Christmas Gift Guide – A Good Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

The holidays are by far my favorite time of year, especially since we have a little one. All the excitement and joy is just so much fun. Another part of the holidays I love is spoiling those I love. And to be fair, I don’t mind receiving some great gifts either.

To help make your shopping easier this year, I’ve put together 4 curated guides to help give you ideas. Hopefully you’ll find them handy and be able to get everyone on your list checked off quickly so you can go enjoy their company.

Also, this year, I’ve been using this amazing little browser extension called Honey. If you aren’t familiar with it yet, then let me know tell you about it real quick. Basically, you just install this in your browser and it automatically finds coupons, promo codes and other deals you may not have found already and let’s you know if you are getting the best price for whatever it is you are looking at. Go give it a try!

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids 2017

Row One: Leather Piggy Bank by Shinola ($155) | Jacquard Cardigan from Zara ($35) | Work Bench by Hearth + Hand ($99)
Row Two: Cordy Roy Fox from Jellyfox ($25) | Mini Balance Bike by Public Bikes ($130) | Rain Boots by Hunter ($55)
Row Three: Wagon from Plantoys ($70) | Pompoms Sweatshirt from Zara ($20) | Constellation Blocks by Uncle Goose ($25)
Row Four: Smallbirds Wool Runners from Allbirds ($55) | One Thousand Things by Anna Kovecses | Printed Hat by Pulp Co. ($40)

Christmas Gift Guide for Mothers 2017

Row One: Diffuser by Stadler Form ($60) | The Human Woman French Terry Sweatshirt from Everyone ($45) | Clara Crossbody Purse by Nisolo ($140)
Row Two: Cats & Plants by Stephen Eichhorn ($45) | Nomad Balanced Perfume Oil from Made By Yoke ($46) | BEOPLAY A1 from B&O Play ($249)
Row Three: The Post Wallet from Madewell ($78) | The Wool-Cashmere Waffle Square Crew from Everyone ($130) | Rya Weaving Kit from The Crafter’s Box ($80)
Row Four: Hygge Collection Candle from Paddywax ($28) | The Essential Gardener by Barebones ($115) | Wool Slippers from Armor-Lux ($85)

Christmas Gift Ideas for Dads 2017

Row One: Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera from FujiFilm ($115) | The Cashmere Crew from Everlane ($100) | Time Teller Watch from Nixon ($63)
Row Two: Wool Runners from Allbirds ($95) | Bluetooth Headphones by Omars ($45) | 10 Piece Home Tool Care Kit from Grace USA ($119)
Row Three: Sunglasses from Ray-Ban ($140) | Stainless Steel Flask from Izola ($42)  | Classic Analog Alarm Clock by Braun ($29)
Row Four: Skateboard from Yocaher ($46) | Cold Brew Coffee Maker from Ovalware ($36) | Wonderboom Speaker from Ultimate Ears ($80)

Row One: Mini Domino Set from Paladone ($12) | Plain Wooden Yoyo from Maple Landmark ($6) | Fox Puzzle by Petit Collage ($12)
Row Two: The Tile Mate by Tile ($25) | 2018 Year Task Planner by Appointed ($38) | 10 ft Night Cable by Native Union ($40)
Row Three: Wonders Of The World from Marvis ($22) | Cord Taco’s by This Is Ground ($16) | Toothbrush by Quip ($45)
Row Four: Sherpa Shut-Eye Sleep Mask from Madewell ($15) | Pineapple Shot Glasses from W&P Design ($35) |  Keyring from Fred & Friends ($17)

 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

If you’re anything like me, you are looking at the calendar and just now realizing there are only 16 shopping days left for Christmas. On top of that, you’ve got a huge workload to finish before the end of the year leaving you little to no time to actually go out and do your shopping. So, in the little bit of free time I have, I’ve been compiling these holiday gift guides full of great gifts for your lady, kids and even a list to give to your wife in case you are one of those “impossible” to shop for guys. Good news is that all of the products listed out below can be ordered online and I am 98% sure all of them will arrive before Christmas, if you get on it soon. Here’s to a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Holiday Gift Guide for Fathers

