For the eco-techie or the dad who loves gadgets AND saving the planet on your gift list this season, check out the new Grass Roots Collection by iWave! They have completely redefined the market with their sleek headphones, ear buds, iPhone and iPad cases that combine natural wood elements with modern innovation. Made from recycled & natural materials, the entire collection is fashionable and extremely stylish.

Packaged using recycled materials – these are what will top any planet-friendly relative or friend’s wish list! For more information on where to purchase, visit their website.

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Searching for a meaningful and unique gift for the expecting mom this holiday season? Bellybuds® are a safe and convenient option for sharing music, voices and/or sound with the baby-to-be via their “bellyphones” that adhere to the belly with medical-grade, reusable and skin-safe hydrogel rings. They’re easy to wear (they can go right under your clothes) and affordable at under $50! They have just launched a NEW innovative VoiceShare™ application that allows mom to share unique audio with baby. Friends and family (no matter where their location) can record a message for baby to be played via Bellybuds. This is a great gift option for military families, adoptive parents, surrogates, etc. this holiday season!

What’s the buzz about the buds? The inspiration for Bellybuds® is Jama Williamson of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Williamson is the co-founder’s wife and pregnant with her second daughter. What does she have to say?

“A few weeks ago we went to our OB/GYN and found out that our baby was in the breech position. Before our next visit a couple weeks later, I used my bellybuds several times and put them very low on my abdomen in hopes that she would turn downward. Well, when we went back in, sure enough she had turned! My best friend did the same thing with her buds and her baby turned downwards within 24 hours!”

To learn more or to purchase Bellybuds®, visit www.bellybuds.com.

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Heart meets art with these t-shirts by Farofa Nation! This holiday season, a gift that gives back means so much more, and the founders of Farofa Nation have made it their personal mission to do just that. Serge Castagna and Ana Testa Castagna have partnered with TASK BRASIL, an amazing organization dedicated to helping street kids in Brazil become self-reliant and responsible. 10% of all t-shirt sales are donated to TASK BRASIL by Farofa Nation.

These t-shirts with a conscience are designed by a collaborative of local Miami artists, and are extremely unique, with new designs debuting seasonally. The graphics are truly eclectic, and rightly so – the name Farofa comes from a Brazilian dish that is also used to describe a mix or eclectic blend! The Farofa Nation collection includes t-shirt designs for men, women, and children, starting at sizes 2T. All 100% super-soft cotton shirts are made in the USA, and are sweatshop-free.

Prices start at $24.00 for the kids’ tees, and can be purchased online at FarofaNation.com.

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If you enjoyed reading about the adventures of Madeline as a child, or are currently reading some of the best-selling books by Ludwig Bemelman with your own children, the whole family will certainly enjoy seeing her brought to life this holiday season in 5 distinct animated stories in Madeline’s Christmas & Other Wintery Tales.

Having made its’ DVD debut on October 19th, just in time for the season, Madeline’s Christmas & Other Wintery Tales will become a treasured classic for the holidays. You can’t help but adore Madeline, her clever dog Genevieve, her friends from Miss Clavel’s class and next-door neighbor Pepito!

The DVD contains five episodes, which include: Madeline’s Winter Vacation, Madeline and Santa, Madeline at the North Pole, Madeline and the Ice Skates and Madeline’s Holiday with Mr. Grump.

Madeline’s Christmas & Other Wintery Tales can be purchased online at Amazon.com, Borders.com, & Walmart.com.

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Kids (and adults!) will love getting into the lively spirit of More Bears! This interactive story is just plain fun – the author takes everyone on an exciting ride through the pages of the book as more and more bears are introduced to each page! The author’s intention is not write a story about bears at all, but those bears – they just will not be tamed! This lively picture book will make a wonderful gift for toddlers and children this holiday season! “Mom” couldn’t help but shout just a little louder each time MORE BEARS came skipping and jumping across the pages!

To order a copy of More Bears! please visit www.poetry4kids.com.

Author Kenn Nesbitt makes his picture book debut with More Bears! Kenn has authored several books of children’s poetry and maintains the #1 children’s poetry website in the world, www.poetry4kids.com. Kenn is a performer at heart and travels the country, visiting over 60 schools each year with his wacky poetry titles including, My Hippo Has the Hiccups, The Tighty Whitey Spider, and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!, hoping to create a new generation of poetry lovers. His works have been in dozens of school textbooks around the world, as well as national television programs and numerous children’s magazines.

Troy Cummings has been drawing goofy animals pretty much nonstop since kindergarten. His illustrations have appeared in newspapers, in magazines, on websites, on frozen fish stick packages and in hospital waiting rooms. He hibernates in Greencastle, Indiana, with his wife and cubs.

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For the child that adores pop-up books (and who doesn’t have one of those?!) this entertaining new book from Jean-Luc Fromental and Joëlle Jolivet is just plain fun! A chilly winter backdrop sets the stage for the antics of these penguins in 10 Little Penguins: A Pop-Up Book. This is a great gift for any child this holiday season, especially those just learning to count! Plus, the book is small enough that it can be tucked into a larger stocking if desired, rather then placed under the tree.

Book Synopsis

This inventive pop-up, featuring the mischievous stars of Jean-Luc Fromental and Joëlle Jolivet’s 365 Penguins, starts with ten penguins on an icy shore. One by one, they playfully disappear from the scene as the text counts down from ten to zero. The flaps embedded in the book facilitate the story—readers can make the penguins disappear and reappear! It’s a stylish, humorous take on a counting book with winter-friendly, penguin-filled pop-ups.

