Christmas gift ideas

Mommin’ in the Real World’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is here!

I love to find or create the ideal gift for each of my family and friends, but it is not always so easy! (I’m looking at you, Dad…)

If you’re anything like me, it is likely you are searching for the perfect gift for at least one person on your shopping list. And, if you’re like me, you’re picky about getting something of good quality and not too expensive.

I wouldn’t recommend any of the products below if they weren’t something I would buy for myself or for someone I love.

I have been collecting ideas for a couple of months and I’m excited to share what I’ve found with you!

Click the link or photo for more information on each item.


Crayola Inspiration Art Case Count Coloring Set

Photo Credit: Amazon $22.51

Every little artist will enjoy this coloring set from Crayola! Perfect for at home or on the go, the 64 crayons, 20 colored pencils, 40 washable markers, and 15 pieces of paper that are included all have a place in the colorful portable Inspiration Art Case.

Cubby the Curious Bear


I recently reviewed Cubby the Curious Bear, which my family had received as a gift from Hasbro (read here). Cubby is a sweet and cuddly interactive plush toy with over 100 combinations of movements and sounds. My children absolutely adore Cubby and have not tired of playing with him. Together they play tea parties, doctor, school, and even sleep with him at naps and at bedtime.

Where’s Waldo? Double Trouble at the Museum: The Ultimate Spot-the-Difference Book


Where’s Waldo books have always been a favorite of mine. I loved to not only search for Waldo but also to look at all the silly little details that are always hidden in the photos.

So when I received a copy of Where’s Waldo? Double Trouble at the Museum: The Ultimate Spot-the-Difference Book from Candlewick it did not disappoint. I was eager to share Where’s Waldo with my daughter and we have had so many hours of fun not only finding Waldo, Walda, and the other characters, but also trying to spot the differences in the side-by-side pages. This book is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.

Women of NASA LEGO Set

Photo Credit: Amazon $24.99

The Women of NASA LEGO set is perfect for the science-minded girl. It contains four figurines featuring Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison and blocks to build a display of their areas of expertise. I think this is one of the coolest LEGO sets of all time and it has one of my all-time heroes, Sally Ride. I’m not ashamed to say that I want this- hint, hint!

Elecstars Projector Night Lamp

Photo Credit: Amazon $16.99-$28.99

Who doesn’t love to sleep under the stars? The Elecstars LED lamp projects a color-changing rotating galaxy of stars on the ceiling. It comes with a remote control to easily change the settings and a programmable sleep timer.

Klobroz Dinosaur Track Set

Photo credit: Amazon $25.98

This fun track set by Klobroz lets your little one create her own dinosaur theme park! It includes two battery-powered race cars, three dinosaurs, a track turning station, one track junction, two slops and track obstacles, four trees, and 192 track pieces, so there are tons of ways to design the track and have hours of fun!

Tomons Magnetic Blocks Building Set

Photo credit: Amazon $15.99

One of my friends’ children has these colorful magnetic blocks by Tomons. My kids were fascinated and spent our entire visit playing with them, building towers, castles, houses, all kinds of things. They give so many more options for play, expressing creativity, and constructing anything a kid could imagine than regular blocks do.

SainSmart Jr. Remote Control Dinosaur

Photo credit: Amazon $24.99

I don’t know any kid that doesn’t like dinosaurs (adults too!) and what could be better than a dinosaur toy? A remote control walking dinosaur toy! This dinosaur by SainSmart Jr. walks, roars, makes walking sounds, turns its head, and has light-up eyes, making it the coolest dinosaur toy I’ve seen. Imagine the hours of fun playing inside and out with this triceratops!


Silikong Suction Plate 

Photo credit: Amazon S13.99

How many times has your little one picked up their plate of spaghetti and dumped it on their head? What about picking up their bowl and throwing it on the dining table, knocking over someone’s drink? Oh, how I wish I would have found these plates sooner! Using a suction base, the Silikong suction plate will stick to almost any surface, making the days of thrown plates in the past. Made of BPA-free food-grade silicone, they are dishwasher, microwave, and oven-safe. I love that they can be used in both the microwave and the dishwasher!

GRABEASE First Self Feed Baby Utensils

Photo Credit: Amazon $11.96

Besides being super cute, these baby utensils by GRABEASE are such a fabulous idea. Made with a choke protection shield, they help keep a child learning to eat by themselves safe and are easy for little hands to hold and maneuver.

