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oh joy gift guide: things to do, make, and eat!

oh joy gift guide: things to do, make, and eat!

If one amazing thing has some out of 2020 it's that we all discovered new hobbies or took more time to pick back up on hobbies we neglected before. It's been the year of bread baking, growing plants, gardening, board games, and cooking more than ever. If you or someone you love has discovered a new passion or wants to keep exploring new things, here are all gifts to encourage making and engaging—food, crafts, how-to books, conversation starters, and more...

1) Lady & The Larder DIY Kit ($195), 2) Camp by JW Ice Dye Kit ($60), 3) You Think You Know Me: A Conversational Card Game ($30), 4) Junbi Matcha (from $21), 5) Eggloo at Home Bubble Waffle Kit ($60), 6) Folia Collective Plant Book - Houseplants for All ($18), 7) Boba Cookbook by Milk and T ($20), 8) The Pastry Project Chocolate Cake Kit ($35), 9) Girl and The Goat Cooking Kits (from $89); and 10) Loop Canvas Needlepoint Kit ($88).

oh joy gift guide: home decor

oh joy gift guide: home decor

We've all spent a lot of time at home this year, so here are a few things to make any space shine brighter for your loved ones...

1) Eliana Bernard dinner plates ($120), 2) My Someday is Now print by OK! by Angie Stalker (from $25), 3) Maison Rainbow print ($65), 4) Lily Glass ceramics tumber ($30), 5) Otherland Candles ($36), 6) Haand mug ($37), 7) Beelight Candle Crafts candles ($4), 8) Ceremonia Beaded Chandelier ($188), 9) Oh Joy! pillow ($53), and 10) The Neighborgoods dish towels ($45 for set of 3).

oh joy gift guide: small business shops on etsy!

Etsy Gift Guide
*This post sponsored by Etsy and Shop Style.  All words and opinions are my own.

This year I'm committed to shopping small, shopping female and BIPOC brands, and shopping from home in my PJs! Oh Joy! has always been a platform for empowering small businesses, so I'm so excited to be partnering with Etsy to share with you my favorite picks and gifts from their Cyberweek sale. (You can see my full list of favorites HERE and the full Cyberweek sale details HERE). It starts TODAY and lasts through December 2nd, with select items over 20% off - including everything listed here! So get to saving, supporting small businesses, and finishing your shopping list!

Etsy Gift Guide

First are some favorites FOR THE HOME! These pieces will brighten up your space with their form and function and all made by small business owners...

1. Svulme Handmade Ceramic Vase by paperandclaystudio, 2. Personalized Cable Organizer by CordAndSatchel, 3. Custom One Line Couple Portrait by ArtroomExpo, 4. Sofa Tray by TheCraftySwirl, 5. Handmade Wobble Glass Glassware by PretentiousBeerGlass, 6. Tia Mowry x Etsy, Large Tall Lidded Jar by mySampleHAUS, 7. Leather Strap Shelf by KROFTSTUDIO, 8. Altamont Lumbar Pillow by VacilandoQuilting, Glass Drinking Straws by BrookDrabotGlass, 10. Wavy Soy Candle by CaiCaiHandmade, 11. Gold Rimmed Pink Porcelain Bowls by FebbieDayCeramics, 12. Abstract Desert Landscape Print by EmmaMakeStudio, 13. Personalized Jewelry Stand by MijMojDesign.

Etsy Gift Guide

Next, here are FUN THINGS TO WEAR! From customizable jewelry and accessories to a jumper I can't wait to wear while cozy at home...

14. Custom Birthstone Necklace by delezhen, 15. Mama Script Necklace by GracePersonalized, 16. Terrazzo Earrings by JuMaHandmades, 17. Initial Ring by GemBlue, 18. Croissant Hoop Gold Earrings by CaitlynMinimalist, 19. Natural Ruby Ring by DANIBARBEshop, 20.Diamond Cluster Ring by FerkosFineJewelry, 21. The Tracy Earring by vintageroyalty, 22. Black Linen Jumpsuit by OffOn, 23. Custom Name Necklace by GracePersonalized, 24. Tie-Die Face Masks by NalaCraft, 25. Personalized Photo Leather Keyring by CreateGiftLove.

Etsy Gift Guide

Finally, DON'T FORGET THE KIDS! Here are a few of my favorites kids will love!

26. Leaf Play Mat by OMOLOKO, 27. African Cloth Doll by oonaloo, 28. Camper Van Knitting Kit by YarnNeedlesandThread, 29. Adventure Play Rug by PaPappa, 30. Silver Swiss Dot Nail Wrap by SoGloss.

(First Photo by Casey Brodley

oh joy gift guide: kids books

2020 Oh Joy! Gift Guide - Kids' Books

The first of our gift guides for the holiday is here! This has been a whirlwind year full of emotions, heartbreak, and personal discoveries. Gifts this year feel like they need to have more meaning than ever. Whether that means making gifts, spending a little less than usual, or giving gifts that have extra special meaning, we're focused on sharing our favorites with those sentiments in mind. Today, I'm starting with kids' books which I share regularly throughout the year, but these are some great ones to punctuate the end of this unique year for our little ones, too!

