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Monday, November 5, 2018

Trendy Mom's Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for 2018 (The Complete Guide)


Welcome to Trendy Mom's Holiday Gift Guide. This is our largest project of the year. We spent three months searching for the trendiest products and trying them out so that we could help you with your holiday shopping list. The products below cover a wide range of gift recipients and personalities. I think that we've found something for everyone and that many of the products will stand out as fantastic gift ideas to add to your shopping list.  Let's get started!


Gifts for Families to Share
Visit the Gaylord Texan ICE!: One of the best things about where we live is that the Christmas Capital of Texas is practically in our backyard of Grapevine, TX.  The town is packed with holiday activities, including our favorite - ICE! at the Gaylord Texan!  This trendy event features approximately 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments, 25-foot tall toy soldiers, a 54-foot tall Christmas tree, miniature train sets, and so much more.  The theme for ICE! changes each year. This year's theme is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It's sure to create happy childhood memories. In addition to ICE!, we also look forward to tubing down the snow hills, enjoying breakfast with Rudolph, sipping on hot chocolate, and more.  The gift of a Winter Staycation is sure to create happy childhood memories. Read our post here that contains more details about the trendy activities at the Gaylord Texan and get a 40% discount that is exclusively for our readers! Visit the Gaylord Texan's website here.




Enjoy Cheese, Crackers, & More: Some of my family's favorite holiday memories include staying home on a cold evening and sitting next to the fireplace to chat and snack together. Of course, good food is an important part of the equation for these happy memories. We recommend Murray's Cheese for an evening of fabulous cheese, crackers, and more.  For instance, we love Effie's Biscuit and Cheese - Cheesemonger Favorites!  Here is a quick overview:
With our delectable collection of Effie's sweet and savory biscuits, this is an introductory course in one of our favorite accompaniments. Four different Effie's flavors featured - their oatcakes, corncakes, nutcakes, and ryecakes - you can fully sample each of Effie's family recipe. The gently sweet, flaky and buttery cakes pair with a wide range of cheeses - from piquant blues to crumbly aged cheddar to whipped triple cremes, they all make the best topping for Effie's homemade cakes. With a drizzle of linden honey, or a few dried cherries, you'll taste the delicious inspiration that comes with each nibble of Effie's Biscuits.
Effie's Biscuit and Cheese - Cheesemonger Favorites comes in a Murray's Signature Gift Crate and includes:


In addition to this trendy gift set, we also love that Murray's Cheese also offers monthly subscriptions that you can give as a gift.  If you order now, you'll even score Free Shipping on your subscriptions!  Click here to learn more about their trendy gifts.



Embrace your similar genes: As a Boy Mom, people sometimes ask if it's easier to have girls or boys. I honestly am not sure because I have never had girls! However, one thing that I have to say is easy so far for us is that we generally all use the same facial products.  I guess that our children inherited our genes, so we all prefer similar products. (Score one for boys just wanting simple products that work without going through dozens of lotions and potions like I did when I was younger!)  We all use CeraVe products.  We all use the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser.  We love that it's gentle and keeps our skin healthy.  We vary slightly in moisturizers, but all love the CeraVe brand. My husband and I are both at an age where we suffer from fine lines and mild acne at the same time. We use the CeraVe Renewing Line for our mature skin. (Yes, I just called our 40-something year old skin "mature". Perhaps there is a better word!)  We use their Skin Renewing Day Cream and Skin Renewing Night Cream. These products have helped to improve our skin tone and texture. They have worked so well that we are loyal to these products. It's also important to note that the day cream provides SPF 30 protection. Our son uses the AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. Not only does it work well for his skin, but it also provides SPF 30 protection which is critical since we all know that it's important to protect our skin from the strong Texas sun.  CeraVe is available at CVS and many other drugstores nationwide. Visit CeraVe here.





