Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Handmade Holidays!

From our house to yours,
best wishes for peace, health & happiness,
the NannyGram family

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Last chance for Christmas

The boys are setting up the train set and I've done about as much wrapping as I can handle for one night ... So, I'm just popping in to remind anyone who wants a NannyGram delivered as a Christmas gift, that Monday, December 17 is the order deadline for delivery by December 24.

I've been doing well with my goal to support small, independent shops this season ... and so enjoying online shopping. I've had five gifts delivered, with two more due early in the week. So far, so good. No shipping delays and nothing has been back-ordered. Should I feel guilty that I didn't have to slog through the crowds at the malls for these beautiful treasures? nah!

May all your holiday shopping be stress-free!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Support Handmade!

Our mission at NannyGram is to provide quality, handcrafted baby gifts -- and while doing so, to support knitters like Nanny and our entire network of talented knitters throughout New England. Creating handmade, handcrafted, non-mass produced items is core to who and what we are. It's why we do what we do every day. We're passionate about it. And, it is absolutely inspiring to be part of this incredible group to support handmade.

"When you send a NannyGram, you send an heirloom."

Holiday Gift Guides Galore

I'm just loving all the holiday gift guides I'm finding online these days. They make it such a pleasure to shop -- I'm avoiding the malls and crowds as much as possible this holiday season. No, I'm not running around crazy, shopping at the malls or outlets this weekend ... instead I'm spending time with family at the lake house in Maine, playing Twister and Monopoly. Later, I'll be sitting down with a cup of hot cocoa to peruse a few more online guides.

Of course, it's just lovely when NannyGram is featured in one. Take a look at the guide Sarah's put together for BabyLuxe {daily}.

And, here are some other gift guides I'm recommending, check them out!
Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide
Indie Collective Holiday Gift Guide
Indie Shopping Holiday Gift Guide
MamaSpeaks Holiday Gift Guide
Skimbaco Holiday Gift Guide

Happy shopping!

MyRegistry: A Place for All Your Wish Lists

Gift registries aren't just for brides or babies anymore, with this neat, free online registry service -- -- you can register for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, or "just because" gifts ... from virtually any store, any where. How cool is that? I know some people think registering for gifts is tacky, but if someone's going to buy a gift anyway and they just don't know what to get -- isn't it better for those resources of time & money to be spent on something the recipient would like/need/want? Anyway, I think so. And, we're happy to give NannyGram customers the option to set up a baby gift registry -- for Christmas, your baby shower, or whatever -- on MyRegistry. More info here.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Baby Gifts Tied Up with Bow and Ready to Give

I couldn't resist taking a photo of a Darlin' NannyGram being prepped for shipment over the weekend. Isn't it sweet? Every NannyGram receives complimentary gift packaging -- in this two-piece gift box are a pair of cuffed hand knit booties, nestled in sage green tissue. Each box is tied up with a grosgrain bow, with we attach a handwritten message on a notecard, if desired.

And, I just love our logo sticker designed by the awesome Cohen of Pacokeco. Check out her shop on Etsy, she's got lots of fabulous items to make your holiday packages extra special.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

An Update in Bloggers ... and Time to Shop

Yes, dear readers, it's been quiet here on AskNanny. And, so, Nanny (my mom) has asked me to step up to the blogging plate. Nanny's been keeping busy knitting, which is the way she likes it ... but she's been feeling a bit guilty for not keeping up with the blog. Our hope is to have Nanny pop in from time to time to respond to AskNanny questions -- and in the meantime, I'll share updates on all things NannyGram, handmade, and baby.

NannyGram is all about promoting the beauty and value of handcrafted, heirloom baby gifts. But, we think everyone dear to us -- not just the babies -- should receive a gift this holiday season that has not been mass-produced. That's one of the reasons why we're keen to support independent artisans and crafters this holiday season. We've already begun our Christmas shopping at Indie Collective's Holiday Gift Guide (and, yes, we're a guide sponsor). If you haven't checked out this terrifc guide yet, give them a try -- avoid the mall and off-the-shelf gifts this year!