ShopPVD 2017 {Your Locally Sourced Holiday Gift Guide}

At Providence Moms Blog we believe in community. Shopping local is an important way to support your community. This guide is sponsored by the businesses seen below and we are thrilled to have the chance to showcase them to you.
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The holiday season is upon us! While winter is hanging in the air, so is the stress of finding the perfect holiday gift for the special people in your life. But at Providence Moms Blog, we believe in simplifying life for a busy mom as much as possible. Through our ShopPVD 2017 holiday gift guide, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the holiday shopping for you and put all of our favorite businesses and gift ideas in one place! So put your feet up with a glass of wine, and enjoy your one stop shopping for the holidays!

Don’t miss your chance to see these products in person at the 2017 shopPVD LIVE event on November 27th at Malted Barley. in Providence. See the details here!   

Regardless of if you are shopping for your sister, your mother, or yourself (hey – sometimes the only way to make sure you get the right stuff in your stocking is to sneak some things in on your own!) we’ve got you covered. Mary Kay is a timeless classic and a great way to make the people you love feel pampered, these pom pom hats are just one of the adorable products sold by RI based Anchored Heart, and can you EVEN with that shirt from Maurices? 

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Anchored Heart

Anchored Heart’s popular products can be found in boutiques & retail stores all over New England, the Southeast, and the Bahamas.

Our Coastal Knits Collection is our newest brand addition. This unique line of preppy & nautically inspired pom pom hats are designed & made by Anchored Heart with 30% cashmere yarn. These unique hats can only be purchased from us or one of our exclusive retailers! Great for gift giving, it’s difficult to pick a favorite!


Mary Kay by Gigi Walker

Cosmetics and skin care, wrapped and ready to give for EVERYONE on your list! I offer a completely personalized experience! We can meet one-on-one, have a party with your friends, or have a virtual party online. I’d love to share skincare and makeup tips with you, and you can always try before you buy. 

For PMB readers, use the code MOMBLOG at checkout to redeem the following offers: 
Buy one skincare set, get 50% off a skincare supplement
Buy one charcoal mask, get a 2nd half price
Buy 3 mascaras, get 1 free
Buy 3 lip glosses or lipsticks, get 1 free


  Maurices is a boutique specializing in women’s clothing. We are dedicated to making our customers look and feel great in things they love!

Stumped on what to get your husband, brother, or father?  We’ve got your back! And speaking of having your back (sorry, we can’t resist puns) consider a gift certificate to Revival Massage. When is the last time you gave your husband a little pampering? And bonus, maybe come Mother’s Day, he’ll remember that a massage is a perfect gift for everyone! How about some custom glassware from RazedUP? We love the concept of rescuing old bottles from local restaurants and can’t get enough of the unique barware, cufflinks, and coasters that they have created. Pair these with a bottle of Grey Goose and you’re done! Or, what could be simpler than grabbing a gift card to The Malted Barley? Give dad a night off with his friends, or book a sitter and make him take you!

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RazedUp is full of fun, beautiful, and unique gift items for the home. We “RESCUE” bottles from local restaurants/bars, tear them down and build them back up. We UPCYCLE them into fun and beautiful everyday items :). Gift items include: glassware, coasters, vases, jewelry, dishes and cheese plates. Razed is the brainchild of a local mom of two who has been rescuing local bottles since 2013.

Revival Massage & Bodyworks

Massage Therapy studio located on Wickenden St. in Providence. We specialize in therapeutic and deep tissue massage and also offer sports massage, prenatal massage, and couples massages.

For PMB readers: We are offering 10% off all gift card purchases for the month of December and buy one, get one half off gift cards at the shopping event.

The Malted Barley

Located on Westminster Street in Providence, Malted Barley’s delicious food and drink sets us apart and draws friends together. We have more than 90 craft beers with 37 beers on draft as well as a full bar with wine. All our food is made from scratch and our hand made, baked to order pretzel sandwiches come straight out of the oven and are available Gluten Free. We also serve soups, salads, and desserts. Best of all for busy families, we offer pick-up and delivery in certain areas!


