With the holidays right around the corner, I thought I’d share my top 10 gifts for everyone who still has a few gifts to buy. You can still get these in time for Christmas from Amazon if you order before 12/21.
I didn’t make an exhaustive list; instead I just zoned in on some of the things I love most and use most often.
I LOVE my Amazon Mom membership. It’s $85 a year and I get free two-day shipping on thousands and thousands of items. It beats taking both boys to the store any day. Just yesterday I was at Target and they didn’t have a breathable baby bumper in white. I opened up my Amazon app and ordered it while I was still at the store – not only was it $5 cheaper than at Target, it’ll be here today.
Buy this for yourself and all your favorite busy moms. They will adore you for it!
I was a little nervous when I ordered my Linx because it was a little pricey ($160) and I was worried it wouldn’t preform. I was wrong! I use this vacuum daily, if not twice a day. I can vacuum the entire downstairs with one charge, which is over 2000 square feet. It’s great for quick pick-ups in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom. I even take it out into the garage and vacuum around our side door. I’m not sure what I did without it. It’s a necessary piece of equipment in my household now.
I get so many emails about how I feel about my Vitamix and what model I use. Well, here it is. I’ve used it almost daily for the last four years and haven’t had an issue. When Nate sees it come out of the cupboard, he gets so excited because he knows a smoothie isn’t far behind. This is another item that took me a long time to purchase because of the cost but, again, not sure what I’d do without it.
Allergy Free & Easy Cooking by Cybele Pascal
This book is packed with meals that are healthy, simple to make, and free of the top 8 allergens. For those of you who are dairy-intolerant and want a great dinner cookbook, this is for you. You won’t miss the cheese when eating these meals. The photos are incredible, too.
Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free by Amy Green (Hey, that’s me!)
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my own book, wouldn’t I? If you want to cook healthier without spending hours in the kitchen and still love what you eat, add this book to your shopping cart. It’s the perfect gift for the beginner as well as someone who’s used to donning an apron. There is a little bit of everything in this book, including breakfast, appetizers, soups, meals, salads, cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, frostings and cookies. Look inside and check it out for yourself. I hear from those of you who have my book and the overwhelming response is that it’s helped you. So, it’ll make a great gift. And, it’s under $13.
I Declare by Joel Osteen
I’ve shared this book before but it’s worth sharing again. I love the way Joel Osteen has a reading for each day that is intended to bring success and victory into your life. I have worked with this book for months and I am more positive, peaceful, and focused. I notice that I find solution quicker and spend less time worrying. When something comes up that is troubling, my mind instantly goes to the words in this book. It’s a must for anyone who wants more peace and happiness in their life. And, for less than $13 you can give one as a gift and give one to someone you love.
I use this almost daily to make banana ice cream. You’ve seen Yonanas, right? Well, you can do the same thing with this little guy (or any food processor for that matter) and a slew of other food prep tasks. This is another tried and true piece of equipment. Going on four years with this little guy and he’s still running strong.
Maybe a little practical for a Christmas gift but I’m a practical kind of gal. I store a lot of my pantry items in Ball jars and use them for leftovers, lactofermented vegetables, and even freezing food. They’re perfect for chilling ice cream mix overnight before it goes in the ice cream maker. Don’t forget about homemade applesauce and cranberry sauce either. They all keep beautifully in these classic jars.
If you come to my house, you’ll find Renee’s products everywhere. My car, my drawers, my diaper bag, my computer desk, in my kitchen. I haven’t found anything that takes care of my hard working hands like MadeOn products. With two little ones, you can imagine the amount of hand washing that goes on in one day. My hands take a beating. But Renee’s all-natural lotions keep my hands soft. I also use her Simply Soothing diaper rash cream on my boys. It keeps the diaper rash away and is good for their skin. I bought Renee’s products to share with my friends and family this year. It’s the perfect gift. (Not sold on Amazon.)
What do you think cooked dinner tonight?? Yes, every busy mom needs one of these. (I have 5 but who’s counting??) I use my 5-quart programmable the most often, but for smaller roasts and veggies I often reach for my 4-quart. I also love my mini CrockPot for ketchup and other small batches. This is a gift that will save the recipient time and help them get a home-cooked meal on the table.