More Holiday Gift Ideas

Cool gift idea! A speaker that is also a lightbulb and works with bluetooth to play music from your phone or iPad! I’ve already created this season’s Gift Guides, but I have come across some more great gift ideas that I wanted to share while you are all in the midst of your holiday shopping!

(I was sent a light to review) This AWOX light has my kids world turned upside down. This is a lightbulb and speaker all in one! It works with Bluetooth to play music from your phone or Ipad (with an easy to download free app). What is even better is that it comes with it’s own remote control and changes colors! This has been in my son’s room since we got it. And while I have had to confiscate the remote control during homework time, it’s a really fun gadget to have. We’ll move it to the front room when we have company, but it is the perfect speaker to have in a bedroom also. There are several versions to choose from but this is the one we have: AwoX StriimLIGHT.

Great games for kids. Good gift idea!!!(I was sent these games to review) My kids are 8 and almost 6 and we are finally finding our groove with games. They are asking to play board games and we can finally get through a whole game with no cheating and no tears if they lose. But they are also really in to puzzle type games that they can play themselves. I first came across Think Fun games when I was looking for the Robot Turtles game that I put on my first gift guides. They make awesome games for kids that are fun an educational. Gravity Maze is even up for a Toy of the Year award (you can vote!) My six year old, in particular, is going to love this Rush Hour Jr.
game. I know he will sit with it for hours.

Great book for kids. Good gift idea! (I was sent this book for review) This book is so great! It’s written by a well known blogger and it is all about teaching kids about serving others by doing one good deed at a time. I can’t think of a better time of year to talk to your kids about thinking about others. Jillee Bean and the One Good Thing is bright and cheery and illustrated beautifully. I’m not sure if your school has a program where your kid donates a book on their birthday to the library, but this would be a really great choice!

Here are some other great items I’ve found:

This awesome pave chevron cuff.

A cool weaving loom for your crafty gals.

Wooden name block puzzle for the kiddos.

Amy Poehler’s new book, Yes Please.

These peace and plaid sweatshirts from Hello Apparel are awesome.

This fun board game where you get to tell stories from growing up. The more family baggage the better!

And don’t forget to check out the gift guides I’ve already shared this holiday:

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My holiday wish list – or gifts perfect for your girlfriends, mom, sister

Gifts for the Kids

Gifts for your Guys

Gifts for your Gals

Gifts for the Hostess

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2013 Gift Guide for Me!

Welcome to day 4 of my gift guides! I love to put these gift guides together and share the things I think are cool. None of these are sponsored and they are truly things that I would love to give or get!

Amazon is a great resource for gift shopping for the holidays and any time of the year.  Did you know that you can choose a charity to give back to while you shop?  I’ve chosen to link up my Amazon account with Operation Shower to help them raise money that they need to keep the organization going.  Simply head to Amazon Smile and search for Operation Shower (based in St. Louis, MO) and then shop as usual.
my-wish-list-2013-graphicmy-wish-list-20131:  Duck Cake Plate  2:  Moose Mug  3:  Gold Lame Skirt  4:  Geometric Cup  5.  Muse Tank 6:  Cast Iron Pan  7:  Kate Spade Mug  8:  Clothes for Alt Summit  9:  Horse Cake Plate

It was hard to put this list together this year.  I have been thinking about the gifts I want to buy for other people but when it came to what I wanted, I didn’t know!  Novella Royale does basics (#5) really well and I’m dying for this tank.  And Imm Living (#1 and #9) kill it in the cake plate department.  How cute are they!  Alt Summit will be here before I know it.  In Salt Lake City.  Where it is VERY cold.  And everyone dresses VERY cute.  I’ve got some shopping to do…

See my wishlist from last year.

What is on your wishlist this year?

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2013 Gift Guide for the Kids

Welcome to day 2 of my gift guides! I love to put these gift guides together and share the things I think are cool. None of these are sponsored and they are truly things that I would love to give or get!

