WV Family Magazine’s Annual Gift Guide 2011
Gifts in a Jar
Gifts in a jar is an easy way to make homemade gifts. They are fun to make and fun to receive. Some ideas include:
Ingredients for: cookies, muffins, cake, pie, brownies, soup, chili, homemade salsa, rolls/ bread
Dog or cat treats and toys
Hair clips, bows, and bands
Coffee, mocha, hot chocolate
Candy - layer by colors or types
Gift Ideas for the Teacher
Classroom materials for the library or stations in the room
Student art work
See Gift Basket ideas on this page
See Gifts in a Jar on this page
Avoid giving baked goods, lotions, soaps, body sprays, and items made for teachers.
The best gift is a big hug and a thank you!
Gift Ideas for Teens
Gift Card to favorite clothing store
Gift Card to favorite restaurant
Gift Card for music down loads
Gift Card for apps
Tickets for two: amusement park, bowling, gameroom, rock climbing, lazer tag, horseback riding
Favorite Team shirt or other apparel
Check out the Electronic Gifts listed below
Give a gift that gives back - check out the gift ideas that help a worthwhile cause on this page.
Gifts that Give Back
This holiday, give a gift with extra meaning. These items make great gifts, while also helping to bring money or attention to worthwhile causes.
Comfy Food Salty Turtles
Sweeten up this holiday season with Comfort Food Salty Turtles! All profits are donated to HELP USA, a charity that fights homelessness. $20 helpusa.org
Ellie The Elephant
When you donate $40 to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, your kid will get a string elephant doll that helps endangered animals. The IFAW rescues individual animals, protects populations and preserves precious habitats. IFAW.org
Give inspiration and a fashion statement! Proceeds from this “Hope Starts Here” bracelet go to the American Cancer Society. $10, thehopeshop.com
Frankie and Johnny Pajamas
No girl can have too many pairs of pajamas! Channel her comfy side by giving her a pair of these funky pajamas by Sleepy Heads, which will donate 20 percent of proceeds to the Big Brothers Big Sisters charity. $78, sleepyheads.com
SPONSOR A WILD PLACE
Sponsoring a Wild Place not only provides a unique and special gift for someone you love, but gives you the satisfaction of knowing you are helping preserve America’s wild legacy long after the gift has been opened. Whether you want to support the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Badlands or the Grand Canyon, your symbolic sponsorship supports the Sierra Club’s efforts to protect America’s wildlands and wildlife, keep our air and water clean and promote a clean energy future. Plus you get a cute plush toy! Visit www.sierraclub.org/wildplaces.
A Duck That Fights Cancer
Every year, since 2001, Aflac and Macy’s team to sell a plush, toy duck to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. This year’s duck was designed by a young cancer patient, Monica (17 years old). $10 for the 6-inch version and $15 for the 10-inch duck. All proceeds will be donated to fight pediatric cancer at a participating hospital nearest to where the duck is sold. A great stocking stuffer! Macys.com
Linus Fleece Blanket
Feel warm and fuzzy inside and out: A percentage of blanket sales goes to Project Linus, a national nonprofit that delivers handmade blankies to ill and otherwise traumatized babies, kids, and teens. $36
Available at urbanoutfitters.com
Gifts for Pets or Pet Lovers
World Wildlife Fund Pet Gifts
Don’t forget your fluffy family friend this season. For a donation from $25 to $50, nab a collar, leash and more featuring a World Wildlife Fund panda logo. $25-$50 worldwildlife.org
Christmas Cheer Scout Dog Bandana
Available in all sizes, this festive bandana slips over your pet’s collar. All bandana’s at Moe’s Place is made in the USA. Machine washable. Moe’s Place donates 10% of sales proceeds to Toys for Tots for each Christmas dog bandana sold. Moe’s Place will donate 10% of sales proceeds on other items to animal shelters throughout the US for . Prices vary. www.moesplace.net
Planet Dog Toys
Give your pup a squeaky toy and give another dog happiness as well. Planet Dog products helps support canine service programs through the company’s ongoing grant-giving and product donation plans. $6-$8 planetdog.com
SNIP (Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) Spay or
neuter someone’s pet this holiday. Help prevent animal homelessness by giving the gift of spaying and neutering by either donating to PETA or giving a fellow animal-lover a SNIP. $50 petapresents.org
Cross “Puppy” Off of the Holiday Shopping List!
