Archive for ‘gift guide’

December 17, 2010

>"daddy wants for christmas" gift guide

>Here’s a list of must haves for men, created by my other half, Jonathan! Enjoy!
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MEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION


Let’s face it, we all need to take better care of ourselves. Men’s Fitness is not just about pumping iron. Besides the exercise guides, you can find healthy eating recipes, tips for a better sex life, fashion advice, and articles on the latest and greatest gear for men and much more. 
A two year subscription for $15 is available here.

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THE GODFATHER BLUE RAY BOX SET

This blu ray box set is a must own for any man’s movie collection. 
Available here on Amazon.

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PERSONALIZED MAN CAVE SIGN


Every man covets a place all his own to lay claim to. For those lucky enough to have such a spot whether it be a basement or den, a personalized sign adds a certain touch you ladies could never understand or appreciate…though his friends will. Available here on Red Envelope.

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UNIVERSAL REMOTE


Okay, you are asking yourselves why does anyone need a $100 remote control. Well…we don’t exactly need it per se. But! Each component of our home theater set up has its own remote. Let’s see…one for TV, one for blu ray, one for receiver, one for cable box, etc. If we ever let you use them you’d know it’s annoying and we hate it. So end the misery and get the one remote that can control them all. 
Available here on Buy.com.

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Last but not least. The gift that wouldn’t be necessary if you would just take it upon yourselves to provide it on occasion. A MASSAGE! Men love massages and would get one daily if we could. So save the stress on your hands and get him an hour away from it all. He’ll come home refreshed and 
happy and isn’t that what gifts are for?
December 14, 2010

>"toddler wants for christmas" gift guide

>Here’s the toddler edition to the Minimal Mom gift guide collection! Stay tuned for a “baby wants” and a “daddy wants” (written by my wonderful other half, Jonathan).
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ALPHABET SOUP – ABC PLUS SET
BY EVGIE


How cool is this set for a little one who is learning her ABCs (and colors, too)! All hand embroidered and made with eco-friendly felt made from recycled bottles makes it even better. This item sells for $62 and the seller has a number of other great items. Available here on Etsy.

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MUSHROOM BOWLING – COUNTING AND COLORS
BY MUDDY FEET


Hadley is just a sponge and I love toys that can teach her something, like about colors, or counting, or bowling… 🙂 This cool toy is priced at $30 and the seller has numerous other wood toys for purchase. 
Available here on Etsy.
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CANDY CANE TUTU
BY I LUV U TUTU MUCH


Hadley is crazy,  I mean CRAZY about everything ballerina, tutu’s being at the top of her list. So our toddler wish list wouldn’t be complete without a tutu. And how cute is this one by ILuvUTutuMuch?! Priced at only $25, this little number is sure to be a hit under any ballerina’s tree. 
Available here at Etsy.
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MY FIRST DOLLHOUSE

We’ve been wanting to get Hadley a dollhouse for sometime and maybe Santa will bring it for her this year. This cool wooden doll house has numerous bedroom sets and families that are sold separately. This beautiful toy is $125. Available here at Peapods.
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DO’S AND DOUGH’S MODELING DOUGH
BY CLEMENTINE ART


Play dough is the best! Even better when it’s all natural and washable. Clementine Art makes a line of natural art supplies, including crayons and glue. This set costs $9.95. 
Available here at Land of Nod.

December 13, 2010

>"mama wants for christmas" gift guide

>There is so much fun stuff out there for kids and grown ups alike! So I thought I’d put together a fun little gift guide of things I think are super cool that are just for mom. Stay tuned for a kiddo version.
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SAMANTHA SCROLLING INFINITY SCARF 
BY SMITTEN KITTEN ORIGINALS 

Since moving to the frigid air of Minnesota, I’ve been eyeballing all sorts of items to keep warm. This infinity scarf is one I am in LOVE with. This particular scarf is priced at $92, but Smitten Kitten Originals has numerous other scarves (some more modestly priced). Available here on Etsy.
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FOREVER LOVE PERSONALIZED CHARM NECKLACE
BY MY BELLA BEADS


I recently ordered a very cool gift for a special lady (no more details, Christmas isn’t here yet) from My Bella Beads and Liz did a wonderful job. And I have to say that I am in love with this Forever Love personalized charm necklace. Though, like I did with that special something I ordered, I would switch this up to be personalized for with my kids names as well as Jonathan’s (and Liz is totally happy to do custom orders). Available here on Etsy.
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CAST IRON “EAT” SHABBY CHIC SIGN
BY OLD NEW AGAIN


I’ve been working on this retro accent (not too overwhelming) thing for my kitchen and look for these  cool things that were clearly revived. And when I saw this on Etsy I nearly fell over. Not to mention the other cool things Old New Again offers (check out the ampersand symbol). LOVE IT! This awesome sign is $42. Available here on Etsy.
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THE CHOTTO TOTE/MESSENGER BAG
BY CHRISTY DESIGNS


No mama’s Christmas list would be complete with out a great tote bag! Especially one that doesn’t look like a diaper bag. This tote by Christy Designs comes in many colors and is perfect bag to serve as a purse (and maybe to haul a few baby essentials, too). This bag is priced (on sale) at $35. 
Available here on Etsy.
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TRIPLE FLOWER HEADBAND 
BY JOSIAH’S NEST


I actually purchased this adorable headband created by Moriah at Josiah’s Nest as a gift for a friend and it was so cute when it arrived, I wish I had bought one for myself. It’s simple and adorable – the busiest mom can give herself a little extra something by putting this function headband in her hair. Not to mention the seller’s customer service is very personal, which just made me feel really great about this purchase. This costs just $10. Available here on Big Cartel.
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AN APPLE A DAY VINTAGE PENDANT
FROM OPAL

This super cute apple pendant is a fun, vintage necklace to add to your jewelry collection (in hopes of wearing someday when you don’t have babies pulling on it). Available on Opal Vintage for $14. There is only one because this is a vintage shop, but be sure to check out the other items she has for sale. Available here on Big Cartel.
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GREEN FLORAL MAKE-UP BAG
BY GUSSY SEWS

Gussy makes some incredible, ruffle pouches, totes and even Christmas stockings. I especially love this Green Floral Make-Up Bag (and I could really use a new one for an upcoming trip I have). Check out all of her great stuff and her blog. Available here on Big Cartel.
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BLACK WELLLINGTONS WITH CREAM SOCK
BY HUNTER


I’ve been going round and round on purchasing these, and now that I’ve experienced a snow fall of several inches, I’m thinking that this would be an awesome gift to myself. With the cream colored liners to keep my toes warm! They are available in lots of colors and start around $125 (for just the boots).
Available here on Zappos.