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2021 Holiday Gift Guide

For me, the holidays are a special time of the year to spend time with friends and family. I love making Christmas cookies, hosting holiday parties, and picking out gifts for each person in my family. I often start my shopping early because it’s so much fun! Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide includes gifts that are fun, useful, educational and decorative.

Our 2021 Top Holiday Gift Ideas include something for everyone! Of course, kids love toys, activities, puzzles, and games. I also often gift my kids new pajamas and winter accessories for sledding. Great gifts for adults include candles, colorful socks, and homemade treats. Grandparents especially will love a customized family photo book. Our gift guide even includes some ideas for baby’s first Christmas. Which gift idea is your favorite?

Create Play Travel top holiday gift ideas

Privacy Pop bed tent 2021 holiday gift guide

Privacy Pop Bed Tent

This first gift idea is something my kids love. A Privacy Pop Bed Tent makes it easy to customize your child’s bedroom and give them a cozy sleep space. It comes in sizes for toddler beds, twin, full and queen beds. This unique bed tent is easy to set up and compactly folds for storage.

My husband Andy shows in this video how easy it is to set up a bed tent! The Privacy Pop bed tent snugly fits around the mattress of a bed to create privacy and seclusion. It’s ideal for shared rooms and dorms. The side of the bed tent unzips all the way around and can be rolled up. Each end of the bed tent also has a window. The light-filtering material reduces daylight for bedtime and naps. Last but not least, Privacy Pop bed tents are a fun way to turn a bed into a fort!

Allay Lamp help improve sleep - holiday gift guide

Allay Lamp

Banish restless nights with the Allay Lamp. This unique headache and sleep therapy lamp uses a narrow band of green light to calm the brain, promote sleep and relieve headache pain. Invented by a Harvard medical school professor and neuroscientist, Allay’s patented glow naturally soothes the brain. The calming green glow helps reduce stress, anxiety and headaches. It’s ideal for parents in need of a good night’s sleep, pregnant and nursing women, and even children. Give your loved one the gift of sleep this holiday.

Allay Lamp gift idea to improve sleep

Vendees surprise diy dispensers gift guide

Vendees Beauty Kits for Kids

Additionally, Vendees Surprise DIY Dispensers are a fun gift idea for girls. My daughters were excited to open each section of these kits, to reveal the spa products and surprises inside. See our Vendees Surprise unboxing and full product review. Each set is themed and contains a collection of supplies to make your own beauty products, such as bath bombs, lip gloss and fancy fingernails.

Vendees surprise diy dispensers themed beauty sets for kids

Mark Wainwright book Trapped in a Hot Air Balloon

Trapped in a Hot Air Balloon

If your kids love adventure, they will enjoy reading Mark Wainwright‘s new kid’s chapter book. Trapped in a Hot Air Balloon is a riveting story about two siblings who encounter more of an adventure than they anticipated. When a hot air balloon mishap launches them into the sky, Jenny and Cole must work together and face their fears and differences to survive.

Our family enjoyed the vivid descriptions that Mark weaves throughout his storytelling. He spares no detail when describing Jenny and Cole’s strong emotions and honest inner thoughts. Most importantly, Trapped in a Hot Air Balloon powerfully shares that kids can trust God in all things, as their faithful example, protector and healer.

pediped Naomi Boot holiday gift guide

pediped Naomi Boot

Next in our gift guide, any girl will feel stylish and warm in these cute pediped Naomi boots. They’re a classic choice for girls who enjoy dressing up and exploring in the cold weather. These boots have a breathable leather and quilted nylon upper, soft fabric lining, and a flexible rubber sole. They’re easy to put on thanks to the inner zipper. Kids will love how comfy these boots are! The shiny leather bow is a darling finishing touch.

pediped shoes support healthy foot development and come in a variety of styles. My kids have worn several pairs of pediped shoes and they love them. These supportive kids shoes are great for the playground, playing sports, hiking and exploring. Furthermore, pediped shoes are also a great first shoe for babies and early walkers.


GoSili ocean silicone cups

goSili Ocean Cups

Did you know that cups can be pretty and eco-friendly? These beautiful GoSili Reusable Ocean Cups are a great way to encourage your whole family to stay hydrated. They are made from 100% platinum silicone. An embedded stainless steel ring adds durability. GoSili silicone cups are dishwasher safe and eco-friendly. Additionally, GoSili has partnered with Lonely Whale to raise awareness about ocean health. 1% of every purchase goes toward ocean clean-up and conservation, and teaching kids about how to reduce plastic waste.

