What do I buy for a baby who knows nothing of Christmas, a big man and a complainy mom?

guys...WANA. Where do I begin. It’s been awesome. I’ve felt very close to it this year. I’m amazed at everyone’s selflessness. It’s really awesome to see. We have such wonderful success stories that I can’t wait to share with you in our recap post.

I need you all to know though that this year’s WANA will end on the 23rd. WANA will be back next year. Great work everyone and for those of you who have received help and are comfortable doing so, please send me pictures and I’ll post them in the recap. Success stories without pictures are welcome too.

Please keep checking though. I’ll continue to post those needs who haven’t been met yet.


I’m going to wrap up our what-the-f-do-i-get-this-person for said holiday, series in one post. Why? Because Ruby is a baby and knows nothing of Christmas. I wish someone smacked me and told me that when G had just turned one. Parents, save your money. Seriously. And B and I? We don’t want or need much. Well, ok I want everything always. But we don’t need much. But I’m here to help and a gift list you shall receive.

**the pictures are not the links, the links are in the body of the text in orange***

Let’s start with my little red jewel, Miss Ruby.

12 month gifts


This list was researched after going through 2 babies of year 1. I know what they dig. They mostly dig floor food and electric cords, but if you don’t feel like buying that, get this stuff.

1) Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug: So I thought about this when G was 1 and I passed because it’s not free. And an empty box is free. But, I’ve since seen kids with these things and they love them. The kids FLY on them as they get older and use their legs to propel themselves all over town. And really? That bee? adorbs.

2) Fisher-Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza: One key about buying for a little sibling is finding something that the older sibling would think is fun too. Although then you get into MINE NO MINE NO MINE. But you win some you hide in the laundry room for some. This scream rainy day to me. Mostly because you get it in this big box and it’s literally a billion pieces. And guess what? I’m not putting that together. Kids are.

3) Happy Family : Ruby got a little doll house for her birthday and I love the idea of buying a family that is a different race than your own. And obviously I want the Asian family. And if ONE of you says I’m racist, I will literally choke you through your computer.

4) Green Toys Build-a-Bouquet Floral Arrangement Playset: We love Green Toys here. They are all made from recycled materials. They also just feel cool. Like not that thin scary slice your throat open plastic. Kids change the flowers all around to make different flowers. Or something like that.

5) Diggin Wobble Deck Extreme Balancing Game: This is a balance board that plays different games with the kids. You can hold it and play or stand on it. I hear about it all the time and that it’s super fun for all.

6)FurReal Friends Daisy Plays-With-Me Kitty Toy: So we were at Target and saw this in the aisle and Ruby was mesmerized. At the time I was like, this is stupid and expensive. Fast forward 1 month and Ruby is obsessed with cats. OBSESSED. And not even our cats. Just cats. She sees a drawing of a cat and runs around the house holding it screaming KITTY KITTY! So this present becomes more valid. It’s eerily real. So take that as you will.

7) Smart Planet Piano Mat: To be fair, this is big. Really big. This comes out when it’s raining and kids are throwing lamps at each other’s heads. Then you’re all…LET’S PLAY WITH THE GIANT PIANO. It gets great reviews and you know you wanted this when you saw Big, when you were a kid.

8) Corolle Mon Premier Bebe Calin Grenadine Doll: I took an informal poll of facebook friends on the best babydoll. This and a billion dollar doll was recommended most. Billion dollar doll gets flushed down the toilet and drawn on with sweet potato. So this doll is the winner.

9) Rody Inflatable Hopping Horse: This was another one that I saw all the time when G was 1. Then I went to a place that had like 7 of them and every kid was bouncing around like a mental patient. Ruby’s second obsession after cats is horses. She calls them SIES (horsies). She would love this.

10) 12′ Parachute: Ok we actually own this. But I had to tell you about it. I bought it for G’s birthday party and kids went nuts. All the parents were like, did you rent that? NO I BOUGHT IT. And it was only 29 dollars. And my kids are obsessed with it. We make forts with it, we drag kids on it, we fly it. It’s the best. BUY THIS. YOU WILL THANK ME.

11) Educational Insights Magic Moves Talking Electronic Wand: This is cute. It is sort of a pseudo parent though. It says things like “stomp like a dinosaur” “freeze!” “jump in the air” and the kids do it and the wand knows. IT KNOWS.


