Welcome to the 2011 Multiples and More Holiday Gift Guide! I cannot believe it is time for this again. Before I get into some products that I think are fabulous this holiday season, I wanted to share with you some tips for shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday from The Nate Berkus Show airing November 18th:
Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Television/Jonas Hidalgo
Last year, shoppers spent over $340 million dollars and Black Friday and Americans spent one billion dollars on Cyber Monday. On Friday’s show, Nate and guest style expert Lori Bergamotto discuss tips to navigate the holiday craziness!
Tip #1 – Do your due diligence
Tip #2 – Don’t fall for every deal
Tip #3 – Save your receipts
Tip #4 – Be Aware of shipping costs
Tune-in to find out the details of these great tips, learn about special deals, what items to grab and what items to pass up (…for now!). Not sure when The Nate Berkus Show is on? Check out Nate’s website here.
Let’s start with the kiddos!
Pacific-Concepts is introducing the world’s 1st all stainless steel kid’s Time Teacher watch line. The hypo-allergenic stainless steel case and buckle makes the safest and most durable kid’s watch in the market. It is the only one watch being; lead free, nickel free, mercury free, and cadmium free, allowing parents to be 100% worry free! Each design will introduce children to the concept of telling time, thanks to a crisp and simple to read dial, featuring the most popular kids characters of Disney (Mickey & friends) properties, Marvel (superheroes), and Red Balloon (a poetic collection, where each watch is a journey to the jungle or the garden). Each watch comes with “Time To Tell Time” insert, helping parents to review time telling basics with their kids and the collections range in price from $24.95- $38.50.
Here are some of the designs for girls:
And for boys:
Be sure to check out amazon.com to see more children’s watches and great watches for you as well!
Next up is the inimitable Mama Doni who brings her special brand of “funky music with a Jewish twist” to her classic holiday CD, Chanukah Fever (Mama Doni Productions, $15, run time 36 minutes, all ages).
Doni Zasloff Thomas, a.k.a. Mama Doni, is the lead singer/songwriter of The Mama Doni Band, honored with a 2011 Parents’ Choice® Award for their recent release, Shabbat Shaboom, and winner of the Simcha Award for “Inspiring Joy Through Music” in competition with more than 100 bands from 15 different countries at the 2008 International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. Chanukah lasts only eight days, and Mama Doni says, “Enjoy!” The popular singer/songwriter expands the horizons of traditional Jewish music, with a contagious and unexpected blend of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer and “Jewgrass” – all woven together with a hip Jewish sensibility. In Chanukah Fever, MAMA DONI spices these eclectic, colorful elements with a razor-sharp, sophisticated humor that makes latkes, dreidels and Yiddish expressions cooler than ever.
Another great CD for kids is Back to the Garden from Ted Jacobs.
Musician/composer Ted Jacobs is dedicated to presenting exquisite acoustic musical settings of the world’s most beloved poetry, and it is with tremendous pride that he announces the release of his third studio CD, Back to the Garden, a collection of songs based on poems from Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. More than ten years in the making, this album is a companion to Jacobs’ award-winning recording, A Child’s Garden of Songs.
Throughout his highly celebrated life, Robert Louis Stevenson possessed the unique gift of being able to maintain extraordinarily close contact with the spirit of his own childhood, the result of which was his beloved collection of poetry, A Child’s Garden of Verses. Amid the hustle and bustle of today’s world, children are often deprived of time to dream, and, at the same time, there isn’t much stimulus for reflective thinking to be found in the majority of contemporary children’s music. Back to the Garden affords a perfect antidote to urgent schedules and electronic fascination, providing time and space for children to reflect, dream, and imagine while they nurture their creativity with music that’s an ideal match for Stevenson’s poems. All the singers and players who came together to create Ted Jacobs’ A Child’s Garden of Songs reunited to decorate Back to the Garden with the sounds of uillean pipes, fiddle, penny whistles, mandolin, dulcimer, accordion, and other acoustic instruments. Celtic players of olden times would feel right at home with Jacobs’ original compositions, which also sparkle with contemporary relevance. The resulting collaboration has such a way of lighting up the meaning of the poems that children find themselves memorizing without even realizing they are doing so. The poems are sung exactly as the poet wrote them. Nothing is repeated, nothing is deleted and the singing, both ensemble and solo, rings with artistic integrity and beauty.
