Wednesday, December 31, 2008


ladybug quilt pattern patchwork blocks applique

Pick up a ladybug quilt pattern and use it to create beautiful homemade quilts for your friends and family. Everybody needs a lucky ladybug or two in their homes no matter what style bedding or decor they have. The beauty of making your own quilts is that you can experiment with color combinations and personalize your quilts with unique quilting patterns and fabrics.


Pink ladybug rugs and baby bedding for girls is all the rage. Nobody cares that you will never find a ladybug with that particular color scheme in nature; pink and brown is pretty and trendy and that's all that matters. For baby boys, you will want incorporate shades of blue with some neutral fabrics to highlight it to its full potential. Of course there is nothing wrong with natural red and black ladybugs appliqued on the quilt squares either.


Here are some resources for free patterns for ladybug quilts to make for children as well as adults or as wall hangings:


Often the size of the quilt that I make depends on the amount of cotton quilting fabric that I happen to have on hand. If you don't have enough to make a full size bed quilt, use your ladybug quilt pattern to make a baby crib quilt , a wall hanging, or some placemats.

You can applique ladybugs on plain, cotton fabric or use ladybug print fabrics in your quilt with great results. Appliqued quilts are for more advanced quilters. If you are a beginner, buy some ladybug theme quilting fabric and practice with patchwork before moving forward to more challenging
ladybug quilt patterns

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You can make your own Dr. Seuss plaques by using a decoupage craft technique and some pictures that you copied from one of the kids' Seuss storybooks. Here are the instructions.

dr seuss plaques wall decorations

Use your color copier to make copies of your favorite pictures.

Buy some square shape wooden plaques and paint them whatever color that you need for them to match your kid's Dr. Seuss bedroom color scheme. Dab a little bit of glue on the back of the picture to hold them in place and then position your copied pictures in the center of each plaque.

Cover them with a few coats of high gloss sealer and then let them dry completely. Once they are dry you can arrange your Dr. Seuss plaques on the walls whereever you please.

This easy craft project is also a very creative way to recycle partially damaged kid's books if you happen to have some on hand. Cut out the pictures that are in good condition and toss the rest. Your Dr. Seuss plaques will make an excellent homemade baby gift for a friend who has chosen to decorate with a few Dr. Seuss plaques and a Dr. Seuss baby nursery bedding set for her baby's crib.

You might include some Dr. Seuss baby clothes and Horton Hears a Who or Cat in the Hat in the baby's gift basket.
I can't think of any new mother who wouldn't appreciate a few personalized Dr. Seuss baby items and wall decorations at their baby shower no matter how her baby's room is decorated.

Please make plans to visit us again soon to find the latest in Dr Seuss baby shower decorations and inexpensive handmade items that will make a lovely presentation at the birthday party or baby shower.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Best Christmas Gift Idea Ever for Your Kids

The goal of this blog is to share items that you might miss while shopping for kids’ gifts or decorations for a party that you are in charge of hosting. However, I realized that I had not suggested the very best Christmas idea for your kids; the gift of Faith.

Our job as parents is not just to make sure that our children enjoy their early years. We should give them the essential tools to prepare them for life beyond their childhoods. It’s my opinion that to send them on that journey without faith in a higher power is similar to sending a boat adrift on an ocean with no steering mechanism.

There is no guarantee that we will always be there to guide them. To give them the Gift of Faith is to insure that no matter what happens that they will have a compass to show them the way in our absence. I hope that you will take steps to make certain that your children are not without this the most precious of gifts that will serve them well all the days of their life.

Merry Christmas and may God bless you and your family.

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nascar infant carrier baby seat cover

You can never have too much NASCAR baby stuff on hand to give to your friends who are avid racing fans. When I saw this cute, Jeff Gordan print baby carrier seat cover I knew I had to post it to help those of you that are looking for something for a baby shower gift.

Pick out your own fabric with your favorite driver's name and number and have a custom made car seat cover, a baby walker seat cover or shopping cart seat cover made to your specifications. Fill a NASCAR baby gift basket with goodies like a fleece receiving blanket, some NASCAR baby clothes and booties that match the NASCAR racing bedding set in the baby's crib to outfit an infant in true racecar style.

A shower gift basket filled with NASCAR baby stuff is a super gift idea for the shower where dads will be attending. Nothing makes a daddy smile like the idea of his baby boy going with him to the racetrack.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008



Riding toys for girls and boys have been around practically since the invention of the wheel with examples from the depression era and beyond existing to this day. If you are fortunate enough to have one of these antiques in your possession, I do not need to tell you the wisdom in telling your kids to take good care of their toys.

Steif and other brands of toys with wheels are not only hot items with today’s nursery crowd; they are valuable collectibles that are worth many times their original price. Value appreciation alone is no reason to amass a collection of plush ride on toys. The brilliant smile on a little girl or boy’s face when the riding toy is discovered under the Christmas tree or inside the big box at the birthday party is the best reason in the world to invest in a toy with rockers or wheels.

Toddlers just love to hop on the backs of animals and ride their way across imaginary landscapes have the adventure of a lifetime with no fear of danger or harm. If the
riding toy
is musical, they can enjoy music during their time on their ride on toys. The only drawback to styles with music is the need for batteries. Some parents feel that battery operated toys are an aggravation. If you want to keep your child’s entertainment as uncomplicated as you possibly can, you may want to skip the musical ride on toys and stick to the silent models or find one that has music that’s generated when baby is rocking or riding only.


For collectors or moms with a lamb nursery theme, Steiff riding toys --- lamb shaped to be specific are highly sought after.
Second in line, it should come as no surprise that toy riding horses are a big favorite. It seems that kids are naturally born to be cowboys and girls and every little cowpoke needs a wooden pony to practice on until he can get the real thing.
The new favorite is no stranger to the farming community; tractor riding toys. When it comes to tractor gifts John Deere riding toys are at the top of any farming family’s list.
Coming in behind these traditional favorites are riding toys designed as everything from child sized Hummers to jeeps.


It would be impossible to go wrong with a riding toy for a newborn. This clever gift idea will make the parents happy if it contributes to the design of the baby’s room. When the child is nine months old or so the toy will be put to good use. Who knows which modern ride on toys will be the collectibles of tomorrow? We will just have to wait and see. In the meantime, the kids will ride away the hours on their favorite riding toys.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


The best gift for both a sleepy princess and her mom is a Disney Princess clock. A pretty digital clock in the shape of a magical castle in royal colors will ease a little lady both in and out of dreamland while decorating the bedside table during the daylight hours.

You might say, "I can understand how a cute bedside clock with pictures of all of the Disney Princesses will wake a sleeping girl, but how can it possibly be helpful in sending her off to the land off sweet dreams?" The answer to that question is that a Disney Princess projection alarm clock has a nightlight feature that projects the shapes of stars onto the ceiling and walls of a girl’s bedroom. She will look forward to bedtime and the light show that only takes place when the lights are dim and the room is quiet. The rest happens naturally.

A gift of a Disney Princess clock will decorate a young girl’s bedroom, entertain her after storytelling hour until she drifts off to sleep and then wake her in time to get dressed and ready for her day. A clock is an item that by itself will rarely be found on a child’s birthday or Christmas wish list. But a unique Disney Princess digital clock with such clever features is a gift that your little princess will enjoy both morning and night for many years.