1) Oh So Kind! by Joy Cho and illustrated by Angie Stalker is the third book in our series of Oh Joy! Story Books for kids that came out this year! This book launches on December 1 just in time for the holidays. Our main character is a lovable Llama in a wheelchair who brings warmth by demonstrating and celebrating kindness with this big-hearted book about being a good friend, neighbor, and family member! Written for ages 0-3 but it also makes a perfect story for first-time readers to enjoy! 

2) Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed The World by Elena Favilli is an informative, empowering, and educational read for bigger kids. My kids love reading about a person or two per night as an option for bedtime reading.

3) How To Spot An Artist by Danielle Krysa is a fun way to show that anyone can be an artist, and you don't have to be perfect at it. I love this book for kids ages 3-7 especially for those who are still growing their creative skills.

4) Ditto Kids Magazine: Issue 1 Belonging would make a great start to an on-going subscription for an educational, diverse, and interactive magazine that kids ages 3-11 would love.

5) All Because You Matter by Tami Charles empowers, informs, and reminds kids about the importance of each and every child and reminds them they are all here for a great reason.

6) Everyday Smiles by Guy Kopsombut is a super cute comic-style book with sweet characters and sentiments. It's a book that's great for kids and also grown-ups who need a little pick-me-up!

7) Habbi Habbi's First Words is a part of their amazing series of language books (currently in Spanish and Mandarin). These are interactive and useful for kids of all ages who are learning these languages.

8) A Kids Book About Optimism by Meir Kay makes for a much needed 2020 read! Just when we feel stuck at home, missing our friends, or wondering when life will return to "normal", here's a great reminder to look towards the sunshine and what's to come.

9) Handmade Charlotte Playbook by Rachel Faucett is like a giant guidebook of crafts! This will make for a great resource whenever you're looking for crafty projects for kids to do on a rainy day, over winter break, or any day!

my favorite baby and kid pajamas!

Oh Joy! / Kid's Pajamas
How many of you are LIVING in your PJ's right now?! Whether you're trying to stay cozy or keep your little ones cozy, great pajamas are one of the secrets to pure joy! Here are a few of our favorite brands to find quality and comfy PJ's for your little one...
1. Clover has a range of super soft PJ's from baby to kid that are playful, comfy, and so fun! ($34, newborn to 5T)
2. Plain Jane has been a long-time favorite since my kids were little. Now, they have adult options for Mom which are all SOOO cozy and you could wear to lounge in all day long. ($40, 2T-10Y)
3. Dodo Banana offers long-sleeve sets in super cute patterns. I'm a sucker for any inanimate object that has a face added to it! ($55, 6m-5Y)
4. Little Sleepies (from $30, newborn to 9Y) is another super soft brand that ranges in size from baby to kid with fun prints and even some matching ones for Mom!
5. Magnetic Me is a lifesaver for those sleepless newborn nights with 3am diaper changes. Their magnetic snaps make it easy to change your babe by the glow of the moonlight! ($36, newborn to 24m)
6. La Paloma - If you're in search of modern nightgowns that could also be worn for play, we love these from the new brand La Paloma ($58, size 2-9).

an at-home mother's day gift guide!

Mother's Day Gift Guide / Oh Joy!

One of our favorite holidays is coming up to celebrate our favorite lady...MOM! This year, gifts she can enjoy at home seem more relevant than ever. Here are a few of my favorite things for mom to enjoy while she's safe at home in a range of price points and all from small businesses I love...

Mother's Day Gift Guide / Oh Joy!

1. Ceramic Candles from Urbanic ($36), 2. Birdies House Slippers ($95), 3. Tea Drops (gifts starting at $15), 4. Sarah Hendler Vintage Jewelry Dish ($40), 5. Max Wanger Print (from $50), 6. Poketo Feelings Jar ($20), 7. Ariel Gordon Hoop Earrings ($245, 25% off with code: MOTHERLOVER), 8. Holy Sheet by Great Jones ($35, Use code: JOY — for $10 off orders of $50+), 9. Pan from Material Kitchen ($95), 10. Maya Brenner initial bracelet (from $200), 11. PrintFresh Pajamas ($108).

And, The Bouqs (featured last week!) is offering Oh Joy! readers 20% off bouquets through 5/11/20 with code: OHJOY20

Valentine's Day Inspo...

Valentine's Day Inspo... / via Oh Joy!

We love celebrating Valentine's Day! From sweet cards to tasty treats and everything in between, here are our ALL-TIME FAVORITE valentine ideas. If you're looking for some inspiration to tell all your family and friends just how much you love them, or if you need a fun idea that your little one can hand out to their classmates, keep reading... 


gift guide: under $100!

gift guide: under $100! / via oh joy!

Happy Monday! For our third and final gift guide of the season, we're going BIG. Here are a handful of our favorite gifts all under $100 that are special enough for the ones at the very top of your gift list...or as a splurge for you and all your hard work this year!


gift guide: under $50!

Gift Guide: Under $50 / via Oh Joy!

For our second gift guide, we're bringing you gifts under $50! I love these items because they're thoughtful, fun, and make a special gift for a close friend or relative!


gift guide: $25 and under...

2019 Oh Joy! Gift Guide / Under $25

Thanksgiving is next week (whaaaat?!), which means it's time to start getting those holiday lists ready! Our first gift guide of the year is all things $25 and under. They make great stocking stuffers and gifts for friends! Here are our favorites...