2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Men, Women, Tweens/Teens, 3+ and Baby

1. iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case, $99.00, 2. Men’s Toy Army Soldiers Socks, $10.00, 3. The Vintage Nixie Tube Clock, $299.99, 4. Nomad Horween Leather Charging Wallet, $119.00+, 5. Matterhorn Glasses (2), $46.95, 6. Personalized Amp Doormat, $35.00, 7. SONOS Playbar, $649.00, 8. YETI Hopper, $299.99+, 9. Crosley Radio Executive USB Turntable, $100.00, 10. TUMI International Carry-On, $995.00


1. Eat Pretty, Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out, $11.84, 2. Dean & Deluca Hot Chocolate Batons, $36.00, 3. Q Designs QBracelet with iPhone Charger, $125.00, 4. Becki Necklace Mermaid Druzy, $42.00, 5. Kelly + Jones Notes of Chardonnay Reserve Collection, $75.00, 6. Call Me Boss Lady Coffee Mug, $24.00, 7. The Nessie Family, $39.00, 8. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth, $57.00, 9. Stainless Steel RFID Secure Zipper Wallet, $140.00, 10. tartelette in bloom clay palette, $45.00



1. Mermaid Tail Blanket, $28.80,  2. LUSH Northern Lights, $25.95, 3. Wilson Electronics – Wilson X Connected Pro Football – Brown, $199.99, 4. Flapjacks || Dashes, $19.99, 5. KATE SPADE NEW YORK Shake Things Up Clear Glitter iPhone 6 Case, $50.00, 6. Playstation VR, $679.75, 7. BULLET Bluetooth 4.1 Earpiece + Charging Capsule, $150.00, 8. NERF Nuke, $99.99, 9. HP Sprocket Photo Printer, $129.99, 10. MATTEL Uno Emoji Card Game, $8.95



1. I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World), $9.65, 2. Play-Doh 60th Anniversary Celebration 60 Pack, $19.94,  3. Hasbro Pie Face Game, $18.90, 4. Klutz Fingerprint Fabulous: Create Sweet and Sparkly Thumbprint Art Craft Kit, $14.99, 5. Fanciful Fabric Butterfly Wings, $15.98, 6. Gold Metallic Tee Pee, $189.00, 7. Battat Take Apart Roadster, $26.95, 8. OSMO Explorer Kit, $189.00, 9. Slimeball Dodge Tag, $24.99, 10. Globber 3 Wheel Light Up Scooter, $49.99



1. Baby DeeDee Sleepsie Quilted, $30.50,  2. Gunamuna Gunapod® Luxury Bamboo Duvet, $49.99, 3. Mabel’s Labels Personalized Baby Label Pack, $26.95, 4. POSH Mommy Jewelry Diamond Zoe Personalized Bar Necklace, $215.00, 5. Chewbeads Perry Necklace Teething Jewelry, $36.50,  6. Booginhead Teether Bib, $9.99, 7. VersaMe Starling Wearable Word Counter, $199.00, 8. WubbaNub Reindeer Pacifier, $14.99, 9. Playskool Chase ‘n Go Ball Popper, $34.99,  10. POMO Bebe Activity Tracker, $119.00, 11. Priceless Prints Fingerprint Jewelry Kit, $89.95, 12. Angel Dear Fox Blankie, $13.00

Our Favorite Gift Picks! 2015 Holiday Gift Guide


1. Loved Jewelry Dish, $14.00, 2. Bond No. 9 Mini Bon Bon Box, $155.00, 3. Drybar Peace on Earth Good Hair To All, $199.00, 4. You’re Pretty Cosmetic Bag, $20.00, 5. Mark & Graham Travel Jewelry Case, $59.00, 6. Belkin Lighting to USB Leather Tassel, $34.99, 7. The North Face Illuminated Reversible Jacket, $200.00, 8. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Rampling, $375.00, 9. Aster Market Handmade Goods Subscription Box, $46.95, 10. ED by Ellen Joy Polka Dot Pieced And Chambray Lined Tote, $55.00


1. Green Plaid Cuff Infinity Scarf, $25.00, 2. Ten Toes Inflatable Standup Paddleboard, $479.99, 3. Jimmy Fallon for J. Crew Limited Edition Pocket Dial for iPhone 6/6s, $48.00, 4. Amazon Echo, $179.99, 5. Bourbon Bundle, $59.00, 6. Studio Manhattan Art + Design San Francisco, CA + Golden Gate, $32.00, 7. Loot Crate Subscription Box, $19.95, 8. Yoga Ultra (Large), $88.00, 9. DIGITSOLE Heated Insoles, $199.00, 10. Sense with Sleep Pill, $129.002015_TGE_Holiday_Gift_Guide_Teens

