Little Sapling Toys Review

Little Sapling Toys :: My Top Picks :: $6+ :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #littlesaplingtoys

1. Personalized Camera $42 | 2. Memory Game $26 | 3. Personalized YoYo $6 | 4. Bowling Game $26 | 5. State Teether $12 | 6. Bow Teether $12

Hailing from Hunstville, Utah, Little Sapling Toys is less than 10 years old and it’s already the front runner in toy sales on Etsy. But what’s really cool about this shop is that it’s a family business focused on more than what they produce in their wood shop. Their concern for the health and vitality of the planet has inspired them to plant a tree for each toy sold. Having said that, they prioritize the quality of their materials and the developmental value of their toys for growing kiddos. Plus, they offer laser engraving so that you can personalize your gifts for an extra special touch.

I picked out some of my favorite toys and teethers in their shop, but there are literally dozens of adorable options and I insist you browse them all. There is a darling selection of teethers and rattles ready for your next baby shower, ride-on on toys and push cars for toddlers, and games for older kiddos.

Little Sapling Toys is offering Gifts with Bows readers a special 10% discount on an order from their Etsy shop until August 31, 2015. Use discount code GFTWBWS10 at checkout!

Play along on social media: Instagram | Pintrest | Facebook | YouTube | Etsy

Oh and FYI: this is not a sponsored post, and as always, all opinions are my own.

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Polished Medallion Clutch by Market Colors

GWB Review :: Market Colors :: Polished Medallion Clutch :: $36 :: #giftswithbows #gwb #marketcolors

Polished Medallion Clutch c/o Market Colors | $36 $28.80

(yup, you get 20% off the original price with code GIFTSWITHBOWS*)

You may remember GWB’s first introduction to Market Colors featuring their darling Mint Burst necklace this past winter. Well, after learning about the mission of this brilliant gem of a company I decided there was so much more to share about what it means to purchase something made by their partner artisans. I wanted to get a feel for the quality and see for myself the details and handiwork I had only admired through their online shop.

Before I tell you about the clutch itself, let me just take a moment to share the care and joy put into the packaging. I was delighted with their liberal use of darling washi tape, sweet hand written notes, and beautiful reminders of what this purchase means to the person who crafted it. Yes, you actually get to learn about WHO made each piece. These clutches in particular are made by women of Kenya. It all just felt so special and intimate.

I opened the clutch, neatly wrapped in tissue paper, and it immediately put a smile on my face. The fabric is a soft and vibrant cotton– mine is a bold shade of plum. It keeps its shape well, but doesn’t feel too stiff. It is lined and stays closed with a magnetic clasp closure. You can fit everything you need inside for a night out: keys, phone, wallet and gloss. It has great versatility to be dressed up for a wedding or down for a casual lunch with friends. Ultimately (and most importantly) I would definitely be proud to give this as a gift because it is simply lovely through and through– aesthetically and at its heart.

*Use code GIFTSWITHBOWS for 20% off all styles of the Polished Medallion Clutch. Mine is in plum, but you can also choose from slate, teal, navy, and tribal print. The code will be active until 8am on Friday, June 5th.

Be sure to use hashtag #marketcolors on Instagram to show this company how you style your clutch or any other accessories you pick up from their shop. Some of my favorites are: the mint burst necklace, the day at the sea necklace, and the flora stackable bracelet set.

To get connected with Market Colors (hint: they do giveaways on social media!) follow them on Instgram, Pintrest, Facebook, and Twitter).

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Peppercorn Kids Review

 Peppercorn Kids :: Review :: 10% Off :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBFor the little girl who lights up your life, on her birthday or any special occasion.

She’ll love the bright and cheery colors and you’ll love how they make her glow and brighten up her sweet world.

