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Shop Dayton: A Holiday Gift Guide {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 Dayton Moms Blog “stamp of approval,” and we personally solicited all companies for inclusion.

Aqua-Tots Swim School

DMB Gift Suggestion::
Holiday Swim Lesson Gift Package

Hey grandparents! This would make an AMAZING gift to give your grandchildren this year. An investment in swim lessons is an investment in safety, exercise, and family fun.

One of our favorite things about Aqua-tots is their SNAP program, designed to support children with special needs as they learn to swim. This program will work with those kids who are truly afraid of the water as well! This is something to keep in mind if you have a special kiddo in your life who would benefit from this extra level of TLC.

With two locations here in Dayton (Springboro and Beavercreek), the holiday package from Aqua-Tots is sure to be a hit with fish of all ages. The holiday swim package, is only $172 and includes 2 months of group lessons, the annual registration fee and a gift pack that includes a reusable bag with a towel, goggles, t-shirt and stuffed otter.

Goldfish Swim School

DMB Gift Suggestion::
Goldfish Swim Lesson Holiday Package

Goldfish Swim School 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 DMB, we are in love with the Perpetual Lessons model which includes:

  • One lifeguard 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 $175 (a $250 value!) and includes 2 months of lessons, a holiday ornament, canvas tote, holiday blanket, winter hat, and a packet of coupons to local businesses

Evenflo with Sensorsafe Technology

DMB Gift Suggestion::
Pivot Modular Travel System (with Sensorsafe Technology)

Are there any little ones in your life this holiday season? Evenflo has once again revolutionized their brand and their Pivot Modular Travel System with Sensorsafe Technology would make an amazing gift for the expecting mom and new baby/grandbaby in your life. Or go ahead and gift yourself – we won’t tell!

We love EVERYTHING about this stroller and car seat. Evenflo really thought through things that truly matter to parents, such as functionality, versatility, safety, storage, and the ease of getting everything into the car. Best of all, is the addition of Sensorsafe Technology, equipping the car seat with a chime to remind drivers that the baby is in the car with them. Amazing, right?

Statement Designs Co.

DMB Gift Suggestion::
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!

Dorothy Lane Market

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There are many things we love about Dorothy Lane Market at the holidays. Wine, cheese, excellent produce… not to mention that DML drive up is a great way to save some time during the hectic holiday season.

When it comes to gift giving, however, we are planted firmly in front of the bakery. DLM brownies are to die for, but we don’t have to tell you that, do we?

Your child’s teacher, your mailman, your mother-in-law or your bestie… the possibilities are endless and you can’t go wrong with this delicious treat. Most importantly, though, you can pick up one for yourself. Calories don’t count at the holidays, right?


Franklin + Co.

DMB 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!

YMCA of Greater Dayton

DMB Gift Suggestion::
Family Membership

Several DMB mamas listed a family membership to the YMCA of Greater Dayton on their wishlists this year. It’s kind of a no-brainer because of how much is gained through a membership.

More than just a gym, a pool, or a place for fitness; YMCA members experience a sense of belonging that can’t be found anywhere else! A YMCA membership allows you access to all YMCA’s associated with the YMCA of Greater Dayton and access to YMCA’s throughout Ohio.

From youth sports programs to child care so you can have some “me time”, plus summer swimming, there is endless potential for family fun here and it is the true gift that keeps on giving!

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

Tieks by Gavrieli 
I can’t normally justify spending this much money on myself… especially for shoes, but I got a yellow pair of tieks last year and have officially drank the kool-aid. I have my eye on the rose gold ones this year.

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm – Family Membership
This is another recent discovery of mine and I have fallen in love. The animals, the grounds, nature, the fairy houses, the events, the educational opportunities… definitely a place you can visit again and again.

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls 
I would love to get away for the weekend with my husband and reconnect this year. Located in Hocking Hills, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is perfect. Close enough to home to not be stressful and far enough away to be rejuvenating.

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

Cooking Classes
The Little City Cooking School offers a variety of cooking classes. From topical classes like gnocchi and filet mignon to their general Master Chef class, their classes make a great gift.

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!

Spa Package to Woodhaven Day Spa at The Greene
One day of doing nothing for anyone, no phone calls, no “Mama, mama”, no meal planning – just relaxing and feeling refreshed after a day of pampering! And honestly, this is a family gift because a healthy happy mama is a better mama for all.

Gift Certificate – Any local landscaping company!
Reason being, my husband won’t have to do yard work which is his least favorite thing to do and I will have a pretty yard!

Family Tickets to the Theatre!
We all love music and dancing!

Gift Card to CoCos Bistro
Perfect for a night out and if you have a gift card you HAVE to go!

Boonshoft Membership
Who doesn’t love Boonshoft? Family memberships are the perfect way to give something that can be enjoyed all year long.

Theatre Tickets/Series to the Schuster Center
This is one of those gifts that you love, but often don’t want to buy for yourself… this makes it the perfect gift!

What goodies are on YOUR list this year?

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