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My Sweet Savings 2016 Holiday Gift Guide 

Disclosure: All of the products in this post were given to me in order to facilitate my review and gift guide. All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

Welcome to the 2016 My Sweet Savings Holiday Gift Guide! I am thrilled to bring you a Gift Guide this year that not only features some of my favorite products and brands, but will also introduce you to some new products that I recently became familiar with. Have fun with me as we explore these products and be sure to check back often as I will be adding new items each day!

 Metal Unlimited is your source for one-of-a-kind home decor. Each item is personalized specific to your instructions. Whether it's a wall hanging featuring your family's name and initial or a gorgeous cutting board to display in your kitchen, they have just the item for you.

Metal Unlimited sent me this Gorgeous Circle Vine Monogram Initial and Family Name. It is their Number one best seller and you can see why. I have received countless compliments on it already! This piece is stunning and I am thrilled to include it as one my top picks in my Gift Guide! 

The Ninja Coffee Bar System is a Coffee Lover's Dream! This amazing system allows you to be a Barista right at home! The next-generation Ninja Coffee Bar® is more than a coffeemaker. It's a coffee system—complete with a variety of brew types and sizes, a built-in frother, and tons of delicious coffee recipes you can create and enjoy at home. I have thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with my Ninja Coffee Bar System making delicious coffees! You can see my full review HERE

I am super excited about this product as I love to make smoothies for myself and my family! Now I can take them to the next level! The NutriBullet PRO 900 Series turns Ordinary Food Into SuperfoodThe NutriBullet PRO 900 takes your health transformation to the next level with optimized extraction and absorption capabilities. 50% more powerful than our previous NutriBullet model, the NutriBullet PRO 900 breaks down the toughest ingredients faster and more efficiently. 

TheNutriBullet PRO 900 includes a 900 watt motor and uniquely designed Extractor Blade that when combined with NutriBullet PRO exclusive Cyclonic Action, generates the power to rip apart whole fruits and vegetables to access the hidden nutrition inside. 

NutriBullet uses its innovative extraction technology to turn fibrous fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes into healthful drinks called NutriBlasts. The NutriBullet has the ability to transform whole fruits and vegetables–including nutritious skins, seeds, and stems–into smooth, evenly textured NutriBlasts every time. The NutriBullet started a health revolution that transformed millions of lives. Drink one delicious NutriBlast smoothie a day and feel the tremendous effects that real, unprocessed, nutrient-extracted whole food can have on your health and well-being. 

RETAIL PRICE: $99.99 

NutriBullet PRO 900 is available at www.nutriliving.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Target and other select retail outlets.

The Bella 2.2 Pound Air Fryer is going to be your new favorite Kitchen appliance! I absolutely love this and it allows for Guilt Free Frying! Think of all the fun that you will have with your Holiday and Football Parties! 

  • 1500 Watt heating systems
  • 2.2-pound food capacity / 4.0L cooking area
  • Guilt free frying! Healthier alternative to traditional deep fryers—little or no oil required
  • 60-minute timer automatic shut off for precise cooking
  • Stainless steel heating element for faster heat up and recovery
  • Faster frying! Saves time and energy
  • High performance system circulates hot air around the food to heat it
  • No unpleasant oil odor; much less smell and steam than traditional fryer
  • Easy Check Function lets you look in on the food while you’re cooking without interfering with the cooking functions 
  • Adjustable thermostat control temperature up to 400F
  • Overheating protection function 
  • Dishwasher safe drawer-type frying basket for easy use and clean up

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet, 8" HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB with Special Offers (previous generation 5th) is one of my top picks for many reasons! It is the perfect gift for anyone! Moms, Dads or Kids will love this and it will be your go-to tablet! It is the thinnest tablet yet and almost 2x more durable than the latest iPad Mini! It has a stunning 8" HD display with over a million pixels (189 ppi / 1280 x 800) with Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz. Rear-facing 5 MP camera and front-facing HD camera.

  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle e-books, apps and games -- including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Pandora and more
  • 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 200 GB of additional storage.
  • Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, more than a million songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes – at no additional cost.
  • Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music

Jammin Jammies offers matching Christmas Pajamas for the entire family! I cannot wait for our family to wear our matching Reindeer Christmas Jammies on Christmas Morning. There are several fun options of jammies to choose from including Elf, Reindeer and Family Cookie Bakeoff. Make Christmas morning a time that you will never forget! 

The Star Wars X-Wing and Tie Fighter Drones from Hammacher Schlemmer is the perfect gift for any Star Wars lover! These are the remote-controlled classic space fighters from Star Wars that battle against each other in a contest of galactic supremacy. Guided by easy-to-control remotes, each fighter takes off from a standing position, powered by four rotors that provide left, right, up, down, and left/right lateral drifting movement for achieving a hovering firing position. A button on each remote fires an infrared “laser” from the front of each spacecraft in an attempt to wing an opponent, accompanied by movie-authentic X-Wing and Tie Fighter laser cannon pulse sounds. A direct hit “wobbles” an opponent in mid-air and causes its remote’s display to flash—three hits shoots down the opponent, which causes it to land gently. Spin and drift trim levers on each remote fine-tune flight performance. Each fighter’s rechargeable battery provides 15-minute space duels from a 45-minute charge via the controller (or via a computer using the two included USB cables). Requires 12 AA batteries. Ages 8 and up. (2 3/4 lbs.)

