Batter & Cream

Need a gift for someone with a sweet tooth? Check out New York’s own Batter & Cream!

Handmade whoopie pies that use only natural ingredients and come in INSANE flavors, like S’mores, Carrot Cake, Lemon Sage, and Fruit Loops!

A 10-pack is $15.50, they ship nationwide, and you can check out all of the yuminess here: Batter & Cream Whoopie Pies


Bow & Drape

Looking for a unique / trendy gift idea? Then check out Bow & Drape!

Created in NYC, each B&D item is designed by YOU!

Of course they have a ton of pre-made options to chose from (I especially love the urban dictionary sayings, like HANGRY) – or – you can put your own saying or design on any of their items (sweatshirts, bags, pouches, doggie apparel).

Long sleeve sweatshirts start at $55 , and you can check them all out here: Bow & Drape Design Studio

Knit Kit

Did you ever want to learn to knit, but you weren’t sure where to begin?  Well, I’ve got the perfect gift for you: The Learn to Knit Kit!

Each kit is $62, and contains: Merino Wool, Birch Knitting Needles, a Yarn Needle, Instructions, and Patterns for 3 Scarves.

This is actually a gift that I could use, after returning from Disney World and leaving my son’s blankie at the hotel!  Don’t get me started…it was a hand knit afghan (made by my grandmother who no longer knits).  We have called the hotel 10+ times with no avail…Let’s just say the struggle is real for my son (who asks just about every day if they found it). 🙁

I better start learning to KNIT!

Check out all of Purl Soho’s knit-inspired gifts here: Purl Soho


Mini of the Month

Send someone a monthly reminder of just how sweet they are with these adorable mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa.

These bite-sized treats come in all sorts of fun flavors, such as:  salted carmel, tie-die, peanut butter pretzel, root beer float, doughnut, and so many more!

The subscription ranges from 25-100 cupcakes and starts around $60 for 3 months.

Check it out here: Baked by Melissa Mini of the Month Club

Fatty Sundays

Can’t get enough of that salty & sweet combination?  Then check out Fatty Sundays – a gourmet pretzel company unlike any other!

Fatty Sundays are hand-dipped in Brooklyn, and come in unique flavor combinations such as: PB&J, Spicy Almond, and Birthday Cake.

They also have gluten free options and DIY kits (that allow you to make your own delicious treats)!

They start around $6.95: Fatty Sundays Chocolate Covered Pretzels 

HGTV Magazine Visit

I had the honor of visiting the HGTV magazine offices yesterday (as part of NY Now’s Best Blog Competition), and it did not disappoint! My visit started off by taking a tour of the beautiful Hearst Building (home to many of the magazines you know and love).   I learned interesting facts like: 90% of the steel used to construct the building comes from recycled materials, and the ice fall water sculpture at the entrance of the building uses recycled rain water, and helps to humidify in the Winter and cool in the Summer!  

 (photo credit: business insider)

Although seeing the ins and outs of the building was fun, I’d have to say the “icing on the cake” was visiting The Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI).

(photo credit: Inhabitat)

The GHRI is exactly what you would picture it to be: a sprawling floor featuring different labs to test everything from beauty products to treadmills! There are also test kitchens to create recipes that appear in the magazine, and the Good Housekeeping dining room which has been host to many famous dignitaries, including first ladies and presidents!  If you are going to be in the NY area, GHRI offers monthly tours.  To learn more about GHRI and how YOU can take a tour, click here: Good Housekeeping Research Institute Lab Tour

I then had the pleasure of meeting with the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Publisher, and Marketing Director of HGTV Magazine.  We had a lovely time chatting about all things blogs, design, and shopping! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and appreciate the HGTV team taking time from their busy schedules to meet with me.

On my way home, I got to look through copies of HGTV magazine that were given to me (full disclosure: I had never read it before – like most moms, I’m lucky if I have time to read my kids a book)!  I was pleasantly surprised!  The magazine is colorful, refreshing and completely inspiring (I literally wanted to get home and decoupage something)!

To check out HGTV Magazine and / or purchase a subscription (great gift idea for any HGTV / design lover) click here: HGTV Magazine

Thank you HGTV for a wonderful day and experience, and thank you to my readers for voting for me! 

Cut Maps

How cool is this map?

Cut Maps are laser cut maps that come in steel (pictured above), foam, or wood.

They make state and city maps, and start at $30

Check them out here: Cut Maps Laser Cut Maps

NY NOW (Gift Show) Summer 2014

I was able to check out the NY Now Show at the Javitz Center yesterday, and like always it did not disappoint.  I could literally spend all 5 days there and still not see it all.  But, given that I only had one day to check out the show, I certainly fit a lot in.

Trends: recycle, recycle, recycle!  It seems like this is one trend that is not going anywhere anytime soon. Many companies are taking every day products (ie:water bottles) and repurposing them into other every day products (ie: diaper bags).  Such as Haba’s Green Label Neckline Bag: stylish, functional, and yes – made out of plastic water bottles!

Another trend this Summer is creativity (which I love).  Many companies are serving up the bare bones of the activity, and allowing the child’s imagination to run wild.  One company that does a great job of this is Good Things for Kids by Seedling – a New Zealand based company, that prides themselves on creative play.  I especially liked the NY Fashion Designers Kit and the Create Your Own Royal Princess Kit:

The other big trend I saw was Made in the USA.  I am a big fan of this, and love highlighting a company that forgoes bigger margins in order to produce their product locally.  There were a few of these, but one that stood out (and I will be highlighting again in the future) was The Green Egg: an eco-friendly line of hand-stitched tees.

Overall, the show was a success (as always).  I love discovering the latest and greatest in gift ideas and bringing them to you!

I would also like to thank NY Now for inviting me to be a judge for the Baby + Child Best New Product Awards.  Click here to see a list of the winners and finalists for Summer 2014.

Holey Donuts

My mouth is watering just looking at these donuts!  Would you believe, they are actually LOW fat?!

Made with no artificial sweeteners, Holey Donuts are low fat and have less calories then the average donut.

They ship these delicious treats nationwide, so it makes a super fun and yummy gift to send to anyone with a sweet tooth!

A half – dozen is $21.95, and you can check them out here: Holey Donuts-great tasting donuts without the fat or calories 

Slantshack Jerky

Beef Jerky lover in your life?  Then they must try SlantShack Jerky!

Created by nine friends in NYC, SlantShack serves up 100% grass fed beef jerky that comes in a variety of different flavors (maple syrup, anyone?).

They also offer a jerky-of-the-month club (4 months = $179).  I know it’s a ways off, but I think this would make an excellent Father’s Day gift!

Check out all that they offer (including build-your-own jerky) here: SlantShack Jerky

*Photo Credit: Blog Vermont