2021-22 Winter Guide

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Your Family’s Ultimate Guide to the Winter Season around the San Francisco Bay Area!

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San Francisco Bay Area Mom's Guides to Best Holiday Gift Ideas

Best Gifts for Her – 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
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Best Gifts for Him – 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Best Gifts for Family – 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
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Winter Wonderland

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New Holiday Traditions

Enjoying a Family Get-together? Self-care Can Help
A New Way to Celebrate
Holiday Crafts to Make Your Home Merry and Bright
Dear Santa, an Inside Look at the USPS Operation Santa
Happy Hanukkah! Crafts and Snacks to Celebrate
Christmas fairies tradition
Introducing the Christmas Fairies – A New Christmas Tradition
I’m Mailing You a Holiday Card, But It’s Not (Totally) a #HumbleBrag
Why You Need to Check In on Your People Around the Holidays

Deck Your Homes

1. Joiedomi Christmas Inflatable Decoration

2. Lights4Fun Holiday Light Displays

3. Snowflakes Window Decals

4. The Polar Express Train Set

Home for the Holidays


  1. Make a family keepsake. Stamp your kids’ handprints on a piece of fabric and build a quilt. Save your children’s letters to Santa in a photo album. If you’re musically inclined, write an original song to sing each year. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s something that lasts year after year.
  2. Learn about the holiday. Whether you choose to focus on particular stories from your religion, learn how it’s celebrated in different parts of the world, listen to stories from older family members about their childhood memories, or choose an entirely new religion to learn about, find ways to connect your kids with the larger spirit of the season.
  3. Write holiday cards together. Instead of laying the burden of mailing cards entirely on yourself, find ways for the whole family to pitch in, even if it’s licking the envelopes. (Milk and cookies are excellent motivators)
  4. Elf yourself. Everyone will get a kick out of seeing themselves as animated elves, and it couldn’t be easier to do.
  5. Read books along with Rosie and print out the fun activities like the Gingerbread Activity Workbook.
  6. Track Santa. Starting December 1, the NORAD website has an official Santa tracker, so your kids can keep tabs on the big guy all the way through Christmas Day. If the North American Aerospace Defense Command can get into the Christmas spirit, then anyone can.
  7. Plan visits from the holiday fairies. Leading up to the main holiday events, plan something fun to do with your kids each day. Have your kids open an envelope from the “fairies” each morning with a special activity for the day. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s something planned to do together (and you won’t have to look much further than this list for your inspiration).
  8. Decorate the house. Have your kids make an ornament each year to hang on the tree (plus extras to give to grandparents). String popcorn and cranberries for garland. Cut out paper snowflakes. There are so many ways this can be a family affair, all while listening to holiday music, of course. To wipe down presents and surfaces for decorating, we use Arm & Hammer Essentials Disinfecting Wipes.
  9. Make food together. Whether you love to bake, make gift bags of spiced nuts, or cook latkes each year for Hanukah, doing it together makes it more special, and the smells of those foods will stick with your kids through adulthood bringing them right back to your kitchen.
  10. Watch old movies. Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube make it possible to watch even the most obscure movie from your childhood. Find your favorite and share it with your kids.
  11. Write a letter. The old standby recipient of letters is Santa, of course, but it’s also fun to have your kids write to themselves to open the following year. Pre-writers can dictate to you what they want to say, and you can write to your child if they’re not yet verbal. Store the letters with your holiday decorations, so it’s easy to find next year. Or, choose another relative to write to. In this electronic age, keeping the tradition of written letters alive feels perfect for the nostalgia of the holiday season. For e-correspondences, we love Smilebox for personalizable greetings and slideshows.
  12. Give your child a special present on their first holiday. Maybe it’s their very own menorah or a special ornament, but having something that you pull out each year, prompting the story of when they were little, will make them feel special.
  13. Wear matching family pajamas. If at least one of your holiday traditions isn’t making someone in your family roll their eyes, then you’re not doing it right. Check out Pat Pat for a picture-perfect family jammy fest.

Veroni, the beloved maker of Italian cured meats and specialties unveils its brand-new snack line that combines a selection of authentic Italian salami with provolone cheese, dried fruit, and breadsticks. The four pairing options come in a practical and easy- to-open packaging to enhance your winter parties, while offering a real Italian tasting experience. With the right amount of protein, Veroni’s snacks recharge your batteries everywhere, at your holiday get-together, at the office, at school, or after gym.

