Holiday Gift Guide 2017

 

Shopping for the holidays is both exciting and overwhelming. With a busy photography business, an active blog and a growing family I feel like it becomes more and more of a challenge to find the time to plan and organize the perfect gift ideas for those closest to me! This year I was proactive and compiled a list of some of my favorite products to help those of you who may be as stumped as I typically am!

 

For the Foodie:

This is a list that is so easy for me to brainstorm! I am a MAJOR foodie, my whole day revolves around food! These are some AWESOME products that I’m loving right now that would be perfect gifts for the foodie in your life!

  1. Nutri Bullet

NutriBullet Pro – 13 pc

I use my nutribullet almost daily! Weather it’s to blend my favorite smoothies from daily harvest  (use amominspired for 3 free cups!) or to create my own smoothies, this product is probably my most used kitchen appliance aside from my coffee pot! I have even used it to make sauces- this magic little kitchen tool is so versatile. Forget the days of peeling apples and other veggies in fear of pulpy smoothies, the nutri bullet makes a smoothie so smooth that even the pickiest of toddlers will appreciate it!

 

  1. Veggie Bullet

Veggie Bullet Electric Spiralizer & Food Processor, Silver
Y’all this thing is AMAZING! So far I’ve made scalloped potatoes, sweet potato hash browns, curly fries, sliced radish and cucumber for a fresh pickle to top off our sesame tacos, shredded Brussel sprouts to roast, because really who has time to shave them by hand?! The Veggie Bullet is a HUGE time saver and the possibilities are endless! One major drawback so many people have with healthy eating is that the prep takes so much time, well not when you have a Veggie Bullet!

 

  1. Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark.

Yes, there are SO many stores selling peppermint bark, and there are so many pins on pinterest on how to DIY peppermint bark but let me be 100% real with you- NONE of them come close to the decadent bark that sits on the beautiful displays in Williams Sonoma. I’m actually working on a blog post right now with my favorite ways to incorporate it into my holiday party planning and into my holiday traditions with my children. The personalized tins are an amazing gift idea for that special chocolate lover on your list. There really is nothing more exciting than a gift under the tree wrapped in the Williams Sonoma wrapping paper.

 

  1. Marking Remarks Cutting Boards and Mixing Spoons

Anyone who knows me well knows I love to shop small too. I would never had started blogging if my own small shop had not led me in this direction. Knowing that my purchase goes to helping another family support their dreams of entrepreneurship makes gift giving feel that much more special. The beautiful wood products at Marking Remarks are handmade and engraved in Virginia, by a sweet shop owner with a beautiful soul. As a foodie, I gravitated to her cutting boards and wooden utensils. The beautiful design and simplicity are just my style and they make such perfect gifts! What better gift to give than one that is made with love and supports someone’s dreams?!

 

For the tech lover:

 

We all know someone who is always full of information on the latest gadgets. Someone who we always call with our questions on a new device, to troubleshoot when things go wrong. Those who love technology- whether it be computers, camera gear or the latest “smart” something. This list is for them!

 

  1. Polaroid Zip


Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer w/ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology – Compatible w/iOS & Android Devices – White
This nifty little printer is small enough to fit in your pocket or keep on you for every adventure! Its compact and allows you to print photos via Bluetooth right from your phone! Meetings with new friends, adventures with family, crafts with the kids. The Polaroid Zip is the perfect, compact new gadget that makes the perfect stocking stuffer!

  1. Google Home


We LOVE our Google Home. We were skeptical before it arrived “will we really use this?” but our doubts quickly subsided and we were instantly hooked on this gadget. Our Google Home does everything- “Ok Google, Call Mom”, “Ok Google, Set a timer for the pasta”, “Ok Google, what’s my day look like”, and the most common phrase in our house is “Ok Google, Play some music!”. Last night Wes was so fussy so I asked for Help from our Google Home… “Ok Google, play white noise” and BAM! Baby asleep in a matter of minutes! The kids love talking to Google too, the questions Ada asks crack me up, oh the mind of a 5 year old!

 

  1. Amazon Fire TV


All-New Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (2017 Edition, Pendant) | Streaming Media Player

This is one of our favorite devices in our home. We purchased our Fire TV when we first moved into our home two years ago. We lived in a brand new development and it was going to be a while before we could get our cable and wi-fi installed. Luckily we had unlimited data on our phones and we were able to use the Amazon Fire TV to stream all of our favorite shows. We are Amazon Prime members so it arrived in two days and also gave us access to a ton of Amazon Prime exclusive series that we quickly became hooked on and binge watched while the kids napped and we unpacked! There are MANY great apps included within the Amazon Fire TV that allow you to never miss your favorite shows and help you to discover new ones!

