12 Days of Family: The Gift Guide

It’s Holiday Gift Guide time!

We love the structure and restraint provided by this sweet rhyme when thinking about gifts for our kiddos:

 

“Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read!”

 

We’ve expanded that idea to additional categories as well, like Reflect, Learn, Eat, and more. Read below and follow along on our social media accounts for our favorite picks—many local to Nashville—for your littles, from mini to big, and some spot-on ideas for the mamas in your life too! We are all about experiences, so we’ve included options for experiential gifts as well as goodies that can be wrapped and enjoyed right away. Our team loves to shop local when we can, so there are several options for favorite Nashville shops. 

If all else fails—give the kids the big Amazon box all the *real* gifts shipped in. You know that’ll be their favorite anyway! 

At the bottom of this post, you’ll be able to download a printable version of this gift guide!

 

Day 1: Want


For Mom

On IG @lemonlaine

For a luxurious, sensorial self-care experience, we recommend a custom face oil bar appointment at the bright-as-sunshine Lemon Laine. Owner Laura Lemon is a vibrant as her shop, and she and her staff will charm you with beverages and restaurant recommendations while you receive the best service.

For the Little (0-3)

For the little (0-3): Stop in at Arcade Nashville in the historic Hillsboro Village for the rainbow Grasper Beads or any of Grimm’s Wooden Toys – they’re a constant favorite! Perfect for open-ended play, and great for a wide range of ages, even beyond the littles. On IG @arcadenashville. 

For the Big (4-12+)

Snag a Micro Kickboard Scooter —these cool scoots are available in varying styles for tots all the way up through adults. Super fun, super adjustable—so you get a lot of life out of one little scooter. Don’t forget the helmet! Online and on IG @microkickboard

 

Day 2: Need


For Mom

Keep up with your family’s schedule in a sturdy and beautiful Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. These babies are roomy enough for all the to-do’s of a family while being streamlined and small enough to fit in your purse or diaper bag. On IG @simplified. 

For the Little (0-3):

The little always needs diapers! Grab a box of your favorite brand and let the kiddo unwrap it – they’ll love the box!

For the older little who is practicing potty habits, the best underwear – including training undies – comes from Hanna Andersson. They’re called “unders,” and they’ll last forever. In Green Hills Mall, online, and on IG @happyhannas

For the Big (4-12+)

On IG @plaidrabbitgifts or @littlelightfeet

Meet the need for girl socks and stockings with these beautifully crafted Condor brand socks and tights. Many varieties to choose from, including crochet detail, bows, ruffles, and faux fur trim. Find them locally at Plaid Rabbit in Green Hills (in-store only), or online at Little Light Feet. 

For boy and girl options in a variety of traditional styles and solid colors, try Jefferies socks. Sold at most boutique shoe and children’s stores including the eternal Lonnie Young’s in Green Hills. Also—Amazon. 

 

 

 

Day 3: Wear


For Mom

Nisolo shoes—unique, hand-crafted, and made to last with an ethical supply chain and fair wages. What’s not to love?  Local showroom in downtown Nashville, and available online. On IG @nisoloshoes.

For the Little (0-3)

On IG @willandivey

Will and Ivey is a precious line of children’s clothing, made in limited runs with the best fabrics. Family owned and operated in Nashville. Online and at local events. 

 

For the Big (4-12+)

Hanna Andersson in Green Hills Mall or online for high quality, long-wearing clothing. We especially love their jammies, sweaters, long sleeved tees, and unders. Hannas are designed with room to grow, so you often get several seasons of wear, and the quality allows for the best hand-me-downs. On IG @happyhannas

 

 

 

Day 4: Read


For any book gift-giving, or just for a fun, cozy time, visit Parnassus in Green Hills for a lovely, “local little bookshop” experience! 

For Mom 

on IG @bookofthemonth

Give her a Book of the Month Club subscription—THE subscription box since before subscriptions were the “it” thing—they’ve been supporting readers since 1926. Find them online. 

 

For the Little (0-3)


Wonky Donkey
—you may have seen the viral video of the Scottish grandmother reading. It’s worth the hype, and will have everyone giggling.  

