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Secure Your Spot in the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Making Time's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is in the works and this is your opportunity to gain holiday exposure. Spots will fill up fast so contact me today! #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #giftideas

No, it’s not Christmas in July. But it is time for me to start working on this year’s Holiday Gift Guide. I want to make sure my readers have plenty of time to plan their shopping lists and maybe even help them add to their own wish list.

Spots in the Gift Guide will fill up fast, so if you would like your brand/product to be considered for inclusion, email me as soon as possible.

Holiday Gift Guide Details

As of right now, I plan to have 4 main categories for the Gift Guide – Babies & Kids, Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him, Home & Kitchen (includes food items).

  • Full feature review within 2 weeks of receiving product ($25 minimum), including pricing and where to buy.
  • Social media shares across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube (if applicable).
  • Links back to the brand’s website and social media accounts.
  • Inclusion in the gift guide, which will be published no later than early to mid-November (this will be a new blog post that includes a photo and link back to the full feature review).
  • Additional social media shares of the gift guide, so it’s double exposure.
  • Optional: Host a giveaway in which the brand will ship the prize directly to the winner. Making Time’s giveaway policy for sponsors can be found here.
  • Optional: Offer readers an exclusive savings code.
  • Optional: Should $75+ in product be provided, the brand will receive a 300×300 side banner ad for 30 days.

If you would like a sponsored spot in the Gift Guide without providing product, there will be a $50 charge (paid via PayPal). If you’d like more info on this option, please email me and I will provide additional details.

Check out the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

Don’t miss this chance for holiday exposure! Email me today because spots will fill up fast!

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Does Santa need a little help with the gift list this year? Hopefully something in my Holiday Gift Guide will give him some inspiration so he can check everyone off his list!

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Right down Santa Claus lane.
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer
Pullin’ on the reins.
Bells are ringin’, children singin’
All is merry and bright.
Hang your stockings and say your prayers
‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!

Check out the games and toys that made the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide This and many other items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide This and many other items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

*The links contained in this post include affiliate links, in which I may be compensated for your purchase. I did receive some of these items for review throughout the year, but others are items I have personally bought or would like to buy. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brands. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

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Trendy Butler$65

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Trendy Butler is affordable high-end, name brand fashion that’s picked specifically with a man’s style preferences in mind and delivered right to his door every month. It’s an easy way for men to build a wardrobe without the hassle of shopping.


Mr. Rugged Beard Balm – $17.95

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Is there a bearded man on your holiday shopping list? Mr. Rugged Beard Balm is a great product for nourishing and conditioning a man’s beard. It’s has an easy application and leaves the beard looking soft and healthy.


Mantry – $50+

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Six full sized pantry items, delivered right to his door every two months in a handmade wooden crate. The crate also includes new recipes so he can master (or add to) his cooking/BBQing skills.


Echo Dot – $39.99

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With the help of the Echo Dot, free up the man in your life’s hands so he can actually get some work done (like finishing his honey-do list).  The voice controlled device allow users a hands-free way of playing music, controling smart home devices, reading the news, setting alarms and so much more!


The North Face Antlers Beanie – $28+

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Most men typically have shorter hair then women and they need to keep their heads warm in colder weather. The North Face Antlers Beanie is available is a variety of colors and stylishly gets the job done.


Groupon Deals – Prices Vary

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If all else fails and you can’t find anything the man on your holiday shopping list will enjoy, check out Groupon. My boyfriend has been saying for a while now he wants to get a pedicure and I found this gem on Groupon in our area just for him.

Would anyone on your holiday shopping list enjoy one of these?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may be compensated for your purchase. I did receive some of these items for review throughout the year, but others are items I have personally bought or would like to buy. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brands. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

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Emjoi eRase e60 Epilator$79.95

This and many other items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The Emjoi eRase e60 Epilator is an easy and effective way to remove unwanted hair for up to 6 weeks. With a 60 tweezer design, it works well on the legs, underarms, bikini area and face.


