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Capital District local holiday gift guide

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Since a huge majority of my followers have local ties to the Capital District, I decided to do a local holiday gift guide. The Upstate area is home to so many amazing crafters and small businesses. And with this year’s events, I think more than ever it’s a great opportunity to shop small.

I’m sharing all of my favorites in this lineup and including their Instagram handles so you can follow their creations on social media.

Capital District Local Holiday Gift Guide



Haute Messes in Dresses – I connected with Nicole and Randi, the women behind Haute Messes in Dresses, on Instagram. They are personal stylists who also create some stylish apparel. I worked with them to create this “Mama” hoodie. But be sure to check out all of their other designs including their tie dye collection.  @hautemessesindresses

local holiday gift guide

Crooked by Design – Amanda is a local mom and knitter based out of Saratoga. Her shop Crooked by Design has a great selection of handmade knit and crocheted hats and scarves. (Her little baby yoda hat is adorable!) You can follow her on instagram @knaptimeknitter

knit earwarmer - local holiday gift guide

Compas Life – I’m obsessed with these “Upstate of Mind” sweatshirts. Compas Life is a business between 2 friends where they hope to inspire people to get outdoors and disconnect from technology and the stresses of everyday life.  You can also find their stuff at the Fort Orange General Store. @compaslife

upstate of mind - local holiday gift guide

Solulu Handmade bags – Created by Allison, all of her handbags are made of durable, high quality materials. I love this Signature Stripe Commuter Bag. She also makes face masks and stuff for your furbabies too! @soluluhandmade

local holiday gift guide

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Twin Dhalias – A beautiful local flower farm that does a summer flower share, similar to a vegetable crop share. Gift 5 beautifully arranged fresh summer bouquets. Memberships go on sale Small Business Saturday. @twindahlias

twindahlias - local holiday gift guide

Bluebird Home Decor – Nicole is the local owner of Blubebird Home Decor. Based out of Schenectady, and with a shop that just opened in Troy, her store has a gorgeous variety of home decor and gifts. @bluebirdhomedecor

bluebird home decor - local holiday gift guide

Wick Apothecary – Based out of Clifton Park, Michelle makes all natural 100% soy, phthalate free candles so they are better for you and the environment. You can find her on Insta @wickapothecary.

wick apothecary - local holiday gift guide

Rad Soap – I love their sugar scrub made with local Death Wish coffee and their pumpkin face mask. They also make an array of soaps, and other bath/body products. You can shop online or check them out in Stuyvesant Plaza. @radsoapco

radsoapco - local holiday gift guide

Abby Kirkman Quilted Goods – I discovered these adorable pillows on instagram and had to check them out in person. Abby Kirkman is a local quilter who makes a variety of quilted goods including these New York State pillows. They come in a variety of colors and patterns including solid, floral and flannel. @abbykirkmanquilts

new york state pillow _ local holiday gift guide


Birds of a Feather – I met Sarah, the owner of this shop and a wonderful mama of 3 this past year when she was my patient and I had the pleasure of caring for her. Her and I instantly clicked and have stayed in contact. Sarah’s creations are available for sale at the Anchor No5 Boutique in Troy. These adorable cuddle bears would be perfect for your littles. @birdsofafeatherhandmade

birds of a feather handmade - local holiday gift guide

Chelsea and Marbles – If this is baby’s first Christmas, check out this locally run shop! Katie is the mama and creator for all the adorable things for little humans. Teethers, rattles, swaddle blankets, monthly milestone cards and more. Her work is beautiful! @chelseaandmarbles

babys first christmas - local holiday gift guide

So Handmade – These are the most adorable playmats to inspire imagination! And they roll up making them easy to store and take with you any where. @sohandmade1

playmats - local holiday gift guide

Coral & Blue – Kid-friendly stationary. Ashley is the creator behind this small biz and she just sent me some for my oldest. A great way to teach them gratitude, help with their writing and to keep in touch with loved ones they may not see these next few months. Plus, they’re lined and big enough for those learning to write. @coralandbluepaperco

