Celebrate Earth Day with an Eco-Friendly Gift

Happy Earth Day :: Solmate Socks :: ~$20/pair :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

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.

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Box Subscription Review: Citrus Lane

Citrus Lane :: Monthly Box Subscription Review :: 40% off Coupon :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

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.

Zoe & Citrus Lane Box

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Themed Baby Shower Baskets: Teething Toys

Baby Shower Gift Basket :: Teething Toys :: 6 pieces under $75 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBTeething 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?

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Guest Gifter: Dr. Katie Fry

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:

Hi Gifters!

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!

Guest Gifter: Dr. Katie Fry :: ezpz :: Happy Mat :: $24.99 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

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!

Freshly Picked Giveaway

Freshly Picked Giveaway :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

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.

Freshly Picked Gold Mocs on Zoe 1

Freshly Picked Gold Mocs on ZoeFreshly Picked Gold Mocs on Zoe 2

Freshly Picked Gold Mocs on Zoe 3Alto Cinco Tofu Scrambler & Tea

Zoe with Gigi at Alto CincoFreshly Picked Gold Mocs on Zoe 4Ari with Grandpa at Alto Cinco

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Birthstone Rattle by Grimm’s Spiel & Holz

Heirloom Wooden Toys :: Birthstone Rattles :: $19 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBShake, 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.

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Wool Mobile for Baby from My Sweet Muffin

My Sweet Muffin :: Wool Baby Mobile :: $42 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

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!

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Happy St. Patricks Day: Gifts in Green

Gifts in Green :: St. Patricks Day :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

For Her :: Monogram Earrings by Michellerie’s Boutique $8 :: Monogrammed Envelope Clutch by Embroidery by Melissa $22 ::

For the Kids :: Luck Tucker by Leslie McGuirk on Amazon (PRIME) $3.15 ::

For the Baby :: Croo-ak Clutching Toy by HABA on Amazon (PRIME) $16.14 ::

For Him :: Mens Skinny Tie by April Look $69 ::

Note: Michellerie’s Boutique is located in Miami, Florida and run by former-accountant turned stay at home mom of four. After several thousand sales through her Etsy shop, it’s clear that the change in her career path was meant to be.

St. Mary’s, GA is home to Embroidery by Melissa, an Etsy shop that specializes in personalized, monogrammed gifts. Melissa is a single mother of 3 boys who happily supports her family by sewing, a skill taught to her by her late mother who passed away from cancer but remains her major inspiration. Follow along with Melissa on Facebook.

Known for her quirky characters and style, Leslie McGuirk has sold over 2 million of her books across the globe. She has been recognized by both the Chicago Tribune and The New York Daily News for best children’s book of the year. Enter the comic world of McGuirk and enjoy a laugh while reading to the kids.

HABA is a fantastically thoughtful company that actively takes the worry out of toy selection for the children you love most. Valuing quality and safety above all, they explain, “when we want to bring colors into play we only use solvent-free, water-based stains. This means that toys are totally safe to pass from hand-to-mouth”. Babies, this is your cue to chew!

April Look was born in 2011 to Vaida and Agne of Lithuania. They say, “we feel that handmade has a lasting value that mass production can’t match. April Look believes in the beauty of simplicity.” Natural fibers are the base of each item– the tie featured above is made with linen and cotton.

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Easter Baskets for the Littles

Easter Week :: Baskets :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

:: 1. Good Wishes Quilts $32.55 :: 2. Monkey See Boutique $20 :: 3. Baffin Bags $20 :: 4. Sew EMG $30

Note: Basket #1 is 100% cotton, comes in 2 sizes, and can be folded down for storage and even ironed (if you’re into that… I am). Order by March 10th for Easter delivery. Good Wishes Quilts hails from Kelowna, BC, Canada and each stitch is made by Anne Schneider, featured by Good Morning America, HGTV, and many others. Anne says, “every product made comes with many good wishes for a long and happy life”. How to lovely to think that those positive thoughts become part of the gift you give to your sweet kiddo on Easter. Oh and guess what– if you “like” the Good Wishes Quilts Facebook page Anne will reward you with shop discounts.

Basket #2 has a square-bottom design that folds flat so you can tuck it away in the off-season. Or better yet, re-purpose it as a beach bag or sleepover tote. Monkey See Boutique sells from Chesapeake, VA and offers a ton of amazing personalized gifts. “Like” Monkey See Boutique on Facebook for special deals and promotions.

Basket #3 features an elk print on cotton with grosgrain ribbon embellishments (leave on, or easily remove). After the holidays, shop owner Karen suggests putting the basket on storage duty– perhaps hand towels in the guest bathroom? Order by March 15th to be Easter-ready. Baffin Bags is a Babble favorite out of Tyler, Texas. Keep fabric gifts in mind  by “liking” the shop Facebook page.

Basket #4 is a gingham daydream come true that moonlights as a diaper caddy. Put your little boy or girl’s initial front and center and be sure to color-coordinate with his or her bedroom. It comes in aqua, yellow, pink, navy and gray with even more color options for the letter. Kingston, TN is home to Sew EMG, an online shop overflowing with Southern charm and options to customize. Erica’s mission is “to celebrate the rich traditions of the past by preserving life’s sweetest moments with fabric and thread” by creating “modern heirlooms” for her adoring customers. “Like” the Sew EMG Facebook page for specials and discounts.

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