Great Gift Ideas For Kids Of All Ages

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The holidays are here which means it’s gift giving season! I’ve gathered up a variety of gift ideas for kids of all ages- from newborns to tweens! Bookmark this post because I’ll be sharing more great gift ideas as I discover them!

Bobbi-Toads

Bobbi-Toads is a line of stylish kid’s footwear that would be a perfect gift for those that do the four gift rule (something to read, something to wear, something they want, and something they need). They have a line of paintable shoes and a line of light-up shoes. I love the bright colors, fun designs, and sparkles!

Ages 2+.

See all the designs here.

Magna-Tiles®

Magna-Tiles® are magnetic building sets providing safe, imaginative play that makes math and science fun and engaging for children of all ages. They’ve been around for years (when I taught preschool they were the most popular toy in the classroom!!) but now they have 6 brand new sets out including Magna-Qubix™ with 3D cubes, prisms, and pyramids, and Magna-Tiles Freestyle with the patented “X” shape and free-moving magnets.

Ages 3+

Buy them here.

Smithsonian Exploration Station Book Sets: Space, World Atlas, and The Human Body

These books are full of fascinating facts and full-color photographs that make learniing fun! Each set also contains hands-on toys that go with the theme. The Space set comes with a sticker sheet, space figurines to play with, and the glow-in-the-dark stars. The Human Body set comes with a plastic model skeleton and 25 fact cards. The World Atlas comes with an inflatable globe and cardstock models of some of the wonders of the world.

Ages 6+

Buy them here.

Cuddle+Kind

Cuddle+Kind dolls are beautiful, soft, and cuddly dolls, ethically produced in Peru. They are lovingly hand-knit, hand-loomed, embroidered and crocheted by artisans using knitting expertise that has been handed down for generations making them heirloom quality. Best of all, each doll purchased helps feed children! For every cuddle+kind doll sold they give 10 meals to children in need.

Ages 0+

Buy them here.

PlayMonster Yeti, Set, Go! Game

Yeti, Set, Go! is a follow-up to PlayMonster’s Toy of the Year award-winning game, Yeti in My Spaghetti®, taking the mythical yeti theme to a whole new level! In the fast-paced all-play game players help four different Yetis – with four unique personalities – kick meatballs up a snowy mountain, trying to be the first to get theirs on the ledges.

Ages 4+

Buy it here.

Massive Monster Mayhem 

Massive Monster Mayhem is an action-packed, sci-fi action adventure game show starring the greatest Massive MonsterSuperstars in the Universe and they just launched a new toy line this past October. The toys bring kid’s imaginations to life through a variety of battle-inspired items, including a Massive 5-foot Moon Ball, outrageously huge Inflatable Bash Weapons, larger-than-life wearable Bash Armor and Power Punchers – everything kids need to safely step into action, battle giant alien monsters and save the world. 

Ages 4+
Buy them here.

Orbeez Ultimate Soothing Spa

The Orbeez Ultimate Soothing Spa is the perfect gift for a child who wants to have a “spa day” just like mommy! Newly redesigned with bright, lively and fun Orbeez colors, toe separators and nail polish, the Ultimate Soothing Spa comes with everything kids need for the pedicure of their dreams. Complete with 2,000 Orbeez, a cascading waterfall and a built-in strainer, well-deserved relaxation and fun is guaranteed.

Ages 5+

Buy it here.

Monkey Trix Game

Monkey Trix is the ultimate family game with a silly and fierce head to head competitive showdown. Pick your monkey, collect your blocks and turn over the top card. Be the first monkey to build the stack and take the card to win the round. Collect three cards to win the game. (My ten year old son and eleven year old nephew had fun competing against each other and it was hilarious to watch!)

Ages 6+

Buy it here.

Organic Soft Book & Teeter Set from Petit Collage

This is a great eco-friendly gift idea for little ones! Baby’s first organic book is soft and ready for story time. The book features high contrast patterns printed with natural inks on organic cotton. A solid beech wood bunny doubles as a teether and a play pal.

