I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s “tips” for Black Friday shopping! I usually don’t have a ton of Christmas shopping to do – Luke, the Hubs, my three nieces, two nephews and then every year at Thanksgiving the rest of my family draws a name out of a hat and we have a budget that we shop for that one other family member – it would be so difficult to shop for my whole family….and expensive! It’s always fun and a surprise every year on Christmas day when we all open the gift and have to guess who got it for us!
I usually don’t shop on Black Friday, I just couldn’t be bothered in the past and there wasn’t any big-ticket items I was in desperate need of! BUT – this year I’m going out with my Mom (she goes every year!) and I need to get a few birthday and Christmas things for Luke! A lot of you mentioned that you prefer to do your shopping at home on Cyber Monday and I don’t blame you – it’s my preferred shopping method as well! Jennie and I have come up with a list of our favorite holiday must have gifts this year for your family if you’re still looking for ideas for that perfect Christmas gift to put under the tree!
1. Looking for a great stocking stuffer that won’t kill your kids?! Check out Surf Sweets! They are Organic and Natural candy that taste great! Our whole family LOVED them and they tasted fantastic! Luke’s favorite were the Jelly Beans and Julian liked the sour Gummy Worms! This is a candy you can feel good about letting the kids splurge on! It’s also a great gift for someone who has a gluten-free diet because all their candy is gluten-free and casein-free (casein is the protein found in dairy). I’m really impressed with the fact that they are peanut free and made in a facility free of not only peanuts but also: wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, tree nuts, nuts, fish, and shellfish. Five of their products are Vegetarian and four of their products are Vegan!
Surf Sweets products are made with natural colors and flavors, organic fruit juice and sweeteners, and provide you with your daily allowance of Vitamin C. We are also one of the only candies made without corn syrup.
2. Are you going on a road trip over the Holidays?? If you have kids then you’ll want this nifty travel kit for kids called, Masking Maniac! This great travel kit for kids provides an endless array of imaginative fun for kids on their lap, in an airplane or in the car! In a nutshell, this little genius kit contains a head rest cover, ten colored plastic bottle caps, four 25-foot rolls of colored masking tape.
You’re asking…what do they do with it all? I handed the reins over to my 8-year-old nephew and this is what he came up with (he put a towel in the headrest cover to use it on his lap!) :
Seriously fun stuff for kids and I’m sure he’ll love having this on their LONG drive out during the Holidays! The airplane model is made to put on the fold down tray – brilliant! These beauties will only set you back $19.95! If you’re local to Cincinnati, you can check them out at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market Show this November 18-20 at the Cincinnati Duke Energy Center, booth #405. Show attendees – Receive 20% off of your purchase at the show or on the website!
3. Do you have a pregnant or nursing Mom on your list this Holiday season? If so, you’ve got to check out the latest and greatest of the shops for Mamas, a Lactation Boutique that just opened in Montgomery called, Blue Cocoon! Ashley is the owner and she is a NICU Nurse and Lactation Consultant who is not only offering rented hospital grade breast pumps but she is also renting billy blankets for jaundice babies in the Tri-State area! Her goal is about getting the best care possible to babies and Moms and she is a wealth of knowledge so if you ever need anything or have a question don’t hesitate to contact her! Her store is beautiful and I had a chance to check out all the great products she is selling during her grand opening a couple of weeks ago!
You can get wonderful nursing bras (I had a hard time finding anything nice when I had Luke!), delivery gowns, nursing PJ’s to name a few! So even if you’re in the neighborhood and need a place to stop and nurse be sure stop by Blue Cocoon and use one of their comfortable nursing rooms! The above picture is the lobby for the nursing rooms, great for dads who are waiting! 🙂
4. The last thing on my list is probably my favorite gift for the Holidays…a custom photo coffee (or tea!) mug from Go Promos! Jennie and I each just got one of these and I was giddy as I opened it and saw my personalized photo creation! I drink one cup of coffee every morning and I love my new coffee cup!! This would be a great gift for the Hubs, Grandparents, or anyone else on your list who enjoys a cup of hot java! You could fill it with their favorite coffee beans, hot cocoa or tea and wrap it up for a personalized gift they are sure to love!!
If you’re looking to get your own photo mug, check them out at Go Promos! They shipped quickly and I have to say this little mug brings me so much joy every time I use it!! It’s definitely worth checking out for that special someone!
I hope these few things have given you a few ideas when it comes to shopping for your family this year! If you have any other great ideas, please share! We’ll have a few more next week!!