Row One: Fleece Lined Slippers by Woolrich ($40) | The Nordic Cookbook by Mangus Nilsson ($37) | Chef Shirt from Huckberry ($90)
Row Two: Passport Wallet by Fjallraven ($60) | MH30 On Ear Headphones from Master & Dynamic ($329) | Pour Over Stagg Kettle by Fellow ($79)
Row Three: Beanie by Norse Projects ($75) | The Carry On from Away ($225) | Pour-Over Coffee Dripper by Osaka ($36)
Row Four: Project I-1 Analog Instant Camera from Impossible ($300) | Tinford Jacket from Barbour ($179) | Daypack by Filson ($120)

Christmas Gift Guide for Mothers

Row One: Lori Colorblock Tote by Nisolo ($150) | Ellows Throw by Matteo ($165) | Creative Confidence by Tom Kelly ($18)
Row Two: Handbag Essentials from Grown Alchemist ($80) | Out & About Boots from Sorel ($110) | Stargazey Jumper by Finisterre ($127)
Row Three: 2017 Paradise Calendar by Rifle Paper Co. ($26) | Minuit Rose Gold Watch from Cluse ($99) | 3 Candle Gift Box by Norden ($85)
Row Four: Rivington Sweater-Coat from Madewell ($178) | Pouch from Delfonics ($22) | Model B Slippers from Glerups ($95)

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Row One: Work Bench from A Summer Afternoon ($49) | Plush Trousers from Zara ($16) | Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton ($6)
Row Two: Basic Knit Hat from Zara ($13) | Silver Metal Speedster by Schylling ($100) | Wooden Camera by Fanny & Alexander ($52)
Row Three: Mini Band Wooden Percussion Set from Hape ($29) | Ear Flap Hat With Pompom from Zara ($13) | Wooden Baby Puzzle from Manzanita Kids ($36)
Row Four: This Moose Belongs To Me by Oliver Jeffers ($12) | Table & Chair by PlanToys ($135) | Long Sleeved Footed Romper by Milkbarn ($31)

Stocker Stuffer Ideas 2016

Row One: Cub 41 Solid Cologne from Clyde Oak ($26) | Missouri Socks from Chup ($35) | Wooden Yo-Yo by Son of A Sailor ($28)
Row Two: Key Fob from Madewell ($19.5) | Werewolf: A Party Game for Devious People by Timber & Bolt ($15) | Rubber-Dipped Wooden Pinch Bowl from Madewell x Food52 ($10)
Row Three: Flask from Stanley ($28) | Deer Socks from ANONYMOUS ISM ($28) | Infuse Bottle by Bobble ($15)
Row Four: Natural Wood Teether by Grimms ($14) | Tile Mate by Tile ($25) | The Carry On Cocktail Kit: Old Fashioned by The Carry On Cocktail Kit ($23)

 

Best Diaper Bags For Dads

best diaper bags for dads

Who knew finding a diaper bag that wouldn’t clash with me and my wife’s personal styles while carrying around would be so hard? Honestly, I have no idea why so many companies and brands thought they should design diaper bags as if the child itself was the one carrying it around. I searched high and low for the best diaper bags for dads and of course, moms too. Luckily, a few sensible people out there created some better looking diaper bags (The Honest Co., Tosan, Storq) that even most dads wouldn’t mind carrying around.

