Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

You won’t see Turtle Doves or French Hens on this list, but trust me when I say, the smiles you’ll see after giving these gifts will last long after the 12 days of Christmas are up. So, without further ado, on the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

The Soda Stream

Why not add a little bubbly to 2014? SodaStream’s new “Source,” is an elegantly-designed soda maker that combines beauty, functionality and efficiency. The patent-pending “snap-n-lock” mechanism makes bottle insertion and removal super easy and the strength of carbonation is visible through the LED display, providing instant visual feedback. The whole family will love creating seltzers, sodas and juices right before their eyes! http://www.sodastream.com

On the 2nd Day – Expressionery Personalized Stamps

Looking for a unique teacher gift? Want to add a festive, customized touch to holiday mailings, gift tags, packages, greeting cards, envelopes, or even books? You’ll love the personalized stamps from http://www.expressionery.com You’ll also find ink refill cartridges that are easy to use and childproof, with no bottle or mess. Be sure to see the peel-and-stick interchangeable Christmas stamps that you can mix and match for a more personalized touch. From personalized cards to holiday gift tags, you’ll satisfy all of your stationary needs.

On the 3rd & 4th Day – Shoes from Brian James Footwear & Pediped

From snow boots to Mary Jane’s, your kids will love the style and comfort of their award winning pediped shoes. And now moms can enjoy their favorite kids’ shoe company for themselves. Angela Edgeworth, founder of pediped, has designed Brian James Footwear, an array of fabulous flats, boots, sandals and wedges for moms who love comfort, quality and style as much as their kids. Visit http://www.brianjamesfootwear.com and http://www.pediped.com.

On the 5th Day – The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Traveling this season? Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX and HD are packed with Kindle’s exclusive parental controls – Kindle FreeTime and FreeTime Unlimited. This feature provides unlimited access to books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows just for kids. With thousands of hand-picked titles, parents can have peace of mind knowing that their kids are enjoying age-appropriate content on their tablets, while kids can explore a world of fun. And don’t worry, you can set time limits so you don’t have to be the scrooge when you want a turn using it! Customer service is unparalleled with the new “mayday” button and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, there are a ton of free movies and TV shows to keep you entertained this holiday season. Visit http://www.amazon.com.

On the 6th Day – iLuv’s ReF and My Little Pony Headphones

Daddy and his little girl can listen to their tunes and tablets safely and stylishly side by side. iLuv’s ReF Headphones come in eight stylish colors and are equipped with a titanium diaphragm for mega-bass and precise treble, in-line remote with play/pause, volume and track change controls, and built-in mic with hands free. And little girls will love the volume limiting Pinkie Pie My Little Pony headphones (earbuds also available). Visit http://www.iluv.com and http://www.toysrus.com.

On the 7th Day – iPad Cases by Speck

The iGuy for iPad is perfect for parents with young kids who have a tendency to drop, throw, or otherwise endanger their iPad. The iGuys’ brightly colored arms and legs are easy for kids to hold, and it stands up on its own for child-friendly viewing. The Speck HandyShell case for iPad and iPad mini features a sturdy and versatile handle that can be adjusted to stand your iPad on your kitchen counter or hang it from a cabinet handle to keep recipes accessible but out of reach from spills and splatters. Visit http://www.speckproducts.com.

On the 8th Day – The Romo Robot

What kid (not to mention parent) wouldn’t love their own robot? The Romo is a personal robot that uses your iOS device as its brain. This innovative, educational product helps kids get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math – a.k.a STEM – as soon as they can read. Visit http://www.romotive.com. It really is as cool as it sounds.

On the 9th Day – littleBits

littleBits is a new, electronic spin on the classic building block for people ages 8-108 who love to build, create and explore! It consists of tiny circuit-boards with specific functions engineered to snap together with magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. Each bit has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. Just as LEGO™ allows you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive, blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together. Visit http://www.littlebits.cc.

On the 10th Day – Hess Truck

Start or continue your collection of Hess trucks with the 2013 edition. The beautifully chrome detailed truck and trailer with extendable rear loading ramp (with sound effects) is custom designed to haul a versatile, self-propelled tractor. With a combined 60 lights and a 360° swiveling back bucket, the 2013 Hess truck is sure to keep any kid truckin on through the new year. Visit http://www.hesstoytruck.com.

On the 11th Day – Words With Friends Magnetic Game and Message Board

Give the gift of Play this holiday season with Zynga Board Games by Hasbro. This year Zynga, the world’s leading provider of social game services, has partnered with Hasbro games to create tangible versions of some of their most popular digital games. These games include the ever popular Words With Friends game brought to life in the Words With Friends Magnetic Game and Message Board featuring magnetic pieces and an accompanying dry erase message board for hanging around the house. Visit http://www.hasbro.com.

On the 12th Day – Unique & Sassy Tutu Bag

The Culver Cutie “Unique & Sassy” tutu bag is decorated with a darling dance-inspired look and a roomy pocket, making it a go-to essential for every dancing diva. Made with sturdy handles, it can be filled up with all of your little dancer’s necessities, while allowing her to express her individual style! Visit http://www.culvercutie.com and take advantage of their 50% off holiday discount!

…And a partridge in a pear tree. See you in 2014!

Originally published December 2013
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