is one that brings long-term joy, fulfills the needs of an individual, and represents common sense, perhaps doing something for someone that they wouldn’t (or couldn’t) do themselves.

Rather than a singing bass fish or a glow-in-the-dark cat hat, show you care about someone with these gift ideas that your loved ones are sure to appreciate.

Here are just a few ideas that seem to go over well with friends and family!

Electric Toothbrush

Practical Christmas Gifts

Now we’re talking. If I was to get a gift that I would use every day (twice, right?) for years to come, it improved my health, and did a better job than what I was currently using, then that would be a truly thoughtful gift!

A high-quality, powered toothbrush will be used more than just about anything you could get a person, and it’s often something an individual doesn’t already have.

Good electric units aren’t just an ordinary toothbrush. They offer high-level cleaning power that is far more effective than a traditional brush, they brighten your teeth, and improve your overall gum health.

The problem with brushing, as any dentist will tell you, is that people simply don’t brush enough. However, even a basic electric toothbrush like the Sonicare PowerUp fits in more brushstrokes during the first day of use, than you normally get all month.

Electric toothbrushes come in a range of styles and options, from the Oral-B Pro Health Jr (with Disney’s Frozen characters) to the Sonicare Platinum (with a UV Sanitizer!) that comes with all the bells and whistles. Most provide a variety of heads to choose from so you can customize your brush.

Whiter Image Whitening Pen

Tooth Whitening Pen

What if you could wave a magic wand and have whiter teeth? The Whiter Image whitening pen is almost that good. Whiter teeth have been a pursuit of ours for thousands of years, and according to the National Museum of Dentistry, even ancient Greeks were applying mixtures of who-knows-what to their teeth in hopes of whitening them.

Whitening pens work in a similar fashion as whitening strips, however, you won’t have a mouth full of polyethylene for half an hour with this product. It’s portable, and has a convenient brush-on system. Don’t be fooled by it’s low price and ease of use; you will see a noticeable difference within a day or two.

If you really want to impress the ladies in your life, they even have a bedazzled version called the Chic Flic. This little beauty includes the whitening pen, but comes with a mini-mirror and LEDs so she can easily see her work while she is on the go. It is the perfect thing for her to keep in her purse, and the back end includes a lip plumper that is reportedly pretty impressive.

You may even get to try it out for free: Morgan Hill Smiles is currently offering this product as a “thank you” to our patients that refer a new patient to us, so tell your friends and family!

Gift Cards

Retail stores love gift card options for Christmas, simply because they often go unused. Even so, 57.7% of consumers still say they would rather receive gift cards and cash for the holidays

A Consumer Reports survey states that one-quarter of adults still have at least one, unused gift card they received from the last holiday season.

Surveys show us the best gift cards to give are for goods and/or services. Why? Because they are for practical things people will actually use. Most of them. And even better idea? Oral health that last all year! Rather than guessing what book store they favor or where they buy their latest fashions, set them up with some complimentary oral love.

Morgan Hill Smiles offers several options for your loved ones. While our most popular gift certificate options are for cleaning and whitening, other desirables include Invisalign, veneers, and contributions toward needed dental work (such as crowns).

Are You a Spug?

 SPUG definition

It might seem like a radical idea to shun the shiny trinkets that beckon from store windows, but odds are, those knick-knacks will end up hidden in a closet somewhere in short order.

To a SPUG, the gift of fantastic oral health is a sure bet. Join such greats as Teddy Roosevelt, who headed the masculine branch of The Prevention of Useless Giving society, and remember the true spirit of holiday gift-giving.  


Focused on dental excellence,

Dr. Manalili

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