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25 Unique Gifts for Beer Lovers That Will Make Them Very *Hoppy*

A wise person once said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Of course, no one knows this better than the beer lover in your life! Whether they prefer stouts, IPAs, or sours, any brew enthusiast is sure to be impressed with this collection of unique gifts for beer lovers. (P.S. If wine is more their thing, you might want to check out these subscription wine boxes instead.)

There’s something here for every kind of beer drinker, including a variety of glasses, bottle openers, and coolers. And since no brew is complete without some snacks on the side, there are also some delicious beer-infused bites to satisfy their appetite.

Now, if they also happen to be a foodie, the standard bar snacks might not suffice. Instead, gift them a book about the joys of pairing great brews with great food, or a beer can roaster to make everything taste like their favorite flavor: beer! (Also, tell them to check out Ree’s beef stew with beer and paprika recipe—they’ll thank you later!)

No matter which gift you choose, any one of these is guaranteed to make your favorite beer lover very *hoppy!* To take your gift to the next level, throw in a few of the best Irish beers for luck!


IPA Beer Making Kit


This kit from Brooklyn Brewshop will let them craft an IPA using only seasonally inspired, real ingredients. It comes with easy-to-follow videos and step-by-step instructions for beginners. 

Beers Of The World Gift Pack


This kit from Brooklyn Brewshop will let them craft an IPA using only seasonally inspired, real ingredients. It comes with easy-to-follow videos and step-by-step instructions for beginners. 

Beer and Bourbon Nuts


A nice cold beer isn’t complete without some snacks on the side. Get the best of both worlds with these alcohol steeped beer and bourbon nuts.

Brewski Craft Beer Shirt Club


A nice cold beer isn’t complete without some snacks on the side. Get the best of both worlds with these alcohol steeped beer and bourbon nuts.

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It has been a challenging school year for students, teachers, schools and administrators and teachers deserve a reward for the adjustments

It’s that time of year again. Schools systems are closing and families may be looking for options for gifting their child(ren)’s teacher(s) for a job well done navigating an unprecedented situation.

A lot of parents decided to opt for the 100% virtual option all year and some didn’t have the option of choosing and they may not have a chance to go into school to hand the teacher a nice gift

That’s where gift cards com in handy!

Fortunately, we live in the era when e-gift cards and virtual gifting is now a very regular thing!

I’ve curated a list of nine stores that offer amazing virtual gifts you can simply email your child’s teacher:

starbucks gift card

Starbucks e-Gift Card

With the digital Starbucks card, your child’s teacher will get a code that she or he can add to her/his mobile device and order enough hot cocoa to sip and chill all Winter break long, depending on how much of a cocoa fan s/he is.

sugarwish gift card


Send your fave teacher the gift of a sugar rush this Holiday season with the popular Sugarwish treats delivery service. Send him or her an invite to choose their favorite flavors of candy, cookies or popcorn and it will get delivered to them. Prices start at $19.98.

sephonra gift card


Who doesn’t love the gift of self care and pampering? With an e-Gift card from the beauty store, Sephora, you can send a present in any denomination.

audible gift card


When keeping up with lessons plan doesn’t allow time to dig into that new book she or he wants to read, Audible books are the next best thing. A month free listens provides access to thousands of books, podcasts and Audible original content. Prices start at $15.00 for one month.

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Uncommon Goods eGift

An uncommonly good gift for any occasion, a gift certificate lets them pick from hundreds of unique gifts.

netflix gift car


Since we all will be home anyway this Winter, your child’s teacher can catch up and binge watch all those TV shows trachers missed during the semester! A Netflix membership for a month or two will do it!

amazon gift card


They have it all so you cannot go wrong with an Amazon.com e gift card.


Ban.do is that place where you can find the quirkiest of gifts and its $20 Gift Shop is filled with a fun ecclectic mix of little gifts that will put a smile on your teacher’s face!


