Walt Disney World’s Toy Story Land: What to Expect

Calling all Disney fans!

In case you didn’t hear, Toy Story Land is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort this summer with the official opening date of June 30, 2018.

I got a sneak preview of the playtime paradise right here in New York City and let me tell you, it’s going to be magnificent—but that’s no surprise because Disney always delivers.

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Inspired by the blockbuster DisneyŸPixar franchise, the all-new 11-acre fun-filled world is located within the already magical attraction of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With two new rides and one that’s been updated, guests will be fully immersed in thrilling entertainment surrounded by vibrant, nostalgic toy novelties. Plus, there’s a whimsical spot to grab on-the-go refreshments when hungry strikes.

Below, check out the details on what’s in store at Toy Story Land:

TOY STORY LAND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT (LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.) ÑToy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida opens June 30, 2018. Located at DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios, the new 11-acre Land will make guests feel like they have shrunk to the size of a toy in the setting of AndyÕs backyard. Guests will whoosh along on a family-friendly roller coaster, Slinky Dog Dash (pictured under development), take a spin aboard Alien Swirling Saucers and score high on the midway at Toy Story Mania! (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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Slinky Dog Ride
My son is obsessed with Slinky Dog. Right now, he has four slinky dog toys of different varieties, but one can never have too many Slinky Dogs, right? Well, there’s only one Slinky Dog you’ll want when visiting Toy Story Land and that’s the family-friendly roller coaster.

With tracks and supports in bright primary colors, riders are seated inside the belly coils of the stretched-out pooch. Riders will zip around and above Toy Story Land, providing panoramic views of all that the new destination has to offer. I had the pleasure of taking a virtual ride on this coaster and it was completely exhilarating.

TOY STORY LAND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT (LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.) Ñ Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will take guests to infinity and beyond when Toy Story Land opens June 30, 2018. This new 11-acre land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy's backyard. Guests will think they've been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz as they are surrounded by oversized toys. Guests will whoosh along on a family-friendly roller coaster, Slinky Dog Dash, take a spin aboard Alien Swirling Saucers (pictured) and score high on the midway at the expanded Toy Story Mania! (Disney)

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Alien Swirling Saucers
No theme park is complete without getting bumper to bumper and Toy Story Land is no different. Riders will be in for an out-of-this world experience as the alien-inspired saucers glide riders into a fun-filled galaxy.

The galactic space toy is designed as a playset that Andy won at the Pizza Planet restaurant in the popular movie. The undeniably cute green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket-ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead. Plus, the space is covered, which provides shelter from the beaming sun or intermittent rain showers that are common for Orlando summers.

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Photo Courtesy of Disney

Toy Story Mania!
One of my family’s favorite attractions at Disney World, Toy Story Mania!, is getting an update making it better than ever. With a brand new decked-out entrance, the ride will have an all-new colorful toy carnival game box that leads to the playset action. With an additional third track, more park-goers will be able to get in on the fun of the beloved fast-paced games with a reduced wait time.

Photo Courtesy of Disney

Photo Courtesy of Disney

Woody’s Lunchbox
After you’ve explored the new and updated rides, Toy Story Land will offer Woody Lunchbox to fend off hunger pangs. The nostalgic walk-up window will serve up delicious bites and old-fashioned soda floats that will transport you and your taste buds back to happier times. The food spot will also feature Mini Babybel – the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort.

If you’re heading to Walt Disney World before the big opening, don’t fret you’ll be able to catch a preview of the new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A detailed model is on display at the theme park’s Walt Disney Presents attraction.

I can’t wait to visit soon!

Are you looking forward to visiting Toy Story Land? What’s your favorite attraction at Walt Disney World?

‘Insecure’ Star Yvonne Orji Partners with Colgate on New Campaign

Yvonne Orji, co-star of HBO’s hit series “Insecure,” has something to smile about.

The Nigerian born multi-talented comedic actress and bestie in our head has teamed up with Colgate, the iconic toothpaste brand for a new campaign that celebrates being ready for opportunities and life’s unexpected moments.

And there are plenty of prospects on Orji’s horizon.

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Not only is she currently filming the third season of the highly-anticipated HBO series, she’s also writing and executive producing her own sitcom, as well as her role in an upcoming comedy film set to be released in the fall.