Ecocentric Mom$25+

This and many other items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Ecocentric Mom is a gift that keeps on giving. As a monthly subscription box tailored to pregnant women, new moms and babies, and even veteran moms, I’m sure you can mark someone off your holiday shopping list. Filled with non-toxic products from beauty care, baby care, home care and more, it’s a gift any mom would love.


Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron – $129.99

This and many other items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Have a lady on your list who wants more volume in her hair? Voloom is one of the newest hair styling tools that offers just that! Go from flat to full in a matter of minutes!


Kate Spade New York 2017 Agenda – $36.00

This and many other items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

This large 17 month agenda from Kate Spade New York sports a classic black and white striped design, and is a great gift for the girl who has a lot to keep track of.


Bath Bombs – $28.95

This and many other items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Every woman needs the gift of relaxation and this bath bomb set will definitely give her a reason to relax.


Mirrorvana Double Sided Magnifying Makeup Mirror – $31.00

This and many other items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Bathroom mirrors and lighting can be horendous when it comes to applying makeup, so the Mirrorvana Double Sided Magnifying Makeup Mirror is a great beauty tool to have handy.

Would anyone on your holiday shopping list enjoy one of these?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may be compensated for your purchase. I did receive some of these items for review throughout the year, but others are items I have personally bought or would like to buy. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brands. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Home & Kitchen

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Home & Kitchen

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Clothespin Magnets by One More Sunshine$9.00 

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

These cute and decorative clothespin magnets by One More Sunshine are great for displaying holiday cards around the home, holding kids’ artwork or the grocery list on the fridge, or even to clip reminders around the workplace. The uses are endless!


Clongs by Dreamfarm$19.99+

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Click-lock sit up tongs = Clongs, which feature a soft tip with a wavy waffle design and flat tip, great for picking up even the smallest foods. The bent handle design keeps the tips from touching the counter top when resting, preventing messes and icky germ transfer to your food. And the click-lock system helps make closure and storage a cinch.Toss your tongs and claim some clongs!


Grab Green Cleaning ProductsPrices Vary

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Save your elbow grease for another day because Grab Green has holiday cleanup taken care of. Their all-natural, non-toxic cleaning ingredients take the effort out of any and all cleanup scenarios. Not to mention the product scents are heavenly!


 Mr. Coffee 4 Cup Coffeemaker – $16.00

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

While it’s name leads you to believe you’re getting 4 cups of coffee, this coffeemaker brews up 2 large cups, making it perfect for personal home or office use.


 Faux Fur Throw Blanket – $27.99+

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

These vibrant and stylish faux fur blankets are perfect for cuddling on the couch and having a Netflix binge.


Sun Washed/Distressed Family Picture Frame – $13.29

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Picture frames are an all-time classic gift for absolutely anyone. The sun washed/distressed design of this 4×6 picture frame is one that will fit in with the decor of almost any home.


 KitchenAid Stand Mixer – $186.00

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Even if you’re not a master baker, a KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a great tool to have around. With all the holiday baking that goes on, it’s sure to get tons of use around the holidays.


Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Oils Sample Set – $18.95

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Essential oils have become quite the rage. They help with so many things ranging from relaxation with a little lavender, to easing stuffy noses with a little eucalyptus. Everyone has at least one essential oil they could use on a regular basis and this sample set includes the top 6 essential oils that provide for great everyday uses.

Would anyone on your holiday shopping list enjoy one of these?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may be compensated for your purchase. I did receive some of these items for review throughout the year, but others are items I have personally bought or would like to buy. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brands. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Babies & Kids

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Babies & Kids

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Balance Beans by ThinkFun$17.99

Recommended for ages 5+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Balance Beans is a logic game, great for introducing children to elementary algebra. Using challenge cards and beans, balance the seesaw using trial and error, and learn math and reasoning skills in the process.