Stitch Fix- I am super excited to include Stitch Fix in my Holiday Gift Guide! Stitch Fix is the first fashion retailer to blend expert styling, proprietary technology and unique product to deliver a shopping experience that is truly personalized for you. Simply fill out the Stitch Fix Style Profile and the personal stylists will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest (shipping is free both ways). I absolutely Love that Stitch Fix is now available for both Women and Men. AND, Stitch Fix gift cards make the best Holiday Gifts! 

 

HSI Professional Glider + Tourmaline Digital Flat Iron- If you are looking for a new flat iron, this is an amazing one and highly rated! I have been searching for a new one and am in love with this!

The Glider + flat iron straightener features ionic ceramic Tourmaline plates that use 8 HeatBalance® micro-sensors (4 on each plate) to regulate the temperature and evenly distribute heat so that fewer passes are needed through your precious hair. That’s the best way to get silky results that shine while protecting your hair cuticles from overheat exposure.

The flat iron plates are coated with natural Tourmaline mineral that when heated boosts the output of negative ions. These ions help to close the hair cuticle as the plates glide across the hair. This effectively locks moisture into the cuticle – providing a smoother, shinier and longer-lasting hairstyle.

Plus, the plates heat up in seconds so you don’t have to lose any time while adjusting the temperature setting via the digital display between 170-450°F to suit your particular hair type and texture. The flat iron’s floating plates have curved edges that provide extra flexibility to straighten, curl or flip your hair.

The Tourmaline Flat Iron features a bright digital LCD display to allow fine tuning the temperature to the exact needs of the hair. 

 

Michael Bublé By Invitation Eau de Parfum & Body Lotion is sure to be your new favorite fragrance! Available at HSN, it is filled with aromas of flowers, champagne and candlelight. Just like the award-winning artist Michael Bublé, you believe in timeless romance, but you’d never be mistaken for old-fashioned. So be the first to experience this modern, feminine scent inspired by the crooner, with light, sparkling notes that develop into wild jasmine and spicy peony. Let its simple, elegant fragrance be your special invitation to passion, excitement and love.

Kristin Chenoweth "From Above" .34ctw CZ Pavé Ascending Star Necklace- Available at HSN, this gorgeous necklace will be the perfect gift to show the world that you are a shining star! This necklace, which is shimmer-studded and outfit-elevating is Kristin's ascending star necklace and helps you achieve stellar style ambitions! Give this to any lady on your gift list who is your shining star! 

 

I just love vintage pieces and this one is so much fun! With the retro look making a comeback, Casio’s Vintage LA680WGA-9VT timepiece is the ideal way to accessorize. Combining form and function with ease-of-use in a trendy package, the LA680WGA-9VT has a gold stainless steel band and includes features Casio is known for such as an LED-lit display face, countdown timer and a 1/10th second stopwatch.
MSRP: $55 
HipsSister- HipsSister’s fitness belt provides a comfortable, convenient pocket and fanny-pack alterative that frees up your hands. Safely store your keys, ID, credit card and phone in the stretchy fitness belt and leave your worries of losing your essentials behind. Hipsister’s waist band is ideal for working out at the gym, going on a jog, walking the dog or for festivals. Its lightweight, breathable material is perfect indoor and outdoor activities and is hand-washable. It fits snug against your body to give you full protection against moisture without adding extra bulk. Everything stays securely around the hips allowing free range of movement and hands-free convenience while working up a sweat at the gym.
SlimSation Slimming Jeans are the perfect gift for your lady! Slim-Sation uses a flexible tummy control-panel to give you a slimming look that gives you confidence without ever feeling constricted or uncomforatble. They offer styles for every occasion both formal and casual and their inventory ranges from shorts to leggings, capris, jeans and more. Their pants give you the feeling of being 10 pounds lighter and works to contour your waist, accentuate your hips and slim down your tummy. Best of yet, the flexible control panel is designed to move with you in a way that you don't feel it at all! I love my SlimSation Jeans and they are so comfortable and soft. It literally feels like you are wearing pajamas. You will love them!

To shop and for more information visit: https://slimsation.com/

This holiday season give the gift of enviable hair with the NEW limited-edition Moroccanoil® Holiday Gift Sets, featuring Moroccanoil’s best-selling products. Each gift set has been carefully curated to offer the perfect product combination for salon-worthy results. Available in three luxe ready-to-gift boxes, these collections are sure to impress your most beauty-obsessed friends and family.

Moroccanoil Treatment (100 ml), Luminous Hairspray Strong (330 ml), Intense Hydrating Mask (250 ml)
 
Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo (250 ml), Moisture Repair Conditioner (250 ml), Smoothing Lotion (75 ml)
 
Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream (300 ml), Dry Texture Spray (205 ml), Dry Shampoo Dark Tones (65 ml) 

Elizabeth Arden ALWAYS RED FEMME ($69) opens with an inviting and refreshing blend of black currant bud, pearand lemon. As the composition evolves, its heart bursts with lush peach blossom, accented with an intriguing blend of jasmine, davana LMR and muguet. It finishes with vanilla, hearty moss, cedarwood and patchouli, capturing her warmth and sensuality, leaving an unforgettable trail.

JORD Wood Watches make the perfect gift for your man! My hubby was recently sent the Delmar Dark Sandalwood and Blue Carbon Watch and it is absolutely Fabulous! All of the JORD Watches are unique timepieces that your recipient will treaure for years to come! Each piece is classy, elegant and timeless. Every detail and feature of JORD Watches has the highest quality craftmanship and there is something special about each piece. I am so excited to add the JORD brand to my Holiday Gift Guide!

