Magnetic blocks? You can already picture their sweet little eyes widening.
Buy a 22 piece set here for $60 (Amazon PRIME)
Note: These magnetic blocks are as beautiful as they are fascinating. How do they get the magnets inside, anyways? Creators Chris and Will Haughey have done far more than design a toy set to inspire a child’s imagination, they have intentially grown and developed Tegu in Honduras to foster a positive social impact.They established a fully independent toy factory, pay employees a living wage, prioritize long-term career growth, and plant enough tress to fill a football field for every tree they use to harvest wood. If you’re wondering, that’s a ratio of 1:983. Plus, Tegu partners with a local school to support working families. Needless to say, giving Tegu as a gift is worlds away from giving any building block set.
For a friend or beau or with a new car and aspirations of retaining the glorious new car smell,
Or because you so generously share your car with your aloof teen, sticky-fingered toddler, and anyone else who needs a ride.
Buy here for $30
Note: Hang this handmade, 100% cotton twill (with optional oilcloth lining) on the gearshift and make your way into spring with a litter-free car following the longest, snowiest, saltiest winter yet! It comes in dozens of lovely patterns and colors, but I wanted to show the gray so that you can picture it in a guy’s car just as well as a lady’s. GreenGoose is comprised of a husband and wife team located in Columbia, Maryland. Stephanie and Kevin adore working together, and have proudly ensured quality and care to over 5,000 pieces sold.
What a lucky baby!
Bring this 100% wool felt mobile to your next baby shower for many ooos and ahhs
Or gift it to your own darling child or grandchild and let him look up in wonder at each soft and colorful detail
Buy here for $42
Note: My Sweet Muffin is one of the most adorable online stores for babies and kiddos I’ve ever see. They specialize in “unique, modern and luxurious baby items” and wow, check them out, because you will undoubtedly enjoy all of the preciousness. Follow along on their Facebook page to get special deals!
If you haven’t heard of Rocksbox, allow me to make a short and sweet introduction to this premium jewelry service (CODE FOR A FREE MONTH BELOW):
Rocksbox is for a busy gal who loves to dress up her work or casual wear with fun and current accessories. As a mom of two little kiddos, I am thrilled to pieces if I have enough time to shop for a new outfit let alone a new pair of earrings. So while I love a pulled-together look, it’s tough to think about what I have in the jewelry box that will match my outfit as I’m flying out the door Monday through Friday mornings. I’m thanking my lucky stars if I get to blow dry my hair– who’s with me?
Enter Rocksbox— all I needed to do was take a quick style survey and days later I have a fresh little collection of darling jewelry on my doorstep. I love that I can try each piece out and either wear once without the guilt of an investment, or re-wear and even buy if I fall in love. Once I return my Rocksbox I’ll be sent a brand new 3-piece collection and I can do this over and over for as long as I’m an insider (member).
Another perk about Rocksbox is that you get introduced to designers that fit your style. When I got my Rocksbox I immediately looked up the designers, curious about their brands and what else they had to offer. Of course I was gleefuly anticipating what would arrive in my first Rocksbox. I was delighted to find Chloe Heart Studs and the Mae Shimmer Ring, both by Gorjana and the Ariana Necklace by Perry Street. All three coordinate splendidly as a set, but work well solo, too. You get to build a wishlist once you become an insider, so if you like any of these pieces you can specifically request them.
Rocksbox is a perfect gift for any accessory-loving lady and can be given three different ways (or your can sign up to become a Shine Insider yourself!):
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If you are reading this after 30 days, you will still get 50% of your first month with the code: katehammerxoxo. This is a referral code, so I will benefit as well, so let me just say thank you ahead of time to anyone who signs up! Shared win– delight!
Know a 3-5 year old who runs and climbs and jumps? Well I bet he also stomps.
The energy charged kiddo in your life who delights when objects fly through the air will gleefully stomp away while the supervising adult will stand aside peacefully remarking that the light, foam rocket attachments cannot possibly hurt or damage any people or property in its path.
It’s a kid/adult win.
Wrap this up for your next kid birthday party and you’ll surely get Mom and Dad’s stomp, ahem, stamp of approval.
Buy here for $11.99
For the baker with a nose that knows: he or she will so appreciate the aromatic glory and deeply indulgent difference of Vanilla from The Spice House.
Also for your Starbucks or local grind junky who has an interminable weakness for Vanilla lattes.
16 oz. Madagascar “Bourban Islands” Pure Single-Strength Vanilla Extract $27.99
2.5oz Shaker of Madagascar Vanilla Powder $9.99
Note: I was introduced to the The Spice House by Chicago Food Planet Food Tours several years back, when I was living in the Windy City and my parents came to visit. The Vanilla they offer is miles away from what you can buy at a convenience grocery store. It is rich and layered and almost savory. Never in my life did I anticipate becoming a Vanilla snob, but I’ll freely and gladly take the title. When I found out The Spice House shipped its merchandise I immediately made a mental note to send a few jars to my Mom for Mother’s Day that year. It. Is. So. Good.
Either option works well for baking or coffee, but I’d recommend the liquid for the former and the powder for the latter.
If you’re ever in Chicago and you’re looking for something to do, treat yourself to a Food Tour by Chicago Food Planet. It’s brilliant fun, gets you walking, teaches you a great deal about a range of foods and restaurants, tells brick and mortar history, and comes with samples of the best tastes Chi-town has to offer. This company is so well loved that dozens upon dozens of food tour start-ups have mimicked them to find huge success in cities spanning the nation.
The illustrated quote on this journal’s cover reads: “I will hold myself to a standard of grace not perfection”. What a lovely reminder to Mom on Mother’s Day or to your almost-graduated college student on her way into the outside world. Give her a beautiful space to reflect and dream with daily prompts to share her every thought.
Buy here for $32
Notes: Emily Ley has a gorgeous collection of planners, office supplies and prints that are designed to simplify and bring joy to your everyday life. Her products are as preppy and fresh as a May day on a University campus south of the Mason-Dixon. Come browse her website and see if you can’t smell a breeze of freshly cut grass in a yard lined with peonies. Happy sigh.