Gift Ideas – for Babies (or most Kids)

Similar to my list with gift ideas for moms, my ideas for the littles in your life are about being smarter with gifting. It’s about not just buying the first toy you see on the end cap. Think outside the box, and try to put yourself in the parent’s shoes. Does the child really need more legos? Try giving something different or simply ask the parents what they really need!

1 – Clothes

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Babies grow… like really fast. And they go through clothes like crazy. They also don’t really care what they get for gifts yet. So, why not help the parents out and get some clothes? But, be sure to ask them what the little one might need the most and the best size to get!

2 – Books

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You can never go wrong with books for any age child. I mean, really, there’s not much more to say. Although, I will point out that the book in this picture, The Pout Pout Fish, is one of my family’s favorite, and I love to give it as a baby shower gift!

3 – Movies

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With all of the streaming services these days, movies aren’t quite as popular anymore. However, if a family is anything like us, we love the classic Disney and kids movies and they are hard to find online. Although… from what I’m hearing about Disney Plus, some of these problems might be solved!

Still, a good ol’ DVD/Blu-Ray is always fun for a kid to open. I do recommend making sure that it comes with a Digital Code, though. We download all of our digital copies onto an iPad for Lily to watch in the car.

4 – Memberships

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I mentioned this in my gift ideas for moms… a membership to a place like the zoo, children’s museum, activity center, etc. is a great gift that keeps on giving! We have a zoo membership, and it is so great to be able to go there whenever we want for as long (but usually short) as we want.

5 – Subscriptions

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Another one that keeps on giving! There are several subscription boxes and such that you can get for a little one. One that I’ve heard of is Kiwi Co, which are monthly educational boxes for all ages. There’s also the classic Highlights Magazines. They have little books for babies now… Lily’s great grandma subscribes her to them and she LOVES them!

6 – Experiences

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Give the gift of great memories – or if it’s a baby… just a fun time to spend together! Take them for a day out, even if it’s just the park and ice cream. Take lots of pictures to remember the fun times together! Weekend getaways, full-on trips… it’s all a great gift that’s a win for everyone.

6 – Ask the Parents

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Chances are, the parents have a good idea of the items/toys that the child would like. It’s always a good idea to ask first. The last thing you want to do is get the little tike more cars when he already has a big collection… or more clothes if they have a closet full.

And don’t be afraid to think practically. Babies, especially, need lots of gear. Things like strollers, high chairs, etc. can get pricey. And don’t be afraid to throw small things like sippy cups, bibs, pacifiers, socks and such in… because you really can’t have enough of those.

Hopefully this blog post gives you some great ideas for gifts as we approach the holidays. Remember, it’s not always the material things, and it’s definitely not always about the toys!

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Gift Ideas – For the Mom (or really anyone) on your list!

Holiday shopping is right around the corner, or if you’re one of those crazies, you’ve already started. I thought I’d write a few blogs with gift ideas for the different people on your list.

I’ll start with a list of great ideas for all of the moms in your life. Honestly, though, most of these gifts could be for anyone. The theme here… gift ideas that make you think outside of the box a bit.

1 – Mani/Pedi Gift Certificates

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If the women in your life are anything like me, they hate spending $80+ on something like their nails. But, almost all of us love it, and we appreciate being pampered from time to time.

So, either figure out which salon is their favorite and get a gift certificate from them, or go ahead and pick a really nice one somewhere nearby. Make sure the amount you give covers at least one service, so it’s worth it!

2 – Spa Gift Cards

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Another way to pamper… a spa or massage gift card! One of my favorite gifts from my husband was a spa package that included a massage and a facial from a nice salon and spa in Omaha… Gloss Salon and Day Spa. This spa (along with others) is always running holiday specials too!

Really, a gift card to a woman’s favorite salon, spa, nail salon, massage spa, etc. is always a win, since it says “You deserve some you-time.”

3 – Subscriptions

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Almost everyone these days has subscriptions for different services. There’s the ones with streaming: Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu… and the list goes on. Pay for a whole year or some of them even sell gift cards in various amounts.

There’s also subscription boxes and such. This list is also never-ending, but some examples are: Ipsy, Dollar Shave Club, Home Chef, FabFitFun, Birchbox, StitchFix, Wine of the Month, etc.

Subscriptions are like a gift that keeps on giving. If you buy them several months worth, they’ll think of you every time they use it or a new box arrives!

4 – Memberships

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Another gift that keeps on giving! There are also many examples of different memberships you can purchase for a loved one. A Costco membership is an obvious win for literally anyone on your list. They sell gift cards that you can either use on merchandise at the store without having a membership or you can use it towards your membership fee.

But, there’s memberships to other places as well. Like a gym… although I don’t recommend this as a gift if the person doesn’t already workout… that might be too forward. But for example, if a mom/woman in your life loves to do yoga or barre classes at home, maybe see if she’d like a membership to a nice yoga/barre studio.

And on a more “mom” specific note there’s memberships to places like the zoo, children’s museum, etc. that’s more like a gift for the whole family!

5 – Gift Cards

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I know, I know… nobody likes to give gift cards. They’re not very personal. But, let me ask you, have you ever really been upset when you received a gift card to a place you like to shop? Probably not. So, don’t be afraid to give them, because it gives the person an excuse to shop for themselves. And if it’s a mom you’re buying for… she probably doesn’t do that enough.

If the special person you’re buying for is anything like me, they can find tons of stuff to spend money on at Target. But, if you want to make it a bit more personal, there’s places that might be more of a treat, like: Starbucks, Sephora, Ulta, The Container Store, Hobby Lobby… okay, I’m really just naming stores that I’d take a gift card to, but you get my point! Make it about HER buying things for HER.

6 – Events

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This is a good one for husbands… treat her to a night out! Maybe just a fancy dinner and a movie, or go above and beyond and get concert tickets. There’s tons of great experiences that you can give as a gift. It doesn’t have to be material.

And if this is for a mother, grandmother, or any woman really… there’s a lot of great places you can take her. Again, there’s concerts, shows, sporting events, comedy clubs, theaters, dinner+movie theaters, etc. Or think outside the box and take her on a little winery/brewery tour. Or maybe you have the budget to take her on a legit trip! Even if it’s just a gift card to a restaurant, it’s a great gift that gives her some time to have fun (hopefully away from her children for a night).

7 – Cleaning Services

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Who really likes to clean their house? No one I know! Give her a break from it all and find a cleaning service to come clean the whole house. Unless she already has a cleaning service, this is such a great gift. You can get a one-time cleaning, or go above and beyond and order her monthly cleanings! Just make sure it comes with the certain chore that she dreads the most (like cleaning the tubs for me).

8 – Don’t be Afraid to Ask or Think Outside the Box

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She might say “nothing,” or she might say a trip to Hawaii, but it never hurts to ask what she really wants. What I’m trying to get across is… don’t just go buy the first pretty necklace you see, or a pair of pajamas you saw at Victoria’s Secret. Most of us don’t need or want those things. If we do, hopefully we’ll hint at it.

Maybe, all she really wants is a whole day without anyone in the house to just binge watch her favorite show and eat/drink whatever she wants. Or send the kids away, get a bottle of wine (or 2), pick up her favorite take-out, grab her favorite dessert, pick the most cheesy chick-flick, and shut the blinds… And have a very merry Christmas!

I don’t think most women would argue with me on these. Again, the key is to think about more than just the typical gifts and think about experiences and things that will treat her.

And, if you have any other great gift ideas, leave them in the comments!

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