It’s that time of year – shopping season. If you found Black Friday to be disappointing, or simply didn’t get enough $5 fleece pants for everyone on your list, check out some of my favorite products and sites (and a few new ones), below. I only recommend products I have actually tried myself, and I always welcome your comments and questions about anything I’ve mentioned. Enjoy the holiday season!
This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on one of these links and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting my blog in this way!
To me, Jane.com is like a cross between Zulily and Etsy. They have items from smaller independent retailers, which are available at a discount in limited quantities and for a limited time. They have a wide variety of whimsical and unique items, ranging from baby clothes to women’s fashion and home décor. Any day will provide a different selection of items to choose from. I ordered three items initially, and the first one arrived within three days. The personalized sign I ordered took about nine days, and was perfect! I also got a cute fall tunic which I’ve gotten lots of compliments on already. Check them out and maybe you’ll find a gift for the hard-to-shop-for person in your life.
Ok. So, in all fairness, I can’t say we’ve really been able to try this out as extensively as we’d like. I ordered EzPz’s all-in-one placemat and plate in the mini/travel size for our 11-month-old. It didn’t really fit well on his highchair tray (we have the Keekaroo, which has a small tray size and is made of wood). I did still put it on there, and it overhangs by just a little bit. I think the suctioning design, meant to keep the bowl in place, would work better on an actual couter top or more traditional plastic highchair tray. I put in my son’s Cheerios and he actually ate them without getting the tray off. He has, on other occasions, taken it off, though. It is made of a silicone and seems to double as a teether for his purposes (my son tries to eat EVERYTHING!). As he grows, the tray will get him accustomed to eating more table foods and doing so on his own. For now, he is into everything, and this bowl/placemat is no exception. It is part kitchen ware/part fun teether toy. If you have a more laid back baby than mine, it may work very well for you! I think it would also be a great travel item, as it cleans easily and comes in its own vinyl carrying case.
UPDATE: We purchased a regular Graco highchair with plastic tray (it has a 5-point harness, which we REALLY need at this point) and the EzPz works much better, suctioning well to the tray (see below).
Ann Williams Craft-Tastic Kits
As a kid, I loved craft projects. Of course, I had to go through the process of figuring out what I needed for each project. Now there are websites that do it for you, so you aren’t running your kids around Michaels trying to find random supplies. Ann Williams in one such service. Craft kits arrive at your door, ready to entertain your kids. You can search for items based on the age of your children. My 12-year-old niece tried out the Glitter Bowls and the Tassel Necklace kits. She actually enjoyed the bowl set more than the necklace set, as she said that one was a bit difficult (both kits said they were intended for ages 13 and up). You can order items individually or get a monthly subscription box (available for ages 6 and up) – a great gift idea for that hard-to-please and easily bored kid on your list!
I’ve been shopping at Fanatics for years. My husband is a die-hard fan of several teams, as are his parents, and I can always find something that features his teams’ logo. Last year, I got building block sets that were likenesses of several Red Sox players. My husband enjoyed putting them together with our son, and now displays these figures in his man cave. If you have a sports fanatic in your family, and you think they have every team jersey available, check out Fanatics. You may just find something there that they don’t yet have. And be sure to get on their mailing list. They run a lot of good sales at the holidays!
I’ve been a subscriber to Ipsy, a subscription beauty supply service, for several years and probably have more make-up than I’ll ever need. Even so, I decided to try out Love Goodly, which offers beauty supplies that are vegan and eco-friendly. Above is my first month’s selection of items. These boxes are basically a way for merchants to get their products in front of a new audience, so most products are sample sizes. The box price was $29.95, and I paid extra for the tea (in the red box), which was an add-on item. I’ve enjoyed trying out the samples, which included a blueberry facial mask and roll-on essential oil to help with relaxation and sleep. Side note – Ipsy is only $10 per month and comes with a cute little make-up bag, and also sends you five items, so if price is your deciding factor, well, there you go. But it might be fun to try out Love Goodly once or twice (or even more, if vegan products are important to you!).
Next month, I’ll be trying out Le Tote clothing rental service and Emily Rey Paper & Gifts. Stay tuned for that!