Christmas Gift Guide 2012

Educational Christmas Gifts for Kids 


Women's Slippers Minnetonka Women’s Cally Faux Fur Slippers – $29.95-$48 depending on size.  No brand makes a casual slipper quite like Minnetonka. The suede upper features a traditionally stitched moc-toe and 360-degree lacing, while faux fur lining adds extra warmth and coziness. The rubber outsole is substantial enough for outdoor use. Choose HappinessThe Rusted Chain– $28  *Exclusive coupon!* Use code EB15 for 15% off! The words “choose happiness” or “choose joy” are hand stamped and is topped with a freshwater pearl and a faceted metallic copper bead. This comes with a 18” stainless steel ball chain. Holiday Spoonula Gift Set Holiday Spoonula Gift Set – $12.50 (on sale from $23.95).  Festive cross between a spoon and a spatula. Cute as a stocking-stuffer or tie-on gift.
Peace Bracelet Peace, Hope, & Serenity Bracelet – $6.99 + Free Shipping! Included with this bracelet is this inspirational saying: “When life is stressful, Find your inner peace, When you feel discouraged, Have hope, Combine the two, And serenity will envelope you.” Packaged for gift giving! Petite Treats book Petite Treats– $14.95 Adorably Delicious Versionsof All Your Favorites from Scones, Donuts, and Cupcakes to Brownies, Cakes, and Pies. Handcrafted Wooden Box Handcrafted, Wood Carved Jewelry Box – $8.49 (Free Shipping on orders $25+).  These wooden Indian jewelry boxes are designed and made by the same hands of highly skilled craftsmen who are constantly acclaimed for their intricate designs and woodwork.
Women's Mug Inspirational Mug – $12.99 “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way” Personalized Grandparents Ornament Personalized Grandparents Ornament – $17.95 The saying, “A family is a patchwork of love,” is the perfect reason to give our Quilt of Love ornament to loving grandparents who are proud of their loved ones. You can personalize up to 15 names. Dyson DC25 Animal Ball Vacuum Dyson DC25 Animal Reconditioned Vacuum – $299.99 (on sale from $550) + Free Shipping!  Designed for homes with pets. It can be used on all floor types–carpet, wood, laminate, tile–and features Dyson’s patented Root Cyclone technology, that doesn’t lose suction power as you vacuum. You can read my Dyson DC25 Animal vacuum review here.
Apple iPod Touch 4 Apple iPod Touch 16GB 4th Generation (Current Model) – $194.99 (on sale from $199.99 ) + Free Shipping!  This is the thinnest iPod touch yet. The glass face and stainless steel back provide a clean look and excellent durability. Crabtree & Evelyn Little Luxuries Crabtree & Evelyn Little Luxuries – $16  Tucked inside this festive red and gold embossed holiday box are three vibrant Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed favorites. Award-winning, shea butter-rich Hand Therapy, conditioning Bath & Shower Gel, and moisturizing Body Lotion. Apple ipad mini Apple iPad Mini – $432.99 iPad mini features a beautiful 7.9-inch display, iSight and FaceTime cameras, the A5 chip, ultrafast wireless, and up to 10 hours of battery life. And over 275,000 apps on the App Store made for iPad also work with iPad mini. So it’s an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form.
Calgon Sensual Mist Set Calgon Sensual Mist Set – $6.49 Gift set contains 2oz Sexy Fragrance Mists in Angelic Kiss, Femme Inferno and Flirty Tease. Samsung Chromebook Samsung Chromebook Wifi – $249 + Free Shipping!  It starts in seconds, has virus protection built-in, and runs your favorite Google apps plus thousands more.  At just 2.4 pounds, 0.7 inches thin, and with over 6.5 hours of battery life, the Samsung Chromebook can go anywhere you go. It’s built to stay cool, so it doesn’t need a fan and runs silently. It also includes 100GB of free Google Drive storage (for 2 years), a built-in webcam, and dual band Wi-Fi to make it easy to connect to wireless networks. Kindle Fire HDKindle Fire HD – $199 & up.  What can I say about a Kindle?  There is so much!  Visit Amazon for all the info.
FitBitFitBit – $113.95 + $4.99hipping.  Incredible little gadget that measures your steps and evaluates your sleep.  Wirelessly uploads online.  I have one and love it.  It does a ton more so check out all the details for yourself.  I can’t stress enough that you should never buy a fitness item for someone else so only buy this for yourself. : )  That’s my two cents anyway. Jane Austen SetThe Complete Collection of Jane Austen Novels – $59.99 (on sale from $99.99)  This hardcover set includes: Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Lady Susan (The Heirloom Collection). She & Him ChristmasA Very She & Him Christmas – $9.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  I haven’t heard this yet but I love everything else they’ve made. : )
  Vitamix 1829 Pro 300 Onyx Countertop Blender – $528.95 (on sale from $529) + Free Shipping!  Quickly and easily prepare restaurant-quality meals from the comfort of home with ultra-responsive controls, a quieter motor, and more elegant design. The Variable Speed Dial and Pulse feature allow you to prepare ingredients and create recipes to your exact specifications.  Create smoothies, soups, and frozen desserts in a single machine.

