Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

It may take a village to raise your children, but there are definitely a few people in your life who chip in more than most: your child’s music, dance or art instructor, coach, tutor, doorman (if you have one), teacher, sitter, and of course, all of your extended family and doting friends.

Show your gratitude this season with one of these suggested gifts for your treasured inner circle.

Kit + Lili has expanded their fresh, modern line of adorable leggings, dresses, tees, onesies, plush toys, rompers and distinctive tote bags to include 100% cotton canvas, hand-printed cushions for the home. Reasonably priced and perfect as holiday gifts that will last throughout the year, they can be purchased at http://www.kitlili.com.

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It’s safe to bet that most people love or need coffee – or both. Black and Decker offers a streamlined, sophisticated coffeemaker that will personalize each serving of coffee to perfection. Versatile and convenient, the Black & Decker Coffeemaker will ensure that your favorite people will think of you each morning. Find it at http://www.blackanddeckerappliances.com

Consider the innovative, value-priced HD Radio from Coby this holiday season. Access hundreds of new HD2 and HD3 channels and 1700 crystal clear AM and FM stations from anywhere! Sweet. Cordless and waterproof, with a rechargeable battery and huge sound, there’s no reason not to buy one. Snap it up at http://www.hdradio.com and http://www.cobyusa.com.

The holidays call for Barefoot Bubbly wine, especially because this reasonably-priced sparkling wine pairs well with an array of hors d’oeuvres, entrees and cocktails. Let your favorite people toast the New Year with ease. Purchase it by the dozens at http://www.barefootwine.com or request it at your favorite wine shop.

The prestigious Michelin star is an award not granted lightly, so the 2009 Michelin Guides are the perfect gift for the foodies in your life. Whether gourmet or gourmand, the recipient will know where to find a superb meal, and for the budget-minded, Michelin also highlights “Bib Gourmand” selections noted for their high-quality offerings at a value price point. Visit http://www.michelinguide.com to find them, where you can sign up to be an undercover food inspector.

The forthcoming new presidency has rekindled an interest in Abraham Lincoln, and Candace Fleming’s engaging The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary will satisfy the most ardent Lincoln fan, from tweens and teens to adults. Meticulously researched and chock full of personal memorabilia in scrapbook style, this is a history buff’s dream present. Order this and other phenomenal books at http://www.randomhouse.com/kids.

One product from Save Your World preserves an acre of rainforest for a year. If the chemical-free, amazing skincare and shampoo products aren’t enough to entice you, then the prospect of saving the rainforest should do the trick. You can’t go wrong with Save Your World soaps, body wash, lip balm, and essential oils as a gift. Check out the selection at http://www.saveyourworld.com.

Anyone on your holiday present list can appreciate Ito En‘s elegant, all-natural tea gifts, which range from 20 unique flavors of delicious whole leaf teas to keepsake tea cups, teapots, porcelain and glass serving sets, vases, warmers, strainers and other tasteful, tea-inspired accessories. The Jasmine Pearl tea is presented in a mini black chabako box with leaf decoration. Visit http://www.itoen.com/store, and choose your preferred gift set. Cool deal: Ito-En is offering a 20% discount on in-store purchases until Dec. 24th!

The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel chronicles the effects that synthetic products have our bodies, offers shortcuts to going green without going broke, and provides tips to spotting organic frauds and gimmicks. This useful tome is beneficial for everyone, and shows that green can be mainstream and affordable – and should. Available at http://www.hci-online.com.

Crate and Barrel offers a fantastic array of Genie dessert plates in vibrant colors for holiday feasts, and recipients will want to use these plates as often as possible throughout the new year. Give them as a gift, and you may very well find yourself eating sour cherry pie with vanilla-licorice ice cream off of them one day. Find them at http://www.crateandbarrel.com

Show the people who care about your children that you care about them, too. They’re the gardeners who help your little ones blossom.

Originally published December 2008
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