Much as I would love to trade love and good intentions alone this holiday season, the Santa-Industrial-Complex is far bigger than I. And while you don’t have to give things to prove your affection, there’s also nothing wrong with mindfully-chosen and lovingly-given items that bring joy to both giver and receiver.

With that in mind, we asked for thoughtful gift ideas from powerful women entrepreneurs and educators, as well as child literature experts (okay, my kids). You’ll also find some special discount codes for YP families below!


Give The Gift of Better Sleep

Aromatherapy expert Dr. Angie Lillehei created Noctilessence aromatherapy patches after researching lavender’s significant and lasting ability to improve sleep quality. Just place one time-release patch on your chest at bedtime and drift off into lavender dreamland.

Use code: LEARNFALL17 at checkout to receive a 5% discount, valid through the end of 2017

For Luxurious Laundry

Carolyn loves The Laundress’s natural, enzyme-based laundry products. Skip the dry cleaner and save money by hand-washing your silk and wool garments, and battle sweat stains on-the-go with the Wash & Stain Bar.

First-time site visitors, use code:  FP_20PCT for a 20% discount

Support Minnesota Artisans

Cara loves the handmade jewelry and warm and whimsical signs of the local artisans at Palletlove Co.

Mindful Movement Gifts

Kathy Flaminio of 1000 Petals lists her top five products, including a Hoberman Sphere to help teach diaphragmatic breathing and Mindful Movement Cards that give kids and adults short, guided relaxations to practice throughout the day.

Use code: YP15 at checkout to receive a 15% discount

Time Management For Kids And Adults

ADHD expert Judy Bandy recommends the Time Timer to help kids visualize the passage of time, and to give anyone with executive function difficulties help staying on-task.


Carynne’s picks (Ages 6-7): Five Little Monkeys Series, Snore, Dinosaur, Snore!, Fancy Nancy Series, Pinkalicious, Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick

Caden’s Picks (Ages 9-10): Last Kids Kids on Earth Series, Turn Left at the Cow, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Crenshaw, Dr. Doolittle

Charlie’s Picks (Ages 11-12): Spirit Animals Series, Wings of Fire Series, Percy Jackson Series, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children 

Cara’s Picks (Ages Grownup+)The Four Agreements, Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that HealPresent Over Perfect, Cutting for Stone, The Alchemist

Historical Fiction For Teens: The Things They CarriedRed China Blues

Bedtime Books To Read Aloud: The Velveteen Rabbit, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

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