Etsy is a marketplace for personalized gifts, and everything in between and is a beloved place your teacher can get lost at while looking for something for her or himself! There’s so much fun on Etsy!

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50 Fun and Unique Gifts that Teens Actually Want to Receive

Teens are a daunting demographic to buy for. They’re often the first people clued into the newest products and cultural phenomena that you’re probably not as aware of — but they also don’t have the deep pockets to get everything they want for themselves. Thankfully, that leaves plenty of opportunities open for you.

Here are our faves!

Reusable straws

Help teens do their part to keep single-use plastics out of trash bins, landfills, and the ocean by giving them this pack of reusable silicone drinking straws. They come in various colors and include a few cleaning brushes as well.

Face masks

What’s better than feeling refreshed after a cleansing face mask? Sixteen of them. This combo pack features 16 different face masks like aloe, charcoal, and cucumber so your teen will be set … at least for the next few weeks.

Noco Boost Plus

The Noco Boost Plus is a powerful battery that’s small enough to fit under the passenger seat, but it packs enough power to jump-start any vehicle with a 6-liter engine or smaller — and do it 20 times before needing a recharge. It also offers a USB port for charging various devices and has an integrated flashlight with a strobe setting for extra safety at night

Touchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer

It’s in the car, the house, and their pocket these days, but many hand sanitizers can smell a little like household cleaner. Touchland comes in scents like Vanilla Cinnamon and Forrest Berry, or keep it simple and choose unscented. The compact sanitizer features 67% alcohol for killing germs but balances it with soothing aloe vera and essential oils to hydrate the skin. 

Apple Watch SE GPS

If you have a little extra to spend on your teen, consider getting them a smartwatch. The Apple Watch SE is like a smartphone, fitness tracker, and music player all in one. Just like on their phone they can customize the watch to show their favorite apps to pick, including social media.

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What to Get the Woman Who has Everything {Gift Guide}

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It can be difficult to holiday shop for that woman who has everything.

Think the CEO or boss of your small company, a high net worth corporate executive or law partner, the jetset babe or your Chanel Princess bff who also happens to be a trust fund baby.

And because getting a $27,000 Tiffany Yellow diamond or a $371,000 Himalayan Birkin bag may be out of the budget, you have to settle for the next best things.

Lucky for you I’ve curated the below list with the help of some mom lawyer friends of mine I know who are in the know.


Jo Malone London

Luxury Bauble Collection

The luxe fragrance house sells six decorated baubles that can be reused each year and hidden inside each one is a duo of surprises including Colognes, a Miniature Candle and Bath & Body essentials.


Handmade Chocolate

Burdick Critters Collection

Treat her with a collection of exquisite chocolate from New Hampshire-based L.A. Burdick Chocolatiers Burdick Critters Collection. All the critters are made individually by hand, meaning each is unique and no two are alike. Includes wood box of 16 Chocolate Mice, wood box of 9 Chocolate Snowmen, wood box of 6 Chocolate Pigs, wood box of 9 Chocolate Penguins, and 1/4 lb. Everyday Chocolate Assortment.


Go up in budget with the Epicurious Collection for $350




The performance jogger by Vuori is slim but relaxed fit with a slightly cropped leg, side pockets and a drawstring. Designed with their softest premium stretch fabric, they’re your new go-to. Great for traveling, yoga, training and chilling. It comes in a variety of colors and shades and in sizes XXS to XXL.


Barefoot Dreams


She will love to be blanketed in the luxurious warmth of a soft chenille throw from the Barefoot Dreams Store and you can practically feel the softness through the screen.

$120.00 +

NEST New York

Grapefruit Candle and Diffuser

If your rich misses is like a lot of women who enjoy fragrant homes, then she will thoroughly enjoy filling her abode in this intoxicating signature scent behind NEST New York’s iconic fragrance which is a blend of pink pomelo grapefruit with watery green notes, lily of the valley and coriander blossom. The Classic Candle is meticulously crafted with a proprietary premium wax formulated to burn cleanly and evenly, while the Reed Diffuser is made with the highest quality oils to release continuous fragrance for 90 days, uninterrupted.