Thirty-One Gifts: Thirty-One Gifts is one of my favorite companies because they were founded with the simple mission to empower and support women.  They help women to run their own successful businesses which is something that I think many of our trendy mom readers want to support. Of course, they also have fantastic products, especially their organizational supplies!  This year, our top picks include supplies that double as a way to organize your family's gifts on Christmas morning and then to store items throughout the year. I used two Your Way Cubes in Cozy Plaid with Your Way Cube Lids to organize their gifts for Christmas morning. The Your Way Cubes are embroidered with the Snowflake Rounded pattern and my children's initials. I also paired each one with a whimsical Littles Carry-All Caddy - one in Holly Dot and one in Elf Suit.  I love this combination of items for a playful touch! I'm excited for them to be in our Christmas morning photos and video.  I'm sure that we will use them for many years to come! Visit Thirty-One Gifts here.  



The Loveless Cafe offers fabulous breakfast gifts that are perfect to enjoy with your family on cold winter mornings. This iconic cafe is famous for their southern staples such as biscuits, bacon, and ham.  Give the gift of a southern breakfast with their Smokehouse Special that contains Applewood Smoked Country Bacon, 14oz Center-Cut Country Ham (2 slices, approx. 7 oz. each), 8oz Country Ham Biscuit Pieces. Your family will love waking up to the smell of these breakfast items that you prepare in your skillet!  Visit The Loveless Cafe here.



Pre Brands offers curated boxes of beef that are perfect for special holiday meals as well as gifts for any meat lover or health guru on your list. Their meat is top of the line as their cattle are grass fed and finished, sourced from nutrient-rich pastures and raised with care, with no added antibiotics and no added hormones. This brand is a staple here in Texas where we have high standards for beef. Even better, Pre is donating a portion of proceeds from every box purchased during November and December to Common Threads, a nonprofit spreading wellness to underserved communities through nutrition and cooking education. Visit Pre at www.eatpre.com to order high quality beef for your family to incorporate into holiday recipes, or to send a box or subscription as a gift. Check out their curated boxes here and browse their family-friendly recipes here.




Host and Hostess Gifts
You may have heard of NakedWines.com from Forbes, Time Magazine, or one of their 100,000 members. Their business process is a game changer for customers who want to buy good quality wine at reasonable prices. The way that it works is that their customers (called Angels) invest $40/month into their nakedwines.com piggy bank. NakedWines.com then invests in talented, independent winemakers in exchange for exclusive wines at insider prices of 40% to 60% off retail. It's a fantastic way to purchase wine, especially around the holidays when you want to keep good wine on hand for guests or to take to parties and dinners. We recently received a case of trendy wines that included: 

Their wines have been fantastic. I love that they have a business model to invest in talented winemakers that also works exceedingly well for customers.  Whether you want to stock up on wines for holiday parties or send wine directly to gift recipients this season, we think that ordering from NakedWines.com is the way to go. Plus, our Trendy Mom readers will receive $100 off of their first order by visiting here!



The Invisible Chef offers trendy baking mixes and accessories that are perfect for the holidays. Whether you want to use one of their mixes to create a special treat for a holiday party or create a gift basket for a host or hostess, The Invisible Chef has you covered. We love pairing a box of Chocolate Peppermint Coffee & Tea Cake Mix or Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies with a red or green spatula. We also love that the Cookie Exchange Baking Kit makes it easy look like a pro when you make thechocolate peppermint holiday cookies.  Visit The Invisible Chef here.




Gifts for Dads
Sweet Maria's: My husband's favorite gift of all-time was a coffee roaster and green coffee beans from Sweet Maria's.  If you have a family member who loves coffee, they will probably love roasting their own coffee beans for a hobby.  The best place to get started with this hobby is Sweet Maria’s. They are the top store for green coffee beans. We recommend their Getting Started Guide that covers the basics for new hobbyists. They even sell nice Starter Kits.  We also recommend their Sampler Packs for the holidays as they offer fun varieties of green coffee beans for hobbyists to enjoy. Plus, perhaps your gift recipient will let you sample the coffees or espressos that they make! Personally, my husband roasts different beans and sends samples home with friends and family to try. Visit Sweet Maria’s here.



Gilmour: If the dad in your family enjoys gardening or general chores outside such as washing cars or cleaning patios, the Gilmour Flexogen Super Duty Hose (5/8", 100') and Thumb Control Watering Nozzle with Swivel Connect are great items that he may not realize that he needs until he tries them! These items are excellent quality which is important to us since we store our hose on the side of our hose with exposure to the strong Texas sun. The trendy nozzle is game changer because the nozzle is able to pivot without twisting the hose which helps to minimize kinking in the hose. Visit Gilmour here.