The Chamberlain MyQ Garage- What a cool gift for the guys out there! Opening and closing the garage door is so much a part of your daily routine that it is hard to remember if you closed it on the way out. That’s why Chamberlain developed a solution to put peace of mind in the palm of your hand — The Chamberlain MyQ Garage™ Smartphone Garage Door Controller. MyQ Garage allows you to control and monitor your garage door from anywhere, at any time, and it works with nearly every garage door opener manufactured after 1993 – so, most likely, it works with yours too.

The Chamberlain Universal Mini Garage Door Remote- This is so clever and your hubby will love it! Chamberlain’s Universal Mini Garage Door Remote lets anyone coming and going from your home—you, your kids, the neighbor and the nanny—open and close the garage door with added safety and convenience, and without needing to use a key. 

The new compact device is compatible with all major brands of garage door openers, and allows control of two garage doors or home lighting through a safe and secure connection.
 Chamberlain has been making products essential for the garage for 40-years, and its trusted brand ensures convenience and peace of mind for consumers. 

 

Anthony Head To Toe Survival Kit
Don't leave home without these Anthony essentials. This kit contains the Invigorating Rush Hair + Body Wash, Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Facial Scrub, Shave Cream, and All Purpose Facial Moisturizer - everything your skin needs to survive while traveling.
Price: $30 ($55 value), Available at Anthony.com 
 
Officially Licensed NFL Team Elf- Available at HSN, this is the perfect gift for your NFL loving Hubby or Boyfriend! Choose your favorite NFL team! This elf is cute, cuddly and perfect for a holiday gift for any football fan. Adorned in team logo and colors, its impish grin will bring smiles as you squeeze its plush body for good luck during the game.
Shadow Rap by Rapala- The Shadow Rap® combines a horizontal struggle with a vertical fade that perfectly mimics a minnow in trouble. Rapala has perfected the natural minnow action in this new jerkbait that triggers fish in three ways: on the kick, on a slow fading fall and on the snap back to life.

Most jerk baits continue on a forward plane with each jerk. Not the Shadow Rap®. It kicks almost 180 degrees right then left, so it can be fished nearly in place with very little forward travel, keeping the flickering fade of the Shadow Rap® right in a fish's strike zone. That's when things really get interesting.
Shadow Rap Shad by Rapala- Big fish can't resist the tantalizing, slow-rising action of new Shadow Rap Shad. Swimming with the infamous horizontal struggle with a vertical “rise” on pause, they perfectly mimic a shad in trouble. Larger profile presents more flash and the option to fish from a finesse to more aggressive retrieve. Tie one on and see what monsters are hiding in the darkness.
Skitter V by Rapala- This topwater bait features an exclusive design that radically alters the action of the lure. V-Rap® body design combined with tail weighted balance allows the lure to cut quick with the snap of the rod, ending with a soft, long glide on slack line.
Arashi Spinbait by Storm Lures- The Arashi Spinbait attracts wary suspended fish on the fall and during the retrieve with its delicate rolling action and revolving blades. Slow sinking - head down with a slight body shimmy and moving propellers as you count it down to depth. Counter Rotating Propellers- add subtle flash and vibration while insuring the bait moves in a straight path. 3-2 Prop Design creates vibration pattern the angler can feel ensuring the optimal slow retrieve speed to maximize the lures’ action and to maintain depth.

Terminator Popping Frog by Terminator Lures- Topwater fanatics, get ready for action. The Popping Frog with its cupped face will create a loud, strong pop that drives fish crazy. Custom designed weight is shaped and positioned to stay out of the way of the hook. This design creates a responsive, easy to impart, walking action. Extra-wide hook gap converts strikes into fights.

 

Jack and Jill Kids Dino Gift Kit- I absolutely love this gift idea for the little ones! Give them the gift of healthy teeth this year! JnJ Dino Rinse/Storage Cup, JnJ Natural Toothpaste Organic Banana Flavour, JnJ Bio Toothbrush Dino, JnJ Silicone Finger Brush, JnJ Sleepover Bag.

Its got everything they need to have a great time brushing, and a neat and tidy bathroom!

Consists of:
Jack N Jill Dino Rinse/Storage Cup
Jack N Jill Natural Toothpaste Organic Banana Flavour
Jack N Jill Bio Toothbrush Dino
Jack N Jill Silicone Finger Brush
Jack N Jill Sleepover Bag

The Crayola Air Marker Sprayer lets you turn markers into spray art so that you can Airbrush like a Pro! Set includes 5 Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers, 2 Stencil Sheets and 10 sheets of paper. My son Drew has been enjoying this and it really allows children to use their imaginations! 

Battat Toys Take Apart 4x4 is the perfect gift for your little ones! This off-roader is even more fun when its way, way off the road. With the battery-powered drill, you can take it apart and put it together again and again. Big, chunky pieces, drill and 3 bits are friendly for little hands. Rev it up!

Battat Toys Take It Easel is the perfect gift for your budding artist! Erasable whiteboard on one side, chalkboard on the other. This easel has 2 magnetic sides that you pull you in, a handy handle, non-toxic washable markers, and it becomes a tabletop easel! It also holds markers & your other art supplies inside. 

Bristle Blocks Basic Builder Case makes a great gift for those little ones that like to build! Bristle Blocks® are fun, easy to join and you can use your imagination to create your own design or reproduce one of the examples on the box. The different sizes and special pieces will stimulate creativity.

