Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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Happy Holidays, Mamas! Can you believe it is that time of year already?  Take a breath because we have got your shopping lists covered with this year’s holiday gift guide. All of our writers have weighed in, and this guide is full of gift ideas for everyone on your list.  So, go grab a hot chocolate, spiced cocktail, peppermint latte, or glass of wine, and let’s do this!

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elizabeth w


Formerly an architect, Albert Nichols named his San Francisco perfumery after Elizabeth Wightman, his great-grandmother.  In the 1800s, she founded a ranch in the Sierra Nevadas, when neither grace nor style were required or desired. She was the obvious inspiration for his business.

Established in 1995 as a traditional perfumery, the elizabethW brand has expanded to include exquisite and original collections for bath, body, and home, through the founder’s commitment to quality fragrances, superb ingredients, and innovative design. Check out their Ghirardelli Square location!

“If there is such a thing as artisan bath and beauty products, then elizabethW is it. All of the products are made from high-quality ingredients and everything smells fantastic! The scents are so unique. I tried the Tangerine Lip Balm, Tuberose Hand Lotion, and Magnolia Bath Fizz. The bath fizz made my bathroom smell delicious for an entire day so you can imagine how good it was on my skin. The lip balm and hand lotion boast shea butter as a primary ingredient, and I’m a fan of any moisturizing product that does that – they were so effective! If you need a gift that screams luxury, elizabethW is it!”



Founded in 1996, Ambiance San Francisco offers great women’s clothes and personal styling service at any one of their 4 San Francisco locations: Haight-Asbury  Noe Valley  Marina District  Inner Sunset .

They have won multiple awards for “best boutique” and are known for the fashionable selection and outstanding customer service! 

“I’m ashamed to admit that before now I hadn’t been into Ambiance before. But, oh my gosh, they have the cutest stuff, and I’ll definitely be stopping in more. I was so excited to have this BB Dakota jacket selected for me because I’ve actually had my eye on it for some time. It’s beautiful and soft and the perfect color for fall. It’s reversible and has pockets on both sides! The best part is that it looks so chic but it’s not too precious to wear around my kids. I feel like such a cool mom in this adorable jacket. Run to Ambiance and get one for yourself!” 


Mox Shoes

Mox Shoes was started by a stay at home mom in Australia in 2011 and made their way to the United States via family friends.  After everyone started asking about their shoes US founders, Stacey and Amber, knew America was ready for Mox shoes, and they launched here in the US in 2015.

Mox are for women from every walk of life. Not only are they versatile but they are comfortable!  Mox are made from 100% man made rubber so they are light and breathable.  Not only are Mox comfortable, they are stylish and affordable too!

“I can’t say enough about Mox shoes. They are like the jelly shoes of my youth, but so much more comfortable. I can wear them all weekend, while running errands in my neighborhood or for brunch with friends. Best of all, they are easy to clean. They are so lightweight that I can easily throw them in my bag when I need a spare pair of shoes. I want them in every color, and I can’t wait to buy pairs for my mom and sisters.”




MVMT Blacktop Chronograph Bracelet Watch


A functional, clean, and modern watch with no numbers, date function, stainless steel, crystal face, and adjustable band.

Peter Millar Seneca Quilted Vest


Comfortable and stylish vest perfect for SF weather. 

YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler


ColdCell Insulation and 100% leakproof HydroLok Zipper.

Cactaki Water Bottle 


Keep your man healthy with a time water bottle, reminding him to drink throughout the day. 

BrewDemon Signature Beer Kit


Comes with everything you need, reusable, and makes 2 gallons of beer in 14 days!

Mizzen+Main Anchorage Slim Fit Henley


Stylish henley T shirt made with a stretchy material for comfort. 



Looking for more toy ideas for toddlers and preschoolers?  

Check out our sister site, Mid Peninsula Moms Blog’s post listing 50 Timeless Toys!  

Give Back

Interested in donating to a special cause during the holiday season? We partnered with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to raise money for the Recreational Therapy Fun Fund.

The Fun Fund ensures every patient spending their holiday in the hospital receives a gift.  Toys and books are needed year-round to stock the playroom, to celebrate birthdays spent in the hospital, and to engage patients at the bedside to help reach developmental milestones.


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