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Baby's First Christmas Gift Picks & #SmallBusinessSaturday

Baby's First Christmas Gift Picks & #SmallBusinessSaturday


This week, commercialism is most blatantly obvious with "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" trending net searches, but one hashtag has me excited, and is also one of the main purposes of starting this blog, #SmallBusinessSaturday. Small Business Saturday is on November 30th and was started by American Express; read about it more here. If you have already started your holiday gift lists this year, I hope you have at least one or two small business stops along the way. Supporting local businesses is how we foster the communities we live in and stay attractive to visitors. We can also help our neighbors and cultivate creativity. In trying economic times it may seem more cost effective to purchase from big box stores and malls, I shop them too, however if you step outside your comfort zone, and drive away from the chaos, you can find truly special gifts and have an amazing shopping experience filled with the Christmas spirit while you're at it.

This year will be my first Christmas with a baby! I am so very blessed and excited to share traditions with her and start new ones as well. I always had very fortunate Christmas mornings growing up, filled with full stockings and piles of beautiful gifts. Thanks momma and daddy! For Remy, I plan to scale it back just a tad and fight the urge to spoil her so much with the tangibles, but gift her the spirit, feelings and adventures of it all. She will only be seven months this first Christmas, so I have a couple of special toys prepared to gift her and I plan to keep it very low key and intimate. I wanted to share some special gifts I found around Denver from local boutiques for you all, in the event you have a baby to shop for on your list. Each boutique featured below is sure to be enticing and I wouldn't be surprised if you came in for one of these items listed below and found about a dozen others you would love to have for various people on your list; perhaps even yourself!

AND- each boutique has generously donated a very thoughtful gift to give away to you readers! You can enter to win ANY or ALL four of the gifts by visiting the boutiques on #SmallBusinessSaturday on November 30th and signing up in person! One winner per gift will be chosen at random the following week and contacted via e-mail. You may enter once per store, giving you up to four chances to win one of these gifts. One aspect of the Christmas season that I have always loved is the element of surprise, so the gifts will not be revealed on this blog but sure to wow the lucky recipient. I can tell you three of the four gifts are geared towards baby, but the item gifted from Wish boutique is centered around pampering momma. Either way, you can tick someone off your list for free. Most blog giveaways are done electronically but since this one is all about supporting Denver businesses, it is unfortunately limited to those who are local. The giveaways are not pictured below.

So get out, get entered, and shop our friends' shops on November 30th! Best of luck to you all!

*Contest portion of post is closed!

...Glo Note: I plucked a lot of items I would want for my daughter at her age or there about, but some items are recommended for older age range. Please always consult with packaging recommendations on age intention before giving a toy to an infant.

wish gifts_edited-1 Gifts from Wish Denver (South Gaylord)left to right, top to bottom: Blabla Pillow, $52, Magnetic Plush hat by Magnificent Baby, $18, Barefoot Dreams purple hoodie, $53, Tops Malibu gold star wand, $8, Green Start learning book set set of 10, $16, "Go the Fok to Sleep" book by Adam Mansbach, $14.95, Project Five moccasins, $55, Chewbeads teether, $16.50 and "Dear Wash Park, I Love You" bodysuit by Garbella, $28.

TJ group_edited-1 Gifts from Talulah Jones (17th & Downing) left to right, top to bottom: Plush Cat by Moulin Roty, $80, Haba rhythmic musical set, $38, Red Riding Hood doll by Lilliputiens, $48, Stuffed fox by Hazel Village, (certified organic, designed in Brooklyn), $36, Little Twig bath products- Bubble Bath, $17 and Calming Lavender Wash, $10, Livi & Luca maryjane shoes, $40, Baby Lit Books by Jennifer Adams, $9.99 each, Soft sensory book by Lilliputiens, $15, soft ball by Moulin Roty, $10, Musical wind up tin toy by Vilac Depuis, $14.

Nest group_edited-1 Gifts from Nest Denver (6th Avenue location) left to right, top to bottom: Pink and white striped play suit by Tooby Doo, $38, Feather Baby double knit purple jammies, $68, Baby Dee Dee quilted slumber sac, $42, Purple birdie printed jammies by Egg, $36, felt whale bib, $20, Shwing shoe accessories, $8.95, Pearls & Popcorn a-line mauve and gold flecked knit dress, $42, Hello Shiso pom pom hair clip set, $24, Gold collar brocade dress by Egg, $68, and bow tie necklace by Peppercorn Kids, $12, Leather shoes by Melton,. $26.

little me gifts_edited-1 Gifts from Little Me's (now closed) left to right, top to bottom: Organic farm buddy by Apple Park, $15, Too Cuties Barrettes, $7 each, Stuffed monkey by Apple Park, $46, Maryjane tights by Trumpette, $21, Littel Hip Squeaks ice cream print jersey receiving blanket and newborn hat set, $70, Little Hip Squeaks diaper cover shorts and headband set, $30, Little Hip Squeaks individual striped headbands, $12 each, KicKee Pants pajamas in grapevine ruffle, $39, KicKee Pants pajamas in stone gease print, $39.

Have you purchased any of these items above, or would you enjoy any of these items for your own little?

Two Hour Dress

Two Hour Dress

#BundleandBliss at Madewell

#BundleandBliss at Madewell