Back to the Garden highlights include a waltz-time melody that embraces what may well be Robert Louis Stevenson’s most popular poem, “The Swing.” Listeners will practically taste the spray of the salty ocean and feel the nautical sway of sea chantey rhythms in “My Ship and I.” The lively energy of “The Hayloft” is beautifully contrasted with the nostalgic reflection of “Keepsake Mill,” whose poetry must have impinged on Stevenson’s thoughts during his years of wandering far from his native Scotland. “Autumn Fires” (a rustic, minor key jig featuring fiddle, fife, and children’s voices) is a sure fire favorite. “The Land of Nod,” whose music incorporates instrumental passages that allow plenty of space for contemplation, is another perfect setting of a poem known to millions. “Escape at Bedtime,” a nocturne transporting listeners of any age to another time and place, brings the album to a dreamy conclusion.
Next up is a great box set from Dora the Explorer.
Enjoy all of Dora’s favorite holidays and fiestas in this new three-DVD box set, Dora the Explorer: Celebrate with Dora. The special box set includes Dora’s Christmas!, Dora’s Halloween and Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure, all in one gift-able collection! Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, Dora the Explorer: Celebrate with Dora will be released on DVD on November 15, 2011, for the suggested retail price of $29.99.
Dora the Explorer: Celebrate with Dora Episode Synopses:
Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Christmas!
A Present for Santa: It’s Christmas Eve! In the spirit of giving, Dora and Boots trek to the North Pole to deliver a present to Santa.
Rapido Tico: Boots waits for a new toy fire truck to arrive in the mail but when the package arrives, it’s empty! Dora and Boots must travel to the Snowy Mountain to recover the gift before Swiper the sneaky fox finds it.
School Pet: Dora and Boots save the school pet, a hamster named Mimo, who goes missing from his cage.
Quack Quack!: Dora and Boots are coloring a picture of Mami Duck and her eggs when the coloring book suddenly comes to life. The eggs start the hatch and the wind blows one of them away. Dora and Boots must jump into the coloring book to bring the newly hatched Baby Duck back home to Mami.
Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween
Boo!: It’s Halloween! Dora and Boots are trick-or-treating when a cute Little Monster surprises them. They help Little Monster hurry home before the big clock strikes 12.
The Missing Piece: Dora and Boots meet a wizard, El Encantador, who is missing his magic wand. They set off to find El Encantador’s wand so that he can perform his magic.
To the Monkey Bars: Dora has never been able to climb all the way across the monkey bars. Dora and Boots set off for Play Park so that Dora can give it another try.
The Big Storm: A big storm cloud is coming. Dora and Boots have to warn all their friends in the forest to get home before it starts raining.
Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure
Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure (Double Length Episode): Happy Birthday, Dora! In the final episode of the Magic Storybook Trilogy, Dora and Boots need to get home for Dora’s birthday party with all her family and friends. Before Dora and Boots can jump out of the Magic Storybook, a twisty wind picks them up and blows them into Wizzle World.
Dora Helps the Birthday Wizzle: Dora is reading a storybook about a Birthday Wizzle who could make birthday wishes come true with his magic wand. Today is his birthday so it was his turn to make a wish, but a wind comes in and blows the wand out of the book. Dora must jump into the book and bring the wishing wand back to the Wizzle to give him his birthday wish.
Wizzle Wishes: Dora and Boots meet a cute little Wizzle who lost his bag of wishes and can’t get home. They set off in search of the lost wishes, but their friends keep finding the wishes first. Dora and Boots must overcome a giant sunflower in Isa’s garden, a storm of raining nuts in the Nutty Forest and slippery slopes at the Wishing Well in order to return to wishes to their rightful owner.
Here is a great gift idea for a new MoM from Coyuchi:
The product of the left is the Mini Stripe Cotton/Linen Baby Bath Set. Coyuchi lined smooth, substantial cotton/linen sateen with organic cotton mini terry to make a supersoft hooded towel that’s specially designed to grow with your child, from baby baths to swim lessons. Set also includes a linen-bound washcloth and adult-sized bath mitt.
