My big rule for Christmas gifts? Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. See? DONE. Just like that. And they say the holidays are like, stressful?? Ha. WATCH what simple shopping fun happened alongside one of my favorite news-moms Araksya Karapetyan (and, fellow Armenian-American mom!) on Fox11 Los Angeles’ “Good Day LA”…. all items can be found at The Shops at Montebello (except Guinness World Records 2020, snag that online!).
You suddenly WANT that red, butterfly-doors, battery-operated McLaren from The Baby Shop for your toddler right now, don’t you? Hey, if your son or daughter is still too young to steer it, no worries: You can drive it yourself with the (included) parent remote. Perfect for kiddos 2-4 years of age. Media Player with MP3, USB / Micro SD Card Interface. The Build-A-Bear holiday line (Santa, Reindeer & Elsa!) with the brand-new personalized message option is a classic, timeless memory to create with grandparents/cousins for new little family members in our lives.
As for our NEEDS? Don’t worry, that Nutri Ninja® with Auto-iQ® from JC Penney actually DOES WORK PERFECTLY WELL — turns out I was pushing the WRONG BUTTON on-air. (Sigh. Never said I was perfect.) 1000-Watts, auto-iQ programs with one-touch intelligence, twist on a lid for easy on-the-go sipping. GNC has a whole slew of options with creative flavors to kickstart mom and dad’s health habits into the new year…
Something to WEAR? Forever 21 has our teens covered (girls and boys!) for the latest trends. And: The brand new TATCHA beauty was born from creator Victoria Tsai’s chance encounter with a modern-day geisha that changed her skin and life and is rooted in a trio of powerful nutrients — green tea, rice, and algae. Exclusively sold at Sephora (inside JC Penney at Shops At Montebello) and marked with the Sephora Clean stamp of approval — NO parabens, sulfates SLS and SLES, phthalates, mineral oils, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban.
To READ: Guinness World Records 2020 is my girls’ latest find for good old fashioned fun — 3,500 new ideas & records, fascinating facts that let us discover the world around us in different ways. Motivational reading, learning and education packed into 11 chapters and never-before-seen photographs that (based on what I’ve experienced first-hand at my house with toilet paper rolls and bubbles in my patio) gives most kids and teens major giggles the second they start flipping through it. Hallmark (there’s one at The Shops at Montebello) also wins my inspirational category — some of my most treasured Christmas gifts include personalized books filled with faith, family and friendship.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE.
The Shops at Montebello is going wonderfully-wild with all sorts of festive family activities this season:
- Enjoy special events! Mamacita Market, Breakfast with Santa, Noon Year’s Eve
- Get your gifts wrapped at the Center Court December 6-24 and support local YMCA and Girl Scout Troops
- Daily Photos with Santa until December 24 — Pet Photo Nights on Tuesdays from 6-8pm, Santa Cares for littles on the spectrum who need extra time with Santa on December 8th from 9am-11am
- Redeem your receipt of $250 or more (from any Center retailer) at Guest Services and receive a commemorative Holiday Tote
- Join the 12 Day Countdown to Christmas on Instagram @ShopMontebello and enter to WIN prizes worth $5K!
Get the details (and get on the lists!) for all the so-much-fun holiday happenings from now through the end of the season!
Now get to shopping and picture-taking and enjoying all that is! Merry Christmas. xo
The Shops at Montebello is a modern, indoor regional shopping center conveniently located east of downtown Los Angeles. The Shops feature national retailers such as Macy’s, Macy’s Home, H&M, Forever 21, JCPenney, and COACH… plus more than 140 specialty retailers. The center offers a wide range of shopping and dining including Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, BJ’s Restaurant, Olive Garden and more. With a modernized look and feel, The Shops at Montebello provides a premier shopping experience for guests of all ages. The Center welcomed two new retailers this November — BoxLunch, a specialty retailer offering a curated collection of merchandise and Lovisa, which takes inspiration from runways and current street style to provide the latest trends in fashion accessories.