 

Gifts for the New Mom

I recently had my third baby and I am a self-proclaimed expert on what is important to a new mom and products she can totally do without. Yes, gifts for HER are always nice, but gifts that are for the new baby are ALWAYS wonderful!

 

  1. The Baby Bullet


Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System
The baby bullet is a perfect gift for any new mom with the wonderful intentions of making fresh baby food! I’m sure you’ve seen those “cute” little pouches on the shelves of your local grocery store. The labels say “organic” and “all natural” but have you ever questioned what goes into these pouches to make them shelf-stable? The process of cooking them at high temps, typically more than once, during the packaging process cooks the puree down so much that what you are essentially feeding your child is “organic” sugar. Not so cute now, right? Luckily, The Baby Bullet allows you to feed your baby those purees you’re so excited to start! The best part is, you know exactly what is going into them because they are made in your own kitchen and they are refrigerated to maintain freshness! I often use ours now to make a veggies packed apple sauce for my two year old. I sneak in kale and carrot with the apples and call the green treat Monster Sauce and he is all about it! I love products that work for baby years abd beyond!

 

  1. Linen & Lillie Milestone Blankets

Now here is something I love. We’re getting back to my small shop love! Nicole, the owner of Linen & Lillie is local to me and she is sweet as can be! Her sister owns Moss|Moon and she is the designer for the beautiful, custom products carried in Nicole’s shop. Everything you see is customized by this amazing duo to make a monthly photo of your babe a dream come true. It starts in the design phase and then Nicole handles the fabric choices, the sewing and any sweet little embellishments! Their customer service is amazing, I was quite a picky client and they worked with me to create the milestone blanket of my dreams- I couldn’t wait to get one week photos of Westley, and every month beyond. Giving a personalized gift like this is sure to cause some happy tears. I still remember being SO touched when I received my blanket and saw my baby’s name across the top. I remember touching my belly and feeling such a connection to the blanket that he would soon be laying on! Definitely a sentimental gift- but HURRY! The last day to order for Christmas is December 1st!

 

  1. Nora Gray Boutique

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The team at Nora Gray have made me feel like family! I had an opportunity when Westley was born to photograph one of their amazing swaddles and quickly fell in love with their Indianapolis based shop. The products they choose to sell are beautiful and just as beautifully crafted. A gift card to Nora Gray would be so appreciated. Never underestimate the beauty of a gift card! As a teen I was always so excited Christmas morning to see the dree decorated with various envelopes that contained gift cards for us all. This allows the new momma in your life to buy on trend apparel and accessories that fit her postpartum body and make her feel fantastic, as well as shop for sweet and unique items for her new little bundle of joy! Use code AMOMINSPIRED to get a little special discount on your holiday shopping!

 

Out of the Box Kid’s Gifts

There are some gifts we buy every year, that I’m sure my young children already know to expect, Barbies, Hot Wheels and books, for example. But an unexpected, out of the box gift is sure to bring extra excitement  and joy to your children’s eyes this season!

 

  1. KwikStix and MagicStix



Skip the crayons, paints and markers that you’re used to and put something new and exciting under the tree! The magicStix are Washable, non-toxic markers that can still work after up to 7 days with the cap off! If you’re a mom then you know how much that rocks. Why don’t kids ever put the cap back on? No worries y’all, you’ve got 7 days to find that cap!

The KwikStix are our new FAVORITE art supply in our house. Get this- the KwikStix are tempra PAINTS that little hands can use to DRAW. They dry in 90 seconds, but honestly I’d even say they dry instantly. They go on so smoothly and give such a cool texture to your child’s artwork. I LOVE these because I don’t have to worry about Grey (2) getting covered in paint. Seriously this boy of mine loves to paint his face. He loves using these to draw beautiful, colorful photos. He then walks over to the refrigerator to proudly hand said artwork. These two products by The Pencil Grip company are our two new favorites and I can’t wait to wrap and send some to friend’s kiddos!

 

  1. AirFort

Yes, it is as cool as it sounds. We all have those memories of running around our house collecting pillows, blankets and couch cushions and spending hours trying to get everything to stand up just right to only have mom discover that the couch cushions are missing and make you take the whole thing down, right? WELL keep your couch cushions where they belong people and get your kids an AirFort. This magical fort Inflates by a box fan and your little ones can lift it and run in and out as their hearts desire! Check out my friend Kari’s post and video here, and you’ll be convinced you need an airfort in your home too!

