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Shop Cincinnati: The CMB Holiday Wish List {2017}

We had so much fun putting together our 2017 Holiday Wish List for you! No matter if you are shopping for the holidays or simply looking for a gift throughout the year, our team has some of our favorite gift suggestions to help you out.

This is a sponsored Holiday Wish List brought to you by our line-up of favorite brands. Every last one of these recommendations has the Cincinnati Moms Blog “stamp of approval,” and we personally solicited all companies for inclusion.

Make sure you are following our Facebook Page because several of our partners are offering holiday giveaways that you will not want to miss!

Goldfish Swim School

CMB Gift Suggestion::
Goldfish Holiday Package

Goldfish does not just have a passion for kids or a passion for swimming…it’s a passion for changing – even saving – lives by teaching kids to swim.

Here at CMB, we are in love with the Perpetual Lessons model which includes:

  • One life-guard certified instructor for every four children
  • Year-round swim lessons for children 4 months to 12 years and for swimmers of all abilities
  • Curriculum focused on teaching swim and safety skills while building character
  • Flexible scheduling to accommodate even the busiest family’s schedule
  • And much, much more

Giving the experience of swim lessons this holiday season is not only fun, it’s practical and potentially life-saving.

Take advantage of the Holiday Package for $185 and includes 2 months of lessons, the annual registration fee, two months of free family swims and exclusive Goldfish apparel.

Hanna Andersson

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Hanna Family Long Johns

For over 30 years, kids have played and laughed in Hanna Andersson’s clothing. We are beyond lucky to have two local Hanna Andersson stores here in town, located both in the Kenwood Towne Center and at Liberty Center!

Our absolute favorite Hanna products?  Their pajamas!  If you’re on the hunt for matching family pajamas this holiday season, then be sure and check out one of our local stores or shop online. You’ll fall in love with their sweet stripes and fun prints too!

If you haven’t tried Hanna Andersson pajamas (or any of their clothing yet), you are missing out. They are high-quality, super comfortable and best of all – age appropriate (we love this!)

Your Wellness Center

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The Medspa at Your Wellness center offers a large variety of services we feel could make a great gift for someone in your life (or yourself – you have to buy at least one gift for you, right?)

Hands down, our team is the most excited about the Hydrafacial MD. The HydraFacial MD is a completely non-invasive treatment used to nourish and restore the integrity of the skin. It’s quick (easy to fit into a busy schedule), relaxing and the results will leave you glowing.

There are 4 steps to the treatment:

  1. Vortex-Exfoliation™ – Hydradermabrasion cleanses the skin removes dead skin cells to uncover healthy skin.
  2. Vortex-Peel™ – A mixture of Glycolic and Salicylic Acid delivers the benefits of a mild peel without post-peel scaling.
  3. Vortex-Extraction™ – Automatic painless extractions of blackheads cleanses the pores.
  4. Vortex-Fusion™ – Infusion of Antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid, and Peptides nourishes the skin.

Statement Designs Co.

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Ohio Necklace

All of the necklaces are handmade by the artist in this etsy shop, giving you the opportunity to give the perfect locally themed gift this holiday season! The state and its backing have both been laser cut from basswood and stained with contrasting values in order to create the ideal balance for the pendant.

We love the Ohio state pendant for obvious reasons. However, you can choose to represent the United States or select any other state design as well, which makes it perfect for someone living far from home or who loves to travel.

The talented Veronica is super easy to work with and willing to customize to help you creat that perfect trinket. Affordability makes this an amazing option for things like teacher gifts as well!

Franklin + Co.

CMB Gift Suggestion::
Glitter and Vinyl Stainless Steel Tumblers

Franklin + Co. is a fun, colorful, Etsy-based shop that specializes in custom, glittery gifts! They offer mugs, stainless steel tumblers that can be personalized with a smooth glittered finish, as well as tea towels and decals for anything you could imagine.

These double walled, stainless steel tumblers come in 20 or 30oz, and pictures do not do them justice. They are so smooth and beautiful, you just have to order one to see them in person! The glitter and vinyl are sealed under FDA compliant epoxy, so no washing or wear will make their beauty fade. They are customized with the glitter and vinyl colors of your choice, and you can even find glitter-free options (like a wood grain design!) in the shop for the men in your life!

Art Workshop

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Pottery Wheel for Kids

You really can’t go wrong when giving a child (or adult) in your life an art class experience at the Art Workshop. We love all of the classes, but we are huge fans of the pottery wheel class.

Designed specifically for kids ages 7 and older, this class gets them onto the pottery wheel and teaches them the skills of wedging, centering, pulling, trimming, use of tools and surface techniques. No experience is required and the skills they will master during even one session will leave them feeling a sense of pride in the pieces they are able to create and a solid foundation for continued growth.

The winter session starts January 15th, so it makes the perfect holiday experience to gift!

Keep reading below to see what else is on the CMB team’s wishlist this season!

