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.
Editor’s Note: I’ll be posting lite at the blog over the next few weeks while I work on a holiday gift guide. But I’ll still be posting frequently over on Twitter and Pinterest so be sure to follow along there.
Want to cross something off your holiday to-do list early? Order thank you notes for your kids to write for their holiday gifts (I can’t help you get them to write them, but new stationery might encourage them!). I just stumbled onto these cute Superhero Flat Notes by Kelly Hughes Designs. They’re available in blue or pink and I think they work for a wide age range. I love this bright superhero design and the fact that there’s a coordinating pattern on the back of the card. Each set of 25 flat notecards costs $46 (price decreases for larger orders) and is packaged in a clear box; coordinating address labels and stickers are also available.
I want to share a small gift that the kids and I got for my dad for his 70th birthday recently, in addition to the very successful “70 Years of Memories” project we completed for him. I found this “Only Thing Better” sign on Etsy and, even though it could risk sounding cliché or cheesy, I felt the sentimental was 150% appropriate for my dad. I am so lucky to have him as my father and my kids, I believe, have the best grandfather in the world. It’s a simple little gift–just a little wooden sign for $9.99–but it’s a meaningful one, whether for a grandpa’s birthday, Father’s Day, or for the holidays. Buy it at Etsy.
It’s that time of year again–holiday cards! Don’t envy me, but I already ordered mine. I’m not divulging my choice yet, but it will be among those that I share over the next few weeks from sites like Tiny Prints, Minted, and Shutterfly.
Let’s start with my picks from Tiny Prints, because I have a generous 25% off coupon code for you (see end of post). Tiny Prints has really upped its game by offering some of the most cutting-edge and luxurious options in holiday cards these days–foil stamped cards, letterpress photo cards, and laser-cut cards:
Dazzling Chevron: Tea Rose (starting at $1.99 per card). I’ll predict it now–copper (or “rose gold”) is the new gold. These luxurious, foil-stamped cards are simply gorgeous and you can choose from among five foil colors.
Joyous Tradition (starting at $3.19 per card). You know how much I love letterpress cards. These blending of letterpress plus photo cards is the ultimate decadence in holiday cards. Tiny Prints’s vintage presses leave crisp indentations that make paper lovers swoon. I love the colors of this design–Tiffany blue plus white plus red typography.
Gentle Leaves (starting at $2.99 per card). Another new trend is laser-cut cards, which are works of art themselves. Tiny Prints has introduced several laser-cut designs–this leaf motif is my favorite.
The early bird gets the discount! Enjoy 25% off sitewide at Tiny Prints, plus an extra 10% off premium card collections such as those shown above. Use code “SWSALE25″ + “EXTRA10″ at checkout. Offer ends 11/11/14.
One of my favorite birthday gifts this year–from a very generous friend who knows my taste in décor quite well–was this Scorpio Needlepoint Throw Pillow by Jonathan Adler. This is actually my very first Jonathan Adler decor piece (I mean, real Jonathan Adler that isn’t from a lower-priced line at Target or JC Penny). And I am thoroughly enjoying displaying it in my home, where it fits right into the mid-century-meets-kitsch vibe I’ve created. The pillows are available in every sign of the zodiac for $98 at Jonathan Adler.
Now that Halloween is (barely) behind us, it seems holiday shopping season is already in full swing. Personally, I don’t mind the early push because I like getting my holiday shopping done and out of the way in November. I’ll be publishing my very own MyMomShops Holiday Gift Guide later this month (you can check out last year’s Gift Guide in the meantime).
But meanwhile, I’ve already started compiling some gift lists over at Bumblebean, where I’m an “expert curator.” Check out my first collection–Holiday Gift Picks for Newborns & Infants. There are keepsake gifts and toys in every price range, from the Pearhead Babyprints Holiday Ornament ($15) to the Finn + Emma Play Gym ($135) and lots in between. And remember that Bumblebean runs free shipping deals all the time, too; just check the homepage for notices about extra savings.