Orji is ready for her close-up and she’s kicking things off with the Totally Ready ® campaign, which informs consumers that with their whole mouth health—healthy gums, teeth, cheeks and tongue—they are Totally Ready ® for whatever life brings them. In the candid video, Orji reveals how she gets ready for Valentine’s Day. In the clip, Orji chats about confidence, her pearly whites being her best asset and how she’s still waiting for Mr. Right.

With her undeniably gorgeous smile and effervescent personality, this partnership seems like a match made in heaven.

“I am so excited about this partnership with Colgate Total,” Orji said in a release. “A healthy smile has always been important to me. My healthy smile makes me feel good and, when I feel good, I feel totally ready for whatever comes my way. Last year was a really good year for me. I want to take that and make it bigger and better for 2018. So, not only do I need to be totally ready, I know that I must stay ready.”

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for our girl Yvonne!

What are you most excited to see from her this year? Her role as “Molly” on “Insecure,” or some of her upcoming projects? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

3 Books Every Brown Girl Should Read This Year

As a busy mom, I don’t get as much free time to read as I’d like. Cracking open a book during my work commute sounds ideal, but it’s so crappy and unpredictable that even travel time is not conducive to reading.

But, I’m determined to make the time to enjoy one of my favorite pre-mommy pastimes. This year there are several books on my must-read list. As a fan of biographies and memoirs, there are plenty of new non-fiction releases that will keep me turning the page.

Below, check out a few of the books I can’t wait to read:

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Feel Free: Essays” by Zadie Smith available here, $18. Known for her superb fiction work, Smith is back with an eye-opening book of essays that explores the conundrums of life. From society’s fascination with Facebook to the perils of global warming, Smith’s ability to draw readers in is bar none.

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“When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Khan-Cullor & asha bandele available here, $15. This memoir takes you into the heart and minds behind one of the most powerful movements the millennial generation has ever witnessed: Black Lives Matter.

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This Will Be My Undoing,” by Morgan Jerkins available here, $11. Still her in twenties, Jerkins is one of the most acclaimed critics tackling racism, sexism, misogyny and other challenges facing young black women. Her debut collection of essays is set to catalyze a revolution of young, female writers.

What books are on your radar to read this year?

Things to Do in NYC: 5 Cool Places to Take Your Kids this Winter

Now that Old Man Winter has officially arrived, it’s time to find places where kids can stay warm and have fun this winter.

With outdoor activities pretty much off-limits, we moms must do a bit of digging to find indoor kid-friendly spots. Living in New York, the options are seemingly endless. People often tell me that they don’t know how I manage to find so many places to take my kids, but the truth is that I simply research. Most major cities are teeming with options for school age children during the colder months—the secret is just seeking them out.

From engaging events to educational exhibits, there’s always somewhere new to explore. Below, find five of my family’s favorite places in NYC to keep little ones occupied all season long.

Gulliver’s Gate

Gulliver’s Gate may be all about small wonders, but it’s big on fun. Located in the heart of Times Square, this unique attraction brings a miniaturized version of the world to the crossroads of the world. Based around the popular adventure story, “Gulliver’s Travels,” this awe-inspiring exhibit of miniature models is nothing short of amazing. With more than 300 built-to-scale scenes, including model landscapes in New York, Asia, Latin America, Russia, Israel and many other regions from across the globe, it will keep you and your kids intrigued for hours on end.

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Address: 216 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

New Victory Theater

New Victory Theater is an excellent way to introduce children to live performances. The off-Broadway theater is the city’s first and only full-time performing arts theater for kids. With several shows each season, you’re bound to find the perfect for your family. Plus, the newly-renovated arts center in the theater’s lower level provides a space where children can partake in arts & crafts that complement most performances.

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Address: 209 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

One World Observatory

One World Observatory is a breathtaking place for all to marvel. Not only can riding to the top of one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers be an exciting experience for your child, it can also be an educational one. Sure, seeing New York City from 1,776 feet in the air is a sight to see, but use your visit to One World Observatory as a teaching moment. The terror attack that occurred on September 11, 2001 may be too much to explain to a toddler, but for older children it can be a good opportunity to talk about this dark spot in American history. After checking out the view, head over to the 9/11 memorial and museum only steps away, and grab a guide on how to talk to your children about the devastating attack.

