Find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season with this easy to use shopping guide. From puppy to papa, you will find fun ideas for products that have been poked, prodded, played with and tested for quality to make your holiday shopping experience enjoyable and easy. The Examiner Parenting Panel is made up of moms, dads, teachers, aunts, uncles and grandmas and grandpas who take the time to collaborate ideas and evaluate gifts to make your season of shopping a little easier. Just click through any image and you can knock out your Christmas list from the comfort of your sofa.
This list is exclusive of toys-for the hottest toys out this year check out the fabulous Parenting Panel’s best toys of 2015 toy review.
The Lil’ Davinci Art Frames
The Lil’ Davinci Art Frames available at Hearthsong are the perfect gift for parents and grandparents of young artists who are all too familiar with the fact that eventually the wall space will run out and you won’t be able to find the refrigerator door handle! With this frame, you can store up to 50 pieces of art and rotate them to the front for display without ever needing to remove the frame from the wall by using a cabinet latch. Children are proud to see their beautiful masterpieces displayed in this frame that protects and elevates their work. The frames are available in 12 x 18 ($40) and 8-1/2″ x 11 ($30), include a bevel cut mat and can be hung vertically or horizontally.
Luxe throw blanket
This Luxe Throw Blanket from Soma is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Who wouldn’t want a blanket that is beautiful, edgy yet elegant, and incredibly soft and cozy? It is made well and will stay soft through years of cuddling under and machine washing. You can find the Luxe Throw for around $67 during the holiday sales. It features a plush texture on one side and a microcuddle texture on the other side. There will be no pilling or clumping with this gorgeous blanket measuring 52″ X 72″.
UV Skinz pullover hoodies
This is a gift you will feel great about giving. The pullover hoodies from UV Skinz are available in sizes and colors for everyone in the family. Men, women, girls and boys will love wearing their comfortable hoodies anywhere. The design of the shirt is an easy fit and you will feel good about the fact that your family is wearing UV protection clothing!
UV Skinz was created after founder and CEO, Rhonda Sparks, lost her 32 year old husband, Darren, to melanoma. The devastating loss of Darren, as well as being left to raise their three young boys on her own, gave Rhonda the drive to create a sun protective product line (sizes 3mo – 4XL) for the entire family that would protect men, women, and children from harmful UV radiation while they enjoy time spent outdoors. By providing the highest quality and fashionable designs at competitive prices, UV Skinz aims to make sun protection easy and effortless for everyone, and ultimately hopes to get children and families covered worldwide.
The Cover-Up dress from UV Skinz will be a favorite for the women and teenagers on your list. Fashion meets function with these cover ups that come in short or long lengths and a variety of colors and patterns. Besides the certified UPF 50+, the easy fit for most body types make this cover-up special. It is fashionable with an adjustable drawstring empire waist and is appropriate to be worn from the pool to a casual restaurant. It features the quality that comes with UVSkinz products and is chlorine and salt water resistant for $49.95.
Tower of Treats
The Harry & David Holiday Towers of Treats are perfect for anyone on your list, particularly someone out of town, foodies, a hostess or “he who has everything”. Harry & David offers a variety of Holiday Towers featuring sweet or savory and different price points. Our favorite is the Grand Holiday of Treats Gift Tower.
The packaging of the tower is beautiful, complete with a bow and holiday ornament. As you open each piece of the tower the excitement grows with the discovery of delectable treats including the signature Royal Riviera Pears, milk chocolate moose munch gourmet popcorn, white cheddar cheese, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, raspberry gallets, an amazing chocolate decadence cake, delicious baklava, chocolate cherries, truffles and smoked salmon-yumm!
Cool Nights Pajama Gift Sets
You knew pajamas had to make the list! Who doesn’t love a new cozy set of pj’s? The Soma Cool Nights Pajama gift sets ($49) are our favorite this year. They are well made with stay-cool technology and are incredibly comfortable. We love that they come in a variety of colors and patterns and are available with a short or long inseam. These pj’s will last through many wearings and washings without pilling or fading and are sure to be a favorite for the ladies on your gift list.
Wind Pro Auto-open/Auto-close umbrella
When is a practical gift the perfect gift? When El Nino is knocking at your door, and that practical gift is a wind resistant, automatic umbrella! The new Wind Pro Auto-open/Auto-close umbrella from Shed Rain is so much more than just a standard umbrella. It is very sturdy and features an aerodynamic design to prevent it from blowing inside out and to block side-rain. It is available in a jumbo size ($51) that will protect two people, or in the compact size ($41) and a variety of fun yet sophisticated colors. The cases on the jumbo size include an adjustable shoulder strap and the compact size case has a snap on swivel hook to easily transport.
