Welcome to The Mint Chip Mama blog! A fun, lighthearted parenting, lifestyle and travel blog for families on Long Island & the Tri-State area. Fun things we do at home, local hikes, new products, art projects, & giveaways.
It’s that time of year again! Time for the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! Let the fun begin to scramble and get it together for the holidays, before all the cool toys sell out. I’m sorry – I mean – it’s the most magical time of the year! Right?
Here at The Mint Chip Mama (Blog, Facebook Page, and Instagram – go ahead and follow all three if you haven’t yet, I’ll wait) we attend awesome influencer events all year long so we can present new items to YOU, our loyal readers (aka the inside scoop).
Below are some of my favorites from this year, some repeat items (indicated with an “*”), and some quirky ones I’ve found along the way. As always, some of my favorite gifts are experiential, so don’t forget to check out that section.
Happy shopping and as always – let me know what you think!
Many of these items above contain Amazon Associate links for you convenience. Many items were also received in exchange for an honest review. All items listed above on The Mint Chip Mama’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide are items I genuinely think are cool and that you would like too. A special thanks to TTPM, MomTrends, and The Toy Insider’s Sweet Suite for many of these brand introductions.
Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area.
Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations.
After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (13, 9, and 7). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City.
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