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Address: 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10006

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

From enriching exhibits to educational play, this kid-centric museum has something for children of all ages. Rumored to be the first museum to cater to the younger set, Brooklyn Children’s Museum is filled with activities and programs that encourage social, physical and emotional development while fostering creativity. The museum’s new exhibit, Color Cover, is sure to be a hit—with white paper covering the entire room, pint-size Picassos can scribble, paint and color until her heart’s content.

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Address: 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Bowlmor Lanes

Striking out with the kids when it comes to entertainment? Don’t worry, you’ll score major points with them at Bowlmor Lanes. The edgy, nostalgic, trendy and whimsical bowling alley all rolled into one is a playground for budding bowlers and fun-loving kids alike. With decked out lanes and loads of video games, the 90,000-square-foot flagship space is a neon-centric paradise. Plus, it has kid-friendly menu that will blow their minds. Their offerings range from chicken fingers to king-size pizza cakes. Yes, a PIZZA CAKE and pizza cupcakes! The kitchen cranks out inventive, yet top-notch fare that rivals popular restaurants.

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Address: 222 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

What’s your go-to place to escape the cold with your kiddies? 

7 Last-Minute Gifts for the Beauty Buffs on Your List

Oops, you’ve done it again. You’ve waited until the last minute to score gifts for some of the VIPs on your Christmas list.

Whether it’s your sister, BFF, cousin or college-bound niece, gifting her with stocking stuffers to keep her looking and feeling good is always a sure bet. However, with Christmas only four days away, you have to act fast.

Thankfully, I’ve found some of the best beauty buys that will make them think you’ve been planning these perfect pampering presents all year long.

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Kleenex Very Merry Christmas Cleansing Collection
Who doesn’t want clean and clear skin? Gift your makeup-loving bestie with this cleansing stash to keep her skin refreshed. Available here, $25.

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Sally Hansen Salon Chrome Holographic Kit 
Give your nail-obsessed niece this kit to keep her digits dazzling and she’ll thank you for days to come. Available here, $13

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It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara Ornament 
There’s mascara and then there’s Superhero mascara. This volumizing eyelash enhancer lives up to its name by rescuing dull, short lashes and transforming them into long, look-at-me lashes. Available here, $12.

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Soap & Glory Box of Delights 
This delightful box of sudsy goodies will make your sister feel so fresh and so clean. Available here, $19

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Makeup Academy Mattifying Balm 
Trust us, this holiday season your sis will want to leave all things shiny to the Christmas trees and eye-catching wrapping paper. Make sure her skin stays on point and shine-free with this pigment-free mattifying balm. Available here, $11.

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Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips 
Chapped lips are never a good look. Give your cousin this super cute tin to keep her kisser supple and moisturized. Available here, $3.

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SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Holiday Hair Collection 
This sweet-smelling haircare set will guarantee your girl’s curls are popping for New Year’s Eve party-hopping. Available here, $15.

Have you finished all of your Christmas shopping?

The Dress Your Daughter Will Adore this Holiday Season

Nothing makes my daughter’s face light up more than a pretty dress.

Ever since she could talk, she’s proudly expressed her preference for ultra girly garments. If she could wear a frilly dress every day, she would—and let me tell you, she’s tried.

Having a daughter who loves playing dress up on a random Wednesday, I have to bring my A-game when it comes to finding dresses for special occasions, especially the holidays.

This year, I’ve outdone myself. When she saw her brand new Strasburg Children’s dress, she nearly fell to the floor with excitement. To say she was overjoyed would be an understatement. Who could blame her?

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Ava is wearing the “Ivy” Smocked Christmas dress available here, $112.

The gorgeous handcrafted “Ivy” frock is a dress of little girls’ dreams. Made in America with 100 percent cotton, the smock-style dress is stitched with an eye-catching chevron pattern and beautiful rosebud embroidery that’s perfect for Christmas. The red satin ribbons adorned at the bottom of the puff sleeves add a dainty, yet elegant touch that my daughter absolutely loves. Plus, the sash in the back ties the entire look together, literally.

The dress’ classic design stands out from contemporary, run-of-the mill children’s frocks found in department stores, making it even more charming and undeniably unique. While it’s ideal for the holidays, it can be repurposed for Valentine’s Day or even a winter wedding.

