Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Happy Sunday edition!!

I love giving gifts!  I love to watch the recipient open them and seeing the look on their face when they see what they get....especially my daughter.  I love buying Christmas present for all the kids in my life.  I always try to be thoughtful in my gift giving.  I love retro toys, toys that inspire a sense of adventure and imagination, books, and educational toys.  Here are some of the gifts I will be giving to the littles in my life.

 

0-24 months

Amazon, $6.97

I like to buy books for the really littles.  This retro board book is super fun and educational.  BabyLit books are my absolute favorite for babies and toddlers, but they also have an amazing coloring book, notebooks, and puzzles for older kids.  When I'm not buying books, I turn to Fisher Price retro toys for kids.  They remind me of my childhood!  My favorites are the record player and camera.  I also love the Night Night Turtle by Palermo.  My daughter received a ladybug for Christmas a few years ago and she still sleeps with it. For clothes, I love the adventurous digs from Alpine Baby Co.  They have everything from rompers and dresses, to leggings and t-shirts in fun adventurous prints!

L to R: Fisher Price Retro Camera,  $15.50/ Night Night Turtle, $35.97/ Leggings, $36.00

5 Year Olds

I cannot wait to give this Daredevil outfit to E!!  I have been lusting over it for a while and I think she is at the perfect age for it.  I got this in pink, but it comes in blue as well as an array of other colors and designs for your daredevil, super hero, weightlifter, or princess.  My daughter is also really big into Calico Critters, so we will be adding to her growing collection.  I love Calico Critters!  I had them when I was young and I would spend hours playing with them and it's really special to see E spend hours playing in her own world.  We even decorate her houses for Christmas!  This year, I will be giving my youngest nephew (who is also 5) and Chatbook filled with pictures of him and E.  They are in the same class at school and live just a few blocks away (they are also two months apart), so they spend lots of time together and we have lots of pictures of the two of them.  Chatbooks has a cute holiday book where you can add words and drawings after you receive the book.  These books are so cute that pretty much everyone on my list will be getting one!  Legos are also high on the list this year.  Especially for my nephew, who can spend hours playing and building. I will be adding to his collection of City Legos.

L to R: Calico Critter House, $97.46/ Chatbooks, $14 and up/ Lego City, $30.99

8 year olds

My niece is a budding artist and I love it!  So I usually try to get her gifts to feed her creative side.  Last year I gave her a subscription to Doodle Crate where she received a new creative activity every month.  It was a hit!  This year, I have found some other creative ideas for the budding artists (boy or girl) in your life.  Everything from Seedling is designed to nurture children's imagination and creativity.  They offer a wide range of DIY kits for kids of all ages in a wide range of categories, such as dress-up, outdoors, space and flight, and many more.  I like the doll making kit for my niece.  Since I'm partial to photography, I love the Fujifilm Instax 8 as an introduction to retro photography.  These cameras are the perfect size for little hands and they still get the instant gratification of seeing the image (while we adults feel the nostalgia of shaking it like a polaroid picture).  These cameras are affordable and come in a wide range of fun colors!  For the creative, but messy kid, I love Wreck this Journal.  It's a journal, filled with creative prompts such as "Wipe this page on a dirty car" and "Collect dead bugs on this page".  It will keep kids busy and maybe inspire a whole series on smushed dead bugs!

L to R: Seedling Doll DIY, $39.99/ Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, $59.99/ Wreck this Journal, $10.78

10 year olds

Amazon, $19.50

As my oldest nephew gets older, it's getting harder to find things to stimulate and challenge his brain that aren't electronic.  He loves board games, so we got him Machi Koro.  I've never played it before, but it looks like fun, they have expansion packs, and the reviews were really good!  I also like Tinker Crate for this age group.  I did this last year for him and he really liked "the gift that keeps on giving", plus he was able to build some really cool things.  Outdoor activities are great too!  I really love the Slackers Slack Line and accessories.  This is actually good for all ages and promotes strength, balance, and physical activity!  And when they are tired from all the ninja-ing, they can rest with the new "old" nintendo (I know, I said I try to avoid electronics, but this reminds me of my childhood).  It's preloaded with 30 of the classic games and ready for play, but they are hard to find this season.

L to R: TinkerCrate, $19.95/ Slackers, Slack Line. $59.99/ Nintendo NES, $59.99

Hope I made shopping for the kiddos in your life a little easier!

xoxo, Alicia

My Favorite Toddler Toys

I'm not a parent, but I am an aunt to two precious little boys ages 3 and 1.  I take my job as Aunt Claire very seriously and part of that job is winning at gift giving.  I pride myself on finding fun toys that the boys will love.  Here are some of my greatest gift hits:

I just gave my 3 year nephew a Richard Scarry board game for his birthday and he was completely engaged.  He started playing with all the little parts immediately, even before the grown-ups had a chance to read the rules.  

Wheely Bugs are the cutest toys ever!  This hedgehog went to my 1 year old nephew for his birthday.  Right now he uses it as a push toy and loves zooming around the house.  When he gets big enough to ride it, I'm sure the fun will continue.

It's probably not surprising, but Legos are always a crowd pleaser.  They provide hours of entertainment, and I love building tall towers with the boys.  These Duplo Legos are the perfect size for little toddler hands.

I love anything Radio Flyer!  This big wheel is great because the seat is adjustable.  That way as your little one grows, they can still use it!  Make sure you give yourself some time to assemble it.  It actually took a little longer than I thought it would!

I loved Highlights magazine when I was a kid.  Now, Highlights publishes multiple magazines for different age groups.  My oldest nephew really loves books, so I will be getting him a subscription for High Five (for ages 2-6) for Christmas.  I think it's going to be a hit.

I'm always looking for fun toy ideas for the boys.  If you have any suggestions, I would love to know about them!

Thanks for reading!

~Claire

Cool Art for the Kid's Room

I am constantly curating the kid's art collection to fit her bold personality.  I kept things pretty, light, and inspirational in her room, but I really want to go more funky and bold in the playroom.  Here are some of my favorite artists that I will be incorporating:

Ryan Sheffield

I love this print and quote of Ayn Rand! It really reminds me of my daughter's tenacity. This print is currently hanging in her room and I love to read it to her.  Ryan has lots of famous author quotes to choose from and all in black and white.  They come in size 12" x 16" so they can stand on their own, or in a group.  Here are some of my other favorites:

Marc Johns

I love Marc Johns whitty captions and simple drawings.  They have a child-like feel with simple and encouraging sentiments which are perfect (and cool) for your kid's room.  You can pick up an original for around $100 or a signed print for $20.  Marc also had large prints about 12" x 16" starting around $30.  Here are some more of my favorites:

These minimalist fairy tale posters are the cutest! Christian Jackson has a wide range of fairy tales to choose from for boys and girls.  They come in a wide range of sizes and in poster paper or canvas.  Here are some of my favorites:

Your Kids Art

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I love to sprinkle my daughter's drawings and art creations in with the other art.  It makes her proud to see her pictures on the wall and I like to see how she's progressing!

Are there any favorite artists that you have hanging in your kid's room? Who are they? I'd love to know!

xoxo, Alicia