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Let’s Talk Baby Names (7 Thoughts When Naming a Baby)

Let’s talk baby names … because really, naming a baby is tougher than it seems!

Which is kind of surprising actually; at least for me. I’ve had a list on my phone of favorite baby names for YEARS. Long before I was even thinking about having kids. I mean, I knew in theory, that someday I’d want kids; but certainly, I wasn’t picking names for any reason other than, “Oh, that’s a cute name!”

Now that we’ve named two girls, I think I can admit that naming a baby is not exactly easy. The truth is, when you name a baby, there are so many competing factors. It actually goes way beyond cute names. And naming a second baby, at least for us, proved even harder than the first. The number of baby name texts that were exchanged between hubby and I over the last year was almost laughable. I’m pretty sure I’d pitch the same few names over and over, hoping he’d suddenly fall in love with one of my picks. (For the record: he eventually did. Persistence for the win!)

So I thought I’d share just what goes into a baby name, the 7 thoughts that went through our heads when naming a baby, how we chose our own girls’ names, plus a bit about our own names and where they came from.

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HERITAGE

Take advantage of your family tree. If you look way back at all of the old names, you might find some gems and/or inspiration. For us, we have a strong family tradition – on both sides (his and mine) – to name children after relatives who have passed away. We use the first letter. It’s a big honor, and all of the grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, etc. really take it to heart. In some ways, I sort of relished in the fact that our name choices were limited to a handful of first letters. (Scarlett Everly was named after my Bubby, Selma, My Great Bubby, Ella, and Mike’s Grandma, Elaine; and Emmeline Harlow was named after Mike’s Grandma, Elaine, an my Grandpa, Harry.) But then you can also feel pretty pigeonholed into picking a name that must start with “P” or “C” or “J” or “K” and so on. And then of course, you can hurt a family member by NOT using the name they’d hoped you’d pick to name your child after. Or there might be a name you’d love to honor, but it’s the hardest possible first letter to find a decent name for, and suddenly you’re considering a name you don’t otherwise love. And that’s your child’s name. Forever. You should adore it. It’s all a bit complicated and emotional.

POPULARITY

We also struggled with the possibility of naming either of our girls something too popular or too cliché. Mike, a.k.a., Michael, my husband, had one of THE most common names growing up. His mom loved the name at the time, and as it turned out, so did a whole lot of other parents in the 80s and 90s. At one point, there were SIX Michaels in his class. I guess that’s how trends work. I have a slightly funkier name – my parents changed the “A” in “Alexis” to an “E” and I became “Elexis;” “Lexi” for short. (My mom knew she’d have a “Lexi” thanks to the movie, Ice Castles😂)

We knew we wanted something different, but “different” these days is kind of the same. It seems like everyone is into old-fashioned or unusual names right now. My hubby calls them “hipster names,” ha. There will probably be six “Jacksons” or “Sophies” or “Lennons” in the graduating class of 2036. And truth is, I’m a sucker for those names with the traditional spin. I found myself Googling the popularity of all of these names, only to cross a name off the list that I genuinely liked because it was wayyyy too popular the last several years. (Pro tip: check Nameberry.)

NICKNAMES

Maybe I’m too anal, but I really wanted a bigger/stronger name for our girls, that also had a cute nickname. I fell in love with the name “Scarlett” pretty early on for our first daughter, but in retrospect, a nickname like “Scar” might not always work. We do shorten it to “Scar” sometimes to this day, and I often call her “S” as well. (I probably watched too much Gossip Girl.) I LOVED “Em” and “Emme”, short for “Emmeline,” our second daughter’s name, so I felt confident with those nickname options. I think we might just be a family that shortens names.

You can also run the risk of a bad nickname. Mike was especially wary of choosing a name that could be turned into a taunt. Any name that could possibly be made fun of in any way, shape, or form – that was a big no-no for him.

SIBLINGS

I can’t be the only crazy person who wanted our kids’ names to work together … can I? I have a bit of a thing for names that have a little history. I’m a sucker for Gone With the Wind, and I always loved the way Scarlett O’Hara’s character was written. I’m also a total bibliophile, so naming a daughter of mine after a famous protagonist seemed so fitting. Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. Ummm, awesome.

It mattered to me that our girls’ strong names fit with one another. I couldn’t very well give one girl a bold, classic name, and the other a short, spunky name. Needless to say, a few names were taken off the list because they didn’t flow well with our first daughter’s name.

