Want your kiddo to look stylish while staying warm and dry? Here are a few of our favorites for splashing in puddles or stomping through the snow.
The Kids Original Gloss rain boots offer a shiny take on the classic Hunter boot. These waterproof boots don’t fall short when it comes to comfort and quality, equipped with reflective safety patches ensuring your little ones stay safe and dry, from $75 on TheFind. Don’t forget to add the warm and comfy wellie socks to keep those little toes toasty on cold days.
These durable boots are great for rain or snow. Made with waterproof hand-lasted rubber, this classically styled winter boot has moisture-wicking lining is designed to pull moisture away to keep little toes warm and dry. Non-slip soles release mud and snow and guarantee traction in any weather with they come it tons of eye-catching colors and patterns for boys and girls. Insulated and comfort rated to -30F, from $77 on TheFind.
Western Chief Kids® brings new meaning to the way kids look at raindrops and puddles, the wetter the better! Fortunately, the selection of water resistant products available will keep kids’ feet dry and happy. A great product that is both functional and affordable. With characters from Thomas the Tank Engine, Hello Kitty, lovable dinosaurs, frogs, ladybugs, and more. A special bond is created when the two come together, almost inseparable, often refusing to part, especially at bedtime, from $24.99 on TheFind.
We just love these stylish boots which come in many colors and styles for boys and girls. These high-quality rain boots are made in Spain. With silks bows, drawstring cuffs, or fold-over cuffs, PVC sole and easy slip-on design, these boots are the perfect combination of cute and functional, from $37 on TheFind.
This French brand is known for its riding and hunting boots and stands for uncompromising quality with superb design and craftsmanship. Aigle Kids are made of a 100% natural rubber mix, endowing these boots with suppleness, waterproofness, sturdiness and comfort, from $65 on TheFind.
There’s a new way to capture all the action — The Polaroid Cube. This bitty little cube is a compact HD action camera designed to capture all of life’s moments big and small. The 1080 p high definition resolution video captures 30 frames per second while digital image stabilization helps prevent shaky footage. Don’t limit your adventures! The Polaroid Cube is coldproof and shockproof making it able to go wherever your adventures take you. The camera features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a microSD slot for additional footage storage on a memory card. The Polaroid Cube video camera is available in blue, black or red with Polaroid’s signature rainbow across the middle. It retails for around $100.
Welcome to the eleventh installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. MOMfinds.com editor and SHEfinds.com editorial director, Jeanine Edwards, shares with us her favorite holiday style interests and tips for finding trendy must-haves this season. Let’s see what’s on Jeanine’s wish list!
What are some of your favorite holiday products/trends for moms and/or children this season?
Elf on the Shelf is obviously a classic and there are so many great Elf products aside from doll and the book. We’re also really excited about the Annie movie, which is coming out this holiday season. The top toy lists that many major retailers do is also fun for my daughter and me. She gets to mark off the items she really wants and I get to get a head start on holiday shopping. And because we love fashion, picking out our outfits for holiday parties and the holiday card photo is also lots of fun and an excuse to wear something sparkly.
What items are on your holiday wish list? What is a must-have this holiday season?
I really want the new iPhone 6 and a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. Other must-haves of the season include the NARS & Urban Decay Vault sets, anything from the Alexander Wang x H&M and TOMS for Target collections and the new waterproof UGGs.
What are your readers interested in and shopping for this holiday season?
Our readers are already in gifting mode. Between all the wearable tech and the new Apple launches, tech is going to be huge this holiday. There are also a bunch of exciting beauty sets and launches from NARS, Urban Decay, Gucci and Christian Louboutin we expect to sell out and items from the collaborations mentioned above will definitely be hot commodities.
What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers to find the best picks?
