2009 Gift Guide: For Grown Ups

Sure Santa knows what to get for all the good boys and girls, but a gift for Mrs. Claus will often leave him baffled. So we’re here to help with great gift ideas for all the Moms and Dads who made the Nice List this year.

for mom

Cute Diaper Caddy Diaper & Wipes Caddy by JJ Cole.
Designed to corral the odds and ends of a diaper changing table, this convenient caddy is easy to move from room to room, and the chic styling means it won’t stick out in more sophisticated settings. Four colors available for $29 with free shipping at amazon.com.
Keep Calm and Carry On “Keep Calm and Carry On” Inspirational Book. Discovered on a poster created by the British Ministry of Information for British soldiers before World War II, the slogan still manages to strike a chord in our current difficult times. This gift-worthy book is packed full of motivational quotes, proverbs and mantras. $9 at amazon.com.
Shower Infusers Sweet Peppermint Shower Infusers. Heaven knows most moms can’t find time for a long, tranquil bath, but it takes no extra time to indulge with these essential-oil packed tablets. Simply wet one and place in the shower. Activated by water, the tablets release an intoxicating and invigorating aroma of pure Sweet Peppermint Essential Oil that will help you de-stress. $36 and use code “MommyTimes” for free shipping (exp 12/15/09) at bathbybettijo.com.
Chocolate Cake Satchel Cake Society Satchel by Petunia Picklebottom . Featuring a fuzzy, vintage-style, cut-velvet fabric, we have never seen such an elegant diaper bag, but don’t let its luxe charm fool you. This bag is a picture of functionality with pockets galore and a plush, fold-out changing pad. Available in four colors for $325 at shop.petunia.com.

for dad

Marshmallow Blaster Camo Marshmallow Blaster. Remember as a kid on Christmas morning, it was such a thrill to open gifts and play with all your new toys; much more fun than the boring stuff you get as a grown-up. Dad will feel like a kid again when he unwraps this marshmallow gun. Get at least two so your family can have an all-out marshmallow war on Christmas afternoon. (Don’t forget the marshmallows!) $28 at marshmallowville.com.
Shoot A Loop Shoot-A-Loop Marble Game. Popular during the Depression, this traditional tin game involves shooting a marble around the loop to gain a high score. A game that the whole family will truly enjoy — despite Mom and Dad’s best efforts, our two year old usually wins! $20 at amazon.com.
Lego Cuff Links Lego Cuff Links. Help Dad liven things up at the office with these colorful cuff links that will remind him of his childhood obsession with this classic toy. $13 at etsy.com.
Sanuk Sidewalk Surfers Sanuk Donny Sidewalk Surfers.
Comfy and light, these “not-a-shoes” offer the benefits of flip flops, with the security and protection of a shoe — just right for frostier weather. A bit skeptical at first, our Dad reviewer now wears them every day. Available in several colors and styles for $55 at sanuk.com.

Bettijo Bridges

Administrator at Paging Supermom
Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares creative ideas for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and holiday entertainment. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local TV. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. She enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Mom of 4 kids.

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