Tag: holiday gift ideas

For The Junior Puppeteer Who Has Everything (But The Really Fancy Puppet)

My daughter loves puppets. I mean, she really loves puppets. She carries them around and tells them stories and engages them in fisticuffs. (Put Bert on one hand and Ernie on the other and smash them together and you get the picture.) So the Puppet Pie Shop’s Custom Professional Puppet – who I like to call Look What Happened When Janice Left Electric Mayhem To Go To Business College – would, I am not exaggerating, blow her mind. Okay, so it’s a lot of money for what some people might think is just a glorified doll with body-cavity issues....

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Baby’s First Christmas Gift – Ringo the red nosed teething reindeer

We all know that babies usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to Christmas presents, mostly because they’d just as soon spend hours chewing on a big red bow than playing with a bunch of expensive toys. So this holiday, let them chew on Ringo, an adorable reindeer-shaped wooden teether from CMP fave Little Alouette. Created from locally sourced Ohio maple by a mom and dad team, this toy would make the perfect Baby’s First Christmas gift or, if you’re super organized, a fantastic holiday photo prop for your cards. And while a wooden teether...

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Gonna take a sentimental journey

In only five or so years of spousal gift giving, I think I pretty much exhausted the personalized, sentimental guy gifts. So my interest was piqued when I saw the custom map cufflinks from Anne Holman. Using vintage world atlases, Anne will take your choice of locations and create gorgeous, heirloom quality sterling silver cufflinks for the lucky guy in your life. Even though you’re limited to two maps, either matching or two different locales, your options are endless – the city where you met, the city where you were married, your dream retirement spot, or even the place...

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One sure way to get kids to eat broccoli

Just six months ago, my daughters planted seeds from their organic growing kits, re-potted the shoots in Grandma’s vegetable garden, and late this summer, they were eating their own little yellow teardrop tomatoes. You country folk make take an experience like this for granted, but for my city kids it was nothing short of magic. So I’m glad to learn this isn’t just a spring experience, and that there are also fall and winter growing kits for kids from the wonderful family-run Surf City Growers. (Seriously, I love this company. L-O-V-E. Love.) The seed kits have to be one...

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Jewelry making kits that might just make your holidays too

This year we’re teaching the kids more about the joy of giving, so I wanted them to think of something they could make for their (mostly girl) cousins. Then along came the jewelry making kits from Bijoux in a Box and bam, problem solved. Designed by mom Nancy Whitman, the kits are sorted by age, skill level and project so you find get just what you’re looking for. And the beads themselves are nicer than you might expect from the website, from exotic wooden beads to metallics to the jewel-inspired acrylics that little girls (and the Real Housewives of...

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The Plasma Car: You need one now. I mean, your kids need one.

Recently I was introduced to the Plasma Car at a friend’s house. I had to beg my four year-old to get off…and give me a try. And once I did, she had to beg me to get off. I’m not the only one. At the ABC Kids show in Las Vegas a few months ago, CMP VIP Julie loved it so much, she bought it right there and then, excess airline baggage check fees be damned. If you have never hopped on one of these ride-on toys, you don’t know the fun you’re missing. But I’ll tell you: Basically...

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No matter how you look, at least the mirror’s beautiful

I wish I liked eating salads, but I really, really don’t. I always seem to end up with a honking piece of spinach lodged between my teeth, cliche though that may sound, so I like to carry a compact mirror with me. That’s why Iike the new collection of ultra thin compact mirrors from ACME Studio. You might recognize their stuff if you’ve ever been in a museum gift shop – ACME collaborates with famous architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Deborah Jebwad and my personal favorite, Karim Rashid (shown) to make fashionable and functional items like pens, watches and...

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Modern Hanukkah menorahs? Thanks, Jonathan Adler

Jewish kids know all about the Hanukkah miracle but what they don’t know is how hard it can be to celebrate it in cool, modern style. Well I have to tell you, when I saw Jonathan Adler’s collection of modern menorahs and Hanukkah gifts I proclaimed that a huge miracle as well. The Relief Hanukkah Menorah is simple, sculptural, and not quite cheap at $98, but not a huge investment either. I also love the porcelain Mod Dot dreidel and Enamel dreidel which make for great hostess gifts if you’ve got Hanukkah party invitations starting to trickle in. So...

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Herman Miller tops [pant pant pant]

Let’s say you’ve got a mid-century modern design freak on your holiday shopping list – you know, the kind of person who has everything already, and what he or she doesn’t have, you probably can’t afford. Now let’s just say you were to have $199 even to spend on this person. Well then, you really have no choice but to score yourself a set of the new limited edition Herman Miller tops. Designed by NYC’s KleinReid and inspired by Ray and Charles Eames, these stunning solid walnut tops are better filed under art + decor than toys for the...

