Bump and Beyond (www.bumpclubandbeyond.com), Chicago's largest social event network for moms and moms-to-be, knows what today's expectant parents want for themselves and their little ones.
And what better time to shower a preggo or new mom with the hottest gifts then for the holiday season! Today, Bump Club and Beyond Founder, Lindsay Pinchuk, will unveil some of her favorite gifts from the Bump Club & Beyond's Holiday Gift Guide.
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STOCKING STUFFERS AND SECRET SANTA
If you're looking for that perfect gift for your play group gift exchange or simple ways to stuff your stockings, we have the answer with these small gifts that pack in a lot of bang for your buck.
-Baby Blanket Music CDs: Baby Blanket Music takes your favorite songs from your favorite artists and re-arranges the music into lullaby melodies. You'll be able to soothe your little ones with music you actually want to listen to! With CDs from The Beatles, Madonna, Elton John and more, there are a ton of options to choose from. -CDs start at $14.99 and can be purchased at www.babyblanketmusic.com
**Use the code BUMPCLUB1211 at babyblanketmusic.com to save 20 percent**
-Books: You can't go wrong with giving the gift of reading - books make some of the most memorable presents. Simon and Schuster publishes some of our favorite children's authors and books including classics like Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap and the Olivia the Pig Books. Starting at $5.99 at www.simonandschuster.com
-Story Time Pals stuffed animal: Zoobies Storytime Pals bring our favorite children's storybook characters to life. Storytime Pals are a unique 3 in 1 stuffed animal that turn into a pillow AND have a blanket zipped inside so kids and parents can relax and enjoy story time. -$30; Can be found at Building Blocks Toy Stores
**Use the code parenthood at Zoobies.com to save 20 percent**
-Munchkin Mozart Cube and Star Fountain: Munchkin, makers of clever and innovative baby and toddler products, offers toys and bath toys that make bath time more fun. Here are two of their best sellers and our favorites. The Mozart Cube inspires creativity and interactive play through music and sounds. The Star Fountain makes bath time fun for everyone with spinning and spraying water from a mini-jet. -$15 and $10; Can be found at Galt Toys + Galt Baby (www.galtbaby.com)
-Follow Me Fred by Tiny Love: Follow Me Fred brings a new meaning to "baby's best friend." This baby activated toy helps encourage baby to crawl. Fred is adorable with bright colors, and lots of play features including mirror with beads, music and sounds, crinkly ears, a flexible accordion shaped body for moving in circles, and 2-speed adjustments. Fred always wants to play. If baby does not follow after about 10 seconds, Fred will bark inviting baby to crawl some more!
-$22, can be purchased at Galt Toys + Galt Baby (www.galtbaby.com)
Forget the generic baby blanket, there are so many ways to give something thoughtfully personalized. We love gifts that are specially made for each recipient and their tastes.
-Psychobaby: The Custom Shop at Psychobaby in Bucktown is one-stop shop for cool, crazy kids' stuff - all custom items are designed and printed in-house at the store. These awesome hoodies, bibs, and tees can all be customized both online and in-store.
-Prices starting at $14, www.psychobabyonline.com
**Use the code BUMPWCL for 20 percent off at psychobabyonline.com through 12/31/2011**
-Alphabetables: The Red Balloon, another great Chicago kids' store in Bucktown, is the exclusive local retailer for these plush handmade pillows perfect for any baby or kids' room. They can be customized with different fabrics and colors to suit anyone's personal tastes. -Alphabetables can be found exclusively at The Red Balloon Company, $35 (www.theredballoon.com)
-Lands' End Large Tote: This is one of our favorite all-time gifts. The Lands' End Large tote comes in six colors and can be embroidered with a name, monogram or single initial. This bag holds everything---it's perfect for holiday travel, summer at the beach, or a carryall for sleepover at grandma's house. -$36.50, monogramming $6; www.LandsEnd.com
-Ultimate Keepsake Necklace by Nashelle: This completely customizable necklace or bracelet lets you hold close to your heart what matters most. From your child's name, spouse's initial, and charms that you choose, the Ultimate Keepsake Necklace is perfect for any mom or mom-to-be as you can always add to it!
-Starting at $55 for one charm and chain; can be purchased at (www.Nashelle.com)
**Use the code BCB11 at nashelle.com for 15 percent off site wide through 12/31/11. Limit 1 per customer**
GIFTS THAT KEEP GIVING:
Some of the best gifts are those that keep on giving. These two subscription-based gift boxes give new moms and dads and their kids an experience that lasts way beyond the holiday season. You can find more gifts like these on online gift guide.