MIDDLE AND LAST NAMES

Does the first name you’ve chosen work with his or her last name? And what about the middle name? It all needs to flow. And not be too much of  a mouthful. We sort of failed that last bit; our girls both have silly long legal names. But I held firm on wanting both of our girls to have my maiden name as ONE of their middle names, and I couldn’t resist giving them each special middle names, with meaning, so two middle names it was.

ASSOCIATIONS

Last but not least: the weird associations we have with names. Goodness, our hangups ruined many a good name! My friend Amy recently shared such a funny truth about baby names:

“You know what’s a hard task as an expectant parent? Picking a name for your child. Aaron and I don’t agree on many names, someone always knows someone from their friends, sister’s fourth grade class that picked their boogers, etc. with that name and no one likes a booger picker. 😂 Seriously though, how can we let one person ruin a name for us forever?! I’ve had bad French fries and good ones, but I keep ordering them! 🍟🍟”

We’ve had the same problem; over and over again. We turned down so many names because of one weird memory associated with that name. It’s madness, I tell you.

I read this great quote on Cup of Jo:

My friend Nora told us a funny way to analyze names: The Blind Date Test. Pretend someone is setting up your college-aged child on a blind date. They’d ask, “Hey, want to meet my friend Toby?” Now think: How would you picture that person, just based on the name? Would you want to meet them? It’s a surprisingly good way to get a feel for the name, don’t you think? 

But then, everybody’s answer would probably be different.

You can also gain inspiration from favorite songs, poems, books, and movies. A lot of names from those things special to you will probably provide tons of positive thoughts, and quite possibly, the idea for a great name.

TECHONOLOGY

Get this … there’s an APP for that! Seriously. Apparently, there’s an app called Babyname. It’s basically Tinder for picking baby names! Both parents get the app and then you swipe left/right for no/yes. When you both like the same name you get a “match!” Sort of wishing I had heard about this just a few months sooner.

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How did your parents choose your name? Were you almost named something else?

If you have kids, how did you decide on their name(s)? Did you have any crazy hang-ups about names you could and couldn’t use?

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Lexi

Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including the pom pom cardigan of my dreams, Ladybird, and homemade teddy grahams. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

H E L L O  W E E K E N D ! ! ! It has been a jam-packed week (photo shoots and lots of holiday work), plus hubby has been working crrrazy hours at the hospital – days and nights, boooo. Today, Saturday, we’re mostly hunkering down since the weather is all kinds of gross. It’s about 33° out and it’s raining cold slushy ice. It’s supposed to turn to snow at some point today, but mostly it’s just cold and grey. Tonight we have a holiday party and tomorrow is the local Chanukah festival; so I’m really hoping this weather holds out. But, I always have about a gajillion presents to finish shopping for and wrapping. I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram (lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too!), facebook, and twitter. Follow along! How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes to the things I loved most this week …

Dear Instagram crushing, follow @quentinandco. Her feed is absolutely gorgeous. You’re welcome.

Dear words of wisdom, read Emma Watson’s thoughts on insecurity. They’re powerful and beautiful and sad.

Dear cardigan dreams, pom poms make everything ten times more adorable; exhibit A.

Dear words in print, words journalists write that no one ever says.

Dear lessons in love, a secret to a happy marriage.

Dear movies I really want to see, Ladybird. Have you seen it? It’s on my must-see list. You know … the one I’ll get to about a year after a movie is in theaters, because it’s the only way busy moms get to see movies. 😂

Dear weekend bakinghomemade chocolate teddy grahams.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

image via @quentinandco

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Lexi

How to Make The Cutest Easy Christmas Tree Brownies

You may have noticed on the holiday dessert charcuterie snack board that there were the cutest Christmas tree brownies. I mean, come on … they’re really, really, really stinkin’ cute. And in the season of holiday parties, a really stinkin’ cute Christmas tree shaped brownie is going to win you lots of brownie points. Get it?! Yeah, I’m slap happy from lack of sleep. (Hi, I’m Lexi and I have a nine-week-old. And a toddler. I’m, like, really tired.)

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But also, since we’re talking tired here, this dessert is easy. Yep, these adorable brownies are surprisingly simple to make, and they’re absolutely perfect for your holiday parties.

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And when I say easy, I mean EASY. Just cut the brownies into triangles, add a candy cane trunk, squeeze on some icing, and sprinkle on your favorite sprinkles! They travel well (keep them in an air tight container once you’ve made them) and take them to your next Christmas party, give them as gifts, or bring them to your kiddos’ school for a treat.

