November 5, 2007

2007 Holiday Gift Guide: Kids



Looking for some fun and innovative gifts for the child in your life - or maybe the child-at-heart? Here are some suggestions I've pulled together from around the net to (hopefully) help make your life a little easier. This is my first gift guide and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed scouting things out.

I love etsy.com, you can find so many unique and wonderful items on there. This custom hero cape from superflykidz is sure to make playtime action packed. Also from etsy is the amazing dine n doodle set from LilBDesigns, purveyors of the equally wonderful oil cloth chalk mat (bottom right). The finger puppets from Cheryl A. Smith are the perfect handmade gift for little ones. For the princess on your list, I suggest a stunning custom fairy crown from etsy seller tamar. These crowns are available in a variety of colors and can be custom sized to suit your needs. These would also make wonderful flower girl crowns for a wedding.

The 3-D doodle kit from fun-peddlers fred flare is a great way to bring your child's artwork to life (via swissmiss). One of my most cherished possessions is my childhood piggy bank (which was my father's when he was a child). It was fun to look at and play with and, as I got older, my parents used it as a lesson in savings. So, with that in mind I was searching for a nice piggy bank when Design Crush happened to post this cute Count Piggy Bank. Good timing! One piece that has been all over the internet is this stunning chalk globe from muji (via swissmiss). It is a great way to teach children geography as well as encourage them to make up their own green planet. An added benefit: it isn't one of the toys you'll want to hide when company is over. Another stunning object is the ever popular sun jar. You can purchase one via their stockists or make your own. Charley Harper's Beguiled by the Wild is both entertaining and visually appealing. With Todd Oldham's recent release of Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life, this gift is as timely as it is timeless. Finally, this toy jet fighter from nonchalant mom (who also has a great blog) is a toy destined to become cherished keepsakes.

I hope you've enjoyed this Holiday Gift Guide for kids. I'm working on other guides for those hard to shop for tweens and teens in addition to baby and adults. Wish me luck!