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Monday, December 15, 2008


Wedgwood Peter Rabbit collectibles make lovely gifts for fans of the fabulous bunny rabbit no matter what their age happens to be. Both young and old will delight in surrounding themselves with the whimsical products of Miss Beatrix Potter’s imagination.

It is so inviting to decorate our baby girls’ nurseries with Beatrix Potter nursery crib bedding sets and for baby boys, Peter Rabbit baby bedding is a dream come true. It’s natural to want to share our favorite characters from the storybooks read to us by our parents when we were children with our own impressionable little ones.

The colorful pictures and scenery taken directly from the pages of the book that are painted on the
Wedgwood Peter Rabbit
porcelain dishes and decorative are so artfully rendered and beautiful that you will keep them on display on shelves and table tops in your home long after your kids are grown. That is the beautiful of classic collectibles; even the pieces that are designed in children’s themes are transferable to other rooms until there is another baby on the way and another nursery to decorate.

It seems a shame to display your Wedgwood Peter Rabbit dishes, banks and plates high on the walls where a child’s hands can’t touch them. But it would be so much more upsetting if Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and friends were to take a nasty fall off the shelf. It’s a better idea to have plenty of plush Peter Rabbit toys for baby to play with and keep the breakable items where they can be seen and not touched.

If you are searching for a keepsake for a friend’s baby with a set of Peter Rabbit bedding in the crib, Peter Rabbit Wedgwood is the best baby gift idea I can think of that is guaranteed to thrill both mother and child for many years to come.

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Unique gift ideas for new dads are increasing in demand every year that goes by. Modern parenting trends indicate that mom and dad equally share the daily childcare responsibilities that newborns require. Therefore, it seems only fair to include fathers in the fun of showers to celebrate the baby’s birth.

Previously the domain of ladies, showers now are planned to include and entertain the men as well as women. There may be a separate celebration for girls only where the traditions enjoyed in the past might still be observed as well as a co-ed shower that will require unique gift ideas for new dads as well as cute stuff for the expectant mother.

Gifts for this party are basically "his and hers" newborn products. Even if the baby is a girl, the gear that mom will want has a completely different style and design than those items that the father will be comfortable wearing or using.

Baby shower gift ideas for new moms will be addressed in another article. This information is meant to address the issues of nailing down some unique gift ideas for new dads.

  • T shirts for new dads – If you have time go to one of the online shops and have it personalized according to the father’s hobby if he has one or have a FUNNY saying printed on the front. Something wild and crazy is preferable to something touching. As much as females love sentimental words, guys don’t seem to share our appreciation. The last thing that a man wants is to be made to feel like a sissy and to do this will not bode well for babysitting services in the future. So, find t-shirts for new dads that will a man won’t be embarrassed to wear around his buddies.

  • Shop for gifts to help him be prepared for the changes that babies bring into the lives of their parents. A practical handbook for new dads filled with tips for new dads that share advice on safety issues as well as information on what modern moms may be expecting out of her baby’s father.

  • A complete NEW DAD KIT would make a unique, practical baby gift basket idea for new dads. Load up one of the many masculine diaper bags for dads with everything he will need to take baby out on the town for a few hours. Whenever possible, skip the diaper bags in pastel pink and blue in favor of trendy brown or even camouflage print baby bottles and pacifiers.

Finding unique gift ideas for new dads is not as challenging as it was a decade or so ago. But finding appropriate gifts for anyone, male or female, takes both time and careful consideration. In order to present a gift that is appreciated as well as useful at an affordable price can be especially tricky, but nothing that can’t be managed so long as you follow the recommendations offered to you in the pages of Unique Gifts Ideas for New Dads, Babies and Party Decorating Tips.

Friday, December 12, 2008



We have some ideas for items to complete your rubber duck baby basket so that it makes a delightful presentation. Bath and baby skincare products with a signature toy or two are all it will take to put together an impressive homemade arrangement that will look as expensive and pretty as anything that an exclusive boutique could manufacture.


In the past, you got a yellow rubber ducky with an orange beak or you got nothing at all. Product lines have expanded over that limited style dramatically. You can now create a rubber duck baby gift basket based on specific hobbies, themes as well as colors. For instance, a Sesame Street rubber duck gift is a given for kids who learned the song while listening to Ernie’s rubber ducky song in the tub about his love for his toy on the classic kids’ television show but a biker might like his duckie to be wearing a bandana and looking tough and ready to rumble.


Yellow rubber duckies will never go out of style for the diaper set. For the older kids, you may want to explore some of the ducks that are based on children’s hobbies and activities. There are baseball rubber duckies and other sports theme ducks for boys. And for the diva in your home, you may want to build your gift basket around Betty Boop or a glamorous purple duck that comes as a set draped in a matching feather boa.


Once you have chosen the best rubber duckie to use as the centerpiece for your basket, here are some ideas for additional items that will be a huge hit at the
duck baby shower.

  • Rubber Ducky toothbrush holder
  • Towels and washcloths with duck appliques
  • Duck shaped baby bath soaps
  • Baby shampoo and body wash in a duck shape container
  • Duck print hooded bath robe

Those are just a few recommendations for a baby’s gift basket. As
rubber ducks
are popular with boys, girls as well as adult men and women, we will continue our series devoted to making suggestions for cool gifts for the rubber ducky lover in your life on a regular basis. I can think of no better way to keep up with the innovations in this product line, so stay tuned for updates.

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Moses baskets
have not taken the place of traditional bassinets, but they are certainly giving them some competition. They are cheap, they are practical and perhaps one of the most impressive items that are seen among the baby gifts at the shower.


For many shoppers, the bottom line or price is an important consideration. The cheapest Moses basket you will find will be one that has not been pre-dressed or decorated. This inexpensive option would be your bare, woven basket with no ribbons, bedding or linings of any kind layered inside to make it pretty. A basket of this kind is best if you want to personalize it according to a particular baby nursery theme, color scheme or if there is a need to keep the price as low as possible.

Another way to save some money might be to buy your basket and then purchase a liner or Moses basket bedding only from one of the online stores that specialize in handmade baby items. Many will allow you to pick from a number of baby print fabrics when you order your bedding. Some offer to monogram your baby’s initials on the blanket or the liner which gives your gift a nice, personalized touch.

There are times when buying a luxurious basket at a baby boutique makes sense. When your time is limited, having your gift arrive in the mail already gift wrapped, decorated and ready to take to the baby shower is a lifesaver. Sewing crafts are not every lady’s idea of fun. Even if you are crafty by nature, you may find that once you buy the basket, fabric, a bedding pattern and decorations the cost is pretty close to that of a ready made gift. The time to make your own is when a particular color or design is not available unless you make it yourself or contract to buy a homemade basket.


Some mothers prefer hooded Moses baskets that give baby’s sensitive eyes some protection from the sun if she will be carrying her baby out of the nursery. Parents who plan to use their basket in place of a bassinet might prefer the kind that sits on stationery or rocking stand. The benefits are that you can easily relocate your basket to different areas of the home at your discretion.