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If you know a little girl who prefers a pretty dress over the hottest toys or latest gadgets like my daughter, give her the gift that she’ll cherish: a stunning Strasburg Children’s dress. Trust me, you’ll be showered in kisses and inundated with countless twirls after presenting this timeless ensemble.

*Disclosure: I was given a Strasburg Children’s dress for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Does your daughter like to dress up? 

Baby Dove GIVEAWAY + Tips for Keeping Babies’ Skin in Tip-Top Shape this Winter

The official start of winter is a few days away, but falling temps make it feel like we’re already in the deep freeze.

That’s why it’s important to protect and take care of our skin—especially the delicate skin of our little ones.

When I was a first-time mom, I remember being terrified of exposing my daughter to the frigid air and brutal winds. Her already dry skin would turn bright red the minute we stepped outside and the moisture would zap immediately—leaving behind cracked, ashy skin.

In addition to bundling your bundles of joy with layers of outwear, protecting their precious skin underneath is the key to healthy, hydrated skin.

I recently caught up with Dr. Tanya Altmann, a California-based pediatrician and Baby Dove partner who offered tips on how to keep our babies’ skin healthy all season long.

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Q: How can you best prepare your baby’s skin care routine for the colder weather?
Dr. Altmann: Cold, dry winter weather often causes dry, chapped, irritated cheeks. Cleansing with a mild wash helps prevent dryness and protects skin’s natural barrier and locks in moisture. In addition, apply a mild lotion to baby cheeks regularly, or as frequently as needed to prevent chapping.

Q: If you notice a rash on your baby’s skin, what’s best practice to figure out what it is and how to treat it?
Dr. Altmann: If you find your baby’s bottom becoming red or irritated, wash your baby’s bottom each night with a sensitive, mild moisturizing baby wash and let it air dry. Consult your pediatrician about using a diaper rash cream for a few days if the redness and irritation continues and if it worsens, see the doctor in person.

Q: What baby skin issues do you see most often flare up during the colder months of the year?
Dr. Altmann: Chapped skin, especially dry chapped cheeks.  In addition, any skin issues like eczema that anyone has can often be worse when the skin gets dried out during cold winter months due to indoor heaters and dry air.

Q: Are their issues more prevalent in babies with darker skin tones?
Dr. Altmann: Darker skin tends to show more irritation and scaring from itching, rashes, cuts and scrapes compared to lighter skin. It is also common for darker skin to lose hydration more quickly. Ensuring skin is hydrated is extremely important. Use a cleanser with ¼ cup moisturizing cream, such as Baby Dove Rich Moisture Tip to Toe Wash. This formula helps to repair the skins natural barrier for added protection. To lock-in moisture, apply Baby Dove Rich Moisture Lotion after bathing as well

Q: Are there fabrics you should avoid with babies?
Dr. Altmann: Avoid rough, non-breathable fabrics.  Dress baby in layers to avoid overheating and sweating when going indoors with heat.

How do you keep your baby’s skin in tip-top shape during the cold winter months? 

GIVEAWAY: Would you like to try Baby Dove? If so, leave a comment or Tweet me @BrownGirlGumbo telling me how you plan to keep your baby’s skin healthy this season and you’ll win a Baby Dove collection. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and notified via email by December 20, 2017. This contest is only open to U.S. residents. 

Things to Do in NYC: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Family Matinee

When it comes to dance in this country, one name comes to mind: Alvin Ailey. This past Saturday, my daughter and I had the opportunity to see the iconic Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company perform live at the New York City Center.

For more than five decades, the esteemed African-American dance enterprise has graced stages in front of more than 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents—as well as millions who’ve witnessed their masterful artistry through television broadcasts, film screenings and countless online platforms.

So, to finally see the AAADT up close and personal with my 7-year-old daughter was an experience I won’t soon forget. Saturday’s show was part of the company’s Family Matinee series, which aims to get more families out to experience the beauty of the AAADT during the holiday season.