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But I can’t take the credit here. I found the adorable design on One Little Project, and then recreated my own. The Christmas tree brownies turned out so cute, and I got so many requests for details after sharing that jam-packed dessert board, that I figured I would share the easy how-to here.

The secret to such a widely loved holiday dessert is brownies. Brownies in any form are delicious, if you ask me. My Dad and I are HUGE brownie fans, and I’ll pretty much never turn down a brownie. Really, who would? I honestly don’t care whether it’s homemade from scratch or some variation of a box brownie mix*; they’re all delicious in my book.

*By the way, since we make a lot of vegan recipes around here, I thought I’d share an awesome vegan boxed brownie mix we recently stumbled across. This box whips up a pretty delicious vegan, gluten-free brownie. Oh, and frosting in a tub, and frosting in a tube; they’re both dairy-free. Woohoo!! (Scarlett is allergic to milk protein, so we’re always experimenting with vegan and dairy-free recipes.)

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The holiday spin on these easy christmas tree brownies, combining peppermint, chocolate, frosting and sprinkles … ummm, heaven. But I digress.

You want to know how to make these adorably cute and easy Christmas tree brownies, of course.

You’ve got it!

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Easy Christmas Tree Brownies

Ingredients

  • baked brownies (you can use your favorite homemade recipe, but boxed brownies work great here too)
  • colored frosting or white vanilla frosting with food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • candy canes

Instructions

  • Line an 8"x8" baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the packaged brownie mix according to the package directions and bake as directed OR make your favorite homemade brownies.
  • Allow brownies to completely cool; at least 1 hour.
  • Remove the brownies from the pan, and cut into triangles. (Cut in three rows, then cut in alternating diagonals. Some will be smaller than others. It's no biggie.)
  • Unwrap the candy canes, and use a sharp knife to gently cut/break the candy canes into pieces that are about 1.5" long.
  • Press one end of the candy cane into the bottom of the brownie triangles.
  • Spoon out approximately ½ of the tub of icing into a bowl.
  • Use either a tube of colored frosting (we love these) or add green food coloring to white frosting until you're happy with the color, spoon the green icing into a ziploc bag, seal the bag and cut off a small corner of the bag with sharp scissors, and pipe using the bag.
  • Starting at the top of the brownie triangles, gently squeeze out the icing in a curvy zigzag as you go down the tree.
  • Top with sprinkles.

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Looking for other party-worthy recipes for the holidays? Check out our marbled peppermint bark, classic graham cracker crack, sugared cranberries (to top cakes and cocktails), and sparkling pomegranate punch.

Be sure to let me know in the comments or on social media (@glitterinclexi) if you make these Christmas tree brownies! I’d love to see how they turn out (and if you’re just as obsessed as I am!)

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Lexi

Must Have Baby Items: A Baby Carrier For Newborn to Four Years Old

I was asked to participate in the #MiaMily3DBabyCarrier campaign, sponsored by MiaMilly. Although I have been compensated for this must have baby items post, all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible!

One of the number one must have baby items I used with Scarlett as a baby – and knew I’d want to use again for baby number two – was a baby carrier. Once you see the light of baby-wearing, you’ll never go back. And honestly, now that I’m juggling a toddler and a brand new baby, baby wearing has become essential for us.

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No matter how cozy a swing or stroller may be, your baby will like being cradled in your arms and up against your chest best. It’s where they spent the last nine+ months. But toting your little one around all day isn’t really feasible unless you have arms of steel. And if you have other kids – forget it – you’ll need a whole extra pair of arms to even think about surviving. Which is why, baby wearing, especially for veteran moms, is THE BEST. Seriously. There’s not a new mom out there I wouldn’t highly recommend baby-wearing to; and for second-time moms, it’s absolutely essential.

Because I have a toddler to look after, I knew the MiaMily HIPSTER™ PLUS 3D Baby Carrier was going to be a perfect fit. Hands-free is SO important for us.

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The MiaMily HIPSTER™ PLUS 3D Baby Carrier is the one and only baby carrier you’ll ever need and works from newborn to 4 years old or 44lbs. It actually offers 9 ways to carry your baby (6 ways + 3 more ways with single shoulder accessory) and has been approved by the international hip dysplasia institute as hip healthy carrier. It’s also comfy for you: the high waist belt provides amazing lumbar support and takes the weight off your back with a sturdy 3D hip seat.

