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12 Dec '16

Gifts for the Little Traveler

Posted by Annie Messing in Gift Guides

For the child who loves to plan for an adventure - we have the perfect gift guide for you! Whether it's a real trip or just a pretend one, your little traveler will be well-prepared for anything. We've found a map that's meant to be crumpled, a furry teddy friend to keep company during long trips, and the most adorable satchel to keep belongings safe along the way. Bon Voyage!


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27 Nov '16

Gifts for the Little Foodie

Posted by Annie Messing in Gift Guides

This year's Brimful gift guides are organized by theme instead of age - and first up is gifts for little foodies. 

Kids love to play pretend and more often than not, that usually means something involving food, am I right? Here's eight food-themed gifts that range from ice cream rattles for babies to a fascinating illustrated guide about food for older kids. Stay tuned for more themed holiday gifts guides in the days to come!

See last year's holiday gift guides here.

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26 Apr '16

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Ten Gifts That Will Make Her Feel Special

Posted by Annie Messing in Gift Guides

Over the years, Kari and I have received a whole variety of Mother's Day gifts. There's been books, perfume, clothing, fresh flowers...but certainly the most treasured gifts are the cards and drawings created by our children. I remember one particular year, I was visiting my sister in London and came back a few days after Mother's Day. Upon my arrival home, there was a whole display on the kitchen table of cards, drawings, and paper crafts that Fen and Di had made. Gosh, it's one of my favorite memories!

We put our heads together and compiled a list of unique gifts, all based on same/similar gifts we've received in the past. May you feel beautiful and well-loved this coming Mother's Day!


Ace & Jig Jumpsuit in Flare - Buttons down the front make it breastfeeding-friendly and the bright cheery textile means you'll feel pulled together without even trying! Available from Seedstore in mid-May.

B10 Bracelet by Sergio Gutierrez - Kari's husband gave her one a few years ago...and it's just exceptional! The bracelet's silky mesh-like pattern molds beautifully to the wrist and it's the perfect statement piece without being too showy.

The Count of Monte Cristo - If there's anything I wish I could do more of, it's to read! Even after a long day of caring for the children, it's always such as stress-reliever to lose oneself in a few chapters of a good book. This classic by Alexandre Dumas is one of Kari's all-time favorites!

Intelligentsia House Blend, Direct Trade, Whole Bean Coffee - Good coffee is never a bad gift - and Intelligentsia makes some of the best! Motherhood and caffeine - it's basically a given, right?

40 Blinks Sleep Mask - I use this eye mask when I travel and even at home if I'm taking a nap during the day...it's amazing! I know, it basically looks like a bra for your eyes, haha! The mask has a special contoured shape so there's no pressure on the eyes, allowing for higher quality rest.

Le Labo Rose Lotion - There's lotion - and then there's Le Labo. I've been using this lotion for five years and it's still a favorite. The scent is mildly floral, but also mysterious...and I just love that it lasts all day!

Framed Photo - For grandmothers, a framed photo of her grandkids is always a well-appreciated gift. I love the entire concept behind Framebridge - they make framing a piece of cake...and the prices are reasonable. Win-Win.

Holepunch Transport Tote - Kari and I both have totes like this one - it's the perfect everyday bag for all the mothering necessities...wallet, snacks, sunscreen, toys, books, baby wipes, diapers, etc. Stylish on the outside, answers to all life's little problems on the inside (wink). Every mother should have one!

Tatine Garden + Forest Infusion Candle - Ten years ago, I walked into Tatine Candles' now shuttered candle shop in Chicago and have been a loyal customer ever since! These candles make great gifts - they burn long and smell utterly amazing.

Ceramic Fish Gurgle Pitcher - Whimsically designed and yet quite functional, Kari and I think cheery red carafe is so fun. The pitcher makes a delightful gurgle when pouring - talk about a great conversation piece at the dinner table!



24 Nov '15

Brimful's 2015 Christmas Gift Guides

Posted by Annie Messing in Gift Guides

For this year's Brimful three gift guides, I've chosen just six gifts per list. Children really don't need a lot of gifts to make Christmas feel special. A few well thought out, open-ended toys, books, and games will provide hours of fun. I've found that fewer gifts also minimizes the post-Christmas blues!

Divided into three different age groups, here are my top holiday gift picks for Babies, Preschoolers, and School-Age children (ages 5-10). Many of these gifts are ones I've given to my own four children (ages 1, 3, 7, and 9). For more gift ideas, you can visit the three Christmas Gift Guides for Babies, Preschoolers, and School Age children on Pinterest. There are already over 35 gifts per board - and I'll be adding more throughout the holiday season. Enjoy.


Baby Gift Guide

1) Sapling Baby Zip Romper 2) My First Book of Animals 3) SleepyWakey Elephanado
4) Wooden Cage Rattle 5) ABC Picture Blocks 6) Dotted Teether Blankie

School Age Gift Guide

1) Lil Mib Voice Recorder 2) Kitpas Wet Erase Crayons 3) Wooden USA Puzzle
4) Schleich Horse Show Set 5) MicroMaxi Scooter 6) Kapla Colored Blocks



03 Dec '14

Brimful Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Little Boys

Posted by Kari Spikkeland in Gift Guides


Have yet to find a fitting gift for the amazing little boy on your list? Reflecting upon my two bouncy, cuddly, daring, and industrious boys gave inspiration to this gift guide. There is something useful for every whim!

1. Cube Bot: Beautiful as nursery decor and awesome for any boy that loves robots, or bending things. 

2. Little Owl Lost and Cowboy Small: Two books every child will ask to have read over and over (and over!) again. 

3. Gluckskafer Boat: This fun boat sails in the bubble bath and the great outdoors. 

4. Amazing Cape: A cape that feels truly magical and fosters creative action!

5. Auto Transporter: A beautifully designed transport truck with moving parts just perfect for little hands. 

6. Kickee Pants Sleeper: Super soft bamboo clothing for infants and children.

7. Naef Signa Blocks: Threading and stacking is the perfect combination!

8. Mini Bolga Basket: A sweet mini basket for children who love to tote treasures. 

9. Reginald Fox: Reginald is a champion of adventure and cuddles. 

10. Smiling Tree Blocks: Gorgeous heirloom quality blocks that can also be personalized. 


Merry Christmas!