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Gift Expert Dana Holmes

Breastfeeding Tips That Really Work

Dana Holmes | Posted 08.17.2016 | Parents
Dana Holmes

August is National Breastfeeding Month and if you're a nursing mom you know how breastfeeding can sometimes feel like the most frustrating and unnaturally difficult things you ever have to face as a parent.

Wonder Moms: Laura Ure

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Dana Holmes

Laura left her steady job to found her marketing company at the age of 27, while seven months pregnant. She knew there was a better way to run an agency; and with clients all over the nation, it's clear her intuition was right.

Four Rad Toy Trends for 2016

Dana Holmes | Posted 02.19.2016 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

The biggest toy event in North America happened this past weekend. It's the New York Toy Fair and it offers over seven football fields worth of play t...

Wonder Moms: Maggie Lord

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.25.2016 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Wonder Mom #7: Maggie Lord A self-confessed wedding junkie from a young age, Maggie Lord has always loved the romance and beauty of weddings. While...

Wonder Moms: Ann Merrill

Dana Holmes | Posted 12.08.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

From Sheryl Sandberg to Marissa Mayer, women are not sacrificing themselves for their kids like they used to. Why? If you ask me, a confident and happ...

Wonder Moms: Laurel Wider

Dana Holmes | Posted 11.04.2015 | Parents
Dana Holmes

Laurel Wider is a mom, psychotherapist and, now, a toy inventor. Between all of that and a 4-year-old son, every day is a balancing act. Laurel is the simple yet stylish Founder and CEO of Wonder Crew.

7 Seriously Rad Mother's Day Gifts

Dana Holmes | Posted 05.04.2016 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Here are a handful of inspired, creative gifts for Mom that will make an indelible mark on her memory and make her proud to have raised such a rad monkey as you. Let the bragging begin. And, you're welcome!

5 Sugar Free Easter Basket Additions

Dana Holmes | Posted 05.27.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Nothing says Easter quite like chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jelly beans so we're kidding ourselves if we think that the kids aren't totally psyched about loading up on sugar Eater morning.

6 Un-Lame and Alcohol Free Groomsmen Gifts

Dana Holmes | Posted 05.18.2015 | Weddings
Dana Holmes

A lot of groomsmen gifts are so horribly lame or seem to always encourage more drinking. And, I don't know of many groomsmen who need help finding ways or reasons to drink more.

Brag Worthy Valentines for Men

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.08.2015 | Style
Dana Holmes

I feel like a broken record when I say that guys are impossible to shop for, but it's true! And, Valentine's Day might just be the hardest occasion of all because men plus romantic gifts equals awkward most of the time.

7 Awesome Stocking Stuffers

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.31.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Opening stockings is synonymous with Christmas morning. But, sometimes its contents leave you wondering why we even bother with those silly things anymore, anyway?

Are Art Toys Over?

Dana Holmes | Posted 12.21.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Back when I first moved to New York City in 2005, art toys were blowing up. KidRobot was making art toys accessible to the trendiest hipsters with their playful vinyl toys and coordinating fashion. Anyone remember the neon hoodies?

The Easiest, Most Delicious DIY Bacon

Dana Holmes | Posted 10.20.2014 | Taste
Dana Holmes

The "craft bacon" industry is under way and I want you to know about it first.

The Toys of Summer (Movies)

Dana Holmes | Posted 07.20.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Want to be a hero? Scoop up one of these toys and surprise your little ones with it after the show!

The Impossible Art of Gift Shopping for Architects

Dana Holmes | Posted 05.27.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

A broad topic coffee table book about design will do nothing for him. But, a book about the grains of different types of wood or an encyclopedia of sailing knots will be referenced more times than you can imagine.

Two Toy Trends on the Horizon

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Dana Holmes

These are trends that will most likely slowly expand over the next couple of years into more and more products. But, for now, just a select group of major toy makers are dipping their "toys" in the water and seeing if they can jump start trends from scratch.

Packing for Baby's 1st Road Trip

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Dana Holmes

My husband and I were asking ourselves this exact question last week as we were prepping for our first weekend away from home with our 4-month-old infant. Because I can have my OCD moments, I decided that we should bring everything and then figure out what we didn't need, versus taking nothing and learning the hard way.

Is Naughty Nice on Valentine's Day?

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

It depends on who you ask. But when you are scrambling over these next few days to get your Valentine's Day game on, you should think carefully about ...

5 Sites to Help You "Get" Your Guy on Valentine's Day

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.09.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Shopping for gifts for men should be an Olympic sport. Seriously. It's the hardest thing some of us do all year.

Why 'Made in America' Is Cool

Dana Holmes | Posted 02.09.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

In the last few years, pride in American-made goods has been causing a swing back in that direction, making them trendier than ever among the hip and cutting-edge. We can support "Made in America" products even more by giving them as gifts and spreading the word.

The 5 Rules of Watching Football

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Dana Holmes

Before you start accepting invitations to football viewing parties, there are some etiquette guidelines you may want to verse yourself in to ensure you'll be a good guest.

How to Plan Your Thanksgivukkah

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

The traditional meal is one of the best parts of any holiday. But I've got to admit, being able to alter the beloved Thanksgiving menu, and combine it with the delicious Hanukkah menu, no less, brings a certain excitement.

5 Amazing Facts About Día de Muertos

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

While the fall is the season for Día de Muertos, it's also when monarch butterflies arrive in Mexico. Legend has it that the butterflies are the souls of the deceased returning to earth.

3 World Series Tips for Novices

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Dana Holmes

If you're sports-challenged like I am, I hope this info will help you get in on the conversation when the big games arrive.

Score! How to Homegate

Dana Holmes | Posted 11.23.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

This NFL season, skip the hassle and hustle of going to the game and put your energy into throwing the best homegating party ever!