Gift Guide 2008: For Kids

This is a good one, if I do say so myself! Enjoy, and I hope you get some ideas for buying for the little ones (and their parents) in your life!

Encourage good ol’ outdoor time (bye bye Xbox) and give the gift of fun in the snow! An LL Bean sled and snowball maker kit would do the job, and to aid in the post sledding/snowball war glow- mugs with each kid’s initial on it and some gourmet hot chocolate and marshmallows. A great gift for a group of kids in one family!


Ahh, the gift of good design- even on the small scale! Kartell’s Lou Lou Ghost chair is a mini version of the Louis Ghost chair coveted by design addicts the world over. A set of four around a simple IKEA play table allows you to maintain good design, even with little ones running around!

Have new parents to buy for who probably cringe at the sounds of anything Barney-esque? Help them out with Rockabye Baby CD’s– each has songs by great modern rockers turned into lullabyes. Introduce your little ones to great music early on!

I’m kind of obsessed with these teepees. I would have LOVED to have one when I was little to play house in. The cool retro inspired fabrics won’t create an issue decor wise either (hey, it matters sometimes, right?)

While the teepees above are amazing, they ARE pricey. For a gift that has a similar function but is under $60 (and inspires more creativity) there is this cardboard playhouse. Your kids can decorate it to their hearts content using paints and markers and gloodies and glue!

Hate having big, ugly plastic toys in your house (a decorator’s nightmare), but want your kids to be able to have their kitchen play set? Fear not- in comes PB Kids with their Gourmet Kitchen for kids! So not an eyesore like most play kitchens, this one may leave you wishing your kitchen looked the same! Please note the bridge faucet and ice dispenser on the door-hello!

Now this is my kind of dollhouse- the Westport Townhouse– complete with optional barn (looks like guest quarters to me), schoolhouse oh, and tiny replica PB furniture!!! Talk about setting expectations high while they are young! ;)


Some great books for kids a bit older- fantastic pop up books on Beasts and Sharks and for the mini fashionista, a children’s book about Coco Chanel.

I love these Wry Baby onesies– each one holds a prediction about the baby’s future! You don’t get to pick, it’s a surprise- and a funny one at that!

A gorgeous growth chart to check the kiddies progress (and not mess up your trim)

A giggle worthy gift for the baby with an uber-glam Mom- Heelarious, baby’s first high heels.

Is this not the most gorgeous baby sling you’ve ever seen? I want one to carry Baxter around in, it’s so damn pretty! :)

Speaking of Baxter, if your kids just happen to be of the very furry persuasion, some gifts for them (because I know you buy them gifts. Baxter has his own stocking).

one of these gorgeous beds from Modern Tails.

Sweet little sweaters from CrewMutts.

Holiday dog treats from Boston’s own Polka Dog Bakery (love, love this place!)



5 comments

  1. Great gift ideas! I already ordered Gracie the CrewMutts Cashmere Dog Sweater to match her Furr-sace (pronounced like Versace) coat and so she can be even more spoiled that she is now! Might have to add that snowman dog cookie to her stocking!

    Love the PBK Kitchen and Dollhouse too! Definitely a step up from the Fisher Price versions I used to have!

  2. Ummm…I am in awe of all the potterybarn stuff. (That kitchen is CRAZY!!) and I LOVE the sling and growth chart…actually i love all the baby stuff you picked. Can I register on elements of style for my baby gear :) Leigh (and little Anne Rawlins) in SC

  3. Leigh, I will do a big ol’ baby post soon with maternity clothes and baby stuff and all my new fave nursery items!! Just in time! ;)
    I am tempted to buy that baby sling and stash it at my mom’s house b/c it is SO damn awesome and probably will not exist when I get around to procreating…but that seems creepy.

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