Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: November 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018

Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide

I love helping my readers shop for treasured holiday gifts!  Especially ones locally made.
Have you started shopping yet?  

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Economic Development
but all opinions are my own.

Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've lived in Iowa my WHOLE life and I love it here.  We have four beautiful seasons {I'm writing this as we are having a blinding snowstorm}, the people are beyond gracious and nice and I can think of no reason that I will ever leave.

Yep, I'm bragging about this place a bit!  

We're home to the largest cereal company in the world {Quaker Oats}, we are home to the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi River {Kalona}, we are the only state whose east and west borders are surrounded entirely by water {Missouri River and Mississippi Rivers}, we are home to the nation's 31st president {Herbert Hoover}, we lead the nation in production of corn, soybeans and pork and are 2nd to a popular breakfast dish {eggs} and we have a handful of actors and actresses among us {John Wayne, Donna Reed, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Arnold, Andy Williams, Johnny Carson, Lara Flynn Boyle and Elijah Wood to name a few}.

Still bragging.

Beyond all of this, we also have many tremendous small businesses.  Businesses run by single moms, recent college graduates and three generational families.  All very different, all very successful.

Each and every holiday season I do my best to promote these small businesses and/or products that are made right here in the great state of Iowa {I'm sure your state has some great ones too, I just happen to be promoting mine!}.  

So let's take a look at some of these fun items.  Everything from food to toys to clothing.  Grab a pen and paper and be sure to jot down your favorites.  Then grab your wallet!

Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The complete list of gifts can be found here, but let's break things down a bit shall we?  


Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So many cute and adorable items for those young ones in our lives!  I personally love the Butter Cow Onesie.  The Butter Cow originated in my hometown of Toledo, Iowa.  Norma Lyon became famous for sculpting first the cow out of butter at the Iowa State Fair and then each year after that whatever public figure was in the news or whichever movie character was in our homes.

And that pair of sock monkey mittens?  Or handmade wooden peg toys or rattle?  When my kids were babies they loved tag blankets {whichever Mom realized that sewing small tags to the ends of blankets keeps babies entertained is genius} and personally can I get that Iowa-Dorable shirt in my size?


Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Let's move on to the next category, do you have a Nature Lover in your life?  Someone who would rather spend their free time outdoors exploring?

I have a really close friend who LOVES to hike.  Anywhere really.  I wish I had the knack for it like her!  Anyone who loves nature can find a fun item in this group.

Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So many items in this category remind me of growing up in Iowa.  My Dad was and has always been a big hunter.  Most Saturday mornings he was off hunting pheasant or deer and often taking trips even further south to hunt quail.  We always had hunting dogs {so many, I cannot even remember all their names} so it was just a part of our life.  Did you know you can purchase Hunting and Fishing Licenses online?  And that Iowa Outdoors magazine?  It always graced a table in our home, in my opinion nothing is better than a magazine subscription.  It keeps giving all year long!

Personally, I'd take the Iowa Reclaim t-shirt in a heartbeat.  And those bandanas made by Iowa Parklands that also serves as a map of individual state parks is pretty cool and stylish.

I also enjoy when relatives give my kids "experience gifts".  Gift certificates to use on long winter days when we are stuck at home.  Why not got skiing and snowboarding?  Yes, we do have those resorts in Iowa!  We're not as flat as you think.


Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Ready for the next category?  It's Home Goods!  Most people love to decorate their home or enjoy giving gifts that they know people would love to stage in their home.

Need a candle?  Got it.  An adorable tea towel that would go perfect with a bottle of wine?  We have that too.  Maybe a few hand crafted wood items?  Yep, have those too.

Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Nothing screams a cozy winter home more than a candle.  I've actually been working closely with Michelle at the Dirt Road Candle Company.  These candles are AMAZING.  If you are long time reader you know my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways starts December 1 and her company is a part of it!

I'm also digging the Custom Photo Wood Prints.  Take a photo you love and they will print it on rustic wood.  What a unique gift to give someone this holiday season.  The same goes for Red Check Throw Blanket made by the Amana Woolen Mill here in Eastern Iowa.  Everyone needs a statement piece that screams, "where did you get that?" when a visitor walks in the door.