 

  1. Little Baker Gift Set


Handstand Kitchen 17-piece Introduction to Real Baking Set for Kids
As I mentioned above, I’m a big foodie. I love to also get my children in the kitchen to help me. Some of my favorite days are ones that are spent baking with my kids. They learn measurements, how to make something with their hands, patience and the science of ingredients coming together to create something delicious! I love this little apron, this whisk and this muffin tin! When they open it all, let them know they’re on breakfast duty with you! A new holiday memory and possibly a new tradition that your own children can carry on! Check out my super easy Blue Berry Muffin recipe- it’s the BEST I’ve made!

 

Gifts for Her

 

  1. Basilwood Farms Gift Basket

It’s really not a basket at all. It comes in the CUTEST little tin, filled with rustic filler and incredible, luxurious bath/beauty products. All handmade with fresh goats milk and natural ingredients. This company has quickly become a favorite! I won one of these gift baskets in October and I was instantly hooked. Creamy body butter, delicate lotion, bath bombs as fragrant as they are beautiful and an amazing bar of soap. As soon as I used these products, I hopped onto their website and ordered more. My kids have so much fun with their bath bombs and knowing they are handmade with natural ingredients, I feel great about using them! Another small shop to make my gift guide this year, you will likely see them again next year, because when I love a brand I tend to be pretty darn loyal.

 

  1. New Wash by Hairstory

Yes, another beauty product, I know. But this one is one I want to shout from the rooftops. You can see my blog post after 30 days here. I ditched traditional shampoo and conditioner this spring and haven’t ever looked back. If you are shopping for a Mom of young kids you need this. Not only is it all natural and packed full of amazing essential oils but it has none of those chemicals. Because of this product I only wash my hair 2 times per week and my hair has never been healthier. I get compliments on my hair at least on a weekly basis, but my favorite compliment was from my stylist at the Aveda salon telling me to keep using it because its doing amazing things for my hair. Before you think “shampoo? For a Christmas gift?” give a gift they she wouldn’t buy for herself!

3. Clarisonic Mia 2


Clarisonic Mia 2, Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System – 2 Speeds for Gentle and Everyday Cleansing, Sea Breeze
Clarisonic is a brand I’ve known since I was in High School. My Mother swore by this product. The brushes gently clean up all of the yuck that traditional cleansers will leave behind. Talk about a perfect, deep clean. Skincare is something I have recently discovered is SO important, especially if I want to age like my Mother! The Clarisonic is worth every penny and is sure to be a gift she will LOVE to open!

 

Gifts for Him

  1. Pura Stainless Insulated Sport Bottles


Pura Sport Vacuum Insulated 22 oz / 650 ml Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Silicone Sport Flip Cap & Sleeve, Aqua Swirl (Plastic Free, NonToxic Certified, BPA Free)
Pura is a brand we love for our whole family, but I was especially excited to get one for my husband. We own just about every size and color that Pura Stainless makes. Their vacuum insulated bottles keep our beverages ICE cold! We put ice water in them the night before a long road trip and they stay icy the entire trip. They are great for the travel enthusiast in your life, as you can bring the bottle empty through TSA and fill once inside the airport. They are great for the active guy in your life as they keep water cold for the entire work-out. The bottles are so versatile and the silicone sleeves and tops can be switched out for other colors. They contain no plastics, and are the most eco friendly and affordable bottles out there!

2. Drone


DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV Drone with Wifi Camera Live Video Headless Mode 2.4GHz 4 Chanel 6 Axis Gyro RTF RC Quadcopter, Compatible with 3D VR Headset
Better yet a drone with WiFi and a camera! You can find so many affordable options on Amazon! What better reason to get outside and kill some time than with a brand new drone?! Record the kid’s soccer games, take photos on your beach vacation, get photos of festivals, snowboarding trips, hikes- the possibilities are endless. Such a fun new way to capture memories. It’s like a grown up version of a remote control car or helicopter. So ideal for your Man-child.

 

3. Mountain Bike


Kent Thruster KZ2600 Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike, 26-Inch
One of the products my husband has been most pumped about is his mountain bike from Kent! On nice weekends he loads up all of our bikes and we hit the trails with the kids. Kent has a ton of color options and styles that are great for everyone. On nice days after work, Jay will load up Greyson and take him for a short cruise. It’s a great “dad” gift. The family can stay active together, see new places and get fresh air and sunshine year-round. We love that our bikes give us an excuse to get outdoors as a family!

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