WeGo kids was founded to inspire future generations to live active lifestyles through all stages of growth and to make it easier and more fun for parents, caregivers, and family units to experience the active lifestyle together. WeGo kids offers innovative apparel and accessories designed to cultivate your healthiest potential. We hope that wherever life may take you, WeGo too! These items are so adorable and I am happy to help promote and support a local Tampa Bay business!

 It's Robot Fighting TimeHEXBUG BattleBots are the perfect gift for any Battlebot fan! Sparks flood the arena with every impact shot, as you duke it out against your robotic rival! Inspired by television’s most entertaining robot showdown comes miniature versions of the combative machines you know and love, HEXBUG® BattleBots®! Available in four uniquely destructive bots. See all BattleBots Toys HERE

Brynk from Winning Moves-Will you be able to place your pieces on the teeter-tottering base and get it to stay? Or will you upset the balance and watch as it all comes crashing down in front of you.

 Pass the Pigs from Winning Moves- These fabulous oversized foam swines can hit all the pig poses that their little pig dice cousins do!

Candy Land from Winning Moves- This classic edition features the charming graphics and components from the game's early days! Celebrating over 65 years of great family fun!

Classic Upwords from Winning Moves- Upwords has been sending word builders soaring to new heights ever since the game debuted in 1983. Now, the Classic 80's version is back! The 8x8 gameboard grid and 64 letter tiles challenge players to think "upside" the box!

Draw It 3D from Klutz- Learn how to make your art POP off the page using nothing more than the tools included with this book: pencil, pen, ruler, and eraser-3D glasses not required! The drawing techniques in this book are just as fun for doodlers and scribblers as they are for aspiring artists. With inspiring illustrations of aliens, zombies, dragons, dinosaurs, and the like, you will learn about perspective and optical illusions, along with cool tools that professional artists, engineers, and video game designers use to bring their drawings to life. It's time to take your art to a whole new dimension! My son Drew is going to love this book as he is the artist in the family! 

Paper Lantern Animals by Klutz- Let your imagination run wild as you choose from 21 designs and transform 6 paper lanterns into adorable animals. Simply cut out the stencil shapes from a variety of patterned papers, glue them in place, and display with pride. It's the cutest collection of paper lanterns you've ever seen. My son Brady loves to create things with paper so this is going to be his new fave! 

The Multiples Dinnerware is one of the most educational tools that I have seen! The Multiples is a line of dinnerware that believe bringing fun, social engagement and imagination to math removes barriers and helps children learn. Using proprietary diverse and multi-national animal characters, they transform lifestyle products into unique social learning tools to bring fun and learning into the everyday lives of children. The line is made up of 12 quirky multinational characters each with a favorite number from 1-12 to encourage children to become social, emotional and numerate. This is such a great gift idea! Why not give your children the gift of education this year?

Legendfire Powershot Blaster - The only long barrel in this year’s fleet, the Legend Fire Blaster takes aim at being in the top of the class. This SELF-ADVANCING blaster comes with two ammo cartridges for a quick change-out throughout the battle. The Legend Fire features 18 Super Darts for maximum shooting distance!

Chris Tomlin – Good Good Father In Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett, Tucker is a little bear whose town is in trouble. Tucker seeks help from the King, and plans to bring Him a perfect gift. Along the way he encounters a variety of delightful and funny animals who each know one great thing about the King, but each of the animals has a different view of what makes Him so great. The advice confuses Tucker and he is still unsure of what to give as a gift. What if the King doesn't have time for him and what if He won't help? Just as Tucker is about to give up, the King runs to him offering love, acceptance, and help. A wonderfully illustrated story for young children ages 4 to 8 years, assuring them that God truly is a good, good Father and that they are all loved by Him.

Matt Redman – These Christmas Lights These Christmas Lights finds Matt Redman sharing his interpretation on quintessential holiday songs, along with creating new originals including “His Name Shall Be,” “Help from Heaven,” the title track and more. Filled with powerful and diverse collaborations, featured artists on Redman's first-ever holiday record include longtime friends Natasha Bedingfield, Chris Tomlin and Tasha Cobbs. Written while on a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Redman drew inspiration from the Holy Land. That locale and surrounding yielded a stirring collection of Christmas-inspired worship songs, perfect for celebrating the true reason for the season.

Amy Grant – Tennessee Christmas A collection of thirteen new recordings, including the title track, Tennessee Christmas offers a blend of heartfelt originals and Grant’s own spin on popular Yuletide classics, seamlessly weaving together the joy, love, laughter, and even grief this season brings. Recorded in her home studio in Nashville, Grant collaborated with producers Mac McAnally (Jimmy Buffett, Martina McBride), Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, Frankie Ballard) and Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band) to bring this project to life.

Christy Nockels-The Thrill of Hope is Christy's 2016 Christmas album. Christy Nockels is a worship leader/singer-songwriter who lives in Nashville, Tenn. With her producer husband Nathan Nockels (Passion, Matt Redman, Laura Story), and their three children. Christy and Nathan toured nationwide for several years as the duo Watermark, recording four acclaimed albums together. In 2009, Christy released her first ever solo album, Life Light Up followed by a 2012 sophomore release Into The Glorious and a critically acclaimed live worship album Let It Be Jesus in 2015.

