Author: Delilah

Yarn Wars: Crochet your own galaxy of stars

Expensive plastic figurines? A Jedi craves not these things. Grab your lightsaber-shaped crochet hook and get busy creating your own galaxy of bite-sized Jedi, Rebels, Empire, and, well, giant squid guys. Trust us– it’s not a trap. You know we love it when geekery and crafting come together, and we’re big fans of the adorable Star Wars amigurami in this set of PDFs from lucyravenscar on Etsy. For $37, you receive complete instructions to make 14 different characters, each about four inches tall. All you need are yarn, stuffing, eyeballs, a tapestry needle, and a crochet hook. No advanced Jedi...

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This ornament from A Christmas Story is better than shooting your eye out

Sorry, kid. You can’t have a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, but we hear your Aunt Clara sent you something extra special and handmade to hang on the tree. You guys love A Christmas Story as much as we do, right? This A Christmas Story ornament from made by gwen on Etsy is entirely made by hand and lovingly titled The Pink Nightmare. Ralphie’s a little short at only 5.5″ tall, but all his details are hand-painted and embroidered, including tiny bunny faces on each foot and a fuzzy tail on back.  Oh, and as it’s an ornament,...

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Gifts with girl power: inspiring shirts featuring great American women

Fans of Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, Sakakawea (otherwise known as Sacagawea), and Eleanor Roosevelt, rejoice! We found some really cool shirts that celebrate the resilience, imagination, and bravery of these strong American women.  The Great Americans shirts from Okllo Kids Goods are a refreshing take on the powerful women who helped to shape our country. Each shirt is made in the USA of 100% cotton and features an artistic rendition of one of our heroes. The Amelia Earhart one even has a plane on the back. Sizes for Amelia, Harriet, and Sakakawea run from 18 months to 11 years....

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New blocks on the block: awesome LEGO alternatives to get kids building

We’re not saying you need to leggo your LEGO (like your kids would ever let that happen). We’re huge LEGO fans! But this holiday season, we just want you to know about some really cool alternative building systems out there that’ll get little hands playing and little minds working. As a bonus, some of these blocks and things are a little softer than LEGO bricks. Which might matter to you if you have a knack for stomping on them barefoot, like I do. Just sayin’. Like wooden blocks gone through a major makeover, Twig blocks come in vibrant colors and cool...

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Fun in a box: 7 cool gift subscriptions for kids

The only thing more exciting than a present under the tree is a big box on the front porch with a kid’s name on it. Whether you’re looking for cool kids’ crafts and activities to keep your kids busy at home well past December, or a really special holiday gift for your nieces and nephews across the country, you’ll find just what you’re looking for on our list of the best in kids’ gift subscriptions for the holidays. And if you’re looking for a subscription box gift for a teen or adult, we’ve got that covered, too. For discovering and...

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May the Force be with you. And may it put you to sleep at bedtime without a fight.

What happens when you combine some of our favorite, super soft kid pajamas and our favorite geeky movie franchise? Let’s just say the Force is strong with these jimjams. Clearly I’m excited to learn that one of our favorite play clothes brands, Hanna Andersson, now has new line of Star Wars sleepwear for kids for kids that are just as awesome as you would expect.That is, if you know about their super soft, 100% organic cotton without all those itchy stitches and appliques.  These Star Wars pajamas fit the bill in both Long John and Short John versions, with durable, silky cotton Ribbknit...

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10 of the best subscription box gifts that bring the awesome to someone’s doorstep

Big boxes are good. Little blue boxes are sometimes better. But gift boxes that arrive in the mail every month are maybe the best way to remind the folks you love that they’re always on your mind. Whether you have a favorite foodie, a beloved bibliophile, a luxe loved one, or a caffeine fiend on your list, we’ve compiled a sweet array of monthly subscription gifts for adults that will make that special someone (or someones) squeal with joy. For the sophisticated foodie: NewYorkMouth With six different monthly subscriptions from chocolate to jerky to pickles and a variety of...

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Geek up the tree with ninjas, vampires, superheroes, and Jedi

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: three sneaky ninjas. Also: ten caped crusaders, nine Star Wars figures, two vampires, and a well-muscled werewolf in a fir tree. The husband and wife team of Itty Bitty Wood Shoppe on Etsy is best known for highly detailed wooden wedding cake toppers, but for the holidays, they’re turning their brushes and Sculpy to holiday ornaments fit to pique any geek. The ninjas stand two inches tall and come in a pack of three, ready to hang on the tree for an extra Silent Night. Because you...

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A sweet wooden wonderland for your wunderkind

Silent night? Yeah, only if your holiday toy choices don’t include batteries, drum sticks, or bells. We’ve found a beautiful selection of handmade, heirloom quality toys that can help your child create a peaceful, quiet winter wonderland under the tree. Much like the quiet of a snow-blanketed forest, these handmade wooden toys from Etsy shop mielasiela in Lithuania are a breath of fresh air. Each piece is hand-cut and sanded, formed of natural, untreated black alder wood. We love that the designs are original, clearly hand drawn and so delightfully unexpected. Besides the boy in the forest, there’s also...

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We’re in holiday heaven with Homespun Vintage clothes for kids

Looking for holiday styles with true vintage pop? If you’re shopping for a one-of-a-kind kid-seeking style that transcends the stuff on the rack–you’re going to squeal over this gorgeous line of reworked retro treasures. Homespun Vintage hearkens back to a time when children’s clothes were hand-sewn with care and built to last. This Mini Military Jacket is beautifully old-school in style, created using vintage military barracks bags. Each one features slight differences and irregularities that add to the charm.  Some of the designs by Homespun Vintage are reproductions of vintage pieces they’ve found and cherished. Others are upcycled reworkings of old materials,...

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