And have you seen Iowa's world renowned Isabel Bloom sculptures?  They are gorgeous.  Pretty much one for every occasion in a person's life {weddings, anniversaries, life-long friendships and more}.


Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Moving on!

I don't know about you but sometimes I love seeing what's in my stocking more than my actual gifts under the tree.  There's something about unwrapping little fun treasurers that you otherwise may never purchase for yourself.

Items you can stick in your purse or in your mouth!

Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Here in the Midwest there are a few things you need to get you through the harsh winter.  Chapstick {your lips take a beating}, a good soap {your hands get so dry}, artisan coffee {it warms you up on cold mornings} a sweet treat {why not?} and a good bloody mary mix {because we love our brunches on Sundays}.

Pretty much my perfect stocking would be filled with chapstick, coffee grounds, soap, chocolate covered caramels and bloody mary mix.

All items hand made in Iowa.  Did you know some of the best chocolates in the world are made by nuns at a Northeast Iowa monastry?  Or that some of the best coffee in the state started it's production in a garage?  All small businesses have to start somewhere!


Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And now, in my opinion, I've saved the best for last.  The Food and Cooking category!  Cut me some slack, I'm a food blogger.  Nothing excites me more than fun food.

A little bit of everything in this batch.  If you aren't fond of one thing, I have no doubt you'll love another.

Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I hate to say this, but I'm again pretty partial to one of these food companies.  I grew up going to Rube's Steakhouse in Montour, Iowa, which was about a 10 minute drive from my house.  Special occasions or not, it was a fun place to go {and still is!} as you walk in, pick out your steak, find your table and then go grill it yourself!  Remember those Grilled Ribeyes with Corn and Tomato Relish I made last year?  I used Rube's Steaks.

Each product in this category has quickly become a favorite.  Maple syrup?  You bet, I drizzle a bit in my coffee each morning.  Beer bread?  It's a great side with a bowl of warm soup.  Dutch Letters from Pella, Iowa?  A complete weakness for me.  Sterzings Potato Chips?  The only chips my Dad will eat.  Artisan Pasta?  Please, I'd eat pasta for every meal if it wasn't frowned upon.

Clearly, food is my weakness.


Made in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide...hand crafted products perfect to gifts this holiday season {food, clothing, toys, soaps, candles, and so much more}.  Take a look at this sample list and purchase from a small business this Christmas season. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I hope you've found some fun and unique items for your holiday shopping, made right here in Iowa!  Biased I am, but I've always believed we live in a pretty special state.  So many hand crafted products that are just waiting to find a way into your homes.

Which product is calling your name?

Which fun find screams "I need to purchase this for _________ "?

And don't forget to just buy something for yourself this holiday season.  You deserve it and these small businesses will thank you.

Thank you to the Iowa Department of Economic Development for sponsoring this post.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Maple Pecan Pie Cobbler

The perfect holiday dessert to feed your crowd!
If you love traditional pecan pie, then this dish will wow you as well.

Maple Pecan Pie Cobbler....a pecan pie lovers dream!  Serves 24, with a hint of maple and has a double crust!  Perfect for the holidays. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So I took last week off {with regular blog posts...golly other social media stuff never ends} since the week prior was all about my HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES.

Did you see them?

I posted five days in a row {wine may have been consumed by day 5} showcasing my hand-picked gift items for teenagers and college students, grandparents, husbands and wives, babies and toddlers and adolescents.

I do this every year because you all ask!  And in all honesty, it is a LOT of work, but it is also a lot of fun.  And in the end I get some of my Christmas shopping done too.  Be sure to head on over and browse as little, as it will no doubt cross at least one person off your list.

Maple Pecan Pie Cobbler....a pecan pie lovers dream!  Serves 24, with a hint of maple and has a double crust!  Perfect for the holidays. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Naturally, when I take a week off from posting, I no doubt wake up in a panic by about day six and have a freak out moment of what I'll be posting next.  

It's the holidays!

People are craving recipes and I need to deliver, you know?  This coming weekend is often one of my hightest web traffic weekends.  It always amazes me how much traffic I even get on Thanksgiving Day!  Are people really STILL not sure what they will make the day of?  Or maybe they are just pulling up the recipe they already had in mind, who knows.

