Book Ideas to Read with Dads and Dad Figures

This Father’s Day, why not give something to read with the dads (or dad-like figures) in their lives? This is a gift that will endure long after Sunday is over, since time and bonding would be included in the act. These are some fun new books that your dad(s) might enjoy. Check them out-

Papa Pizza Mouse by Michael Garland (Holiday House, for ages 0–3, available 05/31/2022)

Now a bite-sized board book, Papa Pizza Mouse offers new families their first chance to bond over a love of New York, pizza, and a NYC slice that is worth fighting for. When the whiskered hero of this story uncovers one of the greatest treats New York City has to offer a forager—a discarded slice of pepperoni pizza—the danger to bring it home to his family is all worth it! It’s up to the tiny Pizza Mouse to get the slice safely home to his family . . . via the A train, of course!

Ready! Said Rabbit by Marjoke Henrichs (Peachtree, for ages 2–6, available 05/24/2022)

An excellent read aloud pick for dads and their little loved ones to celebrate each other, charming flaws and all. It’s a lovely day to visit the park, but will Rabbit and Dad ever be ready to leave the house? Rabbit could take his ball to the park. But his favorite elephant would be just perfect, too, if he could find it. Uh-oh! Now Dad needs his jacket…and his glasses. And wherever did his keys go? A tale of patience to share between a dad and child; readers will laugh along with playful jibes at relatable, dawdling behaviors.

Uncle John’s City Garden by Bernette G. Ford, illustrated by Frank Morrison (Holiday House, for ages 4–8, available now)

How does this city garden grow? With help from L’il Sissy and her siblings—and love, love, love! A celebration of nature, family, and food. Bernette Ford’s autobiographical story is a loving glimpse at a girl, her siblings, and her uncle, and their shared passion for farming. L’il Sissy’s fascination with measurement, comparison, and estimation introduces children to STEM concepts. And the progress of Uncle John’s garden introduces readers to the life cycle of plants. And the progress of Uncle John’s garden introduces readers to the life cycle of plants.

Song for Jimi: The Story of Guitar Legend Jimi Hendrix by Charles R. Smith, Jr., illustrated by Edel Rodriguez (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, ages 7 and up, available now)

Jimi Hendrix’s talent was epic, and so is this lyrical account of his life, with spectacular artwork by Edel Rodriguez— including a poster underneath the jacket. From his turbulent childhood through his epical appearance at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals, Charles R. Smith Jr. covers it all in this rich and rhythmic account of a singular life, accompanied by the psychedelic splendor of Edel Rodriguez’s acid-tinged illustrations. This unique mix of rhythm and rhyme captures the essence a rock icon.

When Grandfather Flew by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Chris Sheban (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, for ages 4–8, available now)

A grieving boy remembers his grandfather and the hobby they shared, in this moving evocation of love and loss by a Newbery Medalist. Milo’s grandfather is fascinated with birds. He admires their freedom and never loses an opportunity to point out the things that make them special. He can’t see like he used to, so Milo helps him. One day when Milo comes home, Grandpa isn’t there, but when he sees a Bald Eagle swoop through the sky above, he knows Grandpa got his wish of being reborn in the skies.

Tuesday Is Daddy’s Day by Elliot Kreloff (Holiday House, for ages 3–7, available now)

A sweet autobiographical story celebrating LGBTQ+ parents, coparents who live apart, and the shared love that keeps families together no matter where they live. Becky has two rooms: one at Mommy’s house and one at Daddy’s apartment, which he shares with his partner Harry. Daddy usually picks her up after school on Tuesdays, but one Tuesday mommy is there instead! What’s going on? Becky likes everything to be the same, but soon learns change can lead to a happy surprise!

Adventures with My Daddies by Gareth Peter, illustrated Garry Parsons (Peachtree Publishing, for ages 4–8, available now)

This authentic bedtime read aloud is perfect for LGBTQ+ and adoptive families. Set off on a series of incredible adventures with an endearing, diverse family as the bedtime stories they read burst into colorful life. Together, the daddies and their little one battle dragons, dodge deadly dinosaurs, zoom to the moon, and explore the world in a hot air balloon, before winding down to sleep in a wonderfully cozy ending.

I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, for ages 4–8, available now)

What if words got stuck whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to? When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he’d like, it takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice. Poet Jordan Scott writes movingly in this powerful and ultimately uplifting book, based on his own experience.

Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Peachtree, for ages 4-8, available now)

Down home is Granny’s house. Down home is where Lil Alan and his parents and sister will gather with great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Down home is where Lil Alan will hear stories of the ancestors and visit the land that has meant so much to all of them. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to their family history. All the kids have to decide what they’ll share, but what will Lil Alan do?

The Best Gifts To Give Children and Grandchildren

There’s nothing better than seeing our kids (or grandchildren) fully happy and living their best lives. And, of course, as parents, we have a big say in making that happen. Sometimes, we help our children just by being there for them. At others, we help them by giving them a little advantage that’ll help them to become the best versions of themselves. In this blog, we’re going to run through some of the best gifts that you can give your next of kin, all of which will benefit their lives in one way or another.

plane flying in sky

A Savings Account

Money opens up so many doors for people. Indeed, it’s a lack of money that is making it difficult for many young people to get started in life. It’s hard to move to a new city, buy a house, take an internship, and so forth if you don’t have money in the bank. You can help your child by setting up a savings account for them at an early age. By the time they are adults, you’ll have a lump sum of money that you can give them, at which point they will be able to make their dreams come true. You don’t even need to put much money in the savings account. Even a little bit of money each month will go a long way when it’s multiplied by many years!

Investment Pieces

If the idea of just giving them some cash seems a bit cold, then you can look at getting them something that is valuable yet also beautiful and functional. For this, it’s hard to look past a watch. This is something that they’ll be able to wear each day, but which will also be something of an investment. If nothing else, you’ll know that they’ll have it for many decades to come. If you’re looking to get them the best of the best, then take a look at a preowned FP Journe watch. They’ll love wearing it!

A New Car

You can get around town in a beaten up, second- or third hand car, sure, but it’s not as fun (or safe) as driving a new vehicle. If your child is graduating soon and you know that they could really do with a reliable car, then consider making the investment. Plus, if you do this, then you can be sure that you’ll be able to get a free ride whenever you feel like it!

Property

Of course, buying an apartment or a house for your child is beyond the means of most people. But this is a list of the best gifts that you can give to your children, so it has to make it. There’s no avoiding the fact that it’s more difficult than ever for young people to get on the property ladder. If you’ve got a windfall of cash in your bank account, then why not consider investing in property in your child’s name? It’s still in the family, of course, so you’ll be able to reap the benefits too. 

Your Connections

Life is some of what you know and some of who you know. If you’ve got friends in lucrative places, then why not gift your child access to them? In many cases, this can be the difference between a successful career and having difficulty making it in the professional world. You can’t expect your friends to just give them a job or anything, but if you know that your child is talented and hardworking, then it could be something that they can really make the most of. 

Adventures

There’s oh so much value in traveling the world. It’s one of those things that changes you as a person. It can be very humbling and inspiring to learn about other cultures and to realize that we’re all part of the same human family. You can always tell when someone has seen the world; they just seem to have a bigger mindset than those that haven’t. Your child might go and see the world on their own some day, but you can help them along the way by going on adventures whenever possible. You don’t necessarily need to go far — any adventure can be fun and valuable! But you’ll get more bang for your buck if you head overseas. 

Strong Values 

Finally, perhaps the best gift that you can give to people that look up to you is strong values. That’ll be the springboard that allows them to go very far in life and ensure that the next generation is just as good as this one. 

New and Interesting Gifts for Mother this Year #MothersDay

Wondering what to get your mom this year? Tired of the same old, same old? Here are some new and interesting ideas to check out.