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The design is also brilliant. There’s a handy front pocket at the base of the hip seat with ample room to help keep you organized. It actually has the biggest storage pockets in the market. When I pick up Scarlett from school, I’m able to put my cell phone, wallet, and keys in the pouch, and stay hands-free to hold Scarlett’s hand (and her backpack in the other hand, which she inevitably throws on the ground so that she can collect rocks and leaves. Seriously, need a rock? We’ve got a whole collection in the backseat and probably a few in my MiaMily carrier pouches too!) 😂

And in case you’re a mama to more than one little one, MiaMily sells the sweetest doll baby carrier, a MiaMily Doll HIPSTER™, so your kids can pretend to be just like mommy and daddy and carry their favorite baby dolls or stuffed animals with them wherever they go. Scarlett got such a kick out of getting to wear her baby just like mommy. She loves her MiaMily Doll HIPSTER™ carrier and loves carrying her baby around with her everywhere we go. We also get a lot of people asking where we got it from – and I never fail to let everyone know that baby wearing can be for the whole family! Also, what a brilliant gift are these carriers for both mom and older siblings so that when the new baby comes they can have tons of fun role playing with their very own babies. Scarlett keeps telling me that she has a newborn too!

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I love that the easy to use design allows kids to take the carrier on and off themselves.

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Here we went for a walk and I was able to hold Scarlett’s hand, help her collect rocks and twigs, and crouch down to look for a “real bunny.” Not yet convinced that this is one of the best must have baby items??

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And just because I couldn’t NOT share this sweet photo: here’s Scarlett cuddling her newborn bunny in her carrier, just like mommy cuddles Emmeline in hers. I can’t help it; she’s just so cuddly.

Goodness, I adore these girls.

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The best part (aside from having a fantastic carrier that keeps your sweet little one close to your heart, of course): you can register for your MiaMily HIPSTER™ PLUS 3D baby carrier on BuyBuyBaby.com or MiaMily.com.

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Are you a fan of baby-wearing? Any other new baby must-haves you swear by?

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Lexi

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch Cocktails

I’ve got holiday parties at the forefront of my mind and I can’t stop planning menus. I’ve always loved having a great signature cocktail for a party (ahem; strawberry watermelon prosecco spritzers, pumpkin ginger bourbon punch cocktails, and sparkling blackberry lemonade spritzers) – and holiday parties in particular, in all their festive glory, totally deserve a memorable cocktail. Which is why, this sparkling pomegranate punch has me doing a little spiked happy dance. I mean, for starters, look at it!

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It’s perfectly merry and bright and has the holiday color scheme on lock. But then of course, there’s the whole delicious factor.

Hope, our food contributor, sure knows how to whip up an incredible cocktail.

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Hope, on her sparkling pomegranate punch cocktails:

As a hostess, I love serving a pretty, tasty, hands-off punch during the holiday season so I have more time to visit with friends and family. This sparkling pomegranate punch satisfies all of those categories. The pomegranate juice and orange slices create a beautiful, jewel-toned punch, while the delicious orange ginger simple syrup gives it a little tang and just the right amount of sweetness. With a splash of rum, the pomegranate punch is party ready!

This recipe easily multiplies, so you can make enough for a crowd of any size!

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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Ingredients

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

  • 3 1/8 cup (25 ounces) orange flavored sparkling water*
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup ginger beer
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup to 1 cup Cointreau, or other orange liqueur, to your liking
  • 4 tablespoons orange ginger simple syrup (recipe to follow)
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • seeds from ¼ of a pomegranate

*My favorite right now is the Trader Joe’s cranberry clementine sparkling water

Orange Ginger Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • peel from 1 orange

Instructions

To make the orange ginger simple syrup:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, ginger root, and orange peel and bring to a boil. Whisk until the sugar dissolves and simmer for 1 to 2 more minutes. Set the simple syrup aside to cool to room temperature. You can make this ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a few weeks. If you make it ahead of time, store the ginger and orange peels in the same jar so they can continue to flavor the mixture.

To make the sparkling pomegranate punch:

  • Combine all of the ingredients together in a pitcher or large liquid measuring cup. If you are making this ahead of time, leave out the ginger beer and sparkling water until you are ready to serve.
  • To serve, add a few orange slices to each glass, fill with ice, pour in the punch, then top with pomegranate seeds. Cheers!

