A Gift From Others

I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect gift for friends and family and while I don’t always have to have an occasion to pick something up, I like to bookmark items I love and wait for the perfect occasion. Here’s a round up of some of my favorite online inspirations and resources for gifts for all ages:

First Birthday Gift Ideas – Cool Mom Picks helps guide us through the most celebrated milestone of all — the highly anticipated one year birthday! Suggested presents range from the adorable P’Kolino’s Book Buggee, to the multipurpose MultiBox, a majestic German rocking horse, eco- and toddler-friendly building blocks, a crown fit for your little ruler, and a truly original name print.

Educational Gift Ideas for Special-Needs Children – Writer Suzanne Rose suggests the following educational toys for special-needs children: books (workbooks and activity books are especially encouraged), educational dvds, learning systems such as Hooked on Phonics, computer programs that encourage learning through games, or a membership to the zoo or museum.

Fill-in the Blanks –  While Pucci Levy was on the hunt for projects, activities, and favors for her daughter Freida’s birthday, she stumbled upon a batch of “blanks” for  children to be able to create “something from nothing”. Gifts included a book, nesting dolls, hardcover story book, jigsaw puzzle, ragdoll and comic.  I like the idea of purchasing all of these items together as a single-themed-super-gift.

Apartment Therapy: 10 Great Housewarming GIfts for Empty Nesters

10 Great Housewarming Gifts for Empty Nesters – The kids have flown the coop and your parents have decided to downgrade or move their home elsewhere. My favorite home porn blog, Apartment Therapy suggests the following gifts for those who might already have everything they need:  herbs from Williams-Sonoma, a wood puzzle from General Store, a Coffee Press from Horne, modern chef’s utensils from Gretel Home, a low-maintenance succulent terrarium from Succulent Design’s Etsy Store, assorted stationery from Rifle Paper Co, candy from Vosges, the ultimate tool from House 8810, a coffee table book from Amazon and whimsical rainbow chopsticks from MoMA.

I’m always on the hunt for shortcuts that might make my life a little more manageable. If you have any bookmarked gift guides to share with us, please do!