Ages 0+

Buy it here.

Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines Book

In this entertaining and instructive book, mechanical engineer and educator Paul Long gives step-by-step instructions for making low-tech devices using everyday objects in inspired and ingenious ways. Create machines that flip a light switch, squeeze toothpaste, dispense candy, make music, and more. Each of the thirteen projects demonstrates how to build the machine’s various elements, and explains how they work together to make a mind-boggling mechanism that delivers hours of fun and fascination. Also included are interesting sidebars on the science behind each gadget, plus tips and tricks for success.

Ages 10+

Buy it here.

Artsbot Craft Kits

Artsbot Activity Kits pack hours of creative energy into a small box that’s easy to bring on the go. Each kit contains all the materials needed to create several projects, plus a set of non-toxic markers, a mini sketch journal and pen, postcard and stickers. They also include a cotton drawstring activity bag to keep all the supplies in one handy place.

Ages 5+

Buy them here.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Video Game

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a new action-adventure video game tweens will love. In the game, players can travel seamlessly through the exotic alien worlds of the Atlas star system and discover its seven unique planets, each with its own ecosystem, wildlife and secrets to uncover. The world evolves depending on the player’s actions and choices, and continues to evolve even when they aren’t around. The innovative modular toys that come with the game, and are available as add-ons, allow players to build unique starships which can be customized for a new way to play as players adapt to overcome any challenge they encounter in this epic open world adventure. After they build their starship combo they can see it come to life in the game. (Learn more about why we love this game here.)

Ages 7+

Buy it here.

Squishmallows

Squishmallows are a collectible, plush toy line that has been dubbed the “softest” plush toy. From animals to fantasy creatures, more than 50 styles of these marshmellow-soft characters are available and make the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers. Parents have reported that hey are great for kiddos with anxiety and sensory sensitivities as well!

Ages 3 months+

Buy them here.

Geomag Mechanics Gravity

Kids will love creating unique, moving structures while being introduced to important STEM skills and engineering principles through fun hands-on play. This 330 piece set includes a magnetic cannon, stop and go mechanism, magnetic transmission and Gravity Motor. The system is made up of magnetic rods, steel spheres and elements of different shapes such as cylinders, bearings and modular parts so, when assembled correctly, kids can use the force of gravity to create chain reactions for never-ending fun.

Ages 7+

Buy it here.

Carnival Play Set

This beautifully designed, wooden toy set let’s young kids bring three animal friends for a ride on this stylish wooden Ferris wheel. Kids can turn the handle and watch this big wheel spin. They can use the included wooden bead abacus to count rides, ticket holders or the number of spins. Each playset includes a spinning wooden Ferris wheel with three carts and three solid beech wood animal friends.

Ages 3+

Buy it here.

 

Strawbees Imagination Kit

Strawbees is a simple concept of straws and connectors, but a limitless opportunity for kids, or inventors of any age really, to bring their building dreams to life! Kids can build and experiment right out of the box, creating the most amazing stories around the 105 included challenges. This kit will encourage them to develop problem-solving skills as they modify their creations to come up with new and different solutions to challenges.

Ages 5+

Buy it here.

Chrono Bomb Night Vision

Kids get up-and-moving with Chrono Bomb® Night Vision. The Mission: Cross the Laser Field Before It’s Too Late. Kids turn off the lights for a thrilling nighttime mission (or the game can be played during the day with the lights on)! Using the clamps and 37-foot string to create a “laser” field to crawl through, kids wear UV light goggles to illuminate the string, and carefully make their way through the laser field. The game can be played over and over again, building new courses each time or trying to beat your time and master your favorite setup!

Ages 7+

Buy it here.

