Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

There’s undoubtedly a constellation of loving people who contribute to your child’s happiness, including teachers, coaches, aunts and uncles, godparents and babysitters. Here are a few items that will put a smile on their faces and let them know you appreciate their star power.

Chocolate Gourmet’s Ugly Truffles and Damn Good Cookies will bring the sweetest part of the Windy City to the east coast when you order from this high-quality Chicago bakery. Cookies with names such as Overprotective Pecan will bring a smile to lips and thrill to taste buds. Find them at www.chocolategourmet.com.

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Another magnificent purveyor of chocolates is the incomparable Jin Patisseries Chocolates, offering scrumptious chocolates, cakes and cookies – and their web site is fantastic. You really have to see it: www.jinpatisserie.com. A peruse through their site will tempt you to taste the fare, and you won’t regret it.

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Exquisite candles are a holiday staple, and this trio is noteworthy: the artisanal Durance candle from France is handcrafted with perfumers from Grasse, and comes in cinnamon apple, cedar, orange cinnamon, Pine in Provence, myrrh, Pear William, grapefruit and more. Visit www.durance.us. Simply Organic Candles are just that: organic and without chemical drawbacks. The lavender candle is the essence of natural, delicate fragrance. Visit www.simplyorganicbeauty.com.

The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort by EllynAnne Geisel is an interesting kitchen and coffee table book, perfect for pairing with a home made pie in order to gift a caretaker. Find it at www.amazon.com or your local bookstore and relish it.

Earth Therapeutics is a pampering brand noted for its healthy ingredients and soothing products. From loofah soaps to scrubs, foot products, nutrition and hair care, this line will literally cover everything from head to toe. Choose your selection of gifts at www.earththerapeutics.net.

The AeroBed and AeroBed Sport are gifts that everyone can always use, we’re all either hosts or guests. Easy to store, easy to prepare and soft as a feather, this is a gift that keeps on giving long after the holidays have passed. The AeroBed Sport overnighter is ideal for teens: it comes with a portable backpack and in an array of luscious colors. Order a few at www.aerobed.com.

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Anyone you know, whether coach, cousin, or nanny, would love an organic gift basket chock full of fresh fruit, jam, crackers, cheese and more from Organic Bouquet. This site also offers gorgeous organic flower wreaths– another solid gift option. Visit www.organicbouquet.com.

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Men need skincare papering too, whether it’s dad, a coach or Uncle Bob. These two lines are impressive: VedaDude by the VedaBaby line is pure, all-natural, organic and smells amazing. It comprises shave gel, aftershave, toner and moisturizer – and the cool silver packaging is Metro modern; www.vedababy.com. Baxter of California has been providing men with skincare products for more than thirty years, and offers a full line of high-quality grooming products in distinctive blue and white bottles. Very sophisticated! Visit www.baxterofcalifornia.com.

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Whomi products are for multi-taskers, and this line of color-coded, attractive calendars and date books fuse modern design with the practicality of day-to-day planning. Caretakers and moms with more than one child, will appreciate that these products are color-coded, so each child or adult’s schedule can claim a color. Check these products out at www.whomi.com.

Kiss My Face Chapstick is the ultimate stocking stuffer while in the throes of dry-lip season. Creamy, dreamy, tasty and smooth, this line of flavorful lip quenchers fits nicely into all pockets and solves problems. You can’t smile when your lips are cracking, so ensure that everyone on your premises has one! www.kissmyface.com.

‘Tis better to give than receive, so may you be generous and gracious – and may your holidays be sweeter than plum pudding.

Originally published December 2007
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