Holiday Gift Guide 2018
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The Holidays are quickly approaching and we have some great gift ideas for you. Start shopping online today and beat the holiday rush, and never have to step foot into the store, this holiday season. I’ve become a 85% online shopper, and the holidays I avoid the stores as much as possible. Check out the following awesome gift ideas found in the Holiday Gift Guide 2018!
Teach My is a Women Owned company all about helping parents spend quality time with their children through educational play. Started by Christy Cook when her son was a toddler, she realized the need for an all-inclusive educational kit that parents could work on with their children.
These products teach babies, toddlers and preschoolers the basic skills, things like; the alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers, reading and even math! These products can be found in nationwide retailers including Walmart, Toys R Us, Target.com and online on Amazon. Shop Teach My today!
Owl Car Cam
In today’s society, one can never be too careful with our loved ones, and the Owl Car Cam is perfect for everyone on your gift giving list. The Owl Car Cam is an all-in-one car security camera that allows you to check in on your car from your smartphone no matter where you are in the world. It’s a video when you need it so whether you have:
- Crashes: You’ve got the video on your phone – right away – so you can tell your side of the story.
- Dents: Video Alerts for bumps, impacts – so you know what ding happens when.
- Stops: Just say the words and Owl keeps recording – tends to keep everyone on their best behavior.
- Break-ins: The blinking green beacon says keep away because caught on Owl means caught by the police.
- OMG: The internet loves crazy, weird and unexpected moments. Share yours instantly.
Genius!! I’m thinking we need at least two Owl Car Cams for our vehicles and an additional two for Liz & Austin’s vehicles!
Owl Cam’s features:
- Dual-facing HD cameras
- Instant video access from anywhere
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS
- 14-day video loop
- Voice capture and naming
- Anti-theft floodlights
- Companion app on iPhone and Android
- Your video is 100% private. Only you can see, share, or delete your video.
For years I’ve used Thirty One Products and use some of them on a daily basis. While I do have them for grocery shopping, organizing blog work, and so much more my latest additions are a MUST have for all busy moms! I’ve been carrying it for 2 weeks, and I know of at least 4 that people have ordered because they loved mine! That my friends is a win, win! Do your holiday shopping at Thirty One today!
The older I get the more green I become because I’ve realized just how important our Earth is. While I know I could still do better, I’ve been working with EarthHero to improve even more. While I’m not completely out of plastic in my home, I’m well on my way to ditching plastic in an effort to save money, leave the Earth a better place for more generations to come and of course reuse as much as I can. EarthHero has a large selection of products available but today we are going to talk about some easy ways we can all implement to ditch plastic in homes.
Finn + Emma
Finn + Emma has a wonderful selection of items available for the new baby and I can’t wait for Christmas so I can see Elijah in this adorable outfit! But they don’t have just outfits, they have new play gyms, rattle buddies, and macrame swings.
These organic items are the perfect holiday gift for any mother or infant! We are giving Elijah his first toy on Christmas morning from Finn + Emma!
Isabelle Grace Jewelry
All too often, we are dealing with struggles or challenges that maybe not even those closest to us know about. Our Starlight Initial Charm Necklace is symbolic of always keeping your head up and looking towards your North Star to find your way home and to those most important to you. We hope you’ll wear it with the spirit of always looking towards your guiding light to the brightest of days ahead. This gorgeous charm necklace is especially made for you in our studio. It includes our north star charm, 3 initial charms and a abstract cut moonstone gem. Chose from your favorite metal option, sterling silver, gold or rose gold filled and our most loved satellite chain. Please note that the North Star Charm comes in gold finish only. Initial charms will measure between 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches in length. $69.00
Galison Publishing has some great items for those writers in your life or even busy moms. My sister Heather has to have special notebooks for her to use that her kids know they can’t use. While they finally have a system in place, buying her special notebooks like these has been my answer for the past few years.
Not a writer? No problem, pick up these super fun Holiday Cookie Shapes and use them as gift tags on presents, or decorate your Christmas tree. No matter what you decide to do, you can’t go wrong with gifts from Galison Publishing!
Fizzy Magic Bath Bombs Perfect for Stockings
Education is a really important part of all kids’ lives and my friends over at Fizzy Magic make bath time fun. But not only is bath time fun, they have great ways to help kids learn while they are getting clean.
Plus there are clues on each bath bomb to help kids figure out what is inside each of the bath bombs. But the fun doesn’t stop there, there is even a fun bedtime story that you can read to kids.
It’s a seamless bath-to-bedtime ritual!