Bassinets, cradles and portable cribs are all popular options. All of the previously mentioned beds are more portable than standard baby cribs but many prefer pretty Moses baskets over portable baby cribs because they are easy to customize and they are so attractive. Granted, they are only useful for the first few months as babies outgrow them quickly. It is for this reason some mothers consider them a waste of money and floor space. However, there are just as many moms who treasure the memory of their sweet baby sleeping peacefully while tucked into their beautiful Moses basket.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008


If there is one place to look for kids' gifts ideas when all else fails, Pottery Barn Kids, is at the top of my list of recommendations. Everybody knows about Pottery Barn, right? Wrong! There are plenty of first time birthday and Christmas shoppers just making their way into the competitive world of outlet stores and discount malls who need a few tips on where to find the best stuff around.

So, here I am to put a little bug in your ear. If you want to include something other than toys or clothes in your gift basket ideas Pottery Barn Kids is hard to beat for quality, value and downright cute stuff. Granted, they are not always the least expensive place to shop as their prices can be considered at best slightly less than those found in upscale boutiques. However, I have found their products to be worth the higher price.

Even if you can't afford an entire set of Pottery Barn bedding there are ways to give an impressive gift for an affordable price. Perhaps you could pick up the comforter and pillow shams and substitute a solid set of sheets that you picked up at the discount store. A busy mother with kids can always use an extra set of sheets and she won't mind the generic brand until she can catch the coordinating sheets and pillowcases on sale and get the real thing.

If you have no clue at all of what style of decor your friends desire for the nursery or the bedroom, here's a fabulous gift idea that will be greatly appreciated;
Pottery Barn Kids coupons. Tuck a few coupons in the gift basket and watch the friend who has everything have a meltdown of sheer delight!

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008


thomas the train table gift

All aboard! We have a few
Thomas the Train
gift ideas that choo choo train lovers of all ages will love. There are plenty of fans that love this popular cartoon character so much that they cover their kids’ bedroom from ceiling to floor with products featuring the friendly, fun loving locomotive.

Most of the time the habit is started with Thomas the Train theme baby bedding and nursery decorations early when the baby is still in the crib. A musical baby crib mobile with the engine followed by boxcars circle around and around entertaining baby until the little boy or girl drifts off to sleep to dream of conductors and engineers clacking down imaginary tracks.

Here are some inexpensive Thomas the Train kids’ gift ideas for the little ones on your list:

  • Thomas the Train Wall Appliqu├ęs and Decals – These reusable appliques are a fun way to get kids in the act when decorating a kid’s bedroom. Be sure to buy enough so that they can take the place of Thomas the Train border!
  • Pajamas – A pair of soft flannel footed pajamas with Thomas and friends will makes an excellent Thomas the Train gift idea for Christmas or a birthday party.
  • Ride on toys
  • DVDs
  • Rolling Backpack or Kids Luggage set
  • A sleeping bag
  • A shelf where the kids can display their collectibles
  • Hat and gloves set
  • Puzzles
  • Pillow Case set
  • Tent

As birthdays and Christmas holidays pass by family members and loved ones who are aware of the little one’s love of trains, the Thomas the Train gifts and bedroom decorations continue to arrive. Mom and dad by this time should have installed wall shelves, cabinets and furniture that will provide a suitable background for the collection of collectibles and artwork that left alone will grow to magnificent proportions.

The love of toy trains is a hobby that lasts a lifetime and in many cases it all starts with Thomas the Train gifts for kids.

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Monday, December 08, 2008



Coach baby bags
pink, blue and any other color you might name make some of the best gifts for a new mom that I can think of. After baby is older and the need for a diaper bag is a distant memory, the large tote bag can be put to good use as a laptop bag, a beach bag or an attractive purse that will hold everything a mom on the go needs.

Coach baby bags pink blue or whatever color you like are designed with such style that nobody will be able to tell that it’s a baby bag unless see the bottles and diapers inside.

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Betsey Johnson Nautical Bracelet

Nautical gifts are perfect gifts for mom if she loves the ocean. Nautical decorations, clothing, bracelets and necklaces will blend beautifully with girl or boy's nautical nursery items and baby shower gifts if you are a hostess searching for new mom gift ideas.

silk sailboat scarf hermes

A pregnant mom has times when her spirits need a special lift. Imagine how her eyes will shine when dad presents her with a pretty box filled with nautical gifts that reflect their shared love of sailboats and the ocean. A bracelet dripping with pearls, seahorses and gold nautical star charms on a beautiful chain with large gold links and a silk scarf to wear around her neck will make her feel attractive and so very special.

If the lady in your life is not a slave to fashion but loves to spend her days at the beach or sailing on the ocean; perhaps a
nautical gift
for the beach house would be better and more appreciated than jewelry and silk scarves. Life preserver mirrors and collectible lighthouse figurines are excellent nautical gifts ideas if the vacation home needs and update and a few new decorations. If mom has the decorating under control, perhaps a nautical gift basket filled with luxurious towels and wash cloths would allow mom more time on the sailboat between trips to the laundry.

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Hockey Blanket personalized

This is a gift that your favorite hockey would never buy for himself. Personalized hockey blankets will let him know that you respect his hobbies and entertainment even if you are not a sports fan yourself.

Have a fleece blanket in hockey print fabric monogrammed with your friend or loved one's initials, team logo or his name in script. If you can't find a custom embroidery shop that can manage the logo, perhaps they can substitute a picture of the team's mascot on a corner or framed to make a medallion in the center of the blanket.

A personalized hockey blanket for a baby will make the best liner ever for a homemade hockey gift basket. Simply fold your blanket so that the embroidered area peeks out from under the other hockey themed gifts that you chose to fill the basket. When the family is not rink side, the hockey baby blanket can serve as an everyday receiving blanket or add to mom and dad's choice in hockey crib bedding for baby.

When you see how appreciate the recipient of your hockey blanket is, you will be so glad that you took the time and put so much thought into selecting such a personal gift.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008


John Deere Pink and Brown Diaper Bags for Girls


Lookout boys,
John Deere girl diaper bags
are giving the traditional green and yellow look some competition. You may wonder when this famous tractor company decided to go pink. I don’t have an answer or a date that I can give you. Perhaps one of our farming friends or members of management will fill us in on the details behind making their tractor company more appealing to girls.

A few years ago we noticed a trend that indicated pink t-shirts with the official logo printed across the front were consider cool for teenage girls. Why should we be surprised to see new mothers carrying pretty
baby John Deere
pink and brown diaper bags? What’s considered stylish for teens has a way of making its way into the closets and wardrobes of older ladies in a relatively short amount of time.


What we observed was an overnight explosion of John Deere baby crib bedding and nursery decorations for boys and girls alike. Various shades of pink and brown fabrics were combined to make John Deere girl diaper bags while the more traditional grass green and yellow John Deere diaper bags continued to fly off the shelves and be shipped through the mail making their way to organize the travel essentials of baby boys.


Who knew there was so much that could be done with a tractor logo? But this is area where that famous deer keeps right on running and reinventing itself. You may find John Deere girl diaper bags edged in rickrack trim and coordinated with pretty pink and white gingham checks that give the baby bag a distinctive cottage or country look. However, there are styles that will appeal to the sophisticated mom as well. There are custom designs that have been personalized with baby’s name, fitted with soft leather shoulder straps and edged with fluffy feathers. Slight impractical, but they are real eye poppers at the baby shower.