1. Pizza Slice BFF Necklaces, $16.99 (each), 2. Quadcopter with HD Camera, $48.80, 3. The Emergency Cash Stash, $24.95, 4. Music City Miracle Quote Shirt, $28.00, 5. Personalized Acrylic Jewelry Case, $90.00, 6. Hair Tie Bracelet by Bittersweet, $45.00, 7. Outside the Lines Adult Coloring Book, $18.00, 8. Happy Socks Billionaire Boys Club Sock Set, $40.00, 9. Under-The-Jack Pack, $68.00, 10. More Issues Than Vogue Oversized Sweatshirt, $26.002015_TGE_Holiday_Gift_Guide_Kids

1. Play All Day Elmo, $59.99, 2. VTech Kidizoom Action Cam, $39.99, 3. View Master Virtual Reality, $29.99, 4. Scribbler 3D Pen, $99.99, 5. Jurassic World T-Rex Figure, $29.99, 6. ChronoBomb, $29.99, 7. Tanabata Star Dominoes Set, $49.00, 8. Fur Real Friends Unicorn, $129.00, 9. PlayScapes 32″ Portable Building Brick 2-Sided Play Mat – Compatible with Lego & Duplo, $38.25, 10. My Adventures with Disney Frozen Personalized Book, $24.98


1. Infanteenie Beanie (Monogrammed), $28.99, 2. WubbaNub® Reindeer Pacifier, $12.99, 3. Organic Baby Gowns by Electrik Kidz, $40.00, 4. DockATot™, $185.00, (featured on Baby Cubby) 5. Jellycat Bashful Bunny Candy Stripe Small, $15.00, 6. Plaid bandana bib 3-pack gift set (reversible), $54.00, 7. The Little Who Lost His Name (also available in girl), $29.99, 8. Sideplus Mesh Baby Carrier, $119.99, 9. Happy Mat, $24.99, 10. Fisher-Price Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space, $49.99


1. Pawslife™ Ugly Holiday Pet Sweater, $14,99 (each), The Cat Exercise Wheel, $249.00, 3. Tigrito Cat Bowl, $68.00, 4. Majestic Pet Suede Bagel Dog Bed, $64.00+, 5. Funny Poop Bags, $6.99, 6. Dog Treat Jar (Made to Order), $50.00+, 7. Under the Mistletoe Dog Collar, $23.57+, 8. Bergan Star Chaser Turbo Scratcher Toy, $11.83, GoPro Fetch™ Dog Harness, $59.99, KONG Rubber Flyer Red, $10.77

Wish List Wednesdays: Privately Store and Share Your Family Memories with Lifecake


Are you friends and family overwhelmed by the day by day photos you post of your children on Facebook? Need a safe place to store all of your photos? Lifecake is an online photo timeline service that beautifully displays your children’s photos and videos to only the people that you invite to see them. Your friends and family then choose their notification status, daily, weekly, etc. The weekly wrap up is our favorite since you can quickly see thumbnail highlights of the week in one e-mail. Once you are invited to the timeline, you can download photos, comment and heart your favorites. Lifecake also offers high-quality 80 page photo books available for $50 (plus shipping).

Lifecake’s standard website and app (Apple/Android) service are free, with premium paid options available. Lifecake keeps you photos safe by using Amazon.com’s infrastructure and not having advertisers or selling your info.

This service is great if you have a lot of photos, but don’t want to share all of your memories with the entire Internet. Easily transfer photos from your phone or tablet and Lifecake automatically updates your friends and family when new photos are ready to be shared!

Wish List Wednesdays: Document Your Summer Vacation with Muvee Reveal 11

muvee_reveal_11_reviewIf you love making professional looking videos but don’t have a lot of time, we have an affordable software that will help you get your precious memories documented fast! Muvee Reveal 11 is a windows based software that allows you to import movie clips and automatically stitches them together to create a high-quality video suitable for future showings.

Whether you are compiling everyday family videos, a once-in-a-lifetime wedding, completing your bucket list or extracting stills from your videos, Muvee Reveal 11 can help!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Muvee Reveal 11 is extremely easy to install and use. In the upper left hand corner you can easily add and arrange movie clips from your computer or camera memory card.