Maker's Mark: The Maker’s Mark iconic bourbon is a classic gift for the holiday season. Personally, we enjoy it on the rocks and offer it to our holiday guests.  We also love that it is competitively priced and easy to find at stores.  Visit Maker's Mark here and look in the upper left corner to find a store near you that sells this trendy bourbon.  



Sugar Island Spiced Rum: Sugar Island Spiced Rum is perfect for the holiday season because this rich Spice Rum has alluring spice aromas, toasted caramel and vanilla flavors, and an ultra-smooth taste.  Personally, we enjoy it on the rocks or mixed with cola and offer it to our holiday guests.  This is another nice gift that is competitively priced. Visit the Sugar Island Rum website and click on "Find" at the top of the page to find a store near you that carries this trendy spiced rum.


Gifts for Moms


The Honest Company offers a nice subscription of diapers and wipes that are convenient for moms with babies and toddlers. Plans start at $79.95 for a delivery with 7 packs of super-absorbent diapers + 4 packs of plant-based wipes. You are able to mix-and-match sizes and prints. For instance, we are obsessed with the Sugarfina inspired Boo Bear and Sweet Thing prints. The Honest Company also offers trendy holiday prints that make gifts extra special. You may increase the number of packs of diapers or wipes in the delivery and specify for one or more shipments based on your gift budget.   The Honest Company is a brand that I trust and their diapers fit my baby perfectly without leaks or irritation.  The gift of a Diaper & Wipes Bundle is sure to be appreciated my moms who will have one less errand to run.  Visit The Honest Company here.




Gourmia Air Fryer: The Gourmia Air Fryer Turbo XP (model GTA2500) is a nice gift for moms who want to be more health conscious.  We tested this trendy air fryer and were impressed that we could make everything from oil-free french fries to kabobs that had less fat. It's amazing how a new kitchen appliance like this opens the doors to many new recipes for family dinners. Visit Gourmia here. Update: We thought that this product would be popular this holiday season. Indeed, it was popular and already sold out. However, Gourmia still has a couple of other models in stock. Depending on the size of your family, you may want the 2.2 quart size or the 4 quart size.





Moms who enjoy cooking will love Colavita Premium Selection Extra Virgin Olive Oil (17 oz. SRP $7.90) or Colavita Premium Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The Colavita Premium Selection Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the perfect everyday oil with a delicate flavor and pleasing balance of fruity and spicy notes. It is sourced from select new harvest extra virgin olive oils to create the traditional Colavita flavor. Ideal for virtually all of your cooking needs, from light sautéing to drizzling over your favorite dishes. The Colavita Premium Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil (17 fl. oz. SRP $12) has a rich aroma and a balanced, full-bodied flavor, with slightly spicy and bitter notes that testify to its Italian authenticity and freshness. It is made exclusively from olives harvested and pressed in Italy. Visit Colavita here.


Golden Blossom Organic Maple Syrup (SRP: $7.99, 8oz) is another gift for moms who love to cook. This dark, 100% pure and organic maple syrup has a great, robust flavor. Perfect for breakfast pancakes, waffles, French toast, or a ham glaze, the defined maple flavor is present in every bite. Non-GMO, U.S. Grade A, sourced 100% from the USA and Canada, with no additives; certified organic by PCO and naturally gluten-free. Personally, good quality 100% pure maple syrup is one of my favorite food splurges and this one is fantastic! Visit Golden Blossom here.


ShedRain's Unbelievabrella: ShedRain's Unbelievabrella is a trendy umbrella that you may have seen at Bloomingdale's, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other trendy stores. It's a unique gift that is also practical.  Let me show two photos of it so that you understand the novel design.  The first photo shows it closed.




The next photo shows it partially opened. You'll notice that the unique Unbelievabrella utilizes a reverse open and close system to help water stay away from you by funneling it into the umbrella when it's closed. It also has a rubber-coated C-shaped handle for hands-free use.  It's available in Black/Red, Black/Charcoal, Black/Blue, All Black, Black/Sour Apple, and Black.  Learn more about the Unbelievabrella and other trendy umbrellas from ShedRain here.