You may wonder if it’s too late to jump in and join this tractor fashion trend and the answer to your question would be an unequivocal “NO”! Have no fear that your John Deere girl diaper bag will be anything less than fashionable. It is my opinion that so long as there are babies born into farming families and little city dwellers surrounded by farm theme nurseries that John Deere girl diaper bags in pink and brown as well as classic green and yellow diaper bags are here to stay.

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Friday, December 05, 2008


crochet crocheted baby booties


Knitted and
crochet baby booties
are a classic baby gift. You could fill a basket with matching hats, booties and mittens in complimentary colors and designs for everyday or do something special for the holidays in an Easter or Christmas theme. What mother in her right mind could remove the bow from a package and open it to find a pair of these tiny crib shoes and not be delighted?

For the price of a ball of yarn and some time spent learning to crochet you can build yourself an inventory of baby booties. There is something so calming about the smooth and easy rhythm of the crochet hook working with the thread and the finished product is fabulous.

All you have to do is search online for a free pattern in a style that you like, buy a few skeins of yarn or balls of thread and a crochet hook and you are ready to start to crochet baby booties for all the new babies in your life. Here's a good place to start your search for free crochet baby booties patterns.

Crocheted baby booties in pink for baby girls, blue for baby boys or gender neutral colors are always popular. For special friends, you may want to whip up personalized baby booties that are designed to look like Ugg boots, cowboy boots or fancy mary janes for a baby girl. Cowboy baby booties and cowgirl baby booties make excellent personalized baby gifts. Another idea for custom, crochet baby booties is to make them using yarn in mom or dad’s favorite sports team colors. A crocheted baby hat and booties set that reflects the baby’s nursery theme or a family hobby will be especially appreciated and admired by all that attend the shower.

This brings me to another topic in regard to handmade baby booties. You should not be surprised when the other mothers want to contract your services. Once you perfect your craft and you have enough cute booties on hand to cover your own needs for baby shower gifts. Why don’t you develop your own line of products and start a cottage industry that supplies other mothers and family members with unique crochet baby booties that you offer for sale at affordable prices? If the orders start to come quicker than you can knit or crochet, consider hiring some other stay at home mothers to help with the overflow of work.

Knitted and crochet baby booties never go out of style. A well made pair will not only be admired at the shower and be worn by one infant, but more than likely make its way into the baby’s keepsake box for future generations.

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Best Children’s Christmas Books – Baby Books for Christmas 2008

It’s never too soon to start reading to your baby.
Children’s Christmas books
are lovely to look at as well as entertaining. The stories are often clever combinations of inspiration with a dose of humor with artwork that will leave little ones breathless. Each year there are new possibilities for building your little one’s personal library.

Choosing a book for infants is easy. They are soothed by the sound of your voice and being held in your arms. The words and pictures will not have nearly as much effect as the shared moments rocking and reading until sugarplums are dancing in your little one’s head. So long as the story is one that you enjoy reading aloud, the book itself is not that important at this young age.

Later on, the more challenging it will be to keep your child interested in the story. Interaction may be the key. The best Children’s Christmas books for this age will be board books that have windows that baby can open without risk of tearing the pages. Bright pictures and textures that you can invite your baby to touch will go a long way towards keeping baby still enough to get to the end of the book.

Here are some baby books that will make perfect stocking stuffers that you will enjoy as much as your little one.

  • Merry Christmas, Peter Rabbit! (Potter) by Beatrix Potter
  • Fisher-Price: Baby's First Christmas: Learning About Colors (Fisher-Price)
  • Silent Night: A Light and Sound Book by Smart Kids Publishing, David Mead, and Chris Sharp
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem: A Pageant of Lights by David Mead
  • Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
  • Christmas Mice (The Little Golden Treasures Series) by Richard Scarry
  • Dora's Christmas Adventure (Dora the Explorer)
  • Jingle Bells (My First Taggies Book) by Kaori Watanabe
  • Christmas Is Coming! by Claire Masurel and Marie Henry
  • Shaped Board Book (Santa's Workshop) by Jill Ackerman
  • Christmas Peekaboo by DK Publishing

  • Christmas Tree by DK Publishing

  • The Tales of Three Trees Angela Elwell Hunt
  • The Story of Christmas by Patricia A. Pingry and Lorraine Schreiner Wells
  • Mouse's First Christmas by Lauren Thompson and Buket Erdogan

Those are just a few of the excellent children’s Christmas books that will get you and your little one in the holiday spirit in spades and make baby’s first Christmas gifts festive as well as educational.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008


infant christmas dresses


Infant Christmas dresses are the perfect thing to buy if you want to give a gift that will get kudos and praise every time. Of course you want the most stylish in the baby boutique. The colors and cut of kids’ Christmas clothes may change, but the delight on a mother and father’s face when they see their newborn or toddler decked out in her finery that is more elaborate than the most luxurious Christmas tree on the town square or in the center of the mall never will.


For the family portrait, something classic is definitely called for. An infant Christmas dress that brings Sugarplum Fairies or snow princess in white fur trim boots and coat right out of the Nutcracker Suite ballet to mind is perfect for such an occasion. The key element to consider when shopping for a baby girl Christmas dress that will be worn in portraits meant to last a lifetime is whether or not the design is every bit as timeless as the photo. Trendy colors and motifs will quickly look at best old fashioned and out of style and at their worst; ridiculous and laughable.


Baby Christmas dresses should be chosen according to how well they will photograph while being worn by a reclining newborn. Will it bunch up and threaten to cover the little one’s pretty face? Is it stiff and scratchy? A baby girl Christmas dress with these characteristics simply will not do. A pretty gown in Christmas colors that will drape nicely and be soft and kind to baby’s sensitive skin is best.

Natural fibers are always best except in the case of wool. That sassy baby hat with the pom pom or the jacket with cute buttons is not worth taking the chance that your infant may have a reaction. Never underestimate the impact that a newborn’s allergy to wool might have on an otherwise stylish and fashionable photo shoot. I would be careful with polyester fabric as well for your infant’s Christmas dress. The shine in some synthetics does not work favorably with the camera flash. And there again, the comfort factor comes into play. They are simply not as breathable as cotton and therefore not as comfortable. When comfortable equals a calm, smiling baby it’s important.

Infant Christmas dresses worn for baby’s first Christmas will probably be one of the earliest and well documented memories any child will have. Think of the rolls and rolls of film or digital memory that will be devoted to preserving this memory for posterity and you will come to see the importance of making your selection wisely.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008


personalized football gifts

Whether the sports fan in your house is a SEC nut or a professional fan, ideas for unique football gifts will probably go a long way towards making your life easier. When it comes to finding sports gifts for birthdays, Christmas or just that little something to lift flagging spirits, a present with his or her favorite team’s logo printed on it you have come to the right place for ideas.

New baby
sports gifts
are little more than ego boosters for a new mommy or daddy. But who cares when the baby sports gifts dresses the newborn in cute clothes or keeps the infant warm as toast tucked inside a personalized baby sports blanket complete with name, date and the team mascot embroidered on the corner?


Here are some birthday, Christmas or baby shower gift basket ideas that will have the lucky recipient (or the new mom and dad) cheering and jumping up and down with team spirit. The cool thing about our sports gift basket recommendations are that they are affordable (read: cheap) and if you are a fan of homemade gift items, there are a few of the gifts that can be handmade if you have time. If not, you can purchase the items at affordable prices online or in your local baby boutique for affordable prices.


