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How is it the 2021 Holiday Gift Guide season already? No really, how? I work on my Holiday Gift Guide all year and somehow this one just snuck up at lightning speed! Maybe it’s because I wore a t-shirt today?
If we learned nothing else this year – it is that we can make something out of nothing. We can do great things, like go on a local hike with friends or sit at the beach and listen to live music – and it costs nothing. This is something I want to carry through my holiday season. For instance, my favorite gift last year was a “free experience”. My husband surprised me and learned how to make my favorite drink – a lemon drop martini – because we no longer went out. I thought this was the most thoughtful thing and have enjoyed his new skill many times this year.
We are trying to stop bringing things we don’t find useful and valuable into our home. In addition, we are actively passing along items we no longer want so others can enjoy them. This is a great lesson to teach this time of year. Spread the good. Help others. A good experience doesn’t have to cost anything – it is about the quality, not the quantity. Unless you’re talking about taco toppings (try mango – life changer).
OK, Now Let’s Rock & Roll
Presenting The Mint Chip Mama’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. All year I search for the best gifts and toys – also the weird and quirky – and bring them to you. I love finding things off the beaten path that will make you laugh. I aim to find the gem that will make your (enter gift receiver here) crack up. As usual, there are some repeats (indicated with an “*”) – these items are still getting much love in our home a year later.
P.S. Thinking about what to get your favorite blogger? I have just the thing (assuming it’s me). Please share this post if you find it helpful and follow me on my Blog, Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest pages (pretty please with guac on top).
I will be updating my 2021 Holiday Gift Guide all season long, so please save and visit regularly!
Happy shopping and as always – let me know what you think!
Most items above contain affiliate links. In addition, some items were received in exchange for an honest review. All items listed above on The Mint Chip Mama’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide are items I genuinely think are cool and are things that I think you will like too. Happy holidays!
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, 10, 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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