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Personalized Dad Mug Personalized Dad Mug from Shutterfly – $11.19 (on sale from $13.99)  Plenty of sizes and designs to choose from.  Personalize with your own pictures and text. Syma Helicopter Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter – $20.74 (on sale from $129.99). The brand new 3 channel gyro mini metal RC helicopter is on of the world’s newest, smallest and lightest RC helicopter you can get! ThermapenSuper-Fast Thermapen – $89 (on sale from $96).  A professional tool (originally designed for commercial kitchens) has become the top consumer cooking thermometer for home use.  You can read my Thermapen review here.
GrillGrates Gift Kit GrillGrates – $49.99 (on sale from $59.99) + Free Shipping! Interlocking raised rail panels simply lay on top of any grill, gas or charcoal. Eliminates flair-ups, hot spots, and creates lovely grill marks. Great Meat Cookbook The Great Meat Cookbook – $25.51 (on sale from $40) + Free Shipping!  With 100s of  budget-friendly recipes, Aidells provides all the information needed for juicy results every time. SousVide Supreme SousVide Supreme Water Oven – $429 (on sale from $499.95) + Free Shipping!  The SousVide Supreme is the worlds first water oven designed specifically to bring the gourmet sous vide cooking method into home and small restaurant kitchens. Sous vide cooking locks in the flavor and preserves the nutritional quality of whatever food is cooked inside.
The Dark Knight TrilogyThe Dark Knights Trilogy Blu-Ray – $29.96 (on sale from $52.99) + Free Shipping!  DVD is only $19.99.  Includes Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, & The Dark Knight Rises. Home Depot gift card Home Depot gift card – $25, $50, $100, or $200 denominations. Golfing BookHow Short Hitting, Bad Golfers Break 90 All the Time by Fred Fields – $9.99 + Free Shipping on $25 total purchase.  Kindle edition is available for $2.99.  Fred Fields has been playing golf for over half a century. Formerly a 6 handicap golfer, his age has greatly reduced his driving length. But, using these strategies, he still scores in the 80’s.

