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Presenting Our 2023 Exclusive Holiday Gift Guide Fave Selections

Joyful melodies fill the air, family, friends, and delicious goodies everywhere. Each year the holiday season brings festivities and fun times to lighten our homes and hearts. 'Tis the season to celebrate those influential factors in our lives with the people we love, both near and far. Coming together we spark delightful moments and precious memories we will fondly cherish. 
Creatively exploring the merriest ways to celebrate the season, I'm often on the search to find this year's newest and trendiest holiday gifts. For our family, holiday festivities unofficially begin before the traditional arrival of the season of joy. Excitedly preparing for  holiday celebrations enable us to feel wrapped up in good will towards our family, friends, and those we encounter along the way. As we assemble to share momentous occasions with those nearest and dearest to our hearts, we create joyful times filled with good eats, hi-tech toys and gadgets, kind-hearted exchanges, and an abundance of good wishes to share. As always, we are overwhelmed with tremendous excitement which we share with great joy from our overflowing hearts. We now present you with our exclusive 2023 holiday gift guide fave selections.

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Presenting Our Exclusive Holiday Gift Guide Fave Selections

We extensively researched and discovered some of the most unique, trending gift items for family and friends. We're thrilled with our final presentation, after our year-long vetting process, and are now excited to present our annual exclusive 2023 Holiday Gift Guide Fave Selections.

Living in the mountains, we love keeping warm and cozy! During the holiday season and throughout the year we each cuddle up in the family room wrapped in our favorite blankets. Tucking ourselves into a soft and snuggly PediPocket blanket with the perfectly designed foot pocket has been such a gamechanger for our family! Warmly covered in plush from your nose to your toasty toes, this upgrade to basic blankets is available in a variety of sizes and colors. If you need a little extra warmth, the faux sherpa lining is THE best, plus all PediPockets are machine-washable and dryer-friendly.  Feel warm and cozy knowing that 10% of profits are donated to charitable giving.

In our home, cats rule and dogs drool. The Happy Ride Collapsible Travel Crate from PetSafe is an highly recommended pet travel accessory for your road dogs as well as our road cats. We love the lightweight, sturdy construction of this collapsible travel crate where your pet is "safely contained, not restrained". Simply securing the crate's strap over the headrest of the front seat and sliding the seatbelt through the back of the crate secures the crate in place. Unlike other bulky travel kennel crates, this space saver is roomy with mesh panels for visibility and ventilation. The crate features a removable fleece pad cover which is waterproof and machine washable, with each side opening for easy access, there are two storage pockets for essentials, plus drawstring openings on the sides allow access without opening the crate while on-the-go or at home.

Buddy (our manimo weighted dog), is the zen friend we never knew we needed in our lives. We have both adult and child weighted blankets which are used regularly as part of our evening routines. Helping to bring versatility and adaptability to sensory tools, manimo offers a variety of weighted animal companions in a variety of colors and weights. My son (and I) find Buddy soothing to rest on our laps, across our shoulders, or balanced on our tummies. These velvety, huggable pets are recommended for ages 3 years and up and can-

- Help manage stress and anxiety

- Improves focus and concentration

- Encourages relaxation and sleep

Protecting ourselves, our loved ones, and our property with SABRE security products is the gift that keeps on giving. While we are shopping, traveling, and leaving our homes vacant, these are all vulnerable times to be targeted by criminals. Using wireless safety products without the need for hardwired, permanent equipment installation, is simple to upgrade, downgrade, and relocate as needed for protection without long-term contracts. Standing for nearly 50 years as an industry leader, personal safety products and education are essential for SABRE, proud supporters of 501(c)3 charities in alignment with their mission to help Make It Safe.

Keeping our furry friends happy and healthy is one of our most important responsibilities. Comparable in size and weight to a smartwatch, NanoBark from PetSafe helps calm your anxious dog with 10 levels of static corrections as gentle reminders to reduce excessive barking often leading to aggression or stress. Durably designed, NanoBark Collar is waterproof and the world’s smallest lightweight bark collar ideal for use at home and on-the-go. Combined with positive reinforcement, NanoBark is an innovative and effective training solution to help create a safer space for your dog and the people around them

Living in a historic nook of Upstate, New York, we are always surprised by the wealth of valuable gems we often come across during our travels. Packing along our Minelab GO-FIND metal detector we're all set to take our adventures to a new level. Whether you're beginners like us or an experienced pro, these affordable metal detectors are easy to use for all skill sets. Innovative technology for GO-FIND series of metal detectors also include a free companion apps to equip you with interactive tools and resources. "Go Wild. Find Adventure." Worth it's weight in gold, Minelab's GO-FIND detector series includes-

- GO-FIND 22 packs in all the fun and excitement of finding treasure and is perfect for passionate beginners of all ages.

- GO-FIND 44 offers an enhanced advantage, searching even deeper so it can discover treasure others have missed. 

- GO-FIND 66 steps up the power and performance. With precision control and maximum depth, it will have you hunting like a pro in no time. 


As the story goes... Storytelling enriches our lives through the many joys of communication and conversation. IF you've been blessed with the gift of gab, this can really be a special legacy to treasure, especially with the charming tales of the My Recordable Storytime collection. Our family enjoys the way My Recordable Storytime adds the unique treat of listening to a familiar voice telling the story. Each of the stories feature 40 recordable pages to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake for families to enjoy time and time again.
My Recordable Storytime titles include-

- Welcome Little One (USA Today Bestseller)

- Miracle on 34th Street

- Sweet Dreams, Night Night

- I Love You So

"To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken."

In a Barbie world and in our world, this was the highest grossing film of 2023, as well as in Warner Bros. history. You will be tickled pink (re)watching the magic of live-action Barbie from writer/director, Greta Gerwig. If you're like me, you already know that shopping for all things Barbie is the Barbiecore way!