Vitabath: We love trendy Vitabath products because of how soft their products leave our skin. Plus, you can't beat the trendy variety of scents that they offer. It's hard to pick just one favorite, so let me recommend a mix of products in their tantalizing scents such as Coconut Noir, Pomegranate Bellini Blush, Original Spring Green, and Cucumber & White Tea.  Vitabath's Fragrance Collection products  contain a unique Vitamin and Antioxidant complex, including a special blend of Vitamins A, B3, C, E & Pro Vitamin B5 and their unique Superfruit blend of Acai, Goji, Noni, Pomegranate, Green Tea & Mangosteen to help nourish and revive skin.  Visit Vitabath or Ulta to shop their perfect holiday gift giving bath products.




Gifts for Children

Scholastic offers fun and educational books for the holidays.  We have several favorites for this holiday season that are fantastic for a variety of ages. Let's start with toddlers! I Love the Nutcracker (My First Sound Book) is illustrated by Marion Billet. This trendy book introduces your little one to six of the most iconic musical pieces from Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic.  Readers of all ages will be enchanted by this board book.  We have been reading it to our toddler daily because it's currently his favorite book. Our oldest son loves reading it to him too.  Find this book at Scholastic here.



I Love You Through and Through at Christmas Too! by Bernadette Rosseti-Shustak and ilustrated by Caroline Jayne Church is another book that we read daily.  This best selling book is fun to read with our toddler who wiggles, giggles, and cuddles as we read it!  Find this book at Scholastic here.




We've Got the Whole World In Our Hands by Rafael Lopez brings new life with his adaption of the classic, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." The rhythmic verse and repetitive emphasis on "we" and "our" encourages inclusive commnities and the celebration of unity and diverse friendships all around the world.  This book is a classic for the holiday season! Find this book at Scholastic here.



The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue is a great book for ages 8 to 12. Personally, my 8 year old read the entire book in one night. He just couldn't put it down! Sumac Lottery is the keepr of her family's traditions, from Pow Wow to Holi, Carnival to Hogmanary, Sumac's on guard to make sure that no Lottery celebration is forgotten. However, this winter, all Sumac's seasonal plans go awry when a Brazilian visitor overstays his welcome. A terrible ice storm grounds all flights, so one of her dads and her favorite brother can't make it home from India. Then the power starts going out across the city! Find out if Sumac is able to hang on to the spirit of the season.  Find this book at Scholastic here.





Mac B., Kid Spy 1: Mac Undercover by Mac Barnnett and illustrated by Mike Lowery is fantastic for ages 7 to 10. I won't spoil it for you, but I will tell you that my son loved this book that contains secret identities to Karate hijinks in a high-paced, witty, and historically inspired chapter book that kept busy as he read it from cover to cover.  Find this book at Scholastic here.



Do you have boys who love to go outside to battle? Let the super-charged match begin with a couple of toys from Adventure Force, including the Adventure Force Quantum and the Adventure Force Command Fire! Let's start with the Quantum. It holds up to 100 Rounds. It comes with 6 Team Color Markers that quick-snap into the side of the blaster. If your child prefers darts, the Commandfire holds 80 darts, with 40 in the dart hopper and 40 in the storage compartment. The Commandfire high-tech dart loading system is matched by the blaster's motorized full-auto firepower. Both of these trendy Adventure Force toys are under $50. Pair the Quantum or the Command with refill packs too if you want to increase the fun! You will find the Adventure Force Quantum, Command, and extra refills at Walmart here.



The ZingSportz Air Storm Z-Tek Bow is the ultimate foam bow and arrow combo! The Z-Tek Bow features a sleeker shape, storage ammo clips located right on the bow, and lower profile bungee cords that deliver incredible launching distances – over 100 feet! Just hook the Zonic screaming whistle arrow into the fast-load loops, then pull back and it’s “Ready, Aim, Fire!” Watch as the Z-Tek Bow sends arrows screaming through the air! Set up some cans for target practice, or shoot against a wall for bounce-back action! Zartz Suction-cup Arrows stick to almost anything and each arrow is safe for indoor or outdoor play. Each comes with two Zonic screaming whistle arrows and one Zartz Suction Cup Arrow. The Air Storm Z-Tek Bow is for ages 14+. It retails in the US for $19.99 at Target and Walmart. It retails in CA for $29.99 at Walmart, Toys R Us, Mastermind Toys, and Indigo.



