When searching for children’s Christmas gifts, I always strive to find something a little different, a little special, something that is educational but still FUN! While there’s nothing wrong with picking up the latest Elmo or Barbie dreamhouse (because we’ve had those too!), sometimes it’s nice to get something a little less ordinary!
1. Personalized Books
I See Me! creates personalized books for your little ones, adding their name to the story and even using the letters in their names to rhyme with! I like that there’s an assortment of books to choose from, a board book for the toddler in your life and a gorgeous hard-cover story book for your school-aged kid!
2. Holiday Outfits
As a kid, I always liked getting clothes as presents, I know that might not be the ‘norm’, but a party dress in a pretty box? It was a princess dream come true! I love checking out the latest outfits from the Tea Collection for my darlings. Their globally-inspired holiday outfits are unique and comfortable, and always last a long time.
3. Little Passports – 15% Off site-wide until 12/17
My kids have the travel bug just like I do! My daughter is always asking if we can go to Paris, Poland or New York City – sure, darling, on our private jet! Oops, no private jet. Well, here comes Little Passports, inspiring children to learn about the world right from home. You sign up your child or gift a child with a monthly subscription to the World edition or USA edition, and enjoy the monthly adventures that arrive in your mailbox.
Each package comes with letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter. And one more important note about Little Passports…
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4. Melissa & Doug
I adore Melissa & Doug Toys – they are high quality toys that seem to last forever and are appropriate for almost any age group! We still have wooden food kits from when my daughter was a toddler, and that was almost 7 years ago! The variety of toys is astounding, wooden blocks, ponies, cupcake and pizza makers, cars, trucks, craft toys – they seem to have everything! Check out the latest Melissa & Doug toys!
5. Hohner Kids Musical Toys
This year I discovered these awesome musical instruments for toddlers (and bigger kids too!) and I snatched them up. My toddler currently reaches for a wooden spoon to smash pots and bowls with (and windows, and floors, and…) so what could be more fun than having actually toys meant for music? Hohner Kids makes a variety of musical instruments: percussion blocks, harmonicas, accordions – it will be a noisy Christmas morning in my house!
These are my top educational toy picks for 2013 – educational but still a ton of fun!
What would you add to this kids gift guide?