Tag: gifts for kids

Jade’s ToyBox delivers boxes of pure happiness

Jade’s Toy Box no longer exists I’m starting to think that group gifts are the way to go. Chip in with a bunch of other folks, and get someone one seriously awesome something-or-other that they’ll really appreciate. And I think that’s what Jade’s ToyBox was thinking too, when they created some of the most phenomenal gift boxes for kids that I’ve ever seen. You can browse by age (baby, toddler or preschooler) and then pick from among clever themes like The Moodie Foodie which is all about kitchen play and Are We There Yet which is packed with items...

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Scaredy cat

If you’re looking for a fun Halloween gift for a child that sidesteps the cavity quotient, I think this black cat push toy is just adorable. Or, as the toymaker calls it, the “Scaredy Cat – Not Scary Cat Push Toy.” Important distinction. It’s real American folk art from a real American folk artist. And it’s small, just 5″ tall, which makes the cat a great size for little hands. Maybe not those so little that they’re putting toys in their mouths, but at least it’s all painted with non-toxic paints over native New Hampshire hardwood. Not everything at...

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The Mini Mini Cooper

If I had a million dollars, as that song goes, I think I would add this Mini Cooper ride-on toy to my kids’ holiday gift list. While I haven’t tried it out personally, my kids would zip around the living room in that hot little car in a minute. Come to think of it, do you think a kids’ ride-on car can support a hundred and [mumblemumble] pounds? Probably not considering it’s recommended for ages two to five. Too bad, because I’m digging the 6V electronic motor, electronic brake and accelerator with stop-gap safety features, a rechargable battery, and...

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At least the inanimate people around here are getting some sleep at night now

At two, my youngest daughter is already into dolls in a way that her big sister never was. She pushes them in strollers, shares her dessert with them, and gives them rides on the bulldog–much to the bulldog’s dismay. She tucks her dolls into bed with her with so much care and sweetness and kindness, that it almost makes up for the fact that she was shrieking bloody murder moments beforehand when I told her she couldn’t sleep in my bed. (Ah, two. Such a glorious, glorious age.) And now she is going to be able to tuck Rose...

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The gift the kids will love to ruin

With the kids heading back to school, the birthday party circuit will be starting up again. If your kid is old enough to read, you may understand my temptation to give other kids books rather than more toys. The problem is that while their parents might love you for it, not every kid is delighted to receive a book. Except that every kid will be delighted to receive this book: Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal. It’s a masterpiece manual of embracing creativity and bucking the ordinary, and entirely made to be destroyed. Really! So yes, by all means, write...

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Stamping out lousy gifts

There are children, and then there are The Children Who Have Everything, and ack, I never know what the heck to get them for birthdays and holidays and weekend visits. Since I don’t have the money to go bigger (no pony for you, kid) I do my best to go cooler–and I’ve just found that very thing in the personalized stamps from Vltjig. These are seriously the most awesome little gift I’ve laid my eyes on in a while. They’re created by a Dutch mom and architect who not only adds your kid’s name to the beautiful hand-carved stamp,...

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Here they come to save the birthday!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked aimlessly around the toy store aisles trying to find just the right birthday gift for one of my son’s friends. And just when I think I’ve found the perfect one —  the price tag indicates otherwise. Fortunately two brilliant moms, Lisa Fielding & Stefanie Katz-Rothman, started Gift Hero which not only makes spot-on recommendations for children’s gifts sorted by gender, age and price, but they sell them right there on the site. I took it for a test drive to see what they’d come up with for my son for...

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You’re never too little to be a bibliophile. Only to know how to spell it.

Like tons of practical moms like me, my favorite gift to give or to get is a book. And if you want to get fancy about it, check out Bookworm Baskets, where the great book is just the beginning of a fantastic gift. It starts with a fabulous read like The Giving Tree, Olivia, or baby faves like Ten Little Rubber Ducks and  includes other eco-friendly, educational items all themed around it. Even the packaging is eco-friendly. But what’s really special about the service is that your book comes with an Eco-Libris sticker to show that a tree was...

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Tickle-Me Phyto

As a child of the eighties, I was privy to the debut of many fads that should never have been, including parachute pants, bolo ties, and those cheesy Chia pets. If only the last one had died out along with the first two. If you want a cool plant to cultivate at home that really will entertain the kids, try the TickleMe Plant instead. (That’s Mimosa pudica to you science geeks.) The leaves of this Brazilian native actually fold up when they’re gently touched, flytrap style, and kids go nuts over them. You can order seeds and growing kits...

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