Monday, December 9, 2013

2013 holiday gift guide.

Elmo's Little Library is a collection of 4 board books. A great first Holiday gift for little ones!
Price: $14.99

Good Night Little Me! is the latest book from I See Me! (a MN company). It's written by Jen Dewing, and beautifully illustrated by Mary GrandPre', the award-winning illustrator of the Harry Potter series. 
Price: $35.95
Our 2-year-old is a BIG fan of New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems' books. She received her first book ("I Broke My Trunk!") from her MeMaw and PeePaw, and we have quickly collected "I'm a Frog!", "A Big Guy Took My Ball!", "Let's Go for a Drive!", and "Happy Pig Day!" from the Elephant & Piggie Series. 
Price: $8.99

Pocoyo and his friends Pato, Elly, and Loula have many adventures together. Now, children ages 1–4 can join in on the fun with this boxed set featuring four board books!
Price: $10.99
The Cat in the Hat travels the world in the book "Hello My Baby" to learn about baby animals in this simple, sturdy board book with 30 fact-filled flaps!
Price: $5.99
Little Owl loves many things, but he does not love the new orange scarf his mom makes him wear. After several attempts to lose his orange scarf, Little Owl finally succeeds. But after a trip to the yarn store, his mom has the perfect solution to keep Little Owl warm and happy. Find out what it is when you read Little Owl's Orange Scarf!
Price: $16.99


This festive and super soft clothing is made from 100% brushed organic cotton, so your little one stays cozy while on the move. Plus, Tumblewalla is a Minnesota company!
Price: $8.50+
Whether your child is crawling, learning to walk, or running all around, Pediped has a stylish shoe that fits comfortably and ensures healthy foot development. Our 2-year-old has been wearing Pediped since day one!
Price varies on style
We LOVE RUUM clothing, and they have some amazing deals online. Good news
for Minnesota parents... RUUM is now at the Mall of America!
Price varies on style
Elly is a Singapore company, and we can't get enough of their light-weight dresses
in these cute prints... especially when we're in the hot Singapore sun!
Price varies on style


Each package of the MAM 6+ Months Holiday Pacifiers includes two BPA-free pacifiers, and they come in fun winter themed designs, in assorted colors. The curved shield allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on baby’s face, and the soft silicone nipple stays comfortably in baby’s mouth. The surface and multiple small openings on the pacifier shield allow air to circulate and baby’s skin to breathe. This would make a great stocking-stuffer!
Price: $7.49
Unlike beach or play sand, Sand by Brookstone has special properties that make it soft and stretchy. Kids can build something big, something small, or just let it flow through their fingers. It's not COMPLETELY mess-proof, but much less messy than regular sand.
Price: $14.99
Whether parents are putting Stickerkid personalize stickers on their kids' clothes, or
kids are putting these stickers on their belongings, they are cute and fun!
Price varies on size, style, and amount
If you have a new baby or young child to buy for this holiday season, you can't
go wrong when it comes to Bumbo products. We started with the Bumbo Floor Seat
and Play Tray, potty-trained with the Bumbo Toilet Trainer, and our 2-year-old
uses the Bumbo Step Stool every day! 
As part of the Bumbo Cares program, Bumbo donates a portion
proceeds from every baby product purchase made worldwide, back into the community.
Price: $11.99 - $39.99
Watch this video and you'll see why GoldieBlox has becoming incredibly popular this year, selling out their
line of construction toys very quickly! In a world where men largely outnumber women in science, technology, engineering and math (and girls lose interest in these subjects as early as age 8), GoldieBlox is determined to change the equation.
Price: $9.99 - $29.99

The BeginAgain Scented Scoops Ice Cream Party Playset comes with six servings of ice cream that smells good enough to eat! Kids love to role-play with this set made from GreenDot, a MADE IN THE USA biomaterial made from corn.
Price: $24.00

We have been taking classes at Kindermusik with Kim in Chanhassen, MN since our daughter was an infant. We LOVE Miss Kim! You can give your child the gift of music this holiday season, and enjoy $10 your 2013 Winter/Spring semester by using the online code FAMILY when you sign up.
Visit the website for pricing information


Dropcam has been a game-changer for our family. It's a cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring service with free live streaming, two-way talk and remote viewing, that makes it easy to stay connected with places, people and pets, no matter where you are!
Price: $149 - $199
If you're looking for something different (and that actually works) to give your mom, aunt, grandma, cousin, etc., for the holidays, check out the new EMK Placental Radical Repair Eye CreamIt has new peptide technology that makes it a treatment for every eye-aging concern: It hydrates, combats puffiness and darkness, and smooths lines and wrinkles.
Price: $85
Marked Leather is a line of high quality, beautifully made leather goods in the Twin Cities. Designer Scott Loeser creates everything from gorgeous bags, to iPod and passport covers. This holiday season, Scott is giving back to the non-profit that helped him get his start in the industry, by donating 100% of the proceeds from his "Marked for Success" line, to Lifetrack.
Pricing varies from product to product
I found Georgie Designs on Etsy, and I just love their handmade jewelry! It's not very expensive, and the pieces are designed and made by a military wife and mom of two. The pieces are great for families who have fun names for parents and grandparents, like us (we call my mom "Nana")!
Price varies on piece
Some of the women in my family are big fans of Dr. Brandt beauty products, and my new personal favorite is the Detoxygen Experience. It's a two-step system that oxygenates and detoxifies to reveal glowing, revitalized skin, mimicking an in-office oxygen facial. You really can't go wrong with Dr. Brandt products, but I'm also loving the Glow Ruby Crystal Retinol Hydracreme!

I can't get enough of these gorgeous, customized, distressed frames, and they are handmade by a woman in Minnesota! You name it, and Amanda Santala will make it. Any of the Infinity Frames would look gorgeous in your home, and they make an impressive holiday gift for family and friends! All of her frames are made of real hardwood too.
Price: $35+
We all have those super difficult people to buy for during the holidays, and I think these customized throw pillows by BuyAPillow on Etsy are a great solution! You can have basically anything printed on these soft pillows for under $40 (prices go up with larger sizes), and they use a zero-feel ink printing process.
Price: $39+
Cute company name... Adorable handmade frames by a Seattle mom... I'm hooked! No one likes to receive a family photo in a cheap Walmart picture frame as a gift, and these frames by Onkie Bazoobie are anything but that. These are quality frames that can be customized, and I am in LOVE with this blue wood print in the photo above!
Price: $18+

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