The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

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We know its true- moms do most of the Christmas shopping. Feeling overwhelmed? We’ve got you. Today we’re sharing our favorite Houston Moms recommended unique and easy gift ideas no matter what your budget is or who you’re shopping for in our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve even got a few things for you to put on your own list this year. Let’s get shopping, mamas!

Gifts for Babies & Preschoolers | Gifts for Elementary Kids | Gifts for Preteens & Teens | Gifts for Mom & Dad| Gifts for Anyone

Babies don’t keep! And very quickly they turn into preschoolers eager to learn and play. Christmas is a great time to encourage that curiosity and we’ve got adorable recommendations for both playtime and snuggle time with your cuties.

For reading time with your little one, check out the newest titles from MamaBear Books! They are a female owned publishing company specializing in children’s picture books aimed to enhance imagination and foster a lifelong love of reading. They have recently launched their first three titles: The Day I Had a Bulldozer, Detective Stan the Crayon Man and the Missing Birthday Cake, and Feelings on the Farm.

Get outdoors and get active with a Plasma Car! So fun and easy to maneuver once they get the hang of it. Your little one will play with this for years.

Encourage creativity and literacy with your little one with this easy erasable LCD Drawing Board. Great for road trips!

How sweet is this fuzzy little Teddy coat. Stay warm and be adorable!

We all love Bluey & Bingo! Put these plushies on my wishlist too.

Beautiful and fun wooden toys are the best. The newest ice creamery set from Melissa & Doug is super sweet. We also love this Personalized Wooden name puzzle!

Screen time meets educational with the fun and smart Osmo Little Genius starter kit.

How cute would this be in a nursery? This Flamingo Rocker is stylish and fun.

These little stepping stones look like so much fun for fun indoor or outdoor play!

Elementary aged kids are so fun to shop for. They’re still little enough for picture books and toys but getting old enough for diving into new interests and fun games the whole family can enjoy.

The Book With No Pictures is my absolute favorite for this age. They will laugh hysterically, and you will too while reading it to them!

These Camo Walkie Talkies look like fun for the adventurer in your household! Check out these Reuseable Water Balloons, too! Gifting the two of these together will certainly give you fun mom status with your kids this year.

Have a crafty, artsy one? Check out this headband making kit or diamond art! There’s also this really cute rock painting kit and rock tumbler! 

If you don’t already have a set of magnetic tiles, now is the time. I promise you hours of fun for your little one and bonus because these are a great price! 

I love games as gifts. It’s the fun that keeps on giving! Perfect for family or friend game nights, these are two of my favorite card games. First, Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza. It’s super easy and super fast and will have the whole family in stitches. For this next one, beware as there’s a lot of potty humor. But if your kids are anything like mine, it will be their favorite: Cards Against Humanity, Family Edition.

Gifts for preteens and teens

Teens can be notoriously hard to shop for. But trust me on these unique, fun, and trendy gift ideas. Teenager approved!

For the science minded teen: Mind-glowing moon lamp and a beginner’s telescope. My teenage son has both of these and loves them.

For the one who loves to be cozy: Tortilla blanket and Smiley Face Slippers. According to my teens, these are a must for cozy winter days!

For the tech teen: Mini portable projector and Polaroid Instant Mini Camera.

Easy stocking stuffers: Star Pimple Patches and this Fidget toy

For a quirky and fun game night everyone will love, you’ve got to get Exploding Kittens! We love this game at my house and play it often.

Have you noticed the teens are currently eyelash obsessed? I love this cute eyelash curler as a stocking stuffer!

gifts for mom and dad

Mom needs gifts too. Put these on your wish list this year, or better yet, just forward these links directly to the hubs.

How about a facial for Christmas this year? Check out Face Haus and give someone on your list the pampering they deserve!Face Haus is an open concept facial bar located in Rice Village. With the help of their stellar Estheticians, they will do a consultation at the beginning of each service to pick the best facial for your skin needs. With services like LED treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, etc. they work with you to accomplish your skin goals!

These Kate Spade Studs are sooo cute. Pair with this initial necklace and you’ll be good to go for a simple everyday look.

Give the mom on your list a little self care basket this year! You could include these ultra cozy slippers, a jade roller, and this delightful soothing face mask. Don’t forget a journal and this cute Mama hat too!

Looking for a unique gift for dad?

For the Houston football fans, you’re welcome.

For the dad into grilling: This Meat thermometer is top notch and will connect to an app on his phone! We have this and my husband loves it. Its super easy to use and to clean.

Fun stocking stuffer ideas: Beanie with Light and this cute little book of Dad jokes.

Looking for something that’s cozy and practical that Dad will enjoy? Look no further than these comfy fleece joggers.

gift ideas for anyone

You’ve got a lot of people on your list. Sometimes you just need a few good gifts that anyone will love. We’ve got you covered!

Living Good Candle Co is a Houston based woman owned business that makes Handcrafted candles, made from premium beeswax, cleanses the air and are safe for pets and sensitive noses.

Their long lasting and sustainable candles would make a great gift for anyone on your list this year, including teachers or in a gift basket of holiday treats for your neighbors!

The Kindle Paperwhite is such a nice gift to give and to receive!

How about this heated back massager for the hard to shop for person in your life? Or maybe a pair of Custom Socks with your face on them. So fun, so easy.

We love this portable and easy to use Tabletop Smore’s Kit!

How about a smart bird feeder? Gift someone in your life a unique bird watching experience. This bird feeder actually has a camera in it to capture incredible images up close!

This roomy toiletry bag would be great for someone you know who has a big trip coming up! Its the only one I’ve ever used that actually fits everything I need.

For the puzzler in your life, this portable Puzzle Board has drawers and a cover. It works for puzzles up to 1000 pieces! 

For the foodie in your life, how cute is this little Herb Growing Kit? 

Attach a little note and a bag of M&Ms to this Mini Waffle Maker for a sweet and easy gift.

We LOVE this new Texas State Parks Journal created by one of our very own exec team members! There is a journal page for each of Texas’s state parks, natural areas, and trailways within the Texas State Parks system. There are even extra blank pages for new state parks as they’re added or for additional adventures across Texas. This would make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the outdoors lover on your list this year!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Houston Moms and best wishes for your holiday shopping this year!

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Bethany Dufilho
Bethany, the daughter of an army chaplain and a special education teacher, grew up moving every 2-3 years. She considers herself an introvert who had to learn how to make friends quickly! She met her Houstonian husband, Paul, in college and they married in 2004. They first settled just north of Houston, where she earned her master's degree at Sam Houston State in School Psychology. After working in public education for a couple of years, she decided to stay home full time with their children, Charlie {2008}, Norah {2010}, and Will {2013}. The family moved to Katy in 2012, where they’ve been ever since. She loves decorating and even had her own small business for a while. She also loves to read, binge-watch old TV shows, talk politics and enneagram, and will not turn down a cup of strong coffee or a good conversation with a friend.


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