Hatch Baby Rest

Photo credit: Amazon $59.99

My sister gave me a Hatch Baby Rest sound machine as a gift when my son was born. It has been a lifesaver! I really can’t say enough good things about this product. It is a nightlight, sound machine, and has a time-to-rise setting all in one. It can be set to whatever sound and color combinations you like (we use white noise and a soft yellow glow) and can be programmed using the Hatch Baby Rest smartphone app to automatically turn on and off at preferred times and you can adjust settings as needed remotely. It is relatively small in size but it does its job well and is great for traveling.

Your Husband

Name a Star

Photo credit: Star Register

Give your husband a gift he will never forget by naming a star after him, the ultimate forever-gift. Using Star Register, you can name a visible constellation star and receive a gift kit with information about the star. The Deluxe Star Kit includes your star’s coordinates, a place in the star registry, a PDF certificate with a personalized message, and a star map, a space photobook, and a star fact sheet- all for $34.99.

Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace: A Cookbook

Photo credit: Amazon $21.18

Does your husband like to grill as much as mine does? If so, Playing with Fire might be the ideal gift for him! With over 70 mouth-watering recipes by the cohost of The Chew and Iron Chef, Michale Symon, he’s sure to find and create new family favorites.

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Brew Share Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit

Photo credit: Northern Brewer $99.98

My husband and brother-in-law share a love of craft beer. A few years ago my sister and I decided to buy them both home brewing kits so that they could experiment with brewing their own beer.

The kits we bought at the time were nowhere near as comprehensive as these homebrew starter kits from Northern Brewer. The starter kits include the ingredients for 4 different types of beer and the equipment needed to create your own brew.

Sit back and wait for your Wife of the Year award.


The Original Dutch Oven Kits Fart Blanket

Photo credit: – Kit pictured: $29.99

I gave my brother-in-law a Dutch Oven Kits fart blanket for his birthday in June and it turned out to be hands down the best gift I have ever found for him. Reading the fart “recipe card” made him laugh until he cried- along with several of the guests in the room too- and he loves the blanket. Read my review of Dutch Oven Kits’ awesome fart blanket here.

At 60’x80′, the microfiber fleece throw is perfect for cuddling and big enough to use on the bed. As you can see, a little stinker has taken my blanket; it is so soft that everyone in the house tries to steal it! It’s a fun but useful gift, any guy (or gal) would love.

RegeMoudal Emergency Radio

Photo credit: Amazon $28.99

My friend Ruth is a little bit obsessed with watching tornado chasing videos, reading books about past tornadoes, and loves the science behind the weather. Rightly so, as we live in Tornado Alley and she currently resides in an apartment without a tornado shelter. She has a standing invitation to come over to my house and hang out in the basement during bad weather and we’ve had several stormy evenings spent together. Ruth recently bought this weather radio by RegeMoudal and brought it to work to show me.

Not only does it play AM, FM, and NOAA weather radio, it can be powered by batteries, USB, solar power, and hand crank. It can be used to power your devices via USB and also has a flashlight function. If my power was out in a storm, I would want to have an emergency radio like this one on hand. Don’t tell my husband, but I think this is what he’s getting from me for Christmas.

Buffway Slim Leather Wallet

Photo credit: Amazon $12.99

My dad usually carries his wallet in the shirt pocket of his work uniform or in the front pocket of his pants on his day off. This slim and light leather wallet by Buffway would work perfectly for his uniform pocket. With RFID blocking technology you can feel safe knowing no one will access your cards using electronic signals.

Zbrqotl Suitcase Record Player

Photo credit: Amazon $49.99

The Zbrqotl portable record player is a great option to enjoy your vinyl collection at home or on the go. It has two front-facing built-in stereo speakers. You can also connect other speakers using the RCA jacks in the back, or connect to your other devices using Bluetooth.

Teenage Sister


Photo credit: Amazon $9.99

Apparently hair scrunchies are in again! I use one at night to keep my hair out of my face, but I see girls wearing them all the time. It takes me back to middle school. This 65 piece set from Cehomi will ensure your sis has a scrunchie to match every outfit and some to spare.