Either way, traffic is stellar.

Most are looking at my 3 Step Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes, my Crock Pot Mac-n-Cheese or any of my various pumpkin recipes.  Often my Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Bars or my Iowa Pumpkin Sheet Cake.

Maple Pecan Pie Cobbler....a pecan pie lovers dream!  Serves 24, with a hint of maple and has a double crust!  Perfect for the holidays. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Here's to hoping they now hit that Google bar and search...

Maple Pecan Pie Cobbler.

You guys.  This dessert is incredible.  If you've been following me for awhile then you know I'm not afraid to make a pie, they don't scare me.  I just do not enjoy that they only feed eight people.  Thanksgiving and Christmas is usually about feeding big crowds, so why not have enough of that one dessert they love to feed them all?

Enter in this cobbler.  I've guesstimated it serves 24.  TWENTY-FOUR!  That's a nice crowd.  It's very similar to traditional pecan pie, but I added the twist of pure maple syrup in the filling {the real stuff, not the fake crap} and a double crust.

Yes, two crusts are hidden in this gem!

Maple Pecan Pie Cobbler....a pecan pie lovers dream!  Serves 24, with a hint of maple and has a double crust!  Perfect for the holidays. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You layer in the first crust, then some filling, then the other crust {double fun!} - followed by baking it a little bit - then MORE filling and whole pecans, finishing it off by baking it even longer.  I hope you caught all of that.

It turns into this ooey, gooey delicious huge "cobbler".  You dish it out with a spoon {no fancy pieces and edges for this dessert} and then generously dollup with vanilla ice cream or whipping topping.  Whatever is your preference.

It is what you NEED to make for your Thanksgiving table.  Among other things of course.  But golly, if you are a pecan pie fan, this will stop you in your tracks.

Maple Pecan Pie Cobbler....a pecan pie lovers dream!  Serves 24, with a hint of maple and has a double crust!  Perfect for the holidays. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Share this special dessert with your friends and family this holiday season.  Nothing is better than sitting around the holiday table with the ones you love.  The ones you may only see once a year and sometimes the ones that drive you bat *&$! crazy.

It's all part of the holiday process.  It's ONE DAY.  Be thankful you have a table to sit at and attend, as many do not.  Never forget that.

As always if you make this recipe, please share on social media!  Tag me at @sweetsavoryeats and I'll be sure to interact with your post.  You guys are the ones who keep this food blog going.

Yield: 24

Maple Pecan Pie Cobbler

This cobbler tastes just like a traditional pecan pie, but with a twist! Perfect for your holiday guests.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 47 minstotal time: 57 mins

ingredients


  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 2 cups light corn syrup
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups whole pecans

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and generously coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla and eggs. Whisk to combine.  Add in the two cups chopped pecans and stir.  Set this aside.
  3. Take one pie crust and on a lightly floured surface, roll out using a rolling pin to make it the same size as the bottom of your 9x13 pan.  Gently lay into the bottom of the pan, then spoon half of the pecan filling onto the bottom crust.
  4. Take the second pie crust and again roll out to fit the 9x13 pan.  Lay on top of the pecan filling.  Spray this top layer lightly with cooking spray.  Bake for 17 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and reduce the heat to 350 degrees.  Pour the remaining pecan filling over the top crust.  Then arrange the two cups of whole pecans on top.  Bake an additional 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls

It's DAY 5 of my Holiday Shopping Week!
I didn't forget all those kids from ages 5-12.
They might possible love Christmas morning the most!

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

I have two kids in this category - one boy and one girl, plus another girl right on the cusp.  So you better believe I'll be doing my own Christmas shopping from this list as well.

Kids ranging from 5 to 12 quite possible love Christmas the most.  Many of them still believe in Santa Claus and Christmas morning is JUST THE BEST with this age group.  The excitement runs deep.

I've hand-picked 10 items for boys and 10 items for girls.  I think there is a little bit of everything - sports stuff, beauty stuff, electronic stuff, game stuff and just lots and lots of STUFF.  I'm fairly certain you may find a few things!