Skin Store

Slip Skin Pillowcase

Your receipient will love to lay her head down and protect her crown with a silk pillow covering. It is a brand of silk cases recommended by dermatologists, hairstylists & beauty experts and is made of the highest grade (6A) long fibre mulberry silk, and without the use of dyes.

If you’re seeing this on Cyber Week 2020, get 25% off with the code Cyber at check out.



Align Yoga Pants

Get the most breathable, sweat wicking pants, soft, light weight and with added lycra that retains shape after wash and wear.

Normally $98-$118. They’re on sale for the season


Drunk Elephant

The Littles

The eco-conscious beauty buyer is wary of essential oils, chemical perfumes, dyes, fragrants and alcohol that are all horrible for the skin and so she is drawn to lines like Drunk Elephant which has combined sample sizes of all its best sellers into one kit it calls The Littles.


cavallini calendar

Cavallini & Co. Paper Company

2021 Wall Calendar

Printed on Cavallini Paper Company’s signature Italian paper, this calendar features a unique collection of late 18th century wildflower prints and is perfect for home, kitchen, or office.

Calendars.com is offering free shipping this week.



A Dress

Any dress in any print from Boden could be worn at a variety of events, openings, meetings, formal or informal outings. This Mila Midi Dress with its colorful and attractive stripes would do perfectly!

It’s practically half off down from $198 right now but not sure how long this will last.



20 ounce Rambler

The Yeti ramblem with the megslider lid is the perfect gift for a coffee or tea drinker or anyone who loves to sip slowly because it keeps hot drinks very hot and cold drinks super cold for long periods of time. It’s a winner that I’ve personally enjoyed and highly recommend.



Pranayama Wrap

Go from the yoga studio to the coffeee shop and back in this highly coveted and well rated wrap from Gap’s athleisure brand, Athleta. And it has pockets! Yes to this.


Good luck and happy shopping and shout out the ladies of the Lawma Facebook Group for giving me all these ideas for this post!

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Shop For Your Student Athlete {Guarantee Delivery By Christmas}

This post contains some affiliate links. If you click thru and purchase any of the products I suggested, I will earn a small commission from referring the sale to the brand. 

I know I promised to just do one gift guide this year but since I also re boosted my mom-to-be guide and posh parent gift guide from last year, I thought I should update my fitness gift guide for kid athletes this year.

I polled some friends on Facebook and asked them what their kid wanted for their sport for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and generally, for the holiday season and beyond.

I then conducted some online and in store research and came up with the following list of 13 items.

ALL athletes

1 Noise cancelling headphones:  First, for all athletes, in between events, traveling to away games or for just tuning out the distractions and noise, there is noise cancelling headphones to help them get in the right mind set to compete. Now these headphones can get pretty pricey  so I would only recommend getting the higher end on the list for the very responsible kid who isn’t going to leave it around carelessly, on the floor by the pool where it can get wet or damaged or forget it out in the open on the field in a public park.

The best out there, which is going for the lowest price right now per my research, is Sony’s WH-1000XM3. It is on par with Bose’s, the gold standard in home audio equipment. It’s $278 right now on Amazon and the cheapest you will ever see them this year.

Now if that is out of your budget, Wired magazine says best of the lower cost headphones is TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling headphones which is just about $49.99 and has 45 hours of battery life and it pretty light weight. Get it at Amazon.

2. A Sports Back pack:  Student athletes got a lot of gear, uniform and sport-related equipment they have to lug to school, to practice and to games, meets, tournaments and competitions.  They need a back with a lot of compartments internal and external so they can organize all their stuff. The UA Hustle 4.0 Backpack is the ultimate back pack for any student athlete. It has a front pocket for shoes and lots of interior pockets to separate all the gear and keep the soiled stuff separate from the clean. The side pockets can hold large 24 ounce bottles of water or recyclable water bottles. It’s light weight and sturdy for a sports bag only. Don’t have it double as a school backpack.  This backpack is usually $55 but is down to $40 for the holidays. I’m getting three: one for my soccer player daughter, my track and field middle kid and my cross country eldest kid. That’s three sports.

