I Want to Buy All of the Things

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Welcome to the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have suggested go-to gifts and gifting experiences for the holiday season for all your loved ones.

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I’ve never been much of a gifty person – I just don’t really like stuff. I like my personal space and I don’t like it cluttered. 99% of the things I see strike me as useless junk. I hate spending money. Walking through the mall usually just makes me sad. All of this makes me a pretty bad gift giver – and gift receiver.

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Infant Hannukah Gift Guide

christmas_gift_wrapThis will be our first Hannukah with a child and we are quite excited. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to locate good Hannukah-themed gifts. Amazon, our usual source of everything from shoes to groceries, has few good choices. For instance, a search for “stuffed menorah” turns up two dog chew toys and a dog hat, which I find both sad and hilarious. Amazon also offers an adorable Little People Hanukkah Set for the low, low price of $239.99. Eep.

If you find these choices as uninspiring as I do, here are a few ideas for Hannukah-themed baby gifts:

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Ideas for Infant Stocking Stuffers

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My husband and I are Jewish and raising our daughter to be Jewish as well. However, we celebrate Christmas with my family, keeping many of the traditions from when I was growing up. I am currently making this needlepoint Christmas stocking for my daughter just like my mom made needlepoint stockings for my four siblings and I.

I’m currently on track to finish the stocking by the time my daughter leaves for college. But regardless of whether I hang this stocking or a different one, I’ve been collecting fun things to stuff it with for months. You see, I am generally not a big shopper – in fact, I actively dislike it. The only real exception is baby stuff, for which I have a major weakness. Even though she will only be 5 months old this Christmas and pretty clueless about the whole thing, I’m super excited and that’s all that matters, right?

Here are some ideas I have for infant stocking stuffers:

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