2014 Holiday Gift Picks: Hanukkah-Themed Gifts

As usually happens, Hanukkah falls before Christmas–the first night of Hanukkah this year is Tuesday, December 16th and the last night is Christmas Eve. So if you’re shopping for Hanukkah gifts, there’s some extra urgency. Here are some of my favorite new picks this year (and be sure to check out my past Hanukkah gift picks, too):

Maccabee on the Mantel Book and Plush Gift Box Set ($34.99 at Amazon.com):


Handmade Hanukkah (on sale for $17.95, regularly $19.95 at Kiwi Crate):

hanukkah_seamless_launch_croppedKids’ Personalized Hanukkah PJs ($49.50, sizes 6mos to 16 years at Chasing Fireflies):
Blue Whale Menorah ($24.95 at The Land of Nod):



Hanukkah Personalized Coloring Book & Crayon Set ($12.95 at Personalization Mall):





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Today Only! 25% off Sitewide at Hanna Andersson

hanna-anderssonIf you’re a Hanna Andersson fan, you know that they don’t share coupon codes very often. So when they do, it’s time to jump in.  Today only, you can save an Extra 25% off EVERYTHING at HannaAndersson.com. This is your chance to save big on Hanna favorites like Family Holiday PJs. And have you checked out Hanna’s new Hanna Home featuring bedding, rugs, décor and more?  You don’t need a coupon code–everything will be marked down on the site–but you need to buy today.

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2014 Holiday Gift Picks For Newborns & Infants

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):


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Wordless Wednesday: My Dad’s 70th Birthday

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.




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Holiday Card Picks from Shutterfly

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):

Custom Christmas Cards Beautiful Bow Beige 5×7 Flat Card


Hanukkah Cards Montage Of Happiness Blue 5×7 Flat Card:

montage-of-happinessHoliday Cards: Holiday Snowfall White 5×7 Flat Card:holiday-snowfall

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2014 Holiday Gift Picks: Hostess Gifts

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)

I’ve got tons of other ideas, too!  Check out my Pinterest board 2014 Holiday Gifts plus past Housewarming/Hostess gift ideas from this blog.

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2014 Minted Holiday Cards: My Top Picks

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.

Destination Luggage Tag Holiday Photo Card

Selfie Holiday Photo Card

Happiest Season Holiday Photo Cards

peaceful watercolor Holiday Photo Cards

Enjoy 15% off  Minted holiday card orders $150+ or 10% off orders $100+ with code “JOY14″ for a limited time only.  


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Next Wimpy Kid

wimpy-kid-long-haulIf 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.

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Bumblebean Collection: Holiday Gifts for Toddlers

Toddler-GiftsMy 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.

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