You can personalize it and add your kid’s sport or name to it too!

BONUS: All athletes need training apparel and there is no need to break the bank stocking up on them. Hit the overstock stores like TJMaxx, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls and Ross to get some after market deals.

Alternatively, all of the major brands have Factory Stores that are also online if you want to avoid the crowds or do not have one near you.

Nike Factory Outlet has sales going on now.

Adidas – Free shipping on Orders over $49 and Use Code 20EXTRA for extra

UnderArmour- Take an Extra $30 off all orders over $100

New Balance has free shipping on orders over $50

Puma – Use code Extra10 for an additional 10% off items and there is a sale of up to 50% off

Reebok – Take an Extra 55% off select items including sale ones.

Umbro– Get on it! Save 25% when you spent $75. Tomorrow is the last day to ship for Christmas delivery!

Cross Country/Cold-Weather Training

3. Athletic Outdoor Training  Shirt: For your Cross Country or Outdoor Track kid (or for any kid who engages in a winter or cold weather sport),  Nike has its Sphere Element Running long sleeve shirt with thumb cut out to keep the hands warm and made of the company’s patented Nike® Therma fabric which offers lightweight insulation and warmth, while keeping sweat off the skin via the Dri-FIT® technology..

The shirt is a steal at $50, down from $70 at Dick’s right now.

Today only, you can spend $100 worth of gear and pay just $80 at DICK’s

4. Running Shoes: For running, there are many brands that offer superior quality shoes.  My two sons’ high school is sponsored by Under Armour and we have had success for three years in the HOVR Infinite  which lasts an entire season of training runs and meets. Don’t just take my word for it. The HOVR won Runner’s World Magazine’s recommended running shoe recognition this year! The best tech in the shoe is the  ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step. It’s a good shoe overall and has great reviews.

The shoe costs $120 but if you purchase it for the holidays you can get it for $30 at the UA website off if you use the code FRIENDS30 at checkout!

You can still have it delivered by Christmas if you order it up to this weekend!

5. Training Compression Pants: For training runs in the cold, the UA  Qualifier Compression Tights works best! It’s made of compression material and made to feel like second skin.  The pants comes with a pocket large enough to fit a big mobile phone like a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone X or Plus size. It has the traditional wicking material which keeps sweat off your skin and dries what accumulates fast as you run. The best is the anti-odor tech that staves off the growth of funky odor causing microbes. It’s the best and a steal at just $65 compared to more expensive running pants that I’ve seen out there sold by other athletic brands! Gift these to your XC Runner or other sports trainer who runs outdoors in the cold weather!

Basketball Player

You’d think every student basketball player athlete would want an official Spalding NBA Basketball and a portable backboard to practice at home with. Yes, those too, but the serious ones are thinking ahead.

6. Agility Ladder: Per the experts, an agility ladder like the SKLZ ladder is a great tool for ambitious basketball players who want to improve their footwork and coordination. It’s just $25.49 on Amazon and can be delivered well before Christmas if you order soon!

7. Shooting Sleeve: Throw in a Nike Pro Combat Elite Shooting sleeve for $19.90 and your aspiring basketball NBA or WNBA star will be one happy kid!


8. Swimming Goggles: All of my three kids swim, in the Summer rec league and one year round for a club and for his school so we are always in the market for swimming gear.  Goggles are always in demand and  Speedo’s MDR 2.4 googles delivers performance with its Innovative Elastomeric™ technology  which reduces goggle pressure against your kid’s face and Clearsight lenses eliminates distortion for a clearer view without eye fatigue.  These goggles also offer a middle eye fit with liquid silicone seals and an adjustable strap and is just $24.99 at Dick’s 

9. Flippers: Or get em a pair of Floti’s flippers with an extra long blade to emphasize the kick, a flexible foot pocket with ankle support and easy on and off functionality on sale at Swim Outlet for just $19.99, which is 23% off the regular price, and just $15.99 if you used the code GIFT25 at checkout!