I find myself starting earlier and earlier. I actually already have a bunch of gifts for my daughter stockpiled because I didn’t want the run the risk of them being sold out. My advice is always to shop early and act fast–if you see something you want for yourself or someone on your gift list, pull the trigger and buy it now. Worst case, you’ll find it on sale later in the season and you can return the more expensive one. I would also encourage shoppers to take advantage of price matching and free shipping deals which will be extremely prevalent this holiday season. I would also say check sites like SHEfinds.com and other lifestyle sites that are compiling gift guides–we’ve seen the best of the best from tons of different retailers so you can rest assured we’ve truly done the dirty work for you.
What is one item in your home you couldn’t live without this holiday season?
My slow cooker! The holiday season is all about soups and stews for me, so I’ll be using it a lot!
Where do you get your inspiration?
I’m very fortunate to work on the Internet which has endless sources for inspiration: blogs, Instagram, photographers, interior designers, Pinterest – the options are truly never-ending.
Chocolate is a practically universal gift. Who doesn’t love chocolate, right? During the holidays it’s a good idea to keep a few boxes on hand. You never know when you’ll need a hostess gift or a list minute Christmas gift. Merci European Chocolates are a great yet affordable choice. Beautifully packaged, these chocolates are an easy grab & go gift either alone or paired with a bottle of wine or gift card. Each chocolate is individually wrapped with the flavors marked on each piece. With flavors like Cream Truffle, Hazelnut-Almond, Praline-Creme, and Dark Cream made with the finest ingredients, Merci will delight the recipient’s taste buds. Available in several different sizes, Merci chocolates range in price from around $5 to $13.
Can you imagine what it would would be like to have smooth skin without shaving? Expensive laser hair removal is one solution but Remington now offers a more affordable option with the i-Light Pro Plus Quartz that can achieve similar results at home. This handheld device is gentle and easy to use. It targets individual hairs at the roots and breaks the cycle of growth by heating the hair follicle. Don’t spend $1,500 to $3,000 for the 3-5 professional laser hair removal visits it takes when you can get the i-Light Pro for around $400. It uses the same technology as dermatologist for a fraction of the cost and is twice as powerful as other in-home systems. The i-Light Pro features a built-in skin tone sensor that helps prevent flashing on skin tones that are too dark for treatment. Start getting results for less with the iLight and say goodbye to plucking, waxing and shaving!
Shopping for a fashionista? On a budget? Here’s are a few of our favorite trendy and fashionable gifts that won’t break the bank.
Adidas by Stella McCartney Shopping Tote, found as low as $43
The perfect gift for those who want to hit the gym in style. This bag features top handles, an open top design, a front logo plaque, gun metal-tone hardware, and a contrasting interior.
“Bendel Girl” Croc Wellies, found as low as $98
No crocodiles were harmed in the making of these wellies—they’re waterproof, embossed rubber and the ideal all-weather footwear for swanky country living or jumping puddles down the boulevard.
Ann Taylor Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves, found as low as $98
A perfect gift for anyone, cashmere-lined leather gloves of are always sleek and stylish. With buttery leather and rich cashmere linings, these gloves offer luxurious softness and warmth.
Michael Kors Infinity Scarves, found as low as $42
This scarf showcases a chic and effortless style. It features a soft brushed acrylic fabric constructed in an infinity loop, accented with an allover signature MK kitted jacquard logo.
Baublebar Jewelry Gift Sets, found as low as $58
You know the saying “good things come in small packages”? That is certainly the case with Baublebar gift sets with trendy earrings, bracelets and necklaces all in super-cute boxes for easy gifting.
In our family we have a Christmas Eve tradition. Everyone gets to open one gift before bed on Christmas Eve. It’s always new pajamas. The kids wake at the crack of dawn to see what Santa brought and lots of photos are taken to capture the joy and look of surprise on their faces when they unwrap the gifts from Santa. Their hair might be messy but their pajamas fit and they look darling for the photos. Some families take the tradition a step further by coordinating the entire family with matching pjs! And don’t forget about your four legged family members. Imagine how adorable a family picture in front of the tree on Christmas morning will look with matching Christmas pajamas! It’s a tradition that sticks and is often passed down from generation to generation. So get your pajamas on! Are you in?
So you have decided that nothing says “Happy Holidays” like an aerial drone. Here’s a quick guide to find to the perfect drone for that special someone.