AAADT in Hope Boykin's r-Evolution, Dream. Photo by Paul Kolnik

AAADT in Hope Boykin’s “r-Evolution, Dream.” Photo by Paul Kolnik

Divided into three acts with two 15-minute intermissions, the show opened with “r-Evolution, Dream” an enthralling piece inspired by the speeches and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Led by Hope Boykin, veteran Ailey dancer — the Civil Rights era came to life through a mesmerizing ensemble that didn’t miss a beat. Through fluid movement and awe-inspiring narration by Tony award winner Leslie Odom Jr., the piece delved into Dr. King’s exceptional and unyielding message of unity during one of America’s darkest, yet most constructive times.

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AAADT in Jamar Roberts’ “Members Don’t Get Weary.” Photo by Paul Kolnik

The next piece, “Members Don’t Get Weary,” a remarkable display of the current social landscape picked up where “r-Evolution” left off. Set to the music of legendary jazz saxophonist and composer, John Coltrane, the piece captivated the audience with spellbinding steps and seamless choreography. The dancers’ bodies evoked immense emotion with every move—conveying a gripping story of triumph.

AAADT Alvin Ailey's "Revelations." Photo by Paul Kolnik

AAADT Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations.” Photo by Paul Kolnik

The final rendition, “Revelations,” a cornerstone to AAADT’s legacy—was a soul-stirring, hand-clapping and foot-tapping performance that entranced the entire audience from start to finish. This signature masterpiece transfixes you and takes you to a spiritual place. With the stirring church songs and traditional organ chords, you’re transported to the church in which Ailey drew inspiration from while choreographing this piece. It’s as if your soul soars above the seats and floats center stage alongside the artists. Witnessing the effortless elegance and power of this performance is akin to an out-of-body experience (at least what I’d assume one to be).  It’s no wonder the ballet has been seen by more people around the world than any other modern work—it’s that good.

From the brilliant, symbolic costumes, to the top-notch lighting, to the riveting music, the show’s overall production is beyond praiseworthy. While the artists were indeed the stars of the show, the staging was superb and allowed the dancers to elevate and showcase their breathtaking artistry.

To top off an incredible afternoon, guests were also treated to a Q&A session with the dancers and veteran Ailey dancer, Hope Boykin. Attendees learned about their inspiration, background and future aspirations.

Watching the uber-talented dancers demonstrate their creativity through movement has inspired me and my daughter. While I’m sure she didn’t understand some of the elements, art is universal and witnessing poetry in motion is something that everyone can enjoy. After the show, she couldn’t stop twirling and swaying her body from left to right. You never know, I might see her on stage with the ADDT one day. Now that would be a dream.

Below, please find the remaining Family Matinee schedule:

Saturday, Dec 16, 2pm – The Winter in Lisbon, Night Creature, Cry, Revelations
Saturday, Dec 23, 2pm – Four Corners, After the Rain, The Hunt, Revelations
Saturday, Dec 30, 2pm – Four Corners, After The Rain, Mass, Revelations

All performances will take place at New York City Center – 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, New York, NY. For ticket information, please visit: www.nycitycenter.org

**Disclosure: I was given two comp tickets for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

 

Have you ever seen an Alvin Ailey Dance Theater performance?

‘Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic’ Show Will Make You a Believer

Do you believe in magic? If not, you’re going to change your mind after watching Jason Bishop’s mesmerizing new show, “Believe in Magic” at the New Victory Theater in Times Square.

The show aimed at kids ages six and up, is obviously created for younger audiences—but will keep parents just as entertained. With funny political and pop culture references sprinkled throughout, Bishop delivers laughs for adults in between mind-boggling tricks.

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Bishop, who made his New Victory debut last year, has updated his show with holiday inspired magic and surprises to add to the festive wonderment of the season. Plus, audience participation puts your budding magicians in the spotlight with fun stunts and tricks that will make them feel like a pint-size Whodini!

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Credit: Alexis Buatti-Ramos

From puzzling card tricks to unbelievable illusions, kids will be entranced as he seamlessly creates a magical experience they won’t soon forget.

And as always, the New Victory offers fun interactive crafts and games that complement the show in their stunning, newly renovated space. My kids loved the show from start to finish and couldn’t wait to go home to show their dad the tricks they learned.

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Jason Bishop’s “Believe in Magic,” is currently showing at the New Victory Theater, located 209 W 42nd St, New York, NY through December 30th.  For ticket information, visit the New Victory Theater.

