Welcome to my first ever Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway!! I’m super excited that I’m even able to offer this to all of you, my wonderful readers. I was only expecting a handful of companies to feature, but amazingly I received such great feedback and have so many great businesses to share with you. Here’s the list of all of the companies I adore and better yet, starting very soon each company will have their own post, so you can learn more about them, and offer you a great giveaway from their products and services. Can’t you wait?!?!
So go on, check out these great companies, if you have questions or feedback please leave a note in the comments! Don’t you like my cute button? Bee sure to put one on your blog/website to get extra entries to the giveaways! Also check out the, “Find them here” links and be sure to follow for additional entries during our giveaways, plus it’s always nice to support great companies. Click more to read about each company and there may even be some great discounts as well!For Her:
Lisa J Lehmann is a Grand Rapids, MI based jewelry artist. She counts it a privilege to have been gifted with a creative spirit. Lisa seeks beauty in all things and appreciates the endless potential of blending color, shape and texture. Her work is soft & fluid. She enjoys the intricate, delicate, subtle forms which impart a refined femininity. Each StudioJewel original is personally conceptualized and designed by Lisa. Meticulously handcrafted using the finest materials, each piece is designed to enhance the natural beauty and elegance of the metal and stones.
Studio Jewel is offering 15% off and FREE SHIPPING for MommyB Knows Best readers, so be sure to tell her we sent you!
Mary Kay – Courtney Hawke
Courtney is a Senior Sales Consultant with Mary Kay. Her company goal is to provide customers with superior service and quality products that they cannot get anywhere else. All of the products are backed with a 100% guarantee, in fact, the Timewise Miracle Set was recently awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval! As always, Courtney is offering free shipping to all MommyB Knows Best readers and new customers will receive 10% off their entire purchase and quality for a free facial!
Find Mary Kay – Courtney Hawke here: http://www.marykay.com/courtneyhawke, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt is the modern mom’s way to safely and comfortably play music, lullabies, audio books, or any recorded sounds to her baby in the womb. Simply plug Lullabelly into your iPod, Smartphone, CD player or any MP3 player. We also include the sound splitter and earphones so mom or dad can listen too! Lullabelly is extremely soft, adjustable, lightweight, and machine washable.
Find Lullabelly here: http://www.lullabelly.com,
Looking to have irresistibly kissable lips this holiday season or are you in need of the perfect little gift for a friend or even yourself? To celebrate the winter season and help bring the holiday spirit to you, Softlips® is offering their limited edition Holidays 5-Pack of lip conditioners – Sugar & Spice, Winter Mint, Sugar Cookie, Sugar Plum Berry, and Mint with a Hint of Vanilla.
Now through out the holiday/winter season, the Holidays 5-Pack – Sugar & Spice, Winter Mint, Sugar Cookie, Sugar Plum Berry, and Mint with a Hint of Vanilla– will be available exclusively in the new Softlips online store, www.softlips.com, for $9.99.
No power? No problem! Re-charging a cell phone, camera, iPod, etc. when you are away from a power outlet has never been easier now with the new iGo Charge Anywhere. This small, sleek and powerful charger can fit in your pocket plus simultaneously charges two devices even when you are not plugged into a power source. The iGo Charge Anywhere also doubles as a wall charger to replenish its integrated internal battery so that you can charge all of your devices with one single charger, freeing up precious luggage space!
Prank PacksTM are gift boxes that appear to house the most ridiculous products imaginable. “We understand that most gift boxes are boring and that gift bags are just plain evil. Therefore, we decided to continue to make Prank Packs in 2010,” said Arik Nordby, Creative Director at 30 Watt. Previously, Mr. Nordby teamed with The Onion to design the first ever fake gift boxes. “The real gift is placed inside, then wrapped.” said Nordby. “Then you just sit back, watch them open it and revel in their half-hearted enthusiasm!” “And with six box sides of unique humor, it gets passed around and really helps move Aunt Linda’s party along. Creating “stuff you never knew you needed” like the Prank PackTM, Party Pleas Pints and BogeyProTM Golf brand products, 30 Watt also works with Someecards and Will Ferrell’s charitable line.
For the Kids:Little Gym of Huntersville / Lake Norman
The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman is owned and operated by Pete and Kim Kusiak and has several amazing staff members who teach children from ages 4 months to 12 years the importance of non-competitive, individualized learning at the child’s pace. Not only are they learning physical skills but learning how to socialize, and have self confidence.
Little Gym offers several classes from dance to gymnastics, karate and more. They also have Parent Survival Nights, Day Camps, Birthday Parties, Membership Loyalty Programs, and tout a very liberal make-up policy with class flexibility. Be sure to contact them for your activity needs.
