The New York Mom Holiday Gift Guide – Gifts for Mom!




There is still time to get your MOM something she will love this holiday season. These are a few of my favorite picks … and you can totally run out and get them! 

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1. Crystal Floral Bib Necklace $59 GILT.COM 2.  $8 ANTHROPOLOGIE.COM 3. Bulova Diamond Chronograph White Dial Two-Tone Stainless Steel Ladies Watch  $177 JOMASHOP.COM 4. $90 JCREW.COM 5. Tory Burch $165 SHOPBOP.COM 6. Mini Transport Crossbody $148 MADEWELL.COM 7. Swedish Hasbeens $409 SHOPBOP.COM 8. GoPro HERO4 Silver Action Camera $400 BESTBUY.COM

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The New York Mom Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – Toys for Tween Girls

Tweens are a tough pick when gifting season comes along. While it is REALLY hard to find non techy ways to engage this demographic.. I am here to say, It can be done! Here are a few of Lily’s favorite things. This is a great list for 8 -14 year olds.


Melissa and Doug Loom – Weaving is SOOO indie right now. My instagram feed and pinterest feed is full of all sorts of fun woven wall hangings. Lily and I have been loving our Melissa and Doug Loom. It’s really easy to work with and the size of it makes it great for little hands and beginners.

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ROOMINATE – I love the Roominate sets! These are building sets which are geared toward girls only because of their colors – boys can totally get into this. These toys encourage kids to build their own structures like houses, helicoptors and other things. What’s great about this and sets it apart from other building kits is – for example –  you can ‘craft’ your own walls in your dollhouse and decorate them any way you want, with pictures, drawing, glitter..whatever. Also these kits use basic circitry to teach kids how to get propellors to spin or lights to turn on..etc. its STEAM education and we love it!


CHARMAZING – Charm bracelets are so IN right now. And so here is the DIY kit to conqor them all. Charmazing DIY jewelry kits come in themes and have a whole techy online world component to them but really they are super cute and easy to make but the kit also allows you to get super elaborate for more of a challenge.



DOODLECRATE – I want doodle crates for myself!! this is a monthly subscription crafting box which shows up with some pretty awesome projects. The materials used in the boxes are of great quality so it’s a win.

Doodle Crate

TINKER CREATE – kinda like doodle crate… but for tinkers. This crate gives kids monthly projects which explore science and technology. It’s a hands on building kit which is a mini lab for budding engineers! … like I said.. tinkers! This is geared towrad ages 9 – 14.

Tinker Crate

AQUARELLUM – These art kits are gorgeous and can be worked on to your level of creativity. I especially love the ink pots.. not paint pots which accompany these kits. The whole set is just gorgeous. I love painting kits and this is sure to engage little artists. The kit also provided details on blending the colors and working with fading.


Make sure you swing by  for lots of gift ideas! 

* I have many more gift guides coming so come stop by again! *


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The New York Mom Holiday Gift Guide : Classic Unplugged Toys


The holiday season is upon us, folks. We have a ton of loved ones to buy gifts for. Besides Thomas and Lily, we also have nieces and nephews and god children and kids of our dear friends… there is a long list.  Which means, like you, we are overwhelmed.

Here is a handy gift guide for all things unplugged. So no techy items here. These gifts are for boys and girls and all ages. We have all of these gifts in our home and have really loved and cherished them. There is endless play with these classic toys.


Art Kits

You can never ever go wrong with art! I usually make my own art kits with my favorite materials and cater it to the age I am making it for. Every year I give Lily a little hodge podge of crafting and art supplies and looove how excited she gets about it all!  Kid Made Modern – found at Target- makes a really awesome ArtTool Box which I love! The materials are really great – bright pigments, soft crayons and acrylic paints! I am a total art supply snob! 



The gift of music is one which keeps giving. We have this gorgeous Schoenhut Piano for Thomas and he loves it. He’s been playing and singing on it since he was 15 months. Schoenhut is a great company which make top notch products… so think heirlooms when you buy these gorgeous musical instruments. This might not be your grandmother’s piano… but it will probably be your grandchild’s.




My favorite toy growing up was a doll house… or rather doll houses… I had multiple. Even as an adult the magic of a dollhouse with little dolls living inside and miniature everything brings back the best memories! Dollhouses encourage play in ways no other toy can ever compete with. A must in every playroom… a dollhouse! This Chalet Playhouse from PlanToys is one of our favorites! It’s all wood and really durable and so funky!




A train set is a classic. We had trains sets with Lily and now they have been passed down to Thomas. Our favorite sets are the wooden train sets. We’ve found Thomas and Friends trains to be our go to. Even if your kids are not into Thomas and Friends, the train sets themselves are great, they are elaborate, whimsical and of really good quality. The sets comes in all sorts of themes and sizes so start with a small one and keep adding through the years!

Thomas and Friends


Building blocks are always a win! There are some pretty amazing and creative building blocks on the market so instead of the classic blocks, I say go for a little something different. We picked up a set of Areaware Alphabet Blocks at a local specialty toy store. And we love them. These are not just for kids but make a strong design statement in any decor.

Alphabet Blocks.


It’s easy to get overwhelmed with gift giving… I hope this little guide helps you along the way!

Also look for more themed guides coming soon!

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