I can't believe the holiday season is fully underway already! Where did the year go? My oldest daughter's birthday is at the end of November, so after that, I begin Christmas shopping. Every year I regret doing it that way, but I do anyway! So for those of you that haven't even begun your shopping yet - and for those of you who have but just like shopping - I bring you The Moody Blonde's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!
In each category, you'll find a couple of our favorite items this year. I'm still adding as I go along, so be sure to check back!
Disclaimer: I have received the following products as gifts from the companies. I've included links to some so that you can shop directly on Amazon - these are affiliate links and when you use them I am compensated.
Top Gifts For Kids:
In 1966, the parents of Kevin Piece had their hands full during the chaotic holiday season, with 5 kids asking, “How many more days?” over and over. Their solution? A family tradition that they have kept for nearly 50 years. A handmade Santa doll became their countdown calendar. With items of clothing strung across the fireplace mantel, every evening after dinner, one of the kids would take a turn dressing Santa. One night it might be a sock, a belt or his jacket. The number of items left told them exactly how many more days until Santa visited their house. The tradition continued, even after they all grew up and moved out. Every December, Santa waited for them in his sleigh by the fireplace, and every December when they visited, they continued to take turns getting him dressed. When the grandkids arrived, they became part of the family tradition. In 2017, Kevin made one for his own family, and once he saw him next to the fireplace and the smiles of joy and wonder on his daughters’ faces, he knew it was time to share this wonderful tradition with the rest of the world. Staying true to his parents’ vision, Santa’s friendly spirit shines through in this new design. Give him a hug and help him get ready for the big day! He’ll appreciate it and your family will too.
Whistlefritz is an awarding program that uses language immersion so your child can learn how to speak Spanish or French! It was created after Founder, Heidi Stock set out on a mission to find fun yet educational teaching materials for her children to learn a new language. She quickly realized that most programs solely featured cartoons and didn’t feature live speakers for children to watch the movement of their lips. Not finding what she wanted, Heidi decided to create it herself!
Whistlefritz’s programs allow kids to join a group of lovable characters including Fritz, the animated mouse. Whistlefritz and friends are on a journey to learn another language! The combination of live-action, animation, and lively music makes the programs as entertaining as they are educational. Children learn their second language through Whistlefritz the same way they learned their first language: through words used in context by live speakers in fun skits, games, catchy music, and dance!
These headphones feature signature SafeAudio™ technology -- a built-in, always-on, sound control circuit to limit the volume at levels recommended for children by the World Health Organization. While the volume may be limited, rest assured the sound quality is not! All BuddyPhones headphones even come with a BuddyCable audio sharing jack, allowing up to four buddies to listen at the same time.
BuddyPhones are stylish, comfortable and cost-friendly as they are practical! With so many ways to play, the BuddyPhones PLAY headphones give you the options you need to make playtime virtually endless. They are created with all of your favorite features in mind, such as 14+ hour battery life, foldable design, and multitude of colors/designs to choose from.
Axol & Friends is a socially conscious startup that produces plush toys from eco-friendly materials in the image of rare endangered species, as well as storybooks, enamel pins, and accessories. A portion of every sale funds nonprofit programs that empower youth to be activists and community leaders across the globe! The company also donates plushies to children in need, through local partnerships with foster homes and hospitals.
This tiny set of two-way radios packs some major power! With a range of up to 3 miles, it's the perfect way to keep track of kids without cell phones.
With options for beginning and more advanced readers, this set is the perfect addition to a home library. The story follows four adorable nocturnal animals as they navigate their world, solve mysteries, and take a stand against bullying.
Top Gifts for Women:
If you have friends or family that have a serious case of RBF (guilty!), they'll love this shirt! It's super soft and comfy, too!
Beautopia Hair’s best-selling Vibrastrait PRO 1” Vibrating Flat Iron was featured on the Rachel Ray Show and CA Live, as well as the Today Show, GMA and The Talk. It shuffles hair between the plates to create a smoother easier glide and is designed for less damage, faster styling, and healthier hair.
Eyewear is always essential—whether you need sunglasses to protect your eyes outdoors or need anti-blue light specs while working, Topfoxx eyewear provides the functionality you need in gorgeous styles. It's a 100% women-owned and operated eyewear company based in NYC selling women's sunglasses in varied styles, catering to all the boss babes out there and women who are beyond average!
Z-Skin Cosmetics is a 100% handcrafted organic skincare and mineral makeup brand. They've got something for everyone on your wish list, from anti-aging products to acne fighters to gorgeous mineral makeup and even lip balms.