Coral and Blue paper co - local holiday gift guide


Cookie Therapy – I have loved watching Faye and Ashley’s success grow. When the pandemic started, they turned their love of cookies into a business, creating delicious cookie lineups every week. They’ve since gone national and have been featured on Tamra Hall. And these stuffed cookies are legit and the reason for my Covid weight gain. Check them out on Instagram @cookietherapyalb

cookie therapy - local holiday gift guide

Detox Box Delivered – This is the perfect gift for the health nut or the busy mom on the go. Ready to blend smoothies with all fresh, real ingredients shipped right to your door. Laura is a wife and mom to 3 from Amsterdam, NY who turned her passion for healthy eats into an amazing concept and business!  And you can use my code OURTINYNEST for 10% off. @detoxboxdelivered

Detox Box Delivered - local holiday gift guide


What’s Poppin – for the popcorn lover. Amazing gourmet popcorn with an array of flavors. Create something special for the popcorn aficianado in your life. Would make a great stocking stuffer or addition in a movie basket. @whatspoppinalbany

whats poppin - local holiday gift guide

Grate Expectations – did you think I’d have food without an epic charcuterie board? These boards and boxes are great for celebrations at home or if you want to gift someone a “date night in”. @grate.expectations.ny

charcuterie board - local holiday gift guide



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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2020

holiday gift guide for kids 2020

The first of my holiday gift guides is here, and to kick it off, we’re starting with the kids!

Typically, I love to gift experiences, but since we’re all staying home more, this year’s gift guide is a roundup of some of my favorite toys and activities for kids. Click the links or photos to shop!

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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2020

Rainbow Rocker This is perfect for kids ages 9months-5years old. We were just gifted one and it’s great for when the littles need to get their energy out!

rainbow rocker

Bounce Houseset it up in the lawn or in the basement during the winter months. This was a lifesaver for us this summer and we plan on using all winter too!

bounce house

Pickler Triangle playset Can’t go to the playground? No problem. Set up this baby right in your house. Another great Montessori toy. Santa is getting this for the boys this year.

pickler triangle gift guide for kids


Kinetic Sand one of the sensory activities I love because it doesn’t make a mess.

kinetic sand gift guide for kids

Quiet Busy Book a soft book with over 10 activities to keep those little hands busy

busy book gift guide for kids

Light Bright I loved mine when I was little and would play for hours.

lite brite amazon gift guide for kids


Tot Tube Playset this is a very simple concept but I think the boys would have fun for hours.

tot tube playset gift guide for kids


Poke a Dot Books interactive books to help develop language skills

poke a dot books gift guide for kids

Colorama kits we were just gifted some of these and they are absolutely adorable! There are several themed boxes to choose from including unicorns, rainbows, monster trucks, dinos, the beach, etc. Plus, it’s a mama run small biz!

colorama - holiday gift guide for kids



Sago mini pillow playset several different themed play ideas.

sago pillow playset gift guide for kids

Melissa and Doug lacing cards great for developing fine motor skills.

Melissa and doug lacing cards - gift guide for kids


Osmo – this is one time I don’t mind when the kids want screen time. Hands on educational games!

osmo holiday gift guide for kids


Play Excavator works in the sand, dirt and snow! We go to a local farm every fall that has these and they are the boy’s favorite!

play excavator - holiday gift guide for kids



Cinemood – Create your own little at home movie theater. This is another awesome idea! Comes with Disney e-books and you can also stream all your favorites like Netflix, Hulu and Prime Video.

cinemood gift guide for kids

Check out my other 2020 Gift Guides!