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Scalp Head Massager Scalp Head Massager – $1.13 + Free Shipping!  relieves tension as it softly massages acupressure points and stimulates sensitive nerves in your scalp. Infinity Diamond NecklaceInfinity Necklace – $47.95 (on sale from $115) + Free Shipping!  Diamond accented in sterling silver. Leopard Scarf Leopard Scarf – $4.38 + Free Shipping!  Warm and comfortable.  Top selling item on Amazon this Christmas!
Vintage Owl PendantVintage Owl Pendant – $1.37 + Free Shipping.  Pendant includes a long bronze chain. Handlebar Mustache Adjustable Ring Handlebar Mustache Adjustable Ring – $1.17 + Free Shipping!  This two finger adjustable ring makes a fun accessory to any outfit. Crystal Peacock Hair Clip Crystal Peacock Hair Clip – $1.55 + Free Shipping!  Gorgeous jeweled hair accessory.
Iphone Owl Cover iPhone 4 Owl Cover – $1.98  This accessory of iPhone4 &4S provides protection by preventing the device from dust and unnecessary scratches. Vintage Rose Pendant Vintage Yellow Rose Pendant Necklace – $3.99 + Free Shipping! Beautiful yellow pendant and a long bronze & alloy chain. Personalized iPhone Covers Personalized iPhone Cover from Shutterfly – $27.96 (on sale from $34.95) Put a face or name on your case.
Starbucks gift card Starbucks gift card – $25 or $50 denominations + $2.99 shipping. Amazon Gift Cards Amazon gift card – You choose the amount, from $10 to $100!  Free shipping. They never expire! Game Stop Game Stop gift card – $25 or $50 demoninations + $2.99 shipping.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDKindle Fire HD – $199 & up.  What can I say about a Kindle?  There is so much!  Visit Amazon for all the info. XBox 360 Membership XBox360 Live Subscription Gold Card – $48.95 (on sale from $59.99) + Free Shipping!  With an Xbox LIVE Gold membership, take your Xbox 360 online to play Kinect and controller games with friends wherever they are. Instantly watch HD movies, TV shows and sports, and with Kinect, your voice is the remote control. Apple iPod Touch 4 Apple iPod Touch 16GB 4th Generation (Current Model) – $194.99 (on sale from $199.99 ) + Free Shipping!  This is the thinnest iPod touch yet. The glass face and stainless steel back provide a clean look and excellent durability.
 Dorm chair Dorm Chair – $53.99 (on sale from $59.99) + $9.99 Shipping.  Comes in multiple colors.  The Big Joe Dorm Chair is one more reason why college is the best four-year of your life. This chair has it all: a drink holder, pocket and easy-carry handle. Don’t wait for college to use it though. You can put it in your bedroom or family room today. Flip Ultra HD Flip UltraHD Video Camera – $172.95 4GB, 1 Hour of video recording.  With its pocket-sized design, UltraHD lets you capture video anytime, anywhere. Whether it’s a lazy afternoon in the park, a family vacation, or a simple everyday moment, your UltraHD will be ready to go. And show off your personality with the Ultra colorful lineup; brilliant white, vibrant magenta and metallic blue. Adult Bean Bag Adult Bean Bag – $78.00 + Free Shipping!  Comes in an array of colors.  Child size also available.  Its comfort per-suede-ion beats new suede shoes. Our Urban Suede features all the richness and beauty of suede derived from the newest fiber technology, 100% pure microdenier polyester fiber. It is perfect for high traffic homes and apartments.
Splash Bowl Splash Bowl – $50.98 (on sale from $64.95) + Free Shipping!  An array of colors to choose from. Unique bowl design.  An unusual and beautiful conversation piece. Soft so that children won’t break it.  Glass Baggie Shaped Bowl Baggie Shaped Glass Bowl – $18.03 (on sale from $20) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Some thingsin life are fleeting. We just use them once, and then relegate them to the trash. Unzippered is designed to celebrate one of those everyday items we take for granted. Rendered in fine hand-blown glass. Unzippered is the temporary made contemporary. Durable borosilicate glass in an individual gift box. Roach Lunch Bags Roach & Fly Lunch Bags – $6.53 (on sale from $8.99) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Lunch bags with a surprise!  There are 24 bags with 2 designs in each box.  These are cute and fun for occasional use.  Expect a laugh whenever they are used.

