Here are some fun gift ideas for the holiday season.  I tried to include a mix of item based on a few criteria: Some items I chose because they are unique and different (like a cardboard antler head or a gadget that makes guitar picks out of old credit cards).  I tried to include some handmade and fair-trade items (like handmade ceramics and fair-trade chocolate) and some eco-friendly items (like re-usable shopping bags and artsy dish towels).  I also included some things that I use every day (especially tech items) and a variety of children’s items that are either educational or that promote active or pretend play, as well as some fun activities for the whole family (like these free paper craft downloads or a monthly box of family activities).   In my next post, I will outline gift ideas where your dollars are used to give back.  Hopefully these can give you some new ideas and resources for gift-giving this season.

for the mamas

holiday gifts for moms 2011(1) Philosophy Grace Gift Set, (2) 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker, (3) Tea Forte Ribbon Box Sampler,  (4) The Beauty of Different by Karen Walrond, (5)Pedipack Pedicure Set, (6) Epiphanie Camera Bag, (7) Manic Trout Eco-Friendly Necklace, (8) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben, (9) Taza FairTrade Chocolates,  (10) SnapSac Re-Usable Eco-Friendly Tote, (11) Wise Owl Wallet,  (12) Sony VAIO Pink Notebook PC, (13) Tea Forte Petite Warming Joy Ribbon Box, (18) Frownies Eye Gels, (14) Bubalina Organic Body Lotion, (15) Pretty: A Novel by Jillian Lauren, (16) Corkicle, (17) Luna-Reece Handmade Ceramics, (19) To Dry For Tea Towels  

for the papas

best holiday gifts for dad 2011 (1) Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit, (2) Sony High-Definition Handycam Camcorder, (3) Sole Hope Brown Leather Cuff, (4) Krochet Kids Beanie, (5) Bluetrek Car-Kit for Speakerphones, (6) Fish Eye Lens + Wide Angle Lens + Macro Lens 3-in-1 Kit For iPhone, (7) Glorious Mess by Mike Howerton  

for young adults

best holiday gifts for young adults or college students 2011 (1) Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, (2) Cardboard Animal Head, (3) Guitar Pick Punch, (4) DB Logic Earphones, (5) Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse, (6) Old School Camera Pencil Sharpener, (7) HTC Windows Phone, (8) The Hunger Games – Collector’s Edition  

for the whole family

holiday gifts for the whole family 2011 (1) A Charlie Brown Christmas DVD, (2) Wine Confits for Cheese, (3) Noonday Collection Handmade Soap, (4) Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption by Julie Gumm (5) Bananagrams, (6) HP TouchSmart 320 Desktop Computer, (7) Peanuts Christmas Pageant Nativity Scene, (8) Little Alloeutte Natural Wood Menorah and Little Alloeutte Wood Nativity Scene, (9) Macula Paper Art, (10) Gary Fong Tripod Adapter for i-Phone, (11) BabbaBox, (12) Fair-Trade Hot Chocolate  

for the kids

best holiday gifts for kids 2011 (1) Angelina Ballerina Dance With Me Game, (2) Bla bla Kids Mini Violet Girl Doll, (3) Strawberry Shortcake Berry Café, (4) Crayola Color Explosion Glow Board, (5) LEGO Duplo My First Set, (6) Hape Build Your Body Layered Wooden Puzzle, (7) Hape Creative Peg Puzzle,  (8) Klutz Friendship Bracelets, (9) Road Rippers Monster Trucks and Rescue Fleet (10) Draw DC Universe: Learn to Draw the Heroes and the Villains, (11)Wonderstruck, (12) Darth Vader: A 3-D Reconstruction Log,  (13) Can You See What I See?: Toyland Express, (14) My Twinn Doll, (15) Red Balloon Time Teacher Watch, (16) PowerCapes, (17) Worx Toys, (18) My Kinda Style Tees, (19) Razor Kick Scooter , (20) Backyard Safari Base Camp Shelter and Backyard Safari Explorer Kit, (21) Mix and Match Drawing Studio, (22) The Tuneables: I Love Music! 2-Disk Set DVD/CD, (23) Toystate Dub Garage Custom Ridez: Ford Mustang 5.0, (24) Zillionz Talking Cash Register, (25) CAT Take-Apart Machines,  (26) This is Me – A Kid’s First Keepsake Journal, (27) BuckleyBoo BuckleyMonkey 18" Brown Some products were submitted to me for review prior to inclusion.  All items included at my discretion.