Hudson Glow Rattle

Hudson is an adorable motion–activated rattle that responds to the way the baby shakes it. Lean the 4″ puppy’s green legs down to see him glow green; lean his red legs down and watch the spots glow red! Hudson’s textured legs are just right for teething babies, and the soft rattling sound will both entertain and stimulate the senses.

Ages 6 months+

Buy it here.

Marvelous Makeable Monsters Book

What can a makeable monster do? They motor, inflate, wobble, drool, soar, and one of them can even do push-ups. Add a pair of wings, subtract a tentacle…the best thing about these monsters is that they’re part experiment, part imagination, and 100 percent customizable. Author Sam Haynor draws on his experience with the San Francisco Exploratorium, Oakland Toy Lab, Goldieblocks, and designing STEAM curriculum to create projects packed with features. While, on the outside, most appear to be built completely from common craft materials, they contain circuits, levers, projectile-launchers, puzzles, and much more. The projects are safe and fun for younger kids working with adults, and most of them can be tackled by middle-graders with minimal adult help.

Ages 10+

Buy it here.

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Great Gift Ideas From Family Christian {Giveaway}

Still have some names to check off your shopping list? I’m happy to be working with Family Christian to share some of the amazing gifts you can find in their stores and online.

Music- From Holiday CDs to the WOW series full of top hits to Casting Crowns, Family Christian has some great uplifting music. During the Christmas season I love to have holiday music on so I was excited to see Family Christian offering an exclusive ‘A Christmas to Believe in’ CD. Another CD I purchased was Casting Crowns new CD, Thrive. I have not heard the whole album but as one of the top Christian music groups out there I have no doubt that this will bring joy to anyone who receives it.

Kitchen Gifts- If you have someone on your list who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, how about getting them something special to use when they cook or bake? I love these little loaf pans. A great gift idea would be baking a little treat in them and then gifting the treat and dish together with a little note telling the person how thankful you are for them. There are also mugs, serving platters, kitchen tools, casserole dishes and more. Now through Christmas Eve select holiday gifts are 50% off so it’s the perfect time to pick up Christmas dishes, too!

Devotionals & Books- Gifting a book that guides others in quiet time is such a blessing- to them and to you! We love our Veggie Tales devotional but I was excited to give my boys the new Jesus Calling for Kids after hearing on Twitter about how great it was. All Jesus Calling books are 50% off right now. Another special book by one of my favorite Authors/Bloggers called Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas would make a nice gift for families looking to start an Advent tradition.

Willow Tree- I wrote a whole post about Willow Tree and all the beautiful figurines they have. Know a pregnant mom, a new dad, or a couple who just got engaged? Willow Tree makes the perfect gift to honor special life moments. Read more about them here.

Home Decor- The home deor pieces from Family Christian make ideal gifts! Encourage a friend with an angel figurine or a wall cross, or share one of their Christian plaques with an inspirational message. This ‘Be The Good’ print is one of my favorites.

Which Christmas gift idea is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below and you are entered to win a $25 gift certificate for Family Christian! Share the giveaway on a social network and leave another comment with the link and that will get you an extra entry. Giveaway ends December 24, 2014 at 11:59pm CST.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

10 Gifts Under $40 And More Dream Gifts From Kohl’s

(Disclosure: I attended an event at a Kohl’s store and received a gift card for my time. All thoughts are my own.)

I love the Holiday season. The cookie baking, Christmas tree decorating, carol singing and hot chocolate drinking days are some of the most fun ones of the year. One thing not on the “fun” list? Shopping for the perfect Christmas gift. I love the gift giving part but going from store to store to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list is one of the most stressful parts of the season.

Last week I got a sneak peek at Kohl’s Christmas gift selection and I realized that shopping for gifts could be fun and easy when you shop at one location. From toys to home decor to fashions for the whole family you’ll find everything you need at Kohl’s. The best part? With the great deals they have you’ll save enough money on gifts to buy yourself something nice.

