Whether she has a newborn babe or grown up kiddos, a mama loves to be reminded of her most precious sweethearts.
:: 1. Monogram Cuff Bracelet with Nautical Trim by Swell Caroline $116 :: 2. Heirloom Glass Locket by Restoration Hardware $160 :: 3. Monogram Birthstone Cuff Bracelet by Swell Caroline $38 :: 4. Monogram Cuff Bracelet Series by Swell Caroline $35-39 each ::
Note: Swell Caroline is the place to shop if you want timeless, reasonably priced, monogrammed jewelry. Located in Atlanta, GA this online shop is about as bright, preppy and Southern as it gets. Get the scoop on specials and sales by following them on Facebook!
Let me introduce you to GWB’s second Guest Gifter, Erica Goldschmitt. I asked Erica to put together a Baby Shower Basket because I am simply enamored with her too sweet for words collection of baby items in her online shop, Sew EMG. I wanted her to recommend a way to incorporate her handmade, heirloom quality gifts into a themed presentation for a lucky mama-to-be. She decided to go with a gender neutral basket with a Jungle Safari theme. You may remember her handiwork on GWB this past Easter. Well, I won’t keep you waiting any longer– check out what this Southern creative curated just for you!
I love the idea of keeping baby things as gender neutral as possible- even when they know what they are having…as cute as bows and ruffles are you don’t always want to get thirty pink outfits and matching bows and vice-versa for boys at your shower. Whenever I give gifts I try to always think of how it will be used years later and make sure it would be something that can be passed down to younger siblings.
- Safari Jungle Gift Basket by Sew EMG for $30 (use later as a diaper caddy!)
- Hello I’m New Here Onesie by Egg-a-go-go $19
- Aqua Patchwork Bib by Sew EMG $15 (Bow optional)
- Plush Elephant by Pottery Barn Kids $19 (I’m as southern as they come, so if you can stick a monogram on it, that’s even better!)
- Aqua Burp Cloth Set by Sew EMG $14 (Because if you’re going to be cleaning spit up- make it as cute as possible! Am I right??!)
- Art Print by Sarah Jane Studios ~$16 (sold out, others here…this shop great prints for both boys and girl! They have amazing fabric and even better customer service- I have a few prints of hers in my home now!)
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Board Book $3.78 (I am huge sucker for children’s books- this was one of my favorites growing up too!)
All recommended gifts including the basket total less than $117!
Get social with Erica and Sew EMG
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Your greenest girlfriend will adore these playful, recycled-cotton socks.
But truly, anyone who likes bright colors and cozy toes will love a pair!
(comes in colors and sizes for guys, littles, and babies, too)
Buy here for ~$20/pair
Note: Solmate Socks are made of pure whimsy and cheer! Marianne Wakerlin, aka the Socklady, has spent about a decade and a half imagining the most darling mismatched socks. She holds a serious commitment to protecting the environment, which is why GWB is so thrilled so show off her knitted goods in celebration of Earth Day. “Like” this small town Vermont company on Facebook to keep her company in mind when you’re buying gifts for your most mindful friends.
Citrus Lane caters to the age of the recipient, making this gift
perfect for baby shower or for a toddler on her birthday.
For 40% off your first box click here and use code TAKE40
Note: Citrus Lane provided quite a delightful afternoon for my lively 3 year old, Zoe, this past weekend. We opened the box on the back porch and she dove right in. As you can see from the pictures, she played with the Green Toys Build-a-Bouquet playset, made hand prints and drawings with Eco Kids Non-Toxic Natural Finger Paint, ate a snack size pouch of organic chocolate cookies by My Super Foods and listened along to book on CD while flipping through the lovely illustrations of If You’re Happy and you Know It by Anna McQuinn. After doing a little research I can happily confirm that I paid about a quarter of the price of these items when packaged together in a Citrus Lane box– and not a single item went unused by our young tester. I’d call that a win.
So how does this work as a gift? You can buy a subscription for the lucky kiddo or baby for 3, 6 or 12 months. Then, once the recipient (parent) gets the gift notice, she can enter the code into the “Redeem A Gift” section of the website. Citrus Lane will ask for the child’s birth date to ensure age appropriate picks. Don’t forget: for 40% off your first box click here and use code TAKE40 at check out.
Teething toys may not be on her registry, but if you’re a mama you know her babe is going to need them– and plenty!
