Your baby’s first holiday season is always a special one. Here are some of my favorite gifts for the youngest celebrants (please note I will be sharing Hanukkah-specific gifts soon, too!):
Twinkle Twinkle Gift Set ($39, sizes 0-6mos or 6-9mos at Land of Nod):
Personalized Christmas Stocking ($16.50 at Etsy):
Oliver & Adelaide Rabbit Flatware Set ($54 at Bumblebean):
“Graham” Handknit Tri-color Acrylic Pom Pom Hat ($24 at Etsy):
NickiBaby Doll ($24.50, various colors at Oompa):
OK, not really so wordless, but I wanted to share a first batch of photos that Audrey deWys took at my father’s 70th birthday celebration. You may remember that Audrey also photographed my own 40th birthday party. I love how she captures so many special moments at an event.
Audrey is impressive both professionally and personally. She just returned from Haiti, where she works as a volunteer photographer for a number of NGOs. She is currently taking appointments for holiday photo shoots–please email her for more information.
Next up for my holiday card picks is Shutterfly. One reason I love ordering cards from Shutterfly is that this is the site where I have stored all of my digital photos for over 10 years. Making photo cards or a gift is a snap here because all my photos are already in one place. Here are my top picks for Shutterfly’s 2014 holiday card designs (also be sure to check Shutterfly’s home page because there are always coupon codes available):
Editor’s Note: Instead of one large gift guide, I am breaking my gift picks up by category this year. First up (since you likely will have holiday parties to attend before the special dates themselves) is hostess gifts:
Handmade Black Walnut Pie Server ($75) from East to West Woods:
Enchanted Animal Bottle Opener ($20, choice of reindeer, rabbit, or bear) from Anthropologie:
Kinsey Enamel Frames ($34 with free shipping and free personalization) from Pottery Barn:
Humans of New York hardcover book($16.90 at Amazon.com):
Everyone Needs to Believe…Cocktail Napkins (Ben’s Garden, $18)
Next up for my 2014 holiday card picks is Minted. The San Francisco-based company features designs by super talented indie artists, and has always led the way in paper quality and special features like patterned liners and wrap-around labels. Here are 4 Minted holiday cards that caught my eye (one of them is a top contender for my own holiday card this year…) Prices, by the way, average around $1.74 per card for 100 cards, but see the bottom of this post for a coupon code.
Enjoy 15% off Minted holiday card orders $150+ or 10% off orders $100+ with code “JOY14″ for a limited time only.
If you’ve got a Wimpy Kid fan at home, you should know that the latest installment–Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul–has just been published. These books have been a godsend in my home since my daughter (an early but reluctant reader) will always read them no matter what (despite protesting “But I’m 11 now,” she couldn’t resist peeking into The Long Haul and read it in 2 nights flat before bed). And her 8-year-old bro, who’s reading fluently now (hooray!) despite some learning disabilities, may be picking this book up next. The plot of The Long Haul–a family road trip–is fairly predictable–but is every bit as fun as its predecessors. Bookmark this one as a holiday gift for school age kids! It costs under $8 in hardcover at Amazon.com.
My most recent holiday gift suggestions at Bumblebean are up–this time they’re for toddlers. Check out my favorite toddler gift picks including the “My Very Merry Christmas” personalized board book, a gorgeous pink wooden tea party set, and a Toddler “On the Go” Activity Duffle Bag. Note that most items ship free through November 18th, no code needed!
p.s. Check out my other timely collections at Bumblebean including Bon Voyage! Travel Goodies for Kids, New Holiday Clothes for Kids and Holiday Gift Picks for Newborns & Infants.
Garnet Hill always has a pretty selection of designer girls’ dresses for the holidays. Right now, I’m admiring this winter white Jeweled-Collar Dress by Biscotti. I love the meticulous styling here, from the jeweled Peter Pan collar to the tulle-rose covered buble skirt. Available in sizes 4-10; $118 at Garnet Hill.
Hazard Baby is a brand new, lighthearted “warning label clothing line” for babies. It was founded by Lynn Brown, a New Hampshire mom of two girls, who noticed while on family vacation at Utah’s National Parks that many vehicles’ safety signs applied just as well to babies. Hazard Baby features soft 100% cotton infant onesies, toddler t-shirts, rompers, and bibs available with 10 different humorous “warning label” designs. Everything is screen-printed locally. These are my top picks–consider them for clever baby shower gifts, new baby gifts, or 1st birthday gifts:
Accidents May Happen Onesie ($21.95; 3-6mos ot 6-12mos in white, pink or blue)
Tripping Hazard T-shirt ($21.95, sizes 2T or 3T in blue or pink)
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are, as always, entirely my own.