This is one of those cases where the basket itself can be part of the present. Buy a large basket that can be used later as a decorative item in the home or to be used for storage and organization in the nursery. Stencil your team’s logo or name on the side in team colors. Another idea is to arrange your football gifts in an attractive manner inside a picnic basket that will come in handy for the tailgate party on game day at the pro, college or high school stadium of your choice.

Line the basket with a tablecloth if your football gifts are for an adult. Line it with a personalized baby blanket if your football gifts are for a newborn baby. Silver or stainless steel football theme collectibles, posters and artwork for the walls or warm, stadium blankets will all make a favorable impression as well as serving to be useful in decorating the family home.

Add a couple of adult or baby football jerseys, caps or collectibles and some snacks that will satisfy a hungry man in front of the television and your team will stick by you through both thick and thin. When they lay eyes on your football gifts, the adults as well as the up and coming football hero in your life will know that you are a winner and eliminate any worries that you will ever be traded. Plus, your football gifts at the football shower football baby shower!

Return to Unique Baby Gifts Baskets, Kids Stuff and Party Ideas to find more unique football gift ideas for the sports fan on your Christmas or baby shower list.

Monday, December 01, 2008



It's not required that you live in a log cabin to appreciate moose ornaments on your Christmas tree. Once seen only in the forests of the great northwest, as I live and breathe, it would seem that the wild moose is becoming an urban fixture. Even the rather formal, stodgy Lenox line of
collectible ornaments
and decorations gets into the holiday spirit in a big way with fun moose gifts aimed toward skiers, ice skaters, bikers and babies.

As with most of their ornaments, Lenox releases a new moose design each year that has a catchy, funny name. The great thing about giving collectibles for Christmas gifts is that it takes a lot of the difficulty out of coming up with Christmas gift ideas for the kids, adults or even the newborns on your Christmas list.

The 2008
Lenox Christmas ornament
is a figurine called Moosey Mishap that is a white moose that has obviously gotten himself into a bit of a jam. There is a red and white Santa Claus hat hanging on for dear life in between his antlers and several strands of electric, multi-colored Christmas lights draped from his head to his tail. If you wonder how he came to be decorated in such a whimsical fashion, perhaps it would be advisable to take notice of the fact that he may have encountered someone’s home Christmas display while trying out his new snow skis.


So, the Lenox moose ornaments caught your eye and you are wondering who might appreciate finding this cute collectible in the toe of their Christmas stocking or wrapped in a pretty box with a bow under the Christmas tree. Here are some suggestions:


The Lenox moose is a precious keepsake that may even increase in value. But those are not the only kind of moose that you can use to decorate your tree. There are plush moose ornaments by Boyd’s that are stuffed moose with angel wings if you can imagine such a thing. Then there are some cute red, green and gold Christmas balls with a small moose figurine hanging onto the top of the ornament for deer life. And we can always count on Hallmark, Radco, Enesco and Department 56 to have some funny and charming ornaments to share every holiday season that rolls around.

Regardless of what your friend’s personality or color preference, they will find a moose ornament a fun gift that will add lots of pizzazz to their holiday decorations.

Return to Unique Baby Gifts Baskets, Kids Stuff and Party Ideas for more excellent Christmas gift ideas for your family and friends.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


christmas stockings personalized monograms monogrammed

christmas stockings personalized monograms monogrammed

Baby’s first Christmas stocking is a big deal to many parents. Even though baby could care less if there is a custom stocking filled to the brim with cool stocking stuffers, moms put a lot of thought and care into the selection of their kids’ Christmas stockings.

There are matters of color, theme and design to consider and decisions to be made over style and fabric content. Should it be classic red and green or something funky and modern that will give an indication of what was considered stylish in holiday decorations in the first year baby was around so that everybody can laugh about how funny it looked down the road? Or, should we pick a style that reflects our religious beliefs and traditions that our family observes? Who knew that making sure that our gift of baby’s first Christmas stocking could be so darn complicated?


There are those who are very selective about such issues that prefer that each newborn welcomed into the family receive truly unique Christmas stockings. Store bought simply will not work for such a momentous occasion. If you are a first-time mother who wants to be certain that all items are heirloom quality, a handmade Christmas stocking is the way to go. You have complete control over decorations (no choking hazards, please), embroidery and color scheme. But, how do go about making baby’s first Christmas stocking?

There are several kinds of homemade Christmas stockings that are very popular, baby safe and that should hold up well over time. So long as proper cleaning methods are practiced and your fireplace screen does its job and keeps sparks from setting it on fire, most should last a lifetime if not longer.


Pick up a pattern and start knitting. This is something nice to fill the time when you are still pregnant and big as a barrel. If you don’t know a knitting needle from a gnat, start canvassing your friends for grandmother’s who knit and purl their way to happiness and offer to compensate them generously. If they can work baby’s name across the cuff, reward them even more.


Slightly more decorative than knit and easy as pie! Pick up a kit that comes complete with canvas, wool yarn and all the decorations and felt backing and you are in business. When you are finished, take it to have the name monogrammed. This is a great craft project for a beginner, but don’t wait until December to get started. It does take a little bit of time.


If bold graphics and 3D designs are your taste and you don’t have time to knit or needlepoint, felt stocking kits will whip up your baby’s first Christmas stocking in a flash. They come in all sizes with cute designs that will charm Santa Claus right out of his boots. Don’t forget to put the date on the back of the stocking.

No matter how fashionable and cool you believe your baby’s first Christmas stocking to be, chances are that in the future you will want to mix it up a bit and update. Don’t feel guilty when you don’t want to use it when your child is older. Save the first one in your baby’s keepsake box and enjoy the new one.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008


baby first christmas gifts ideas


Baby's first Christmas gifts are much more important to the new mom and dad. You and I know that newborns could not care less and won't for a very long time! This makes it even more crucial to buy items that look spectacular in the pictures that you treasure in your family picture album. Another thing to consider is that it is preferable to buy items that will last until your baby boy or girl are old enough to want to see what they got from Santa Claus on their very first Christmas morning.

Here’s a secret tip that I will share with you in regards to baby Christmas gifts. There are a few presents that may seem that they are for mom and dad, but they are for the baby, too.

Certainly you may want to tuck a few baby christmas outfits in a baby boy’s Christmas gifts, a baby faux fur coat or boots or one of the beautiful Christmas theme velvet baby dresses that you found in a baby girl’s gift basket, but without a doubt the real gift that counts for baby’s first Christmas will be the pictures and movies.


Here are some practical baby Christmas gifts ideas that will have the whole family shouting “Merry Christmas” and giving you kisses under the mistletoe.
  • A digital camera
  • A video camera with extra film cartridges to capture those precious memories on film
  • Gift certificates for having those digital photographs transferred to mugs and pictures that you can frame and give to the grandparents
  • Collectible baby’s first Christmas ornaments
  • A certificate for a family portrait with a local artist or photographer
  • Large Family Photo Albums
  • Baby Picture frames filled with pictures of your memories
  • A baby keepsake box where items can be safely stored for the future

The goal of our series of baby first Christmas gift ideas is to give family members some suggestions on appropriate items that both parents and their kids will enjoy. Infants don’t have a clue as to what the holidays are about and won’t for many years. The key is to preserve those memories until they are curious about their early years. Think how much fun they will have sharing those memories with your grandkids or even your great-grandchildren. Keepsakes, collectibles and heirloom quality clothing will make little if any impression on babies. But preserving them with dates, labels and pertinent information will be ever so important for the generations that follow.