Lighted Vanity Mirror

Photo credit: Amazon $25.59

Way better than my mom’s old 1970s lighted vanity mirror that I used in high school- BESTOPE’s incredible tri-fold mirror has 21 LED lights controlled by a touch screen, two and three times magnification, plus it rotates and can be powered via AAA battery or USB.

UV LED Nail Lamp

Photo credit: Amazon $18.99

Why spend money going to the nail salon when it is easy and affordable to get a great gel manicure at home? LKE’s LED UV curing light has features like a smart sensor and LCD screen. The best part is you can make your sister do your nails!


Looking for something for your younger sister or your edgy or fashionable friend? You know, the girl who looks amazing in everything? Check out Jane’s fun Etsy shop, BitsAndBobsByJane for some great ideas.

My favorites are the heart-shaped Crying Comic Girl Earrings.

The Rule Breaker’s Guide To Step Up & Stand Out – A Manifesto For Rebels

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$4.47 on Amazon

Are you a wallflower? An introvert? Someone who is afraid to step out of line? The one person in a group who always follows the rules, no matter what? Georgia Varjas’ book will make you challenge all of the thoughts and ideas in your life that are holding you back, motivate you to be your best, and help you to create the life, get the job, or become the person that you’ve always wanted.

The Rule Breaker’s Guide To Step Up & Stand Out is called “a call to arms for women – and men – to step up, stand out and break the rules restricting their full potential in life, work, relationships, health, and happiness.” Sounds great, right?

Give your sister a good read and a boost of confidence.


Travelambo Women’s Wallet

Photo Credit: Amazon $14.99

Two of my friends have the Travelambo Women’s Wallet and I LOVE it. Containing 18 card slots and RFID blocking materials to keep your banking information safe, this vegan leather bifold wallet has two zippered pockets to hold cash, your checkbook, even your phone. Its slim shape ensures it will fit in your purse and be easy to carry. The best part is that it comes in a rainbow of 45 different colors!

Instant Pot Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Photo Credit: Amazon $79.00

Have you tried an Instant Pot yet? I absolutely LOVE mine. This 6 quart Instant Pot does it all- it functions as a slow cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, pressure cooker, it will saute your veggies, and can be used as a warmer. You can even make a cake in it!

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YIVIEW Sleep Mask

Photo credit: Amazon $9.99 (3 pack)

I love having my bedroom dark to sleep but my husband does not, so I will often use a sleep mask. I also use a sleep mask when I have a migraine. I’ve tried many different kinds but most are cheaply constructed and fall apart or don’t fit my face and work to keep the light out. These sleep masks by Yiview have features that many sleep masks do not.

They are made from a soft and breathable sponge fabric with an adjustable strap. The mask is contoured with a concave molded cup that does not press on your eyes.

Aiper Robotic Vaccum Cleaner

Photo credit: Amazon $199.99

I don’t know about your kids, but mine drop food on the floor at every meal. I have to vacuum all the time! I so badly wish Santa would bring me one of these! The Aiper Robotic Vacuum Cleaner would completely change my life. This futuristic-looking self-charging vacuum is only 2.6 inches high, so it can get into tight spaces that similar machines can’t. It uses wi-fi and can be scheduled to clean on a schedule or whenever you want, plus it has route planning capabilities, and even docks itself so you don’t have to worry about needing to vacuum with a dead battery.

Women’s Thick Knit Wool Crew Socks

Photo credit: Amazon $15.98

My mom always has cold feet and these wool socks look like they’d keep her tootsies perfectly warm and cozy during the winter months! I might even grab a pack for myself.

Your BFF

Wine tumbler

These 12 oz. stainless steel insulated wine tumblers by SUNWILL are so much fun. They are perfect for drinking wine on the patio or on a picnic because they have a lid to help keep out bugs and prevent splashes. There are 12 different colors so you’re sure to find one that your BFF will adore.

Photo credit: Amazon $9.99

Swarovski Birthstone Earrings

Photo credit: Alex And Ani $28.00

Simple and elegant, these Swarovski crystal birthstone earrings with a shiny silver finish are sure to delight your best friend.


Serta Heated Electric Throw Blanket

Photo credit: Amazon $32.00

No matter what time of year, my grandma was always cold. She could have used a great heated electric throw blanket to keep her warm. With five settings and reversible sherpa and fleece sides, this throw would make a warm and cozy gift.