It’s also become more common and practical to use other types of bags that weren’t originally designed for the use of a diaper bag. Personally, we went this route when we decided on a diaper bag. Mostly because many of the amazingly designed and produced diaper bags we loved were simply too expensive (like the incredibly designed Leader Bag Co. bag shown in this post which goes for $465) for us at the time or weren’t available yet. Plus, we also liked the idea of being able to use whatever we bought again later for something else. We ended up going with the Fajllraven Kanken Daypack for those exact reasons. Not very expensive and can certainly be used for other things. It’s a pretty good quality bag, but it’s not so expensive that we’ll lose our minds if we spill something on it or it gets damaged. If it lasts, which it seems it will, until after Forrest is no longer wearing diapers, we’ll be able to use it again for other purposes or he can even use it for school. The design of it isn’t crazy which helps ensure that it won’t look all that dated in a couple of years, so I am hoping it will still be a rather cool and hip back pack in a few years.

best diaper bags for dadsOur Fjallraven Kanken Daypack 

Before really ever looking into what diaper bag we wanted, I knew I probably didn’t want something that was created specifically as a diaper bag because my experience up until my wife’s pregnancy was that all diaper bags pretty much suck and we both probably wouldn’t be all too excited about carrying some floral or animal print bag that had to be worn over one shoulder or carried by hand.

My criteria for a diaper bag both Jess and I would be happy to lug around looked like this:

  • Large enough to store everything we might need for a full day outing plus some of our own items.
  • Backpack style. Anyone with a kid knows you need your hands free, so carrying a bag was out of the question and cross body/shoulder backs can really do a number on your back and shoulders.
  • Durable and reliable yet lightweight. We wanted something that could take a bit of a beating without feeling like we were carrying our child in it.
  • Has both style and function and was unisex. No reason to sacrifice one for the other, right?
  • Reusable when finished using it to carry diapers and baby stuff.

These were ones we looked into along with some newer ones we’ve discovered since then. You just can’t go wrong with any of these though. Sorry, but not sorry if you start drooling over the Leader Bag Co. or Filson bags. You just might have to work an extra few ours and check under the sofa cushions to get those.

Kanken Daypack by Fjallraven ($75) | Journeyman Backpack by Filson ($320) | Winlaw by Herschel Supply Co. ($90) | Julien Backpack by Leader Bag Co. ($465) | Louie Day Pack by Norse Projects ($155) | Ransel by KAOS ($205) | Lightdays Diaper Bag/Backpack by Olidays ($118) | Carryall by Storq ($115) | Little America Backpack by Herschel Supply Co. ($100) | City Backpack by The Honest Co. ($150) | Survey Backpack by Herschel Supply Co. ($55) | Convertible Adventure Pack by Tosan ($250)

Are there any other great bags you have found out there that folks should look into? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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American-Made Goods For Papas From Tosan

American-Made Goods For Papas From Tosan

photos courtesy of tosan

This new label for pops and tots recently caught my eye on Instagram. At first it was their simple fleece crewneck sweatshirts that simply read “POP” or “TOT” in what resembles the classic collegiate font famously worn by John Balushi in Animal House. Somehow, Tosan pulls it off in a way that just works. I admit that I would probably be pretty hesitant to even consider purchasing a companion outfit for my son and self, even though tons of moms out there sport theirs. But this set is one I would (and will as soon as Forrest is big enough) wear with pride. Plus, I just love what this brand stands for, “Curated goods for the adventure of fatherhood”.

The Tot crewneck ($30) sizes start at 2T and go up to 6T and comes in navy. Both pop and tot versions are super soft, eco-friendly and made in the USA. The Pop crewneck ($65), which comes  in your standard sizes, comes in a heathered navy. Good call on their part for not making them both the same color! Tosan also offers a pop and tot set that is nicely priced at just $75. So, my advice is if you want them, grab them now, before they are all gone!

It will be great watching this brand grow and seeing what they do. They’ve already expanded into some other great and fun products like their Tosan X Salemtown child and adult sized skateboards ($300 for both. $160/$170 individually). And their convertible adventure pack ($250) looks just incredible. It’s looks are amazing and is full of function. Keep an eye out for other goods like carriers, bags, swaddles coming this spring.

American-Made Goods For Papas From Tosan

American-Made Goods For Papas From Tosan