 

For the Big (4-12+)

Royal Rabbits of London is a sweet, captivating read-aloud—a new book was just added to the series, and another is set to release in early 2020. 

 

 

Day 5: Reflect


For Mom

Mama will cherish some printed photos in a gorgeous “year in review” photo book from Artifact Uprising. Online and on IG @artifactuprising 

For the Little (0-3)

On IG @crateandkids

This precious little octopus Crate&Kids tummy time reflection toy will give your littlest little something fun to look at: herself! Online and in store.

For the Big (4-12+)

To foster the development of a growth mindset and mindfulness, gratitude, and kindness, share the blessing that is the Big Life Journal with your kids! There are printable and hard-bound options for journals and workbooks, and they have a great weekly email with free printables. Options available for ages 4 through teens. Online and on IG @biglifejournal  

 

Day 6: Learn


For Mom

On IG @babycomaternity

For the newest moms: a registration for the Thrive: Your Journey Into New Motherhood new moms group at Baby+Co. Hosted by our delightful educators, the Thrive group offers six weekly sessions with other new moms and babies, guest experts in baby development, lactation, and pelvic floor health, and lasting friendships. New groups start monthly! Online and on IG @babycomaternity 

For the Little (0-3)

 Lovevery baby subscriptions are the HOT ticket this year! Start with “The Looker” playkit for 0 to 3 months old, and move up from there—or, just jump in at any age! Online and on IG @lovevery 

For the Big (4-12+)

Frist — especially for the current Eric Carle exhibit and the Martin ArtQuest creative space. Adults pay an entry fee, but kids are free! Tack on a little milk shake or dinner option, and you’ve got a family date! Online and on IG @Fristartmuseum  

 

Day 7: Rest 


For Mom

On IG @skinnashco

For the ultimate relaxing spa experience, give the mama in your life a gift for a facial from S+Kin Nashville. We LOVE the facials from Sara and sugaring from Katje. They have a beautiful menu of services and a serene, relaxing space that will leave you feeling refreshed and vibrant for the holidays (or after the holidays when mama needs a BREAK). Located in West Nashville.

 

For the Little (0-3)

The littles love their blankies and loveys, so let’s give them the best! Stop in at the charming Magpie’s Baby+Child for a soft-as-clouds Kickee Pants blanket or select a beautiful Little Unicorn patterned lovey with silky trim. Locations in Nashville and Franklin; On IG @magpiesnashville 

 

For the Big (4-12+)

The bigs will LOVE this cozy Pod Swing Chair –hang it in their bedroom or a corner of the playroom for a quiet, private space to read and dream. Available on Amazon, or similar from catalogs. This listing safe for kids 2+ years old, and up to 170 lbs. 

 

Day 8: Create


 

For Mom

Take her on a date or send her out with friends to the Paddywax Candle Bar to make her own custom candle in the calm and bright workshop. Paddywax provides the tools and workshop space, you provide the wine. Online and on IG @paddywaxcandlebar 

For the Little (0-3)

KiwiCrate subscription popularity has exploded over the last two years. They have expanded their offerings to start boxes at age 0 all the way to 104. For the littles, select from Panda or Koala Crate subscription boxes, for just one month or all the way through the year. These are a thoughtful, hands-on way to spend time with your little and create something together. Online and on IG @kiwico_inc 

For the Big (4-12+)

On IG @thirdcoastclay

Paint your own pottery with the kids at one of two Third Coast Clay locations in Franklin. Select the piece (maybe a gift for grandma or a special piece for the big’s bedroom) and paint it your way! 

 

 

Day 9: Play


For mom

For a wild (or not so wild) night (afternoon?) out with friends – take her to Diskin Cider. Check their website for fun events and live music! Family friendly too, if you wanna bring the kids along. Online and on IG @diskincider 

For the Little (0-3)

Online and on IG  @freeforestschool

Take your little out to play in the mud and go exploring with the Nashville Free Forest School weekly outings (0-6 years, older siblings welcome). 

For the big (4-12+)

Truly fun for the whole family—plan an overnight stay at SoundWaves indoor water park (Opryland Hotel).  You’ll wear ‘em out and everyone will sleep all night! Online. 

