Hello, everyone and Happy November! I hope you all survived trick-or-treating and are gearing up for Thanksgiving. I know I have been a bit quiet lately, but I have a whopper of a post today!
Since the holidays are coming whether we are ready or not, I thought I would share my first GIFT GUIDE with you all. If you click the link below each picture, it will take you directly to the item. Don’t forget Black Friday (or Cyber Monday!) might change a lot of these prices but it never hurts to know ahead of time what to look for. I hope you find this list helpful and maybe find something to add to your own wish list! Happy Shopping!
These are so fun! Not only does your child have the tools (power drill–batteries included!) to assemble it, but they can take it apart and start over! Options are airplane, roadster, dump truck, parts are interchangeable with other sets and has moving parts when structure is complete. I also like that the parts aren’t too small. (Ages 3 and up).
Melissa and Doug Build-a-sandwich (felt)
These are great for so many ages. The felt material is great for younger ages but the possibilities are great with bigger kids too. I’ve been amazed at the HOURS my kids have played with this set. Also really like the wooden set as well! (Ages 3 and up)
Melissa and Doug Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle
This puzzle is great because it is so big but also for the amount of animals included! My kids loved learning their letters and animals this way. Melissa & Doug products are always great for an educational component, but also durability. The extra thick pieces were great for little hands. (Ages 3 and up)
Personalized Wooden Name Stools
We received this for our first born as a baby gift from my husband’s company. Not only is it solid wood, sturdy and durable, it is hand crafted and you could even carve a special message in the bottom for the recipient. I know someone who gives this to every baby so they can reach to wash hands and brush their teeth. Such a great and thoughtful gift! Comes in pastels or primary colors, natural wood or painted white. (Any age)
Micro Mini Deluxe Scooter
These scooters are amazing. When your kids want to move and they just aren’t big enough yet for a “big kid bike”, get this. We got this for my kids when they turned two. It doesn’t take long for them to learn and when they do they suddenly feel like the coolest kid on the block. My son got his at Christmas and rode his in the unfinished basement and garage all winter. By Summer, he was so fast I had to tell him to slow down! The adjustable bar grows with them and comes in a TON of colors. (Ages 2 and up)
Nutcase-Little Nutty Kids Helmet
If your kids will be tearing through the neighborhood on bikes or scooters, be sure to get them a good helmet. We LOVE these. I love the fact that they come with a dial fit system and three different sized interior pads to grow with them. We expect our kids to wear these for years. You order based on a couple simple measurements and come in a variety of colors and patterns. The best part? The clasp is a magnet! No more clipping your chin or hair and it is easy to release the clasp.
Kindle Fire Kids Tablet
Full feature 7″ tablet (case included!) with 8 hours battery life. Two year guarantee, if it is broken for any reason, they will replace it for FREE! No questions asked! Access to 15,000 apps, games, videos, books and educational content from PBS Kids, Disney and others. You can also set the timer so it shuts off when you want their screen time to end. (Ages 3+)
The Power of When
You know I have to recommend some books! Great for those interested in productivity and getting the most out of their day. Check out full review here.
You know I had to put this one in! This book was the inspiration behind my entire Create Community series on the blog. An excellent, fast read that is very thought provoking.
This was a fantastic fictional novel written by an attorney, activist and world traveler. This book follows wealthy father and son on a sailing trip around the world in hopes of repairing their relationship. What they didn’t anticipate was being captured by Somali pirates while at sea. The story follows Daniel and Quentin Parker, the leader of the Somali pirates and the lead hostage negotiator. Tense, riveting and deeply thought provoking, this would be a great read when you want to get lost in a book.
Treehut Wood Watch
These are so beautiful. They are completely made of 100% real wood (this one is walnut and ebony) with no chemicals or paints. Offers a very unique, yet stylish look.
People often ask me how we survive with winters here in Chicago. Usually I answer, “A really good coat.” Not only do you see them all over Chicagoland, they are everywhere because they are good. Live in a place that sees colder temps? This is totally worth every penny.
There is a reason this brand has been around forever. I bought these for my husband for shoveling the driveway and building snowmen in the front yard with the kids. He said they were so warm for his hands, at times, they even got hot! The quality is great and you can never go wrong having one pair of great gloves.
Those of you who have read here for any length of time know how much I adored this book. Beautiful cover and beautiful message, this would cover so many bases for women in your life. Part book, part inspirational project, part recipes, this book will appeal to many different personalities. Read my full review here.
This incredibly poignant and powerful book follows the life of neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi. It was in his last months of residency that he discovered he in fact had cancer. This book is his memoir, grappling with the question of how to die with honor and yet fighting to answer what makes life worth living. Beautiful and hopeful.
The colors in this palette are beautiful and I love the simplicity of all you need in one compact. tarte is known for their great color pigmentation (some compare it to MAC quality) though it is also lauded among people who value natural skincare.
When it gets cold outside, I just want to snuggle up in something luxurious and warm. This is what I want to wear on Christmas morning drinking coffee while my kids tear through gifts. I love that it has pockets too!
I am completely a sucker for all things Christmas, particularly snowflakes. These sweet little appetizer plates are great for your next dinner party and are even dishwasher safe! They even have glasses to go with them! However, if Christmas isn’t your thing, these lemon appetizer plates are equally as delightful.
Cuisinart 12-cup Food Processor
When your personal food processor gets a crack from lots of wear and tear, you start to dream about the ultimate in all food processors: Cuisinart. Between making my own baby food for three kids and gallons of homemade salsa, mine is getting tired. If anyone in my family has read this far, this is what I want. Pretty please!
Hopefully this Gift Guide is helpful in your shopping. What are some of your suggestions for gifts? What is on YOUR wish list?