**Disclosure: I was provided comp tickets to “Believe in Magic” for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

What shows or live performances are you taking your kids to see this holiday season?

BGG’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2017

With Christmas less than a month away, it’s time to put your holiday shopping into overdrive.

Still struggling to find the perfect gift for the loved ones on your list? Don’t panic, BGG’s got you covered. From personalized presents to must-have toys, we’ve rounded up the gifts that will make your friends and family shriek with delight.

Try not to keep most of them for yourself!

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IT Cosmetics It Girl Palette
With beautiful packaging and even better quality, your beauty-obsessed BFF will never want to use another brush set again. Available here, $50.

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Personalized Yankee Candle Jar
Want to instantly light up grandma’s face? Give her one of these personalized candles with a family photo—it’s guaranteed to warm her heart and make her home smell scentsational. Available here, prices start at $12.

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The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey
What we know for sure is that Auntie O knows her stuff. Give yourself the gift of wisdom with this book of gems. Available here, $25

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I Need A Baker Sweatshirt
This cozy sweatshirt will make you feel good as ’80s & ’90s R&B. Gift this to the girl in your squad who can’t get enough old school music. Available here, $54

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Disney Pixar Coco Spanish Edition Remember Me Game
Get your little cousins off their gadgets and into this family-friendly game. Similar to bingo, this traditional Loteria game features some of the character’s from Disney Pixar’s new animated film, “Coco,” where each player has a chance at luck. Bring on the fun! Available here, $15

 

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Google Home Mini
Know someone who needs a virtual assistant? Look no further than a smart speaker from the brand who’s been our online answer genie for nearly two decades. Available here, $30

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Bevel Shave System Starter
Guys have fully embraced the scruff and lucky for us ladies, the beard gang isn’t going away anytime soon. Keep your guy’s fuzz groomed with this ultra-luxe starter set. Bonus: It’s black-owned. Available here, $72.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Ultimate Collection
Treat your suds-loving sister to this sweet strawberry set. With a wide range of products included, she’ll be set and smelling good all season long. Available here, $50

The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago Cubs: A Decade-by-Decade History

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Score a home-run for the sports fan in your family with this historical, photo-rich tome celebrating one of baseball’s most beloved teams. Available here, $25

 

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Ikuzi Dolls
Not pleased with the doll selections at your local toy store? Ikuzi Dolls to the rescue! These beautiful dolls showcase realistic facial features, hair textures and skin tones celebrating the wide range of BG shades. Your mini-me will beam with pride. Available here, $80.

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Moleskine Rolling Stones Limited Edition Pink Notebook
Take note, music lovers! This eye-catching notebook celebrates one of the world’s most influential bands. The smooth pink fabric cover makes it a standout and the perfect place to jot down lyrics or love notes. Available here, $25

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Gerber Collection 
Celebrating a new addition to the family? The proud parents on your list will appreciate the quintessential baby getup gift: the onesie. A baby can never have too many. Gerber’s sets will outfit your cuddliest family member in style. Available here, $7.

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Love OPI XOXO Holiday 4pc Set
Nail your niece’s wish list with this eye-catching collection of holiday-inspired polishes. From sultry hues to metallic, she’s sure to find something fitting to keep her fingers fab and flawless. Available here, $15.

 

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Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap
Your hubby will thank you for this thoughtful gift of healing. Sunbeam’s neck wrap will soothe his achy neck and shoulders while providing a relaxing, comfortable fit. Available here, $50.

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Guess Women’s Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
Nothing is as timeless as a watch. Sure, our phones may be able to tell us the time, but a classic gold watch will always make a statement. Available here, $125

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Paw Patrol Sea Patroller
Got a Paw Patrol fan in your home? With flashing lights and a removable anchor, this cool and coloful vessel will make him yelp with glee! Available here, $50

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Sugarfina Candy Trunk
The candy lover in your life will flip for this chic trunk filled with gourmet goodies from around the globe. Available here, $195.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Making memories with your child is always high on most parents’ lists. What better way to create a lasting impression than the gift of theater? Treat your tot to a performance of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” based on the classic children’s book of the same name for a fun afternoon in the City at DR2. The experience will stay etched in your mind for years to come. Click here for ticket information.

What are you the most excited about this holiday season?