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Welcome to The Little Style File's FIFTH annual holiday guide! This year we are doing things a little different. The 2015 Holiday Handbook is still jam packed with the best gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. It's also filled with recipes, crafts and ideas on how to make the most of the holidays as a family. We've done our best to highlight brands that give back and products that are handmade. If you see a * by the name of a product, that indicates that the item is handmade. If you notice a +, that means the company or product is giving back this holiday season. As always, this holiday guide is interactive. If you see something you like, click the link and you will be taken directly to buy the product. Also this year we have included links to reviews and videos of the products so you can get even more information before you make your purchase. So grab a red cup or your favorite holiday cocktail, sit back, relax and with a few clicks accomplish all of your holiday shopping!

Happy Holidays from our families to yours!

Thanks to Children's Place, Target for providing accessories for our cover shoot and Minted for designing our holiday card cover! Images by Gina Cristine Photography.


How to Storytell Your Holidays 22-23

Gifts for Kids 4-5, 8, 9, 12 Holiday Hair 6-7 Baking with American Girl 10-11 Stocking Stuffers 14 Gifts for Teens & Tweens 15

Homemade Gifts 13, 29

Best Books 16 Holiday Style with the Children's Place 17 Gifts for New Parents 18 Recipes for Holiday Cheer 19 Teacher Gifts 21 Gifts for Her 24

Gifts for Grandparents 20

Gifts for Him 26 Hostess Gifts 28 25 Days of Joy 31

This year our cover is a real Minted holiday card! We love that Minted supports indie artists and that with the help of their wonderful design team, you can create a holiday card that's truly your own. See more of the style from the cover shoot on page 17.


Bitty Baby Starter Set Wooden Pram Dance & Move BeatBo

Gearation Fridge Magnets Wonder Bib

Lovie Blanket

Kid O Tip Truck

Click and Pop Links

Bath Fun Octopus

Owl Wobbles

Mini Boden Jacket


MC2 Project

Watch our video review!

Kidizoom Action Cam

Osmo Genius Kit Gaming System

Brackitz Master Builder

Isotta Discovery Car

Makeblock Robot Kit

Deluxe Roominate

Kids GPS Tracker Watch

SPRK Robot

Read our review!

Dash and Dot Robot Pack

Ogobild Studio Kit


Rainbow Cabin Doll House

PBK Retro Kitchen

Electronic Lightsaber

Cash Register Road Rug

Picnic Basket

FurReal Friends Pug

Fairyland

See our review! Spaceship Center

Girls Only Secret Message Lab

American Girl Maryellen Doll +


Easel

NY Fashion Design Set

Plush Craft

Make Your Own Puppets Airbrush Set

Creature Your Own Creature Kit

See our review!

Easy Weaving Loom

Williams-Sonoma American Girl Baking Set

Play Doh Tool Set


The girls invited a few friends over and we cooked up great memories with the American Girl by Williams-Sonoma Cupcake Set and Madeline Set. There's no better way to get in the holiday spirit than baking with friends and sharing the results!


Toboggan Electric Scooter

Ride-on Tractor

Push Plane

Electric Scooter Unicycle

Balance Bike

3-in-1 Scooter

EzyRoller

Dune Racer


1) Create or trace your design on paper. Put paper over foam board and trace your design with a pencil.

4) Remove the foam and let your design dry completely.

2) Remove the paper and color on the foam around the lines you created.

3) Spray your design on the foam gently. Carefully press the design onto your notecard.

5) Tie a set of notecards together to give as a gift or attach to gifts or mail to Click for printables and family and friends. more craft ideas!


Holiday Twitter Party on Dec. 2nd!

Monogram Key Chain

SoCozy Gift Set

Toddler Infinity Scarf * Star Wars Tattoos

UNICEF Kid Power Band +

Wind Up Bath Toy

iPhone Charger Sticker Face Set

Hotel Key Necklaces

Mini Pinball

Kidzbop Tooth Tunes Toothbrush Emoji Socks


Lokai Bracelet +

Game of Phones Mobile Printer

Puffer Vest

Key Chain Pouch

Vans Sneakers

PB Teen Sleepover Set

Funny Socks Vineyard Vines Hat

Sail Duffle Bag

Giving Key Necklace +

Jelly Belly Dispenser


Infinity Nursing Scarf

Brass Bar Necklace

Rockabye Baby Music

Formula Maker

Bunting Bag

Newlie Diaper Bag Set

See our review!