Courses Cocktail

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This punch also totally works without the alcohol. The combination of fresh pomegranate juice, homemade orange ginger simple syrup, and bubbly sparkling water is tangy and sweet and makes for such a yummy mocktail.

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Love this party-perfect punch? Head to our recipe page to check out what else we’ve been whipping up in the kitchen!

If you make your own sparkling pomegranate punch cocktails, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your boozy creations!

Recipe and Photos by Hope Woodhouse for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi

Gift Guide: 25 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Eight Nights of Chanukah (All Under $30)

I’m so excited to share one of my favorite holiday gift guides to put together: Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for eight nights of Chanukah (a.k.a., Hanukkah); 25 of them, to be exact. When it comes to stocking stuffer ideas, the trick is, finding small-ish, inexpensive gifts each of your recipients will love. The same goes for the many nights of Chanukah. We grew up in a house where my mom and dad managed to get all four of us a gift for every night of Chanukah … all EIGHT. That’s 32 gifts; just for their kids. Now that we have two little girls of our own, I of course want to carry on the tradition. My mom always used to lead up to the BIG gift (i.e., the gift reserved for the last night of Chanukah), with small and thoughtful gifts. My plan is to stock up on Target $1 – $5 section gifts, arts and crafts (i.e., markers, stickers, play-doh, etc.), and books for the first nights of Chanukah, and slowly work in the more creative, bigger gifts. Thankfully, I can keep it affordable, since odds are, the rest of the family will inevitably be spoiling … err, I mean, showering, these girls with gifts this holiday season.

Now let’s talk gifts! I spent hours hunting down what I thought were the coolest and best stocking stuffer ideas that would also work for eight nights of Chanukah – and they’re all under $30 (with most under $20!) Happy shopping, and be sure to let me know if you snag anything great in the comments!

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Gift Guide | 25 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Eight Nights of Chanukah (All Under $30)

1. Miss Sweet Led Lighted Tri-Fold Makeup Mirror in Rose Gold, $19.99: There’s not a beauty fanatic out there who hasn’t crushed on one of these fancy foldable LED mirrors, perfect for travel.

2. STILA Warm & Fuzzy Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set, $20: This limited-edition set is a steal and perfect for any beauty lover; featuring shades of stay all day liquid lipstick in STILA’s best-selling red, nude, and brand new shimmer. I also have my eye on Smith & Cult Lip Gloss in Life in Photographs, $15.40: Because lip gloss is always a good idea; especially in this gorgeous shade of neutral blush pink. (Also available at Nordstrom.)

3. TopEsct Personal Blender, $19.29: This totally cool portable personal blender blends smoothies and protein shakes on the go. It comes with a rechargeable battery and can charge easily with its USB port (you can even charge your phone with it). It’s BPA-free, and has six blades making this tiny blender powerful. It comes with a convenient no-spill lid and has magnetic sensors that will automatically stop the blades once opened. Ummm, how cool is that?

4. C.O. BIGELOW Rose Salve Lip Balm Trio, $15: Pop one in each stocking … (They’re also available on Amazon individually.)

5. PALADONE Happy Cat Heat Change Mug, $14: For any cat, coffee or tea lovers, this adorable mug will brighten their day. The cat even closes her eyes in happiness when you add a warm beverage. OMG.

6. Flint Reusable Lint Roller, $10: Anyone who wears a lot of black (Guilty!), knows what a pain lint is. Well, problem solved … stylishly. This retractable lint brush roller looks like a pretty tube of lipstick but it’s actually a discreet and unbelievably convenient tool that makes it easy to get rid of lint, hair, and dirt when you’re on the go. Because it has a cover, the adhesive part won’t stick to anything in your purse when you travel with it.

7. Gummy Candy Lab Science Project Kit Toy, $19.95: Your favorite budding scientist (and gummy candy fanatic) will be thrilled with this cool science kit that lets them use a natural gelatin-like ingredient called carrageenan that is made from seaweed to make tasty sweet or sour gummy creations. Kids learn about the scientific properties of natural polymers as well as other chemistry basics, all while having lots of fun.

8. MAILEG Baby Twins Stuffed Toy Mice in a Box, $30: Goodness, this is adorable. My three-year-old would freak out over this gift, and based on all of the glowing reviews, it sounds like kids up to at least eight years old treasure this sweet gift. (There’s also a single “little sister” mouse in a box at Anthropologie for $26.)

