Nov 28, 2010

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Our Fabulous Holiday Gift List

Our Fabulous Holiday Gift List

We’ve done it again! For months, we’ve combed magazines, websites, and our personal favorites to find wonderful gifts for everyone on your list. Each gift meets our criteria– they are each thoughtful and in turns creative, inspired, eco-friendly, hand crafted and give back (or all of the above). Please enjoy and let us know what you think. And we want to hear what you’re giving your loved ones this year. Please tell us your favorite gift ideas in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

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-Womily Touch Cuff Links or Necklace These are our favorite gifts this season!!! An inspired idea by Siobhan Winograd, who worked for Tiffany & Co. before leaving to stay at home with her children, the Touch line of jewelry allows you to make a necklace or cufflinks in 18 kt gold or Sterling silver from the impressions of your children’s fingerprints (or those of anyone else who “touches” your life). Siobhan’s company, Womily (a combination of women, work, & family), will send you everything you need to make the (easy) impressions, and you receive your finished product back three weeks after sending the materials back. NOTE THAT YOU NEED 3+ WEEKS TO COMPLETE THIS PRODCUT, SO ORDER EARLY! You’ll be so glad that you did!!

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-Blabla dollsBlabla makes the most beautiful hand knit dolls, stuffed animals, rattles, and mobiles. Each piece is handknit in beautiful colors (in all natural fibers) by Peruvian artisans. Each piece is gorgeous, unique, soft, and an heirloom quality toy. We love everything they make, but lately we’re especially loving their beautiful dolls (with special clothing that can be bought separately). When you buy through Blabla’s website, they are offering FREE GROUND SHIPPING IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. FOR ORDERS OVER $50!!

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-Water.org bottle Give hope in a bottle this holiday! Did you know that nearly one billion people in the world lack the most basic of necessities– safe drinking water? Water.org is working to change that, and you can help them by purchasing one of their reusable bottles (they come in both BPA-free plastic and insulated stainless steel versions). All of the profits (roughly $10 from each bottle purchased) goes directly toward this important mission. Give just one bottle and you help a child get clean, safe water. GIve more, and you can change even more lives.

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-Babies: The Movie (now on DVD)– One of the most affecting and thought-provoking movies we saw all year (though there is no dialogue!), Babies: The Movie follows three babies from different countries around the world throughout their first year. Seeing the ways their lives are different (and similar) is an eye-opening experience for parents, kids, and anyone who has ever been either.

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-Walrooz Connectable Sleds — Make your next sledding adventure even more memorable! Proving that we’re all connected, Walrooz connectable sleds can click together to allow children (and soon adults, as well– the adult size should be in stock soon) to sled together (quite literally!). Sled alone or together with a group. Going together allows you to move even faster. The more the merrier!

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-Topozoo Safari or Dinosaurs Perfect for children who love to build, love animals, or whose imaginations you want to inspire, Topozoo makes custom creature playsets (in Safari, Dinosaur, or Monster combinations) which are made from recycled wood with non-toxic paint. The sets can be combined into 400,000 combinations of creatures, perfect to inspire children’s imaginations!

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-An Awesome Book We recently reviewed and recommended author Dallas Clayton’s most recent book, An Awesome Book of Thanks. His original book, entitled An Awesome Book, is just as great and really inspiring. All about the power of dreams and the importance of dreaming big, An Awesome Book will inspire children young and old (and even adults) to dream bigger and to hold on to their dreams, for they can change the world. A powerful and important message for all, this book will make an impression on those who receive it.

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-Kiva– Give a gift that will change a life this holiday season. Kiva allows you to lend money in small amounts to entrepreneurs around the world. You can choose a qualified entrepreneur based on their country, business, and other characteristics. Rather than wondering where your money is going, you can read about the business you are donating to and feel connected by the common purpose. Truly a gift that keeps giving, a Kiva loan can change a life forever– and connect you (and those on your holiday shopping list) with a deserving business owner elsewhere in the world.

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-Skuut Balance Bike Designed for children 2-5, the Skuut is a “balance bike” (a bike without pedals) that teaches children the skills needed to ride a pedal bike without needing training wheels. Children simply hop on and “ride” using their feet to propel them. Once they gain the balance needed, they can lift their feet and go. They’ll learn to ride without ever needing training wheels and will gain great motor and balance skills in the process. AND the company plants a tree for every wooden bike sold.

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-Discovery Night Sky Navigator– Do you want to inspire interest in space, stars, the planets? Or do you have a science buff in your family? Or want to find an activity your family can do together? Then the Night Sky Navigator is for you. This personal, portable star map makes it easy to navigate the night sky. It’s got a glow-in-the dark compass, different modes for the different seasons, and an audio guide. Navigate the stars together with this unique gift.

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-Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Bamboo Throw- The snuggliest blanket out there, this is a wonderful gift for an adult or older child (Barefoot Dreams also makes baby blankets, if you’re shopping for a little one). The Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic throw is the softest blanket imaginable. It’s also machine washable and dryable, and it is made in part by eco-friendly bamboo fiber. These blankets will be appreciated by everyone in the family and will inspire everyone to snuggle up together. Family togetherness inspired by a blanket? What a perfect gift!

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-Aden + Anais Bamboo Swaddle Blankets These are the softest, most snuggly swaddle blankets ever!! A perfect gift for a newborn or a new parent, these blankets will be a favorite around the house. And they are made of eco-friendly bamboo. Snuggle up!

  1. I love your list! Just started watching Babies the other night. We fell asleep of course, but I can’t wait to see the rest.

    And I love your site.

  2. Thanks Emma!! I got the swaddle blanket idea from your shower gift! They are SO soft!

    Enjoy the rest of Babies. I still think about it, months after I saw it…
    xo

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