:: Exotic Paisley Headband in Scarlet Red$10 :: Tassel Fringe Necklace in Orange/White $17 :: Fish Bracelet/Anklet in Blue $12 :: c/o Peppercorn Kids :: Review

Have you ever bought something blissfully adorable for a darling kiddo, but despite your anticipation that she’ll immediately put it on, twirl and grin, she frowns and hands it back? Or worse. Yeah, this happens. And it’s totally disappointing. But despite living that scenario many times before, that is not what happened when Zoe peeked into the Peppercorn Kids package I presented to her. Her reactions? Total glee as she put on the necklace all by herself (oh thank you, magnetic clasp!). Utter amusement with the “fishy” bracelet and an outstretched arm to try it on. And a sparkly “thank you mommy!” when I brushed her hair out of her eyes and held it back with her new, vibrant headband. And to be honest, we rarely have headband success.

But it’s not just the quality or the cuteness of the PK products that got my interest. This is a company that cares about kiddos and the world they live in. Peppercorn Kids partners with St. Jude’s Hospital, a non-profit cancer research children’s hospital, to give hundreds of head scarves to children who have lost their hair to chemotherapy through The Rainbow Mission. In addition, PK proudly supports World Vision, a non-profit organization that works hard to help exploited children around the world to find hope and new life.

You’ll frequently see that I shine a light on companies with strong missions and beautiful intentions, and those things are quite apparent in Peppercorn Kids. When you give a child a PK gift it can serve as a great conversation starter to discuss St. Jude’s or World Vision, especially when a child is ready for an introduction to the importance and significance of philanthropy.

Two Ways to Save

  • Welcome Spring with Coupon Code: SPRING10 ( 10 % off purchase) No restrictions apply, can be combined with other offers – Ends 04/30/2015
  • Take 10% of your first order now when you sign up to receive PK emails

Get Social with Peppercorn Kids

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:: Weekend brunch with Gigi and Grandpa at Alto Cinco ::

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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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Magnetic Block Set by Tegu

Tegu :: 22 Piece Block Set :: $60 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

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.

“You can’t teach creativity; all you can do is let it blossom, and it blossoms in play.” -Peter Gray, Psychologist and Research Professor at Boston College, and Author of Free to Learn (2013)

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Warby Parker Home Try-On Review

Warby Parker :: Home Try-On Review :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #WarbyHomeTryOn:: 1. Griffin in Blonde Tortoise $95 :: 2. Griffin in Jet Black Matte $95 :: 3. Aldous in English Oak $95 :: 4. Ormsby in English Oak $95 :: 5. Banks in Striped Sassafras $95 ::

Quite recently I learned about the eye-wear miracle that is the Warby Parker HOME TRY-ON program. Listen when I tell you that this is the gift of gifts for the following scenario: the giftee likes to pick his or her own gift, but the gifter also enjoys gift selection participation. You do not have to submit yourself to a boring check mark to his or her gift list! You have options! You have Warby Parker!

So how does it work? Tell your giftee to head over to warbyparker.com and order five pairs of sunglasses through the HOME TRY-ON program. There is no cost for shipping either way. He or she will receive them in the mail within five days. Once the package arrives, Warby Parker encourages the recipient to spend the next five days trying-on each pair, taking photos, showing them to friends and family and ultimately deciding which one(s) to keep. And actually, if your giftee bravely shares pictures with them, Warby Parker will help with spec choices. Once the decision and payment are made, the box goes back in the mail and the new shades will be sent on their way.

Now maybe you’re thinking “this is really neat and all, but why Warby Parker in particular, aside from this program?” This company has distributed over a million glasses to people in need. When you buy a pair, not only do they give a pair, they provide training to folks in developing countries to give basic eye exams. So Warby Parker doesn’t just make high-quality, great-looking glasses, they give and teach and the core of their model is rooted in goodness. Giving a gift feels good, but giving Warby Parker eye-wear feels even better.

So let’s be honest, you may very well want to try this out yourself (and I enthusiastically recommend that you do). It’s free. It’s fun. Why not? Give it a go. Let me know what you think.

Note: Warby Parker has fantastic options for prescription eye wear, also eligible for the HOME TRY-ON. Also, the zip-up I’m wearing in the photos is by Under the Canopy, UTC has a self proclaimed “commitment to environmental and social responsibility — combining style with substance”.

UPDATE– Feedback from Warby Parker on Twitter:

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