Friday, December 1, 2023

Best Christmas Gift Guide for Kids and Adults


2023 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

There really is no such thing as one gift that suits all, right? So this year we've curated an eclectic gift guide with present ideas for every age group and a wide variety of likes and tastes. From gifts to pamper, to entertain, to cook and bake, to learn and play, Mommy Blog Expert has you covered. 

Best Holiday Gifts for Every Member of Family

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Gifts to Pamper

1. The MelodySusie Hair Blow Dryer offers some unique benefits not found in other products in this category. Design-wise, it's blow dryer body is lightweight with a 7-inch long handle that's narrow in diameter to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand. Other innovative features include a powerful motor inside the muffler for quieter operation as well as the ability to finely adjust the air wind speed by sliding the roller on the handle. Other pluses include a separate heat switch so you can set the dryer to cool (normal), medium heat or high heat temperature, a smoothing nozzle attachment that stays on while styling, and an easy to clean dust filter for maximum performance. Available exclusively on Amazon in two colors: pink or black

2. The Antica Farmacista Prosecco Bubble Bath comes in a 15.8 ounce bottle that is 7-inches by 2-inches. This is a brand on offer in some of the most luxurious hotels like The Beverly Hills Hotel and Four Seasons. Not only will the recipient luxuriate in a hot lovely-smelling bubble bath, they'll also enjoy just keeping the beautiful looking bottle on display in their bathroom instead of tucking it away in a cabinet when not in use. Non-alcoholic, yet remiscent of a crisp, sparkling, effervescent prosecco wine, this bubble bath is a slice of true luxury enriched with honey, aloe vera, green tea, and jojoba oil for long-lasting bath bubbles that leave the user feeling relaxed with skin that is silky soft. Available on Amazon in Prosecco as well as other luxurious scents including Desert Sage and Bergamot and Ocean Aria.

Christmas Gift Guide

3. Bootleg Bath, San Francisco offers some of the most richly scented solid bar hair shampoo soaps and conditioners I've smelled in a long time. The Bootleg Bath Rice Water Protein Solid Bar Shampoo with argan oil is formulated for strengthening hair while the Biotin while the Bootleg Bath Rosemary Oil Solid Bar Conditioner is marketed as a growth formula. Both the solid bar shampoo and solid bar conditioner are pH balanced and hair color safe and are an ideal substitute for liquid shampoos and conditioners, especially while traveling. All Bootleg Bath products are made in small batches, including the brand's bath bar soaps such as the Greyhound Grapefruit and Bergamot Bar Soap type which is Exfoliant Free and all natural, enriched with Sea Buckthorn Oil.

4. The Bluzen Mini Percussion Massager with Type-C charging cord is a welcome gift to anyone who is looking for more zen in their life and who appreciates a good massage and/or is looking to soothe and relax muscles. Easy to use, this compact light massager comes with its own carrying case to store at home or to pack for traveling. Massage speed can be adjusted at the touch of a button to any of 8 levels of intensity. Included are 4 detachable massage heads with different purposes. The Ball attachment is used primarily for full body massaging and relaxation. The smaller Flat attachment is also for use on the entire body and can be used for targeted area. The Bullet attachment is designed for joints, deep tissue and trigger points, while the larger Fork attachment is intended for use on neck and spine areas. Available at Walgreens in several feminine and masculine colors.

Gifts to Entertain

5. The recipient of this gift will stay fully charged and connected with this Hyper Charge On the Go Bundle. Includes the Hyperjuice 35W USB-C GaN Charger and Hyper 2 Meter (6.6 feet) USB-C to USB-C cable make it possible to fast charge the iPhone 15 Pro Max or a MacBook Air or iPad with the ability to charge 2 devices simultaneously. At home, work, on the go or while traveling the charger with 2 USB-C ports has the user covered. 

6. The CoComelon Boom Box with carrying handle and attached microphone is a toddler's dream come true. For kids ages 18 months and up, this sturdy, portable toy offers built-in CoComelon singalong music including three songs: "The Wheels on the Bus," "Bath Song," and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Flashing lights enhance the toddler experience giving kids the ability to rock and roll and be a star anytime and anywhere.

Holiday Gifts to Entertain

7. JLab is your go-to source for true wireless earbuds. Whether you choose JLab JBuds Air Pro True Wireless or JLab Work Buds In-Ear Headset with removeable boom microphone, you'll be gifting an essential tech accessory they'll truly appreciate and use to keep up with their on-to-go lifestyle. JBuds are perfect for walking the dog, binging on their favorite Netflix shows, listening to podcasts, and attending meetings via laptop. The Work Buds are ideal for road warriors who travel often and who make or receive phone calls and attend meetings. Either way each type of ear buds comes with its own charging case.

