Gift Guide

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby on. Posted in Friday Finds, My Pregnancy

I keep seeing all these gift guides online and I thought I’d make my own DREAM gift guide! Some of these gifts are quite unrealistic, unless you are really well off, but don’t we all wish we could spend unlimited amount of money on our loved ones? So dream here with me and maybe you’ll get some useful ideas, too.

For your loved one (female):

A diamond necklace ( or bracelet or earrings) like this one from 77diamonds.com

It’s small, subtle and sophisticated.

For a mom on-the-go who loves taking snapshots of her little one (unless she has a DSLR)

I love this camera. It’s what a pro photographer would use as a point-and-shoot. It records full  1080p HD video, has an ultra wide angle lens (24mm) and a great low light performance. And it’s currently 35% off on Amazon

Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS

For a man in your life, who likes finer things in life:

Montblanc Meisterstuck Classic Ballpoint Pen

and/or a matching Montblanc Wallet

I bought this pen and this wallet for  my husband’s birthday. He’s obsessed with Montblanc.The pen is awesome, but the wallet is my true love. I own one as well ( a female version) and this wallet lasts YEARS and still looks great ( unless you’re me, who doesn’t care how much an item costs and throws it into her purse along with everything else there and get it all scratched up, just like her expensive sunglasses- I really gotta do something about that horrible habit of mine)

For a friend with a DSLR who’s new to photography

Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8

My next lens, for sure. I’d pick this particular lens over a similar Canon, because it’s cheaper and most importantly MUCH MUCH lighter. The Canon version is like shooting with a brick. This is great for landscape, as well as portraiture, has a constant aperture of 2.8 which means you’ll have plenty of light to shoot in gloomy or indoor conditions.

For a special kid  who loves music or  for a new baby:

Cranberry Red Baloon CD, a children’s album with soft songs that are perfect for rainy days or going to sleep.

Singing on the album – Art Garfunkel, Bruce Johnston from the Beach Boys, John
Cowsill from The Cowsills and Vicki Peterson from The Bangles!!
Buy it here

For an aspiring photographer:

Photoshop Lightroom 3 – License

It’s my go-to editing program. If you or your friend has an .edu account, you can get this at 1/3 of the retail price.

Photoshop Lightroom 3 - License

For a sexy fashionable girlfriend

What is better than aLittle Black Dress

Bette D.

For your pregnant friend:

Graco Prenatal Listener – 2J00

A super cool device that lets you spy on your unborn baby, listen to its kicks, hicupps, sounds, movements, etc

For a guy who’s really into music

A Portable speaker with awesome sound: Altec Speaker. Run on batteries rather than a USB charge like most, which means you don’t have to drain your poor iPhone battery to listen to it.

For your friend who keeps trying to lose weight but doesn’t own a scale :)

Eat Smart Scale

Your mom or sister

A PHOTO BLURB BOOK

My mom LOVES receiving Blurb books with photos of our time together. These are my favorite photo books, quality-wise and feature-wise.

For a friend’s adorable daughter

Tea Collection Flowery Fun 5-Piece Set

Yeah I can’t get enough of their fun styles.

For a couple that is TTCing

Get Ready to Get Pregnant

By far, the best pre-conception book out there! It was and is my pre-conception BIBLE! Get it for ANYONE who’s thinking about TTC or are in the process of TTC!

For that crazy cat(or dog) lady

Laser pointers are SO LAST SEASON!

Interactive Pet Laser

A girly girl who loves looking pretty

One word: Yummy Make up Set, Celebutante

Your cool guyfriend/boyfriend/husband

Pinstripe Blazer

Rugged mixed with stylish- a total YES!

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Comments (4)

  • Marion

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    Hmm, I have to say that buying someone a scale would be in very poor taste. I think gifting one would be hurtful and rude, regardless of whether or not the person is trying to lose weight. If someone wanted a scale, s/he would buy one… It’s just not something you give someone as a present.

    If you wanted to gift someone with something fitness-related, how about a heart rate monitor, a favorite fitness DVD, or a one month membership to a yoga studio? I think any of those things would be a lot more thoughtful and supportive in their health efforts than, “Here, weigh yourself.”

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    • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby

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      Hahaha “here weigh yourself” that’s funny.
      Generally I’d agree with you, however if it’s a close friend that you know is working hard to lose weight and doesn’t have a scale, I don’t see how it’d be offensive or rude. People need to lighten up and not take everything as an offense or dig. I’d be happy to receive a good scale and wouldn’t think it’s a hint if I didn’t have one.
      What is the point of gifts anyways since anything a person wants they buy it themselves? It’s the same with any other gift. Sometimes people want smth but haven’t gotten around to buying it.

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  • Liberty

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    I totally agree with Marion. Unless your friend asked for a scale, that would be in really bad taste to gift one. Besides weight loss is not so much about the pounds because of water weight but inches. Scales are rarely helpful “tells” of weight loss because you weigh differently even according to it being morning or night.

    I think people don’t get around to buying a scale because it is just a reminder in their bathroom every day of how they feel insecure about themselves and fat. I love Marion’s idea of gym clothes or shoes or an MP3 player to work out to.

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    • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby

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      That’s interesting! I guess because I don’t feel that way about my body or weight it doesn’t bother me. We’ve always had a scale at home and weigh ourselves every morning out of habit. Comparing numbers morning to night is silly of course. You gotta weight yourself at the same time of the day ( morning preferably) and then look at numbers as a whole after 1 week, not daily. Before pregnancy I’ve always wanted to see my weight, and now of course since I’m constantly gaining it makes even more sense for me.

      Now, mind you (and I never clarified that) that I would never buy a heavy person a scale (I’d be worried she/he’s take it as a hint). I would only buy a fit person who’s trying to lose weight or maintain weight, or one that works out. And since I don’t really know many overweight people, it being offensive to my friends (who are all fit) never even occurred to me.

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