Gift Guide for Her

holiday gift guide for her 2020


Gift Guide for Him

holiday gift guide for him 2020

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020

Father's Day Gift Guide 2020
This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

Father’s Day snuck up on me this year, anyone else? And if your guy or dad is anything like mine, they’re hard to shop for. Cue “I don’t want anything”. Check out my Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020 and some of my favorite ideas for them this year. (As always, click the links to shop)


Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020

1.) Ridge wallet

A wallet that is sleek, minimalistic and durable. Includes RFID blocking.

Ridge wallet father's day gift guide 2020


2.) Hoka Men’s Ora Recovery Slide

comfy shoes he can slip on and off that are little more sleeker than Crocs.

Hoka mens ora slides fathers day gift guide 2020



3.) Amazon Echo Show

watch movies, video chat with family and friends, and he can use as an alarm clock.

Amazon Echo Show Father's Day Gift Guide 2020


4.) Fair Harbor Shorts –

the most comfortable all purpose shorts. Made with a quick drying water repellent.

Fair Harbor Shorts Father's Day Gift Guide 2020


5.) Brumate

To keep his beer super cold. I want one for my White Claws 🙂

Brumate Father's Day Gift Guide


6.) Tommy Bahama Chair

for the dad who loves the beach. A chair that he can carry down to the beach on his back and has a built in cooler. We got these for my parents for Christmas and they love them!

Tommy Bahama Chair Father's Day Gift Guide 2020


7.) Grill prep trays

my dad and husband are grill masters but it never fails – they always keep coming in asking for plates and trays. These trays are perfect for prepping and keeps the cooked meat separate from the raw juices.

Grill prep trays father's day gift guide 2020



8.) Wayfarer dupes

so these aren’t the real deal but they are pretty great dupe! I love the wooden frames.

Wayfarer dupes father's day gift guide 2020



9.) Car charger

no more arguing over who’s phone has the lowest battery and needs to be charged because this baby has 5 USB ports!

Rapid car charger Father's Day Gift Guide 2020



10.) Sous vide

for the guy who loves his gadgets and loves to cook. We had dinner at a friends house and they made pork with this and it was absolutely amazing!!! It preserves the flavor and freshness.

Sous Vide Father's Day Gift Guide 2020


For more Father’s Day Ideas, be sure to check out this amazing

Steak Charcuterie Board!


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Father's Day Gift Guide 2020



For more ideas check out last year’s gift guide

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Gift Guide for Babies

Gift Guide for Babies

If you have a little one to shop for, you have to check out some of these ideas on my Gift Guide for Babies. Many of these ideas are things that my own little guys have loved. Click the links to shop.

Activity Chair – This soft activity chair has a rattle, mirror, squeaky toy and colorful objects to keep baby occupied. We had this for Maxwell when he was younger and he loved it.

Soft activity chair for baby

Baby swing – I have been wanting one of these for Mav. I love the neutral colors and beads.

Baby Swing

Yay Mats Tummy Time Mat – A soft, foam mat that is stylish and nontoxic.

Tummy Time Mat

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube – This interactive toy lights up and plays a variety of musical notes to keep your little one engaged and expose them to different musical sounds.

Mozart Magic Cube

Teething bibs – the teething corner makes these ideal!

Nuby teething bibs

Skip Hop teepee – this was a favorite for both babies. A cute playmat and activity gym that is easy to fold up and store.

Skip Hip TeePee

See Touch Feel book – A good first book that engages the senses.

See Touch Feel Book

Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon – A great classic walker and your little can put some of their toys inside.

Radio Flyer Walker

Baby’s First Patagonia – How cute is this fleece jacket?

Baby's First Patagonia

Patagonia Furry Fleece Hat – This super cute fleece hat to keep their little noggin warm.

Patagonia Fleece Hat

Melissa & Doug First Play Pound & Roll – encourages fine motor play and problem solving.

Melissa and Doug baby toy


Check out my other 2019 Holiday Gift Guides Here

Toddler/Preschooler Gift Guide

Gift Guide for Her

Gift Guide for Him

Enneagram Gift Guide


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