Lily the Fancipoo by Rebekah Phillips and Sharon Gonyaw- Lily is quite the spoiled pooch! However as much as Lily the Fancipoo has...she is really very lonely and longs for some friends. When her family decides to take a Holiday vacation. Lily is sent to spend some time with her cousins in the country and learns that love far outweighs the benefits of materials things. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

Ultimate Machines Sticker and Activity Fun from Little Bee Books- Bursting with big trucks, tall cranes, and powerful diggers, kids will love to imagine and play with this book. Full of over 600 stickers and tons of fun activities, games, and puzzles, this book is sure to engage and excite kids!

Pixelcraft: Superheroes- from Little Bee Books, PixelCraft is a new brand of sticker and activity books that allows kids to build an 8-bit world with endless creative possibilities. Superheroes includes a stencil sheet of creative superheroes and villains such as Rocko, Gothman, Lord Beastly, Dr. Terror, Megamouse, and Ninja Gran,and more than 3,000 colorful, pixel-shaped stickers. Kids can copy and create pixel images with the stickers and use the stencils to fill in the scenes or use blank grid pages to build their own PixelCraft worlds from scratch. 

Pictology Space Explorer from Little Bee Books -This is a unique introduction to outer space that will take readers on a journey from the first man in space to moon missions to recent breakthroughs and beyond! Add color to planets, doodle rocket ships, draw your own space suit, and discover fascinating facts! Coloring-in as you’ve never seen it before—„especially for all design-conscious, creative kids. Beautiful black line images inspire children to think about and experiment with design, pattern and style as they learn from professional artists. Pages studded with fascinating facts add a learning element, helping young readers to use their imaginations to increase focus, hone artistic skills, and lose themselves in gadget-free creative time.


Little Explorers: My Amazing Body from Little Bee Books- My Amazing Body is a lively introduction to the human body, where children can lift the flaps to find out what goes on under their skin. Young readers will be amazed as they find out how the brain works, what happens to a mouthful of food, how fast our fingernails grow, how we breathe, and much, much more. This book features over 60 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

Blast Back!: The Titanic from Little Bee Books- You may have heard of the movie Titanic, but what was life on the actual Titanic really like? This engaging nonfiction book, complete with black and white interior illustrations, will make readers feel like they’ve traveled back in time. It covers everything from how the ship was built to what the passengers did for fun, and more. Find out interesting, little-known facts such as how the anchor was so heavy that they needed to use twenty horses to lift it and how the ship’s musicians continued to play as the ship sank. The unique details, along with the clever illustrations, make this series stand out from the competition.

50 Things You Should Know About Music - From the rock and pop of Western youth culture to the haunting sounds of traditional Mongolian throat singers, all humans in all parts of the world make music. Its harmonies affect us in a deep way and its beauty is universal.

We have developed hundreds of styles of music played with all kinds of instruments, large and small. The very first instruments were simple flutes made from animal bones, but we soon developed a vast array, making all kinds of sounds. Today we can use the latest computer technology to create any sound imaginable, and musicians continue to explore the endless possibilities of music. Presented chronologically to show how music has developed and changed over time, this book pinpoints the musicians, genres and musical events that everyone should know. 

50 Things You Should Know About Wild Weather- Rain or shine - the weather impacts on everything we do. What makes the wind blow? Or snow fall? And what happens when the weather goes WILD? Packed with facts, diagrams, infographics and photos, this is the perfect introduction to our planet's amazing wild weather. From dust devils to flying frogs and twisting tornadoes, Wild Weather takes you on a whirlwind of discovery. Covering the earth's atmosphere and how weather works, you'll find out all you need to know about weather fronts, heat waves, hurricanes, avalanches, ice storms, climate change and much, much more. Packed with facts, figures and world records for the wildest weather ever documented, you'll also find out about storm chasers and weather scientists who have tried their best to keep the weather in check. Be warned - it's a stormy ride.

  

50 Things You Should Know About the Environment- From the icy poles to the evergreen rainforests, life has found a way to flourish in nearly every environment on Earth. This book explores the startling discoveries of new life forms in extreme environments, such as the strange worlds of the ocean depths. Whilst marvelling the world around us, it also confronts the human impact on the environment. The mounting evidence for global warming is explored and challenges us to work towards a more sustainable future. Packed with facts, diagrams, infographics and photos, this is the perfect introduction to the wonder and intrigue of our environment.

50 Things You Should Know About The Vietnam War- This new title from the 50 Things You Should Know About series is packed full of infographics, illustrations, maps, and color photographs from the period. Not only identifying major political and military figures from both sides of the conflict with the 'Who's Who' pages, this title also documents the significance of medical workers, protesters, and civilians caught in the crossfire. Photos of memorabilia, such as patches, pins, and bracelets, add a personal aspect to the war.

50 Things You Should Know About Titanic- The largest ocean liner of her time, Titanic was hailed as the ultimate in luxury travel, with grand dining halls and the latest technology, including an onboard telephone system. She set off on her maiden voyage on 10 April 1912 with more than 2,000 people on board. Just four days later, the ship struck an iceberg off the coast of Canada, and the unthinkable happened: Titanic sank. Find out what caused more than 1,000 people to drown and why the ship was so woefully ill-equipped for such a disaster. Through eyewitness accounts and from evidence found in the wreck, Titanic's fateful voyage has been meticulously pieced together to tell a riveting story of ambition, arrogance and folly.

Doodle Games Activity Book features inventive games, quizzes, and challenges that children can play by themselves or with friends using just a pencil.