Pocket Chefs is dedicated to matching families with personal home chefs that will visit you weekly to meal prep lunches and dinners that fit your budget and eating lifestyle. Customers are able to sign up to have a chef come on a weekly basis or try out a one-time single session. Be sure to use code ‘SFMOMS’ when you sign up!

Winter Wonderland Culinary Arts

Roast Chicken Chowder in Under an Hour
Holiday Entertaining Tips From Lifestyle Expert and TV Personality Debbie Matenopoulos
affordable personal chef
Pocket Chefs Wants to Help You Meal Prep (and You Should Let Them)
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Turkey & Donuts – The Year We Said No to a Traditional Holiday

Tips for Pie Baking with Kids

 

Chinese New Year recipes
Chinese Almond Cookies to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Spice It Up

1. Three Peaks NZ Manuka Honey

2. Get Supr Coffee Lovers Bundle
3. Preggo Pickles

4. GoSili Eco-Friendly Reusable Silicone Marbled Straw Tumbler
5. Congo Tropicals: Organic Dark Chocolate
6. Sweet Chaos Popcorn, Peanut Butter Cup Drizzle

7. Undercover Chocolate Quinoa Crisps – Holiday Flavors

8. Mionetto Organic Prosecco Sparkling White Wine
9. Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

10. Food Americana: The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes
11. Practical Pottery: 40 Pottery Projects

12. Mionetto Prosecco Rosé Sparkling Wine

Festive Popcorn Treat-Crafts

Deck the Halls with Popcorn Trees
It’s Winter Time
Let It Snow

Winter Traditions & Celebrations

Traveling Tips for Your Next Trip
Top Places to See Christmas Lights on the Peninsula
family friendly new year's eve party
Throw a New Year’s Eve Bash (No Sitter Required)
Year of the Tiger: Lunar New Year Activities for the Whole Family – Free Printables!
Top 5 Travel Tips for Military Moms
What Lunar New Year Means To Me
Socially-Distanced Gifts and Activities for Galentine’s Day
Sweet, Sweet Valentine (Free Printable Activities)
Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts
Keep It Real This Holiday Season
Celebrating Chinese New Year Traditions with Toddlers
Calm and relaxed woman meditating on couch
How to Put the “Om” Back in Mom – Even During the Holidays

Winter Fun

Jumbo Stickers for Little Hands: Winter Wonderland

Easy Hidden Pictures for Kids Ages 3-5: A First Preschool Puzzle Book of Object Recognition

Jumbo Stickers for Little Hands: Under the Sea

The Bridge to Sharktooth Island: A Challenge Island STEAM Adventure

Out & About

Winter Gear

1. FunkAway Laundry Detergent Booster

2. FunkAway Big Jobs Spray

3. FunkAway Odor Eliminating Beads

4. FunkAway – FAO8.0 Pump Spray

5. FrictionLabs Alcohol Free Liquid Chalk

6. ECOLIPS Candy Cane Lip Balm
7. Stormy Kromer Lil’ Kromer Cap – Kids Winter Wool Hat

8. iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

Would you like to surprise your loved ones with a trip they would never forget and not have to worry about all the planning?
Imagine walking down a beautiful sandy beach with a calming swish of waves nearby and kids laughing in the background. It has probably been very long since you ventured outside for a getaway. You might feel anxious about all changes and constantly shifting travel safety requirements across the world. What if you had access to a travel expert who can create a tailor-made getaway just for you and your loved ones?
You can get holiday packages at Emerald Travel Design now and travel anytime during 2022.

Does the idea of a physical planner make your heart sing? Are you somewhere in between? Pick one location in your home that gets a lot of traffic and where your family learns to check for important information. Using something like a system from 1Thrive allows you to have as much or as little to keep your family organized. It can also grow with you as your family grows.