First Year Journal

See our review! Stroller Blanket Keurig

BabyBjorn ONE Carrier

Coffee Mug


Minted Foil Custom Child's Artwork

Custom House Ornament *

What A Difference A Day Makes Custom Art *

Minted Custom Calendar

Chinese Checkers

Personalized Mugs *

Custom Cutting Board *

Grandchild Silhoutte Custom Print *

Custom Push Pin Travel Map *

Family Tree Necklace *


Gina Sandrzyk Gina Cristine Photography

We all love the candid and documentary style images we see on Pinterest and Instagram from professional photographers. But did you know YOU can also document your family's holidays in a storytelling manner with just a few easy tips? Cookie baking, gift wrapping, hot cocoa drinking, holiday tree decorating, crafts, and gingerbread house decorating, are all fun things to do as a family while you tell the story of your holidays with your camera. You and your family will love looking back at the images and remembering the details of your holidays for years to come. Grab your DSLR, point and shoot, or even cell phone (yes, I said cell phone) and follow along below! 1.Use natural light if possible. Natural light is the most flattering and easy light to photograph. When photographing your family, if possible set up the activity near natural light. Have your back to the light source while your family faces you and the light. You will not have to worry about funky skin tones, and your subjects will have a little added sparkle in their eyes! 2.Clear the clutter in the background. Take a few minutes before you get started and look at the space you will be using through the lens of your camera. Do you notice anything distracting in the background? Something as far away or small as your daughter’s pink lunch bag on the counter may not seem distracting at first. But as you start shooting, the pink bag may draw your eye from your family over to the bag. What makes many professional documentary style photos more interesting, is how simple and non distracting the background is. 3. It’s all about the details! Photograph the gingerbread houses and bowls of candy before you get started. Then photograph faces of excitement and concentration as your children begin. Move your body to be on the same level as the table, and photograph little hands putting candy on the houses. Get close and photograph just those little hands holding a handful of candy. Think of those little details that will not be the same next year. You will love looking back and remembering how tiny their hands were compared to a handful of gumdrops. 4. Let kids be themselves (they will eventually forget the camera is there!) Do not worry about the mess, or how the end result may not look like the way it is supposed to. How adorable will it be to look back at the gingerbread house they made all by themselves when they were 5! Imagine how proud they will be! Your kids will eventually be making the perfect gingerbread houses when they are older. While they are young, worry about the clean up after, let them put the snowman wherever they want, and just enjoy their laughter, happy faces, and creativity. Your photos will be more authentic and natural, and that is what storytelling is all about. 5.Get your memories off your computer and phone! This is the best part. What about making a beautiful soft cover album of your images to keep out on the coffee table through the holiday season, and to bring out next year to enjoy? I adore Artifact Uprising's soft cover books to make for each of our fun activities throughout the year. You can add wording to describe the way you felt, quotes of things your children said, or just let the images tell the story. If an album is not your thing, print your favorites and display them in order. Do not forget to print the details! For prints I love Mpix.Com and for square prints I love Artifact Uprising. Looking for more photo display ideas, Artifact Uprising’s blog is always inspiring. Remember, you do not need a professional camera to take beautiful photographs. The beauty in a photograph comes from the emotion you are capturing, and the memories you will have from the images for years to come. Think of your children’s children looking back at the photo book or images of your family laughing and enjoying the small details of cookie baking or ice skating for the first time. Keep things authentic and true to the moment, and your family and you will be filled with joy with the results. Thanks to Carrie from Little Punky for letting me share her family’s images I took from a holiday session we did a couple years ago.


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Wall Art Kate Spade Watch Poncho

Purse Pouf Ball

Swell Bottle

Younique Makeup Collection +

Leather Clutch Silhoutte Necklace

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Marc Jacobs Perfume

Joules Boots

Cocktail Ring

See our review!

Blanket Scarf *


Beard Oil

Monogrammed Leather Briefcase

Dart Set Smart Watch

Smoker

Drone and GoPro Set

Star Wars Boxed Set

Personalized Growler and Flight Set Cocktail Kit


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Dish Towel

Bath Salts

Ice Maker

Candle

Wine Bag Cooler Bag

State Cheese Board

Corkpop Wine Opener


Every year we set out to slow down and enjoy the holidays. And each year life gets hectic and they seem to blow by in a flash. We've compiled 25 different activites - some small and some large - to find joy in each day in December. Encouraging genorosity in our children and remembering that spending time together as a family is the greatest gift of the holiday season. If you have any ideas to add to this list, please tweet us @lilstylefile so we can share with our friends and readers! We wish you the happiest of holidays!

The Little Style File's Holiday Handbook 2015  

The ultimate holiday guide for the entire family! From gifts for everyone on your list to crafts and family recipes, the Holiday Handbook i...

The Little Style File's Holiday Handbook 2015  

The ultimate holiday guide for the entire family! From gifts for everyone on your list to crafts and family recipes, the Holiday Handbook i...