I shared these in Just 3 Things No. 10, but need to re-emphasize how fun they are for kids (and adults). These beautiful books just take water, a brush, and your relaxing headspace to create wonderful paintings.
For the kid with the parents who don’t want to sacrifice their cool design aesthetics, fun and exciting tableware can really step up snack time.
A set of toddler knives is on Luke’s Christmas list this year. He wants to “help” in the kitchen and I can get frustrated easily trying to find ways to engage him. I’m hoping he will enjoy slicing and dicing with these basic knives!
This brand’s games are beautiful and this bingo set is appropriate for players as young as 3.
This became one of my go-to presents in the past year. It works for kiddos across age groups and is fun for grown ups too. There are a few versions to pick from and enjoy.
My 1 and 3 year olds do not have the focus to work on this with me yet, but I love this set of tools to mindfully set goals for doing good every day.
These can be tricky to come by and folks like to re-sell them online for crazy prices, but if you have an IKEA near you they are definitely worth snagging. The Lego box can be paired with a kit to amp them up and are really great for 6-10 year olds who love displaying their little creations.
I wouldn’t be themostcolorfulone if I didn’t recommend this colorful set of books for the littlest folks in your life.
This recently published beautiful book aims to "children to embrace their differences and celebrate diversity."
This is not a toddler Curious George story, but instead the fascinating origin tale of its authors and illustrators. I found this in a Little Free Library and have really enjoyed reading it myself. Thriftbooks has some copies at great prices too.
Magna-Tiles are a pretty universal kid present, but add in Eric Carle’s beautiful illustrations and even the littlest toddlers will want to engage and build. Pair these with the associate book so that kiddos can build the story as it is read aloud to them.
Yes, the Magnadoodle from your childhood is still out there and lots of fun. JJ loves our drawing board for at home and in the car. Keep it classic, gift this with another of your own favorite childhood toys. If the kids don’t like the toys, the parents probably will ;)
Both JJ and Luke love these books for some reason — it may just be us, but we hope the little folks in your life will enjoy them too. There is so much to look at on each page and every spread offers questions and talking points to think about as an adult reads along.
Before having a JJ, I was judge-y about little girls with big bows — now I am very supportive of the cuteness factor and practicality. This site is unfortunately closing, but has great deals while supplies last. I think a cute bow would be the perfect thing to pull together any holiday gift.
These are fun tinkering toys to keep little hands and minds busy.
We are renting our home, so wall decals have been our go-to decorating item for our kids’ rooms. Definitely ask the parents before gifting these to make sure they are welcome and the parents are ready to put them up. There are beautiful options on Etsy, but if gifting, look for adhesive decals instead of transfer decals which are a bigger undertaking and not easily movable.
If you have any young chefs in your life or kiddos who enjoy the Waffles + Mocha Netflix show, this cookbook will be released in time for the holidays. Pre-orders are available now to make you feel really on top of your game.
These board books are great for little eyes and hands. They are super colorful and inspire kiddos to see and create things based on shapes around them.
This is cheap, simple fun and Luke’s absolute Play-Doh toy. It is one of the few things in our house that keeps him truly occupied.
For families that aren’t comfortable or able to get back into in-person activities, it may be fun to gift a virtual experiences like the dance classes offered by Lovely Leaps.
Bears Repeating (Local to Lehigh Valley, PA)
The Kids Clothesline (Local to Lehigh Valley, PA)
Three Peas Children’s Consignment (Local to Ann Arbor, MI and Shipping available)
Just Between Friends (Find your local sale)
Mercari (Shipping available - try my referral link for money back)
Thriftbooks (Shipping available)
Facebook Marketplace (Local to you and Shipping available)
Happy shopping to you all. Hopefully these ideas will help for the kiddos in your life, plans for toy donations, or any gift exchanges you get roped into as well.