video card

Heirloom Video Books

Upgrade your greeting cards to a whole new level this year- don’t send mom a bland drug store card, try something new. Plus, it’s fun to make with the kids for grandma. Heirloom allows you to create custom video books to send to someone you love. It is fast, easy, and personal- you will want to make more for different occasions. To get started, just select videos in the Heirloom app or directly on sendheirloom.com. Once completed, Heirloom will ship your video book directly to the recipient. Each book comes fully charged and videos play automatically when the cover is opened. Heirloom is on a mission to make it possible for special moments to be shared with family and friends. A wonderful gift for birthdays, Holidays, sharing baby’s first moments, weddings, and so much more.
Available on Uncommon Goods
Price: 10-Minute Book $49, 20-Minute Book $69, Add a gift box for $15
coffee skin scrub
Coconut Rum- Your gateway to the Caribbean
This Coconut Rum Coffee Scrub has exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties that may improve blood flow and remove old flaky skin. Loaded with antioxidants, it prevents wrinkles, cellulite, and puffiness by tightening the skin. The essential oils will leave your skin supple and moisturized while improving its overall quality and elasticity. The delightful fragrances add an element of relaxation to your bath routine. All Caribbrew products are cruelty-free, vegan, and handmade with the best ingredients. Did I mention, it smells really fantastic? It really does.
Price: $25
multi functional
Think outside the toolbox with the Geekey. Not a pocket knife, not a key, not a can opener- it does it all. Mom can save some space in her purse for once, LOL. This expertly combined go-to tool is the size of a key, so be ready to upgrade your keychain. It’s fully equipped with more than 16+ functions to help you tackle those common, everyday problems, and when you’re done, simply toss it back in your pocket. Don’t let its size fool you. This award-winning work of art and engineering is crafted out of a solid chunk of 420 Stainless Steel to take on big and “tough as nails” jobs.
Available on Amazon
Price: $26.99
cbd cream
Did you know that CBG is known as the “the mother of all cannabinoids? Feels very fitting to gift your mother this line of high-quality cannabinoid wellness products. TRUST Biologic understands how overwhelming it is trying to find the right ones. That’s why their licensed estheticians and PhD chemist board members have built our products specifically for Baby Boomers (like mom or grandma) based on actual feedback and usage. We’re so confident in our products that we offer a 100% money-back guarantee and certificates of analysis with lab documentation for all of the ingredients we use. There’s a reason we put “Trust” in our name. It doesn’t have any harsh or bad smells like you would associate with certain muscle rub type products either.
Price: Starting at $31.00

Syosaku Japanese Knives #MothersDay

Is your mom the best cook around? If her happy place is the kitchen, she will love some fancy cookware for her big day. What better way to show you care then to show you know what she loves- as well as love to eat what she makes you? After all, food is love. Well, at least an expression of it.

One brand that has cookware down is Syosaku, one of Japan’s –and arguably the world’s– finest tableware brands. They specialize in creating Urushi Glass Plates and knives that are suitable for both home cooks and professional chefs alike.
syosaku knife

Urushi is a lacquer that has been used on wood in Japan for over 9,000 years including in building the Kinkaku-Ji (the Golden Temple). Syosaku’s innovative process allows them to create beautiful glass plates. Each plate undergoes a one-month process of layering the Urushi, drying the lacquer, and painting. Since each plate is made individually, they are all one-of-a-kind pieces. Syosaku is able to fulfill custom orders, featuring any size, shape, or design that can be desired, as well ready-to-purchase plates.  Urushi glass plates have incredible depth and provide vividness that cannot be found in china or porcelain.

These are truly beautiful, and one of a kind.

glass plates

Each plate is individually wrapped in a newly designed package that matches the beauty of the product itself. 

syosaku tableware

In addition to creating beautiful plates, Syosaku is one of Japan’s –and arguably the world’s– finest knife producers. Syosaku crafts knives that are suitable for both home cooks and professional chefs alike. 

Syosaku’s knives are made in Sakai, a port city in Japan that has a centuries-long history of creating knives, originating from forging samurai swords. Each part of the knife making process is divide among different artisans and small producers who specialize in each making each part of the knife, forging the metal, creating the handles, combining the knives and finishing them. Depending on the knife, it can take up to six months for the artisans to craft a fully finished product. each knife can be custom ordered to cater to the consumer’s preference in a variety of different wooden handles, handedness, and each knife can be engraved with a name in Chinese characters. Syosaku makes kitchen knives that can be used by professional chefs and home cooks alike, ranging from $50 to $3,000.

syosaku knives

Syosaku’s collection makes for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day and all other celebratory occasions. There is a wide selection of ready-to-order designs and price ranges to choose from, as well as the ability to place a custom order.

Tea and Tea Related Products to Cozy Up With #Gifts #MothersDay

Do you have a tea lover in your life? Perhaps you are one yourself. Married to an Irishman, you can bet tea is in stock here at all times, in a lot of variety. Whether it’s the feeling of a hug in a cup you enjoy, aid for a sore throat or cold, part of your daily calming ritual, or simply a tasty liquid to boost your antioxidant intake, tea has it all. Luckily, we have the perfect brands that make the best tea and tea related products to treat yourself and any tea lovers.