To order a copy of 10 Little Penguins: A Pop-Up Book for your little penguin in time for the holidays, please visit Abrams Books.

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This delightful story written by Antonio Sacre and illustrated by Angela Dominguez is an excellent addition to your holiday collection of books that is perfect for reading to your child as the season draws nearer. La Noche Buena, A Christmas Story is filled with gorgeous, nostalgic illustrations, as it introduces the holiday traditions typically celebrated by Cubans and Cuban-Americans.

Book Synopsis

Nina is visiting her grandmother in Miami for Christmas. Usually she spends it in snowy New England with her mother and her family, but this year is different. She isn’t certain what to make of a hot and humid holiday, until she learns the traditions of her father’s side of the family from her Cuban grandmother. She helps prepare for the evening and takes part in all their traditions—the intricate cooking for the feast, the dancing, the music, and the gathering of relatives and neighbors. It all comes together for a Noche Buena that Nina will never forget.

Besides the lively illustrations, parents will love the bilingual aspect of La Noche Buena, as it even features a glossary of Spanish words for your child (and you!) to learn. While this makes a fantastic gift this season, it will also be appreciated given early to enjoy reading together through the season.

To order a copy of La Noche Buena, A Christmas Story, please visit Abrams Books.

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Your little one will love snuggling up with this story at bedtime featuring the newest and most adorable animal babies from accredited zoos and aquariums around the world. ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World is simply an awwww-inspiring book that will quickly become a favorite for the entire family! For the future veterinarian or zoologist on your gift list this season, ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World is the perfect stocking stuffer!

Based on the popular website, the book illustrates the connections between zoo births and conservation initiatives in the wild. Filled with interesting facts about exotic species like red pandas and emperor tamarins, ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World is both educational and entertaining. You will want to reach right through the pages of the book to pet these little ones!

For older children and adults, the gift of ZooBorns will also be appreciated. Featuring the same little newborns as the children’s picture book, ZooBorns describes each animal in further detail, as well as their natural habitat.

The best part? The charming critters inside the book represent fresh hope for endangered wildlife as 10% of all revenue goes directly to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund. This is one gift that you can feel good about giving!

ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World (Simon & Schuster; November 2, 2010; 978-1439195314) is available online at www.zooborns.com.

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Red Kangaroo

Photo credits: Darlene Stack / Assiniboine Park Zoo

Asian Small-clawed Otters

Photo credits: Jason Collier / SeaWorld Orlando

Tamandua (Lesser Anteater)

Photo credits: David Collier / Discovery Cove

Have you been naughty or nice this year? This holiday season – knotty is nice! Naturally Knotty offers sustainable styles to outfit you from head to toe that are absolutely stunning! The ultimate gift to give this season is the luxurious bamboo Pashmina beautifully packaged in a 100% compostable and biodegradable bamboo cylinder with festive ribbon!

Wrap yourself or a dear friend up in warmth as cocoa is sipped by the fire in a gorgeous Pashminas made from eco-friendly natural bamboo. This all-season wrap acts as a light cover-up in the evenings, a sarong at the beach, a classy shawl over a cocktail dress, and can even be used as a light blanket for baby when in a pinch!

The pashminas are available in 5 stunning colors this season. Choose from Black, Steel Grey, Espresso, Red or Ivory. At $34.99, the wraps make an attractive and affordable gift this holiday! In addition to their wraps, Naturally Knotty also offers roomy totes made from recycled materials, organic cashmere gift sets for wee ones, and fashionable clutches.

Please visit www.naturallyknotty.com for more information or to purchase an item from this fantastic, environmentally-conscious line.

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For the eco-enthusiast on your gift list who appreciates the art that can be found organically in nature all around us, head on over to Small By Nature! This online boutique offers simply gorgeous pieces that decorate and accent the home while giving back to a worthwhile cause – shelter animals.

Mom’s” favorite item is the handcrafted Root Bowl Wood Set that is truly a work of art. Nature comes to life on your table when used as a centerpiece, or filled with bright red apples or sunny lemons! Paired together as a set of two, the Root Bowl Wood Set is so exquisite that you may be tempted to give one as a gift and keep the other one for your own decorative inspiration this season! Each bowl is carved from a species of Chinese Fir called the Shan Mu, which grows in Central China. This lovely bowl brings the outdoors inside, lending an organic, natural feel to the space in which it is placed!

Each set costs $90, and can be purchased online at Small By Nature. For those doing their holiday shopping, Small By Nature is offering a lovely incentive! If you become a friend of Small By Nature on Facebook the company will email you a special code for 10% off your order.

Founded by decorating and color expert Diana Berchan, (and inspired by her diminutive rescue dog Rosie), Small by Nature is a collection of specially chosen items, ranging from stunning candle collections and exquisite pillows to fine art and decorative items (including a suite of pet-friendly products). The site offers unusual and charming accents for the home, men, kids, special occasions, outdoor living and, of course, pets.

In addition to the many products available for sale on the site, Diana offers expert observations and advice in weekly blogs and a special section called “Diana’s Palette” where she presents the latest trends in color and texture and matches them with affordable home accents from the site. All of the items offered on Small by Nature are handpicked by Diana and display her keen sense of style and appreciation for nature. Many of the products are earth-friendly and promote fair trade and all are of the highest quality, influenced by the organic forms, textures and incomparable color combinations found in nature.

Other key features of the Small by Nature website are the photos and bios of animals currently available for adoption. Every month, Diana’s dog Rosie will introduce a new group of furry friends in need of a home, as well as provide information on the non-profit animal shelters receiving financial help as a result of product purchases made on the site.

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