The LEGO DUPLO My First Emotions Set is a trendy gift for toddlers that not only allows them to practice motor skills, but also helps to connect them with emotions through the characters.  My toddler loves to build with these chunky blocks. He also enjoys acting out different scenarios that involve emotions.  Many parents argue whether toddlers go through the "Terrible 2's" or "Terrible 3's". In any case, it's tough for toddlers to learn about the world around them and to experience emotions from disappointment and feeling hurt to happiness and feeling excited. I love that this set makes it fun to talk about different scenarios and feelings in order to build my son's emotional IQ. It's a nice way to help him to build confidence as he learns to interact with the world around him.  Visit LEGO's website here for this trendy set. You'll also find it at stores nationwide and on Amazon here.




American Plastic Toys Inc.: American Plastic Toys Inc. offers trendy toys that have been manufactured in the U.S. since 1962.  In addition to their trendy designs, I really like that the colorant molded in all of their products is purchased domestically and FDA approved for use in food packaging. None of their products are painted or include phthalates.   Let me share two trendy toys that I have for my own children - the Gigantic Recycling Truck and the My Very Own Nursery.


The Gigantic Recycling Truck is perfect for my toddler. I love watching him fill this giant 2' long truck and hearing him exclaim, "Beeeeep, Beeeeep, Beeeeep!" This huge, heavy-duty Gigantic Recycling Truck is backing up with big rugged wheels to haul off recyclables. Find it on Amazon here.




My Very Own Nursery is another engaging toy from the American Plastic Toys, Inc. Your favorite little ones can enjoy taking care of their “little ones” with this complete nursery station.  From bedtime to feeding time, this nursery has everything they need including a crib, storage shelf and cupboard for all of baby’s supplies, a feeding chair and a sink. Kids can provide the best care with a sweet and colorful mobile displaying character decals to soothe their baby to sleep, as well as enjoy feeding time with the included fork, spoon, plate and “sippy” cup. Find it on Amazon here.




The Aquabeads Deluxe Studio is a fun set that provided my son with hours of entertainment! Aquabeads, arts and crafts products, are perfect to bring visionary art to life and create incredible designs.  The sets feature an innovative bead peeler to remove the artwork easily and create additional masterpieces. Kids make Aquabeads creations from included templates or their own imaginations.  They place beads onto the lid of the case, which is used as the bead tray, then spray with water to fuse the beads together.  Once dried, the creations can be peeled and shared with friends and family.  Kids can double the fun with the Deluxe Studio as they can now create fun 3D designs.  This Deluxe set contains more than 1300 jewel & solid beads in 24 colors, a container, and rainbow bead pen, easy trays, sprayer, template sheets & instructions. This set connects to the Beginners Studio or Glamorous Designer Set for even more fun!  Find the Aquabeads Deluxe set on Amazon here.




The ALEX DIY Paper Swirls Swirl Station introduces young craft enthusiasts to the world of quilling; making art with rolled paper strips. Your little artist will be able to create art, cards, toys, jewelry and more with 200 colorful strips of paper. The Swirl Station makes quilling easy by rolling the strips in seconds, with the push of a button. The instruction booklet teaches you how to make lots of suggested shapes, or you can swirl around body forms to make bigger creations. The creative possibilities are endless. This toy is for ages 8 and older. Learn more here and order on Amazon here.      




ALEX Break Away Ballz combine two of my son's favorite things - balls and puzzles! Catch ‘em, bounce ‘em, break ‘em! Each 5” ball consists of 8 identically sized foam pieces that break apart when thrown against a hard surface, revealing a 2” bouncy ball surprise inside. The identically sized pieces allow you to easily piece back together. For added play, kids can hide something inside. There are six to collect. Learn more here.   