10. Balance Beam: For your gymnast, there is still time to get an FBSPORT floorbeam from Amazon in time for Christmas. This adjustable and foldable portable beam has a 5-inch to which is the same width as those used in competitions but has a 6 inch base to stabilize it so it won’t topple over.  Per the manufacturers, it’s made of “high density EVA foam, our padded beam is covered in suede-like material with a nonslip rubber bottom for a soft sturdy practice surface that won’t flatten over time.” Get it for $59.99 today!


11. Rebounder: To help your lacrosse player hone his or her passing and catching skills, a lacrosse rebounder is a great gift for a goalie, offensive player or for team practice drills to increase your kid’s reaction skills. Dick’s has an exclusive deal for the PRIMED rebounder for $129.99 right now. It can also be picked up if it is available at a Dick’s near you.

But if that price point is not in the budget,  Champion Sports sells one for half the price at $59.99 on Amazon. Both can be ordered and delivered before Christmas.


12. Cleats Dryer: For the active soccer player who either plays in various travel teams, or year round rec leagues, a cleats dryer I hear is an in-demand item. Amazon Prime members can get Lavieair Shoe Dryer shipped for Free before Christmas for just  $36.99. 

If you are not an Amazon Prime member, it’s free to join! Sign up here for 30 Days FREE!


13. Nike Workout Gear: Nike’s Court line has these popular hoodies for after play starting at $60.  It’s made of French Terry cloth and has a boxy shape that makes it unisex though Nike sells a female and male version of the hoodie! It comes in other colors than the traditional Tennis white and you can still get it in time for Christmas!

What to Get that Gal (or Guy) Who Has Everything {Holiday Gift Guide}

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The holiday gift buying season is upon us ! Can you believe Black Friday is next week?! If you’re like most of us, we’re getting ready to scramble to get things for our loved ones. But for that man or woman who has everything s/he needs, you may find yourself in a conundrum! Fear not. We’ve assembled a list of unique things you can consider purchasing for that affluent friend or family member who is incredibly difficult to shop for because they can purchase for themselves any and everything. Heavy on this list are experiences which are priceless!
  1. Helicopter Ride or Lessons Above a Fantastic City ($1355+ depending on the city)
  2. A Rolex watch for her or him
  3. Spa Experience ($250+)
  4. Private Whisky or Tequila Tasting ($80+ depending on city)
  5. Plush monogram robe ($99+)
  6. Ski Vacation
  7. Birkin Bag ($5,000+) or Otter Pass Messenger Bag ($275)
  8. A Subscription Box ($149+)
  9. A Room Full of Flowers
  10. Fishing Adventure ($2,000 per person+)
  11. Anything from Tiffanys
  12. Anything engraved
  1. A Star in the Star Registry
  2. A Living Donation to a Building

Cyber Week Sales for Girly Girls Who Love to Shop {2018 Gift Guide}

For that Girly Girl who loves to shop, we’ve got your number: Tons of Sales with discounts all Black Friday-Cyber Week long! Whether you’re on the hunt for a perfect gift or gift card, or you’re looking for a gift for yourself, here are the deals to check out this weekend.

Ann Taylor

50% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY. Valid 11/22-11/25.

50% off everything with code CYBER2018. Valid 11/25- 11/28.

Ann Taylor LOFT

50% your purchase with code FRIYAY. Valid through 11/24.


Take 25% off site wide + 10% off cosmetics during the Cyber Sale. Valid 11/25-11/27.

Far Fetch 

 Take 20% off sale items with code x20BF. Valid 11/22-11/26.