Find The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman here: https://www.thelittlegym.com/huntersvillelakenormannc/Pages/default.aspx, and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Huntersville-NC/The-Little-Gym-of-HuntersvilleLake-Norman/173415598491
Inspired by Ludorum’s popular train-centric series seen daily in the U.S. on Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney programming block(check local listings), Learning Curve’s new Chuggington die-cast toy line is launching exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores across the country and online at Toysrus.com this holiday season.With a wide assortment of collectible Chuggington characters and exciting playsets, children can recreate favorite Chuggington episodes or imagine new adventures. All Chuggington Die-Cast engines feature durable die-cast construction, realistic decoration and secure front-and-back couplings, making train play easy and fun! Complete playsets enhance the imaginative fun, making every Chuggington Die-Cast experience “traintastic!”
Find Learning Curve/Chuggington playset here: http://www.learningcurve.com, http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4380512, http://twitter.com/chuggington, and http://www.facebook.com/chuggington
Let’s Go Chipper
Stephanie Rach-Wilson created Let’s Go Chipper with an interest in getting children and families back into the great outdoors. Chipper’s nature inspired stories are eco-educational and correlated to national academic standards in arts and literature, science, and social skills. Nature Deficit Disorder, Juvenile Diabetes, ADHD and other disorders that affect children both physically and mentally have an association to a sedentary life spent in front of computers and TV. Chipper encourages children to explore and play which helps promote physical activity and environmental conscientiousness.
Find Let’s Go Chipper here: http://www.letsgochipper.com/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lets-Go-Chipper/82995337281, and http://twitter.com/letsgochipper
Dipe N’ Go
The Dipe N’ Go portable changing mat has been specially designed to hold everything a parent on the go needs to take care of their child’s diaper changing needs! This all in one “changing station” is made of soft, machine washable fabric which has multiple pockets for everything from spare diapers to powder and wipes. Dipe N’ Go has been Parent Tested Parent Approved and recently won the Creative Child Magazine Top Choice for car accessories and diaper changing.
Find Dipe N’ Go here: http://www.Dipengo.com, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dipe-n-Go/171951277269, and http://twitter.com/dipengo
Agoo® is uniquely styled athletic wear for urban kids. It is functional, fashionable and makes being a kid a lot more fun. It is not cutesy or cartoony. It is what you would wear yourself, comfortable and chic, but for kids on the move living healthy lifestyles. Our key component is our fabrics. They contain a strong UV protected finish, blocking out any harmful ultra violet rays. No matter how many times you wash it or expose it to sunlight or saltwater, the protection is always there. We felt this made an ideal fabric so we developed a complete line that would allow your kids to stay out and play a little longer.
Agoo is giving MommyB Knows Best Readers two great discounts. At Agoo4u.com you can get 40% off using the code mb40off now through January 1, 2011. Also check out their site motherofasale.com and enter the code (to be updated) for 10% off through December 1, 2010.
Our unique design helps your child put on their socks with ease. Reinforced loops give tiny fingers a strong grip for pulling over tiny toes. Cute animal faces act as a guide, showing them which way is up. Non-skid bottoms make EZ SOX safer on slippery surfaces. Made seamless for sensitive toes EZ SOX comes in a variety of the cutest animals and solids.
No Slippy Hair Clippy
Browse our store http://www.hairclippy.com to see the latest fall fashions, just in time for the holiday season!”
No Slippy Hair Clippy is offering MommyB Knows Best readers 15% off purchases $30 or more (Exclusions: Gifts & Retired Styles) through November 23, 2010, use code: MOMMYB1116. Also, all purchases $50+ receive free First Class USPS shipping (domestic orders only).
For the Family
Find Discovery Place Inc here: http://www.discoveryplacekids.org/, http://www.discoveryplace.org/, http://www.charlottenaturemuseum.org/, http://www.facebook.com/DiscoveryPlace and http://twitter.com/discoveryplace
Barbara Payne Photography
With Barbara Payne Photography you’ll find that taking pictures is fun. From silly childrens shoots, to beautiful family portraits, sweet newborn shots, professional head shots and more Barbara Payne Photography is professional yet down-to-earth. Being a mom herself she has the patience and understanding that some photographers just don’t have.
Check out her Holiday Mini Session starting at $125. Includes sitting fee, 25 holiday cards, several prints, and a high resolution CD.
