Jun

05

The Best 15 Father’s Day Gifts

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We’ve invited a good friend, Bart Munro (who is a father himself!) to share some of his favorites that he put on his Father’s Day wish list! Bart is not only a dad to one of our incredible Ellie Fun Day models but he is also an entrepreneur! He has worked at companies such as Ebay and Microsoft and companies that focus on holistic wellness coaching, tracking, and accountability! He is now working on a new way to travel responsibly for one of the largest cruise ship brands! We just want to send out a huge thank you to Bart for sending us an incredible list of options to choose from!

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Gin Making Kit

1. Gin-Making Kit – $54

While everyone else is busy with their beer-making kits, take your game up a notch with this innovative gin-making kit from Williams Sonoma.  To go all in, you can also pair it with their tonic making-kit as well!

 Harry's Shave

2. Harry’s Shave – $15

From the co-founder of Warby Parker, finally a solution to having stylish shaving implements with refillable high-quality blades at reasonable prices.  A super-easy subscription service lets you select how often to receive replacement blades, and razor handles are available in beautiful, inspiring colors.

 Bear Grylls – Adventure without Limits

3. Bear Grylls – Adventure without Limits – $85

Ever since seeing Bear Grylls’ first season of Man vs Wild (on Discovery), I have respected his powerful combination of adventurous spirit, authenticity, and deliberate Dad. Now Bear has a full line of adventure and survival gear, capturing the spirit of his lifestyle for adventure and preparation.

 BocceBallSet

4. Bocce in a Box – $82

Beautiful Italian bocce ball set in a wooden box.  Perfect for picnics, family weekends, or work gatherings.

 OiOi Satchel Diaper Bag

5. OiOi Satchel Diaper Bag – $169

Finally, a diaper bag that lets you keep your mojo!

Breville Espresso

6. Breville Espresso – $499

Our favorite counter-top espresso machine!  Breville is an amazing Australian-based appliance company, with an attention to design and functional detail that excels above all the rest.  We love this particular model, as it still tucks easily underneath a cabinet in a small kitchen, and can also be easily transported for weekend-get-aways.  (Yes, we even have a special plastic bin that we use to pack in the car for AirBnb or camping weekends!)

 Lightsaber Flashlight

7. Lightsaber Flashlight – Buy 2 – $14

It’s hard to beat, for practicality, adventure, and just plain fun.  I bought the first one for my 3-year-old son, because it has a switch that automatically turns off after a few hours of use (avoiding the every-day recharging routine of all our other flashlights, that get left on overnight.)  But as soon as he realized how cool the lightsaber function was, I ordered another for myself so we could have lightsaber duels!

Wooden Goat

8. Wooden Goat – $15

Well, these things are just hard to beat.  With many barn and safari animals available, the goat is still my favorite.

 Bamboo Race Car

9. Bamboo Race Car - $26

Even before our son was born, I made a plan to have only wooden toys in our living room, so we could continue to enjoy it as a playroom for adults and kids alike.  While some of the best wooden toys are still only available in Europe, fortunately, Hape has been importing some amazing options.  This one I play with as much as my son.

 Tegu Daredevil

10. Tegu Daredevil – $35

Our good friends Will and Chris over at Tegu have cooked up an amazing new set of blocks that combine to make superhero vehicles!

Giant Brown Paper Roll

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11. Giant Brown Paper Roll - $30

200 inches of creative canvas!  We bought this paper to put on top of our dining room table, and encourage kids and adults alike to express their stories and creativity!  Every 1-2 weeks, we take photos of the current paper, and replace with a fresh sheet!

Stainless Steel Cups

12. Stainless Steel Cups – $37

We use these stainless, eco-friendly steel cups all the time for camping, picnics, and outings to wine country!

BatteryBox

13. BatteryBox – $219

For all you road warriors out there, who love your Mac but don’t like dimming your screen to level 2 in order to make it across the country – this one’s for you.

Hot Sauce Making Kit

14. Hot Sauce Making Kit – $35

Why not spice up this year and get creative by making some authentic homemade hot sauce!Weber Portable Grill

15. Weber Portable Grill – $170

Have no fear because regardless of the size of your backyard this portable grill helps makes family barbeques a reality!

 

What’s your favorite Father’s Day gift?

 

 

 

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May

04

Unique Mother’s Day Gifts : Top 5 Favorites from Avery Street Design

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We’ve invited guest blogger Laura from Avery Street Design who has graciously agreed to share her top 5 Mother’s Day must-haves! Laura is not only a loyal Ellie Fun Day supporter but also a former giveaway winner! If you’re interested in finding out if she loved her Ellie Fun Day blanket check out her blog post!  Not only is she a blogger but she’s also a mom so feel free to head over to her website and show her some love! From the Ellie Fun Day family we would love to send a huge thank you to Laura for inspiring us to add a few more pins our Pinterest wish list! Until then next time, enjoy!

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Truth be told, I never put much thought into Mother’s Day. Last year, all I asked for was a Chipotle Burrito and a nap. (I’m pleased to report that at least one of those wishes was granted). So when Sarah asked me to pick my Top 5 Mother’s Day gifts, it was fun to let my mind wander a bit into a world of little luxuries that I rarely visit.