Z Skin Cosmetics uses a vast amount of exotic herbs and oils that are imported just for their brand. These herbs and oils come from around the world; such as Japan, Australia, Hungary and Africa. Each culture has had its own ancient traditions to looking young, healthy and beautiful. For centuries, they have used their own remedies for healing such skin problems as acne, eczema, psoriasis and reversing the signs of aging. And the testimonials are CRAZY. Seriously, check out their before and after pics. You won't believe your eyes!
With hundreds of affordable glasses, most $20 or less, Readers.com and Sunglass Warehouse are the one-stop-shop for all the stylish frames you will want to gift this year. After all, the large selection and low prices make it easy to not break the bank on holiday gifts or make for a fun addition to a stocking or small gift.
The HeatBank™ 9s rechargeable hand warmer keeps you warm from the office to the woods. The convenient power bank features champagne, black and silver models and recharges your USB compatible device, so you can stay connected while enjoying the outdoors.
Channel Series watches feature:
- 316L Stainless Steel case with polished finish
- 316L Superfine Milanese Mesh band (Interchangeable)
- Butterfly deployment clasp
- Scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass
- Citizen Miyota Quartz Movement 3 hands with date function
- Case size 38mm, or 42mm
- Case thickness 8mm
- 5 ATM water resistance
- Band width 20mm
- Swiss Super-Luminova® luminous indications
- Date display
- Individually numbered
This tumbler is Double Wall Vacuum Insulated with a 100 Percent no Leak Spill Proof Lid for Hot or Cold Beverages. It's made of tough, food-grade, sweat-resistant 18/8 stainless steel that stands up to life's hard knocks. BPA free for your peace of mind.
Top Gifts For The Home
The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is as smart as it is secure. It has built-in alarm sensors and can sense potential attacks and send an alert. It works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant and carries a lifetime guarantee. Oh, and let's not forget about curb appeal. This is one gorgeous way to keep your home secure!
How do you get your home holiday-ready without tracking in winter dirt and mud? Dress your doorway with a beautifully designed washable, 2’x3’ rubber-backed US-made Carpet One Floor & Home Welcome Mat. Debuting in October, five new globally inspired micro-collections (and additional holiday and pet-friendly favorites) are available all-year (hint: holiday hostess gift), and 25% of each $29.99 mat supports the leading breast cancer research organization – Breast Cancer Research Fund (bcrf.org).
Top Gifts For Foodies
The Chef's Garden supplies regeneratively farmed boxes of fresh vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and microgreens to top chefs and restaurants around the country and world. And, they are now offering subscription boxes to home chefs, delivering them directly to them through Farmer Jones Farms.
This farm is family owned and operated by the Jones family. Farmer Lee Jones was honored to receive the James Beard Foundation’s award for Who’s Who in Food & Beverage, making him one of the first farmers to receive it. He serves on the boards for Chef Magazine, Chef Concept and Modern Farmer. He has been profiled in conjunction with The Chef’s Garden in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Newsweek and The Washington Post.
Sugar Plum's very adult take on classic Beer and Bourbon Liquor Nuts Gift Tin will have everyone thanking you and craving more. This 16 ounce assortment of our mouth-watering, hand-crafted, and small-batch roasted nuts features three of the brand’s most popular booze-infused flavors, including Irish stout-infused cashews, Jamaican lager-infused peanuts, and Kentucky bourbon-infused almonds.
For those that want to be a little more fun with a truffle assortment look no further than Sugar Plum’s Wine Box Truffle Assortment! Perfect for the chocoholic and wine enthusiast:)
This assortment features a 12-piece assortment of Sugar Plum’s incredible handcrafted chocolate truffles all beautifully laid out in a wine bottle-shaped box she will love!
For $20 a month, customers will receive a culinary adventure subscription box filled with spices, recipes and a Spotify music playlist from a different destination every month, as well as fun facts and travel tips from the destination country.
Each box comes with a menu plan and a shopping list to help with planning. This helps busy customers save time on trying out cuisines from other countries, searching for the spices, looking up recipes & finding a way to tie it all together. Even better, every box sold supports a non-profit that impacts youth education and they hire refugees to give them opportunities to work.
NeuRoast is a cross between artisan-roasted coffee and ancient superfoods used for centuries to promote better focus, energy, and wellbeing. Their blend of organic superfood mushrooms subtly blend in with their coffee, tastes like cocoa, and each contributes a unique health benefit.
