Bubbles + Giveaway!!!

If you’ve ever played outside with bubbles (especially a bubble machine), then you surely know just how MESSY they can be.

I recently got to check out the Little Kids No-Spill Bubble Machine at the Time to Play Spring Showcase, and let me tell you – it did not disappoint! The bubbles are kept in the bottom container – simply attach the top, push the button and bubbles, bubbles everywhere!  I really love how you can tilt and point it (without bubbles spilling everywhere)!

This makes a great gift for ages 3+ – It is $16.99, and can be found here: http://www.nospillbubbles.com/index.php/shop/no-spill/bubble-machine

***Giveaway******

Little Kids was nice enough to give one lucky reader their very own No-Spill BubbleMachine!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow @Gift_Mama on Twitter

2. Tweet: “I just entered to win a Little Kids No-Spill Bubble Machine on http://www.giftmama.com #giftmamagiveaway”

Details: One entry per person, Contest ends Sunday, June 3, 2012

Good Luck 

Memorial Day BBQ

It is the kick off to SUMMER, and many people will be attending BBQ’s this weekend, so here are some fun host / hostess gift ideas to bring to the party – all under $30 (and, readily accessible for you to grab last minute):

Clockwise From the Top:

1. Regional BBQ Sauces: Williams-Sonoma carries a sampling of America’s best BBQ Sauces (from Oklahoma to Texas, and more). Starting at $9.95: http://tinyurl.com/6lztvve

2. Man Candles: Yankee Candle came out with a line of man candles that have “manly scents,” such as: Cut Grass, 2×4, and First Down.  They start at $17.99, and can be found here: http://www.yankeecandle.com/yankee-candles/man-candles

3. Skinny Girl (anything): You can’t go wrong with a bottle of any of the Skinny Girl products, but I particularly love the SG Sangria.  Pour it over ice and fruit – delicious! Skinny Girl Cocktails are around $12 and are carried in most liquor stores: http://www.skinnygirlcocktails.com/the-cocktails/ready-to-serve-cocktails

4. Picnic Table Condiment Set: This fun gift holds ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper.  It is $14.99 from Bed,Bath,and Beyond: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=18689332&RN=806&

5. Woven Pitcher: I love these! Adorable red or blue woven pitcher from West Elm (they also have woven glasses).  The pitcher is currently on sale for $9.99 http://www.westelm.com/products/woven-pitcher-c971/?pkey=coutdoor-entertaining

Happy Gifting Everyone!  Have a great long weekend, and God Bless our Troops!

Paper or Plastic

Los Angeles is the latest city to BAN plastic bags, and most probably your city will be next.

So, why not be stylish and eco-friendly by sporting one of these fabulous reusable bags by RuMe?!

I know it might sound odd to give the gift of a reusable bag, but if you think outside of the box (or bag) a little, it makes perfect sense:  use a reusable bag as a Gift BAG!  It’s like giving two gifts in one!

The set of RuMe bags pictured above is $29.85.  They are machine washable, hold up to 50 pounds, and roll up for easy storage!

http://www.myrume.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ID=184&PK=ac3c3702-0750-4284-94ac-af2c412c63d8

Swiss Swirl

I don’t post a lot of recipes, but in some instances I do feel that a food item can be presented as a gift…and…THIS is one of them.

Meet my new obsession: The Swiss Swirl Ice Cream Cake

This gorgeous cake is filled with ice cream, hot fudge, and swiss cake rolls. The recipe says it is quick, but you do need to factor in a bunch of freezer time.

Great gift to bring to a weekend BBQ – it would definitely be the hit of the party! 🙂

Here is a link to the recipe:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Swiss-Swirl-Ice-Cream-Cake

Toddler in Training

I just got this cup for my two year old, so I wanted to recommend it as a gift idea, and give you my thoughts on it.  My son is starting preschool in the Fall, and I want him to be “dixie cup ready,” so I bought this to help him start practicing.

The OXO Training Cup works like a regular drinking cup, except it has a plastic insert in the top to slow the liquid down.

We tried it last night for the first time, and instead of having 1/2 a cup of liquid on his shirt, I would say there was 1/4.  I think this is a great cup, and with a little more practice, it will make the transition to a big boy cup a lot easier!

It is $4.99 on Diapers.com:

http://www.diapers.com/p/oxo-training-cup-7-oz-aqua-79800

I Heart NYC

If you need a gift for someone that holds NYC close to their heart, then look no further then the New York Nostalgia Basket from Chelsea Market Baskets.

The basket has all sorts of NY-centric goodies, including a Statue of Liberty Lollie, Checker Cab Crunch, and Black and White Cookies!

They have many baskets to choose from, but the one pictured above is $59:

http://www.chelseamarketbasket.com/8542.html

Lunch Bot

Remember the days when we carried our lunch to school in a plastic box with The Cabbage Patch dolls or The Smurfs on the front?

Well, those days (are clearly) over.  If you don’t have school-age kids, you wouldn’t know about the fabulous new lunch boxes – LunchBots!

Made out of stainless steel, Lunchbots were created by a mama who wanted to pack her children’s lunch in a safe, non-toxic container.

They start at $14.99 and can be found here:

http://www.lunchbots.com

*Gift Idea: Purchase a Lunchbot (or bots) and fill it with “goodies” for the child!

Bird Lover

Need a gift for the bird lover in your life?

Then check out the Artline Bird Combo Feeder..It’s adorable design not only looks good, it lets you see when your seed level is low.

It is $25.99 and can be found here:

http://www.casa.com/p/artline-6290-barn-combo-bird-feeder-414103

Jewels that Give

I am a big fan of gifts that give back…so, when I came across the company 31 Bits I instantly fell in love!

If you are in need of a gift for anyone that loves to give, then you have to check them out.

When you buy a piece of 31 Bits jewelry, you are supporting internally displaced women in Northern Uganda and helping them to rise above poverty.

The necklace pictured above is made out of recycled paper and is $26:

http://31bits.com/shop/necklaces/jubilee.html

Hold It

Keep your drinks out of the sand (or grass) with these fun drink holders by Eddie Bauer!

A set of 5 is $29.95  – great gift for the beach bum in your life!

Click here to check them out: http://goo.gl/Uiit3