ALEX Do Dats are a fun stocking stuffer.  We love the ALEX® D.I.Y line that includes hands-on activities. The new collectible Do Dats™ line of adorable characters are perfect for creative kids with big imaginations.. Display them or wear them as bag charms, it’s easy & fun. You can customize them too, just mix & match as you collect them! With the patented no-knot system, anyone can Do Dat! Avail at Learning Express.  Learn more here.




The Sing & Play Happy Penguin from Wild Republic has quickly become a beloved family member. Wild Republic’s Sing & Play Happy Penguin Plush features the popular children’s song “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. Happy Penguin talks, sings, and claps. This 10” animated plush has two different modes “PLAY” and “SING” printed and accessible on feet. Children will love clapping and singing along with the animated Happy Penguin! Music “If You’re Happy and You Know It” courtesy of The Joe Raposo Music Group, Inc. Check out a video of it here




The award winning Squishmallows line has sold over 20 million of their amazingly soft plush toys since their 2017 launch in North America. As soon as you hug one of these trendy characters, you'll instantly know why Squishmallows are so popular. These toys are fantastic for all kids, but especially for people with anxiety and sensory issues or kids on the spectrum. From domestic, sea and farm animals to fantasy creatures like unicorns, more than 50 styles of these cuddly characters are available this holiday season and make the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for under $5, $10, $20 and $30 (depending on the size).  Visit the Squishmallows website here



The Green Toys Ambulance & Doctor’s Kit is perfect for future doctors and nurses! This trendy set comes with everything needed to play doctor, nurse, EMT – or all of the above! Made in the USA from super-safe, 100% recycled plastic, this 10-piece set encourages motor skill development, imaginative play, and pro-social behavior, while also helping to ease anxiety about doctor visits by making the components of a check-up familiar and fun. The ambulance has the features, size, and durability of a classic Green Toys truck, as well as lights that flip-up into a handle to create a unique carrying case. All the pieces included in the set – a stethoscope, reflex hammer, syringe, forceps, thermometer, and otoscope, as well as a doctor’s notepad and two sheets of assorted stickers – can be stored in the back of the ambulance for quick, eco-friendly transport to the next emergency. No BPA, phthalates, or PVC. Dishwasher safe. Packaged with recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks. This set is for ages 2-8.  Learn more here.  



The Green Toys Elmo & Friends Dough Activity Set comes with everything needed to create your favorite furry faces – out of dough! Use the tools to create the shapes and figures, then finish off your creation with the pop-out features. The safe, non-toxic dough is made in a food-safe facility from organic flour, and easily wipes off the activity card. This 12-piece set promotes sensory exploration, develops fine motor skills, and encourages creativity and imagination. Includes: 1 star extruder, 1 spaghetti extruder, 1 scraper, 1 knife, 1 roller, 1 rolling cutter, 1 scissors, 1 two-sided activity card, 1 pop-out features sheet, and 3 dough tubs. This is an ultimate gift for preschoolers! Learn more here.




Calico Critters: Calico Critters have a special place in my heart because their adorable characters and play sets have created many happy childhood memories for our family.  The set below is a newer set that we love - the Calico Critters Red Roof Cozy Cottage. It is the perfect starter home for children to build their world of imagination.  Bell Hopscotch is ready to play house in her quaint home, furnished with a bed, kitchen sink, stove/oven, food, tables, chairs and more!  Kids can connect the Cozy Cottage to the Country Home for even more creativity and fun. Find it at Walmart or Amazon.





Smooshy Mushy Babies and Smashy Mashy are a lot of fun for little ones. My youngest adores his Smooshy Mushy Baby that came with a little pet and bottle. His special delivery included the trendy Binky Baby & Fitzy Frog.  It was fun to pop the top to find out who the stork brought to him. There are six Smooshy Mushy Baby characters this season and they retail for $14.99 each. 

While my youngest son loves everything sweet like his Smooshy Mushy Baby, my oldest son prefers disgusting and outrageous characters! After all, Squish doesn’t have to be ALL cute! Smooshy Mushy introduces Smashy Mashy with caution! Open up your super-goo-filled container but watch out! A Smashy Mashy character and its disgusting, spoiled buddy are lurking inside. So disgustingly squishy! You can collect loads of smelly Smashy Mashy characters. Examples of available in characters include an ‘out of this world’ alien, a ‘far out’ hippie llama, and more. Personally, my son received Unipug + T-Bone and it's the family pet that we never had!  There are six trendy characters this season and they retail for $9.99 each.