NeuRoast Classic Roast
NeuRoast's signature coffee roast enhanced with 100% USDA-Certified Organic Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, Reishi, Turkey Tail, and Chaga mushroom extracts for better focus and mental clarity. Flavor has notes of dark chocolate and cinnamon.
NeuRoast Instant Americano
Enjoy a superfood packed cup of coffee the instant you need it. Each on-the-go packet contains one serving of NeuRoast Instant Americano coffee. Simply tear, pour, and mix with 8 oz of hot or iced water. Great for a brain-boosting coffee at work, enjoying high-quality coffee while traveling, increasing energy before a workout, and incorporating into baked foods.
This gourmet popcorn gift basket is so cool that you'll absolutely want to buy two of them. These gift sets make a perfect gift for officemates, teachers, and anyone who loves gourmet food!
This subscription box allows you to get fresh, healthy food delivered right to your door, any time of year. Eating healthy doesn't get any more convenient - or delicious - than this! Be sure to check out my full review!
Not only that, but it cuts calories up to 80% with its 360-degree airflow technology. With all of its functions, you can replace a deep fryer, rotisserie oven, dehydrator, oven, toaster oven, pizza grill, and microwave. I literally use this unit at least 4 times a week. I haven't tried the
The unit comes available in 6-quart and 8-quart versions. They can be purchased at major retail stores nationwide as well as on Amazon.
Top Gifts For Everyone
Cubii Jr. is the original compact elliptical with a patented ergonomic design to fit easily into peoples’ lives, allowing users to get fit while they sit, so they feel healthier, happier, and more balanced. The thing I love the best about it is that it just sits underneath my desk and I can exercise all day long! I'm a fidgeter so it's actually harder not to use it than it is to use it! (Makes me feel better about eating all those Christmas cookies...)
Need more confidence? Want to lose weight? Recovering from a breakup? There's a crystal for that. (Shown: Confidence Collection) It may be an unconventional approach, but more and more people are turning to crystals to help manifest the life they want. And there's science to back it up. The Piezoelectric Effect proves out that crystals produce energy. That's why you see quartz technology in watches. The individual properties of each crystal produce different types of energies and effects. Though there's a resurgence in the use of healing crystals, it can be difficult to know which crystal to use and when. These curated crystal collections focus on specific intentions, making it easy to take advantage of the healing powers crystals can bring to their lives.
The sports fan on your list will love to find this fun gift underneath the tree this year! Show your team support with this well-constructed and water-resistant officially licensed backpack.
Top Stocking Stuffers
SCENTIES ™ is a fun and fragrant affordable hair accessory (headbands & hair-ties) girls & tweens love to wear and share! They come in an array of scrumptious fragrances like cupcakes or watermelon. Plus SCENTIES are super affordable and are ideal for stocking stuffers and holiday grab bag gifts.
This year, you can make your gift-giving efforts count twice! 4ocean bracelets are made from recycling the plastic floating around in the ocean. Each bracelet funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines.
Wines, Liquors, and Spirits
The Spice Lab’s Seasoning Collections make great gifts for those who like to cook and try new tastes and flavors. And for tequila lovers, the new Salt Shooters Gift Set with four Himalayan salt shot glasses, serving tray and ceramic dish is the perfect gift.
Wine Insiders is a site dedicated to helping wine connoisseurs find the best wine for them.
When you buy through Wine Insiders you are able to choose from all your favorite brands in a simple manner. You can choose a single wine bottle starting at $9.99 to curated packs of award winning wines. Through Wine Insiders you can decide on your perfect wine bottle by browsing through tasting notes and customer reviews for any bottle on the site.
Wine lovers can also join the The Wine Insider Club, a subscription service that allows you to receive an expertly selected 12 bottle case of Red, White or Mixed wine depending on your preference every 12 weeks.
We all deserve to be rewarded during the holiday season. Having to endure your aunt’s ‘famous fruitcake’ and explain to distant relatives why you’re still single is enough to drive anyone up the wall. Luckily Mionetto is here to help with a few refreshing sparkling wines from their Prestige and Luxury collections. From the perfect holiday pairings, to luxurious gifts, to stocking stuffers galore, Mionetto has you covered this holiday season – or perhaps just keep the bottle for yourself?
Azulana is a brand-new ready to drink sparkling tequila beverage, crafted using blue agave tequila, sweetened with agave nectar, and now available in a convenient 12-ounce can format. It's light, refreshing, and delicious!
Have you started your shopping yet? What's on your Gift list? We'd love to hear it! If you think we've missed something or want to be featured in future gift guides, drop us a line at themoodyblonde(at)gmail.com!