by Guest Writer Audrey Matalon
At the Mama Maven headquarters, we’re all heart, soul and tech this holiday season. You’ll love what we’ve scouted out for our top 10 gift guide.
Our hearts are moved…
A gift you can feel good about giving, HipFits. HipFits mini dresses with a heart shaped clip on top to dangle freely from a backpack, or purse, or any place you choose to hang it. Of 20 collectible dresses a gal can certainly find the style to express herself. And HipFits dresses are modest, reinforcing that a gal’s more than her body. And last but not least, HipFits designates Cotton Candy, Taffy and Sweetheart as their PINK collection. $3/dress is donated to BCRF, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a major player breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The Pink Collection made Oprah’s exclusive Think Pink With BCRF list. They are $8 on their site with free shipping. HipFits.com
Breast Cancer Research Foundation bcrfcure.org #BeTheEnd
AHAVA is the Hebrew word for love and their products…let’s just say they are hard not to love. The founders of AHAVA were full of love and passion working with minerals found in the Dead Sea water, salt and mud which have been found to have healing powers. Their highlighted products are the Dead Sea Bath Salts, Butter Salt Scrub, Dry Oil Body Mist, and the ever popular mineral Hand Cream. They are having a holiday special on gift sets on their site with free shipping over $75. AHAVAus.com. AHAVA is also on Amazon.
Glasses are the frames to the windows to our souls. You’ll love AC Lens and Frame Boutique who have EVERYTHING, contact lenses, reading glasses, designer frames, sunglasses (even children’s adorable BABIATORS), and gaming glasses like Gunnan for teenagers (of all ages!) AND free shipping and free returns. Choose your style, type in your prescription (not necessary for sunglasses) or your Dr.’s info and BINGO, gorgeous, trendy glasses within 2 weeks, sometimes as little as 5 days. ACLens.com. Don’t miss ACLENS’ holiday sale.
Our souls filled…
All new meaning to You Got Mail! Bulu Box is a mysterious treasure, a monthly treat. This surprise subscription box is filled with *healthy* items, product information card and deals. Get introduced to these new, or sometimes not new, items, then go to BuluBox.com for feedback. Think of this as a game. With all feedback you earn points, which accrue and translate into purchasing power on full size product orders. It’s a monthly gift of positivity.
How else can you keep your chick flick escape private? Stream Netflix original series like Orange Is The New Black? Netflix is not only for me it’s my kids’ gateway to Curious George, Daniel Tiger, Zomoobufa and Dinosaur Train. It’s also an endless resource for documentaries. I love that each family member can have their own page of personal favorites and stream on multiple personal devices at the same time. Check the latest subscription options. It might be time to upgrade (we’re giving away a 6 months subscription to Netflix — go to this post when you’re doing reading this one).
You can’t drive and read, mountain bike and read, change diapers and read. Audible is the answer. You can catch up on the latest fiction, biographies, How-To’s, and parenting books with a monthly subscription that you can add to at will. Beside the flexibility of paperless books, audiobooks allows you to replay important parts. Here’s an idea, get a be-a-great-husband Dummy book (if there is one) and play it nightly, on speaker, while your husband’s sleeping. Audible.com. Shop here for the latest audio books on Audible.
Our halls are TECH’ed…
Want to give your child an enjoyable entryway into learning STEM, coding and tech in general. Offer them toys from such award winning brands like Tech Will Save Us, Thames & Kosmos and ThinkFun. These toys grow the roots of problem solving and critical thinking, but they also have joy in mind.
With a mission to create kits and experiments offering creative and learning opportunities for kids, educators and any folks with curious minds, Tech Will Save Us is one of the leading design-led, tech startups in the UK, where Computer Science is already a curriculum requirement.
Tech Will Save Us’ DIY kits and resources include soldering, electronics, programming, design, debugging and problem solving. You’ll make gadgets and code them yourself. These are the skills one will need to become a thinker and a “maker”. TechWillSaveUs.com Ships in the UK and the US. Shop their full line plus gift kits that come wrapped on TechWillSaveUs. Also available in Urban Outfitters & MoMA Design Store.
Thames & Kosmos has a full line of STEM based “toys”. These toys are really tools, tools for gently developing a young person’s mind. The Remote Control Machines: Animals and Remote Control Machines: Space Explorers both come with fully illustrated information card to learn about what you’re building and suggestions for creations. That doesn’t mean you can’t create your own weird hybrid animal or crazy 1 of a kind rover-droid-drone.
“…make you think while making you smile.” It sounds like something a parent would say. But this is the intention of THINK FUN, a brand who’s making their mark with hands on games and apps that develop thinking while letting kids be joyfully kids Take a look at…
Compose Yourself Anyone can be a composer. Ages 6+
Code Master Programming Logic Game. Ages 8+
Laser Maze™ Jr. Science Logic Maze for Juniors. Ages 5+
Rush Hour® Shift 2-Player Strategy Gamer. Ages 8+
Giving is not only a joy, it’s a power…
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a place of hope for children and their families. At Shriners, children with orthopedic, burn injuries, spinal cord injury and cleft lip and palate conditions are treated, and treated the same, as any child with ability to pay or not. Shriners depends upon donations and volunteers to provide the kind of environment filled with love and expertise that it does.
A $19/ month commitment is a beautiful gift. You will receive a Love To The Rescue bear blanket as a Thank You. Donate Here.
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