Here is this year’s epic Holiday Gift Guide. Lots of blood, sweat and tears went into making this guide. Okay, not quite, but today, we want to share our current must-haves and favorites from 2013! We hope you enjoy!
Here are some of our favorite gifts from Uncommon Goods! These would make PERFECT stocking stuffers or gifts for any occasion!!!
The Pick Punch® does exactly what it sounds like – it takes materials, like old credit cards or unused gym membership badges, and punches them into custom guitar picks. Keep it at home or carry it in a gig bag to be sure a new pick is never far from reach.
Story Of The Earth Set Of 7 Bracelets
by Lis Giròn
With this collection of handcrafted bracelets, the whole earth and its history is right at hand to help you express yourself. Each band has a unique combination of colors, charms, beads and decorative knot work, allowing you to find a symbolic meaning in each one. When you wear the twisting, autumn-toned band with its starburst pendant, for example, will you picture the sun and the earth, or intricate wonder of DNA? The bracelets can be mixed and matched, and worn individually or together to suit your look, your mood and your place in the world. Bracelets are made from durable, waxed cords, and have either button-and-loop or adjustable knot closures. Handmade in Guatemala.
Gummy Bear Lights
Here’s a home accessory so delectably adorable you’ll be glad that you can’t eat him! During the day, this cute, rubbery bear will take the boredom out of any room and at night, with a squeeze of his belly, a built-in LED light will provide sweet splashes of ambient colored light.
Where to buy: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/gummy-bear-lights
Naked3 Palette from Urban Decay Cosmetics
As if I need to give you another reason to love the Naked palettes from Urban Decay, their new Naked3 palette has completely stolen my heart. The rose gold & neutral hued palette is the perfect combination for any skin tone.
Where to buy: Ulta, Sephora & UrbanDecay.com
Sylca Designs is going bold with their signature statement necklaces, oversized cocktail rings, arm party-worthy bracelets and accent accessories. Launched in 2012 by co-designers Sylvia and Camila Echavarria, Sylca’s accessories are powerful and transformative, but also completely wearable, thanks to lightweight materials like ultra-durable Bayong wood and vegetable fibers like abaca. Super stylish, trend-driven and affordable, Sylca Designs’ jewelry and accessories are the perfect complement to any stylish look this season.
Where to buy: Sylca Designs is available in boutiques throughout the US and online at www.sylcadesigns.com
NEUTROGENA® Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Give your mits some TLC by keeping Norwegian Formula Hand Cream within reach. It glycerin-rich formula relieves dry, chapped hands for hours.
Where to buy: Walmart, Target, Most Drugstores
More info: Neutrogena.com
NEUTROGENA® Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
The humidity and temperatures drop but that doesn’t mean your skin will stop producing oil. A cleanser with salicylic acid will exfoliate to remove dry skin and can prevent breakouts. For combination and dry skin, use Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser to remove dirt and oil while keeping the skin’s natural moisture barrier intact.
Where to buy: Walmart, Target, Most Drugstores
More info: Neutrogena.com
em by Michelle Phan
The life palette has everything you will ever need. It has your eyes, lips and cheeks covered.
Where to buy: emcosmetics.com
Baby Bump Bundle
These bundles are curated care packages featuring handpicked products specifically selected for expecting women, at each stage of pregnancy. A perfect gift or a great way for mom-to-be to pamper herself, you can order one, two or all three bundles, with deliveries of our surprise boxes scheduled throughout the nine months of pregnancy!
From beauty products to clothing to fashion accessories, these bundles aim to make the mother-to-be feel great inside and out. And let’s not forget about the bundle of joys arrival! Their BabyBundle is the perfect gift for newborns and BreastfeedingBundle has nursing essentials for new moms!
Here are a few different boxes that they offer:
For Mom-to-be – pregnancy products bundled together each trimester.
For Baby – a bundle filled with newborn necessities and keepsakes.
For Nursing Moms – a special bundle for breastfeeding.
Price: Starting at $30
Where to buy: http://www.babybumpbundle.com
Oh, this is the ultimate body pillow! Every pregnant woman’s dream. Clearly, it would be a shame to live without this pillow.
The Bump Nest is an ultra-plush, supportive pregnancy pillow that, without a doubt, relieves the aches and pains associated with pregnancy, including Sciatica, Restless Leg Syndrome, lower back pain, and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.
Where to buy: http://www.bumpnest.com/
Coupon code: Use code MODERNMOMS10 for $10 OFF and FREE shipping
I want to introduce you to Zooligans, a line of little critter shoes for kids. Zooligans shoes are designed with little kids in mind. They are fun and functional and made with soft leather uppers, breathable linings, adjustable straps and super flexible bottoms.