Damn I Can’t Remember: A Premium Journal And Logbook To Protect Usernames and Passwords

Photo credit: Amazon $6.99

My husband’s grandmother used to have a nondescript piece of paper that she would write all her usernames and passwords on for her e-mail, her banking information, her investment information, and everything else. When it was time to help her with something on the computer it was difficult to locate the piece of paper and to know if it was up-to-date or not. I wish she would have had one of these! Help Grandma and Grandpa keep all of their usernames and passwords together in one place with a password book.

COSORI Air Fryer

Photo credit: Amazon $99.98

A healthy gift, the COSORI air fryer works as both a small oven and a fryer, allowing you to cook your foods faster than in a normal oven and also fry without using oil. Make fried chicken, bacon, or french fries nice and crispy without the calories and mess from using oil!


Chill Out Relaxing Blend Essential Oils Roll-On

Photo credit: Amazon $13.77

What teacher couldn’t use a great smelling essential oil blend to help destress, relax, and combat anxiety? The Bliss Bound Wellness Chill Out Relaxing Blend will help anyone have a little better day.

Handmade Bookmarks and Bunting

If you’re looking for a fun gift for a teacher, look no farther than the fun and sweet creations by Lauren Buck in her Etsy shop, CozyFeltCreations.

My teacher BFF has said that Lauren’s fun felt creations would be perfect for her classroom

Lauren has so many fun items that everyone would enjoy: bookmarks, holiday decorations, themed bunting, keychains, and more!

My personal favorite is the birthday and cupcake bunting! I have so many ideas about how I could use her sweet creations to decorate my house and office for different holidays. Lauren will even customize your order to make it perfect for anyone on your list.

Starbucks E-mail Gift Card

Photo credit: Amazon – price varies

Send a hardworking teacher you know the gift of a great cup of coffee.


Knock Knock Tell It Like It is Sticky Note Packet

Photo credit: Amazon $13.50

You’ve gotta have a little bit of fun at work and these Tell It Like It Is sticky notes are a whole lot of fun!

The Office Dundie Award Trophy

Photo credit: $15.95

You know a coworker that would proudly display a Dundie in their cubicle and you know your inner Michael Scott would love to award them one.

Office Space Milton Quote Art Mini-print

Photo credit: Amazon $5.00

Honestly, who hasn’t felt a little like Milton at one time or another? I love this 5″x7″ mini print by Scott W. Smith, which is just the right size to fit on my desk. Perfection.

Cancer patient

Cancer Care Parcel

Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer or is going through cancer treatment? Want to help but don’t know how? A thoughtful gift basket like the Luxurious Cancer Gift Pack for Women makes a wonderful gift. Cancer Care Parcel has a wide selection of gifts for adults, teenagers, and children with cancer, and even special comfort packages for patients undergoing chemotherapy. There are great options for both men and women.


Dr. Shara Cohen sent me the Luxurious Cancer Gift Pack for Women.  As you can tell by the photo below, the gift pack is full of 22 thoughtful items, ranging from skincare, entertainment, a soft and snuggly pillow and throw stomach-calming tea, and more designed to help comfort, pamper, and provide relief during a difficult time. All of the items are ideal to be used at home or in a hospital setting to help make a tough time a little bit easier. I wish I had known about Cancer Care Parcel when a family member was diagnosed with cancer and went through treatment 6 years ago, as the gifts they have curated are so thoughtful and helpful.

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I donated this gift pack to my local cancer center so that they can spread the love to their patients this Christmas.

The Entertainer

QcoQce Cordless Automatic Wine Opener

Photo credit: Amazon $25.99

Never struggle to open a bottle of wine again! Perfect for entertaining and great for those with limited hand strength, this cordless automatic wine opener is a winner. I have one and have never looked back to my old corkscrew. It will easily open a bottle of wine in seconds, it stands by itself, and its 4AA batteries will open at least 40 bottles of wine before they need replacing.

Le Creuset Cheese Board

Photo Credit: Williams Sonoma $35.00

Imagine elegantly serving your guests cheese and other les délices with this classic board by Le Creuset. Made of high-fired stoneware and glazed with an enamel finish, this is a gift that will stand the test of time. It can even be used in the microwave, oven, broiler, and dishwasher to make your party prep and cleanup quick and easy.