Each activity requires doodling or drawing, and most games are open-ended, anyone who plays wins! Kids can open any page, read the instructions, and begin having silly, interactive fun in mere moments. All they need is a pencil (or two) and this book. Activities include: Flick Pencil Golf, Doodle Telephone, Squiggle Art, Doodle Dares, Five Dots, Happy Face, Sad Face Tic-Tac-Toe, and more.

  

American Presidents Activity Bookfeatures inventive games, quizzes, puzzles, and challenges all related to America's presidents. Kids can flip to any page and start having silly, interactive fun in mere moments, all while learning a fascinating facts about the important people who have led our country. All they need is a pencil (or two) to enjoy activities like Two Truths and a Lie, Yankee Doodles, Presidential Pardons, and more. From trivia to brainteasers to puzzles, these pencil games are full of factoids and tidbits that are great for understanding U.S. history and the presidency. Who knows-these games could even inspire a bright, young girl or boy to run for president someday!

 Fingerprint Princesses and Fairies- Create engaging art activities with your children - at home or in the classroom. Packed with fun step-by-step instructions, this book teaches you how to make 30 classic fairytale characters including nymphs, fairies, princesses, butterflies, and angels with only the tips of your fingers. Create your own enchanting world, no paintbrush required! Kids aren't the only ones who will enjoy it, artists of all ages can put their fingers on the fun of art. Use the characters to spice up you art journals and doodles. Creativity is at your fingertips!

 

Math Quest The Planet of Puzzles- A mathematical mystery of Data Handling.

Space Station Alpha has been captured by aliens, and only you can rescue it. If you fail, the aliens will take over the Planet!

Make your way through these thrilling adventure, using your math skills to decide how the plot unfolds. Complete your mission and become a math whiz at the same time! Finding the answers will enable readers to advance through an exciting adventure story.

 Math Quest The Mansion of Mazes-Discover an exhilarating world of learning by solving a series of mathematical problems. Finding the answers will enable readers to advance through an exciting adventure story.

Math Quest The Cavern of Clues- A mathematical mystery of Calculations.

The fearsome pirate Black Beard has buried his gold, and you have the map that leads the way. If you fail, you will be trapped inside the Cavern forever!

Make your way through these thrilling adventure, using your math skills to decide how the plot unfolds. Complete your mission and become a math whiz at the same time! Finding the answers will enable readers to advance through an exciting adventure story.

Math Quest The Museum of Mysteries-Discover an exhilarating world of learning by solving a series of mathematical problems. Finding the answers will enable readers to advance through an exciting adventure story.

Discover an exhilarating world of learning by solving a series of mathematical problems. Finding the answers will enable readers to advance through an exciting adventure story.

  

Topsy Turvy: Animals- Rhymes are a unique way of introducing children to the imaginative potential of stories, word play and craetivity. Coupled with detailed illustrations of a wild and wonderful topsy turvy world, this book provides a springboard for children to explore their imagination and develop their own reading and writing skills.

Topsy Turvy: Ocean-Award-winning poet Wes Magee's fantastical and humourous rhyming text is vividly illustrated capturing strange and wonderful scenarios in each of the Topsy Turvy titles. With fun facts about the animals' real habitat and behaviour, this series blends fact and fiction with hilarious results. Supporting material at the back of the book provides ideas and activities to further develop creative writing and comprehension skills.

 

Wolfgang Puck Bistro Elite 12-piece Prep and Garnish Set- Available at HSN, this 12 Piece set from world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck is sure to be the perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook! This set includes:

  • Fruit/vegetable scoop 
  • Lever scoop 
  • Crinkle chopper 
  • Large fruit/vegetable corer 
  • Small fruit/vegetable corer 
  • Corn zipper 
  • Santoku shears 
  • Vegetable curler 
  • 8-blade slicer 
  • Wide-blade peeler 
  • Nonstick twin curler 
  • Custom-designed storage case with zipper closure   
  • Use and care manual 
  • Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty 

 

 The Revere Copper Confidence Core™ 2-pc Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Medium Frying Pan Starter Set is the perfect addition to any kitchen! This set contains contains an 8" frying pan and 10" frying pan. A Copper Confidence Core™ makes these Revere® fry pans a pleasure to use. The pans help foods start cooking quicker, an important quality when frying. And they heat more evenly, so you’ll avoid the hot spots of lesser-quality cookware. Storage is not only compact but scratch free, thanks to the pans’ unique patent-pending Nest&Protect handles that interlock to prevent the pans from touching each other.

 The Rosewill 5.5 Cup Uncooked Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker and Food Steamer in White has multi-function options that allow you to choose from precise cooking, fast cooking, small quantity rice cooking, porridge, stewing small pot rice, reheating, soup, steaming, and soaked rice, according to different rice species. It controls the cooking process independently. Cooks up to 11 cups of restaurant-style rice and utilizes a three-dimensional heating system as well as steam controlling technology for healthier results. With its multi-function option you decide the preferred cooking process. The three-dimensional heating system distributes heat evenly across the pot for better cooking results. On top of that, the steam controlling technology prevents steam from leaking throughout the cooking process. This will ensure the rice stays moist and preserve its taste. 

 

Attention Coffee Lovers! Keep your favorite k-cups within close reach! The Café Wall Caddy attaches to walls using adhesive tape so very easy to install in office setting (or at home) and won¹t damage walls. The Café Wall Caddy holds 28 k-cups. I absolutely love this product and think that it is such a clever way to store K-Cups! It really helps to keep the counter much neater and your K-Cups are right where you can find them! 