Hawaiian Natural Tea MANA (Tea for Immunity) by Tea Chest Hawaii – $7.95 for 20 bags
restorative tea
The award-winning gourmet tea company based in Hawaii has come out with even more blends as unique as the islands only this time, focusing on the well being and overall health of the tea drinking community. Tea Chest Hawaii presents Hawaiian Natural Tea‘s MANA – Tea for immunity. Sip on this blend of organic cinnamon, organic mint, organic hibiscus and Hawaii grown adaptogens, moringa and mamaki to embrace the spiritual power within all of us. With each sip you will boost resilience and immune fitness. You can try MANA or one of Hawaiian Natural Tea‘s other brand new triple health defense teas, NANEA (Tea for anxiety and stress) and OLENA (Tea for inflammation), now, or wait for their Maika’i Gift Box (including all three blends) dropping in a few short weeks for the ultimate health support.
flights of tea
Every month, Tea Runners delivers a curated collection of four top quality loose leaf teas, along with tasting notes and brewing instructions. Within those boxes, you can customize your subscription even further, really delving into exactly the taste and variety you’d like. If you’re not looking for a commitment, you also have the ability to shop individual teas, choosing from rare and award-winning brands which is of utmost importance to those that truly love to brew and steep. These are fun, and the flavors are interesting as well.
Also available on Amazon.
Winter Warmth Tea Flight from Chariteas – $36.00+
holiday teas
Cozy up by the hearth with Fireside Orange. This black tea blend contains orange peel, cloves, cinnamon, and all things nice. Wake up to a cup full of Christmas Morning; a smooth rooibos blend with organic cacao nibs. Lastly, uplift the soul with Minty Meadow, a Chinese green tea blended with peppermint and spearmint. Chariteas Tea Flight is sure to keep you and your loved ones feeling good season long. Each season has different teas and flavors, and you can always shop flavors as well. Chariteas works with sustainable tea farms in order to craft custom blends. Chariteas cares about the environment and with each purchase of tea, they replant trees. There’s noting we don’t like about these teas, from the flavors to their environmental commitment.
natural candles
Emme Essentials Rose Tea – wood wick candle – 8.5oz – $33 | 4oz – $15
No steeping necessary, just set a light and floral tone by lighting a Rose Tea candle and indulge in notes of rose, hibiscus, and Spring musk. Hand-poured in micro-batches in New York City, Emme Essentials is a collection of luxury candles dedicated to Asian influenced flavors. The Asian-American-owned brand elevates the industry with candles beautifully representative of Asian culture. The brand “smells like memories” for those who’ve enjoyed an Asian upbringing (I’m told!) Now everyone can partake in the traditional scents of this beautiful culture and also set the fragrant atmosphere to make new favorite memories. All wood-wick candles are free from gluten, toxin, paraben, and phthalate and come from renewable sources. The brand’s shipping is carbon neutral to minimize its environmental impact with all candles offered in reusable glass vessels with up to 80 hours of burn time. Another tea related scent that will catch tea lovers attention is Matcha.
natural candle
Available at emmeessentials.co
matcha powder tea
Matcha – Price Varies
The vegan and organic matcha tea starter set is a best seller. It includes a bowl, scoop, whisk, sifter, and a premium, Tenchi Ceremonial Organic 30g size of matcha green tea. Perfect for those new to the art of matcha, it may be customized with either a black or white bowl; each accessory is hand-made. With well-balanced, sweet and full flavor, Matcha’s cultivation requires that each stone-ground leaf receive the absolute highest level of attention — the perfect blend of ancient cultivation techniques and modern agricultural science. My son is a huge matcha fan- we tried out these “on the go” packets, and he really loved them. Easy and he could make the drinks himself, they were flavorful and he really enjoyed them.
Who’s ready for tea time? These adorable, dress style socks are super soft, ultra comfy, and made to last for years to come. The bottom of the socks read “If You Can Read This, Bring Me Some Tea,” printed in non-slip ink. The design features tea bags, kettles, lemons, sugar spoons, tea leaves, and steaming mugs. Perfect for surprising tea lovers and aficionados, Sunday tea party favors, birthdays, Christmas, graduation and other special occasions. The tea enthusiast in your life will be sure to love them.
Also available on Amazon.
loose tea
Pennie’s Tea – Price Varies
Pennie’s Tea is good for the mind, body, and soul. The selections include herbal, detox, black, green, flavored, and loose leaf teas, a variety so good you’ll have no problem finding the blend that works best for you. Sip to relax with a hot or iced tea, or help address common ailments, such as bloating, acid reflux, and an upset stomach. Feel good enjoying these flavorful teas and know that proceeds support victims of domestic violence (the founder is a survivor from an abusive relationship). Pennie’s Tea is more than tea, it’s a movement.

Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Ideas #MothersDay #Gifts

Moms are our heroes, our MVPs, our rocks, and our best friends. As such, it can be a daunting task to find them the perfect Mother’s Day gift. To try to help you out, we have put together a list of fun and interesting Mother’s Day gift ideas for every kind of mom.

see through tote

Sustainable & Reusable Every Day Tote from Junes
Price: $36
Junes offers a line of stylish, sustainable, reusable bags, designed to carry anything. The original Junes bag is the perfect shoulder tote, made with a sustainable Bio-Knit. It’s durable, washable, and will last practically forever for you, but not in the environment. This bag gives back to women and the planet. Junes provides a sustainable income for a female sewing co-op in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. For every purchase, Junes makes a donation to help empower and protect women from violence. I love what this represents (side note, I pretty much use it for toting around the gardening stuff as it’s easy to wash out).
The SPINTRAY by Top Form Design – Add-Ons For Your Peloton
Price: $30 to $59.99
Throw the SPINTRAY on and bust out a dual-purpose work out event! Working out on your Peloton just became multi-functional thanks to the add-on accessories by Top Form Design. The brand’s made in the USA accessories are super cool, with their flagship products like The Adjuster, to eliminate sore neck, shoulder pain, and pool noodles on the handlebars, the The TFD Cell Mount which allows you to easily mount your cell phone or baby monitor to optimize your workout while staying alert.
The SPINTRAY is their flagship best-seller. Fits on handlebars and supports a laptop, phone, tablet, book, or anything else you may want to multitask with while taking that casual scenic ride.
protective glasses
Price: $75
Pixel Eyewear offers stylish blue light protection. Pixel Eyewear has a large selection of unisex styles to choose from including amber glasses for nightshift workers and gamers, reading glasses, and blue light glasses for both kids and adults. Pixel Eyewear provides breakthrough lens technology that filters 50 percent of blue light and up to 95 percent at the strongest wavelengths, without the yellow tint. Lenses also contain nanotechnology that reduce smudges and repel water and dust. For comfort, each lens has an anti-reflective coating, eliminating computer glare and reducing the stress on your eyes.
Price: $155
Moms are always on the go and they need a comfortable yet stylish slip-on! Raum Goods crafts bespoke footwear that loves mother earth. The company makes ethically-sourced shoes with all-natural materials conductive to the earth. Each shoe is handmade by a skilled group of artisans in Southern Turkey that have been making shoes for more than five generations. All products are shipped in natural linen bags and an outer shipping envelope that is biodegradable, made from corn. The company has partnered with 1% For The Planet to donate 1% of yearly sales to a variety of approved nonprofits and charities that align with their values. Follow them on Instagram @raumgoods.
tea flights
Chariteas is committed to sourcing the world’s finest quality tea from the road less traveled. Chariteas works with sustainable tea farms in order to craft custom blends. The company is giving a platform to teas from other countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia and Vietnam. Chariteas cares about the environment and with each purchase of tea, they replant trees. As such, this is another product that we love here, and gladly support. It’s also just really good tea that everyone enjoys. There are lots of flavors to choose from- any tea lover will enjoy this.
Nesting Days – Newborn Baby Carrier & Nursing Cardigan
Need an extra hand? The Nesting Days Newborn Baby Carrier is designed to be used from day one with newborns. It has the sleek and comfortable feel of a baby wrap but uses a patented ‘wing’ design that is much easier to put on. It also includes a postpartum body shaper for added midsection support. At Nesting Days, their mission is to let every new mother know about the benefits of skin-to-skin, and to provide them with an innovative carrier that makes it easier, safer, and more comfortable to bond with their baby. Bundle the new Peach Newborn Baby Carrier with the Cream Nursing Cardigan for 20% off. Check out their carriers for men too. Made in San Francisco, CA with love.
Give your hair a shiny new treatment while soaking in a soothing bath. This supernatural potion is all about giving you shiny smooth locks, no matter what your hair type.
For those with fine and thin hair, in particular, it’s a game-changer. The carbon black formulation increases hair’s strength and elasticity, with hair looking and feeling fuller and gorgeous! New moms experiencing hair loss will especially love it.