8. The movie Dumb Money: The Gamestop Story is new this month on Blu-ray + Digital and DVD + Digital. Based on the infamous true story about every day people who banded together and got rich by turning GameStop (the mall video game store) temporarily into the world's hottest company, literally flipping the script on Wall Street. The film, with some exclusive special features (filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes and more) that were added after the movie left theaters, is nothing short of funny and entertaining.

Gifts to Cook and Bake

9. Here's the perfect gift for home cooks and bakers who are fans of the food and drinks of Disneyland and the other Disney Parks. The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbooks Boxed Set is ready to give featuring three hardback cookbooks also featuring fun trivia and park maps by Ashley Craft: The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook, The Unofficial Disney Parks Epcot Cookbook, and The Unofficial Disney Parks Restaurants Cookbook. We tried making the copycat Dole Whip from the first cookbook volume in the set (pictured here) and it was so good; we can't wait to make the giant Mickey Pretzels next. In the second volume, next on our to do list is the Grilled Street Corn on the Cob from Trowel and Trellis at Epcot. In the third cookbook in the set we're looking forward to making the Impossible Spoonful Pasta and Meatballs made famous by Pym Test Kitchen at Disney California Adventure.

10. For budding cooks and bakers, Let's Eat: Recipes for Kids Who Cook authored by DL Acken and food stylist, Aurelia Louvet, is a good starter cookbook. Geared for kids ages 9 and up, as well as adult newbie cooks, this beautifully-illustrated cookbook is fun to look through with lots of recipes that will appeal to kids like Sticky Soda Pop Ribs and Oven Baked Doughnuts. The cookbook begins with a chapter of simple recipes introducing beginners to the basics while later chapters build upon basic skills with more detailed recipes.   

Food Drink Inspired by Disney Parks

11. The Bake and Create Kids Holiday Cookie Kit is a best seller among families. Exclusively available from Williams Sonoma, the set is educational as well as fun to use. Included are 4 measuring cups, 4 measuring spoons, 6 holiday metal cookie cutters, spatula, cookie turner, 3 icing bottles with decorating tips, a child-size chef's apron and a storage box.

12. The Hot Mat Connect, from Armadale Brands is a thoughtful host or hostess gift for those who enjoy entertaining during the holidays and throughout the year. The electric counter top appliance is modular and folds in half for compact storage. With high and warm heat settings, the 2-dish modular warming tray is expandable making it possible to connect up to 5 units together to heat up or keep warm as many as 10 pots or serving dishes at once. The contemporary styling incorporates silicon heating surfaces and is available in five stylish colors.

Gifts to Learn and Play 

13. Start toddlers out on the road to learning their letters with this colorful Upper Case Alphabet Wood Puzzle from SOLOBO. This well-made puzzle is not only fun but educational, too, to help develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and spatial abilities. Not long after they've mastered placing each letter in the correct spot, they'll be ready to begin tracing their finger in each puzzle slot giving them a head start on not only learning their ABCs but also preparing to eventually write their name in all cap letters.

14. Henri and the Magnificent Snort by Samantha Childs is a beautifully illustrated hard cover picture book for kids which entertains while delivering an important message about bullying. In this story Henri, a world-famous French Bulldog, moves from New York City to San Diego and, as a newcomer, is bullied and teased by the other animals about the way he snorts. The book is a reminder that kids can relate to about how hurtful bullying can be and how everyone -- and every child -- should take pride in and celebrate their uniqueness.

Learn and Play Kids Toys Books

15. Inspired by the 1950s, the Step2 Company's Cooking Time Kitchen Playset is brand new for Holiday 2023. Sturdy and designed for hours of fun, this kids dream play kitchen invites children to use their imaginations and roleplay. Perfect for preschoolers, the kitchen features a faux refrigerator, freezer, and oven (all with open and close doors), as well as a sink complete with pretend faucet, a mechanical clock with moving hands, storage space and more. Also comes with child-size play plates, cups, coffee maker, utentils and sturdy plastic silverware.

16. Bababoo and friends offers a wide variety of lovable and charming characters for toddlers 12 months and up, with an old-fashioned vibe. For example the sweet Whale Wilma collection (pictured) includes a colorful solidly-made wood pull toy, a stacking lighthouse toy, a plush toy to cuddle, and a really cute baby board book.

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