Jelt belts made from recycled water bottles Holiday Gift Guide

Jelt Belt

Next on our gift list, a Jelt Belt is a great stocking stuffer for kids and adults. Jelt Belts are sustainably designed, premium elastic belts made from recycled plastic bottles. The grippy inner gel is comfortable and the no-show flat buckle is durable. These belts are great for everyday wear, outdoor activities, and travel. Jelt Belts come in a range of styles for men, women and kids. See our full Jelt Belt review here!

Furthermore, Jelt is a woman-owned company that also gives back to the community. Jelt Belts are made in Montana. The company’s mission is to provide a quality product that everyone needs, while also promoting social change and empowering children and families.

Jelt Belt everyday fashion gift idea
Society Socks for men and women gift ideas

Society Socks

Trying to think of a fun gift idea for the guy or gal in your life? Look no further than Society Socks! These socks come in tons of FUN and BOLD patterns for men and women! Society Socks is a sock subscription box that also gives back to the community. ⁠Sign up and you’ll get two awesome pairs of socks in the mail each month AND the company will donate two pairs of socks to those in need. ⁠Society socks come in men’s size 7-13 and women’s size 5-10. ⁠

Shutterfly Photo Book

A personalized photo book is another great gift idea for grandparents, siblings and kids. Shutterfly makes it easy to choose a layout for your book, select the number of pages you want it to have, and upload photos. I especially enjoy putting some effort into personalizing the pages of the photo books I make. Order a photo book to remember a specific stage of your family’s life, or to show off favorite photos from a recent family vacation or trip. Shutterfly photo books are great for holiday gifts, birthdays, graduations and special occasions.

Shutterfly Photo Book holiday gift idea

Lulla Doll baby gift idea

Lulla Doll

Next is a gift especially for babies. A mom-entrepreneur designed Lulla doll to help small children experience more comfort and better sleep. The Lulla doll imitates closeness to a caregiver at rest by playing soothing sounds of a mother’s live-recorded breathing and heartbeat for 12 hours. It provides the feeling that someone is sleeping nearby when a baby’s caregiver isn’t able to. The doll has 3 different volume settings and it is machine washable at warm temperatures. Since its creation, Lulla has helped thousands of children in homes and hospitals worldwide.

ergopouch sleep suit holiday gift idea

ergoPouch Sleep Suit Bag

Additionally, young children will feel snug on chilly nights in a ergoPouch sleep suit. The award-winning ergoPouch Sleep Suit Bag converts from a sleeping bag to a sleep suit with legs, using innovative 4-way zippers. The sleep suit is made from soft easy-care organic cotton. The stretchy sides and shoulder panels are made from organic jersey cotton. This ergoPouch sleep suit is designed for toddlers who are walking and allows little ones to feel cozy and move freely during sleep.

Loloma natural coconut moisturizer

Loloma Natural Moisturizer

Cold winter weather is often harshest on young kids. Loloma 100% organic virgin coconut oil moisturizer is soothing for soft skin and helpful on eczema. It is free of harmful chemicals, parabens and sulphites. Formulated by parent entrepreneurs, Loloma is an ideal natural moisturizer for mom and baby. Loloma is made from organic coconuts sourced from the Northern Islands in Fiji. The coconut oil is naturally clear, with a lightweight coconut fragrance. Loloma’s highly absorbent texture leaves skin highly nourished and velvety smooth.

Rocky Nook watercolor books snacks and botanical gift ideas

Watercolor Books: Snacks & Botanical Garden

Learn how to create amazing art with Rocky Nook watercolor books! Watercolor Snacks: Inspiring Lessons for Sketching and Painting Your Favorite Foods by Volta Voloshin-Smith is a colorful guide that teaches basic watercolor techniques. Kids and adults alike will love creating their own beautiful and delicious-looking paintings. Learn how to paint a stack of fluffy pancakes, a slice of gourmet pizza, or a scrumptious frosted three-layer strawberry cake, among much more!

Furthermore, aspiring painters can let their creativity bloom with Watercolor Botanical Garden: A Modern Approach to Painting Bold Flowers, Plants, and Cacti by Rachel Eskandari. Each step-by-step tutorial illustrates how to master the watercolor basics to create hues and textures within gorgeous floral artwork. The lessons feature bright chrysanthemums, vibrant gerbera daisies, and spiky agave succulents. These easy-to-follow art books are a great resource for painting recreationally or for a kids art class.

The holidays aren’t all about gifts, but I think it’s fun to give my kids and family thoughtful surprises I picked out just for them! Which special gifts will be under your Christmas tree this year?


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