The holiday season is never complete without family-friendly games! I found some trendy games that are sure to create happy memories.


Cut the Wire is the ultimate race to see who can defuse or lose... before it's too late! Put your skills to the test with Cut the Wire, new from YULU! A device is ticking and it’s about to go off! Players compete to see who cuts the right wire, defuses the device, and saves the day. Use secret clues for hints to help figure out how to avoid cutting the wrong wire and losing the game. This game is for ages 6+ and retails for $24.99 in the US (Target Exclusive) and $29.99 in CA (Walmart Canada Exclusive).




The Spy Code Hackathon game is one of family's favorite games. With the success of the Spy Code games of 2017, YULU expands this spy line with the introduction of Hackathon. One player, the operator, is trapped in a virtual room trying to hack into a top secret government hard drive. The other players are the ‘Experts’ who must give the hacking instructions to break through the 8 different modules by deciphering the information found in the instruction manuals. But there is a catch: the experts can’t see the hard drive and the operator can’t see the manuals. So everyone will need to talk it out – fast. This game is for ages 8+ and retails for $29.99 in the US (Target Exclusive) and $44.99 in CA (Toys R Us).


The Sticky the Plunger with Slide-In Photo Target is a great gag gift for little ones who make too many poop jokes!  I don't know about you, but I never realized that having children would result in having to listen to so many poop jokes. (The evolution of the poop emoji hasn't helped!) Poop is popular and this toilet target is totally on trend! Let the poop (or plunger) fly with Sticky the Plunger with Slide-In Photo Target, new from Hog Wild! Ready, aim. . . stick!!! Use Sticky the Plunger or Sticky the Poo to hit the target with a resounding S-P-L-A-T! Just slip any photo into the Target’s “flush zone” to create a customized turd target. The set includes 2 Sticky the Plungers, 1 Sticky the Poo and 1 toilet target with slide-in for 8.5” x 11” photo. This is for ages 4+ and has a retail price of $19.99.


Who Cut the Cheese: Who Cut the Cheese is a silly game that will result in giggles and happy childhood memories. This is a game kids will make a big stink about! Kids will giggle their way through this Electronic Gas Game waiting to see who is next to cut the cheese. When players cut the cheese wheel with the special knife, each slice makes a different, funny sound. Each player takes a turn until they “cut the cheese” with a loud farting noise and then go back to start.  Players mark their progress along the game board and move forward each time they avoid cutting the cheese.  The first to reach the finish line wins! This game is for 2 to 4 players. Find it on Amazon here.



Stocking Stuffers

Bombas: Bombas offers trendy socks for the entire family. My husband runs 35+ miles each week and my two boys are also energetic. They know how to stress test socks! I could never find socks that lived up to their energy levels until we tried Bombas.  This brand is fantastic because their socks are excellent quality and they pay close attention to detail. They offer stylish designs that are comfortable and durable.


The Bombas No-Show and Ultra No-Show socks are my favorite. If you are a size 9.5 like me, you probably know that it's challenging to find no-show socks that actually fit comfortably. They are usually a "one size fits all" size. However, Bombas understands that there is a big difference between a women's size 5 and a 9.5. Their no-show socks come in three size ranges instead of only one.  I ordered the large and they are fantastic!




Similarly, my husband and oldest son love when Bombas appear in their stockings.  The Bombas Men's Ankle Socks below are among their favorites! As I mentioned earlier, my husband runs 35+ miles/week, so good quality socks are important to him.  My son is an active tween who stress tests his clothing and socks, so these are perfect for him too!





Finally, let me tell you about the Bombas Growth Guarantee that parents will love. If your children outgrow their socks within a year of your purchase, Bombas will happily replace any of their Toddler or Youth socks with the next size up - all on the house, of course. I know all about growth spurts, so this is a fantastic offer! Visit Bombas here.

