Breezy Mama’s Etsy guru, Maria Mckeen, is back. This time, she spent countless hours on Etsy looking for that perfect gift for everyone on your list–including the pets! Best of all, Maria has secured a special Breezy Mama discount from each of the following vendors. What are you wating for? Read on to see the fabulous items she found. . .
I can’t believe the holidays are upon us . . . as a shopper, one of my favorite “seasons” of the year. There are so many deals out there and with alternative ways to shop, you barely have to get out of your pajamas! However, my favorite part of the holiday shopping hustle and bustle is sipping hot cocoa while chatting and watching family and friends scour different shops to find the best finds and original gifts for their loved ones. Hmmm . . . with “best finds” and “original” in mind, I really wanted to discover special things that highlighted Etsy’s values in authorship and provenance in original, organic, and handmade goods. Enjoy my gift guide and Happy Holidays!
Hers: I love bracelets and cuffs. I always have and would rather wear one (or three!) than a watch any time (pun intended)! So it was hard to ignore how stunningly beautiful this Dreamy White Druzy Cuff ($85) is by OhKuol. Glamorous, yet elegantly casual, she can wear this day to night in place of her everyday leather bracelet. If she’s a ring gal, the Agate Druzy Geode Slice Ring ($40) will give her outfit that same casual edge. Breezy Mamas get 15% off the entire shop using code “BREEZY15″ at checkout.
His: Organic beauty products for women and babies are everywhere, but what’s out there for our men? Sure they can use our stuff, but for the man’s man in your life, Sam’s Natural hygiene products are it. They’re vegan, U.S.-locally sourced, affordable and cleverly labeled to say exactly what it says it’s going to solve. It was hard to pick just one specific item, but the Working Man’s Hygiene Kit ($46) seems to have everything necessary for a good clean start (again, pun intended). Our men deserve some pampering in the bath . . . we just won’t tell them it’s “luxurious”! Breezy Mamas get 10% off the entire shop using code “SHOPUSA” at checkout.
Kids: A girlfriend once shared her trick for keeping her toddler at the table in a restaurant: wind-up toys. Then came interest in the kid’s menus and crayons. But, what happens when they outgrow that? Thankfully, Lemon Tree Studio offers the Wooden Matching Memory Game ($16) in 4 editions-Into The Wild (shown), Hoot, Eco Forest and Robot. A game that any age can play, can be pulled out to play with even in a dressing room, and stores easily in a colorful pouch right into Mom’s purse. Clever and a perfect stocking stuffer! Breezy Mamas get 10% off the entire shop using code “BREEZYMAMA10″ at checkout.
Babies: Lately, quite a few of my friends have introduced new additions to their families and I think this special gift is so sweet. I’ve been eyeballing it for some time all the while my once newborn is now nine months! So for the new additions, Lalas Pequenos offers this luxurious, Organic Newborn Noonie ($62, shown). Perfect for the hospital stay, newborn photos and all the lounging around the little one and Mom will be doing for the first few weeks (or months!) . . . it’s a very special gift for a new addition. Lalas Pequenos also offers other original designs like the Organic Knottie ($44) and Ubuntu Noonie ($74). Breezy Mamas get free shipping on their orders using code “BREEZY”.
Pets: Everything you can imagine to have for your children, they have available for pets. But not the cleverly designed Upcycled Vintage Train Case Pet Feeder ($62) by Atomic Attic. Custom made to fit two removable bowls and room for accessories and toys on the bottom, you and your best pal can hit the road to the nearest dog park with everything you need. And if this just isn’t quite enough, you can fill it with these delectable Napawlitans ($5 for 5 ounces) from Shorty’s Gourmet Treats made of all natural, organic, vegetarian goodness. Shorty’s Gourmet Treats is offering Breezy Mamas 10% off the entire shop using code “10OFF” at checkout.
Hostess: Having hosted more than a few small events, I know it’s always a kind and thoughtful gesture to be given a little gift of thanks upon opening the door to my home. If you know me, I’m not a S’mores gal, but I love marshmallows floating atop hot cocoa and these would be scrumptious hostess gifts. The Realist Mermaid has found a way to make these delightfully puffy clouds gluten, corn, dye and preservative free in flavors like Rich Mexican Hot Chocolate (shown), Peppermint and Freckled Strawberry (all around $9 per dozen cubes). Something that can be appreciated quietly after the guests are long gone and the dishwasher is running. Breezy Mamas get 10% off the entire shop using code “BREEZY10″ at checkout.
Finally, keep the holiday shopping merry with these tips:
- Shops featured here have guaranteed Christmas delivery by specific cut-off dates. Be sure to ask individual vendors whom you are shopping with their specific policies on delivery and returns. Most of them already have their cut-off dates posted.
- When purchasing edibles, don’t be shy about asking vendors their sources for ingredients or how it will be shipped to guarantee freshness or expiration dates. They should be more than happy to respond quickly!
- Read customer comments under “Feedback” and ensure they have had at least 90% positive reviews. Also, be kind and give honest feedback to ensure a safe marketplace.
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About Maria Oliva-McKeen: Maria’s fashion career spans over 20 years starting as a “mall rat” leading to wholesale clothing where her clients were Nordstrom, Macy’s and several specialty shops. She paid her way through college as a personal shopper and merchant/visual manager for J. Crew. Maria loves to shop with and for friends while also playing dress-up with her two daughters, Devon and Taryn. She is constantly on the hunt for the next great find.