Le Creuset Dutch Oven
People who love to cook love Le Creuset products. They are beautiful from stove to table, durable and offer a lifetime guarantee. The Dutch Oven from Le Creuset is an elevated kitchen essential that comes in a variety of colors and capacities ranging from 1 quart to 13.25 quarts. They are made in France and cast individually in sand molds then hand-inspected by French artisans. They are available online as well as at local retailers including Sur La Table, Macys and Williams-Sonoma.
A clever stocking stuffer, Hipfit Backpack Hangers allow kids to personalize their backpacks, travel bags, purses-the options are limitless! They can choose a Hipfit ($7.99) that expresses their personality or mood and easily attach it to anything to show their style and add flair and pizazz to their accessories.
My Sing-Along Book and Personalized Music
The new My Sing-Along Book from I See Me! is a special keepsake that will be cherished forever. Your loved one will be one of the first to have it as it was just released last month. This set ($40) comes with a music CD, digital download of the music and a book all personalized with your child’s name. It is a wonderful gift for children of all ages-babies will love to listen to the fun songs and pre-schoolers will enjoy reading the lyrics while following along with the music in their beautifully illustrated book. We love that this set uses music to help encourage children to learn to read. The order process is easy, allowing shoppers to view each page of the book cover to cover.
aden + anais baby bath wrap
The aden + anais baby bath wrap stays super soft after many washings. It is made of high quality plush terry and is cute and cozy. The bath wrap is mindfully designed with a cotton muslin hood that is just the right size to fit on baby’s head without falling over their face like most other baby bath wraps. The design is patented and includes a bottom flap to tuck in tiny toes for $34.95. Check the website for deep holiday discounts!
Twinkle Gift Set
Not sure if it is a girl or a boy? Overcome with pink and blue in your nursery? We love the gender-neutral twinkle design from aden+anais. The twinkle gift set ($49.95) includes two swaddles and a cuddle toy called a lovey that are made from a durable and breathable soft fabric called muslin. The lovey is a sweet twist on a security blanket that baby can squeeze, cuddle, chew and carry around without having loads of extra material dragging on the floor getting dirty. Swaddles have been proven to help baby sleep, mimicking the feel of being in the womb. You can learn how to swaddle quickly and easily here. In addition, swaddles can be used as a burp cloth, stroller cover up, tummy time blanket, nursing cover or changing table cover.
JJ Rabbit Ergo Fork & Spoon
Fill little ones’ stockings with the easy to grip JJ Rabbit Ergo Fork & Spoon. The ergonomic shape includes an angled handle and curved tip that will set children up for successful right-handed self feeding and minimize mess. ($4.49) The set is available in blue, green, red and orange.
JJ Rabbit Cuppies
JJ Rabbit Cuppies are a fun stocking stuffer for children 12 months and older who are ready to transition from a sippy cup to a regular cup. The little cup features tiny handles just right for tiny hands and a fun surprise at the bottom of the cup! We love the unique design featuring frogs, penguins, piglets or rabbits, and that is dishwasher safe, bpa free and made from plants for $7.49.
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Sparkle Fairy Wings Lounge Pillow
The Sparkle Fairy Wings Lounge Pillow is exclusive to Hearthsong, and is perfect for children to cuddle up to read a book in or to sit and play with back support. It is very well made with super soft material on the outside that is stuffed enough to provide substantial support for sitting up. When children sit back in the lounge pillow they instantly become a fairy with beautiful wings behind them. Every attention is paid to detail in the design of this lounge pillow-we love the word “believe” embroidered in silver along the wing. The lounge pillow costs approximately $45. If dinosaurs are more your child’s thing, check out the Chomposaurus Dino Chair.
UltraSlings Fetch Game
Your four legged babies will love to play with the new UltraSlings Fetch Game by Chuckit! This new heavy duty sling launches a rubber dart (with the help of a human) for dogs to chase. The intuitive design incorporates a spin to increase the distance the dart goes. We love that it is durable enough for large dogs to play with and gives them the opportunity to exercise without wearing out their person.
Hungry Hungry Hippos Game
This classic Hungry Hungry Hippos game will bring hours upon hours of fun for the whole family. It is easy to play-simply get your Hippo to chomp the most marbles or the golden marble and you win! The nature of the game increases social and motor skills, count the marbles and practice math while you are at it. Hungry Hungry Hippos is available at many retailers and online for approximately $15.
Experience anticipation on every turn with the new Pie Face! game from Hasbro. Who will get a sweet surprise on their turn? The game is fun and silly and easy to play. Do you have an in-law that you would love to see pie faced? Pull this game out after a holiday dinner! It can be played with whipped cream or just with a wet sponge (included). It is not as messy as you might think when using whipped cream, unless the people playing decide to take it to a different level! Pull out this game after a holiday meal and create some funny memories for under $20.