From teethers to readers, we’ve got the perfect gift for any kiddo in your life! We are obsessed with Olive Branch Baby’s products, which promise quality and beauty in a non-toxic package. Bedtime routines are so much more enjoyable with adorable PJ’s, and these Hanna Andersson pajamas are just what early morning snuggles call for.  Usborne Books and More has the best selection of uncommon and new titles for the readers in your life. And for your future readers? With its beautiful and unique flashcards, the Artful Educator makes it easy and gorgeous to work learning and literature into any time of the day (even meals!).

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The Artful Educator

The Artful Educator is my way of inspiring meaningful connection with the children you cherish. I create vibrant, modern art with embedded educational content and print it on easy-to-use everyday items (like placemats, wall art, flashcards and note cards) so you can have inspiration for educational conversation at your fingertips any time of day. 

In The Artful Alphabet, every letter of the alphabet is designed into a mosaic of items that start with that letter. Then those items are filled in with a color that starts with that letter as well. There are 675 objects in the Alphabet as a whole and include geography (all 50 states and countries organized by continent), animals, sports and activities, punctuation, nutrition, among other topics. All letters have at least a dozen items to inspire educational conversation with your little ones.

Hanna Andersson

For over 30 years, kids have played and laughed in Hanna Andersson’s clothing. And our absolute favorite Hanna products?  Their pajamas!  If you’re on the hunt for matching family pajamas this holiday season, then be sure and check out Hanna Andersson at Garden City Center or shop online.  You’ll fall in love with their sweet stripes and fun prints too!

Olive Branch Baby

Olive Branch Baby is a Rhode Island born, online shop. We hand make pacifier clips, rattles, Teethers, and more that are developmentally appropriate, stimulating and safe for your baby! All of our products are toxin free and responsibly sourced! OBB takes pride in offering “Peace of Mind in Baby Goods”.

Use the code PMB15 for 15% off of Freezer Teethers ordered between November 15th – December 15th. 

Usborne Books

Usborne books are the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. They are high-quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated, and best of all, they are the books kids love to read. Choose from over 1,800 bright, colorful, and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects. 

We don’t know about you, but for us, these can be some of the hardest people to buy for. We’ve made it easy to cross these tough-to-buy-for folks off your list.  Liven up any space with Palomino’s stained glass inspired hanging. Anyone would be thrilled to fill their home with the scent of RI’s staple drink, Coffee Milk (it’s practically a food group, after all), from Aster Candle.  Those who love your children like you do deserves a toast, and this bottle opener from Cerulean offers the perfect opportunity for merriment with a dash of state pride.  

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Cerulean is made up of Kate of Kate Simpson Designs and Althea of The Finished Thread! We met at a local event – Field of Artisans (check them out!) We are two small businesses with BIG dreams! We love shopping and supporting local, this great community, and creating all the things! Kate is the artisan behind the stunning jewelry and creates each part by hand. Althea is the artisan behind the hand painted signs, refurbished and custom furniture pieces. Both are collectors of all things vintage! We are committed to paying it forward and helping others chase their big dreams too, which is why we carry local and small whenever possible.


Palomino is a cozy, well-curated boutique located on Providence’s East Side. We offer eclectic, handcrafted, thoughtful gifts and goods for Man, Woman, and Home. Small-batch organic bath & body items, wildcrafted perfumes and incense, candles, leather goods, one-of-a-kind wall hangings and handbags, jewelry, pillows, blankets, pottery and home decor; all made by artists, makers, movers and shakers who take pride in their work and stay true to their craft. While our feet are firmly planted on the East Coast, the heart and soul of Palomino floats somewhere between Santa Fe and Santa Monica… our wares have a rustic/southwest/California-coast vibe that appeals to the free spirit in all of us.

