Thanksgiving is now in the rear view mirror as we set forth into December. COVID-19 may have changed how we celebrate our holidays, but what has not changed is the spirit of giving. Once again, we have put together a Holiday Gift Guide, listing some of our favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list.
FOR THE KIDS
Give the Gift of Music with Music With Corey
Music With Corey (ages 1-7+) is an innovative kids music class with renowned instructor, Corey J. Feldman. His classes feature interactive songs about colors, shapes, numbers, sports, food, and much more. You will freeze dance, guess the animals, and "show-and-tell," so bring instruments and toys. Corey offers classes in-person or on Zoom, as well as 1-on-1 lessons for all ages. His zoom classes have been rated 4.9/5 or above on Kidpass, and HiSawyer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (Zoom classes- $10, or $90- 10-week semester on www.musicwithcorey.com/register)
All in-person classes are arranged via email.
One of the healthiest gifts you can give your child is something that gets them up and moving! My Gym Hoboken is the answer. They have gift certificates for classes, memberships, birthday parties, parents' night out, and camps. There is no doubt your child will have a blast with My Gym. Whether it be online, in person, or at a private playdate or party, there is something for every comfort level. It is a guaranteed way to get my son to smile ear to ear. The instructors are so warm and engaging, making sure all the kids have a ton of fun while working on important developmental skills. I notice an immediate confidence boost after each class.
Big Ideas for Little Philosophers Box Set contains four board books on prominent philosophers and their main teachings: Imagination with René Descartes, Equality with Simone de Beauvoir, Happiness with Aristotle, and Truth with Socrates. These concepts are portrayed in a way that is accessible to kids and what is going on in their lives.
Green Toys Disney has come out with the cutest and most engaging stacking toy with their Baby Mickey Mouse Stacker (for ages 6m+). This 100% non-BPA, no phthalates, no PVC plastic is also dishwasher safe!
The LEGO Ideas FRIENDS Central Perk Building Kit is so cute. Phoebe even comes with a little guitar. These 1,070 pieces of fun are advertised for ages 16+, but my niece is 11 and would absolutely love this.
Learning Resources Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog (ages 18m+) can be used a fun occupational therapy toy, as well as an aid to promote color recognition, counting games, and sorting.
LEGO Harry Potter Hedwig shows Hedwig, the snowy owl, delivering an important letter from Hogwarts. Also included is a detachable LEGO Harry Potter mini-figure and a mini Hedwig toy. It contains 630 pieces, and when assembled the wingspan is 13 inches, with a beak to tail measurement of 7 inches.
The Let's Go! Learning Game (ages 4-8) helps preschoolers with memory, spelling, and word recognition. It comes in blue, green, orange, purple, and pink, and has 30 double-sided picture cards.
Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track has 3 loops, 3 crash zones, and 3 boosters of its own, while it is also able to connect to other Hot Wheels sets. As kids try to launch three different cars into action without causing a crash, it develops problem solving skills.
Osmo Genius and Little Genius - I know I often mention this toy, but it is just so awesome. There is a Kindle Fire version and an iPad version, both of which offer educational activities that combine using the iPad with actual hand held pieces. Little Genius is best for ages 3-5, while the original Osmo Genius is best for ages 6-10.
FITNESS FOR ALL
I know firsthand, F45 Training Hoboken is one of the best Functional HIIT workouts out there. If you follow their program, you will see results. Classes are 45 minutes each (which I love) and the results actually show up pretty quickly. The camaraderie at F45 gives you a sense of accountability, while also making you want to go and exercise. Even better...they are now offering a special where you will receive 2 FREE CLASSES with the purchase of a 10 pack.
Muscle Hunter is a resistance band set that includes 5 stackable exercise bands with a door anchor attachment, cushioned handles, and ankle straps. I just purchased this for my dad, and recently got it for my husband, mainly because I wanted it. It is durable and enables you to go as light as 10 lbs. or as heavy as 150. I recently used these when doing a virtual F45 class and it truly escalated my workout. I also think the name Muscle Hunter is amazing.
The Adidas Cloudfoam Running Shoe is usually priced around $50 and has over 30,000 reviews with a 4.5 star rating. It is one of the most popular and well-liked sneakers on Amazon, and no gift guide is complete without its mention.
WHEN THEY NEED SOME SPARKLE
W. Kodak Jewelers in Hoboken not only has amazingly beautiful jewelry, but they have two exciting promotions this holiday! Their Diamond Stud Event (running December 6th- December 12th) is a weeklong event where customers can take advantage of an amazing 1 carat diamond stud special (1 carat diamond studs for $2,490; Regularly $4,000). Want something smaller or larger? All other diamond studs will be on special too. See in-store for details on sizing, color, etc. That's not all! From (November 27th, 2020 - January 5th, 2021) W. Kodak is offering a Free $250 Holiday Gift Card to all of their customers! It can be used in stores or on-line with code HOLIDAY250. Gift card is $250 off purchase of $500 or more on in-stock pieces. Some exclusions apply. Both promotions cannot be combined with any other offer, and are not applicable towards previous purchases.) Call 201-710-5000 for more details or email email@example.com.
FOR THEIR WELL BEING
Hand and Stone in Hoboken is a beautiful facial and massage spa located at 1400 Hudson Street. They are open seven days a week with extended hours which make scheduling an appointment with them anxiety free (whatever your crazy schedule is). Hand and Stone has also gone above and beyond in terms of their new health and safety standards. Click here to learn about the steps they are taking. For the holiday season they are offering exciting special gift card promotions. With the purchase of a Spa Package, you will receive a FREE Massage or Facial Gift Card, or you can save $10 on Spa Gift Cards!
SLIP's Silk Sleep Mask is on my wish list, because as if 2020 couldn't get any more amazing, I now have eyelid eczema from my daily mask wear. Yes, a doctor told me this! Since masks are life right now, I am hoping SLIP will help retain whatever moisture my eyelids do have. I'm also told, cotton pillowcases absorb a ton of face moisture. If you have eyelid eczema too, welcome to my crusade.
FOR THE GOURMAND
Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer - If you have been torn between both sides of the toaster oven vs. air fryer debate, look no further. This does it both. You can use it as a toaster oven, make a pizza, fry some shrimp, roast a 4 pound duck, or heat up some chicken nuggets...the list goes on. The one thing you can count on is that whatever you are cooking, it will be crispy!
TRUFF Hot Sauce is hot sauce with black truffle oil in it. I feel like I don't need to say anything else about this product, as that is delicious.
Salt Fat Acid Heat is written by chef and culinary master, Samin Nosrat. While this book contains recipes, it is more than that. It actually teaches you how to cook and explains the why. Samin brings a world of knowledge to her work, being raised American by Iranian parents, while learning how to cook at Chez Panisse and in Italy. She brings an unprecedented appreciation to the culinary practice, and a devotion to educating other culinary enthusiasts.
WHEN THEIR LOOK CAN USE SOME EXTRA PIZZAZZ
Roxanne Assoulin Bracelets - I love bracelets and I love wearing a lot of them. These colorful bracelets by New York based designer Roxanne Assoulin will make you smile on even the dreariest day of quarantine. They are bright and happy, yet sophisticated, with their clean aesthetic. They are the kind of bracelets you can wear with a blazer and also with yoga pants. They always go.
Honeydew Intimates Star Seeker Brushed Jersey Pajamas are awesome because while they are pajamas, they also look like something you might wear out, like one of those trendy jogger sets. It comes in a variety of patterns and makes a very nice and functional gift.