Kohl’s  Take an extra 20% off site wide with code TAKE20. Valid 11/24-11/28.

Neiman Marcus Last Call 

Black Friday! Shop 40-80% off everything. Valid 11/22-11/26.

Designer Sale! 40% off fall apparel, sport shop and dress collections. Valid 11/19-12/2.

L.L. Bean

20% Off Apparel and Outerwear . Valid 11/21 – 11/27

Lord & Taylor 

Black Friday Sale with code FRIDAY. Valid 11/20-11/25.


Select styles up to 50% off. Valid beginning 11/19. End date TBA.

Neiman Marcus 

Receive $50 off your $200+ regular priced purchase with code THANKFUL. Valid 11/21-11/24.


Receive up to 60% off. Valid 11/22-11/26.

Nordstrom Rack

Black Friday Clearance! Receive an extra 30% off. Valid 11/21-11/26.

Urban Outfitters 

BOGO site wide. Valid 11/21-11/23.


The Thanksgiving Sale! Up to 60% OFF* vast selections. Valid 11/21-11/23.

Saks Off Fifth

Clearance now up to 90% off with code AMAZING.

Sole Society

– Black Friday Weekend: 30% Off All Shoes & Bags. Valid 11/23-11/25.

16 Non Fiction Books About Fearless Females {2018 Gift Guide}

In case you want to get a gift for a young lady for the holidays, a birthday or any ocassion to expand her mind and show her that girls and women can do anything, then check out this list of 16 non-fiction books about fearless women in history.

Through them, girls (and boys) can learn the incredible achievements and stories of Fearless Females, women who shaped the world.

You can gift a Goddaughter, niece, daughter, young cousin access to all of these books totally FREE for one month with an epic! subscription books  membership 

or click to check them out, read reviews and purchase them individually from Amazon or get them from the library free.

Fearless Females,

  1. Basketball Belles – In April 1896, Agnes Morley led her team to victory in the first intercollegiate women’s basketball game, between Stanford and UC Berkeley. ($6.36)
  2. She Takes a Stand by Michael Elsohn Ross : 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World -Stories of women who dedicated their lives to fight for human rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, reproductive rights, and world peace ($16.80)
  3. For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story by Rebecca Langston-George : This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference. ($7.95)
  4. What’s Your Story, Amelia Earhart? by Jen Barton : Discover how Amelia stood up for other female aviators and the ways she fought for gender equality. ($4.75)
  5. Rosa Parks by Cynthia Amoroso : A very simple introduction to the life and accomplishments of famed civil-rights activist Rosa Parks. ($24.65)
  6. Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady, Humanitarian, and World Citizen by Pam Rosenberg : Introduces the life and accomplishments of first lady and humanitarian, Eleanor Roosevelt. ($28.75)
  7. Sonia Sotomayor: U.S. Supreme Court Justice by Alex Van Tol : Raised by her widowed mother in the housing projects of New York, Sonia Sotomayor has built a life as a jurist and activist. ($12.95)
  8. Condoleezza Rice by Kevin Cunningham : Her intelligence and drive led her to one of the highest-ranking jobs in the White House, secretary of state. ($28.75)
  9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Iconic Supreme Court Justice by James Roland : In June of 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second female to serve on the United States Supreme Court. ($31.99)
  10. Sacajawea of the Shoshone by Natasha Yim : From her home to the Missouri River and the waves of the Pacific, Sacajawea traveled farther than any American woman of her time. ($13.90)
  11. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee : Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. ($7.95)
  12. Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures by  Karen Gibson : In Women in Space, author Karen Bush Gibson profiles 23 pioneers, all of whom achieved greatness in orbit. ($17.35)
  13. Engineering: Cool Women Who Design by Vicki V. May , Illustrator – Allison Bruce : Meet three women who are working hard in the engineering field. ($7.95)
  14. Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II by Cheryl Mullenbach : Double Victory tells the stories of African American women who did extraordinary things to help their country during World War II ($7.97)
  15. Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers by Anna Lewis : Women of Steel and Stone tells the stories of 22 determined women who helped build the world we live in. ($16.36)
  16. World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers by Michael Elsohn Ross : A World of Her Own profiles 24 fascinating women from as the 1800s through today who have lived lives of exploration and adventure ($12.50)