Black Magic protein infuses a healthy shine and smooth condition to your hair similar to a keratin treatment. Use it once a week regardless of your hair color or type. Three minutes is all it takes for your hair fibers to retain the moisture from the Soya proteins. Priced at $17, one pouch is packed with five to six treatments.
All Healium Hair products and ingredients are cruelty-free, PETA-certified, paraben-free, and sulfate-free, with each item containing up to 25 botanical ingredients to heal your scalp and nourish your hair.
goat milk skin care
Price: $52.76
Gift mom the benefits of fresh Canadian goat’s milk. Nature by Canus has created the ultimate self-care package in a “ready to gift” bundle. The Discovery Gift Set includes their Pure Vegetal Base Soap bar, Foaming Milk Bath bottle, Silky Body Wash bottle, and Creamy Body Lotion bottle. Using plant-based ingredients traditionally saponified plus fresh Canadian Goats Milk, Nature By Canus products are wonderful for all skin types, especially those with dry or sensitive skin. Since 1998, the Canus laboratory has developed a proven technique that transfers the benefits of fresh goat’s milk to their various product lines. Goats milk is packed with essential nutrients and vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, B12, and E helping it contribute to delaying signs of skin aging due to its high content of AHAs such as lactic acid.
Price: $12.00 – $48.00
Audra Style has paved the art-fashion industry as the unique creator of wood and leather jewelry for women featuring a mix of her signature prints and patterns created from her original artwork. With a wide selection of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and other accessories as well as art and home decor, Audra Style’s line is unique, fun, and affordable, plus no two items are identical. With bright, bold colors and patterns, the shapes are cut from wood, acrylic, genuine leather, and brass to mix and match the pieces and patterns in unexpected ways. There are countless styles and designs to choose from, making every item an Audra Style original.
Follow them on Instagram @audra_style and browse their new spring collection: https://audrastyle.com/collections/spring
coffee gift box
Price: $29.99
Don Pablo Coffee is a world-class grower and roaster of specialty grade, small-batch roasted-to-order coffees sourced from the world’s best coffee-growing regions and delivered throughout the world. Their Specialty Coffee Sampler Box features three of Don Pablo Coffee’s best-selling beans packaged in a beautiful gift box with custom-printed graphics and info on each specialty coffee inside. Box Includes: Don Pablo Signature Blend, a special combination of Colombian, Guatemalan, and Semi-Washed Brazilian beans, Subtle Earth Organic Coffee is organic certified, full body with a deep, rich chocolaty flavor and a clean finish, and Pablo’s Pride Honduran Dark Roast is a fine 100% Arabica, certified organic blend with a deep, rich, smooth milk chocolate with tones of honey, caramel, and cocoa. I don’t know too many moms (or dads, or human beings, LOL) who start their day without a cup of coffee or 12. This coffee is likely nicer then what she usually drinks, so it will be a treat instead of regular morning joe (moms aren’t known for putting themselves first, after all) and is definitely fun and indulgent- chocolate, honey coffee! We liked it,
and I think most moms will, as well.
flavored coffee
This would be a great gift for Fathers Day as well- or birthday or holiday gift for the coffee lover- this is one gift that you will want to bookmark, it’s really handy- AND they deliver!
Caramel gift box
Ditto on this one- so many reasons to give these amazing candies, and they deliver, so it’s easy for you. Bookmark time, for sure.
Price: $50.00
Southern Caramel bakes up melt-in-your mouth, handmade, small batch caramels with a variety of unique flavors to choose from. The fresh ingredients are simple – sugar, cream, and butter – but in the hands of an experienced candy confectioner, founder Sarah Smith, they turn into golden gourmet delights! The method for caramelizing sugar makes all the difference.
Gift Box Includes: (1) 1 lb. box Sea Salted Caramel; (1) 1/2 lb. box Old Fashioned Caramel; (1) 1/4 lb. box Bourbon Caramel; and (1) 8 oz. jar Caramel Sauce.
hand made caramels

Skincare for Men

When it comes to beauty and wellbeing, it’s not just for the girls. Men, get in on the self-care act with skincare products from vegan and cruelty free brands Isa Lazo and Masktini.

facemask

This Isa Lazo Skin Toner is the perfect way to elevate your skincare routine because it is a gentle composition of rose water, witch hazel, and a complex blend of botanical extracts. Filled with antioxidants, rose water helps preserve a radiant glow. Simply use after cleansing your skin to refresh and prepare for moisturizer.