Trying to figure out what to get those hard to shop for people on your list? Here are 10 great gift ideas under $40.

doc mcstuffins doctor bag and doll gift set

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Food Network™ wine sweaters

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Simply Vera Vera Wang initial box necklace

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Big Wheels riders

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Wembley slippers

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San Miguel picadilly votive candle holder

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Melissa & Doug slice and bake cookie sheet

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essie nail polish kit

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St. Nicholas Square® angel tealight candle holder

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Sony® studio monitor stereo headphones

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

The holidays are just around the corner, so you know what that means….time for the Melissa & Doug “Terrific Twenty” list! This list compiles the “best of the best” holiday gifts for the 2012 holiday season, and I’m excited to share it here with you!

To celebrate, Melissa & Doug are having a “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on their Facebook page! Every day they’ll be giving away one item from their Terrific Twenty list to at least one of their lucky Facebook fans!

Be on the lookout for a giveaway here at Making Time For Mommy because I’m giving one of these terrific items away soon! :)

(Disclosure: I received an item from this list for posting this information.)

All I Want For Christmas Is… A Stockpot!

Ok, so that’s not entirely true because there are other things on my wish list but when my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas I said I’d love a soup pot. Out of all the things I want this is #2 on my list (#1 being an iPad). I never thought I’d want a pot for Christmas.

I'd LOVE a set like this but they are all sold out :(

Do you want anything for Christmas that you would have never imagined yourself asking for?

More Gifts In A Jar {But You Can’t Eat These!}

Earlier I shared 12 edible gifts in a jar and now I want to share some ideas for other gift jars I don’t recommend eating. Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts:

Craft Jar

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Sewing Kit Jar

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Poured Mason Jar Candles

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Monogram Jars

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Everything In A Jar

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Homemade Sugar Scrubs

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Apron In A Jar

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Bath Fizzies

Best Toys For Kids {2011}

Looking for some gift ideas?

Here’s the “Best Toys For Kids” list from the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association:


Active Play

Freestyle Spooner Board
by Spooner Inc.
For ages 3+
Using the Spooner Board, riders of all abilities can pretend they are catching a wave, riding the slopes, or burning up the asphalt without leaving the comfort of the family room. Designed for beginners, kids 3 can simulate spins, twists, slides, and wobbles, while getting a workout, stabilizing their core and improving their balance and coordination.


Z-Curve Bow
by Zing
For ages 8+
The ultimate foam arrow shooter for high tech archery, Zing’s Z-Curve Bow uses safe, soft arrows that can soar 100 feet! Set includes bow, two long-range arrows with holder, and a stick-anywhere Zartz-tip dart for accurate target practice.



Classic Play (0-7 Yrs)

Teaching Cash Register
by Learning Resources
For ages 3+
Cha-ching!! Playing store comes to life with this talking, interactive cash register that rewards transactions with lights, sounds and voice messages. Holds actual-size money and includes a built-in scanner, scale, coin slot and volume control. Engaging play helps kids practice basic math skills and recognition of coins and bills. Requires 3 C batteries, not included.



Classic Play (8 Yrs+)

Potholder Kit
by Harrisville Designs
For ages 6+
Children love to weave, especially with this easy metal loom from Harrisville that helps kids understand spatial relationships while developing fine motor control and builds self esteem. It’s a great way to produce something useful. Make handmade items to sell at fundraising events or to give as gifts!



Constructive Play

nanoblock
by Ohio Art/Kawada
For ages 8+
You don’t have to be an engineer to build with nanoblock from Ohio Art! Watch in amazement as 3-D buildings are erected with micro-sized building blocks. With assorted size and colored pieces, create a detailed replica of France’s Eiffel Tower, India’s Taj Mahal and others that fit perfectly in the palm of your hand.



Tegu Blocks
by Tegu
Tegu angle blocks from Tegu allow geometric building possibilities for gravity-defying play! Constructive play reaches new heights with the Explorer Set, which includes 40 blocks in seven shapes and a booklet of building ideas—all packaged in a beautifully designed box large and rigid enough to store the blocks for many years to come.