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Parent-Approved Holiday Toys & Gifts Ideas By Age

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New Book Titles for Moms and Kids

Shop Local / Mom-Owned

Shop Local / Mom-Owned for the Holidays

1. Halo Life Face Mask with Nanofiber Filter

2. California Hollywood Baby Tag Crinkle Me Stroller Toy Lovey by Baby Jack

3. Tiny Organics Baby and Toddler Meals – Use code SFBAM for 25% off your first box!

 Twrl Me Up Gift Box
4. Twrl Me Up Gift Box
5. Tip Toes Non-Slip Socks

6. Pockimal Ornaments
7. InKidz Mindful Box

8. Babble Books Let’s Talk, Baby…

Gifts for the Winter

Gift Ideas for the Winter

1. Zizzy Fit Women’s Activewear
2. TriPollar STOP Vx GOLD Luxury Skincare Bundle
3. LivHo Blue Light Blocking Glasses

4. My Gnome On The Roam Family Adventure and Creativity Kit

5. ergoPouch 3.5 TOG Sleep Suit Bag

6. LivHo Polarized Sunglasses

7. REEWAY Interchangeable Unisex Sneaker
8. Best Boards for Baby Set by Hullabaloo Book Company
9. Brown Aspiration Stationary

10. Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush with Sensitive Brush Head and Timer

11. Echo Wall Clock

12. Goliath Game-A-Saurus Rex

Screen-Free Gifts

Screen Free Gift Ideas

1. Dino Crunch

2. MAD MATTR Activity Sets

3. Busy Box Arts & Crafts Activity Kit

4. Picasso Tiles

5. CoolSand Deluxe Bucket

6. Pediped Flex Kacie Fashion Boot

7. Mindful Kids Bundle: Daytime & Bedtime
8. Yoto Player – Kids Audio Player & 6 Cards Starter Pack

Gifts for the Creative

Gift Ideas for the Creative

1. The Official Unicorn SPiT User’s Handbook

4. The Art and Science of Drawing: Learn to Observe, Analyze, and Draw Any Subject

3. Watercolor Botanical Garden: A Modern Approach to Painting Bold Flowers, Plants, and Cacti

Sugar & Snail Paint by Pom Pom Bundle
4. Sugar & Snail Paint by Pom Pom Bundle

Gifts for the Techie

Gift Ideas for the Techie

1. 3D Wooden Puzzle-Robotic Dinosaur

2. Sesame Street Wall Stories: Elmo Goes to The Zoo

3. Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet

4. Makeblock mBot Robot Kit for Kids

Gifts for the Athlete

Gift Ideas for the Athlete

1. Goliath Games Phlat Ball

2. SHARKBANZ 2 Magnetic Shark Repellent Band

3. COR Surf Poncho Changing Towel Robe with Hood and Front Pocket

4. Pickup Sports Kids Subscription Box

Gifts for the Scholar

Gift Ideas for the Scholar

1. Magical Activity Wall Calendar 2021

2. Elf Prep Academy: Santa’s Exclusive School
3. Wall Stories – App Based, Augmented Reality Interactive Wall Stickers for Kids Bedrooms

4. Homer – The essential early learning app that grows with your child. Personalized & proven. Try now free for 7 days!

Gift a Book This Holiday

Gift a Book this Holiday

1. Bee Scared (The Old Doc Turtle Series)

2. An Elf’s Journey Home

3. You are Revolutionary

4. Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition

5. Captain Cake: Meet the Candy Crew
6. Captain Cake: Commander Pickle Is in a Pickle

7. An Extra Dose of Love

8. Little Red Sleigh: A Heartwarming Christmas Book For Children

For the Adults

Gift Ideas for the Adults

1. KeaBabies Multifunctional Travel Diaper Backpack

2. Allay Light Therapy Lamp for Migraine Sufferers

3. Calypso Shapwear
4. Chicken Little the Sky Isn’t Falling: Raising Resilient Adolescents in the New Age of Anxiety

5. Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Guided Journal: Collector’s Edition

7. Dogtography: A Knock-Your-Socks-Off Guide to Capturing the Best Dog Photos on Earth

8. Income and Wealth: David Parker Essays

9. The Peaceful Protectors: COLORING COLLECTION by Real Weng

10. Memories from the Microphone

11. You Are Here (For Now): A Guide to Finding Your Way

12. Blenders Durable Eyewear

13. Surviving the Wild: Essential Bushcraft and First Aid Skills for Surviving the Great Outdoors

14. Functional Training and Beyond: Building the Ultimate Superfunctional Body and Mind

15. GUESS Effect Grooming for Men 3-Piece Gift Set

16. GUESS Seductive Red Eau de Toilette EDT Spray for Men

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