The Story Box – $17.99

Recommended for ages newborn to 6.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

What’s better than the gift of reading? The Story Box helps young imaginations grow by adding new adventures to children’s home libraries.


Educational DVDs from NCircle Entertainment$5.99+

Recommended for ages 1 to 92 (see what I did there, haha?).

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

NCircle Entertainment offers a large assortment of educational movies, shows and holiday specials on DVD. With characters your children already love, there’s sure to be a selection they’ll enjoy having handy.


LeapFrog LeapStart$27.96

Recommended for ages 2-4. Version for ages 5-7 is also available for $27.99.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The LeapFrog LeapStart interactive learning system prepares preschoolers for kindergarten and covers a variety of topics, including STEM, creative thinking and life skills.


KidKraft Transportation Station Train Set – $39.99

Recommended for ages 3+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

This interactive train set with play mat is sure to get the kids on the right track, train track that is. As they put their conductor hats on and choo choo through the city, their imaginations will ride the rails.


Fisher Price Stroll Along Walker – $19.99

Recommended for ages 9+ months.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The Fisher Price Stroll Along Walker is great for little girls learning to take their first steps. In addition to learning to walk, the walker offers features that are fun and entertaining to smaller children as well – a bear that plays 3 musical tunes, flip book, roller bar and spinners.


 VTech DigiArt Creative Easel – $43.99

Recommended for ages 3+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

From a light up dry erase board, to a chalkboard, to a drawing table, the VTech DigiArt Creative Easel will definitely bring out a child’s creative side. The light up feature even teaches young minds how to write their ABC’s, 123’s and even how to draw 100 objects and shapes.


Fisher Price 3-in-1 Musical Activity Gym – $23.88

Recommended for ages newborn+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Whether used for lay and play, tummy time or as a take-along, this 3-in-1 Musical Activity Gym will stimulate your baby’s senses while keeping him nice and comfy. Playtime couldn’t be more fun for baby!


 VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone – $10.99

Recommended for ages 6 months to 3 years.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

There’s nothing baby’s want more than to play with your cell phone. Well, now they can have their own without destroying yours! The VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone features a touchscreen with 12 apps that respond to touch with music and lights. This little toy is full of role play fun and even teaches hand-eye coordination.


Playskool Love2Learn Elmo – $39.99

Recommended for ages 18 months to 4 years.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

What’s not to love about Elmo? He’s a childhood favorite of everyone, even today’s generation of children! Love2Learn Elmo is an interactive plush that when customized will call your child by name and has 350+ responses to the Love2Learn Elmo app games.


Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike – $62.99

Recommended for ages 9 months to 5 years.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike grows with your child from an infant trike, to steering trike, to learn-to-ride trike and then a classic trike. Three wheels that are so versatile and save you money as your little one quickly grows before your eyes!

Would a child on your holiday shopping list enjoy one of these?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may be compensated for your purchase. I did receive some of these items for review throughout the year, but others are items I have personally bought my children or would like to buy for my children. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brands. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Making Time for Dad: Amazon Father’s Day Finds Under $50

Making Time for Dad: Amazon Father's Day Finds Under $50

Father’s Day is probably the hardest holiday for me when it comes to gift giving.  I typically do something special with the kids to give to dad, but sometimes I like to give my boyfriend something he’d really like or needs, in addition to that.

He doesn’t fit the cliche handyman or white collar father stereotype that surrounds Father’s Day, either.  And besides, how many tools and ties does one man need?  How about we think outside the box for a bit?

It may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve finally figured out that the easiest way to go about gift giving for a father is to really think about what he enjoys.  My boyfriend is very giving and literally never asks for anything for himself.  So it’s not like I have something planned because two months ago he mentioned a certain something he wants.  Yeah, I’m not that lucky, haha.

So for me, it comes down to observation.  What does he like to do?  Does dad like to play video games?  Watch movies?  Listen to music?  Attend sporting events or even partake in sporting events?