Zooligans shoes are crafted for fit, comfort and durability to stand up to everything any little animal can dish out! Each pair of Zooligans shoes features their signature colorful Paw-Flex™ bottom that looks and flexes like an animal paw, and will leave a tiny trail of paw prints behind! Seriously ADORABLE.
Where to buy: Zooligans
FireFly Ready Go Light-Up Timer Toothbrush
The FireFly Ready Go Light-Up Timer toothbrush is a bright and sparkly cap to the night that extends the fun without adding to the sugar rush. It also makes a great party favor that other parents will applaud.
The FireFly Ready Go Brush has a colorful traffic light theme, and it “times” brushing so that kids do the job thoroughly — flashing bright green for “go,” “yellow” for halfway there, and “red” for finished.
Price: $5-$8 variest
Where to buy: www.FireFlyToothbrush.com
BubbleBum is the perfect solution for car rides and fly ins with car rentals. Weighing in at less than one pound, BubbleBum can deflate in no time making it simple to throw in a backpack or large purse. BubbleBum includes belt positioning clips in place of arm rests so it’s possible to fit three boosters across the back seat of a car, minivan or SUV.
Where to buy: http://www.bubblebum.co/us/
Free Country is the leading lifestyle apparel brand that produces recreational outerwear, activewear and swimwear for men, women and children and we are in love with their winter coats for girls.
She’ll not only be a star in this beautiful Down jacket but it will keep her warm and toasty no matter what winter brings. Removable hood with faux fur trim allows you to change the look. A soft butter pile bib looks cool but also keeps the wind out and the butter pile cuffs with thumbhole will help keep her hands warm even if she forgets to bring her gloves. This jacket uses natural duck down and is ultra-warm and ultra-light
Price: Ranges $40-$80
Where to buy: Free Country
Tadpole & Lily Headband
Tadpole and Lily offers stylish bowties, neckties, suspenders, and headbands in classic prints and patterns. Each handcrafted piece is the cherry on top to every outfit.
We fell in love with their little girl headbands.
Super great quality and look adorable on little girls of all ages.
Where to buy: www.tadpoleandlily.com
C-Preme, the company that brought you Raskullz 3D helmets for kids, has taken their success to the next level with KRASH, a new collection of helmets targeted toward the next generation of tweens ages 10-12.
Bold, graphics-driven design and 3D elements set the collection apart in the bicycle helmet market. “If you have to wear a helmet — and it’s important to get kids to wear them—we want to make it fun,” explains Ryan Ratner, co-founder of C-Preme. Utilizing the company’s patented 3D technology — a soft, rubber-based material — the KRASH collection draws inspiration from a number of sources. For guys, a helmet with ‘liberty spikes’ recalls the punk music scene of the ‘80s. For girls, the company looks toward current fashion and cultural trends to interpret into unique designs. Animal prints make a big statement in KRASH’s debut collection.
Where to buy: KrashCo, Target, Toys R Us, independent bicycle stores, toy stores and sporting goods retailers.
Guinness World Records 2014 Edition
The Guinness World Records 2014 Edition hit shelves in September, packed with new additions to the shocking, stunning and inspiring feats that have captivated readers for almost sixty years! The best-selling copyright book in history is filled with thousands of ”officially amazing” records, exclusive pictures, hundreds of fun facts and trivia, and an updated, free augmented reality app which will captivate readers with some of this year’s most visually-arresting title holders.
Price: $14-28 (price varies)
Where to buy: Many book retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble
More Info: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2014/index.html
Get Creative With Your Kiddos With SuperCool Art Kits!
SuperCool Art Kits meet the needs of every artistic level and budget. With the help of themed stencils, they give budding artists the ability to draw or paint while learning color theory, scale, composition and proportion, all while having fun being creative.
Designed for a variety of ages and budgets, SuperCool Art Kits are available in six different sizes, including:
Deluxe Drawing Kit – 3 sheets of 19” x 25” cotton paper, set of 12 Koh-I-Noor Woodless Pencils, 2 erasers, pencil sharpener and a SuperCool themed stencil set.
Super Deluxe Drawing Kit – 3 sheets of 19” x 25” cotton paper, set of 24 Koh-I-Noor Woodless Pencils, 2 erasers, pencil sharpener and a SuperCool themed stencil set.
Small Paint Kit – 11” x 14” canvas, set of 7 paint brushes, 6 vibrant paint colors, 2 artist palettes’, Bristle Magic and a SuperCool themed stencil set.
Medium Paint Kit – 16” x 20” canvas, set of 10 paint brushes, 7 vibrant paint colors, 2 artist palettes’, Bristle Magic and a SuperCool themed stencil set.
Large Paint Kit – 24” x 24” canvas, set of 14 paint brushes, 11 vibrant paint colors, 2 artist palettes’, Bristle Magic and a SuperCool themed stencil set.