TOP 5 MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS

1. The Bellfield Tote in Vintage Milled Cocoa has been on my list since I saw it last summer at the Renegade Craft Fair. Handmade in Cleveland by the husband & wife team behind Fount Leather, this bag is heirloom quality that will graduate seamlessly from diaper bag to laptop tote.

2. I fully admit to buying all manner of small accessories for the labels, so it’s no surprise I’m drawn to these deliciously packaged little soaps. Bonus points to Etta + Billie for making theirs look like marble too! Cinnamon Oatmeal Soap by Etta + Billie, and Handmilled Natural Lavender Soap by Raven & Lily.

3. I follow Be Fair & Bloom on Instagram and love their heart for the world. The beautiful Chevron Path Cuff is handmade and fair trade, and I think we can all agree it would look amazing with the Bellfield Tote.

4. Every mom I know could use a cute pair of versatile studs that can’t get yanked on by chubby baby mitts. A blush ring dish to contain them on my nightstand would be icing on the cake. Blush Ring Dish and Aqua Triangle Drusy Quartz Studs by Sister Golden Shop.

5. Want to know a secret? I totally don’t wash my face before bed. By that time of night, I’m lucky to stumble and fall face-first into the pillow with clean teeth and one leg in pajama pants. I’m very intrigued by this Japanese Recycled Rayon Home Cloth from Territory Design though – it just might be the motivation I need to start some better skin-care habits.

So what’s on your wish list?

Here’s to a very Happy Mother’s Day for all the moms out there. May it be filled with snuggles, a few treats, lots of laughs, and at least one extra hour of sleep.

xo,
Laura
Laura
Photo credit: Ellen Swalley
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Feb

10

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Looking for last minute Valentine’s day gifts? Well, we’ve curated something for you with your loves in mind, here are some beautiful gifts from companies that hold true to loving and caring about all those around us and across the world.

Best Gift for Your Girlfriend

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Bloom That, The Haven, $45.

Flowers straight to her door in the cutest burlap wrap & ribbon in under 90 minutes…that’s last minute all-right. Best part is you still win!

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Taza Chocolates, From $5.50

Boston-based Taza Chocolate makes incredible chocolates with subtle but bright flavors using a stone-ground process based on traditional techniques used in Oaxaca, Mexico, where the cacao beans are grown. Not only organic, this chocolate is Direct Trade-certified, which means farmers are paid a premium wage for a premium commodity, even more than a fair-trade price, according to the chocolate-makers. If you have Amazon Prime… you’re in luck! 2-days and it ships to you for free!

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Cuyana, Leather Travel Case, $95.

Help your girlfriend take up less space in your suitcase with this lovely leather travel case set from Cuyana. Hand-crafted in Argentina with premium leather, make it an even more special present by personalizing it with her initials and a love note!

Best Gift for Your BFF

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Shine Project, Bangle, $26.

Bring back those great childhood memories playing dress-up with your BFF with a set of matching, personalized bangles – a present for your besty and yourself! The Shine Project employs inner city youths and empowers them to be self-reliant and provide for a better future.

Best Gift for Your Man

Warby Parker, Murphy Sunglasses, $145.

Your man will absolutely love a pair of Warby Parker sunnies! And what makes this gift all the better? Not only is this a present for your guy, but you are also giving a gift to someone in need of glasses. Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring so that others may have the chance see all the beauty in the world.

Best Gift for Your Longtime Love

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Papir Mass, Affordable Art, $10.

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Everlane, Weekender Bag, $95

The weekender bag from Everlane is the perfect gift for your long-time love. Pair this with a list of places you would love to travel together with and even a travel book to spark some romance and fun! Everlane believes in radical transparency all across their supply chain. They cut out the middle man in the high mark-ups.

Best Gifts for Your Kids

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Design Life Kids, Juki Swing, $25.

Made out of organic cotton, your kids will think you’re the coolest parent in town… and so will the others as well!

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TugTug SF, Aigle Rain Boots, $54.

We finally have some rain in California! Let your kids have a little fun jumping through puddles in these adorable yellow, TugTug rain boots! Hand-crafted and made from natural varnished rubber, this is for sure to last through all of their adventures!

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EllieFunDay, Lovestruck Blanket, $84.

Best snuggling blanket of all. Your little cupids will love you to death for this one!

Best Gift for Your Baby

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Winter Water Factory, Under the Sea Romper, $36.

You won’t be able to get over how cute your baby looks in this Winter Water Factory “Under the Sea” Romper. 100% organic cotton and made in USA, you won’t have anything to worry about when putting this on your little one. Let’s just hope burp time isn’t a mess!

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EllieFunDay, Goddess Swaddle, $52.

Perfect for both mom and baby this gift serves many functions. From a nursing cover, to a swaddle, to a light-weight summer blanket and even into a small table covering. You’ll be sure to love it’s delicate hand-embroidery (which takes 9-hours to make!)

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