Can you believe we’re almost done with 2020? What a year + decade this has been. While this past year has been anything but easy, there have been so many unexpected blessings too. I hope the same is true for you. I’ll be sharing more about the rollercoaster of a year and the speciifc things that helped me find some peace, clarity, and momentum over at The AMPLIFY Show podcast very soon!
But today, I’m excited to share my annual HAPPY TV Holiday Gift Guide!
If you don’t know, I’m the founder of a publicity agency, HAPPY PR. We just celebrated eight years in business! I’m also a media contributor and last year, I hit the road and traveled to six TV stations around the country – from LA to Dallas, to D.C. and between. It was a blast visiting some of the morning shows we’ve been working with over the years and to feature some of my favorite brands.
With all the travel restrictions and stations not hosting guests in-studio this year, I was able to film these gift guides from my living room!
We’re kicking off the holiday shopping season with our first of two gift guides. This one is specifically for babies and new or expecting parents on your list.
PS- If you missed my big news over at Instagram, I’m expecting baby #3 this spring! I loved putting together this gift guide that includes some of my favorite small mom-owned shops and a few things I’ll also be getting my girls ages 4 & 6.
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Quick Links for Shopping
Modern Baby Gym – Finn & Emma
Macrame Baby Swing – Finn & Emma
Smart Sleeper Bassinet –Snoo
Lovey Blanket – Snuggy Buddy
No-snap Onsies – Peasy Co.
Diaper changing hack – Diapertainment
Kids Telescope – Nancy B’s Science Club
Smart Globe – Orboot Globe
Learn Coding – Play Osmo
Rocks, Gems and Geodes: Maker Lab STEM Kit
Sweet Christmas tradition – The Giving Manger
Note: I only recommend products I would use myself or support. If you purchase products from affiliate links in this blog, I may earn a small commission to fund more free content like this!
Modern Play Gym
I love this play gym from Finn & Emma and used one with my second daughter. I’m not a big fan of plastic or loud toys (though they certainly have their place sometimes!), and this one is gorgeous enough that you won’t want to hide it when company comes over.
- 100% non-toxic, organic and natural wood comes in a few different shades to match your decor
- Select different themed toys that come with it, like Jungle, Woodland or Under the Sea (we had Under the Sea before and I just got a fresh pack of Jungle for baby 3!)
- You can also build your own from a selection of knit, wood, and macrame hanging toys weaved by artisans. They’re removable, easy to clean, and perfect for throwing in the diaper bag. And I love that they’re safe for baby to chew.
Macrame Baby swing
Finn & Emma also has a gorgeous macrame swing that is beautiful in the nursery or even outdoors. I’ve been seeing adorable babes swinging in these on Instagram all year and I think it’s darling. My bigger girls will also love swinging their dolls in it.
Smart Sleep Bassinet
What better gift to give new parents than the gift of sleep? As a mom who hasn’t had a full night’s rest in six years, I can attest – there isn’t one!
Snoo has created the first Smart Sleeper Bassinet and I think its the ultimate gift under the tree for parents this year.
- The swaddle attaches to the sleeper so babies can’t roll, and will stay nice & snug.
- It uses a combination of swinging motions and white noise sounds respond to a baby’s stirring or nighttime cries, while helping them develop better sleep habits.
- Created by pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, renowned for his work in calming babies and his book Happiest Baby on the Block
- Check out the rental program or 30% military discount
Wearable Lovey Blanket
Support another mom-invented startup this holiday season with the Snuggy Buddy Wearable Lovey Blanket. It’s the first Lovey Blanket to feature a plush weighted attachment at chest level to safely comfort your 6-to-12-month-old while in a crib.
The weighted attachment is shaped like a butterfly, which mimics parents’ comforting touch to help soothe babies to sleep.
- The entire blanket weighs less than 1 lb. so it’s safe for little ones.
- There’s also an easy in-and-out access for diaper & outfit changes (includes snaps on shoulders and zippers).
- Made of breathable lightweight, triple-layer, premium fabric, and a portion of sales funds blankets for babies in need through Project Linus.
- Bonus: Snuggy Buddy is the winner of the “mom’s choice gold awards” so you can bet it’s a winner of a gift!
When it comes to all those diaper changes, Peasy makes it easy.
Diaper changes will be easier for both parents & babies with Peasy Co’s No-Snap Onesies. These unique onesies were created by a mom who knew there had to be an easier way to handle diaper changes, especially while on-the-go.
Forget snaps, buttons, velcro, or zippers – these onesies are no-fuss and easy-peasy.
- They have different colors, short and long sleeves, and an adorable ruffle design.
- Peasy Onesies are made in the USA from a hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, breathable, quick-drying Tencel fabric, and they come in eco-friendly packaging.
- Visit peasyco.com to purchase, and check out the video tutorial here.
Diaper Changing Hack
For those older babies that won’t even hold still for a diaper change, you’ll want to give the gift of Diapertainment. It’s a new baby tech gadget that makes diaper changes safer, faster, and a lot more fun!
Diapertainment is another mom-invented product, designed to keep squirmy babes entertained while getting a diaper change.
- It’s a clear, angled phone tray that attaches to your wall right above a changing table, so you can easily distract & help calm even the trickest diaper ninja.
- Just slip your phone in, hit play on a song or video, and get just enough time for a quick and safe diaper change.
Kids’ Gift Ideas
Now that I’ve covered babies and toddlers, here are a few more ideas for older kids.
I love finding gifts that make learning fun for kids, and this Science Club MoonScope is just that. If you’re homeschooling right now, this should make for some fun science lessons too!
- Real, working telescope that can help kids explore Saturn, Jupiter, and even mountain ranges on the moon!
- The MoonScope comes with 18x and 90x magnifications, 4 mm and 20 mm all-glass eyepieces, finder scope, moon filter, tripod, and a 22-page activity journal.
Coding Starter Kit
Play Osmo is another great blend of fun and learning. It’s an award-winning educational system that with a variety of learning games that inspire creativity and education.
- Works with the iPad or Kindle Fire devices
- Play Osmo recently revamped its award-winning Genius Starter Kit to include “Family Game Night” where kids can play on their own or with family.
- Includes a program that makes coding accessible for kids as young as age 5.
The Orboot Globe is a great gift for curious kids that will spark their imagination and build linguistic and cognitive skills. It’s fun, interactive, and it helps kids learn geography, history and environmental science.
- 10” globe uses an app (compatible with IOS and Android) to take your child on an augmented reality journey around the world.
- Kids can use the Orboot App to explore more than 1000 world facts across 6 categories for various countries: cultures, monuments, inventions, animals, maps and weather.
Rocks, Gems and Geodes: Maker Lab STEM Kit
This Rocks, Gems, and Geodes kit provides a mix of fun and education for kids. This is the perfect gift for kids who are constantly trying to bring home cool rocks they found – and can put some of those rocks to educational use!
- It includes 36 rocks and minerals, a labeled tray to help organize it all, and everything your child needs to create their own geode.
- The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and there’s also information to help kids learn about the properties of different types of rocks.
A Sweet Christmas Tradition
The Giving Manger will help you shift the focus of Christmas back to giving. Here’s how it works:
- You simply place a piece of straw in the manger for each kind deed or act of service performed by anyone in your family.
- On Christmas Day, you place the baby Jesus in the manger filled with pieces of straw representing service and love.
- As your family works together to give gifts of service, you’ll find your hearts and home filled with more joy during this holiday season.
From play to sleep to diaper changes, hopefully you now have some great ideas that will make both kids and parents happy.
Have a product you’d love to see in my next gift guide? Let my team know why it would be a good fit, and if it is, we’ll be in touch!