 

 As someone who uses ther slow cooker several times a week, The Hold & Go Slow Cooker is my new fave! The ultra-portable Hold & Go Slow Cooker is a must have for tailgating, home gating, potlucks and family or neighborhood gatherings. The Hold & Go features an innovative handle which holds the lid so you have both hands free and won't make a mess on your counter! Clever, right? Think of how much use that you will get out of this during the Holiday season!

 

This set from Farberware Cookware is perfect for Holiday Baking! Turn the oven on and make mealtimes easier-and desserts too!-with the nonstick baking performance of the hard-working, easy-cleaning Farberware® PurECOok™ Hybrid Ceramic Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch x 13-Inch Baking Pan. Love your oven when making and baking single-serving treats of all kinds, with the nonstick baking performance of the Farberware® PurECOok™ Hybrid Ceramic Nonstick Bakeware Muffin & Cupcake Pan. These pieces will make great gifts or nice additions to your personal collection! 

  

Genoa Bath Towels from J.R. United Industries makes the perfect gift! These bath towels are super soft and the quality is magnificent! J.R. United carries a collection of bed sheets, hand, bath, and beach towels that are made with the finest material. Providing a soft touch, and cozy feel during the cooler seasons! The long silky loops are extremely absorbent, while the expansive two ply 100%. Two ply loops are extremely durable and look new for twice as long as your regular single yarn towels.

Nair is the #1 Hair Removal Brand for Women. They offer a full-range of high-quality, easy-to-use hair removal products that gently removes hair and leaves your skin silky smooth. The New Nourish line is a beauty must-have, and offers a convenient and easy way to remove hair while soothing your skin with Japanese Cherry Blossom & 100% Natural Rice Bran Oil. It lasts longer than shaving- use once and you won’t have to worry about removing hair the entire week! These items will make the perfect stocking stuffers!

 Too Faced Merry Kissmass Melted 4-piece Lip Set, available at HSN, is the perfect stocking stuffer! I love these gorgeous lip colors and you will too! Get ready to pretty that pout with this collection of gorgeous liquified lipsticks. Combining long-wearing pigment, comfortable wear and kissable color, you'll be mistletoe-ready all season long. Included in this set are: 

  • 16 fl. oz. Melted Liquified Lipstick - Melted Chihuahua (spiced nude)
  • .16 fl. oz. Melted Liquified Lipstick - Melted Fig (dusty plum)
  • .16 fl. oz. Melted Chocolate Liquified Lipstick - Chocolate Honey (warm caramel)
  • .12 fl. oz. Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick - Lady Balls (true red)

 

Everything you need to go from nude to night, NUDESTIX introduces the Nude(Art)ist Box, the perfect eye kit containing six long-wearing, waterproof and smudge-proof Magnetic Matte & Luminous Eye Colors in neutral shades for all skin tones. A new nude for every mood, the Nude(Art)ist Box contains all that you need to prime, shade, highlight and line your eyes.

The Nude(Art)ist Box includes: Magnetic Luminous Eye Color in Lilith, Twilight, Angel, Magnetic Matte Eye Color in Taupe, Putty and Army, Jumbo cap sharpener, Large black matte tin with mirror.

Price: $59 USD/$65 CAD (value: $144 USD/$168 CAD) 

Availability: Sephora, Sephora.com and Nudestix.com

 

The Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Sleep Mask covers your delicate eyes with advanced care to minimize wrinkles while you sleep. Beyond blocking all visual stimuli to quiet your mind and senses, this silky, soft, smart textile is carefully embedded with copper, derived from the well-known essential mineral. This technology is clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, younger-looking skin in as little as four weeks.

Price: $35; Available at iluminagebeauty.com

This first clay-in-mask pre-shampoo regulating treatment specifically targets an oily scalp with a breakthrough skin purifying technology. The 30% mineral green clay concentration works to absorb sebum excess and regulate oil production over time while the professional application brush, allows for even, targeted coverage. The scalp is left deeply purified, helping to drastically reduce excess oil production. Dating back to ancient times, the virtues of clay have been used for centuries in cosmetic and therapeutic remedies to absorb sebum, eliminate toxins and serve as an antiseptic. Use once a week on dry hair, applying it generously to the roots with the application brush. Leave on hair for five to ten minutes and rinse thoroughly. 
Price: $11.99; available exclusively at Target nationwide. 
The second step to the Purifying Clay system, the pro-vitamin b5 enhanced shampoo helps to minimize oily roots and produce soft, perfectly balanced hair. The pro-vitamin b5 is known for its protective properties of the fiber capillary, helping repair and soften the hair from roots to ends. Your hair and scalp will become rebalanced and with the added benefit of a light cherry, violet, and vanilla scent. After using the pre-shampoo mask, rinse hair with the regulating shampoo to help balance hair. 
Price: $9.99; available exclusively at Target nationwide.
This shampoo and conditioner duo boasts a color-protecting formula, blooming with a vibrant fall fragrance of argan oil and cranberry. They bring to life the wholesome care that protects color and enhances radiance. Massage into wet hair, lather and rinse thoroughly. Follow with our Color Care conditioner. For extra care, indulge in the Color Care mask treatment.
Price: $4.49 each, Available at mass retailers nationwide or garnierusa.com
This color-protecting mask blooms with a vibrant fall fragrance of argan oil and cranberry, bringing to life the wholesome care that protects color and illuminates strands. After shampooing with the Color Care shampoo, apply a generous amount of treatment to hair. Gently work through hair, making sure to cover ends. Wait 3 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Price: $6.99, Available at mass retailers nationwide or garnierusa.com

 

 Graeter’s Ice Cream makes the perfect gift for anyone that has a sweet tooth! Graeter's produces craft ice cream and gelato lines using a small batch, artisanal method of production dating back over a century. Graeter’s has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation’s most influential foodies. The Cincinnati-based company remains family owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2½ gallons at a time. Today, Graeter’s has 40 retail stores and ship over 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states My family and I love this ice cream....it is so smooth and creamy and the flavors are to die for!