If you have some
baby first Christmas gifts ideas
that you can share with our visitors, we would love to hear from you. In the meantime, please return to Unique Baby Gifts Baskets, Kids Stuff and Party Ideas to see more recommendations for the best baby Christmas gifts ever.


vera bradley large duffle pink elephant

vera bradley pink elephants mini jewelry box


What a gift idea for that pregnant pal on your list; Vera Bradley pink elephants products! If you thought the Bermuda pink or petal pink fabrics were hot, hang onto your hat, my friend. Put aside the stigma and forget the old adage about our friends who have a habit of imbibing too many cocktails and the critters that nobody else sees but them. This is one pink elephant that EVERYBODY will want to see. Believe me when I tell you that nobody will ignore the fact that this herd is in the house.

I’m not for sure if the reason behind the popularity of this particular item lies in the successful political campaign or that Vera Bradley pink elephants baby diaper bags are just so darn cute! Whatever the reason, I’m inclined to think that this is a spectacular opportunity to add to our collection of cute baby elephants and to accessorize a set of elephant baby crib bedding.

Here’s an idea that will create a spectacular presentation for that special occasion when nothing less than Vera Bradley pink elephants will do.

Pick up a Vera Bradley diaper bag in signature,quilted pink elephant fabric and substitute it for a gift basket. You can load it to the point that the interior view is completely blocked with coordinating goodies. Here is a clever idea for gifts to include inside the baby bag.

The Vera Bradley pink diaper bag is lovely and your friend will feel so stylish carrying it. But it’s always nice to include something just for mom like a small zip and clip wallet, eyeglass case or cosmetics bag. Another idea would be to find out where to purchase some
Vera Bradley
pink elephant fabric in your area and make a homemade nursing pillow or bib and burp cloth set to match the diaper bag. Never forget that homemade gifts are cheap and so appreciated!

This may be a good gift idea to suggest to the new daddy as well. Dads sometimes need a little push in the right direction when it comes to finding an appropriate gift for the lady who just gave birth to their baby boy or girl. A Vera Bradley pink elephants diaper bag filled with pretty stuff will definitely show his appreciation. Help him along by making the recommendation that he buy a pair of earrings, a pendant or a pin to put inside a mini jewelry box to tuck inside a purse for a keepsake to commemorate the day that their baby arrived.

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Friday, November 28, 2008


precious moments angels 1998 enesco

Precious Moments
angels are not just for collectors with wall shelves filled with porcelain figurines dating back a decade or two. Many shoppers recognize the benefit of buying up more than a few of these collectibles to maintain their perfect condition all the while watching their asking prices and waiting for a chance to offer retired pieces for sale in an online auction for big profits. Hobbyists as well as professional investors have been known to make a lot of money by using their instincts to pick just the right piece that they feel will increase in value.

In spite of the possibility of substantial appreciated value, I find it rather sad to think of lonely Precious Moments angels packed away in a dark closet. The goal of well meaning owners is to see that they are guarded from chips and fading by being wrapped in protective tissue paper inside cardboard boxes. But I prefer them to be on display where they can be admired and loved by children of all ages.

My favorite location is a nursery that has been decorated with Precious Moments angels and Precious Moments theme baby crib bedding sets and other pretty pastel decorative items. Or perhaps the Precious Moments figurines could be used to enhance an angel nursery theme with crib bedding to match. Situated far above the reach of an inquisitive toddler, this is where Precious Moments angels belong. No matter what the style, color or design of your child’s bedroom decor there is room for at least one of these cute little angels.


Design a Precious Moments angels gift basket by using a single figurine as the basket’s centerpiece or focal point. Surround it with more items with angelic or Heavenly graphics and designs to complete the presentation. Angels make excellent baby shower gifts for dedications, baptisms or christenings so why not give the new baby in your family the first in his or her collection?

Another time when these pieces really shine their brightest is during the holiday season. A Precious Moments Christmas angel tree topper would be lovely for a baby’s 1st Christmas gift or a bridal shower gift for a friend who will soon be decorating her first Christmas tree.

The large, trusting eyes, white robes and fluffy wings of the angel figurines will enchant your kids and are guaranteed to put a big smile on the faces of adults as well.

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Monday, November 24, 2008


baby boy tractor gifts john deere pacifier bottle bib set

When it comes to tractor baby boy gifts, nobody has it down like John Deere. Camo and bright green baby items with the classic deer logo are considered stylish for urban as well as rural babies born into farming families.

There are plenty of
John Deere baby
items to fill large baby gift baskets as well as collectibles to present in a small but elegant package. Even before baby starts to walk, a riding toy with a big, fluffy bow on the handlebars or steering wheel will be a big hit.

If the birth is expected anywhere near the Christmas holidays, a collectible ornament designated as "Baby’s 1st Christmas" will be treasured for many years and more than likely passed on to the next generation. You will be amazed at how thrilled mom and dad are to receive a silver tractor for their Christmas tree personalized with baby's name and birth date.

I would guess that any tractor baby boy gift that you can think of can probably be found in your local seed store or in a farm equipment store that specializes in official John Deere or other brands of farming merchandise.

Here are some excellent ideas for items to include in your unique baby boy gifts basket:

  • John Deere Pacifiers and Clips
  • Tractor onesies
  • Caps and mittens
  • Receiving blanket or quilt
  • Baby feeding set
  • Knife and fork set
  • Crib shoes or booties
  • Tractor sippy cups
  • Rattles
  • Burp cloth and bib sets


Any little farmer worth his salt needs suitable clothing. Denim overalls are a must and will be greatly appreciated especially if the bib is embroidered with daddy’s favorite brand of farming equipment. In fact, a matching pair of caps for both baby and daddy with the logo printed on them would be precious. Follow up with matching crib shoes, infant sock or boots and your collection of tractor baby boy gifts will be complete.


Presentation means a lot and there are some really cute ways to dress up a basket full of tractor baby boy gifts. Buy some wide John Deere ribbon and have your florist attach it to the handle of your gift basket. Make a stencil of the John Deere logo and use it to decorate at least one side of your basket. Here’s a tip; rather than a round basket, use a basket that is rectangle or square in shape and stencil the logo on the narrow side so that mom can use it for storage in the little boy’s bedroom. It will tickle mom to have something new that will compliment the rest of her pink or green John Deere baby bedding set and crib accessories.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008


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Tuesday, November 11, 2008


vera bradley bible good book cover


Vera Bradley personalized, monogrammed Bible covers make perfect gifts for mom!. They are perhaps the perfect gift of faith for any new mother is a Christian. She will love to receive one of the Vera Bradley Bible covers to match a designer diaper bag personalized just for her. Imagine how nice it would be for her to have a Good Book cover that matches her favorite quilted diaper bag. The same fabric makes the Sunday best petal pink Vera Bradley baby bag that she loves to carry her baby girl's essentials to the church nursery so dear to her heart will be a complete set once you include this cute, matching accessory!

