Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Belly Babbles Holiday Gift Guide: Kiddo Edition

As promised, here are some fun ideas for the pint-sized set. I feel like a disclaimer is needed to clarify that these gift ideas are best for the toddler-aged and under...I have absolutely no idea what an older kid would want. I'd be "that" person that gives them awkward pajamas and a savings bond, because I'm lame and have no idea what's hip and cool.

Anyways, if you're shopping for a toddler-or-under, you're in luck. Here we go!

Arts and Crafts: The trick here is to keep it age appropriate...I would say within 3-6 months of the kid's current age. The other trick here is to keep yourself on Momma's good side - no glitter, sequins, or anything else that will make cleaning up a nightmare! Other than that, a toddler LOVES to be creative and to play with color. Make an art box full of paper, non-toxic crayons, stickers, finger paints, child art smocks, pre-inked stamps, and toddler-friendly markers. You could even consider some bathtub crayons! Organize it all together in a large locking plastic storage bin and you've got yourself an A+ holiday gift. Check out this page for some great ideas!

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 Let's Make Music Together, Baby: 10 points to whoever can tell me what movie that's from! Babies and toddlers love to explore sounds and rhythms, so cater to their developing ear with some music-minded gifts. Check out the B. Parum Pum Pum drum set, the Melissa & Doug Band in a Box (or a similar one from Hohner), an assortment of rainmaker toys, or a toy xylophone. CDs with children's songs are a great gift idea to consider too, especially for car rides!

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Get 'Em Moving: I am discovering that toddlers have an unbelievable amount of energy. Get them giggling and going with some of these fun ideas. A Little Tikes Cozy Coupe or a rocking horse are popular classics. Get them bouncing with a Trumpette Howdy Cow or a Bounce and Spin Zebra. You also can't go wrong with a ball pit (don't forget the balls!), a crawl tunnel, or a push toy.

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 Get 'Em Thinking: Get those little minds working with blocks,  activity cubes like the B. Zany Zoo, easy puzzles, animal sounds toys, shape sorter toys, or stacking toys.

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When I Grow Up: Toddlers LOVE to act like Mommy and Daddy, so get them some toys that help them pretend! In no particular gender order: a purse filled with accessories (or check out etsy for some handmade options!), a work bench, a doll stroller, a grocery cart, or even a smart phone. If you want to splurge, consider a play kitchen or a grill set.

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 Dress Up: I'm pretty sure it goes without saying that toddlers and young kids LOVE to dress up and pretend. If you're looking for a present idea that makes your future holiday/birthday gift shopping super easy, consider a dress-up box. Stock it with a few age-appropriate costumes for now, and then keep an eye out for post-Halloween or Disney sales to keep adding costumes and accessories. Even just last weekend, I still saw a few costumes at Joann Fabrics for 75% off! A toy box full of Puppets is a great alternative here too, especially for little ones, because parents can play too!

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Give Them Some Space: Kids LOVE having their own little kiddo-sized space that they can play in. Indulge them with a teepee, play tent, a playhouse, kid-sized chairs, or even bean bag chairs. Parents, consider a closet conversion into a neat little reading nook for your budding bookworm.This project can be tailored to almost ANY budget and DIY skill...believe me, this is on our project to-do list!!

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And, as always, you can NEVER go wrong with books, clothes, or baby necessities. Happy shopping and happy holidays!


1 comment:

Jessica Thompson said...

I had a dog named Itchy when I was younger! Loved that movie, though, I haven't seen it in YEARS! Hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving :-)