Let's start with those boys first.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)
How about a race track that is jungle themed?  And not just the traditional race track themed?  Your little guy can pretend he's on a safari!

This Race Car Dinosaur Train Track comes with two sets of dinosaurs, military vehicles, trees and a swinging bridge.  The flexible track gives limitless configurations.  An ideal gift for young boys ages 5 and up.

Purchase yours HERE for $28.59.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Got a sports lover in your house?  We sure do.  A boy who plays baseball, football, basketball and does wrestling.  He now also asks each night after dinner who is playing who no matter what season we are in.  There's gotta be something on, right Mom?

This Sports Illustrated Kids edition is perfect to that little guy who loves reading up on everything sports related.  And it's a gift that lasts all year long, with a new edition arriving in your mailbox each month.

Purchase yours HERE for $20.97.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I encourage my kids to read ALL THE TIMEYou're bored?  Go get a book.  I'll even put them to bed a bit early so they can read in bed before falling asleep.  Last year they all received individual book lights in their stockings and it might have been the best gift to date.

This LuminoLite Rechargeable LED Book Light is perfect for the book lovers in your family.  My kids use them while reading in the family room at night and when reading in bed.  Easy to keep charged too!

Purchase yours HERE for $13.95.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

What little boy doesn't like walkie talkies?  Don't kid yourself, they all love these things.  Five star rated with a 3 mile radius!  Endless hours of entertainment can be provided on these.

This DilissToys Walkie Talkies for Kids is easy-to-use with a child freindly design.  The push to talk button is uncomplicated and boys will figure it out in no time.

Purchase yours HERE for $29.99.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)
My boy has been begging for a watch, but I've always been hesitant to get him a real expensive one, because, well he's a BOY.  They seem to destory everything super quick!

This Kids Smartwatch comes with a camera, GPS Tracker, alarm clock, stopwatch, emergency alarm and much more!  You can set this watch with it's tracker to know where your kid is at all times.

Purchase yours HERE for $31.99.


20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)
Have you seen this game?  Some kids in our neighborhood have this game and it's a hoot to watch them play.  I'm all about getting the kids outside to play, but better yet if you have a big basement or garage - it works there too for the cold winter months.

This Spikeball Rookie Kit is fun and active and gives them five different ways to play.  This smaller frame is designed for kids 12 and under it is an action-packed 2-on-2 ball toss game.  Is the game that was invented if foursquare and volleyball had a baby.

Purchase yours HERE for $64.99.


20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Toys cars are fun, but dinosaur toy cars are even better!  Perfect for those boys in your life that are obsessed with Jurassic Park and things prehistoric.

These Pull Back Dinosaur Toy Cars come in a six pack with all their favorites {triceratops, t-rex, dilophosaurus, tatankacephalus and more} and a simple pull back and you'll watch them shoot across the room!

Purchase yours HERE for $15.99.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

During the winter months when our bikes are put away {darn weather} give your kid's something to look forward to in the Spring when you drag them back out!

These Activ Life Bike Wheel Lights is a fun accessory to jazz up any bike, plus provides light in darker situations.  These lights will stand out from all angles and can be switched from "constant on" to "flashing" mode.

Purchase yours HERE for $13.99.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Now how those kids that are animal and nature lovers?  We can't forget them.  Again, a subscription magazine is the perfect gift to keep giving all year long.

This National Geographic Kids magazine is fact filled and fast-pased.  Great for ages 6 and up with award winning photos that has captivated more than 1 million readers in the last 35 years.

Purchase yours HERE for $15.00.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


I got a desk one Christmas .  It was all I asked for, and the one big thing I got that year.  My older sister loaded me up with office supplies and I was SET.  The only thing I was missing was a lamp!

This TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp is also wireless charger with a USB port and timer.  No excuses to not finish their homework now!

Purchase yours HERE for $42.99.

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Now, let's move on to those little ladies of ours....they deserve something special too!  Here are my hand-picked items for girls ages 5-12.  Some things girly, some educational, some things beauty related and some crafy!

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)
Being cozy in the cold winter months is basically a right of passage here in the Midwest.  Nothing beats family movie night, snuggled under blankets eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate.