A monogrammed paisley Bible cover takes this popular designer’s baby diaper bag to a whole new level in upscale newborn necessity storage. The colors and patterns are enough to make your mouth water. There’s

  • Pink for girls
  • Gender neutral Cambridge in mint green, blue and black
  • Kensington chocolate brown and teal blue

As for myself, I plan to stock a complete inventory to have on hand ready to take to my local embroidery shop when the need arises. It would be hard to find a friend that would not consider a Vera Bradley monogrammed Bible cover a wonderful item to receive in her baby gift basket, Christmas or birthday gift.

You might want to consider one of the stylish, personalized, monogrammed Bible covers as a unique Christian baby gift to serve as a centerpiece for a unique and practical baby gift basket. For that matter you could use the large diaper bag instead of a basket and tuck lots of small gifts inside including your Bible cover. Pick up an inexpensive, silver or gold tone page marker to be engraved with your friend’s initials or favorite Bible verse. How’s that for unique gift ideas for a personalized baby gift basket?

Return to Unique Baby Gifts Baskets, Kids Stuff and Party Ideas for more excellent recommendations and suggestions for decorations and gift items.


tinkerbell curtain rods drapery theme

No Peter Pan room would be complete without Tinkerbell curtain rods, finials and drapery valances to provide the finishing touches. When it comes to covering all the decorative bases in the bedroom and adjoining bath, why be skimpy when it comes to the drapery hardware?

Disney's Tinkerbell tie backs, finials and shower curtain hooks are the details that will cause your room to shine. Your little girl will feel like she is living in a fantasy where she is a real Princess ruling a magical kingdom filled with stylish decorations that are based on her favorite kid's Disney movie, Peter Pan.

Light the room with a Walt Disney Tinkerbell pixie dust lamp with a pretty lamp shade, a cute, pink Tinkerbell teen or toddler bedding set and some enchanted Tinkerbell wall vinyls to put the frosting on this delectible bedroom design.

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Sunday, November 02, 2008


What makes personalized gift baskets for any baby, mother to be or kid stand out is the one, single gift that serves as the centerpiece. This item should be the eye catcher placed in the center of your collection of gifts. There is no rule stating that it must be the most expensive piece, but chances are that it may be.

Also, no rule is in place regarding what this item may be. That decision, of course, should be based on who the gift basket is for. Gifts with the personal touch require more legwork or research than your generic, run of the mill gift. Knowledge of likes and dislikes as well as hobbies or preferences in color or design is crucial. To maintain the element of surprise, phone calls or emails to mutual friends and family members may be necessary unless you enjoy regular, day to day contact with the guest of honor.


Just because unborn or newborn infants haven’t developed their own style or made their preferences known doesn’t give you a pass on gearing your gift giving to a particular theme, color or design. Nor should you pick up some stuff in pink, blue or the gender colors of green, lavender or yellow and call it a day.


Older kids love to get presents with their names on them. Anything from sweatshirts to a painted wall canvas is so much more special with a monogram or entire name spelled in letters that children recognize. What an easy way to guarantee that your gift will be the star of the birthday party!

This is one of the best ways to take a cheap item and make it seem so much more expensive than it actually is, but you may not have this luxury when designing a personalized gift basket for the baby shower. What are we to do when the baby has no name as of yet?

Knowledge of what the baby’s name is or will be would be helpful as many consider it necessary for a personalized gift to display a name that has been embroidered, stamped or painted on it. This is where the flexibility of homemade gift basket ideas comes in handy. If the baby has not been born or the name has not been chosen, you can buy the best gift with a gift certificate to a local artist or seamstress to have this taken care of after the fact.


Mothers and fathers appreciate monogrammed gifts, but the “name game” won’t carry as much weight on presents for adults as it does for baby’s first gift or a decorative accessory for a kid’s bedroom. Adults appreciate items that support their favorite pastimes, activities and hobbies.

Young parents with budget restrictions tend to appreciate gifts that give them a moment of relaxation or a new gadget they would not be able to afford otherwise. To drill down and get to the heart of their wish list, plan an outing for lunch to the local mall and pay close attention to what your friend looks at with a longing in his or her eye. Imagine their delight and surprise at getting exactly what they wished for without so much as the slightest hint of what you were up to when they received the invitation.

Those are just a few ideas for designing personalized gift baskets. Please return to Unique Baby Gifts Baskets, Kids Stuff and Party Ideas for more ideas for gifts that appropriate in specific themes for your special occasions.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


winnie the pooh robe washcloths bath gift set


Word is that Winnie the Pooh gift basket ideas are in order and needed by those lucky enough to attend soon to be celebrity mom, Ashlee Simpson's, baby shower. Sources have whispered to some of the top gossip mavens that Ashlee, who is expecting her first child, will be honored with a baby shower today in a hotel in L.A.

The gathering is expected to include 30 to 35 guests all of which will probably be scouring the upscale baby boutiques for haute couture baby gifts to coincide with the theme of the party.

The theme has been reported to be Classic Baby Pooh Bear and we have some excellent gift basket ideas to share as we are no stranger to Winnie the Pooh baby shower themes.


  • Winnie the Pooh Pictures or Posters
  • A personalized Pooh Bear baby blanket gift set
  • Baby Pooh Figurines
  • Calming Baby bath Items
  • A Pooh Baby Book
  • Personalized Baby Pooh Onesies
  • A Honey Pot Bank

Some of our
Winnie the Pooh gift
basket ideas may not be appropriate for Ashlee Simpson and hubby Pete Wentz's soon to be born bundle of joy's actual room if gossip columns are to be believed. While the shower is about our favorite bear and his friends in the 100 Acre Wood; we heard in earlier reports that this couple was seen purchasing Nightmare Before Christmas Art that was assumed by the author to be part of the baby's room decorations.

No matter what the baby's room looks like if the decorations and invitations are based on Pooh, our
Winnie the Pooh
gift basket ideas will be a big hit with the hostess as well as the mother to be. So, buy a big basket and load it full of cool, classic Baby Pooh merchandise secure in the knowledge that it will the be hit of the party.

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Our homemade gift basket ideas will make recommendations for unique gifts that will be met with sincere appreciation by soon to be moms and dads, tickle the kids all while helping you to avoid the stress of brainstorming for inspiration.

Few of us have time to spend hours on end deciding what to buy for our loved ones and friend’s children. Nor do we need to devote precious days off from work away from our own families to cruise the malls and discount stores looking for bargains on trendy items that will make a lovely display.

Our suggestions may help to take a slice out of the time that is necessary to put together a thoughtful and attractive collection of inexpensive items. We help to take the guesswork out of that one special gift that is the crowning glory or centerpiece of the basket and then you may find that selection of the smaller items falls easily in place.

Our homemade gift basket ideas take care of many aspects of the decision making process by sharing ideas for items that are commonly seen on baby shower gift registries. We tell you which presents that bring big smiles to the faces of women and children who left the party or shower feeling lucky to have such thoughtful and creative friends.


You may ask that if the objective is to save time why we do not suggest that you visit one of the hip baby boutiques online that offer custom gift baskets in whatever color, style , theme and price range that you need, pay for the basket and the shipping fees and be done with it. This is certainly an option if you find yourself in a bind with no recourse and some stores that specialize in gift baskets do a spectacular job, but if you want your gift to have that personal touch; readymade gift baskets simply will not do the trick.