Next onto buying gifts for a man who hates everything and who fits into nothing. Sounds super! B is 6’4” but pretty broad and slim with dinosaur feet and long arms. So. EVERYTHING gets returned. If you have a tall, slim, broad guy. Read on.

b gifts


1) Jcrew Tall Vintage button down and Jcrew Tall Vintage Oxford: These are some of the few shirts that are slim enough that they don’t look like garbage bags on B. They are also long enough but not night gown long. And obv the quality is good. One of these is a really nice gift. Jcrew is 30% off with code GIFTNOW

2) Gap Striped Pullover: Do you know how long it’s taken to find the right long sleeved shirts? Some are too long some are too wide some are “hurty fabric” (eye roll a million billion). Gap got it right THANK JESUS. You can wash and dry them too and they don’t turn into shmatas  ***Use code GAPDEAL for 40% off!

3) Striped Henley Hooded T: Mix it up and add a hood in there. Go CRAZY.

4) Clarks Desert Boot: You all know I own these. And I got B to try them on. Guess what? HE LIKED THEM. Guys. This is unheard of. B hates all shoes. He has widefeetandlongfeetandarchesthatdosomething and blaaaaah. These are so comfortable, they come in a billion colors (we tried them ALL on.). And they look very cool.

5) Fogless Shower Mirror
For TEN years B has had this stupid mirror in the shower that has this tiny blue light that does nothing and falls down at 3am making me think that we are being shot at. FINALLY  he got this one and it’s so cool. You fill it up with shower water in the back and it really stays fogless. Go science.

6) Big Socks.  Can you handle the excitement? I found these in JCPenney one year and I was sent back for more. If your male person has wide feet, get these dumb socks. ok?


Ok my list is not stuff I want this year. It’s mostly stuff that I have that I think you should have or gift too. MOM, DON’T BUY ME ANYTHING. I DON’T NEED THINGS.

my list

1)Sky Planter : I know, what’s become of me? My first wish is a planter. I like plants. Especially basil. I’m out of space on my counters. They are filled up with clay handprints and vitamins. I get to hang this up. I love it.

2) Free People Miles of Henley Dress: I love a good maxi. You can put a sweater over it in the winter or a turtleneck under it. Belt it, cardigan it, boot it. So versatile. I love how casual this one is.

3) Free People Honeycomb Mix Pullover: My daily uniform now is skinny jeans, desert boots and a longish sweater. I love this one so. It’s long enough in the back too to wear with leggings.

4) Zella Live in Leggings: Speaking of leggings…I took another poll on facebook of my personal friends favorite leggings. I got more responses than any of my other posts on facebook. I got a lot of recommendations for leggings over 100 dollars. Um no. But these got a good response from some of my fanciest friends. People swear by these bad boys.

5) Gap Legging Jeans: A while back I did an extensive search of the best skinny jeans. I tried really high end brands. I even own some of them and every single day, I’m still reaching for these jeans first. They hold their shape, they aren’t too restricting and they are a great length. I really love these. STILL. If you are buying as a gift, they run big. I’m a 27 and I buy a 2.

6) Timex for JCrew military watch with other bands: I also own this. But I feel very cool when I wear it. It’s also not a crazy price in terms of watches. It’s mens so it gives you that oversized sporty vibe. I love buying new bands for it too. Jcrew is 30% off with code GIFTNOW.

7) Crystal Rectangles Necklace: Because every girl loves a J.Crew necklace.

8) Free People Turn up the Sun Sweater: Sigh…I love the Free People. But I can only dream about a lovely sweater like this. Cozy, comfy, hippie cool.

9) Adorn 512 Hand stamped Necklace: I have this in Rose gold. The length is key. It sits right in that little nook between your collar bones. It’s rose gold and I love it. And every mom would love it with her child’s initial. Or husband. Or dog. Or F. Just because.

10) Smartwool I LOVE SMART WOOL. If you haven’t tried it or you don’t care about socks, trust me. I don’t care either. Until I tried smart wool. I’m exclusive now.

11) Leopard Belt:  I own this. I love this. It’s the best gift because it’s cool with anything. Ratty t shirt day? Throw it on. Big maxi dress? Belt it with this. It’s always cool. Love.

12) FP Voile and Lace Trapeze Slip:  This is one of FP’s best sellers. The model makes it look trashy. But wear it as the coolest layering piece ever. Over long sleeves, under a sweater, over a long skirt, over jeans. I have it in black but there are a million colors. It runs a little small.


There you have it friends. Your holiday guide complete. As always inform me on things that I missed.

Keep on WANA-ing.




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Debbie December 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Smartwool. True story. I can’t live without mine now, and I mean who cares about socks. I do. For realz.

Meghann December 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Two things:
1 – THANK YOU for giving me a gift idea for my husband!!! We have the same issue with a crapola mirror in our shower. Fogless mirror will be under our tree in a couple weeks!
2 – I had my mom get my son the Rody horse for Easter when he was almost 1 and he fell over every time he sat on it (and then ended up being terrified of it for over 6 months). The thing is great when the kids are older, but it is REALLY unstable, so be careful if you do end up getting it for Ruby.