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Dave Ramsey Kid's Super PackDave Ramsey Kid’s Super Pack For ages 3-12, this includes cool tools for teaching kids about money, including the complete set of Dave’s children’s books each highlighting a different life lesson. Regularly $64.94 (on sale for $34!) ABC What I can Be BookABC What I Can Be! Personalized Book In this whimsical book, your child will explore different careers while learning the alphabet from A to Z. $24.95 Scribblenauts Unlimited Scribblenauts Unlimited for Nintendo 3DS – $39.99 A game for kids of all ages. It helps them exercise their imaginations through a series of puzzles and challenges.
Step 2 Kids Kitchen   The Step2 LifeStyle custom kitchen includes a “stainless steel” oven, a microwave, a refrigerator, a sink with a faucet and a 17-piece accessory set. Complete with sound effects! $79 + Free Shipping Personalized Rag DollPersonalized Rag Doll – $19 (on sale from $22) + Free Shipping!  Choose from 6 different styles and you can personalize the dress with your child’s name. Crayola Play N Fold Art StudioCrayola Play N Fold Art Studio – $22 (on sale from $39) + Free Shipping!  It’s a brightly colored art desk for kids that converts to an easel with an easy-to-clean chalkboard. This kid’s easel desk comes with four sheets of colored paper and an eraser.
Disney Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage Disney Princess Cinderella Transforming Pumpkin Carriage – $34.96 (on sale from $54.99) + Free Shipping! Kids can recreate the magical movie moment from Disney’s Cinderella by transforming a pumpkin into a horse-drawn carriage, and then back into a pumpkin when the clock strikes midnight! Master Moves Mickey Fisher-Price Master Moves Mickey M3 – $49.97 (on sale from $79.99) + Free Shipping!  Mickey dances to a funky beat as he combines over 15 different dance moves into his own original dance combinations. Fisher Price Disney's Jake and Neverland Fisher-Price Disney’s Jake and The Never Land Pirates – $38.90 (on sale from $44.99) + Free Shipping!  Jake’s musical pirate ship, Bucky, sets sail straight from Never Land to your living room!
 Kids Storage Kid’s Storage – $46.97 (on sale from $120) + Free Shipping!  Helps organize tinker toys to craft supplies, this wood frame organizer has 12 plastic bins of varying sizes to keep everything tidy. Dominoes Dominoes – $7.99 + Free Shipping on Amazon.  It’s hard to beat the classics! Qwirkle Qwirkle – $16.98 (on sale from $34.99)  An addictive strategy game that has a simple premise: match tiles and win points. But the real joy of the game lies in plotting and scheming your way to victory. Winner of the Parent’s Choice Gold Award and a Mensa Select National Competition Winner.
Ultra Stomp Rocket Ultra Stomp Rocket – $14.63 (on sale from $19.99)  Stomp Rocket Ultra with 4 Rockets… real foam-tipped rocketry, ready to fly in seconds, up to 200 feet high! Uses no batteries, propellant or other harmful chemicals… just human-powered compressed air. Teaching Cash Register Teaching Cash Register – $35.91 (on sale from $54.99) + Free Shipping!  Ring up the fun with the Teaching Cash Register that helps teach basic math and money skills through creative play. Filled with engaging activities and a drawer stashed with life-size (make-believe) cash, the Teaching Cash Register helps kids make sense of currency with a coin reader that identifies both real and plastic coins. Barbie Fashionista Ultimate Closet Barbie Fashionista Ultimate Closet – $23.49 (on sale from $26.99) + Free Shipping if you spend $25. Includes convenient carrying case, plenty of storage, and 20+ pieces of Barbie fashions, shoes, purses, and hangers
Perplexus Epic Perplexus Epic – $20.99 (on sale from $29.99) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase. Navigate the steel ball along the tracks, through 125 barriers of varying difficulty as you try to defy gravity. Provides hours of challenging, three dimensional fun. Bugged Out Bugged Out – $13.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase. A preschool version of the classic stack and tumble game, players create a pile of bugs and then roll the die and remove them according to the color rolled. Bracelet Making Kit Friendship Bracelet Kit – $20.13 (on sale from $26.99) Kit includes the friendship wheel to simplify the weaving process, 22 different colors of string, beads, needle, and color-coded looms that can be used again and again. Comes in a take-me-anywhere case for easy bracelet making in the car, at your friend’s, and more.