Two different animal-themed collections (Sea Life and Farm) available. Individual bath bombs are $7.45 each and make a perfect Stocking Stuffer!
Lucky Tackle Box
Do you have a fisherman in your life? Get them the gift of fishing ALL YEAR LONG with Lucky Tackle Box!
Lucky Tackle Box is the premier fishing subscription box in America, where you can sign up and receive a monthly package full of the hottest lures, tackle and products in the sport fishing industry.
Here’s a little bit about what we do and why LTB is a PERFECT GIFT this Holiday Season:
- Lucky Tackle Box ships once a month, with each box packed full of some of the top fishing lures, tackle and accessories in the industry.
- LTB is all about education, so we create multiple, unique YouTube instructional videos and “how-to” articles each month to help subscribers learn about our products and become better fisherman.
- LTB has 10 different boxes for species ranging from Bass to Walleye, Panfish to Fly Fishing.
- Fantastic gift for the whole family to get out into nature together or the person who just loves to fish, wants to improve their skills and try new products.
- Subscription plans are set up for 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month durations.
- Many top brands in the fishing industry launch their newest products in the LTB boxes each month and the retail value of the products ALWAYS exceed the cost of the subscription.
Mindware has a variety of great products available for kids of all ages. Some of my favorites are these adorable Babu Rollers! While they are for children 18 months+ our grandson will get them this Christmas.
Make a camper or tow truck out of a truck or car. The possibilities are endless with BABU!
All aboard! Chugga Choo is a color-learning game and puzzle that’s perfect for the littlest engineers. Players match boxcars by color and choose wooden cargo tiles to fit in the empty boxcars. Each train is completed by adding a little caboose. Learn color-matching, spatial recognition, puzzle problem-solving and fine-motor skills. INCLUDES: 4 engine puzzle cards, 12 boxcar puzzle cards, 12 caboose puzzle cards, 12 cargo tiles, parent guide and instructions.
AXE Phoenix Packs
AXE Phoenix Packs are designed to help guys refresh their senses so they can look and feel their best and include AXE Phoenix Body Wash, AXE Phoenix 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner, AXE Phoenix Body Spray, and travel-sized of the newest AXE Gold Body Spray.
Paint Your Own Porcelain
Just paint and bake! This is one-of-a-kind art that’s both fun and decorative. Kids can paint and oven-bake their creations for display-worthy finished pieces. These are perfect gifts from Santa and if your child enjoys crafts, this is the perfect pair!
(Paint Your Own Porcelain products are intended to be display pieces only and are not created to withstand washing.)
Introducing Putty Scents, an exciting new line of putty that contains unique colors and scents. Soft and pliable, our beautifully-designed tins include nearly two times the amount of putty when compared to similar mini tins! A favorite of both kids and adults alike, putty is the popular sensory tool that’s great for kneading, molding, stretching—and now—with amazing aromas, too! Collect them all! Putty Scents Tropical Fruits Set of 3 includes Sliced Kiwi, Bunch of Bananas and Juicy Pineapple. Gluten-free and made from non-toxic ingredients (silicone oil, silicon dioxide, boric acid, pigment & fragrances).
Pick up your Putty Scents today!
For The Golf Fans on Your List
From duffers to pros, there is no shortage of gifts out there for the golfer in your life. But, until now, there has never been one that combines the sport with the allure of the 19th hole in such a unique fashion as the Golf Beer Mug.
Exactly what it sounds like, this is the world’s ONLY beer mug in the shape of a golf bag. Able to hold a full pint, dishwasher safe and guaranteed against breakage for a year, the Golf Beer Mug is available in clear or frosted. It even has a flat front surface designed for customization and is the perfect present for anyone who holds a putter. Plus at only $15.95 the
Golf Beer Mug makes the perfect gift.
Everything Except the Kitchen Sink
Offering a wide selection of stylish kitchen and barwares, ToBox can save shoppers up to 50 percent compared to traditional retailers both online and brick-and-mortar. It manages this feat by operating as a direct-to-consumer (D2C) business, purchasing directly from manufacturers and eliminating middlemen. ToBox only deals with factories that are socially responsible, plus, each item comes with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and this retro Malibu Blue Toaster is the perfect gift this holiday season at only $29
The Solution to Glass Bottles
Whether you’re at the pool, lake, beach or in the woods, you know the risk of broken beer and soda glass bottles when there are lightly shoed and bare feet around. The Icy Bev Kooler is the solution. More than just a metal sheath, its neoprene lining keeps drinks colder longer than any koozie while the silicone stopper keeps them carbonated. (It stores inside the cap, which also doubles as a twist-off bottle opener and features a loop that can be hooked onto carabiners.) The
Icy Bev Cooler is $29.99 for a set of 2 and the perfect gift.