Brain Boosters: Give Non-Toy Educational Gifts This Year {2018 Gift Guide}

During the Holiday season, parents often get carried away indulging their children’s wishes and desires for getting the latest video game

or hot toy. But if your budget allows it or if there are family members who will be also purchasing items for the kids, you may want to consider picking up

something for them that will enrich their education and schooling.  Here are 12 gift ideas to consider that could amplify or supplement every subject your child may be learning about in school:

Social Studies: A Globe – Having a globe in the home is an excellent way to teach your children that the world does not consist of the narrow confines of their town or block.  After they receive their new globe, at least once a week, have them spin the globe, cover their eyes and point to a random location. Then head off to Google more about that location, its climate, topography, culture and traditions. It’s a great way to instill a value and interest in travel and keep them focused on doing what they need to do to travel on their own to exotic locations some day.

Try this Amazon best seller, an illuminated 8″ World Globe for Kids with Standd  with build in LED for a Night View ($29) and Colorful, Easy-Read Labels of Continents, Countries, Capitals & Natural Wonders ($30)

Science: A Microscope – Getting a child an age-appropriate microscope is a great way for them to explore the basic molecular elements of various household items.  They can use it to check out everything from a carpet fiber, to a dead beetle to their own eyelash. One of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing job sector is science, technology, engineering and math.  Owning a microscope could enhance an interest in the science field, which will ultimately mean more job prospects for the future.

Amscopes’ 48-piece beginner biological microscope kit offers 120X, 240X, 300X, 480X, 600X and 1200X magnifications and is a better grade than the toy scopes but less costly than professional grade ones. It’s down from $61 to $30 on its website.

Physical Education: A Ball or Bike – One of the reason there is a childhood obesity epidemic in the United States and other regions of

the world is that in this digital age, children spend most of their spare time playing video games or watching TV indoors. Something like a bat and ball,

basketball or bike will give you as a parent and the kid an opportunity to get out and get moving. A gift that encourages physical activity could help combat or delay the onset of childhood obesity.

For a younger child Strider’s 12 sport balance bike is great for an 18 month to 5-year old. ($107) For kids up to 9 years old, try Royalbaby RB14B-6B BMX Freestyle Kids Bike ($93+)

Math:  A math App or annual subscription to an online math enrichment program – If you have an iPad, iPhone, Android phone or

desktop or Library access to a computer, you can find apps or other online programs that are tutorials and created to help children improve their math

skills. Many programs around now include fun games that help kids learn while enjoying their experience. If it’s not so much like school and similar to fun games they already play, you may get them hooked!

For younger kids, I like ABC Mouse for younger kids which right now is $59.95 for a year, a savings of close to half off for the Holiday season and when they got older, we purchased and use and love IXL math for up to 12th grade to keep our kids ahead of the class. It is $13.95 but well worth the investment in a child!

Reading: Books – It is said that each child should have a library consisting of 1,000 books in their bookshelves. These days, some parents are more likely to amass a large collection of DVDs and movies for their kids than books. However, reading teaches children about comprehension and helps them in reading  composition later in life. Also, their vocabulary and grasp of terms and complex concepts improve the more they read.  You can even get  them those silly Diary of a Wimpy Kid or BigNate  comic books, but make sure you try to find a book series with chapters in it too.

I recommend investing in a subscription service like  Epic! and get access to thousands of books each month for $7.99

Art  The often forgotten about part of STEAM education is the Arts. Stimulate a budding artists mind by investing in some pencils, charcoals, and a sketch pad and/or easel so they can create.