Creative Arts Play

Happily Ever After Jewelry Box
by The Orb Factory
For ages 5+
Bring a little Happily Ever After to any girls’ room with this beautiful new jewelry box from The Orb Factory. The whimsical tale of a Princess and her Frog Prince is illustrated all around this sparkling box. Follow the numbered legend and mosaic over 750 sparkling tiles and jewels… and watch this magical story spring to life!


Safety Pin Bracelets
by Klutz
For ages 8+
Super-simple, fully illustrated step-by-step directions by Klutz for Safety Pin Bracelets shows how anyone can craft an entire collection of brilliantly sparkling jewelry out of garden-variety safety pins. The book includes 12 unique bracelet designs. You pick the colors and patterns so each bracelet is uniquely you.



Early Play 0-3 Year

Early Melodies Pound and Tap Bench
by Hape
For ages 12 months and up
This sturdy wooden toy from Hape gives babies lots of ways to have fun with sounds. They can pound the balls with the hammer to make them roll down the xylophone, making a beautiful scale of musical sounds or pull out the xylophone and tap directly on the keys to make an original tune!


Pic ‘N’ Pop
by International Playthings
For ages 18 months and up
Pic N Pop by Tomy gets children moving! With the click of the button, kids launch a ball from the chute, then roll over the ball and magically pick it up! With five balls, you can use this indoors and outdoors.



Game Play (3-7 Years)

Fast Track
by Blue Orange Games
For ages 3 to 7
Ready, aim, score! With Fastrack from Blue Orange Games, the action is non-stop and the fun is plentiful. Using the elastic cord, be quick and aim well. Be the first to send all of the disks zooming across the other side. WARNING: you may find it difficult to stop playing!


Perplexus Rookie
by Plasmart
For ages 4+
6.5 Inches in diameter, the Perplexus Rookie by Plasmart is filled with layers of detailed maze structures. It’s a brainteaser puzzle with facets kids and adults find both fascinating and mind-bending. Flip, twist and turn the sphere to solve the puzzle. Easy to play but challenging to complete. Great for improving eye-hand coordination and spatial relationships.



Game Play (8 Years+)

Pathwords
by Thinkfun Inc.
For ages 12+
Exercise your brain with PathWords from ThinkFun, the exciting new game that combines the best of Tetris® and Word Search! Place the puzzle pieces onto the selected challenge so the letters under each piece spell a word. With 40 challenges from beginner to expert, PathWords appeals to word game lovers AND puzzle game fanatics.


Trigger
by Blue Orange Games
For ages 8+
You won’t believe how many laughs are packed into the game of Trigger Blue Orange Games. Players answer “true” or “false” to statements as quickly as possible by slapping the target. Right hand is true and left hand is false. With humorous statements in a fast pace atmosphere, the game is always full of surprises.



Pretend (Doll Play)

Tidoo Raspberry
by Corolle
For ages 18 months and up
Designed for bathtime fun, Corolle’s 12-inch Tidoo Raspberry doll is soft, posable and so light it floats! Filled with polystyrene “beads” that dry quickly, Tidoo is a favorite playmate out of the tub, too. Tidoo’s eyes open and close so Tidoo can take a nap — just like a real baby!


Baby Stella Playtime Potty (doll not included)
by Manhattan Toy
For ages 12 months and up
Teach Baby Stella how to use the big potty with the Manhattan Toy Playtime Potty chair! This charming little toilet can be a helpful tool in the potty training process. It encourages your little one to be a “big kid” and encourages social and emotional development through nurturing the Baby Stella doll. (Doll sold separately.)



Pretend (Fantasy Play)

Falcon Knights’ Castle
by Playmobil
For ages 4 to 10
Activate traps and prepare the knights to guard the Falcon Knights’ Castle from intruders. The castle comes with a drawbridge, breakout wall, drop-down ladder, and a trap door. The set also includes four Falcon Knights, horse, functional cannon, and many other accessories to provide hours of entertainment.