Color n CarryColor n Carry Kit– $10.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Includes jumbo crayons or markers, over 100+ coloring activities and a cleverly designed magnetic closing carry-along case. Book has 72 pages of coloring activities and a place to store the 6 markers included in the pack. Incorporates learning into play.  Disney Princess kit is shown above but there are many different sets to choose from for boys and girls. Alpha PopsAlpha Pops – $14.31 (on sale from $17.99) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Play food that’s also educational too! They feature upper and lower case letters on both sides. Great for letter recognition, beginning spelling, color recognition & matching. The popsicles connect, so kids will work those fine-motor muscles. Boogie Board Writing TabletBoogie Board LCD Writing Tablet– $39.99 + $4.99 Shipping.  To write or draw, use the included stylus or any other non-sharp implement (like the back of a fingernail, a chopstick, or even a thumb). To erase, press the button and start over. Endless fun for kids (and adults too!).  Great for traveling!
Chalkboard PlacematCrayola Doodlebugz Chalkboard Placemat – $13.99 + $4.99 Shipping.  This placemat kids will keep the kids drawing on-the-go. Each chalkboard placemat comes with five pieces of Crayola chalk and a sponge eraser. Made with a durable oilcloth fabric that cleans easily, this is as practical as it is fun.  ColorkuColorku – $31.49 (on sale from $34.99) + Free Shipping!  If you like Sudoku, you’ll love this! It’s fantastic for logical thinking.  A colorful spin on Japanese logic puzzles, this wooden board uses wooden marbles in nine great colors instead of numbers to solve each game. Dont Let the Pigeon Finish this Activity BookDon’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book– $13.59 (on sale from $19.99) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  The Pigeon really, really wants to finish this activity book but that pesky Duckling keeps getting in the way.  Follow the lead as you write, color, draw, and create in this fun-filled book starring the Pigeon and YOU!
Mud Puppy Magnetic Design SetMud Puppy Magnetic Design Set – $16.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Provide hours of portable fun. A hinged tin holds 4 illustrated background scenes on 2 double-sided cards plus 3 sheets of interchangeable magnets. Magnets adhere to the tin to make a million silly faces. Great for play at home or on the go. Felt Mosaic GameFelt Mosaic Game – $18.00 + $4.95 Shipping.  A wonderful introduction to color, form, and design for all children. This game allows your child to exercise their mind with shapes and colors by trying to replicate the images on the cards onto the board. Great for teaching children complex concepts with simple form! Crazy Aaron's Thinking PuttyCrazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty w/ Super Strong Magnet – $13.17 (on sale from $14.95) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  It’s called Thinking Putty because while you play with it, your brain relaxes and opens up to all kinds of creative thinking. Need it? Yes. And you can also knead it. Or bounce it, bend it, tear it, stretch it, snap it, pop it. And it’s magnetic. You get 3.2 oz of dark green putty with iron filings infused in it, plus a 1/2″ cubed rare earth magnet.
Big Bag of ScienceBig Bag of Science –  $27.26 (on sale from $39.99) + Free Shipping!  This kit contains over 60 different experiments in a reusable bag. Blast off with a soda explosion from a Geyser Tube‚ learn about the science of polymers including giant spheres, growing crystals, and Insta-Snow, learn about acids and bases, or even make your own slime… over 70 activities in all! Stormy Seas Balancing GameStormy Seas Balancing Game – $33 (on sale from $39.99) + Free Shipping!  A game of balance.  Players take turns evenly stacking cannon balls, kegs and treasure chests onto the wooden deck of this pirate ship as it rocks and sways. Tip the ship, and you’re sunk!  Game includes boat with flag, 25 cargo pieces and 1 die. Suspend Family GameSuspend Family Game – $15.78 (on sale from $16.99)+ Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  A balancing game that is as easy to understand as it is difficult to master. The game comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces that hang from a stand. With each turn, a new piece is added to the transforming vertical sculpture, causing the balance to shift and the difficulty to increase. Ages 8+.  This game tests your nerves and helps develop hand-eye coordination, cognitive skills, and interpersonal skills.
Tell Tale Fairy TalesTell Tale Fairy Tales – $10.80 + $9.99 shipping.  Ages 5+.  Cards featuring iconic characters like genies and princesses, settings like a castle and forest, and fantastic creatures such as unicorns and dragons, will guide players through their own unique tale. Create a new personalized bedtime story each night. There are 4 different ways to play but no matter how you play it, the wonderful illustrations and library of images will whisk you away to another time and place in just a few words.  Designed for 1-8 players. Great game to help improve language skills, as well as encourage creative thinking and concept imagery.  This is Not My HatThis is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen – $9.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore in the best-selling book. Shrimp Cocktail GameShrimp Cocktail Game – $12.83 (on sale from $14.99) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Keep your eyes peeled as you search the seas for matching shrimp in this hilarious matching party game. The shrimp may share any of 4 traits: color, origin, quantity and size. Be the first to find a match and squeeze the starfish to haul in your catch. These cute little shrimp will surely make you smile. By the time the starfish squeaks you’ll be in stitches!