Take your glow on the go with Masktini’s Woke Bae. This whenever moisture spritz is perfect for throwing in your gym bag… or spritzing whenever. This invigorating formula contains an advanced complex containing hyaluronic acid and collagen-boosting marine algae polymers to instantly plump away fine lines. Simply spritz on after the gym and glow all day.

My husband and I regularly do facemasks- you may think I’m just saying that, but if you follow me on IG, FB, or Twitter, than you know it’s true, lol. My youngest son, now 14, used to participate regularly, but now he’s a TEEEEEENAGER, so. Once in a while. It’s good to have gender neutral masks or aimed at men, as some can be very sensitive about that sort of thing. But even for men like my guys who are pretty secure in themselves, it’s nice that it’s not all flowers and etc. Check it out for Father’s Day or whenever you need to buy a gift.

‘Manly Men’ Meat Lovers Flowers for Valentine’s @manlymanco1

Before you click off in haste- wait a second! These are fun, and I think you will find them unique and fun and silly- your meat loving significant other will really enjoy them.

valentines gift for men

If you are anything like me, (and since you are here, I guess you are) you probably try to be as open minded as possible. So then, you might not love the term “manly man”. Perhaps for the stereotypes it conjures, or the way that it forces societal gender types onto people. It can be unhealthy and quite bad for people’s self esteem and self worth- more and more educators, scientists, and psychologists are finding these types of terms destructive. However, if we are tongue in cheek, and I assume that they are, the The Manly Man Co. specializes in gifts for men- and those who like to eat meat or receive unusual gifts, LOL. We all know people who are really hard to get gifts for, and not everyone of either genders likes to get flowers. If you look at their twitter feed, the company doesn’t seem to be pushing toxic masculinity or anything like that, just some fun and humor.

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Also? My son really, really loves these. He loves the flavor, and he really thinks the bouquet is cool. And if you know teenagers, it’s hard to get them to admit they love anything except video games, their phones, and figuring our how to save enough money to get a car, LOL.

Plenty of people don’t really want flowers for Valentine’s Day, or even a traditional card. Instead of a polite ‘thank you’ this year for less than original gifts, The Manly Man Co. is offering an array of meat-based gifts to celebrate the meat lover in your life.

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Meathearts™
That’s not a typo, The Manly Man Co. has reimagined a classic Valentine’s Day candy into a very manly handmade version crafted in beef jerky. Meathearts are laser-etched with messages like “BEEF MINE,” “MEAT ME, AND XOXO.
$22.50 for 1 oz (approximately 21 pieces)

meat flowers bouquet

The famous Beef Jerky Flower Bouquet
What could say that someone loves a ‘manly man’ more than a dozen beef jerky ‘flowers’ in a handsome bouquet delivered in a pint glass vase?
Ditch the pretty flowers for the perfect meat-based manly version.
$99.00 for a full dozen, available in 3 flavors.

Meet THE MEAT CARD™
Why would any man want a boring cardboard card when they could get a custom (and potentially titillating) custom card laser-etched on beef jerky? Customers are encouraged to print whatever message they want to deliver directly to their manly man (we don’t judge.) Messages vary widely in naughtiness levels; here are two (relatively) clean examples: “Can we exchange meats?!”, “Your meat is officially off the market.”
$22.50 for 100 custom characters laser engraved on a card-sized (4″x9″) sheet of delicious beef jerky.

Bacon Scented Wrapping Paper (scratch and sniff)
Everything is better with bacon, so why not up your wrapping game with the glorious smell of bacon? Even if a manly man gets soap on a rope, it will be a big hit if wrapped in something that smells like bacon when you scratch and sniff.
$19.95 for a 30″ wide roll (8′ long.)

And speaking of bacon …

The Meat Bouquet
Here’s another radically superior beefy bouquet choice for men. It’s a tasty and tasteful arrangement of ready-to-eat thick-cut slices of gourmet bacon and beef sticks in multiple flavors.
$59.00 includes 9x beef sticks and 8x gourmet bacon in various flavors. Also available as a bacon bouquet and beef bouquet.

If your Valentine is a meat lover, this is a site you will want to use- for now, and to bookmark for further use. Enjoy the shopping experience!