Shrinky Dinks Fairy Garden
by Creativity for Kids
For ages 7+
Color and bake these Shrinky Dinks from Creativity for Kids and transform a pop-up garden into a fun fairy hide-away. 50 pre-cut Shrinky Dinks come ready to color and shrink. Decorate the playscape with 3-D fairies, flowers, forest friends and sparkling glitter glue accents. Includes Faber-Castell Colored EcoPencils and a sharpener.



Pretend (Role Play)

Calico Critter Caravan Family Camper
by International Playthings
For ages 3+
Calico Critter families can spend happy vacations together travelling in their very own Caravan Camper from International Playthings! Includes over 35 accessories: round table, plates, cups, utensils, pots, pan, sleeping bags, maps, “board games”, iron, soap, towel & much more!


Healthy Gourmet Salad for Green Eaters
by Hape
For ages 3+
Imaginative play gets nourished when children create a tasty salad with these vibrant wood vegetables. This 36-piece set from Hape includes the bowl, the vegetables, and dressing—oil, vinegar, and pepper—plus utensils for tossing up some healthy play.



Scientific Play

Big Bag of Science
by Be Amazing
For ages 8+
This giant kit by Be Amazing whets the appetites of budding young scientists. With more than 70 hands-on science activities, it guarantees hours and hours of science fun. Make water disappear or flow uphill! Create a soda geyser or grow fake snow! Science is fun with activities using chemistry, physic, magnetism, weather, biology, geology, and flight.


Remote Control Machines
by Thames and Kosmos
For ages 8+
Use this exciting Thames & Kosmos kit to build your own motorized machines, then control them with a unique six-button infrared remote. Control three different motors simultaneously, moving each of them forward or in reverse, with easy-to-activate touch sensors. Includes 3 motors, remote control unit, battery holder, and building blocks.
                                                  


(Disclosure: I received many of these toys at an event I went to at Building Blocks Toy Store but was not compensated or asked to post this list.)

World Vision Gift Catalog {Thai Bracelet Giveaway}

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Give This Christmas Away by Matthew West and Amy Grant. The song talks about giving Christmas away- “it’s feeding the hungry”, “telling the Orphan they aren’t alone anymore”, and giving “someone hope beyond their wildest dreams”.

One organization that does this on a daily basis is World Vision. I’m so excited to share that they have created a gift catalog to help make it easier for people to “give this Christmas away”. The catalog offers over 250 gifts, the most affordable ones starting at just $16. You can give self-sustainable gifts to those in other countries and also to people right here where we live. Some of the gifts you can purchase include clean water, goats, food, and school supplies. You can visit “The True Spirit of Christmas Tour” Facebook page and follow the World Vision staff as they travel across the world this December to see the impact that goats, sheep and other gifts have on families and children..

Another option is to purchase a “two for one” gift from the catalog. The beauty of these items is the two-for-one benefit they provide:  1) a meaningful and affordable gift for a loved one; 2) proceeds that make a difference in the lives of children and families living in poverty in the U.S. and around the world. With a financial contribution, the gift giver selects one of 36 items that can be given to someone on a holiday gift list and at the same time help a person in need.

One of the gifts in the “two for one” gift catalog is a beautiful hand crafted Thai bracelet. With a donation of $40 you receive a beautiful bracelet to give to someone and you have helped prevent sexual exploitation.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a black hand-crafted Thai Bracelet

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each you do)

1) Tell me what gift you would give from the World Vision gift catalog

2) Follow @WorldVision on Twitter

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

5) Tweet: “Win a hand crafted Thai bracelet from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com ”

6) Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS (look in upper right corner)

7) Blog about this giveaway

8) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered

Giveaway ends December 20, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time. US Only.

(Disclosure: I received a bracelet from the gift catalog but all thoughts are my own.)