In light of not having a stereotypical dad to buy for this Father’s Day, I’ve taken to my favorite online shopping site – Amazon – and found some pretty cool Father’s Day gifts for different kinds of dads, and everything is under $50!  You won’t find gifts for a handyman or businessman here, but maybe you will find something that’s fitting for the dad in your life.

Dad, The Traveler

Does dad do a lot of traveling, whether for business or leisure?  These days it’s hard to disconnect from our electronics, so if he’s an avid traveler, he probably takes his laptop with him wherever he’s traveling to.  So how about a new computer bag for his laptop?

If dad is a messenger bag type of guy, the Ibagbar Messenger Bag is a great fit at just $29.99.  Or if dad is more of a backpack kind of guy, the Lapacker Shockproof Backpack may be a better fit at $42.99.  Both are very stylish and come in a variety of colors.

Dad, The Strong Man

Is dad really into fitness or trying to be?  Give him something to keep his good habit going.  Maybe some new (heavier, haha) dumbbells or a medicine ball will do the trick.

The CAP Barbell 40 pound Adjustable Dumbbell Set is just what the doctor ordered and it’s affordable at $39.99.  Or maybe he’d better enjoy a Body-Solid Tools Dual Grip Medicine Ball.  The ball weights vary from 6 pounds to 20 pounds and price starts at $39.00.

Dad, The Music Mogul

Maybe dad’s a little bit country or a little bit rock-n-roll.  Around here, the genre of choice is hip hop.  Regardless of what type of music dad likes, could he use a new pair of earphones?

If dad prefers the in-ear type, these Symphonized NRG 2.0 Genuine Wood Noise-Isolating Earbuds at $25.99 are right on point.  On the other hand, if dad prefers the over-ear type, these Skullcandy Headphones with Mic are pretty sleek and just $36.97.

Dad, The Movie Buff

Does dad enjoy sitting down to a good movie?  Give him a gift he can enjoy over and over.  Whether you want to give him something that’s more for him to personally enjoy, or you want to show how much you care by hosting a family movie night with dad as the special guest, there are tons of movies to choose from on Amazon.

More recent movies start around $14.96 depending on the type of media you have, but older movies are cheaper.  Pick up some popcorn or dad’s favorite snack and beverage, and throw in a good movie and you’re all set!

 

Dad, The Video Gamer

Is dad attached to his PS4, or used to be?  Maybe it’s time for a new game.  Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a favorite around here, and with tons of action and excitement dad is sure to enjoy it.  Plus, it’s three different adventures all in one at $35.86.

If you’re not really sure what type of game to get dad, you could always get him a charger dock for his controllers.  This Pecham PS4 Dual Charger Dock saves space and even comes with joystick grips for the controllers.  At just $10.99 it’s a great deal for everyone.

Dad, The Sports Tailgater

Does dad attend every single home game in the area and tailgate beforehand?  Whether it’s soccer, football, or anything else, any tailgater knows you need good food and drinks.  What’s better than some freshly grilled burgers and dogs, and some nice cold beverages before a big game?

For $22.97, this Cuisinart 14″ Portable Charcoal Grill is perfect for tailgating and getting those nice smoky burgers and dogs.  Or even this Tailgaterz Cool-N-Carry Cooler for $25.95 will keep supplies handy and the beverages nice and cold.

If you still can’t figure out what dad might like for Father’s Day, you can always go with the usual.  For me, that’s a new pair of sneakers.  The man has more shoes than I do, but that’s just who is.  He’ll take a new pair of sneakers any day.

Regardless of what you do or don’t get him, don’t leave dad hanging this Father’s Day.  Take the time to show your love and appreciation for the dad(s) in your life.

*Prices mentioned in this post were current as of 6/5/16, but note that Amazon prices fluctuate on occasion.

Would any of these gift ideas work for you?

*This post may contain affiliate links.  I did not receive samples of these items in exchange for this post.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brands or sellers.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands/sellers.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.