From my friend Jill in SF-
(Jill- these have been on my list the last two years- finally bought tonight!)
shoot the moon game
(Jill! My mom bought this for Will this year- we grew up with one- love it)
also last year we put tickets in the kids beds one night before xmas- then when they went to bed they found out they were going out to see xmas lights in their pjs, with popcorn and hot cocoa. little stay up late treat :)
From my friend Amy in NC:
Henry (8 1/2) and I tested out a Mookie Swingball
set at our local toy store and had so much fun playing with it, he’s asking Santa for one this Christmas.
My parents had a 1970s version of these, and I can’t stop loving this Williams-Sonoma version
or giving them as gifts, with a last initial engraved on them:
My husband and I have been collecting these annual Metropolitan Museum of Art snowflake ornaments since we were married 13 years ago. So beautiful.
I love these state hand stitched tea towels
We bought one of these adorable Swaddle Dolls
with a blue minky “swaddle” fabric for our newborn niece/cousin. (These are adorable Amy!)
From me: Bought this travel backpack
for my three year old for our trip to Chicago and added some dolls
to go along inside- and these yoyos
for my boys
Believe it or not, there will be a gift giving part 7.
More great ideas! You guys are helping me big time this year!
From my friend Jenny in Chicago-
Olivia asked for a chemistry set so I thought an “experiment of the month” kinda thing would be fun. Got a good deal on The Young Scientists Club-
We are also going to get the Ollie
for them. It is a fun rolling robot they can program themselves…seems indestructible. (Oh my gosh! my kids would love this!)
We saw these Berg Moov ride-on kits
at the children’s game and toy show. They are built-it-yourself riding toys.
I am also in love with these scarves by Chan Luu.
They come in every color imaginable and at their price they make a perfect gift (something you wouldn’t buy for yourself).
Lastly, I ordered Flicker Box
for my BFF who loves candles. Think “candle of the month” club. She loves it.
From my friend Ali in CT-
My faves this year are locally sourced. Pen and ink drawing of my in-law’s house that they will be selling next year and personalized stationery done by my friend here in CT.
They are also getting a guest book for their new place in FL. Picked up Tabletop questions block
for in-laws for ski trip we are going on with all the siblings. And a massage for my MIL at the resort.
My father in law’s fave gift (he said fave he’s received in his life) was a shutterfly photo album of our vacation with them 2 years ago. I did another one for him of this summer’ trip.
Nieces and nephews — with Chris’s sister we give tix to a kids’ production and all go together and lunch/dinner afterward.
I give my brothers kids movie theater tix and gift card to fro yo place across the street.
I am working on experience gifts over here too. My 7 year old is getting one-on-one skateboarding lessons and this very ugly zip up hoodie
he is begging for. More tomorrow!
Here are more gift ideas to help you plan this December!
I gave Fashion Plates to Holland and she LOVES them! I tried to find a set like the one i had when I was little.
On this note, I loved Lite Brite when I was little and I found this one.
For a friend: I have used Rent the Runway twice in the last few months and I’m hooked! Gift cards are available!
I also love this Miir growler
and growler bike cage for every craft brew lover. The breweries I take my Miir growler to are always impressed with the insulation!
From Heather D-
I have this milk frother that I absolutely love. Tom bought it for me for Mother’s Day and I use it to steam milk, froth milk to make tea lattes, make hot chocolates… it’s perfect! Nespresso Aeroccino Plus
From Heather B-
I love to give magazine subscriptions to friends. Favorite one to give is Sunset!
I have more to share so please keep sending me your ideas! Thank you.
I am receiving some great gift ideas for the holidays! Thank you!
What a fun idea! I personally just found out about 3D fiber lashes and love them!
I’m also excited for Brig to see this Plui bath toy he is getting this year (I haven’t seen this- looks fun!)
Claire loves this inexpensive gift of Tapeffiti
Everyone LOVES this game Zingo. A great game for the little ones to join in on the fun (I agree! We played this week)
And for me? Norwex has been my latest obsession-this basic package makes cleaning so much quicker!
I have some ideas for adults-
The Trellie – wireless purse bluetooth thingie that lets you answer your phone (love your description!)
And this really cool, but a bit freaky acupressure mat, very relaxing!
Have a great weekend!
Wrapping presents is always fun for me. Paper Source is offering 20% off everything today and their wrapping is always unique and great quality. Check out the ugly sweater wrap or holiday bears which my boys always like.
You can also personalize wrapping paper with a favorite family recipe or sweet faces of your family at Minted.
For wrapping that’s truly original, check out Gray Malin’s new wrap.
I will always have a crush on Snow & Graham as I remember when they first started in Chicago. They have too many good ones to choose from- Nutcracker! Elf Hats! you can see all of them here.
Of course, The Container Store is a slam dunk too.
And kraft paper is always a great way to simplify and then dress up with fun extras.
And check out these easy gift tags! I am doing this!
I’m shopping. Are you? Over the next month, I will be featuring all your awesome gift ideas. Please email me what you are giving!
Gifts that are catching my eye-
Eberjey pj’s – let’s face it. They are the best.
Oh Deer socks- sold locally at Sole Mates
Buddha Board- My mom gave this to my son for his birthday- I admit to painting on it this week as well!
Remember how my sister-in-law gave this camper to her kids and you all loved it so much!! It was sold out by December. I recently bought this Yellow Cottage for our daughter. If you subscribe to their list, often they have sales. I got it at 20% off.
Smiled at J. Crew’s new band aids- something for the older set so you aren’t out and about with Dora around your finger.
Nordstrom Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing – could not find a link!! Nordy’s?? My husband and I had this dressing yesterday at Nordstrom (Flatirons) and LOVED it. On the way out, I saw they sold bottles of it. I figured I would pop one in his stocking (to be honest, I would like it in mine!) so I did not buy it in front of him. If you have a Nordstrom cafe nearby, ask for it!
Know any kids who are into ninjas? My friend Diana sent me this link on DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ornaments
Everyone in Chicago loves Loris- plus they have the best designer knock-off jewelry anywhere- here is one of my favorites – Armitage Avenue Ivy Earring – so easy to clip in and frankly, everyone thinks they are real.
Are you a baker? Want to have the cutest Pie carrier in the world? I love good design. Check out this Pie Box- I audibly sighed when I saw the carrier straps. If Pie’s not your thing like me, check out the Cake Box. It holds CUPCAKES as well – a baking world of possibilities.
Looking forward to all your ideas!