Wall Art Stencils – 24” x 60” SuperCool themed stencil.
SuperCool Art was one of 18 companies to exhibit at the Holiday Gift Showcase media event in New York in the “Great Gifts Under $100” category for 2013 Holiday Gift Guides.
Price: $49.95 – $69.95
Where to buy: www.supercoolart.com
Wahl Lithium Ion Clippers
Powered by lithium ion technology, the clipper outperforms standard Wahl rechargeable clippers by providing up to two times the run time, clocking in at one hour and forty minutes on a full charge. This eliminates the need for frequent recharging, and provides a versatile solution for people that prefer to cut hair outside in locations such as the garage or patio.
Price: $69.99 (or less)
Where to buy: http://www.wahlhomeproducts.com/
For The Home:
Crate & Barrel Cafe’ Mugs
I never understood how someone could have a “favorite cup” until I received these Crate & Barrel mugs as a gift. I refuse to drink from anything else. No more cup judging from me, ever.
Traditional footed shape with generous handle present a clear alternative to ceramic beverage cups. Multi-purpose glass mug is perfect for any hot beverage, soup, mousse, fruit salad, semifreddo and other cupped desserts.
Price: $3.16 reg. $3.95
Where to buy: Crate & Barrel
Real Simple Stationery from FineStationery.com
Available exclusively at FineStationery.com, this NEW collection of personalized greeting cards, invitations and more, is meant to add a charming and creative touch to the holidays and special everyday moments.
The magazine and lifestyle brand’s new line of stationery will help you express your personal style and make a beautiful impression with high-quality papers, modern designs and simple elegance. Real Simple had help from its magazine’s illustrators to create its line of inspired stationery, so if you’re an avid reader, you just might recognize the creative designs and similar artistic style.
Where to buy: FineStationery.com
Post-It Ruby Pop-up Note Dispenser
For fun, affordable gifts this holiday season, the Post-it Brand is offering several new Pop-Up Note Dispensers and Note Holders that are perfect for anyone on your list who loves getting organized in style.
One of this season’s highlights is the chic Ruby Dispenser Pop-up Note Dispenser. This desk accessory is a great holiday gift idea for anyone on that has a passion for the finer things in life. Also new this season is the Post-it Note Holder + Picture Frame, which adds a personal touch to the workspace or home office.
Price: $9.99- $11.49
Where to buy: http://www.staples.com/Post-it-Pop-Up-Dispensers/cat_CL165757
Aroma Housewares 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker & Food Steamer
Enjoy easy home cooking with the Aroma 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker & Food Steamer. Restaurant-quality rice. Healthy steamed meals. Delicious one-pot dishes. Prepare all this and more at the touch of a button! Aroma takes the “cook” out of home cooking – turning kitchen time into your time! Help the kids with homework, get creative at play time or pick up that novel you’ve been waiting to dive into. All while delivering hot, hearty and healthy meals the entire family will love.
Where to buy: Aroma-Housewares.com
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, a Massachusetts mom stated that she selected CleanWell All Natural Hand Sanitizing Spray and Hand Sanitizing Wipes for her child to bring to school because they contained a natural blend of thyme oil vs. alcohol. With a first-of-its-kind natural chemistry, CleanWell’s unique formulation kills germs naturally. All products are non-flammable, safe for kids and will keep hands moisturized during the cold winter months. CleanWell products are a classroom must-have!
Where to buy: Health stores, online.
KIDS ‘N’ PETS Instant All Purpose Stain & Odor Remover
This non-toxic, biodegradable, Cruelty-Free formula is safe for use on carpets, furniture, mattresses, clothing, bedding– and any water-safe surface on which your kids or pets can make a wet, smelly, sticky mess. And that is a lot of places!
Where to buy: KIDS ‘N’ PETS can be purchased at a walmart-trans near you. Look in the CLEANING AISLE where the carpet treatments are.
Food & Drink
Cheryl’s Gourmet Cookies – Cookie Club
Open the mail to find cookies from their Gourmet Cookie Club which includes Cheryl’s best delivered every month for one year! A delicious gift idea for any occasion or treat for self-indulgence, each delivery includes 12 individually wrapped cookies for only $12.00, plus shipping.
They also have a Buttercream Club, a seasonal club that includes our “best” seasonal cutout cookie which changes for each holiday, and arrives six times a year. Each delivery includes 24 individually wrapped seasonal buttercream frosted cut-out cookies, retailing for $19.99 each per shipment, plus shipping.
Wine is the first thing you offer your guests when they arrive, so choosing which one to serve at your party will set the mood for the rest of the evening. Concannon Vineyard 2010 Conservancy Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $15) is sure to wow your guests before, during and after the festivities pairing perfectly with a selection of aged cheeses and holiday main dishes.
