Gift Guide #5: Kid Stuff

December 7, 2010

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.]

gift ideas for young kids

- 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.

- Hooded Towel. It’s fun for kids to have their own special towel. Check etsy or make your own.

- Overall Apron. Of course your boyish boy doesn’t want to wear a smock — it sounds so girly. Try this manly apron instead.

gift ideas for school age kids

- 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.

- Art Supplies. Good art supplies are a perennial favorite at our house and often fill our stockings. Try these watercolor cards and a paint set.

- Picture This and Photo Finish. Two terrific doodle books by Pascalle Estelon. Filled with creative prompts and silly yet inspiring images.

gift ideas for tweens

- 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.

Want more gift ideas? Try my Holiday Prep gift guide, my Cozy Things gift guide, a gift guide inspired by my husband Ben Blair, and my Sparkly gift guide.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bdaiss December 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Oh I love so many of these ideas. I’m afraid if Christmas was left only to me I’d spoil my kids beyond rotten.


2 Rachel December 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I love popbeads! My children play with them daily as well.


3 Rachel Halatokoua December 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Hook me up, Design Mom!


4 Oro December 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

wow …love these especially the nixon watch


5 Mallory December 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I love everything. You find the best stuff.


6 Kim December 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Okay – one of each! Some of these things are on our list too!


7 Jeannie Scates December 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I love all of this. My boys really want a tee pee for Christmas.


8 Tanya December 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Is it wrong that I want a teepee for myself?


9 Rebecca Acton December 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm

This is great. I am particularly liking the origami set, but what I’d also love to find is a cool paper airplane making kit. I know my son love both.

If anyone has any good resources, let me know!


10 Brooke Scoville December 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Awesome! I sure would love to win!


11 susan December 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Thanks for the Pop Arty beads idea. I need one more gift for my daughter and this will be perfect!


12 Portland Roofing Contractor December 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I know mine would love the balloon animals.


13 kelly December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Wow, what a generous giveaway. Love the tee pees!


14 colleen nori December 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

LOVE the stuff. We’ve got 3 sons so its perfect!


15 Kat December 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm



16 Heidi December 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I love those teepees! I’m actually making a teepee for my son this Christmas. I made it with concrete colored twill to look slightly more realistic and timeless. Now that I’ve seen those teepees by Angel at my Table I wish I would have chosen a fun striped fabric considering I am in love with color! Maybe I’ll have to make another one someday…


17 Emily December 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Gab. . . Just like when we were young, you have the coolest, funkiest taste that I just love! Thanks so much for sharing these ideas! :)


18 Allie December 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Not a giveaway, folks!

I am so happy you included that play kitchen because I have looked at so many for my 2.5 year old and hadn’t seen that one yet. I think it might be the one!


19 jennifer December 7, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Crazy good…as always! Thanks!


20 sarah belanger December 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm

it certainly will be a happy holiday for someone!! Those toys are BEYOND!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!


21 Rena December 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Wow! Santa Claus has come to town… My son, Owen, would flip if these gifts were under the tree. Hello pedal car and teepee!


22 Laura December 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Can we spoil our girls this XMAS? If we get lucky!


23 kristine December 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I’m crossing my fingers. We would have fun with this one!


24 Jessica December 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I was looking for something for my son…and the origami kit was the perfect idea! Thanks for sharing!


25 Tina December 8, 2010 at 5:21 am

Love this list! I’ve been looking for a teepee for my little guy… He really wants a “real” drum set this year with “2 spindles”. He also asked for a guitar, a banjo, a trumpet and a violin. Do you think he might be musical? LOL!


26 Kat December 8, 2010 at 6:11 am

I have to leave a second comment just to let you know that I was so all over that Nixon watch for my 10 year old… but yikes! Steep price tag! I appreciate that you include a lot of different price ranges in your gift guide collection though. Maybe a “Holiday Gift Guide for the money-challenged family”? That would be awesome wouldn’t it?


27 Angela December 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

Those are some great gifts! I’ll be jotting a list of items that my kids would love on my Expo whiteboard. That way my list will be right in front of me when I get on the internet to order. I recently ordered my Expo whiteboard and received markers free with it! They have some awesome savings going on.


28 Vivi Cabera December 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

Me !!! Awesome !!!


29 Cheryl Burchett December 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

I bought a set of Pop Beads while on vacation with a group of kids ranging from 2-17 years old. EVERYONE loved them, including the parents. They are my go-to little girl gift!


30 Erin December 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

We decided to get our son, Q, his first guitar this year for Christmas. I’m so excited for him to see it on Christmas morning!

I love the idea of a TeePee, but it’s priced out of my range. Are you aware of a DIY version? My husband and I are both pretty handy.



31 Annie December 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm

How fun!


32 Sabrina December 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Those are some great puzzles, thanks for the find!


33 Kari December 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Really cute picks! Colorku has been on my wishlist for a long time. :)


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