Hey look, it’s ANOTHER holiday gift guide post from Milk & Cookies! Please tell me if you’re getting sick of these, because even though I’m deriving an odd sort of window-shopping pleasure out of finding various things to buy, buy, buy, I’m also happy to change the subject. To things you should buy for me, that is. Like this. (Hee! IT WEARS THE MONKEY AND IS TETHERED TO MAMA AT ALL TIMES OR IT GETS THE HOSE.)
Today’s List of Random Gift Ideas is for the kids on your shopping list, assuming they have been at least marginally more nice than naughty this year. For children that fall into that second category, may I recommend this lovely lump of coal? Look, you can wash out their mouth with soap and give them a crappy holiday present at the same time!
No particular theme here, but I did try to pick out some somewhat unique gifts that encourage creativity and most importantly, DO NOT MAKE NOISE. (No batteries required is my new favorite phrase.) Most of these toys are ages 3 and up.
Peek-a-Boo Bags. Kids can shake, squish and peek through the see-through vinyl window on these little cute little bags to find the objects within. Sounds simple, but I bet little kids love it. My 2-year-old goes batty for anything I Spy-related, so I’m thinking he’d be really into one of these. List of Peek-a-Boo-carrying retailers here.
Take-Along Binoculars. For your budding bird watcher, or any kid that likes to be On the Lookout For Things. These mini binoculars look like the right size to comfortably throw in a pocket, and they come in funky bright colors. Plus, 2 for $18!
Automoblox Cars. Okay, these toys look like so much fun. They’re basically a building system that lets kids assemble their own custom cars, morphing them into pint-sized engineers as they create different designs with the interchangeable parts. Seems like they would appeal to a wide age range, awesome for girls AND boys.
Magna-Tiles. Another construction-related toy system: flat shapes that can be magnetically connected together to make 3D objects. Cooooooool. LEGOs are looking almost kind of lame in comparison.
Sticker Set Play Scenes. Hello, I would have LOVED these as a kid. Each play set comes with over 50 vinyl stickers that can be arranged on the board to create an ever-changing scene. When you’re done, they fold up like a book, and they have a little handle so they can be carried around. Scenes include robots (!), horses, dinosaurs, at the zoo, playroom, and much more.
Melissa & Doug Standing Easel. This awesome little kid-friendly easel has a chalkboard on one side, a whiteboard on the other, and holds a roll of paper. It also includes some tool trays for markers, crayons, etc, and folds up for storage. Bonus: it’s $35, which beats the price of most other non-crappy standing easels I’ve seen.
So tell me, what are you thinking of getting your kids this year?