Beat the Hunger Games
As seen in Oscars and Grammys gift bags, Tyffyns are high-end lunch boxes that keep your food warm or cold for up to six hours. Available in two sizes and a wide range of designer styles, from whimsical to sophisticated, over 100,000 have been sold. 100 percent PBA-free and dishwasher safe, the stainless steel construction means no more leaky plastic containers in landfills. And no meal would be complete without the BagMat, a sleek shoulder tote that transforms into a clean placemat.
33.5-ounce Tyffyn: $47
The Last Travel Mug You’ll Ever Need
Drynk is the beverage tumbler that takes flexibility to new heights. Inside the slim, stainless steel body, vacuum technology keeps coffee hot for up to 12 hours and water or soda cold for as long as 18 hours. The bottom features a built-in anti-slip coaster but that’s not all. Each comes with two interchangeable lids. The Sipper boasts a magnetic latch that keeps the lid open as you drink no more bumps on your nose. The Gulper is a wide-mouth design, perfect for guzzling down sports drinks or for pouring into the twin cups also included with each Drynk. The 20 ounce Drynk is $37 and the perfect gift for every adult on your gift giving list.
Crated with Love
Crated with Love is the perfect subscription box service for Holiday Gift Giving. Each month is a different theme, so there are lots of ways to spice up date night, without costing an arm and a leg. The Carnival Crate includes Grandpa’s Popcorn and 4 fun relationship building games and challenges. Which is perfect for Empty Nesters like us!
Their focus with each box is simple: inspire laughter while providing quality time to grow closer.
Here is a deeper look at each option:
Subscription Type: Choose if you would like to commit and prepay for 3 or 6 months or if you’d rather subscribe month to month. The more date nights you commit to, the more you save!
The Field Toy
Created in Ireland, The Field toy helps inspire real world, screen-free, and imaginative play. This must-have field toy is free of batteries and features lush green grass, hedging, traditional wooden farm gates, farm animals, a tractor, and more! Creative play is proven to have intellectual, emotional and social benefits, and The Field toy is the perfect way to help boys and girls ages 3+ get away from the screens and use their own ingenuity to develop a farm world right in front of their eyes. It is available in two sizes: the original Field ($49.99), 26” x 17” as well as a Half Acre Field ($29.99), 12” x 17”.
This playmat is perfect for on-the-go entertainment with baby.. Bright and colored, the Mülti is the only playmat you’ll ever need for your child! It’s a safe and durable mat to promote learning and motricity from the very first months and for many years to come. Made from non-toxic and easy-to-clean material. $79.99
– Rollable for easy storage in the car or in the playroom
– Made of super comfortable material for hours of fun playtime
– Flexible material for security and comfort
– Waterproof for those unavoidable messes
– Reversible so you can match any decor
– Reversible so you can flip the mat over from its colorful printed side to its neutral grey side as needed
A basket that is as practical as it is stylish! The Zoco Black Natural basket takes its inspiration from Moroccan city souks with their wealth of handicrafts and colors drawn from nature. This polyedric-shaped braided basket has a circular base that widens out in the first band of color and which, when it changes color, starts to narrow slightly, ending in two sewn-on handles–allowing it to be moved with ease. Hand-crafted, it is made of 100% cotton and combines a natural undyed cotton color with a black color dyed using natural tints. Thanks to its size, this basket is perfect for storing books, magazines, toys, laundry and more! And it looks great in any room of the house. Also available in aubergine, ash rose and vintage blue. Perfect for holiday gift giving at $58.50
An Old Fashioned Christmas
An Old-Fashioned Christmas presents a carefully curated collection of inspirational, meaningful and fun quotes celebrating the spirit of the holidays.
It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit and it’ll be here before you know it. An Old-Fashioned Christmas is the perfect stocking stuffer gift!
Deck the halls with boughs of jolly and the An Old-Fashioned Christmas. Chock full of holiday sentiments and joyous words, as well as only $12.50 it is the perfect stocking stuffer!
Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa
If you have a foodie on your list then Mrs. Renfro’s is the perfect gift. They have several types of yummy things to try. Including relish, salsa, BBQ sauce, Cheese Sauce and even peppers. We LOVE the Craft Beer Salsa, the Pumpkin Salsa and the Pomegranate Salsa. Which are also perfect for gift giving.