"I planned out our whole day. First we make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie Dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we’ll snuggle.” – Buddy

Buddy really knows how I love to spend my winter days! All that's missing is a comfy, cozy movie night watching Elf in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. My favorite part is the digital code to download the movie for Elf-ing fun all year long!

"This hilarious Christmas film tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf. Years later Buddy learns he is not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York City to find his true identity. The film is directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It is produced by Jon Berg, Todd Komarnicki , and Shauna Robertson, and stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Edward Asner and Bob Newhart."

Our STEAM Fave | My Creative Box
Call me creative, but ever since I was younger, the thrill of arts and crafts will always inspire my artistic expression. Inspire your little creatives to share their vision for a masterpiece with arts and craft activity boxes packed with an assortment of STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Art, Music) learning activities. "In each box, a world of wonder awaits. Brimming with sensory, inventive and cognitively rewarding activities, we’ve got each age group covered."

Supplying all of the items needed "to encourage children to develop fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination, cognitive skills, build confidence and express their creativity through multi-sensory experiences". Our household makes a point of including gifts that inspire creativity through screen-free, hands-on projects. Gifting My Creative Box is also a fantastic idea for making handmade presents to share with family and friends!

Here's a cool idea for a gift to help relieve discomfort from symptoms from heat stress, menopause, multiple sclerosis, migraines, nursing, muscle aches, or fatigue. Xena Therapies features an innovative product line of safe, drug-free Opal Cool therapy products that are clinically-tested to be effective for health and physical needs. I'm always overjoyed to enjoy feeling well-rested and refreshed, especially during the holidays. Created with plant-based cooling material applied directly to the skin without the discomfort of ice burns or frostbite, for the ultimate chill experience.

Simple, practical gifts that will be used time and time again are always faves with family and friends. We're so often on-the-go and have oodles of praise for the timesaving, genius of the CrunchCup. How brilliant is it to be able to travel with cereal and milk just like other meals? This unique, mess-free, patented design will keep your cereal fresh and crunchy and separate from your milk until you're ready to feast.

Simply pour your favorite cereal into the inner cup, then add milk into the outer chamber. Twist the lid into place and enjoy! Leave the bowls and spoons at home for a fun and festive CrunchCup treat anytime!

Treating little ones to educational toys which are also entertaining, interactive, screen-free, and environmentally- friendly brings about whimsical feelings of joy to the world. I'm a huge fan of SOLOBO Montessori-inspired toys crafted for your child to master age-appropriate milestones in learning and child development skills through play time. Gaining recommendations from child specialists, these toys help encourage speech development, social-emotional learning (SEL), hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, memory building, language development and problem-solving skills. 
As a parent, I'm impressed with the fun way Learn and Drop introduces and reinforces beginner level concepts for children in language, counting, colors, shapes, and even Spanish words. 

"Recent college grad Jaime Reyes returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armor capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the Super Hero Blue Beetle."

Feeling merry and enjoying movies make the holidays extra special for our family. These are the times that we snuggle up in our Pedipockets with our fave snacks to watch family movies together in the living room. Bringing a fresh combination of action and laughter the excitement of the origin story of Blue Beetle should definitely make it's way on to your "must-see" list!

Our Power Fave | Succession HBO Original Complete Series

"Power, politics, money... it's all in the family in this Emmy
®-winning drama series. When the head of one of the world's largest media and entertainment conglomerates considers retiring, a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war as each of his four grown children scheme for control of the company. Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, and Alan Ruck star."

Taking a moment to escape the holiday festivities, become immersed in the ultimate display of family drama brings to mind the Roy family of Succession, the highly-rated HBO Original series. Guaranteed to deliver family dysfunction in the most opulent presentation, the captivating, calculated scandals will reel you in from beginning to end.

Our Steamy Fave | The Whistling Kettle

"Our goal is to make it easy for you to enjoy the perfect cup of tea, no matter where you are. Whether you’re at home or on the go, we have the perfect cup for you."

Feeling warm and cozy inside with family and friends makes the chill in the air a welcomed addition to the season's celebrations. The Whistling Kettle offers some of our fave tea collections to bring comfort for our bodies, minds, and spirits. It is so easy to find just the right tea blend to savor during the holidays and throughout the year.

Our Storytime Faves

Telling fascinating stories is a wonderful way to share the excitement and joy of the holiday season. We have a library filled with familiar tales and have recently added a few new wintry story books to our story collection.

Snow Boy (Ages 3+) - A charming story about how a snow person finds friendship, community and family.

How The North Pole Works (Ages 7+) - Travel to the real North Pole, where you’ll discover that Santa’s Workshop employs 1,000 elves and 500 drones to make, pack, and wrap three billion gifts every Christmas!

Baldwin’s Big Christmas Delivery (Ages 3+) - Baldwin, a switcher train, does his best to get all the big trains ready. When he discovers a Christmas package that’s been left behind, Baldwin decides he must deliver it himself - no matter what!

How The Gherkin’s Stole Christmas (Ages 3+) - A hilarious riff on Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Enjoying tech-free, screen-free entertainment is a calming activity for us all to include in our lives. Our first Original 3D Crystal Puzzle was my son's phenomenal clear crystal skull project. Our current project is the legendary monster we all know and fear–Godzilla. Featuring more than 150 BePuzzled designs, each precision-crafted puzzle is a 3-dimensional, motor-skills challenge. The Original 3D Crystal Puzzles from University Games are designed for the suggested ages of 12 and up for a more advanced, translucent puzzle experience to complete and display.

Enjoy the Happiest of Holidays!
From Our Family to Your Family

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