Babbabox from Babbbaco by Jessica Kim: Jessica Kim, mother of two and founder of Babbaco, just launched a new product called Babbabox - a great gift option for kids aged 3-6. The Babbabox is a subscription box delivered monthly with ALL the physical materials plus know-how content to really engage with your kids. Each month features a new theme-based box filled with activities, hands-on projects, knowledge, and experiences that encompass all the ways kids love to learn!
-Starting at $29.99 per month; www.babbaco.com
***15 percent off 1 month and 3 month gifts - BUMP15 / 33 percent of your 1st box on a monthly membership
- BUMP33 www.babbaco.com ***
-Citrus Lane: This is the perfect subscription service for new moms. These monthly care packages arrive with 4-5 top products for moms to try out with their babies based on the age of their child. This allows mom to try the products before making a larger purchase. Brands include See Kai Run, Cleanwell, Weleda, Aiden and Anais and more.
-Starting at $25 per month; www.citruslane.com
** Use the code JOIN60C, for 20 percent off a 3-month subscription to Citrus Lane. Please note: This code is good for new subscriptions only. Cannot be combined with other promotions or offers, or applied to past purchases.
Offer void where prohibited**
STAYING WARM THIS WINTER:
As Chicagoans know, there is nothing more important than staying warm in the winter. Who says you can't have fun or look cute while doing so?
-Hanna Andersson by Serena and Lily Sleeper: Two of our favorite brands have combined forces to create these beautifully warm sleepers for baby. The bonus? They zip up---making changing baby simple. -$36; sizes 0-3 years; serenaandlily.com
The Everywear Scarf by Ingrid and Isabel: This super soft scarf is for everywhere and everything. Not only can you wear it, but you can use it as a nursing cover, stroller blanket or even a sarong. This perfect layering piece for all year round comes in six colors. -$42.00, ingridandisabel.com
-Argo Tea--- Where's a mom to walk when it's cold out? I LOVE drinking tea and so whenever I'm in the 'hood, I try to get to Argo tea - they have the BEST selection of tea and creative drinks like the tea-puccino! Argo tea started right here in the city in Lincoln Park and I love their gift idea of a tea diffuser or mug that comes in this gift basket, especially for the expectant mom who's supposed to cut back on caffeine.
-Starting at $25, at Argo tea locations. Use the code HOLIDAYBUMP at argotea.com for 20 percent off through December 27, 2011.
**Enjoy a 20 percent discount when you purchase loose leaf tea and teaware online at argotea.com from December 13 ? December 27. Just enter your promotion code HolidayBump**
-JJ Cole BundleMe --You might be warm during the frigid months, but it's tough to keep your baby snuggly and dry in his or her stroller. The original BundleMe by JJ Cole is a cute and stylish way to ensure baby stays warm on walks this winter - when you can get through the slushy sidewalk! With two sizes, infant and toddler and six colors, this product can be for anyone with a baby ages 0-3.
-$50; can be purchased at Twinkle Twinkle Little One
**Use the code JJCSEASON6 at www.jjcolecollections.com for 20 percent off (excluding gear.)**
FOR THE ON-THE-GO CITY MOM AND DAD:
With all the travel, especially around the holidays, that parents do, we thought they might want to know about some useful gear to help them navigate taking baby from point A to B. It's not as straightforward as it looks!
-Petunia Pickle Bottom Change it Up Clutch and Shopper Tote-Both of these items are perfect for moms on the go. The Change it Up Clutch makes changing baby simply and cleanly while out and about. The Shopper Tote folds up and can be used as an extra bag in a pinch.
-$62 and $12; can be purchased at Preggers Maternity, www.petuniapicklebottom.com
**Spend at least $75 at shop.petunia.com and get a limited edition "Holiday in Hyde Park" shopper tote while supplies last. Just enter the code TOTE at checkout.**
-Phil& Ted's Lobster- I love this seat when I take my daughter out to eat, as you never know what a restaurant high chair might look like. This clip-on high chair can also be used for every day at home as it safely clamps on to many different surfaces. It's easy to clean and packs flat for easy transport. Now grandma doesn't have to worry about getting a high chair or booster seat!
-$69.99, Galt Toys + Galt Baby (http://www.galtbaby.com)
-Britax Baby Carrier: This parent tested, parent approved award winning carrier is built to give maximum back and shoulder support for long walks. City moms and dads looking to carry their baby can do so with this carrier that supports a baby weighing 8-32 pounds, making it incredibly easy to get around the city with your little one during the holiday season and all year round.
-$129.99, Galt Toys + Galt Baby (www.galtbaby.com)
For more gift ideas, go to www.bumpclubandbeyond.com.