Double-clicking on a clip will bring up an edit screen. The edit screen easily enables the user to highlight or exclude segments within a video clip. It also has a tab for adding captions and video effects. Choose “auto-summarize” from the personalize tab (lower-right corner on main dashboard) if you want Muvee Reveal 11 to do the editing for you!

The software also comes with styles. After choosing a style, you can add music from your hard drive and Muvee Reveal 11 will take care of the rest! If you need a video specific theme, you can purchase more styles for a small fee.

In the bottom right hand corner you will see the personalize button. Clicking this option allows the user to use all of the clips added or have the software edit for you. You can also add a professionally edited cinematic title by simply adding caption text and still photos in themes like “action” and “family”. Even add a video logo and voice over.

Movies can be saved and rendered in a multitude of formats including YouTube, Facebook and even
Blu-Ray quality! Render time will depend on age and capacity of computer and option chosen (HD or web file). You can even store movies on the software’s cloud or burn to a DVD.  Other features includes adding stickers and borders to still photos, color filters to your videos and adjusting the pace for every style. Muvee Reveal 11 retails for $79.99 and can be purchased directly from muvee.com.

Our final thoughts: After creating a few videos, we are confident this is a great software for PC. It is easy enough to use for people who are not computer software friendly but comes with enough features to keep a computer wiz satisfied. HD movies do take a considerable amount of time to render but the result is worth the wait. We did not experience any freezing of the program itself which can sometimes be a problem with video based software. Cinematic titles alone are worth the cost of the software. Although additional styles cost extra, for a special event the $10-$15 would be worth it to make the video unique and special.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wish List Wednesdays: Rent Your Dream Camera from Borrow Lenses!


Need a video camera for a special event or a digital SLR for a school project? Borrow Lenses can help! Simply choose the video camera or photo camera you would like to use from their website (like the GoPro HERO shown at left), choose how many days you need the camera and choose either shipping or pickup from one of their locations nationwide. If you choose shipping, Borrow Lenses will have the camera arrive on the day you need it and provide a pre-paid shipping label for an easy return process. Plus you can purchase a large selection of used photo equipment too!

Julie’s Picks: Custom Picture Puzzles by Piczzle + Giveaway!


juliespicks_piczzle_custom_photo_puzzleDisclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I recently received a custom picture puzzle by Piczzle and I am thrilled with the results! The process could not be easier!
You can choose from vertical or horizontal orientation and fun shapes like circles and hearts. Simply choose your desired shape, add up to 2 lines of text and upload your photo.
Piczzle will turn your pictures into puzzles!

I chose a family photo that my boys would have fun putting together. I received the standard cardboard piece picture puzzle (medium size/48 piece), but you can also order an heirloom wood base puzzle for a special occasion. The cardboard pieces are very durable and fit together easily. The picture was also printed at a high quality resolution with good color.

My boys really enjoyed putting together the custom picture puzzle. The coordinating photo box is really handy for keeping everything organized. It’s definitely an activity that is great for quality family time.

Piczzle is a great gift for upcoming Spring/Summer weddings (use their engagement picture personalized with their wedding date), it’s small enough to add to your luggage for Spring Break activities and even a great gift for Grandparents for upcoming Mother’s/Father’s Day! 


Want to try out Piczzle? Piczzle is graciously giving away a small sized picture puzzle to one of our lucky readers! Enter the giveaway below and earn extra entries for sharing the giveaway with your friends and family! Find Piczzle Photo Puzzles on Facebook and Piczzle Photo Puzzles on YouTube.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wish List Wednesdays: Personalize Your Date Night with Datevitation


Need a date night? If your date nights need a little creative spice, Datevitation can help you put the fun back into date night. Datevitation also works for quality family time, kids activities and more. Simply choose from the over 500 date ideas, add in your own photos and Datevitation will do the rest.

Can’t wait for the printed book to arrive? Datevitation also has a free 30 day e-card trial that provides you with the same designs and features delivered easily through e-mail. Be spontaneous and have a middle of the week date night!

Wish List Wednesdays: Get a Groove Book for Grandparents this Valentine’s Day!

groove_book_shark_tank_photo_book_shipped_phone_photosCustom hardback photo books are all the rage and great gifts for archiving special memories, but sending copies to multiple addresses adds up quick! If you own a good camera phone, tablet or iPod, Groove Book makes it easy to create a 100 photo perforated book that prints and ships to your recipient for only $2.99! Keep the book intact for everyday family pics, to commemorate a vacation or even remove photos and frame or place on the fridge. Groove Book makes a great gift for lots of occasions! We especially think grandparents would love to receive one for upcoming Valentine’s Day!