Find Barbara Payne Photography here: http://www.barbarapaynephoto.com, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Concord-NC/Barbara-Payne-Photography/105055559525495 and http://www.barbara-photographer.blogspot.com/
Give the gift of service along with tips on finding a nanny for your family in the book “The Nanny Factor: A Parent’s Guide to Finding The Right Nanny for Your Family”. We are finding here at Care4hire.com that purchasing gift certificates to hire a caregiver is a sensational gift. Families can hire a sitter for their needs; whether it be pampering themselves, getting shopping done without the kids or enjoying time with their significant other as a couple – and knowing the children are in good hands. Other services include housekeepers, tutors, pet sitters, elder/companion care and other miscellaneous service. Gift certificates may be purchased at https://www.care4hire.com/gift-certificate/buy-gc.asp
A gift to go along with that is “The Nanny Factor: A Parent’s Guide to Finding the Right Nanny for Your Family”. This book gives you the edge in interviewing, hiring and keeping a nanny that is perfect for your family. https://www.nannies4hire.com/book/purchase-the-nanny-factor.asp
D. Young Photography
D. Young Photography is located in Kannapolis, NC and owned by Desirae Young. She works with families, weddings, engagements, newborns, children, events & much more. Desirae not only works in Kannapolis but travels to surrounding areas for photo shoots, working indoor and outside.
D. Young Photography is offering 1 hour family sessions for $75 which includes 50-100 fully edited images on a high resolution cd & a private online proof viewing. To book your appointment or to check out more of her work log onto www.dyoungphoto.com
Find D. Young Photography here: http://www.dyoungphoto.com or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kannapolis-NC/D-Young-Photography/64458992552
Our best-in-class, free downloadable software makes it simple to create beautiful products with your digital photos that capture memories of everyday life or special events such as weddings, vacations, graduations and more.
With Picaboo, the creative options are endless. As with all Picaboo products, pages for both photo books and calendars are fully customizable, allowing users to get the desired look they want with easy drag-and-drop functionality. Search more than 20,000 free backgrounds, embellish photos with unique corners, and use the eye-dropper tool to match backgrounds with contrasting colors in photos. This year, make something truly unique that family and friends will cherish.
For Home:Willow House
Willow House with Nanci’s website contains over 100 products for you to choose from and you don’t have to attend a party to enjoy all of the great sales. Enjoy your own monthly special by purchasing $39.96 and getting one item $39.96 or lower for 50% off!
Give Willow House gifts to teachers, friends, family and neighbors. Willow House carries a variety of products that come in sets. Break sets into individual gifts to maximize cost! Take advantage of hosting parties whether in your home or our newest form of partying- hosting a virtual party. Check out November specials here: http://bit.ly/aYfBvM
Scentsy is a Wickless Candle System. Each Scentsy warmer houses a low-watt light bulb that heats to melt a fragrant Scentsy wickless candle bar. No flame, no soot, no smoke, no lead! A Scentsy bar contains as much fragrant oil as a 12oz jar candle-at a fraction of the cost. You can choose from over 80 different scents. Scentsy also offers room sprays, car freshners, and much more.
All MommyBKnowsBest fans, place an order of at least $20 and get a free scentsy bar (Value $5.00)
Find Scentsy-Tracey Rominger here: http://www.traceyrominger.scentsy.us or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Huntersville-NC/Tracey-Rominger-Independent-Scentsy-Consultant/155266421174599
Zippo may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of holiday gifts or stocking stuffers, but they have a full range of product which would make the perfect gift, especially for the person who seems to have just about everything. I’d like to quickly touch on one of these products – the Zippo Candle Lighter
Zippo’s Candle Lighters add a touch of elegance when it comes to lighting candles around the house or starting a fire this holiday season. And priced from $14.95-$19.95, they won’t break the bank and would make a great gift for a loved one or friend. They’re also available in a range of colors and designs, including Snowflakes, so there’s sure to be a model that will be the right fit for just about anyone on your holiday gift list, whether it’s mom or your fashionista friends!
What’s more, is that the Zippo Candle Lighter patterns (Snowflake, Asian Floral, Cheetah, and Patriotic) are packaged in a cute holiday gift case that resembles a clutch, adding a bit more style to what’s already a fantastic holiday gift.
If you’ve made it down this entire post, congratulations!! I know it is an incredibly long post, but guess what that means?? There’s tons of stuff that I’m giving away to you!! Starting December 1st I will be giving away a prize from each one of the above mentioned companies. Be sure to add my Holiday Gift Guide Button I featured above (also found on my right side bar), and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Friend Connect to up your chances of winning, and I left the links on each company so you could do the same with them because it’ll count for your extra entries.