For your younger artist, I like Paw Patrol’s Carry Along Art Case ($11)

Music Music education is disappearing from schools as states deal with budget deficits and music lessons can be expensive. Fortunately, there are online programs and apps for free and low cost that can  help guide a child interested in learning an instrument. Invest in an instrument for the Holidays. We rent to owned instruments at the largest US retailer for musical instruments, Music & Arts.

For your singing Nightingales, let them explore their singing skills and have fun with everyone Lucky Voice Blue Mic Karaoke Kit ($80).

Christmas, Hannukah, Ramadaan or whatever holiday celebrated in December can be educational and include gifts that will help better your child in school. And they can be loads of fun too!

Gift Guide: 9 Unique Items Your Kid’s Favorite Teacher will Love!

There is nothing like Daylight Savings time and darker evenings and chillier nights to remind you that Winter is coming and so his Holiday Gifting season. Parents often want to give their child’s teacher a nice gift as a thank you for the school year. In a lot of school systems, it may be not permissible to spend too much money on a gift so I curated a guide of 9 unique and thoughtful novelty gifts, all under $20, that would put a smile on the face of your child’s fave teacher and may be used in the classroom for years to come, even…

  1. Tears of My Students Gift Mug – $13.49

This funny mug by Tekoware is microwave and dishwasher safe and is a clever take off of the “tears” drinking-memes in the Internet e.g. drinking the tears of someone who is whining or complaining. Typically, it is short for “save it! I’m not falling for it.” A teacher with a good sense of humor would appreciate this mug.

2. Math Wall Clock – $15.95

This unique clock signals the time with a simple math equation that equals the number that would ordinarily be on an average clock. This novel gift would warm your kid’s math teacher’s face and make a fun classroom ornament.


3. Handmade leather Journal –  $16.99

Any teacher would appreciate this eco-friendly handmade leather cover journal by The Great Indian Bazaar. It is not lined so it can be used to jot down notes, doodle, sketch, as a recipe book, organizer or travel journal. It is unisex and can be given to a male or female teacher. It has an old world charm to it.


4. Camera print Pillow – $9

The art or photography class teacher will just love this linen cotton covered pillow featuring an old time camera on it. The 100%  natural blend pillow by Monkeysell is 18×18 shaped and is a delightful and attractive home decor item that can also be used to support teacher’s back during a long or late afternoon class.

5. Field Notes -$12.95

Whether it’s a teacher retreat or planning day or a continuing education lecture, every teacher needs to organize and chronicle her mental notes into some nice space. This 3-pack of field notes journals is perfect and functional. Show your fave teacher that you got her back!

6. Aloe Vera Eye Mask – $15.99

Though every teacher considers his/her students to be perfect angels, there is no doubt that s/he need some pampering and self-care time to decompress after challenging lesson or after grading 30 papers on the Gettysburg address. Phew!! Give her some eye relief with these aloe-vera eye gels that can be cool or hot.

7. Composition Notebook Tote – $18.00

The one thing that is on every school supply list every year is a composition book. And wouldn’t it be cute to gift your teacher this 100% cotton tote made of a print like that same book? The company “Out of Print” makes this bag and gives to charity one bag for each bag purchased. Your gift to teacher would also give back! How perfect! With this gift, your teacher will be the talk of the next teacher convention or retreat!

8. Funny Socks 5-pack –  $19.99

These fun socks by Socks n Socks come with science, nature studies and other school subject themes printed on them. They are a zany but fun gift for any teacher. They have spandex in them and can fit anyone wearing men shoe size 7 -12.

9. Peace and Tranquility Candle – $13.00

During the busy school  year,  your teacher may not realize sitting in a room while a scented aromatherapy candle burns may be just the therapy s/he needs after a rough semester. You can come to your fave teacher’s rescue by gifting her/him Chesapeake Bay candle company’s Peace and Tranquilty candle from its Mind and Body collection. If permissible, teach can burn this candle after recess to get rid of that gym class funk! ha!