December 4, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Littles

Since I'm knee deep in holiday shopping I decided to put a few gift guides together. I'm starting with one for the kids, and I chose gifts that are a little out of the box. It's nice to slip something a little different from the standard Legos and My Little Pony's under the tree to mix things up. Especially when you aren't sure exactly which lego sets or Pony's the little one already has!

I'll be back with two more gift guides this week-one for the kitchen and one full of books. (And apologies for the late posting today-this collage took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out in Photoshop. But I finally did it-and didn't want to wait another day to post it it!)

1. Tardis Play Tent:  I would have ordered this the second I saw it if my boys hadn't destroyed the castle play tent they got for Christmas last year (in less than 24 hours I might add). Even if they aren't old enough to watch Doctor Who they would have a blast playing with this. Perfect for imaginative play! (It's even bigger on the inside-just like the real Tardis!)

2. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman. I read this out loud to the boys, and not only did my 4 year old listen intently but all of us giggled through the whole book. I think this may be the first chapter book we re-read.

3. Root Vue Farm-This is such a fun way to teach your kids about gardening and food production. It's a good winter project to do before planting a garden together in the spring!

4. Kidnoculars- My boys love these. We keep them in the car for the days we drive through the wildlife refuge or go hiking, but they are just as fun in the backyard to watch airplanes or play explorer. The rubber around the eye area makes it really easy to get their eyes in the right place (unlike borrowed grownup binoculars) and they have stood up to crazy wear and tear in the last year.

5. Magazine Subscription-What kid doesn't love getting stuff in the mail? National Geographic Kids, Highlights or High Five are all great choices. This is especially good for kids who are reading on their own but not quite ready for chapter books.

6. Kiwi Crate- We got a few months as a gift last Christmas, and we kept the subscription running all year. Not only does this have the fun of something arriving in the mail, it gives you the capability of doing Pinterest worthy crafts without the stress and hard work. Everything you need to complete it comes in the crate and the crafts are labeled with the amount of mess and grownup involvement needed. My 5 year old is obsessed with these and spends hours pouring over the the little magazine that comes with the crate after he's finished the month's crafts. The supplies are all really good quality, so our craft bucket is now stocked with great things for creative time in between crates too.

We're about halfway through our Christmas shopping for our kids-what about you? Are you already done or just beginning? 


  1. Your review almost has me convinced we need to give Kiwi Crate a try.

    I just added Fortunately, the Milk to my wish list. I'm always looking for chapter books I can read aloud to my 7 & 8 year-olds.

  2. I hope you like it! It's just flat out silliness from start to finish and sometimes that's exactly the kind of book we need :)


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