My sister’s kids traditionally receives great personalized placemats on St. Nicholas Day. I love a practical gift, so Shutterfly placemats are perfect with special pictures of each kid from great days that year. Luke loves looking at pictures of himself. This year we plan to take our photo gifting to the next level with with games from Shutterfly including puzzles and memory cards.
We really take this railroad along! This thing traveled to Florida with us when traveling was thing. The track accommodates multiple train brands including Motorized Thomas Engines.
My sister, brother, and I were gifted Disney sheets from a family friend when we were very young. My Lion King pillow case was a prized possession because it was different from our more uniform floral bedding. And Luke loves declaring things as “MINE.” So, why not give kids something they’ll use everyday and will be specialized for them. Pottery Barn Kids has fun bath and bedding options. Lands End has great towel picks too.
I loved Highlights magazine as a kid and they’ve expanded their offerings to include subscriptions for your littlest gift recipients. Our favorite part of every Highlights issue was the Hidden Pictures page; so, if you are looking for something to wrap up to go with a monthly subscription, you can purchase sets of Hidden Picture books.
My family’s favorite restaurant growing up delivered crayons to the table in a wooden holder. It’s one of those random memories that I felt like needed to be imposed on my children. There are lots of forms of this classic kids accessory. But, just know that this thing is a dangerous projectile if your kiddo is a pitcher. Pair this holder with some metallic or glitter crayons for that cool aunt / uncle vibe!
We just added RBG and Zaha Hadid shirts to our wardrobes! Trailblazers has a huge collection of inspiring shirt options and artwork too.
These sticker books are PACKED with stickers. They are meant to be used on the scenes that come in the sticker books, but we use them as window clings. So far they have been a hit around here and very durable.
Not the ideal winter gift, but a favorite of mine — these water balloon kits fill 20+ water balloons at a time and don’t need to be individually tied. Water balloon fight ready in…3..2..1!
This is on our wish list this year 😉! We have lots of Duplos and we dump and clean them up over and over again daily. These bags make that process easier and even let you take your blocks on the go. There are lots of options to support small businesses with this gift idea and you can make it all the more exciting by including a new Lego set.
We could use some practice with fine motor skills around here (maybe for me and for Luke). I loved my lacing beads as a kiddo and there are so many options out there including lots of handcrafted beauts like these.
We have been loving getting to know the work of children’s lit illustrators. Many great, award-winning illustrators sell art prints from their works — check out Christian Robinson. But you can also simply buy books from great illustrators and frame your favorite pages — consider Peter Spier, Rafael Lopez, Rosalind Beardshaw, Felicia Bond.
If you have a kid-free house, but have little people visiting, Crayola Color Wonder products are here for you. These paints and markers appear clear on all surfaces except Color Wonder paper.
Our toys are pretty white-washed around here. We’ve been working to diversify Luke and JJ’s playthings. Puzzle Huddle focuses on creating puzzles with Black characters and has lots of really great examples of girls doing very cool things.
Little people love things that are all about them. These fun custom letters may be borderline tchotchke, but would certainly make awesome embellishments to a wrapped gift box!
These are some of our favorites and a few we have on our Christmas list this year.