Aster Candle

Made with love in the Ocean State, Aster Candles are hand poured in small batches, using soy wax from American grown soybeans. Thoughtfully blended fragrance and essential oils, combined with lead-free, cotton wicks create a longer, cleaner burning candle that smells just as good as it looks.  
Aster Candle was born out of the desire to create, as well as the notion that fragrance can both enhance everyday spaces and evoke special moments in time. The strike of a match can take you places – back into the arms of your first crush, back to the time you ate too many churros at a farmer’s market…both if you’re lucky.
15% off your purchase of $25 or more during the month of December. Code “PVDMOMS2017” 

Is there someone on your list who has everything they need? You know that if you bring one more piece of plastic into your nephew’s life, your brother will lose his mind? We get it. Sometimes the best presents are experiences. Why not plan a double date with your favorite couple and grab a 4 pack of tickets to The Great Escape Room (maybe they’ll arrange the babysitter!?) Or what about a day out at Roger Williams Park Zoo? It can be especially fun in the off-season when it is not as crowded. And it doesn’t get more classic than tickets to the theater: Trinity Rep’s 2017/18 show schedule looks awesome!

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Roger Williams Park Zoo

Located amid 40 acres of beautiful woodlands, the Roger Williams Park Zoo provides visitors the opportunity to see animals from all over the globe – some more than a million years old. Naturalistic surroundings are home to more than 100 species of animals including a Komodo dragon, as well as zebras, red pandas, African elephants, Masai giraffes, snow leopards, bears, anteaters, flamingoes, sloths, alligators, and more! Kids from two to 102 have the opportunity to feed giraffes and harbor seals, as well as an array of farmyard animals. For something slightly out of the ordinary, visit our new Explore and Soar area offering an exhilarating zip ride, a train excursion through the woodlands, and camel rides.

The Great Escape Room

The Great Escape Room® is an exciting Sherlock-themed escape adventure that has proven to be a favorite around town. Our rooms are part scavenger hunt and part puzzle-solving. All groups must work together as a team to escape. You have just 60 minutes… will you escape?

Trinity Rep

Trinity Rep explodes with activity that feeds the soul and inspires dialogue through unparalleled theatrical experiences. Recognized nationally for excellence and innovation, and cherished locally for high quality and diverse programming, we are proud to be a creative home for Rhode Island’s artists, audience, students, and community partners.

The last category of our holiday shopping guide is one we hold most dear to our hearts. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this time of year, but we urge you to stop and take a minute and consider giving back to your community. Sojourner House and JJ’s Toys for Friends Foundation, and The imPOSSIBLE DREAM Playground are a few of our favorite local charities. Check out the good they are doing in our community or start your own holiday tradition by letting your kids pick a favorite charity for your family to donate to!

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Sojourner House

Sojourner House envisions a world where everyone lives their life free from domestic and sexual abuse.  Thanks to the efforts of our many supporters, Sojourner House has grown from a part-time, volunteer hotline into a provider of comprehensive services available to victims of abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Every day we receive requests for assistance from individuals in abusive relationships. Thanks to our supporters, we are able to offer them support groups, emergency shelter, transitional housing, sexual health advocacy, emotional support, referrals to over 50 other community partners providing additional assistance, and more. We assisted more than 3,000 new clients in 2014. Our supporters make our work to end domestic and sexual violence possible. Since its incorporation in 1976, Sojourner House has served more than 50,000 individuals. 

JJ's Foundation

Through generous donations, JJ’s Toys for Friends Foundation provides toys and assistive devices to children with special needs. Our mission is to enable loving families to participate in outdoor activities without any restrictions that can be overcome with assistive devices. We also provide toys or other devices that can enrich or improve a child’s life.

The imPOSSIBLE DREAM Playground

The imPOSSIBLE DREAM has made dreams possible for chronically-ill children in Rhode Island for over 34 years. We do not define “dreams”, they are limited only by the child’s imagination. Trips, special bikes, room makeovers, puppies, computers and anything that a child can dream. If a child qualifies for our “dream” program, with the doctor’s permission, we do everything in our power to make his/her dream possible. Your Donation will help a child’s most treasured dream come true.

Don’t miss your chance to see these products in person at the 2017 shopPVD LIVE event on November 27th at Malted Barley. in Providence. See the details here!