Lot No 1- All the caffeine.
If you have never stopped into Lot No 1, it is definitely worth the trip! The decor is amazing, and the coffee is locally roasted. It’s basically the perfect spot to spend a quiet winter morning, cozy with coffee and wifi!

Cobb Cinebistro- Bring on the chick-flicks!
I’ll take tickets for two: me and a friend! Kicking back on those oversized recliners with a cocktail from the bar is pretty much pure luxury. 

Becoming Mom Spa- Relaxation at its finest.
Not just for pregnancy, I love the attention to detail that Becoming Mom Spa gives to it’s clients. As a mom the NUMBER ONE gift you can give me is an afternoon getting a massage and a pedicure.

Rose & Remington- Furniture & fixtures please!
I am forever in the process of redecorating and remodeling it feels like, and I cannot get enough of the cute home goods in the Rose & Remington Home store! You pretty much can’t go wrong with their reclaimed furniture and whimsical decor. I’m kind of obsessed with their planters right now!

Cincy Clean – Please gift me someone else to come clean my house!
I love that Cincy Clean is a local small business that I can support. I would give anything to have someone (Santa??) provide me with a once a month house cleaning for 2018. I am giddy just thinking about it.

Family Membership to the Cincinnati Zoo – The gift that keeps on giving!
One of my favorite gifts to give and receive are annual memberships that can be enjoyed year round. This one is probably my favorite.

A Weekend Staycation Getaway at The 21C in OTR – Kid free please!
Lately, I have found myself craving a kid-free weekend to explore this city. So much has changed since I had kids and while I dabble in it a little bit, it would be really fun to have a weekend with my husband or a friend to take advantage of the luxurious accommodations at a nice hotel, some spa services, and the freedom to explore the city sans kids.

Mox Shoes – It’s the little things that lift your mood!
I have always been a bare feet or gym shoe kind of person, but lately, I have found some fun, casual, comfortable shoes that still add that little something extra to make me feel like I am dressed. I love the affordability and fun colors of Mox Shoes. I am in the market for the latte colored ones currently.

Membership to the Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club.
The tastings plus a chance to try so many different wines is right up my alley!

Tablespoon Cooking Co. – Cooking classes
Tablespoon Cooking Co. offers a great variety of cooking classes. From topical classes like soup and sandwiches or pizza to their monthly Cookbook Club, their classes make a great gift (and include dinner and drinks!).

Crayoligraphy – Hand letter all the things!
Crayola makes calligraphy markers that I am super excited about! I love to hand-letter all the things, and so much of it is about the right tools. These are a perfect stocking stuffer!

Bite – My favorite restaurant in the area!
I’m always excited if there’s a gift card in my stocking! We’ve even had the kids come with us before and called it a family date night. It’s BYOB, so we grab our fav bottle of wine to share and enjoy the farm to table cuisine in a relaxed, home-y atmosphere.

Cincinnati – Staycation
Last year my husband gifted me a Staycation. He called my mom, set everything up and we left for a fun-filled day and night in downtown Cincinnati. Not even gone 24 hours, but it was so refreshing and fun to explore our own city and check out places not suitable for the kiddos. Definitely on my list for this year!

I’m loving the long cardi/kimono look right now and have this on my list. It’s a men’s smoking jacket meets something Mrs. Roper would wear, and I like that. Throw over a t-shirt and jeans and I might just feel a tad fancier. At $36 from Rose and Remington, my husband can’t argue.

Red Heels – I am dying feel like I have a tad bit of sex appeal again!
There’s just something about wearing a certain shoe that can make you feel like a whole new woman. Which is a feeling I so desperately need after feeling like I’ve lost that “It” factor two kids ago. 

Fossil Satchel – I need a bag that will stand with me through the test of time.
A bag that will say, I’ve got your back through every occasion and match almost every outfit. One that will carry everything under the sun and allow me to use my hands only for holding two little ones. My last purse lasted me almost 10 years from there. Really hoping Santa can get me a replacement.

Mikyako’s – I am craving Hibachi, but my children love to try to climb towards the grill.
A full belly, peaceful mind, and just a few moments to recharge as I spoon large amounts of food in my mouth without sharing. Mommy Bliss just thinking about it. Oh, and my husband coming would be a nice addition.

Pure Barre – Athletic wear
While I LOVE to get my sweat on daily (or as close to daily as possible), I also love their retail section. But, with high-quality stuff comes high-quality prices, so for holidays, I’ll ask my husband for a particular piece of clothing from there. It’s true that if one looks good while working out, it makes you work harder. At least that’s my theory.

Bizy Bee Bakery – Donuts
That’s typically all the information I need before deciding that a place is for me, but Bizy Bee donuts are on another level entirely. I’m usually a “all chocolate, all the time” person, but the glazed donuts from Bizy Bee are heavenly. Any special occasion in our house necessitates Bizy Bee and since they sell out early, it counts as a gift if someone else goes to fetch them!

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