Games from ThinkFun
- Cat Crimes (8+): “Who’s to Blame Logic Game” is a single player puzzle with a loveable cast of characters! Each of the 40 challenges presents a crime and a series of clues to help solve it. Stashes easily in backpacks or the car for road trips.
Laser Chess (8+): “Beam Directing Strategy Game” is a license of the game Khet for two-players that combines the spatial thinking skills of chess with the high-tech fun of laser beams. Promotes STEM learning, light and reflection physics.
Shadows in the Forest (8+): “Play in the Dark Strategy Game” is a thrilling, immersive play experience that brings a distinctive twist to game night – you play in the dark! Promotes cooperative play, strategic thinking, light and shadow physics.
Zingo! Bingo with a Zing! It’s not just bingo. It’s Zingo!, a matching game that encourages pre-readers and early readers alike to match the pictures and words to their challenge cards. The Zingo! Zinger dispenses tiles and fun as young minds quickly race to be the first player with a full card and yell “ZINGO!” With two levels of play, this matching game builds language skills through fast-paced play. And it happens to be our top selling junior game.
All games are available on Amazon and neighborhood toy stores.
Toys, Games, and Stocking Stuffers!
Cut the Wire
Put your skills to the test with Cut the Wire, new from YULU! A device is ticking and it’s about to go off! Players compete to see who cuts the right wire, defuses the device, and saves the day. Use secret clues for hints to help figure out how to avoid cutting the wrong wire and losing the game. It’s the ultimate race to see who can defuse or lose…before it’s too late! For ages 6+. Be careful – if you tap when it’s not your turn, you get shocked and you’re out! For ages 14+.
Get ready to race the pace or face the shock with Pacemaker Extreme, new from YULU! In this adult party game, players try to outwit their opponents by thinking quick and keeping the pace. Players need to pay close attention to how many times the other players are tapping their paddles since that will set the pace of the pulse. Tap your paddle once and the pulse moves to the next player, tap twice to reverse the pulse and tap 3 times to skip the next player! Be careful – if you tap when it’s not your turn, you get shocked and you’re out! For ages 14+.
Spy Code Hackathon
With the success of the Spy Code games of 2017, YULU expands this spy line with the introduction of Hackathon. One player, the operator, is trapped in a virtual room trying to hack into a top secret government hard drive. The other players are the ‘Experts’ who must give the hacking instructions to break through the 8 different modules by deciphering the information found in the instruction manuals. But there is a catch: the experts can’t see the hard drive and the operator can’t see the manuals. So everyone will need to talk it out – fast. For ages 8+. Available August 2018. US: $29.99. CA: $44.99. US Retailers: Target Exclusive. CA Retailer: Toys R Us.
Flying Sushi Kitchen
AHH! There’s a monster under your bed! Get ready to create more animated movies with Stikbot Monsters and Stikbot Mega Monsters, new from Zing! With over 360 million views on YouTube, Stikbot continues to turn kids into creative stop-motion animation moviemakers, letting their imagination run wild. Stikbot Monsters are easy-to-pose figures, built with suction cup hands and feet, which can stick to almost any flat surface. With the free Stikbot Studio app, available on iOS and Android, kids can snap individual photos and stitch them together into a film, complete with built-in music and sound effect options. Users can share their creations using #Stikbot and see what others are making all over the world! • Get ready for a scare with the frightening Stikbot Monsters! With six different monsters to collect with varying rarity, your next Stikbot movie is sure to be scary! Will you get Giggles, Aquafang, Kyron, Grim, Goblin, or Insector? For ages 4+. Available September 2018. US: $4.99. CA: $5.99 US Retailers: Target, Walmart, Five Below. CA Retailers: Mastermind Toys, Toys R Us. • Get ready for double the horror with the new Stikbot Mega Monsters, twice the size of Stikbot Monsters! Available in 3 different monsters. For ages 4+. Available September 2018. US: $9.99.
During the day, the town of Smooshyville is a lot like other towns, there are people, cars, hustle and bustle — everything you’d expect in a town like yours. When the town goes to sleep, however, the Pets from the local animal shelter sneak out with mischief on their minds. No one knows how or when it started, but these adorable little tricksters have been finding trouble for a while now (of course, sometimes trouble finds them.) Pick up your Smooshy Mushys today!
Mindware is a great company that has lots of toys, games, and goodies for your Christmas shopping.
