Hi Everyone –
Tis the season for holiday shopping. I LOVE holiday gift guides…I always find them super helpful and interesting, so I figured I’d put together one. This is part one, more to come as I continue shopping!
xoxo – Kelly (aka TinySophisticate)
Cloud B Twilight Ladybug – my aunt gave my girls this as an early gift and my toddler LOVES it. Put the ladybug on the floor in the center of the room and turn it on. The nightlight projects the moon and stars onto the walls and ceilings and you can change the color from blue to green to red. Also available as the Twilight Turtle. I’m also obsessed with the Cloud B Sleep Sheep…great gift for a baby shower or newborn.
Tape & Cars – I saw this on Pinterest and think it is such a fun idea for boys or girls. And how easy? Hours of entertainment.
Picture taken from Pinterest but not sure original source
College Savings Account – Okay, I know everyone loves to buy baby toys and baby clothes….but come on, how many onesies and rattles does a newborn need? And if they are a second or a third child, chances are they have everything they need and more. Take this opportunity to donate to their college fund. It will go a lot further in the long run than Sophie the Giraffe (no offense Soph, we have two of you!). Print out an application for a 529 account and then write a check or give cash. You can start a 529 account with as little as $50.
FOR SOPHISTICATED FOODIES:
Truffle Oil – I’d take a BJs size vat of this if they make it! Such a great treat for the home chef. Try making of your restaurant favorites in your own kitchen. I’d love to try making Truffled Tater Tots (Union, Newton, MA) or Truffled Mac n Cheese (Stephanie’s, Boston, MA).
FOR THE WHISKEY-BOURBON AFFICIONADO
Fancy Ice Cubes – I know, sounds boring at first but check out these 2″ silicone cube trays. Perfect for a beverage on the rocks!
FOR TINY FOODIES IN TRAINING:
Pop maker – Such a fun idea to 1) let kids make themselves, 2) incorporate fresh fruits, and 3) enjoy a fresh frozen treat! Love these.
FOR THE PROUD MAMMA
Tiffany Initial Pendant – I love these simple and elegant initial charms from Tiffany. I actually have one for each of my daughters on a necklace. I love the look of it layered, but one day but transfer to a charm bracelet. My girls each have one of their own as well…too young to wear yet but one day!
FOR THE PARENTS TO BE:
High Tech Baby Monitor – you have to admit, this is pretty cool!
FOR THE ECO-FRIENDLY FASHIONISTA:
Alex & Ani Bracelets – These eco-friendly bracelets are made from recycled materials. One just isn’t enough…stack em on! I am hoping Santa brings me one, two, twelve 😉
FOR THE “APPLE” OF YOUR EYE:
Apple Digital AV Adapter – This is a no brainer and if no one buys it for me, I’m buying it for myself. Such a great tool to hook up your iPad to your TV!
Pocket Projector – This + iPhone + large white wall + bean bag chairs + popcorn = FUN! This little projector attaches to your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Apple notebook, so you can display photos, movies from the iTunes store, business presentations and more at sizes up to 66-inches diagonal.
FOR THE BUSINESS MAN/WOMAN IN MARKETING/SALES:
Winning the Customer by Lou Imbriano & Elizabeth King – Okay, had to plug this. My boss wrote it. But a great read and tells sound marketing business principles via stories from his career in sports.
****I have not been compensated by any of these products/companies for inclusion in my Gift Guide. In full disclosure, MEFA is a client of mine in my day job, however, they did not pay me or request to be included in this gift guide. I truly believe in their product and feel strongly everyone needs to plan for college very early. And as for the book, well, I guess I technically get paid by the author but he didn’t tell me to include the book in this post. I did get two autographed copies, but I think working for him for 12 years deserves that…at least!