Lego Kingdoms Chess SetLego Kingdoms Chess Set – $81.95 + Free Shipping!  Ages 6+.  Play chess with minifigures in regal LEGO Kingdoms style!  Build all 32 royal characters on the black and white baseplate board! Put your army in place with their weapons and accessories, then battle with your opponent in a classic game of chess LEGO style! Includes a storage box! World Playground BallWorld Playground Ball – $9.95 + $4.95 shipping.  Plato wrote that the world viewed from above resembles a ball. He was probably referring to our Astro Playground Balls. And he was probably in the middle of a kickball game. Alphapets Origami BookAlphapets Origami Book – $10.36 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Ingenious origami book, without scissors, glue, or past origami experience, readers can turn every letter, from A to Z, into an animal that begins with that letter! A perfect rainy-day activity for parents and kids to do together, the instructions are clear and simple enough that children ages six+ can assemble them on their own, but the designs are so fun that adults will also want in on the fun.
Potholder Loom Kit Potholder Loom Kit – $14.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  Weave colorful potholders with this sturdy metal loom and the pot will probably call the kettle jealous.  Refill kit available for $4.99. Shadow Puppets Castle Shadow Puppets Castle Theme – $19.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  Other themes available.  Gathers some of your favorite fairy tale figures and scenery so you can put on a play that even Rumpelstiltskin would enjoy. Comes with nine paper shadow puppets on sticks including: a king, princess, prince, donkey, fairy, dragon, witch and a forest and castle for scenery Fingerprint Art Set Fingerprint Art Set – $12.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  Ages 3+ How about a big hand for this set that lets kids turn their fingerprints into works of art. Just press a finger on the inkpad, push it on a piece of paper, then add faces, hands, feet and accessories with the included stamps and colored pencils.
Offline Tweets Bird Whistle Offline Tweets Bird Whistle – $1.25 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  I had one of these whistles as a kid and I loved it for years!  One toot on our bird whistle and your kid will be atwitter with excitement. Just fill with water and blow in the mouthpiece to hear it chirp. Crystal Crayons Crystal Crayons – $8.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  I love shaped crayons but often they don’t have a pointy end for those times you need coloring precision.  Bringing these uniquely shaped crayons to arts and crafts time will undoubtedly make you popular. Bringing them to a pawn shop in the hopes that they’re real crystal might make you feel foolish. ABC Flashy Flash Cards ABC Flashy Flash Cards – $12.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  Teach children animal names and the alphabet with these beautifully illustrated flash cards. Each set is held together with a removable ring. Take them on trips or use them as decorative wall art.
Baby Buff Rattle Baby Buff Rattle – $9.95 = $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  I just think this is adorable!  Enjoy a break from spitting up with a little bit of beefing up. Uniquely shaped dumbbell rattle has natural handgrips and is filled with tiny plastic chips that’ll stimulate your child’s curiosity. Off Broadway Puppet Theater Off Broadway Puppet Theater – $39.99 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  The Off Broadway Puppet Theater presents: whatever imaginative tale your kids can tell. Starring: easy to set up, tie-back curtains that can be let down to hide pre-performance and intermission preparations. First Crayons First Crayons – $5.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible. Triangular shaped so they’ll always stay on the table and at arm’s reach.  Their shape and size make them the ideal crayons for little hands. Plus, there are no wrappers in sight. Every inch is made of smooth, vivid color that transfers onto paper, but not onto hands or clothing.  I need to add these to my little girl’s wish list!
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas DVDThe Cat in The Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas DVD – $8.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  ‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard. When the party was over, and the guests all departed one poor baby reindeer was left broken-hearted! Can the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and the Fish help make come true little Ralph’s Christmas wish? To be with his family, in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. Will you help see him home? Come be our guests, please! Muppet Band Aids

Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages Featuring the Muppets – $5.97 + Free Shipping if you have Amazon Prime.  Save an additional 5% if you purchase through Subscribe & Save.  This includes 3 boxes with 20 Band-Aids in each!

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For those w/ everything

Starbucks gift card Starbucks gift card – $25 or $50 denominations + $2.99 shipping. Amazon Gift Cards Amazon gift card – You choose the amount, from $10 to $100.  Free shipping.  They never expire! Outback Steakhouse gift cardOutback Steakhouse gift card – Available in $25, $50, or $100 denominations. May also be used at Carrabbas, Flemmings, BoneFish Grill, & Roy’s.
Personalized iPhone CoversPersonalized iPhone Cover from Shutterfly – $27.96 (on sale from $34.95) Put a face or name on your case. Ultimate Screen Care Kit Ultimate Screen Care Kit – $24.99 Clean all high-tech screens and media with one kit. Personalized Christmas Ornaments Personalized Photo Christmas Ornaments from Shutterfly – price varies $12.79-$23.99
Hulu Plus LogoHulu Plus – $7.99 a month. In addition to Hulu’s other great programming they’ve added a Kid’s Hub! Hulu Kids is available on menus across all Hulu Plus-compatible devices, bringing a kid-friendly environment to the living room and handheld devices The Dead Celebrity Cookbook The Dead Celebrity Cookbook – $12.36 (on sale from $19.95) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase. If you’ve ever fantasized about feasting on Frank Sinatra’s Barbecued Lamb, lunching on Lucille Ball’s “Chinese-y Thing,” or wrapping your lips around Rock Hudson’s cannoli – and really, who hasn’t? – hold on to your oven mitts! A Christmas Story night light Christmas Story Nightlight – $11.49 (on sale from $19.95).  This will light the way to the bathroom on cold winter nights with a whimsical leg lamp!  Brighten your sleeping home with a little spark of movie magic!
Money SoapMoney Soap – $11.85 If you ever needed an incentive to wash your hands, this is it. The kids will be soaping up like there’s no tomorrow with this delightfully scented, translucent soap containing either a $1, $5, $10, $20, or even a $50 bill! Now that’s good clean money! Bart & Judy's Gourmet Chocolate Chip CookiesBart & Judy’s Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies – $29.99 These tasty cookies of the chocolatey variety are baked with the only the finest, natural and real ingredients. Nothing fake. No hydrogenated oils, trans-fats, preservatives, or convoluted ingredients you can’t pronounce. Bacon Flavored Dental FlossBacon Flavored Dental Floss – $6.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  White elephant gift maybe?  What else is there to say about bacon flavored dental floss?
PetHoliday Disney ToysPetHoliday Disney Toys from PetSmart – $5.59 (on sale from $7.99).  These soft, adorable friends from Disney are looking for new homes. Durable tug rope attached at bottom, great for tugging. They even squeak when you press their heads, great holiday entertainment for the pup you love. A PetSmart exclusive. Luv My BoxLuv My Box – $34.95 a month *Note: This is a box that you should only give your spouse and not just any old relative or friend.*  This is a fun monthly subscription service that sends special surprises every month to help spice things up and keep the romance burning.  No need to be embarrassed shopping online, no need to go to the store.  Luv My Box will send you a discrete box every month full of products for you and your loved one to try out.  I like the convenience factor, the low price, and the change of routine. Your spouse will thank you! Catnip Cat ToyCatnip Cat Toy from PetSmart – $14.99 + Free Shipping with $50 total purchase.  This cat toy will captivate your pet!  Your cat will push and bat at the ball to watch it spin around and around.  Plus, this “cyclone” holds catnip – extra fun for your kitty! A PetSmart exclusive.
Snow Globe Salt and Pepper SetSnow Globe Salt & Pepper Set – $11.88 (on sale from $12) + $5.95 shipping.  A polar bear and a black bear make for an inspirational twist on a classic design.

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Gifts that Give

Veggie Tales DVDVeggie Tales Incredible Vegetables DVD– $50 Help where it’s needed most … AND get a gift for yourself or someone you care about! With your gift of $50 or more to our Maximum Impact Fund — which provides for the unique needs of children and families worldwide — you will receive you will receive the newest VeggieTales DVD, The League of Incredible Vegetables. Honduras Children ReadingBooks – $8 The book you give through ChildFund’s Gifts of Love and Hope program will be cherished by the child in Honduras who receives it. Not only that, your gift will help the child read better and learn to love reading as well. The title of your book will be selected based on the needs and interests of the child who will receive it, so you can be confident your gift will be used and enjoyed!  There are many other gift options available too!

So, what are you waiting for?  Dig deep and give to these wonderful charities this Christmas.


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Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl, and she is the main voice behind Embracing Beauty.


  1. Beeb Ashcroft says

    Awesome gift ideas!

  2. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says

    I’m actually interested in three things from your list. Excellent ideas!

  3. 2Wired2Tired says

    What a great gift guide! An iPod Touch is on our wish list too.

  4. The Rebel Chick Jenn says

    That spoonula set is so cool!

  5. Mellisa Swigart says

    That’s great gift guide. I could really use that Dyson.

  6. That is an awesome gift list. I want the dyson too.

  7. wow what a great lineup! I love the Dyson! And the Necklace!

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