Still searching for the perfect gift for your mom, sister, or best friend? Here are a few lovely gifts for the ladies on your list–though you may be tempted to keep them for yourself!
1. Bobbie Brown’s Old Hollywood Eye Palette features a mix of warm and cool hues that are easy to wear and universally flattering.
2. The Catalina Weekender might inspire an impromptu getaway.
3. Mix and match rose gold, yellow gold, and sterling silver bracelets to create the perfect set of three cuffs.
4. Cheaper than a massage and almost as soothing, the Herbal Ease Neck Pillow offers relief with moist heat and aromatherapy.
5. She won’t need a necklace when she wears this Colorblock Foulard Scarf.
6. Crafted from hand dyed canvas and leather accents, this Fold-Over Cross-Body Bag adds a modern bohemian twist to any outfit.
7. A Michelle Armas 2014 Calendar does double-duty as a beautiful work of art.
8. This Slim Zip Contrast Wallet makes an elegant addition to even the messiest purse or diaper bag.
9. A new fragrance for the new year: Tory Burch Eau De Parfum.
10. The Tata Harper Deluxe Beauty Set is a luxurious upgrade from the drugstore-bought skincare products in her medicine cabinet.
11. These Mini Sunburst Stud Earrings are small enough to wear every day but special enough to get noticed.
12. For the lazy chef, the Year-Round Slow Cooker cookbook boasts 100 delicious, modern, and practical slow cooker recipes.
Buying gifts for little kids can be tough. What do you buy for the kiddo who already has an overflowing playroom? If you need inspiration, here are some tried-and-true toys Levi already loves, plus a few still on his holiday wishlist!
1. Pancakes and Strawberries, your little one’s favorite Sunday breakfast, now available any day of the week.
2. For the dress-up box: a felt Fox Mask (or any other woodland, barnyard, or zoo animal mask).
3. A cute and cozy Penguin Sleeping Bag for family slumber parties and overnights with cousins.
5. A Twig Creative wooden camera that looks just like mom’s to help develop (get it?) his imagination.
6. Eventually they’ll learn the rules. For now, it’s more fun watching them play with Animal Dominos in their own creative ways.
7. No delayed flights or security hiccups with this wooden Airplanes Box Set!
8. A classic-looking Radio Flyer Scoot-About Tricycle for indoor riding now, outside cruising later.
10. The bandleader in our house is the one who plays the Glockenspiel during sing-a-long time. (Can you guess who that is?!)
11. Animal Nesting Dolls that work on problem-solving skills–and look good on a shelf, too.
12. A Grey and White Dot Teepee that kids will love hiding inside and you’ll love looking at.
I recently contributed a gift guide for techies over on BHG.com, but JB thought I left out a few impressive products. He’s here today sharing more tech gifts for the technologically-savvy guy (or gal!) in your life.
1. Organize the rat’s nest of power cords and charging accessory cables on your desk with the Quirky Cordies.
2. Before she got her iPad 2, I bought PJ a third generation Kindle that we ended up returning when she decided she didn’t need a e-reader. However, after borrowing her mom’s old Kindle for our babymoon, she’s come around to the idea of using one. The new Kindle Paperwhite is pretty amazing.
3. and 4. The Xbox One comes with the Kinect camera, but the PlayStation 4 controller has been deemed nearly flawless. Heads up: They’ve both been newly released and are extremely popular, so supplies may be very limited at the moment.
8. The iGrill Mini, a new pocket-sized version of the wireless meat thermometer, connects to an app on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
9. A wet/dry mopping robot so your guy can spend more time playing video games and less time cleaning the floors.
10. The iPad Air is awesome, but PJ’s mom just got a new Retina Mini, and it’s unbelievably cool.
11. Create a personalized watch using your favorite Instagram photo and customize everything from the band to the watch arms. The most amazing part is how affordable it is!
12. They may be improving, but if smartphone cameras aren’t doing it for you, why not carry just the optics of a point-and-shoot camera? Your phone becomes the interface when you use an attachable lens-style camera.
