Gift guide number 5 has arrived! It’s not a giveaway, but it is filled with gift ideas for toddlers, school-age kids and tweens (and a rattle too!), with some fun stocking stuffers mixed in. This guide is based on much of what’s on my own kids’ wishlists this year.
[ This holiday gift guide is underwritten by Pier 1. Pier 1 is your one stop for unique, imported decor, gifts, furniture, glassware and more this holiday season. I’ve included a couple of my favorites from Pier 1 among the items below.]
– Retro pedal car. There are so many great-looking options out there! Vintage tow-trucks, fire engines and airplanes. I thought the mustang was cute for girls or boys.
– Fabric teepee. Hideouts, forts, playhouses and teepees are absolutely irresistible to kids of all ages. Pretty much anything they can crawl into will work. Plus they make a big statement on Christmas morning.
– Jingle Bell Rattle. Give this to your toddler or baby on Christmas Eve and then sing your favorite Christmas Carols while they handle percussion.
– Play Kitchen. This is it. The best looking play kitchen at the best price. Pick it up for $99 plus free shipping.
– Overall Apron. Of course your boyish boy doesn’t want to wear a smock — it sounds so girly. Try this manly apron instead.
– Pop Arty Beads. Great colors. Unusual shapes. These beads are played with daily at our house by every kid but the baby.
– Animal Pillows. Pigs, ducks, giraffes, gorillas. These Salvor Fauna pillows, designed by Ross Menuez, are a good-looking alternative to sometimes corny stuffed animals.
– Colorku. It’s sodoku, but with colors. (I want this for me.)
– Kid-size Guitar. These are widely available in a wide range of prices. A great way to make music accessible to your child.
– Nixon Watch. As your kids hit middle school, they might be ready for their first real watch. Last year we gave Ralph a Nixon and it was just right. Cool, but still kid-friendly. Find colorful ones at your local skate & board shop.
– Wood Puzzles. I love having something quiet for the kids to puzzle out after the morning celebration is finished. Great stocking stuffer at $3.
– Vintage Skateboard. Check eBay for a ton of options.
– Balloon Animal Kit. Everyone needs a talent to show off at parties or school assemblies. Balloon animals are always a hit.
– Origami Kit. This is great for kids who like working with their hands. This particular kit works for beginning paper folders but still challenges at the advanced level too.
– Nirve Cruiser Bike. The cutest kid-size cruiser I’ve come across.