The Environmentally Conscious

Stainless Steel and Silicone Straws with Cleaning Brushes

Photo credit: Amazon $9.95

On average, about 500 million straws a day are used and make their way into a landfill or the ocean- that’s about 1.6 straws per person a day in the US. That’s a lot. By using reusable stainless steel and silicone straws like these from MOZACI, you can help make an impact on the amount of plastic that makes its way into our environment. With 12 straws, two cleaning brushes, and a convenient bag to hold them, the whole family can feel good and use them with their favorite mug or tumbler. Plus, the straws are BPA-free, rust-proof, and are dishwasher safe.

Let’s Go Eco: The Eco-friendly Subscription Box

Photo credit: Instagram

The Let’s Go Eco subscription box service sends out a box four times a year featuring six or more full-sized plastic-free, natural, ethically made and cruelty-free, biodegradable, and sustainable products perfect for the environmentally conscious. The price is $68.00 every 4 months for a yearly subscription and a single box is $99.99.

The World Traveler

GlobeIn: A Unique Artisan Goods Subscription Box

Photo credit: GlobeIn

With the GlobeIn monthly subscription, you’ll receive a themed box with curated products made by artisans all over the world. The boxes each contain 4-5 items which are unique, ethically sourced hand-made goods. the price is $43.00 a month for an annual subscription.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition): The World as You’ve Never Seen It Before

Photo credit: Amazon $35.17

Patricia Schultz’s newly updated 1,000 Places to See Before You Die is better than ever and has recently been named the Best Gift book of 2019 by The Associated Press, Business Insider, The Daily Beast, Forbes, Seattle Times, and others. Hold the best of our world in your hands with over 1,000 color photographs, descriptions, and details about “must do”‘s for every location.

I love reading through this book and adding little flags to the places I’ve visited. I’m nowhere near reaching the 1,000 locations mentioned in the book, but 1,000 Places to See Before You Die has long inspired me to travel and to dream about traveling.


Cheryl’s Cookies

Photo credit: Cheryl’s Cookies

Cheryl’s Cookies are a delicious gift. My mom buys them for holiday get-togethers, birthdays, and even Halloween and Valentine’s Day. If you’ve never had Cheryl’s Cookies before you’re in for a treat! Besides frosted sugar cookie cutouts (my favorite) there are tons of different kinds of cookies and treats to choose from- and I’ve never met one I didn’t like! They come individually wrapped so each cookie is soft and fresh. You can choose to send Cheryl’s products in different themed tins, towers, baskets, boxes, buckets, and more.

Hobby Home Accessories Personalized Family Christmas Tree Ornament 

Photo credit: Amazon $19.95

Each year since my husband and I married, we’ve received a personalized Christmas tree ornament from my parents. It has been fun to have a new ornament each year to add to our tree. First, we received one with just a man and woman, our first names, family name, and the year we married. Each year since the ornament has always been different and reflects our little family. The kids love to pick out the ones that have their names on them. It has been a lovely tradition and someday we’ll be able to hand them down to our children for their family trees.

Beacoo 3 in 1 Charging Stand for iWatch /iPhone/Airpods

Photo credit: Amazon $24.97

What could be more convenient than a charging station for your Apple devices? Charge your iPhone, iWatch, and Airpods, and even iPad. The Beacoo Charging Stand is compatible with the iWatch Series 5/4/3/2/1, with Airpods iPhone 11/11pro/max/Xs/X Max/XR/X/8/8Plus/7 /6S /9.7 inches iPad.

HoneyHolly Water Bottle

Photo credit: Amazon $8.99 – $27.99

This BPA-free food-grade reusable water bottle by HoneyHolly would be a great gift idea for anyone. It is leak-proof and dust-proof with a filter, plus it has a time marker to help you track your daily water consumption. I think the time marker is an excellent feature for the elderly, who may forget when they last drank water and may become dehydrated easily.

I hope a few of the ideas above appealed to you or inspired you to buy them for someone special!

If you haven’t already, check out my recent post on The Best Dollar Tree Stocking Stuffers and be sure to look out for my upcoming post containing my honest reviews of several popular subscription box services!

Happy holidays and have fun shopping!


6 thoughts on “Mommin’ in the Real World’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Tyra and Tammy says:

    I really like the cancer care package, and the teddy bear! What a sweet picture and now I Brantley a teddy bear. Well my inner child is clamouring for one lol. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas.

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