Raw Spice Bar is one of my favorite brands for the holiday season because their high quality spices make holiday meals extra special.  Not only do they provide classic freshly ground spices and custom spices, but they also have a fantastic selection of recipes.  Personally, I am always excited when I see a Raw Spice Bar package in my mailbox because they have sent fantastic spices and recipe recommendations in the past.  Raw Spice Bar helps me to break out of my comfort zone to try new things.  Check out Raw Spice Bar's gift options for moms, dads, foodies, and those who seem to have everything!  Visit Raw Spice Bar here.


Avon offers trendy stocking stuffers for moms. We love their holiday items, including the Holiday Spatula Set of 2, Snowman Kitchen Timer, and the Holiday Measuring Spoon Set shown below.  We also love their trendy Build a Tree Cookie Cutter Set



The Build a Tree Cookie Cutter Set makes it fun and easy to create a gorgeous Christmas Tree. You simply use the cookie cutters to create the different layers of the tree and then use frosting to adhere them together. These cookie cutters are sure to become part of holiday traditions for families who enjoy baking together. Visit Avon to view their holiday collection here.




Avon offers trendy stocking stuffers for children too. We love the Avon Kids Soapy Slime Body Cleanser that has renewed my oldest son's love for bath time! The design team deserves recognition because this product is a game changer. They figured out  how to make soapy slime in kid-friendly colors, scents, and textures that also meet the criteria of many moms to be toxin-free.  There are no parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, or alcohol. Avon rocked the slime trend with this innovative stocking stuffer!



Avon's Kids Hocus Pocus Lotion is a great way to get my children to use lotion because it involves magic!  Well, it may not exactly include magic, but this whimsical lotion seems to create magical childhood memories for my little ones. It has a nice scent and we read the words on the bottle, "Marshmalow Poof. Guimauve Abracadabrant," as we rub in the lotion. Again, this is a toxin-free product without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, or alcohol. I love it as a stocking stuffer!




We also love Avon's Kids Bubble Trouble Bubble BathKids Triple Threat Shampoo, Conditioner, and Detangler, and Avon Kids Superfoam Body Wash. These are great stocking stuffers because your children will probably want to get a bath thanks to their new bath time supplies!  My youngest son loves the bubble bath and would spend all evening playing with the bubbles if we let him.  The Kids Triple Threat Shampoo, Conditioner, and Detangler is nice because it is gentle, smells good, and only requires us to rinse his hair once since the shampoo and conditioner are packed into one product. The Avon Kids Superfoam Body Wash also rocks his toddler world because he likes the independence of being able to use the pump to get his own foamy soap instead of me using a bottle of shower gel and pouring it onto his washcloth for him. The formulation is perfect to provide this independence.  Parents will also appreciate that these Avon Kids products are toxin free. There are no parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, or alcohol.  Visit Avon Kids here to order trendy bath time stocking stuffers.





Wondermade offers gourmet marshmallows that are perfect for the holidays.  We love the Favorites Set that contains flavors that customers rave about, including Cookies and Cream, S'mores, Salted Caramel and Mint Chocolate Chip. We love to eat them plain or in hot chocolate. All of the flavors are fantastic, but the Mint Chocolate Chip and Salted Caramel varieties are our favorites! You don't have to go on vacation to buy these trendy stocking stuffers as they are now available to order online. Visit Wondermade here.




Joco Cups offers trendy reusable drinking vessels that were born out of a personal protest to a mounting threat of plastic and single use waste.  In a plastic world with a disposable culture, we love that Joco Cups makes it easy to be eco-friendly  with their style products that are crafted to last! We love them for Teacher Gifts and Stocking Stuffers! Visit Joco Cups here.  




Circuit Mania is a stocking stuffer for future tech moguls! Kids will learn about conductivity, power sources and circuitry all with this fun, easy-to-do project right at home. Designed for STEAM learning, kids will be engaged and their creativity will flow with this easy to use kit. All key components are included: conductive tape, LED light, colorful construction paper, template and cell battery. Multiple templates available. This is for kids ages 5 and up. Learn more here




We hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into our favorite holiday gift ideas.  We would love it if you would share our Holiday Gift Guide with other since we spent months working on it and hope that it helps other Trendy Moms!

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