The Concannon Vineyard 2010 Conservancy Cabernet Sauvignon, made with grapes from vineyards protected by the Tri-Valley Conservancy Land Trust in Livermore California, offers black cherry and vanilla oak flavors revealing an enticing palate of soft round tannins, subtle spice and a hint of chocolate.
Price: SRP $15
Otima 10 Year Old Tawny Port
Bow ties, mason jars and thrift shops are all the rage these days and shows like AMC’s Mad Men and PBS’s Downton Abbey have an obsessive following. They say periods of time repeat themselves, and many would say we are currently living in opposite worlds where modern technology and classic style unite. Stay on trend this holiday season and make a fashion statement by giving a bottle of Warre’s Otima 10 Year Old Tawny Port (SRP $26).
Otima 10 Year comes from a Port house founded in the 17th Century, yet it’s hidden behind a sleek and sophisticated wrapping providing a fresh entry point for new Port drinkers. You would never know that in each bottle is a 300 year old tradition from the most historic British Port company in Portugal.
A modern twist on a historic style of wine, Otima’s light, delicate palate challenges the traditional perception of Port as a dark, full-bodied brooding after-dinner drink. Serve slightly chilled as an aperitif with creamy, rich cheeses and favorite holiday treats that will never go out of style. Its lovely tawny color is gorgeous in a glass all on its own with an irresistible aroma and long luscious finish. Otima showcases Port as current and hip—a pleasing party gift for today’s trend follower.
Price: SRP $26
Amoretti Syrup & Drink Mixes
Amoretti syrups and drink mixes offer maximum taste with minimal sweetness (there’s 50% less sugar than other brands – 8g vs. 20g in Torani), so you can leave the sugar high hangover to the kids.
Where to buy: http://www.amoretti.com/
One of my favorite ways to play music throughout our house, the Sonos Play:3 fills the room with joyful sound that is crisp & clear.
The most versatile wireless speaker for rich, room-filling sound. Stream your entire music library, music services, and radio stations. Control wirelessly, easy to set up music playerStart with one music player, expand everywhere. Versatile enough to put anywhere — horizontal or vertical. 3 driver HiFi speaker system.
Where to buy: Sonos
This holiday season, surprise your favorite tech enthusiast with the perfect mobile accessories from PureGear. Whether you give them alone, or as a companion gift with one of the great new devices that launched this year, these PureGear products are guaranteed to add some sparkle to your holiday.
Where to buy: PureGear
SOL Republic Headphones
Modern Dad is here to talk about his new favorite headphones…. the SOL Republic TRACKS AIR WIRELESS headphones…
“Are they working? Are they on?” I can see my wife mouth to me as I wince and quickly scramble to turn down the volume on my phone which easily connected via Bluetooth to the TRACKS AIR wireless headphones by Sol Republic. “Yes they work, extremely, extremely, well”, I said.
Right off the bat two things impressed me with these headphones. First (aside from the fact that I could figure out how to work them) was the crisp, clear and powerful sound of the headphones. These almost featherlight headphones offered all the right tones in the right places. Many headphones (that aren’t even wireless) offer sound that’s designed to impress novice listeners with overpowering bass, and no range at all.
As a self proclaimed “experience audiophile”, it was important for me to note right off, the wall of auditory bliss wasn’t muffled but crystal clear while still remaining thunderous when it needed to be. Secondly, and more importantly, my wife couldn’t hear a thing. Usually, when I get into the groove and keep inching that volume button up on my headphones after my kiddo is tucked away in bed, to those around me it sounds like small speakers, and her being able to clearly and audibly tell me which song I am listening to. This can be extremely annoying for those around you, especially when they are trying to watch home and garden television.
Easy, almost too easy to set up and pair with my Bluetooth devices, these are the perfect headphones for, well, everyone that is serious about their music. For someone that wears headphones through various activities, sports, traveling, and even up into my bed, the fact that these lightweight wireless headphones exist is an absolute godsend. No more tangling myself up in long cords, whether I am peddling on a bicycle, or drifting off to sleep in my bed.
With a full USB charge, these headphones offer 15 hours of playtime, and even have the option to go corded if you need the extra headphone time. They offer every luxury my old headphones had, including clear phone calls, the ability to skip through tracks, and a smooth padding that offers a pleasant, noise-isolating pillow for my ear to rest upon.
There are some luxuries in life I allow myself, and then I wonder what life was like before they existed. These headphones are such a luxury. My music have never sounded better, I have never been more comfortable tuning in, and with pitch perfect sound from such a revolutionary headset, well, let’s just say, no one will have to listen to my sonic assaults of droning heavy metal anymore, except for me, and when I do, I will be able to lose myself in nothing but the undisturbed vibrations of some of my favorite tunes.
Where to buy: SolRepublic
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Hope you enjoyed our holiday gift guide this year and found something that you liked!
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