For the first time in years, it is the beginning of December and I am almost done all of my Christmas shopping! I was always the woman running around from store to store with my head cut off on Christmas Eve, but not this year!
Earlier this year I started accumulating ideas (mostly off Instagram) as I saw them on other peoples photos. You can go crazy gathering allll the ideas of cute things for the people you love, and as much as it probably would have been best to just buy the items then & there and tuck them away…I saved them on a list. So this year, I was armed and ready to go with all the ideas!
I love the gift-giving mantra for kids of giving ‘Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read’. I’m definitely the mom who gives the gifts of socks + underwear haha – is my little guy the only one who loses all his socks and runs through underwear like crazy?! Anyways, I really try to stick to this every year for my little guys, and usually for my nieces and nephews too!
Some of these ideas are tried + true classics, others are items my sons have and absolutely love, and there are some ideas of things I have either put on their list for this year!
I know this time of year is hard and can be SO overwhelming with all the ‘things’ you can buy for kids. No, you won’t see Fingerlings on here or the LOL Box of Surprise Junk, I wanted to curate some new ideas that weren’t on everyone else’s gift guides and didn’t involve electronics or anything like that! That being said, I hope there are a handful of ideas that will make your gift giving time just a tiny bit easier this year!
+ Merry Christmas! xx
Palm Springs Playhouse | Cuddle + Kind Dolls | Rocket Cape | Grimm’s Bead Grasper | Kiwi Co. Box | My Weather Station | Seacopter Bath Toy |Play Kitchen | 4 in a Row Travel Game | Play Food | Ride on Llama | Magnetic Blackboard | Goldendoodle Stuffed Adoption Set | Baby Push Walker | Superstar Microphone |
How sweet is this playhouse? I still love the play tents, but I am becoming obsessed with Crate&Barrel’s playhouses! This particular one gives me all the warm + desert vibes! It would make any space adorable! Definitely on the wishlist this year!
If you haven’t heard of Cuddle + Kind…what rock are you hiding under and can I come to have some peace and quiet for a few minutes?
We have a few special and much-loved Cuddle + Dolls in our home, but I hope to have them all one day! Not because we are hoarders, but for every doll sold Cuddle + Kind provides 10 meals to kids in need! If this is the season of giving, I hope these sweet little things will be on everyone’s wishlists! I love that my boys can have these dolls and know they’ve helped feed other kids who don’t get guaranteed meals every day. Thanks to this company, our #faithinhumanity is constantly being restored.
What kid doesn’t love to play dress up? My boys love putting on costumes and playing make-believe, surprisingly especially my 1.5-year-old! We received this rocket cape for Levi last year at Christmas and the boys have fought over wearing it ever since! If it inspires creativity and imagination, I’ll allow it haha!
They also have an adorable pretend play Market Bag – find it here.
I love love love all things Grimm! They are beautiful, safe + non-toxic! If you are looking for a sweet little toy for your babe, check out this sweet bead grasper, or any and all of the Grimm toys.
Box subscriptions are my kryptonite. I think I’ve transferred this obsession to my oldest. One of our favourite activities together is getting the mail haha. When I came across the Kiwi Co. boxes I knew I had to learn more!
We love giving our boys STEM products and projects…and with the Kiwi Co. boxes, they can explore their creativity while learning new things in one nice little package. It also helps not to have to go to a few different stores to get a thousand items for one experiment!
A little bit of a pricier gift, but it’s on my boys’ wish list nonetheless! I thought this was such a great way to teach the boys about the weather & how cute would it look on the wall?! Sometimes interactive activities with your kids don’t need to be long and drawn out.
I picture waking up with the boys and go to the window (while I look at my weather app haha!) + let them change the weather accordingly on the Weather Station. It’s a quick way to enjoy a few moments together in the busyness of the morning, and they are learning while doing it!
Saying bath time is insignificant in our home would be a gross understatement. On average we have bathtime every single day & it’s a fight to ever get them out. We are still working on Finn not crying everytime we finish bathtime. So finding great bath toys is an investment we will always get behind.
The hard thing with bath toys is that they clutter up the bathtub/bathroom…& I don’t love all the hanging baskets and such because I also enjoy my bathtime on frequent occasion sans toys.
We have settled that Green Toys makes the best bath toys! They are fully recycled plastic without any metal so they won’t rust, they all float, and the design makes them easy to dry! After the bath, I just put a towel out to let them dry, and the kids can play with them in their room later on! Win, win!
I didn’t realize how much play time my boys would get from play kitchens. Like, hours! A bigger ticket item but so worth it in my opinion! There is nothing better than cultivating a love for being in the kitchen and creating all kinds of treats. I saw this Farm-to-Table one from KidKraft and fell in love. How adorable is it? It helps when a bigger toy item looks nice in your house, right?! I put it on the boys ‘shared’ Christmas list – I know I won’t regret it!
We’ve all been there. We are out for dinner, or at a relatives place and the kids are bored, bored, bored. If only they grew up when we did and all we were allowed to do was sit quietly and listen to the adults talk. Well, that’s not always realistic! Finding a few good games that you can bring out with you to occupy the kids is always a smart idea! I love this connect-four style game since the premise is simple and easy to pack up + go.
To couple with the play kitchen, or not, kids love play food! There are so many options for play food, and so many materials…some people only buy felt, or plastic, or wood…but either way, there’s nothing wrong with having some stylish pieces for them to play with? I love their whole line of play food!
Yes, llama’s are all the rage. No, I won’t apologize for this idea haha. I think it’s absolutely adorable and would be so fun to play make believe on! A change from the traditional rocking horse or ride-on car…but nonetheless sweet! & it’s on sale!
A blackboard or whiteboard is pretty much essential for kids. Not to mention it cuts down on the endless piles of paper that have one coloured line on them. Since we are setting up our boy’s playroom in the next few weeks I’ve added this beautiful magnetic chalkboard to their shared list!
Have a little one who desperately wants a pet, but it just isn’t happening? Yet anyways. I think this is the perfect little gift that will hopefully encourage rescuing animals in the future! Even if they have a pet at home, this is such a sweet way to give a furry friend with a great message! Who could resist? They also have a kitty here!
Another sweet idea for the little babes in your life! We have sworn by push walkers for our two little ones – they are definitely essential when the little ones are learning to walk. Why not opt for a pretty wood one with sweet little activities?! Not your average push walker.
For your budding superstar! I don’t think you even had a childhood unless you performed at least 5 shows for your parents! Who knows? You could be cutting up star-shaped cucumbers for the future Beyonce!
& you can always couple it with this Band in a Box…though I strongly suggest the less noise it makes the saner you’ll be.
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