TLB’s Gift Guide For Older Boys

It’s officially Christmas time, friends!  I can blare my Christmas music unashamedly (I’ve already been listening to it for a solid month!)  The tree is trimmed, the mistletoe hung (not really…it just sounded good), and my shopping list is getting smaller.  I hate how fast this season flies by.  I just want to savor each and every day, enjoying the lights and decorations, the scents of candles and cookies, cozy fires and Christmas movies, and picking out that perfect gift for someone I love.

Do you have your shopping done early or are you a last-minute shopper?  Well, if you aren’t already finished (I’m definitely not!), Mardi and I have brainstormed some of our favorite ideas for kids in case you need a little help.  So for all of you needing to buy a gift for a boy…probably aged 10 and up, you’ll want to check out these ideas.  After all, we have three teenage boys between us, so we do know a thing or two about what they like!

All of our kids love these packable hammocks.  They can set them up themselves between any two trees with the adjustable straps.  It makes the perfect place to read or listen to music, and they can stack them up with friends.

If they have a hammock, then they definitely need this cool blow-up solar lantern.  It changes colors, is small and packable, and even charges devices.  Hang it on a backpack while hiking so that it charges during the day, and then enjoy the light at night from your tent or hammock.

Last year I got this cool chair for Kimball’s room and he loves it.  It works great for playing video games and hanging out, but my favorite part is that it unfolds and lays flat.  When one of his buddies sleep over, they have a place to sleep.  Well worth the money!

Here’s a fun game that just about any kid that likes being outside will enjoy.  Our boys haven’t got this yet, but it is definitely something Santa might bring!

Every kid knows Yeti stuff is cool.  Get them a Yeti water bottle to take along on outdoor adventures or sporting events, and you’ll score major cool points.

And this last idea is probably the best deal of the bunch.  A portable Bluetooth speaker that is waterproof and floats…perfect for taking along on hikes, kayak rides, or just hanging out at the beach or in a hammock.  It has great reviews on the sound quality and is way cheap right now.  I just put a couple in my cart!

So there you have it!  I hope this post gave you a couple of good ideas for those boys in your life.  The best part about most of these ideas is that they get your kid off the video game and outdoors.  Sounds like a win in my book!

Happy Shopping!  And if you have any great gift ideas, please share!


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, ladies!  I can’t believe May is only a weekend away…and I haven’t gotten my mother and mother-in-law anything yet.  Well, okay…I can totally believe that I haven’t gotten the gifts yet.  Waiting until the last minute is kinda my thing.  It wasn’t until I was reading a post by Sarah of Little Vintage Nest about mother’s day gift ideas that I thought I better get my butt in gear and start thinking about what to get them.  I loved her round up so much that I am taking a page from her book and putting together a list of ideas that I thought would make awesome gifts…some funny, some sentimental, some just plain fun.  I would take any and all of these if you are reading this, Chris, honey.  So here they are in no particular order:

I looooove this personalized bracelet by Sweet Auburn Studio!  It look so cute and stylish and they come in all kinds of beautiful colors.  Plus, it’s leather and handmade.  What’s not to love?

Next up is this gorgeous Gather sign by Camellia Cottage Décor.  If farmhouse style is your thing, than this sign fits the bill!  There are all kinds of other beautiful signs in this etsy shop as well.


If your mom loves cooking and baking and is also tech-savvy enough to use recipes from a tablet, then this is an awesome gift for her.  This tablet/cookbook holder from Country Barn Babe looks farmhouse-chic in the kitchen, and is super handy too!  You can also have it personalized in a variety of options.



AEK Studio and Design offers a kitchen towel customized with a favorite recipe from a loved one. Sarah from Little Vintage Nest had a similar tea towel on her list and I think it is the coolest idea ever! I have a ton of handwritten recipes from my Grandma Fazak (my maiden name is Fazakerley…that should explain it) that I would love to see on one of these.  Not only is it sentimental, but also useful and decorative!

Okay, another sign, I know.  But they are just so dang awesome!  This one is especially meaningful on Mother’s Day.  What a beautiful reminder of how blessed we are (and maybe your mom needs a reminder…awwww just kidding…I’m sure you’re really great!).  You can find this one at The Peddlers Shed…and trust me, she will LOVE it!


If your mom has a green thumb or maybe doesn’t, but enjoys plants anyway, this succulent planter is sure to be a big hit!  Not only are succulents totally on trend right now, they are also pretty hard to kill since they don’t require much care.  Okay, I confess I have killed a few, but I’m sure I’m the exception.  I do have a few live ones hanging on in my home right now, by some miracle.  LaSelva Succulents creates these beautiful planters, and I think they make a lovely gift.

And If you happen to be the favorite child like I am, then look no further!  I definitely think I should order this one from Fancy Type right. now.  With my name at the bottom, of course…sorry Mardi and Kendal.

And last but not least, I’m sure your mother would totally appreciate this moleskin notebook from Alfamarama.  With “My list of things I was right about” printed on every page, you will become her favorite if you weren’t already.

All of these products can be found on Etsy, which is one of my absolute favorite websites to find unique handmade and vintage items.  We are not receiving compensation of any kind…I just wanted to share some cool ideas!  And maybe at the very least, this little post will serve as a reminder to find something. soon. (ahem…note to self).