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It’s that time again, kids! With Black Friday looming ahead, you may want to get your lists ready quickly. In my world, a great gift can be either inexpensive or on the pricier side, but it has to be a gift that the receiver truly loved. In the case of gifts for kids, it has to be a gift that didn’t disappear just a few days after Christmas. While this list is all about shopping, head on over here if you are looking for activities with the kiddos on my 25 Days of Christmas post. If all else fails, there’s always wine and chocolate. Happy Shopping!

Bourbon Advent Calendar: I bought this for my husband last year and he loved it. He had just started to get into bourbon and this was a great little sampler to help him decide which bottles to invest in. Bourbon not your thing? They have plenty of other options like tequila, scotch, or vodka. Please drink responsibly. Or not. I probably won’t know about it.

Nixplay Seed Frame: grandparents from everywhere absolutely love this frame! If they aren’t tech savvy, you can even set it up for them. It allows the account user (me) to upload recent pics right from my phone to the frame in real time. They constantly have new images in their frame that rotate while it’s on. Such a great gift for those without smartphones (like my mom) and those you don’t see very often. There is a slightly larger size, but this one seemed to work just fine!

V-Tech Kidizoom Camera: This was my daughter’s second favorite present from Christmas TWO YEARS AGO and she still uses it almost every day. I’m not big on electronics (see my post about screen time here), so this was a great alternative. It has voice recording, camera function, video recording ability, and a few games. She spends most of her time recording ridiculous sound effects, and taking unflattering photos of me in the morning. It takes four AA batteries and they seem to last a long time. For just under $30, this camera was well worth the purchase price! Looking for some STEM-specific gifts? You can check out my post on that here.

L.L. Bean Unshrinkable Tee: my husband is a self-professed “regular guy.” Translation? He wears a standard uniform of jeans and t-shirts all weekend long. These shirts are well made and do not shrink. I have purchased tees from just about everywhere, and this are the best we have ever purchased. They are made from a thick cotton, they don’t wrinkle and fit nicely. These shirts can really withstand lots of outdoor activity and many washes.

Memberships: Memberships are the gifts that keep on giving. They are perfect for families with small children, especially for those winter months when funds are low and the weather is dreary. If you cannot find a membership option, many kid-friendly places will have a punch card for a certain number of classes.  Buy a few and the child will get to go a few times! If you are local, these are some of my favorite places that offer either memberships or gift cards.

CT Science Museum in Hartford

The Giggling Pig

Playtime with Cindy (get a discount with my special code BAAMPLAYTIME)

Edibles or Perishables: I’m obsessed with these cookies from Cheryl’s Cookies. Each cookie comes individually wrapped so they keep well. These cookies are both delicious and beautiful. These treats ship all over the US, so they are perfect for those friends and family members who don’t live nearby! The best part? No need to find a space for this gift! Cookies don’t seem to last too long in our home.

Family Photo Shoot: So many families struggle with investing in family photos. There’s always the notion that you will have someone take a great picture at an event and then it doesn’t actually happen. If you give someone a gift certificate for a photo shoot, they will have to make an appointment to get their family together.  It doesn’t even have to be a holiday photo shoot. In fact, most photographers book up pretty quickly during this time of the year. Getting the whole family together in the spring or summer is still a great way to preserve those memories!  If you’re local, you can check out my favorite, Derek Sterling Photography here

Personalized Gear: Something personalized is always great when you can’t think of something unique.  Personalized gifts always let the recipient know that you spent time on selecting their gift!  Moms always love cool mugs and water bottles and what is cuter than a personalized onesie or tote for a little one?  I have been buying from two of my favorites listed here.  Both offer local pickup or ship through their Etsy shops!  Definitely worth a look.  Don’t forget to get your order in early, as many shops like these have deadlines for shipping before Christmas.

Lakeside Creations

The Little Star Company

While there are lots of gift options out there, these just happen to be my personal favorites. I would love to hear about some of yours!

This post was originally posted on November 14, 2017 and updated November 19, 2018

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