For the “Fancy Drone Aficionado”
DJI Inspire 1, starting at $2,899
This may be the coolest drone on the market. From legs that fold mid-flight to allow you a full 360 degrees of unobstructed video to duel operator controls so you can have both a pilot and a cameraman working simultaneously, this is a serious drone that rivals much more expensive professional models.
For the “Aerial Photographer”
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, starting at $1,099
This drone is easy to control, has a great battery life and range with lots of excellent safety features. An accompanying smartphone app provides previews of your on-drone camera for photography so you’ll always get that perfect shot.
For the “DIY Drone Enthusiast”
DJI Flame Wheel F550 ARF Kit, starting at $202
Hex-motor platform designed for piloting for fun or serious aerial photography. When used with the DJI WJM or NAZA autopilot system this drone can hover, cruise, and perform cool flying tricks.
For the “Serious Gadget Geek”
Parrot Bebop Drone, starting at $499
Ever wanted to control a drone with Oculus Rift? Oh yeah, this is the drone for you. It has awesome video from a 14-megapixel camera with a fish-eye lens that includes image stabilization and digital panning. No Oculus Rift? Fret not Padowan, you can pair this with the Parrot SkyController with honest-to-goodness R/C style analog control sticks.
For the “Beginner Drone Pilot”
Blade Nano QX, starting at $69.99
Piloting a drone can be expensive if you crash them, so less expensive trainers are probably smart for most beginners. The Blade Nano QX is both highly rated and inexpensive, making it the perfect gift for the aspiring drone pilot. It’s a palm-sized quadcopter without the camera and fancy GPS-assisted positioning systems.
Welcome to the tenth installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. Parenting.com editor, Carrie Horn, shares with us her favorite gift ideas for parents and her personal shopping tips for staying on track.
What are some of your favorite holiday and lifestyle trends?
I was excited to read that one of the 2014 holiday season trends will be to give experiences rather than material things. And millennials are leading the pack with experiences over gifts, especially with spontaneous get-togethers. We are running a story in mid-November that will list suggestions of how to give your kids experiences instead of stuff without disappointing them.
What items are on your holiday wish list?
I’d rather follow this year’s trend of doing something fun with my family than getting a gift, but if I had to pick something, I’d say BBC movies and series on DVD, like the new “Sherlock.” I’m a bit of an Anglophile.
What are Parenting.com readers interested in this holiday season?
Crafts are always a huge hit during the holiday season. Our “Easy Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids” and “18 Easy Christmas Crafts, Ornaments and Gifts” get a lot of traffic the last three months of the year.
What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers?
I like to brainstorm and write down what I think everyone on my list would like before I head to the store. That way, when I get to the store, I can stay on task better and get less distracted by shiny objects (literally). This also helps with sticking to a budget, which is my biggest tip for readers. Don’t get too crazy during December and ruin your new year trying to pay it off.
Do you have any favorite family/parenting gift ideas for readers?
With the economy slowly on the mend, we’ll be releasing our holiday gift guides in November divided into three categories: 1) Luxury Holiday Gifts for Mom and Dad (to give to each other); 2) Holiday Gifts $50 or Less for the Whole Family; 3) Holiday Gifts $25 or Less for the Whole Family. Since I love giving useful stocking stuffers, I’ll be checking out the $25 or less list.
What is one item in your house you couldn’t live without this holiday season?
I have to say my phone, since I’ll be keeping my shopping list in it instead of on paper this year.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My daughter. I love being her mom. She is so smart, spunky and big-hearted. I hope to grow up to be like her one day.
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Carrie Horn is an editor for Parenting.com. Carrie holds a B.A. in print journalism. She previously worked on a few newspapers and for a book publisher before venturing into digital media. When she and her husband decided to have children she became a junkie for all the parenting sites – when the job opening for Parenting was posted, she jumped at the chance. Now that her daughter is in the middle of potty training she’s reading all of the potty training tips like crazy. You can read all things Parenting on Parenting.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.