9. PopSockets, $9+: Cell phones just keep getting bigger and bigger (and I’ll admit, I’m obsessed with my giant iPhone plus), so a PopSocket can totally come in handy both as a grip and expanding stand. They come in so many cute prints and colors too.

10. Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal, $11: This one is totally random, but I actually really love it. The Q&A a Day Journal shows you what was going through your head each day—for five years of your life. Simply turn to today’s date, answer the question at the top of the page, and when you finish the journal, start over. As you return to the daily questions again over the years, you’ll notice how your answers change, or don’t. With questions like “On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you?”, to “What can you smell right now?”, and “If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?”, this classically designed journal is the perfect gift for, well … anyone.

11. Rose iPhone Case, $20: SO pretty and comes in plenty of sizes for all of the different iPhone models out there. Who doesn’t always want a new phone case?

12. Umbra Tesora Jewelry Box, Concrete/Copper, $21: It’s a jewelry holder! How cool is that? The concrete and copper design makes it all the more chic, it keeps your baubles organized, and it’s compact if counter space is limited.

13. QIAYA Ring Light for Camera, $13: If you or someone you know loves taking selfies but struggles to find good lighting for pics, this rechargeable and adjustable ring light is seriously a must-buy. Pocket-sized and compact, this ring light attaches to your phone and delivers professional-quality lighting, so no more dark circles or blurry pics. Featuring three light levels, you can dim or brighten this light based on your preference, for the best pics possible.

14. MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater, $7: I am OBSESSED with this stuff. My sister talked me into picking one up recently at Nordstrom, and I’ve been a convert ever since. I spray it all over my face in the morning as a perfect pick-me-up for my dehydrated skin, and it smells SO good. It’s also small enough that you can travel with it, but don’t let the small size fool you, it lasts and lasts.

15. Oversized Bold Rim Round Cateye Sunglasses, $7.99: Chic and inexpensive. Perfect.

16. Green Toys Submarine, $10.41: If your little one lives for bath time, this submarine is a slam dunk. Probably going to have to get this for Scarlett because bath time is her favorite and she adores anything under-the-sea. (Exhibit A: mermaid party.)

17. Palette-it Set of 5 Design Pallet Coasters, $14.69: Yep, my husband would love these.

18. Alex and Ani Golden Snake Expandable Bracelet Set, $25.99: These are such fun bracelets to collect and are pretty much the perfect foolproof gift for jewelry lovers.

19. BIC Color Collection by Conte, Felt Pen, 20-Count, $7: For the artist in your life – big or small – this set of felt pens is the perfect gift (and it’s just $7 as an Amazon add-on item!)

20. Herbivore Botanicals All Natural Pink Clay Exfoliating Facial Mask, $26: Face masks are all the rage these days, and Herbivore Botanicals makes the most amazing products. I would love getting a tub of this fabulous face mask goop. Just sayin’.

21. BP. Pom Pom Beanie, $15: Who doesn’t want/need an adorable new beanie topped with a faux fur pom? (Also comes in navy and grey.)

22. Shrinky Dinks Cool Stuff Activity Set, $7.09: Remember Shrinky Dinks? Our sitter brought over a pack for Scarlett to play the other day, and I don’t know who was more excited, me or her. The best part about this inexpensive throwback activity? Kids still love them! I plan on grabbing the mermaids for her for one of the nights of Chanukah.

23. BAUBLEBAR Sun Ray Ear Jackets, $21.60: These stunning ear jackets are edgy and gorgeous and make the perfect statement. They’re also on sale for less than $22.

24. Tea Forte ICON Stainless Steel Loose Leaf Tea Infuser, $12: Tea lovers will flip over this easy-to-use tea infuser, which is made in a pyramid shape to better disperse loose leaves and flavor. It’s even got a cute little leaf on top so you can easily pull out the infuser without any mess.

25. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles, $9.99: Word on the parenting scene is that EVERY kid ever wants a Hatchimal for Christmas. The full-sized Hatchimal is $69.99 and keeps selling out (I know, right!) But these mini Hatchimals are just $9.99 and have nothing but five-star reviews.

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Do you have any favorite gifts to give as stocking stuffers?

In case you missed it: Gifts to Say “Thank You” (Under $30) and one of my favorite gifts to give: Pajamas. And stay tuned — we’ve got plenty of great gift guides coming up, and if there’s something you’d like to see, shoot me an e-mail at lexi@glitterinc.com, leave a comment here, or get in touch on Instagram!

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Lexi