My friend Katie in Chicago wrote me- “Pinhole Press has great photo- related gifts. I saw it advertised on plum mom.The storybooks and facebooks we have always talked about wanting to make!! And puzzles and memory games and other cute things.” Can you imagine giving a facebook to a new baby with family pictures inside? Sweet gift.
My friend Angela in Michigan told me about Marbles- the Brain Store. I checked it out and think there are some great things to give for kids. Love how it addresses games that help kids with motor skills, ADHD, etc. Great stocking stuffers too and free shipping sitewide.
We have done subscriptions to Kiwi Crates and they also offer individual craft packs (no subscription required). The products are great quality and my kids have LOVED them.
My kids are possibly onto this being the same video as last year, but having your child receive an email from Santa is always fun- from the Portable North Pole
And if you are crafty (I am not but think I could pull this off with my kids!) I think this constellation jar is a cool project or gift to make with your kids
I usually am a library mom, but I just bought Wonder for my 9 year old son to read. Have heard amazing reviews.
And the last one of today is this iPhone holder- I had to play the video to really get it but it looks cool and the price point is ideal
My sister received these as a hand me down and sent me a picture of her girls battling with these Star Wars lightsabers. We have all the fake ones in my house but this is crazy! It could blow your budget as you need two, but I bet you’d be the coolest parents in the neighborhood for getting them! You can watch the video to see them in action. Take note that the positive reviews were from grown men.
My friend Beth in Pittsburgh has four girls- and she told me Under Armour Braided Headbands are all the rage I guess. I like all the color combinations!
My friend Krista in South Bend always has the pulse on what sporty boys want. Her son wants these Nike Elite Basketball socks- (I saw these at Nordstrom and bought my son a pair after Krista’s rec!) and these Aviators- I know my boys want a pair as they try to wear mine all the time!
I think these portable Stack Wines are a genius gift idea! How much easier are these to bring to a outside venue when you don’t have to bring cups and a corkscrew? They hold the equivalent of one bottle of wine.
Personally, this Polaroid would be on my list. The downside being you need to buy the film over and over- but it used to be like that, right?
I also read about this app- Origrami – this company transforms your most liked Instagram shots into framable prints- I think these would make for unique gifts and they ship free worldwide!
Then, there are always candles to give. I know I love to receive them. Capri Blue makes amazing candles- I have seen them sold at Anthropologie but I like their mercury collection for the holidays- plus they smell really fresh and come with a rustic wood top.
Hope you are having a great weekend!
My friend Amy in NC is giving her young son Magnatiles- we honestly have 6 or more sets of these!! And my friend Heather who is a teacher in Chicago has over 15 sets in her classroom. My kids have played with them for years. She also wrote- “Santa is bringing this teepee for the boys–playroom hideout in winter and backyard fort in summer. This one is large enough to hold both boys without crowding. AS for gifting to others- Amy likes the Origins line- she chooses ginger but I love their grapefruit one too and this book- The Luminaries. Plus she told me about Astronaut Ice Cream- not sure who she is giving this too- but I would want to try it!
My sister Holly sent me a link from Pleygo- have you heard of this? Like Netflix for lego sets?
Some things on my list to give this year are Teen Beach Movie (my daughter knows all the words to this musical), Simon game (I played this ALL THE TIME growing up), CLUE, and the most recent Pioneer Woman cookbook.
My pilates instructor Ashley has a bunch of great ideas-
For the beer lover
For the biker
For any sipper of liquor
For anyone who loved Dirty Dancing
For her husband (she had their wedding date printed)
For the locals of FC- Ashley is giving the gift of fun experiences – she is giving a river raft trip to her nephew and a fly fishing trip to her sister and brother-in-law when they come to visit- I love ideas like these!
My cousin Meredith told me about the Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player- this is a really cool idea.
My friend Maureen in Chicago gave me a ton of ideas- slippers for her kids and these wine bottle toppers for give with bottles of wine- I smiled because I have been eyeing those every year! She also wrote- “I teach 5th grade religious ed and my 5th graders love their Ripstiks- so much so that for a couple of them it was what they were most grateful for as we were preparing for Thanksgiving and thinking of what we were each most thankful for…5th graders are pretty silly!”
My friend Heather in FC always has a beautiful calendar on her wall when I am at her house. She wrote me- “I love this calendar! My mom gives me one every year (and has for about 10 years). There are so many different ways to display this but bottom line, the art is beautiful. Looks great in a kitchen!
My sister-in-law Katie sent more fun ideas- like Tom’s marketplace, Magic Jinn (young kids would love this!), and of course, she loves the gift Theo and PoCampo put together to benefit WBR- (Katie works for World Bicycle Relief!)
My friend Sarah in Chicago wrote me- I bought this boardgame last year and had to share. It is a huge hit with kids of all ages and adults:)
My friends Brian in Chicago and Carrie in FC told me they are buying Lego Architecture kits for their kids this year. These are so interesting – I have seen the Sydney Opera House in person and was blown away.
As a runner, I think I need a flipbelt! My friend Tracy in FC told me it will be in her husband’s stocking this year! And she is buying her daughter a Pottery Barn Anywhere Chair- which both of our boys still like to play with (and sit in!)
Thanks again for sharing your ideas with me!
Hope you are finding some great ideas for others! We are on a trip and I gave my boys their boogie boards for the plane ride- priceless!! They played with them for 4 hours! I can see these boards being a huge help for traveling and at restaurants for our 2 year old. Also, for those of you interested in Land of Nod gifts, here is a 15% off coupon code.
Have you been seeing stars wear these Home T’s? State pride!
I saw these at Nordstrom and thought they may be cute for my nieces who are tweens- Initials Hair Ties
My friend Jill in SF is giving these Coro Glasses – aren’t they beautiful?
My friend Corey emailed these Color- Changing lightbulbs for her kids- how fun!
Has anyone heard of Coin? My friend Bridgette in Orinda told me about this- can really see this taking off- she said pre-release pricing is $55- cool gift for guys. She also had great kid ideas- from super cute bibs, to balance boards for littles who wish they could skateboard, to this great book- Press Here, this girlfriend gift exchange sweater and these amazing earrings in gold from Stella and Dot- what a great price!
And I always get compliments on my Blenko Water Bottle, so I love to give them too- so many great color choices
Finally, my fantastic neighbor Staci said she is buying these Furrific Booties for her nieces and her girls!
I will be back with more ideas after the holiday. Glad you are all enjoying them! If you are looking for more great gift ideas, check out my friend’s Erin and Tricias blog, Suburban Bitches.
Since I have a long list of ideas, I thought I would post some every couple days to get you all inspired-
My Pilates Instructor Ashley (who is amazing by the way for FC locals!!) suggested The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert- and I have already had a friend order it, then order 6 more copies to give!
Another very personal and fun gift was from Screencraft gifts- you can have your town printed on a marble trivet or coasters. My friend Hadley wrote from London- A friend here had them done and they are really nice looking.
My friend Ali from CT wrote- My kids love these towel pants and I just ordered the blue camo pair for my nephew. So great for end of beach or pool day. And kids wear them during swim meets.
My sister-in-law Katie in Littleton wrote- Love the collection of play tents at Land of Nod. Going to have Santa set up the camper in one of our playrooms. She also suggested this really cool map for travelers.
I just bought my two boys their own Boogie Boards- I love that this is not an electronic but is light for travel!
My friend Amy in NC is buying Tenzi- I just read the reviews and looks like a great family game to have- something for 7 years and up
Finally, I read The Kitchen House in about 4 hours yesterday. It may be one of the best books I have ever read.
Please leave a comment with what you are giving this season! There are more ideas to come!