The KIND Bars Variety Cube is the perfect gift for any Foodie! KIND Bars are my absolute favorite snack to enjoy and this cube is a great way to try new flavors! Each of the cube’s sides fall away to reveal the Nuts & Spices KIND bars, making it easy to eat, share and enjoy! Our Nuts & Spices bars only 5 grams of sugar or less, no artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols – they are a snack that only tastes indulgent. Flavors include: Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan, Caramel Almond & Sea Salt, Madagascar Vanilla Almond, Dark Chocolate Chili Almond, Cashew Ginger Spice, and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond. The cube is available for purchase on kindsnacks.com for $39.50.

Pipcorn is a Popcorn lover's dream! I have fallen in love with this brand and you will too! Pipcorn is Delicious Mini Popcorn, of course! But wait, there's more! Pipcorn is All Natural, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan and Whole Grain. It comes in yummy flavors like Rosemary, Kettle Corn, Truffle and Chili Lab. This is the perfect gift for any Foodie on your gift list!

Raw Spice Bar Subscription Box- I absolutely love this subscription box as it allows me to try new spices and create delicious meals! Raw Spice Bar sources the highest quality ingredients. Then, they toast and grind each individually to draw out eye-popping aromas and deep, complex flavors. Next, they expertly blend each ingredient to create the characteristic tastes of each region's unique cuisine profile. Bringing these flavor blends into your own kitchen can lend authenticity to global recipes and provide creative inspiration for everyday cooking. Lastly, they perfectly portion each flavor kit so you can make a dish serving 3-4- no need to let these flavors sit in your kitchen shelves. Ready for this trip across the globe? No passport required! This makes an Awesome gift idea! 

 

Melitta Coffee makes the perfect gift for any coffee lover on your gift list! Their coffee is available in Premium Ground, Keurig Style Single Serve, Whole Bean, Coffee Pods and Senseo Style Coffee Pods. Melitta also features an entire line of Coffee products including Filters, Coffee Makers and More. Be sure to check them out for all of your coffee needs!

Fleming's Home- I am so excited to feature this company in my Gift Guide! Their candles smell amazing and I love what they are doing! Fleming's Home is a designer brand of Home Fragrance, owned and operated by the Fleming family. Their business started with hand poured soy wax candles in the heart of Rockland County, New York. Each and every product in the company is made with pure materials that are Eco-friendly. Be sure to check out their new Holiday scents!

This is such a great gift idea! The Mohu ReLeaf Antenna is the TV industry’s first eco-friendly HDTV antenna that is literally built from ‘ditched’ cable set-top boxes. One pound of plastic from discarded cable set-top boxes can make parts for 40 Mohu TV antennas! OTA antennas, like ReLeaf, give viewers FREE access to broadcast networks, like ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS and more, that cable still charges monthly subscriptions for. 

ReLeaf is perfect for all ages because of its at-home set-up is easy and free – just plug the antenna into your TV, scan for channels and enjoy! Plus it easily saves money by cutting out costly cable subscription costs.

 

Downlite Blankets Snuggly Soft Plush Down Throw- Take a break from blistering Winter with these extra plush down throws. These throws measure 50 inches by 60 inches and feature snooze-inducing soft down to keep you snug.
Three hundred thread count cotton sateen reverses to a silky soft plush, filled with 7 ounces of grey down.
This item qualifies for free shipping to the continental US (Sorry, No Hawaii and Alaska).
Sewn thru construction means the filling stays in place.
Machine washable and dryable.
Imported for DOWNLITE.

 

The OGO J.A.R. makes a great gift for anyone!

Filled with your handwritten, heartfelt notes of love and appreciation, the OGO J.A.R. is the perfect way to celebrate the special people in your life. Show your appreciation for friends, spouses, parents and grandparents, teachers, co-workers, graduates and coaches with this one-of-a-kind “Jackpot of Acknowledgement & Recognition.”

Because every message inside is tailored to the recipient, the OGO J.A.R. can be that gift they’ll keep forever, the most meaningful thank you they’ll ever receive, or a special award that will have them glowing with pride.

The OGO J.A.R. makes an unforgettable memento for any occasion: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, retirements, or even just because. And it makes an ideal gift from a family or a group, because everyone can contribute.

Customize, embellish and decorate it to create a true one-of- kind piece—just like the person you give it to.

The OGO J.A.R. comes with everything you need to mark the occasion:

  • Keepsake glass jar with customizable lid and chalkboard label
  • 50 customizable, personal pre-cut message strips
  • Three design markers to express your most sincere expressions
  •  8-1/2 inches tall

GrandBox is the perfect Subscription box for Grandparents. It's a smile. It's a little bit of love in a box. It's a way to connect families. Send your older loved ones a curated package that includes something exciting, something sweet, something necessary, and something from you.