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Makeup bags get an eco makeover

Are you already putting together holiday gift lists? Or is that just me because I’m so busy working on our annual Holiday Gift Guide that I’ve got presents on the brain? In any case, I’ve just added the great looking eco-friendly makeup bags from Aster + Sage under the category of  “Get a bunch of these for holiday gifts because I know I’ll forget someone” so I figure I’d let you all know about them too. Like all of her great handbags, RISD pedigreed artist Linda Yesline handcrafts the makeup bags from fabrics made from recycled fabrics and soda...

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Gorgeous, affordable holiday gifts with one catch – have to order them now.

Is it too early to start thinking Christmas gifts yet? Well, not if you have your eye on something from one of our favorite Etsy shops, the mom and daughter-run The Brick Kiln. There’s so much here that makes for charming, affordable holiday presents, but the catch is, they’re not accepting custom orders after November 1. Such is the pitfall of popularity. My top pick is easily the sweet personalized ornaments that you can customize with the name of a child, and even specify the hair color or go with a bald baby. Lovely gift for just $15. If...

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Over in the Hollow – Halloween as imagined by Stephen Britt

If you’re looking for a fun Halloween gift for the kids without the added benefits of tooth decay and hyperactivity, I just learned that the wonderful illustrator Stephen Britt has just taken on his first children’s book, Over in the Hollow, by author Rebecca Dickinson. The spooky but utterly fun story is an adaptation of an old nursery rhyme I used to sing in nursery school called Over in the Meadow (Over in the meadow in a hole in the tree, lived an old mother bluebird and her little birdies three . . .) only this time, it’s about...

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Foodzie is like Etsy for food. I’m doomed.

Do you hear that sound? It’s my hips expanding. I know I’m going to rue the day I discovered Foodzie, the marketplace for hand-crafted and artisan foods. Whereas my resolve is unwavering when I pass the fun-size candy bars in the supermarket aisle (Full of chemicals! I don’t need them!), how can I resist chai tea granola pecan bars or a box of bacon candies? Why, not only are these artisan candies and snacks made from the finest ingredients, I’d be supporting small businesses. It’d practically be an altruistic act, is my point. Of course, if your sweet tooth...

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John & Kira’s ladybug chocolates are ready to fly

No matter how early I start my Christmas shopping, I’m always left with a couple of gifts to buy at the last minute. This year, instead of braving the crowds at the malls (shudder), I’m going to let CMP fave John & Kira chocolates save the day. We’ve featured John & Kira’s delectable chocolate ladybugs before, and these gift chocolates are all dressed up for the holidays.  Sporting a red or green dark chocolate shell, the inside of these little treats are filled with either scrumptious red raspberry or cool green mint ganache. Not only are they adorable, I’m...

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Redefining Christmas: The gift that really keeps on giving

My extremely generous in-laws keep bugging me about what they can get me for Christmas, and quite frankly, unless it’s some magic bubble that I can place over my children so that they will healthy for longer than one week at a time, I’m really fine without receiving a holiday gift. But since they insist, I’m asking them to give to my favorite charity instead, and Redefine Christmas makes it a bit more festive than just having them send twenty bucks to the Salvation Army. Simply choose a holiday e-card like the cute snowman seen here, fill in your information, and they’ll send it...

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Rosy cheeks and everything

I wrestle with the idea of what to get my two-month old daughter for Christmas, because well, she’s two-months and what the heck does she care about what’s sitting under the tree for her, right? But then I have to wonder if it’ll come back to bite me in the butt down the road. So when I saw the completely handmade dolls from Poppy Seed Tree, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. Artist Meredith Franz uses a variety of fabrics (some recycled, some not) to create adorable one-of-a-kind dolls that come with a name card, back story, and the...

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O Christmas Tree (candle), O Christmas Tree (candle)

We’re at the moment in the holiday season when I realize I need gifts for all those other deserving people in our lives: teachers, dance instructors, party hosts, house cleaners, the personal chef (ha! kidding!). To the rescue: the clean-looking Uni Tree Candle. Made by Austrian Atelier, this little tree has a neat, sophisticated shape that sits on a small aluminum stand and will fit into anyone’s home decor. I appreciate that it is made out of renewable palm wax, uses safer colorings and doesn’t have any fragrance to compete with all the other delicious smells of the season....

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