It is certainly possible that you may be able to give twice as much for half the price by shopping closeout sales and discount stores rather than to be a pre-fabricated basket. Remember that having your shopping list in hand rather than aimlessly wandering the aisles wondering what to buy will leave more time for comparison shopping and searching for free shipping deals.


We won’t argue that professionals know how to tie big, beautiful bows to decorate a basket. Our homemade gift basket ideas will share some tips on how to design a basketful of goodies that is personalized and unique as well as attractive.

unique gift basket ideas
are the best place to start building your reputation as the person who gives cool gifts. We hope that you find it rewarding to see your basket being the first that your pregnant friends reach for at the shower or the one that kids deliberately position at the top of the stack of presents under the Christmas tree or at the birthday party.

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Friday, October 31, 2008


vintage halloween party decorations

It bothers me to hear that carved pumpkins or Jack o’ Lanterns are classified as vintage Halloween decorations. If you travel the streets of your town I challenge you to take a head count of how many artificial pumpkins with electrical lights inside versus real pumpkins. I have no doubt that the fake ones will greatly out number the ones picked up at the local discount store by at least two to one. And my favorites, twisted black and orange crepe paper and balloons, have disappeared from the scene altogether.

Modern parents are pressed for time and in the modern world of today; time is money. However, I find it sad to know that kids are missing out on the unique artistic experience that creating these vintage Halloween decorations entails. Remember the excitement of knowing that when mom picked you up at the school bus stop that the next stop would be the local farmer’s market where you would be allowed to choose what you believed to be the very best pumpkin in the whole wide world?

We considered ourselves to be so very grown up until we tried to pick up that giant pumpkin to take it home. The fear of dropping our prize was a wakeup call that we still needed assistance from time to time from the adults in our lives other than at the checkout counter.

If you were too cocky and insisted on carrying your purchase to the car and dropped it you were punished for your push for premature independence. Your porch was one of the few on the block that was dark and had no decorations whatsoever which shows another advantage to these vintage Halloween decorations. They helped to teach us a few of life’s lessons.

In those days, there were fewer overindulgent parents that might share the pain of their child’s loss and jump in to fix things and make it all better. Overcompensation due to budgetary constrictions was rare. We learned by experience that we had to be careful or pay the consequences. If you dropped the pumpkin, the best you could hope for would be to salvage the pumpkin seeds and the meat that would make a tasty pie. But, you can’t carve a broken gourd no matter how artistic and creative you might be.

This brings to mind other popular vintage Halloween decorations that were commonly seen: Homemade ghosts. These unearthly beings were nothing more than the white bed sheet that was drawn tightly over your basketball and hung from the ceiling of your porch. If you were lucky, the night was windy and the makeshift ghost would have the decency to float in the breeze. My mom let me borrow sheets from her linen closet with the promise no harm would come to them. No holes were cut out for the eyes, nose or the mouth. A piece of charcoal was used to carefully draw features while taking care not to snag the fabric. In fact, these vintage Halloween decorations worked fine as vintage Halloween costumes in a crisis.

All this might sound like a lot of work just to get a little bit of spooky atmosphere but it was fun. Is Martha Stewart the only one besides myself that gets the concept that these simple vintage Halloween decorations were so much more cool than manufactured plastic?

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Sunday, October 26, 2008


unique practical baby gift basket ideas

There are many shower gifts that are appreciated and a favorite is unique, practical baby gift baskets. You might ask what to do to compile and arrange an assortment that would qualify as both practical and unique. If you are a person who is out of touch with modern baby gadgets or has no idea of what day to day childcare is about, coming up with gifts that qualify to be in both categories might be difficult or impossible to find.

So, here are some instructions for well meaning friends and family without a clue. What happens is that you buy a basket or other baby oriented container and fill it with items that are used every day for an infant's care or entertainment. It's very simple, but if you need more information we have drilled the process down even further.



Just because we use the term "basket" doesn't mean that you have to stick to the Little Red Riding Hood style of delivery. Elegant baskets are decorative and desirable, but perhaps not the best receptacle for our purpose of creating a unique, practical baby gift basket.

Here are some ideas for containers that will serve the same purpose and will even add a little something if you are shooting for gifts in a particular theme:

  • Baby bath tub
  • Nursery clothing hamper
  • Plastic beach bucket
  • Diaper pail
  • Baby changing bag

If you are the traditional type and insist on using a classic woven basket you will need to embellish the handle or decorate the sides of the basket with something pretty to send the message that something special is inside. For small items, a round basket with a handle is fine but you may need to find an old fashioned, woven laundry basket to handle large items like a baby quilt or plush toys.


Try to get the answers to these questions:
    This information will help you to know whether or not to buy products in pink, blue or if it might be best to forego the feminine or masculine colors and choose items in a gender neutral color scheme. Neutral colors would be green, lavender, yellow or even purple. In fact, the modern opinion might consider anything except pink and blue to be unisex. However, you may come across a dad that raises an eyebrow at lavender for his baby boy

    If you want to score points with the hostess as well as with the mother to be, ask what the layout of the party is to be and then shop for your gifts accordingly. The reason this is so cool is because your unique, practical baby gift basket will be included as part of the shower decorations and everybody will admire your creative, beautiful baby gifts.

    If mom is breastfeeding, a gift basket filled with baby bottles and nipples would not be practical. Nor would you want to present a basket filled with breastfeeding supplies if baby will be given formula


    It probably wouldn't hurt to include a few of each as most mother's have the motto: "Let no diaper go unused" for the first few years.


    While not a necessity, it is lots of fun to present some cute decorations that reflect the decor that mom and dad selected for their baby's room. To do so will give their taste in decorating a big thumb's up of approval.

Over the next week or so I will share more ideas for homemade as well as boutique and themed items to include in your unique, practical baby gift baskets on Unique Practical Baby Gift Baskets, Kids Stuff and Party Ideas so get your pens and pencils ready to take notes.

Friday, October 24, 2008


kids art drawings gift ideas

No matter what time of the year, we always need a few kids gift ideas. Here's one that parents are going to love simply because first of all, the toys are endearing and cuddly and secondly a really neat way to build a kid's confidence in regards to their first attempts at drawing.

unique kids gift ideas

Annie, at Create Your Own Critters came up with the idea of taking children's artwork and designing a stuffed toy that is as close to the original drawing as possible. And, as you can in the example they do a fine job! The picture at the top left of the page is the child's color drawing. The picture to the right of the page is the finished product. The design is so close that you would have to really look close to ascertain which is the drawing and which is the picture of the actual toy which by the way is known as Pugly. I believe that Pugly may be of the Polka Dot Bat species, but I'm not for sure.

The concept is one that I can appreciate as I have boxes bulging with craft paper, pencil and crayon drawings that my kids made as special gifts for me and their dad. Whether they were made at school or at the table in the dining room, I have a difficult time convincing myself to throw them in the trash. By using Create Your Own Critter's services, I pick my favorites, have them made into keepsakes and show my kids how precious and WONDERFUL their drawings are to us.

For more cool examples of kids art that has been magically transformed into unique, personalized dolls, check out CREATE YOUR OWN CRITTERS you will see why they made my unique kids gifts ideas pick of the day.