Gifts for the KidsPersonalized Children’s Book
Every child likes to be a part of a story, and now with I See Me Personalized Children’s Gifts, you can actually make her the heroine. Simply send in the name of the child and in return, receive a personalized book (My Very Own Name, My Very Own Fairytale, My Very Own ABCs) where the child and his/her name is the main focus of the storytelling. Order by December 14th for standard shipping in time for the holidays; rush orders by December 18th will arrive by Christmas. I See Me Inc.; $39.95, www.iseeme.com, 877.281.0536.
With gas at record highs, it’s nice to offer kids two-footed transportation alternatives. The brand new St. Jude Retro Green Scooter is perfect for kids ages 3-5 and wonderful for parents who want to give back: 100% of the proceeds benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. $59, www.stjude.org.
Kids adore a colorful sleeping bag that’s comfy for play and hide and sleep. An exclusive from Hearthsong, the Horse Happy and Wonder Wheels slumber bags are plush and imaginative, with removable pillows (a horse or automobile, respectively) for cuddling. Hearthsong; $49.98 each, www.hearthsong.com, 800.533.4397.
Wooden Food Sets
When so many parents are concerned what their kids’ toys are made of, with Melissa & Doug play food, it’s good old fun with wood. Choose from seven “deliciously” designed play sets that attach with Velcro for hours of fun as your kids hack away with a wooden knife, reassemble and serve! Pizza Party, Sushi Slicing Play Set, Sandwich Making Set and Cutting Food Set; $19.99 each, www.melissaanddoug.com, 800.718.5365.
Instead of watching holiday programming non-stop from morning until night, I love a TV activity that is both educational and fun. The brand new Art House DVD supplies kids an activity during the holidays, teaching them how to draw using simple shapes. Why? Kids who proactively create art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic performance. For ages two and up. Art House; $17.99, www.inthearthouse.com
Visit www.createsticksandstones.com and spell out a child’s naming by choosing from architectural or natural photographed “letters”. Select a frame style and have a beautiful new way to display the name of a child (or adult). This photography collage is timeless and will transition with your child as he grows…even to a college dorm. To arrive by the Christmas holiday, order by December 10th. Sticks and Stones; $129.99 - $369.99, 866.377.8412.