 

Day 10: Eat


For Mom

Order yummy, beautiful, local, organic meals in sustainable packaging from Dinner Belle Nashville. They do meal delivery on Mondays every week (order the week before). Or, give a gift card or pick up ready to grab items from a few local stores (including in Mt. Juliet and Springfield!). Top picks: salad jars and chia pudding masterpieces. This would be an incredible gift for a newly postpartum family! Online and on IG @dinnerbellenashville  

Image credit Dinner Belle Nashville 

 

For the little (0-3)

On IG @babycomaternity

OK, so a two-part gift here. First, for the parents, give a registration to our fun, comprehensive class on starting solid foods: Solid Start class at Baby+Co. Offered monthly on Saturday morning, this is THE class to take when baby is getting ready to start trying foods around 6 months old. 

For the baby (and let’s be honest—helps the parents out too!): The BEST silicone bibs with a large pocket to catch the crumbs—and the silicone makes them easy to wash. Hot tip: Put baby in just a diaper and the bib for easier mealtime cleanup. Expert level: add a mat to the floor under baby’s high chair—or get a dog. Happy Healthy Parent Silicone bibs-set of 2 on Amazon. 

 

For the big (4-12+)

These kitchen items are great for littles and bigs—from about 2 years old and older, kids really love to help in the kitchen, especially if they are outfitted with real tools in their size—enter in this perfect, Montessori-inspired Wooden Food chopper from Atelier Saint-Cerf on etsy: easily cuts veggies, fruit, dough, and more—without the risk of injury.  Kids will love that they are successful right away! Online and on IG @ateliersaintcerf 

OR, Assemble a real, kid-sized cooking tools kit at For Small Hands–grab a few key items, like a nylon knife, whisk, spatula, cutting board, and an apron, and package it up in a pretty basket with a recipe you can prepare together.  Online or printed catalog. 

 

Day 11: Move

For Mom

Online and on IG @nativepilates

For the east side mamas, or those who want to take a little drive for the perfect workout, grab a gift card to Native Pilates in Mt. Juliet. Owner and Pilates instructor Amanda Howard is the epitome of grace. Mom of three, she knows what pregnant and postpartum moms need to keep their core and pelvic floor strength. Private or group sessions available. 

 

For the little (0-3)

Gather up some mom friends with littles and skip over to Blooma East or West for a Mommy and Me barre or yoga class, or try the Kids Music and Movement class (grownups participate too!). Blooma’s website offers a variety of gift certificates and class pass options for moms and kids. Online and on IG @blooma.nashville 

 

For the big (4-12+)

These two options are so wow-worthy, we couldn’t pick just one: For your older kiddo, try an outing (with friends!) to DEFY Nashville in Franklin: an indoor trampoline and ninja warrior playground to let that inner ninja warrior and trampoline artist shine. Online and on IG @defyparks 

OR, check out the weekly Yogi Rock Hoppers class at CLIMB Nashville (4-9 year olds) on the East or West side–you can even drop the kiddo at class and go have your own rock climbing adventure down the hall! Online and on IG @climbnashville 

 

Day 12: Watch


 

For mom

Nashville is THE place to be for live performances at venues like the Ryman, Ascend Amphitheatre, TPAC, and the beloved Station Inn. Give the mama in your life tickets to a live show at one of these favorite venues!

 

For the little (0-3)

On IG @nashvillechildrenstheatre

The Nashville Children’s Theatre is top-notch in every way—the staff is organized and patient, and the artists and performances are incredible. Grab some tickets to an upcoming show and have a magical time with your little (and bigs love it too!)

For the big (4-12+)

Here’s a cost-effective DIY for a fun Friday night: Assemble a Family Movie Night Basket! Include things like a family-friendly DVD or gift card for a streaming platform, popcorn, treats, popcorn containers, printed movie tickets, and more! Target and Walmart have $5 DVD bins, and Target’s “One Spot” and Dollar Tree often have popcorn containers. Set the mood with dim lights and lots of pillows and cozy blankets for cuddles with the fam while you watch.   

 


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