This Mermaid Tail Blank for Kids {and adults!} comes in five fun colors and can serve as a full sleeping bag or just a hefty blanket to cover up in while lounging around.  Made to look and feel like a real mermaid, it will keep you cozy all season long!

Purchase yours HERE for $17.49.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)
We've had so many Melissa & Doug products in our house over the years and I can honesty say the kids have loved every single one {and as a parent I did too, which is saying something}.  They are well made, often educational and just have superior quality.

This Melissa & Doug Stamp-a-Scene Stamp Pad: Fairy Garden comes with 20 stamps a two-color stamp pad and colored pencils.  It has everything your girl needs to make a beautiful, color detailed fairy garden scene.

Purchase yours HERE for $19.99.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)
I have a girl who would do crafts ALL THE DING DONG DAY.  She's always drawing, coloring, taping pieces of paper together and building things out of my recycling bin {yes, I just said that}.  Anything remotely artsy fartsy is right up her alley.  Along with most girls her age {7-9}.

This Washi Tape Set of 45 Decorative Rolls will keep them busy for hours.  Washi can easily be torn by hand, is great for decorating, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, school projects and more.

Purchase yours HERE for $14.99.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)
For the love of all things holy, I'm happy that phones have not entered our children's lives......yet.  But saying that I know there will come a time when they will.  I guess you might as well make them pretty?

This Floral iPhone Protective Case is compatitable with the iPhone 7 & 8 Plus and comes in 17 different designs.  Assigned to be slim and lightweight, it won't add any bulk to their phone.

Purchase yours HERE for $9.99.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I have absolutely no idea why slime making videos have now become so popular.  There are so many shows on YouTube dedicated to this!  Girls across the nation are making this stuff.

This DIY Fluffy Slime Kit comes with 18 different colors of slime, foam balls, glitter and more.  Kid friendly and safe to use it's the perfect gift idea for grandkids when they visit your house or a fun birthday party activity.

Purchase yours HERE for $25.90.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)
Both of my girls received this colored pencil case for Christmas last year and they have been everywhere with us.  Especially the car!  The colored pencils are held snuggly in their slots and it all zips up for easy travel.

This 72 Super Large Capacity Colored Pencil Case is a 4 layer foldable design and comes in 5 different colors.  Ideal for the girls in your life who love to doodle and draw.

Purchase yours HERE for $9.99.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I first saw a similar tent like this one at my friend's house and I swear it provided hours and hours of play time for her girls.

This Teepee Kids Tent by ALPHA HOME is great for indoor and outdoor use and comes with it's own carrying bag.  Kids can create an imaginative world all on their own!  A great place to read books, play house and hide toys from their siblings.

Purchase yours HERE for $49.99.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Everytime we're at a store and we happend to walk by some bath bombs, my girls will try and sneak one into the cart.  They love these things!  

This Purelis Natural Bath Bomb Gift Set is a great gift for the girl's in your life at Christmas.  Hours of bath time happens around here in the winter and with 40 in this set we are supplied for awhile.

Purchase yours HERE for $35.95.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Got a little green thumb on your hands?  I'm sure they love helping you in your big garden, but what about creating a little space all their own?

This Creativity for Kids Enchanted Fairy Garden Craft Kit will help the girls in your life create a little magic of their own.  Comes with everything you need, you just have to add water!

Purchase yours HERE for $22.27.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm not going to lie, our middle girl got a similar "make your own quilt" blanket last year for Christmas and I'm stealing it all the time.  It's so comfortable and warm!

This Alex DIY Knot-A-Quilt comes with a fun design of polka dots and zig zags and requires no sewing {thank the Lord}, just knotting!  Everything comes pre-cut and is easy to put together!

Purchase yours HERE for $17.19.

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Well, I sure hope I've helped you in the kid department!  My 20 ideas for boys and girls should give you a headstart with your Christmas shopping.  Be sure to pass this post along to anyone you know who might need it.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls...hand-picked Christmas gifts, 10 for boys and 10 for girls!  Eveyrthing from electronics to educational toys to crafts to beauty items. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)