:: 1. Organic Plush Wooden Teether by Olives and Pickles $12 :: 2. Teething Necklace by Eternal Love Teething Jewelry
$26.99 $9.95 :: 3. Sophie the Giraffe Teether by Vulli $20.99 :: 4. Organic Teething Elephant by The Art of Cure $12.99 :: 5. Silicone Baby Teether by Como Tomo $6.99 :: ARK’s Grabber by ARK Therapeutic $9.99 ::
Note: My little teether, Ari (9 months) has just two teeth so far and his favorite picks are #s 5 & 6, hands down. The ComoTomo teether was recommended to me by fellow mama, nurse and BFF, Davia. The ARK’s Grabber was in Ari’s daycare classroom (he has genius teachers) and when I noticed his obsession I bought one for home. I’m pretty sure the reason he likes them so much is because he can actually fit them in his mouth. Oddly enough, many teethers do not provide this obvious satisfaction.
And just to make this as easy on you as possible: all recommended teething toys in this gift basket are available on Amazon PRIME. Who likes to pay for shipping anyways?
Today I’m so very happy to introduce the very first Guest Gifter to Gifts with Bows. Meet Dr. Katie Fry! I’ll let her take it from here:
I’m a young (at heart) wife, momma to a sweet boy, Benjamin, and newly minted pediatrician that loves all things crafty and creative. I research obsessively and pride myself on practicality (except for when something is just too cute ;-)) . I bought my own EZ bow maker when I was 9, absolutely LOVE making Halloween costumes, and save all of my Christmas ribbons as a challenge to reuse with minimal cutting the next year.
I currently live in Syracuse, NY but am prepping for a giant cross county move with 2 cats and a baby to San Francisco, CA in about 6 weeks! Yikes!
I’ve thought about dipping my toe into the blogging world for a while now, but haven’t figured our how to approach it, so I’m thrilled with the opportunity to guest blog on Gifts with Bows!
A brilliant bright pop of color on the table. Spill-proof and makes clean up a breeze!
A practical shower gift, fun for a first birthday, or a smiling peace of sanity for any parent, grandparent or care taker in the trenches of messy meals.
Buy here for $25 (pictured in lime)
Note: This all in one divided plate and placemat combo is made of non-toxic silicone and SUCTIONS to the table! GENIUS! Created by mom of three, Lindsey Laurain and brought to life by a Kickstarter campaign, the Happy Mat comes in 5 fun colors and is sure to bring smiles to the table!
Look familiar? This isn’t the first time you’ve seen Freshly Picked moccasins featured on Gifts with Bows, but it is the first time GWB is hosting a Freshly Picked GIVEAWAY! The event runs today through Friday, April 24th! One winner will be selected to receive a FREE pair of moccasins in any color and size (no fee to ship!). There are a wide range of styles for girl and boy babies and toddlers.
Enter with 3 quick steps:
1. “Like” GWB on Facebook
2. Then, write a comment on this GWB Facebook Post
3. Finally, share this GWB Facebook Post
Past actions count– for example, if you already “like” GWB on Facebook you are still eligible to participate. I will announce and contact the winner after Friday, April 24th on the blog.
***UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Devora M.! ***
Freshly Picked by Susan Petersen features baby moccasins, totes and apparel. FP baby mocs aren’t just darling– they are molded for comfort and they actually stay on. Zoe is so blissfully happy to bounce around in her soft FP gold mocs and even refers to them as her “jumping shoes”- a necessity for her indoor trampoline. Freshly Picked is sponsoring this giveaway, but all opinions about their moccasins are my own.
Can’t wait? Buy here now for $60
All photos taken during a family brunch at Alto Cinco (definitely recommend the Tofu Scrambler, pictured below). Catch glimpses of Grandpa and Gigi (my parents) with Zoe and Ari. Zoe is wearing the gold moccasins c/o Freshly Picked.
For the the mama on Mother’s Day– stage a photo shoot to make this gift even more special.
Buy here for $ 25 each (baby sizes, too!)
Note: Indie Nook is exactly what you think it is: an independent shop filled with darling handmade goods. Cris & Andy own and run Indie Nook out of
Shake, baby, shake! A perfect addition to her baby shower basket.
Or gift it to the birthday baby turning one– who knew a teething toy could be as elegant as it is functional?
Buy here for $19
Note: Grimm’s Spiel & Holz have been crafting unique and distinctive natural wooden toys since 1978. Speech and occupational therapists are big fans of this European brand that focuses on sensory perception, textures and gorgeous woods such as alder, maple and cherry. Take comfort in their non-toxic and water-based dyes and vegetable oil finishing. I also admire their environmental policy to use green electricity sources and minimal packaging– lovely.