Paint Your Own Porcelain
Paint Your Own Porcelain Flower Pots and Plates is sold in a set of 2 and perfect for all kids who love to be creative. I can’t wait to see Willow and Oliva create their masterpieces and for their mom to display them proudly. At only $39.95 it is the perfect addition to underneath the tree gift on Christmas morning.
Since 1916, Feltman Brothers has been providing the world with timeless, authentic clothing for babies and toddlers in classic tradition. This reputation is the result of a strong commitment to quality, incomparable fabrics, exclusive designs, and attention to detail. Feltman Brothers designs reflect the elegance of vintage styling for children from newborn through toddler, including babies’ take-home attire, layette needs, sacred occasion gowns and accessories, and special occasion wear. Feltman Brothers classic designs make for special outfits to celebrate births, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and many other types of celebrations. Their clothing makes for a welcome new baby or baby shower gift.
Give the gift of Inspiration from Digibuddha! They have some perfect themed foil arts, calendars, and so much more.
Whether you are shopping for home, office, kids, weddings, holidays or anything in between Digibuddha has you covered.
Coffee it is the one thing that I drink most of the day, but especially in the winter months. Often times I have 2 pots of coffee a day and really enjoy trying new coffees and have learned I prefer Dark Roast.
Rich and aromatic, our dark roast is a bold choice that awakens the senses. Roasted to develop deep flavor from our single-origin, shade-grown varietals.
The Nicaragua Dark Roast from Vega Coffee is the perfect pick me up for everyone.
Becoming parents is an amazing thing and this year we welcomed our first grandson into the world. To celebrate we commemorate the occasion with a personalized ornament from Digibuddha.
Coffee Cup Collector?
If you have a Coffee Cup Collector on your gift giving list, check out all of the awesome mugs from Digibuddha.
I added 2 Fall Themed Mugs, A “Grandmother” themed mug, and of course an inspirational mug to my collection.
Rocketbook Everlast Smart Notebook
The Everlast notebook provides a classic pen and paper experience, yet is built for the digital age. Although it feels like a traditional notebook, the Everlast is endlessly reusable and connected to all of your favorite cloud services.
When you write using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line, your writing sticks to Everlast pages like regular paper. But add a drop of water… and the notebook erases like magic.
GOTRAX Hoverfly Ion
GOTRAX Hoverfly Ion is a Self-Leveling Board that auto-aligns the board making it easier for mounting and dismounting. You can go forward, backward, turn to the right, turn to the left and slow to a stop.
Say hello to the future of hoverboards! With a lightweight frame of only 20 lbs, this hoverboard is perfect for picking up for younger riders. With a powerful 200-watt electric engine and 4 miles on a single battery charge you can spend more time riding and less time plugged-in. The ION hoverboard is equipped with intuitive LED headlights and tail lights and a self-balancing feature making it a perfect beginners hoverboard.
- 400 Watts of power
- 4 miles per charge
- Self-Balancing Mode
The AJ Collection
The AJ Collection has a wonderful necklace called Happiness All Around. I decided it would make the perfect gift idea for my Sister-in-Law Sara. It is a customized necklace with Mixed metal rotating washers necklace.
We chose to put their entire family on the necklace, but you can have it personalized to fit your needs.
Women, especially Moms, love personal gifts and many of them love jewelry too! The AJ’s Collection line of sterling silver customized necklaces fits both!
Each necklace is handmade and personalized, featuring children’s names engraved on charms. There are more than 100 different designs and styles to choose from. Made in the USA and available on Amazon.
The Enchanted Sonata
In The Enchanted Sonata, 15-year-old Clara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: marry the handsome pianist, Johann Kahler (ah!), and settle down to a life full of music. But all that changes when Clara receives a mysterious and magical nutcracker. Whisked away to his world—an enchanted empire of beautiful palaces, fickle fairies, enormous rats, and a prince—Clara must face a magician who uses music as magic…and the future she thought she wanted.
Dixon Wallwork is a musician, animator and author. Working under Disney Interactive, she has illustrated for many popular franchises including Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar, and was the story lead for the Moana playset. She is the author of two novels published by Greenwillow Books – HarperCollins: Entwined and Illusionarium.
Soft touch finish and visually stunning FullView 18:9 display
The 1 Series family, home of the best starter smartphones, makes the high-end 18:9 display within anyone’s reach. With its immersive FullView display, suede, soft touch and metal brushed flagship-like design, and social-ready camera abilities such as Photo booth, Instant Collage and Social Square, it’s like getting the latest stuff – without spending the big money. Perfect for those tweens!