The product on the right is the Willow Weave Mini Blanket. Nubby, soft cotton, woven in alternating diamond and pointelle stripes, makes Coyuchi’s double-layer blanket light, lofty and warm. Edged with a percale flange that is dyed to match and neatly mitered at the corners.
Be sure to check out Coyuchi’s website to see not only their baby blankets and linens, but linens for your entire home.
Another great gift for a newborn is ABC Dream by Kim Krans.
The retail price is $32.00 and the first 1,000 copies will be signed and numbered by the artist, Kim Krans. Kim is a Brooklyn based designer who creates gorgeous prints and calendars that are all printed and silkscreened (on recycled paper!) locally in support of her fellow Brooklyn dwellers. The book will be sold exclusively at catbird in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and on http://catbirdnyc.com/
A great gift for MoM’s and Daughter’s are these adorable “Mommy & Me” tunics from the Sulu Collection.
These are perfect for moms and their fashionable daughters on any upcoming family vacation.
Next are gifts for the MoM’s (Dad’s pay attention). I am really big into jewelry, there is just something about slapping on a bracelet or necklace that makes you feel fun and flirty. Our own Rebecca is a Stella & Dot Stylist and sent me over these great holiday ideas:
I’m in love with everything on this page, aren’t you (hint hint Scott). Be sure to check out Rebecca’s page over at Stella & Dot for more ideas!
Another great gift for MoM is the Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty-One.
Dolli-Mama swears by the Organizing Utility Tote ($25). It comes in lots of colors and styles, can be personalized with words or a monogram, and is great for toting around anything, including presents or food for a holiday potluck. Dolli-Mama uses hers as a diaper bag. It’s really roomy and has 7 outside pockets to fit things in.
Next up is Tiny Revolutionary and their line of “Giving Tee” t-shirts.
Tiny Revolutionary’s “Giving Tee” line of charitable partnership tees capitalizes on two trends: charitable gifting and fashion tees. “We want to make super cool fashion tees that mean something. Whether it’s to promote education in countries affected by the AIDS virus or provide musical instruments and lessons to homeless kids, our goal is to make the world a better place for all, through enriching the lives of our kids,” says founder BreeAnne Clowdus.
Save a Child’s Heart: provides life-saving heart surgeries to babies and children in poor and war torn countries. $44 retail price with $20 donation with a sale of only 500 shirts that can fully fund a child’s surgery and save a life.
One Village at a Time: to provide education and support to struggling communities in Africa, particularly those hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic. $30 retail price with $10 donation that provides food, medical care and education to children orphaned and infected by the AIDS value.
Hands to Hearts International: makes the world a better by sharing critical knowledge about early childhood development to communities compromised by poverty and conflict. $35 retail price with $20 donation that pays for all materials to conduct a thorough training session for an entire village of caregivers, who eventually save lives as orphanages who receive this training report a massive decline in infant mortality and illness.
To see the complete line of t-shirts please visit Tiny Revolutionary’s website.
For the food lover in your family check out Big Ranch, Big City.
Big Ranch, Big City is a cookbook that just launched nationally by well-noted Chef Lou Lambert. It is a collection of over 125 recipes from Chef Lambert’s Texas kitchens that takes cowboy cuisine to a whole new level. It includes lots of great recipes that could be incorporated in holiday menu planning. The book can be purchased on Amazon.com.
The final gift in this year’s gift guide is Bodhi Bicycles.
*Pictured is the Step-Through Model
Bodhi Bicycles is a new luxury electric bike that just launched nationally. The bike is beautiful and has many eco-chic facets, like plush comfort saddles and bamboo fenders made from reclaimed wood. It is the first company in the U.S. to offer e-bikes equipped with the latest innovation from NuVinci®, the Harmony™ Advanced Controller. This system allows riders to choose either automatic or manual shifting of the N360™ drivetrain, providing one of the most intuitive and fun rides in the marketplace. Great gift for moms, dads, teens and more.
Now onto my favorite part of this post, the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a copy of Celebrate with Dora, Back to the Garden, and maybe an extra surprise or two! For a required entry, simply tell me the gift you love the most from this gift guide and who you would give it to (it’s totally ok to say yourself).
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