PS – Father’s Day gifts he’d be happy to receive for the holidays.
I’m excited to kick off the week with a giveaway from MZ Wallace, a New York-based accessories brand known for chic, utilitarian bags and wallets. I used to work near their West Village store and always stop in to browse when I’m back in the neighborhood.
Ironically, it wasn’t until I lived in Nebraska that I owned my first MZ Wallace bag. My mom bought me the Kate in a beautiful plum color similar to this as a baby shower gift, and I’ve been using it as a diaper bag since Levi was born. Although the Kate has held up perfectly after more than two years of every day use, I now have my eye on the Belle for baby #2. After all, two years of carrying the same bag is a LONG time!
Today, MZ Wallace is giving one Bunny & Dolly reader their own Belle in Prussian Blue (such a pretty color!), which is perfect as a work tote, diaper bag, or large purse. (Check out everything that can fit inside the Belle tote!)
The lucky winner will also receive an assortment of gifts from MZ Wallace’s E-Pop Holiday Shop, a digital pop-up shop offering limited edition designs, nostalgic toys, jewelry, and handmade items. You can share the E-Pop goodies with family or keep them for yourself. (I won’t tell!)
In addition to the E-Pop, MZ Wallace also has an online Advent Calendar this holiday season featuring a new promotion every day until Christmas. I’ve already been tempted numerous times by the incredible sales arriving in my inbox.
For a chance to win a Belle tote filled with E-Pop goodies (a total value of approximately $485), please use the giveaway widget below. There are several ways to earn an entry, so follow the instructions carefully. This giveaway is open to readers worldwide, and one winner will be chosen at random on Friday. Good luck!
Today’s babymoon guest post is by Moira from Hearth and Homefront.
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is my childhood traditions with my own children. I grew up in Massachusetts, so while we didn’t always have a white Christmas, we usually had our first snow sometime between November and December.
By the time I was in elementary school snow days were a big deal. We would watch the weather report the night before and cross our fingers for a day off. The next morning we would all hold our breath at 6 am to listen for the town fire station to sound the alarm if schools were cancelled. Snow days meant sledding, snowball fights and always a big mug of hot chocolate to warm up.
Being a military family has sent us far from home and to mostly warm locales, so my children haven’t grown up with the snow. We had our first early dismissal from school recently and (as I write this) we’re in the midst of a perfect little snowstorm. It’s light and fluffy and not too deep. We spent the morning playing in the backyard, and when we were all frozen solid it was time to head inside for our hot chocolate.
My oldest is 5 and a fabulous sous chef in the kitchen. He enjoys it much more than my youngest does, so it is one of my favorite ways to get some one-on-one time with him. This Mint Hot Chocolate recipe is great because he can participate in every part of the recipe. It mixes together in less than 10 minutes and then you can keep the jar in the pantry for a quick mug anytime you’d like.
I like to add mint chocolate chips to this, but if you aren’t a mint lover, you could easily switch it out for semisweet or white chocolate. The result is creamy and not overly sweet or rich. It’s just right for warming you up from the cold or relaxing by the fire. (A grownups only version with a shot of Bailey’s is delicious, too!)
Mint Hot Chocolate Mix
- 1 1/2 cups powdered milk
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp mint chocolate chips
- pinch of salt
Whisk together all the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Once combined place the cocoa mixture and the chips in a food processor and pulse until the chips are ground up and throughly mixed in. Store in an airtight container. Makes 6-7 servings.
To make Mint Hot Chocolate:
Place 1/3 cup of the mix in a mug and fill with hot water. If you’d like you can add a splash of milk to cool it down (especially for those kiddos!) and make it a little creamier.
Moira blogs at Hearth and Homefront, sharing her love of great food and great books. When she’s not cooking or reading, you’ll find her running (very slowly), chasing her two rambunctious boys, and attempting to be craftier than she really is! For now home is Oklahoma, but as an Air Force spouse, she’s always looking forward to the next adventure!