Katie December 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm

We have a lot of those baby toys you recommended (lots of generous relatives). The wheelie bug is amazing! We have the ladybug, it’s so cute I might keep it in her room as decor until she’s a teenager. She loved just playing with it’s antenna when she was tiny, and she’s now been riding it around our house for a solid year.
However, the Corolle doll did not hold up, sadly. My daughter is in LOVE with hers. Bonnie (the doll) is basically a member of our family…. but I’ve had to sneaky replace her with new ones because the damn eyes keep malfunctioning. Of course Corolle will not replace it with the EXACT SAME doll (so that I can switch it out without her knowing). They’ll replace it, but can’t guarantee the same skin tone, etc… so I have to keep buying these $80+ dolls… most expensive thing in our house, hands down. I won’t buy anything else from them ever again (and my daughter is doll obsessed so I would have been a good customer). Try Baby Stella or a Bitty Baby.

MODG December 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

F. I can not get down with the american girl doll. Even the name gives me chills.

Amanda December 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Question about the mens gap shirts. My husband is super tall so I have the same troubles as you. Do you get a tall at gap? If I can’t get a large tall I usually get an XL for him and it is all wide and odd. I hate the shirt shopping shit show we have going on over here.

MODG December 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

you can only get Tall online. So we always order XLTall and it fits perfectly.

Jen December 14, 2013 at 6:20 am

Ballapalooza- best gift from last year. Still keeps the 3 year old entertained and the 1 year old LOVES it. The button to turn the sound off and on is a little difficult to find (score!) and without the music and millions of flashing lights, this toy isn’t too annoying. There are a BUNCH of pieces, but they snapped together pretty easily. Took us about 20 mins to put it together. The only pain in the ass are the balls that inevitably end up strewn throughout the house.

Lisa @bitesforbabies December 14, 2013 at 7:40 am

Lol, I’m in the same boat as you!!!! My daughter JUST turned one and yes, she has no clue what Christmas is! (She’s getting one of her bday presents wrapped up again to open, lol! She doesn’t even know the difference!) Does that make me a bad mom??! My husband and I never really buy anything for each other and we’re just getting back on our feet (money-wise) after basically 3 years on mat leave pay! I have to say though…some of those toys look interesting….maybe I’ll buy just ONE for my daughter ;-)

JustAng December 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

Your fog less mirror story was the best ever.

EA December 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Where is the best place to send WANA pics / stories?

MODG December 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

modgblog at gmail dot com

Christin December 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Do you get the ankle length in the Gap jeans or the regular?

MODG December 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I get ankle. but I’m 5’2”

Christin December 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Thanks! I’m 5’2″ also

Leigha Seese December 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Love the toy list! My one year old BOY is also obsessed with cats. We took him to target and let him pick out whatever her wanted for his birthday last month and we just kept coming back to that damn cat. Long story short, the hubby (who’s also effectionately referred to as “B”) wouldn’t let him have it. So my best friend bought that sucker, cut the pink bow crap off and slapped a blue colar on him. She changed his name from daisy to diesel and it’s the greatest ever. I can hear it purring from the toy box even now :)

Angela December 15, 2013 at 5:23 am

I really miss when this blog wasn’t just posts filled with affiliated links. It used to be so funny and just about everyday life. Now it is just links, products and competitions from advertisers. This will be my last view on the site as a long term reader from across the pond, which I’m sad about as I used to love it.

Kristin December 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Ballapalooza Review: We bought this just over a month ago, when our son started standing on his own (he’s 8 months now). He loves it for standing, and batting that beachball thing around (it’s not in the picture, but it hooks in two different places, for a sitter or stander) but could care less about putting the balls in the various holes/chutes right now. The music is SUPER IRRITATING, though. The box called it “beat bopping” and I should have known then. It’s like a baby nightclub, when you throw in the blinking lights. And that tall blue area for standing looks like a stripper pole. But a 12 month old may get the concept of balls in the chutes.

On a scale of 1 to 10 for the irritability level of the noise, it’s pretty much at a Caillou. That’s an eleventy billion, FYI. But with the sound off and some Caspar Babypants playing instead, it’s a good toy.

Frances December 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I might be remembering incorrectly (ha! story of my life since becoming a mom) but I think you had also like the AG legging jeans when you were researching jeans. Anyhoo, just saw this pair for 40% off at Nordstrom:

I swear I don’t work for them, just spreading some xmas cheer ;)

Love your blog!!

Theresa December 21, 2013 at 8:21 am

I need some pictures of how you style that slip/dress! Love the idea of it but I have no clue.

MamaBear517 December 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

Best gift for the baby? My little girls first Christmas was super overloaded with gifts, you know what she liked best? A box filled with balloons. It’s pretty epic.

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