Amazon is a great resource for gift shopping for the holidays and any time of the year.  Did you know that you can choose a charity to give back to while you shop?  I’ve chosen to link up my Amazon account with Operation Shower to help them raise money that they need to keep the organization going.  Simply head to Amazon Smile and search for Operation Shower (based in St. Louis, MO) and then shop as usual.
for-the-kids-2013-graphicgift guide for kids1: Outside the Lines 2:  Gold Lightening Bolt Shwings  3:  Ninja Champ Shirt  4:  Dude – Hi 5 SetIce Cream Truck Play House  6:  Beanie with Gems  7:  Neon Pink Heart Shwings

My youngest really likes to do activity books.  He gets them out and does them as “homework” right along with his older brother.  He especially likes the ones with shapes and more artistic images.  I’ve ordered (#1) for him and know he will love it!  And how amazing is that Ice Cream Truck Play House(#5)?!   While it is almost as big as our main living room, I can just imagine the imaginative play that the kids would have with it!

2013 holiday gift guide for kids8:  Crystal Saguaro Kit  9:  Owl Hat  10: Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit 11: Draw Inspire Create 12: Lego Crazy Action Contraptions Kit 13:  Silver Sparkle Jacket  14:  Cool Blocks Set  15: Melissa & Doug Smarty Pants Card Set

I adore this owl hat (#9) from Krochet Kids.  Find out why I love them here.  A friend of mine told me about that Lego book (#12) and my oldest will be getting it.  The small set of Legos that comes with the book can be used to make a bunch of contraptions.  It is a nice change from the huge sets of Legos we have and seems just as fun.

See last year’s Kid’s Gift Guide and Books.

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Give Differently this Holiday with The Grommet

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Grommet. The Grommet is the place to Buy Differently and Give Differently this year.

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I’m not sure if you guys realize this or not but gift giving is one of those things that makes my world go around.  I LOVE to shop for people and I love to share those finds with you almost as much.  I will be sharing my own gift guides the first week of December but up until then I plan on featuring a few of my favorite gifts and the places to buy them.  Putting together my Holiday Gift Guides requires me to do a ton of online research.  I almost didn’t do them this year because there are few people putting out some REALLY great guides.  The Grommet is one such site.  They have just released their 4th (of 5) gift guide – this one focused on DIY favorites.  Right up my alley, no?   With a focus on products that you don’t find all over the place made by people who you want to buy from, The Grommet will make you feel great about the money you are spending for your friends and family.

holiday gift ideaHow cool is this Homemade Gin kit?  This is totally something that I would buy for myself and other people.  It has all the fun of trying something new but they’ve done the research for you leaving you to enjoy the process and then enjoy the gin.  (You can find some links to some yummy gin drinks in this post).

holiday gift ideaThe kit comes with everything you need to make two batches of gin each with a different flavor profile.  I can think of so many people who would love to get this gift!  These gifts available from The Grommet allow you to be thoughtful and excited about what you are giving.  Their products support larger values, like American made and supporting handcrafted artisans and are chosen by their team who scour the earth to find these things for you.  They spend a crazy amount of time searching for the best items to make available to you so you can feel good about what you are giving.  I know when I go to this site, I will be able to find games and arts and crafts for hands-on fun as well as kits for the cooking enthusiast and SO much more!

grommet-felted-soapThis felted soap would make the perfect stocking stuffer.  It exfoliates and creates a lather scented with essential oils.  There are no additives like in traditional soaps and the wool is naturally antifungal.

grommet-hickies-lacesDon’t tell him, but my oldest son will be getting these super cool Hickies.  They are a great way to customize your sneakers and he is all about showing his personal style.  These are super easy to use and work with any shoe that uses laces.  A totally cool product that he will psyched about.

These are just a few of the amazing finds you’ll find on the site.  Head over to The Grommet to check out all 4 of their holiday gift guides.  And don’t forget to check back for #5!

Made in the USA

Gifts with Meaning

Practical, Yet Magical

Oh, My DIY Favorites

Hostess Gifts – Gift Guide 2012

Gift Guide Hostess Gifts

All this week I will be sharing my 2012 Gift Guides to help you with all of your holiday shopping.  These are mostly things I either have and love or would love to get.  Some of them I have tried, some I haven’t.  None of these are sponsored.  I take my gift giving very seriously and I hope I can help you out a little with some good ideas.  First up, go check out the Hostess Gifts Guide I put together for A Fabulous Fete while she was off on a tropical vacation.  What are your go-to hostess gifts?

Don’t forget to check out last year’s gift guides!  Day 1, Day 2, Day 3