NAPPS is Urging Gift-Givers to Avoid the Common Mistake of Giving the ‘Pet Present’
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals, is spreading awareness about the dangers of giving pets as gifts this holiday season, and is urging gift-givers to consider an alternative to the popular puppy present.
According to John D’Ariano, president of NAPPS, it is very unfortunate, but most pets that are “gifts” become neglected, unwanted and abandoned.
NAPPS urges you to consider the following and share these tips with others:
- The potential pet parent should be able to ask themselves - Would a pet fit into my daily routine and lifestyle? Can I afford the expenses associated with having a pet? Someone else should not make this decision on their behalf.
- If the pet is for a child, consider the following: Is your child ready to take on the responsibilities of caring for a pet?
- Are you—the adult—prepared to take on the responsibilities of caring for a pet?
- Christmas morning will eventually be over. By giving a pet as a gift, you may be sending the wrong message - that pets are disposable and easily replaced - like toys and games.
- Maybe the holiday season is the wrong time to welcome a new pet - with all the excitement, decorations, entertaining, out-of-town guests, and traveling.
If you are considering a pet pal for your family, do it when you can devote all of your time and effort to the attention and care of the pet.
15 Electronic Gifts for 2012
Tablet devices- iPad mini, Nexus, Galaxy, etc...
eReaders - Kindle, Lookbook, Nook, etc...
MP3 Players - Clip Zip, Blue, Coby, etc...
Cameras - CoolPix, Power Shot, Fine Pix, etc...
Camcorders - Handycam, Play Sport, Slimline, etc...
Laptops - Dell, Acer, Apple, HP, etc...
GPS navigation - Garmin, TomTom, etc...
GPS sports watch - Forerunner, Nike+, MOTOACTV, etc...
Smart phone - iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc...
Ear buds/head phones
Game systems - Playstation, Wii, XBox,
Portable gaming systems
For that person who is
hard to buy for...
Movie Night Basket
Chocolate Lovers Basket
Pet Lovers Basket
College Student Basket
Healthy Food Basket
Pizza Lovers Basket
Dr. Toy’s Ten Best Basic Toys
BALL - available in all sizes, shapes, and colors
BOARD GAME - find an age-appropriate game
CAR- great for role playing and active play
CONSTRUCTION TOY- plastic, metal, wood
CRAYONS- explore, self-express, and learn colors
DOLL- role playing, friendship PUPPET- reading books, role playing
PUZZLE- matching, discovery, language
PLAY TELEPHONE- communication, language
WOODEN BLOCKS- building, stacking provided by www.drtoy.com
Christmas Tree Farms
Home Come Tree Farm
91 Tree Farm Rd, Horner, WV
You choose, you cut. Saws available.
Mt. Zion Nursery
Rt. 8 Box 131, Fairmont, WV
You choose, you cut. Saws provided. You choose, we cut. Or precut.
Brown’s Choose and Cut Tree Farm
2927 Ridgedale Rd., Morgantown, WV
Open seven days /week. Hand saws available.
Hunter Tree Farm
1265 4-H Camp Rd., Morgantown, WV
304-291-3782 You Choose and Cut.
Rt. 1 Box 434, Kingwood, WV
Nov. 25 - Dec. 24. You Choose and Cut.
Rt. 1 Box 360, Bruceton Mills, WV
Anytime daylight to dark.
You Choose and Cut.
Miller’s Christmas Trees
Rt. 2 Box 44, Terra Alta, WV
Open daylight hours from Thanksgiving.
You choose & cut. Saws available.
French Creek Christmas Trees
Rt. 2 Box 14, French Creek, WV
You Choose and Cut. Saws provided.
French Creek Tree Farms
Rt. 2 Box 78, French Creek, WV
You Choose and Cut. Bow saws available. 8 a.m. to dusk.
The Gift of Class
Give the gift of a class. The recipient will learn skills and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Martial Arts Classes
STOCKING STUFFER IDEAS
gift certificates (favorite store, restaurant)
sport event tickets
game for electronic devices
This listing has been compiled by West Virginia Family Magazine to assist you. It is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of facilities, accommodations, or services. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this listing, it is recommended to call ahead. WV Family Magazine is not liable for damages arising out of errors or omission.