If you haven't done your holiday shopping yet, there is no need to spend hours trying to find a parking spot at the mall and dealing with crowds of other last minute shoppers. Instead, I have fabulous and affordable holiday gift suggestions for the whole family that you can purchase online from the comfort of your home while in your PJs sipping on some hot cocoa. Now breathe a big sigh of relief....
If you are looking for the perfect gift for a new baby, I have practical and wonderful gift ideas. Starting your baby off with a healthy diet is the best way to lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating habits and to ensure that your lil cutie gets proper nutrition. Sage Spoonful's Let's Get Started Package will allow you to make your own homemade and organic baby food. The set includes "Sage Spoonfuls-Simple Recipes, Healthy Meals, Happy Babies"by Liza Huber Winner of the 2012 Mom's Best Literary Gold Award, an Immersion Blender and Food Processor so you can puree 2 week's worth of baby food in just seconds, BPA free storage jars and labels so you can take your baby's food on the go, stackable storage trays and a pocket guide with helpful tips for new parents. Victoria Beckham uses Sage Spoonfuls to make her daughter Harper's food and has been seen around Hollywood toting her Sage Spoonfuls containers.
Another fabulous holiday gift for baby, is a personalized blanket by Boogie Baby. They come in a variety of sizes to fit an infant car seat all the way to covering a twin bed. Boogie Baby's blankets are super plush and comfy. You can choose from four fabrics, over 60 colors and over 75 whimsical designs to create a beautiful keepsake blankie. They also make customized hooded towels, pillows and bibs. My son has one of their crib blankets with an adorable monkey on and his name on it and loves to snuggle with it. Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Gwen Stefani's kids all have Boogie Baby blankies.
For toddlers, I have a few gift ideas that will educate, entertain and give your lil tikes some exercise. OneStepAhead.com is one of my favorite sites to shop for everything you can imagine for baby and toddler. Their products are inventive, safe and provide hours of fun for your kids. If your son or daughter is the next Marty Scorsese, then get him/her the Kids Camcorder with Night Vision. You didn't just imagine that. This kiddie video camera actually has night vision! So cool! Aside from making movies, it is also a digital camera, a digital voice recorder and PC camera all in one. You can plug it directly into your TV and computer and it has 8MB of memory. This is the perfect gift for your little artiste! His/her first home movie might be the start to an Oscar worthy career.
When you child is between the ages of 1-5 years old it is the perfect time to encourage them to learn a second and even a third language. Their brains are like sponges at this age and they can soak up and retain multiple languages in preparation for being cultured citizens of the world. One Step Ahead's Smooth Touch Kids' Play Phone Smartphone is an interactive toy smartphone that your lil cutie will love and will help them to learn both English and Spanish. It has games that teach colors, numbers, animal facts and more. It makes fun sound effects where your child can pretend like he is getting a call or just got an email. It is too cute when I see my son imitating me making calls on his cell phone.
One Step Ahead's 3 in 1 Activity Gym has a swing with a safety harness, a ball pit and a slide. The activity gym can be used indoors or outside and is a perfect git for children ages 1-3 years old. Three kids can play together on it at once, so when your daughter has friends over, she can have an active play date with her buddies.
For budding fashionistas, House of Minerva's toddler dresses are the perfect gift. Some of the designs are so cute, I wish they came in my size. These dresses are affordable and chic and if your lil' princess still needs a holiday party dress, this is it!
For anyone in the family that likes to cook, House of Minerva's holiday aprons make a great gift. They are comfortable, cute and will make your culinary cutie feel like a Top Chef. For Mamas, packing your purse can be a stressful situation because let's face it, we like to carry around pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. Many women lug around purses that weigh almost as much as their kitchen sink and are always complaining of shoulder and back aches. A great holiday gift for Mom is a stylish and functional handbag where she can look great carrying around a whole lot less. House of Minerva's sack totes are reversible so you get two styles in one, they come with a free cosmetic bag and they come in tons of fab styles. This is a great every day bag.
Let's not forget Dad! If your Man is a techie, he's going to need something cool to protect his tablet. House of Minerva makes funky tablet sleeves that make for a great holiday gift. They feature throw back prints like cassette tapes (can you say mix tape anyone over the age of 30? LOL) and mustaches (Magnum PI called and wants his stache back!) and they are custom made for the iPad, iPad mini (what, you actually bought one of those??? kidding!), Kindle, Nook and any other fancy gadget your hubby has.
All of these holiday gift picks are available on the company's websites and some are even having last minute holiday sales. Happy shopping and have a healthy, happy and joyous holiday season!