‘Tis the Season for Giving

It is now December 14th and if you are like me you are probably scrambling to get your holiday shopping complete and procrastinating until the last minute. Which is why I am glad I have a love/love relationship with the blogosphere. Where else can you find gift guides featuring products that have been used by the people that you trust the most?

I’ve taken some time peruse the Sway Bloggers to gather some of my favorite gift guides of the 2011 holiday season. Do you have something you want to add? Leave it in the comments.

I wouldn’t expect anything less than a jam-packed gift guide from the amazing women of Cool Mom Picks. Check out the Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide and don’t forget the techie in your life and use the Tech Holiday Gift Guide.

Allison from Petit Elefant has created some kick butt guides for almost everyone in the family but her most recent Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide is something that I promptly sent to my husband (I may have included this link as well; Holiday Gift Guide).

Ellen from Love That Max has an amazing gift guide for special needs kids. Her guide includes items that have been tested by moms like herself.

Reading books was a huge part of my childhood during the holidays and I love this guide that Gabby from Design Mom put together of her top 20 Christmas books.

I’m so glad that Karen from Chookooloonks realized at about the same that I did that Christmas was coming whether we wanted it to or not, and she employs the same mantra that I do with my tree “”More is More,” and “If It Fits On The Tree, By Gum, It Goes On The Tree. She is also MUCH more organized than I am and has prepared a holiday gift guide for Gifts That Give Back.

Who says that the holidays can’t be sexy? Check out this Naughty Mom Holiday Gift Guide created by the fantastic Kristen Chase.

Kim from Today’s Creative Blog has some great homemade holiday gift guides that you can purchase from the comfort of your own home. How did people shop before the Internet?

Laurie Turk from Tip Junkie has her own take on Oprah’s favorite things list with her Laurie’s Favorite Things the L List. There are some fantastic ideas on this list and I didn’t even think twice when Laurie mentioned sending this to my husband (I just wish I had done this BEFORE he went shopping last week).

Are you pregnant? Okay you don’t have to answer that; but Amy from Amalah has prepared this fantastic guide For the Ultimate Baby Gear that would be perfect for any of your “expecting” friends.

While browsing the Internet and my Google reader for gift guides to share with you I was pleasantly surprised to see that our very own Danielle posted a great gift guide for kids who love to cook over on her Foodmomiac blog.

Cindy Hopper from Skip To My Lou has an incredible Handmade Gift Idea Guide that even has a printable to help keep you on track with your gift making during the holidays.

Meagan over at the Happiest Mom said something that I think everyone could relate to about traditions and when they aren’t fun anymore. Celebrating the holidays the easy way is a great reminder to help keep stress levels low. Meagan even has a book called Happiest Mom Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood that would be perfect for the moms or soon to be moms on your list.

If you are looking for things to add to your own list you won’t want to miss Shelley from The House of Smith’s 2011 holiday gift guide. So many cute things!

Are you or someone that you know going through a divorce? Jessica from Sassafrass created this amazing gift guide for children that might be dealing with a divorce in their family this holiday season.

Don’t forget that so many great bloggers have written books that are available for purchase this holiday season. Marie from Make And Takes released her “50 crafts for throughout the year” book this fall. Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy wrote this hilarious book “Let’s Panic About Babies” that would be a great gift for just about any woman with a sense of humor. Denene from My Brown Baby has two books that would make great gifts. For the young adults in your family pick up Miss Mina and Denene even has a relationship book called Straight Talk that she co-wrote with Steve Harvey. Rebecca from Girls Gone Child penned this memoir that is a must read and on my own personal list this holiday season.

Are you looking for a book that you can automatically download and read? Check out these books written by Brenda Ponnay that are available on an E Reader device. Secret Agent Josephine’s stories are perfect for those young readers in your family. Lara from Less Cake More Frosting created this adorable printable Christmas story about Reindeer Feed, with a recipe. This would be a great gift for neighbors or the postal carrier (don’t tell me you don’t give your mail person something for the holidays).  And last but not least, Amy from LivingLocurto has some great printables on her site. She even has holiday tags and thank you printables for the perfect homemade touch to your gifts.

Where have you found the most helpful gift guides this year? Or better yet, what do you have on your list? -Erin