Fill their stockings with the season's best stuffers from
Cosmotot's list of hand-picked anti-trinkets (you won't find any
Pez or tube socks here) all for about $20 or less.
Pak Naks are rubbery,
interchangeable, adhesive-backed 3-D charms kids can stick to
backpacks, headbands, lunchbags, lamps, bins and more. Each Nak has
a name (think Tan N. Baum and Charmy S. Fly) and personality,
complete with a list of favorite foods, best friends, favorite
activities and a description of where they call home. There are 40
to choose from, and they all come with trading cards and access to
the interactive Nak-Land Game. Freebie: Download the entire
Pak Nak collection coloring book here and get 15% off your order with JOY15
through Jan. 1.
Enter Cosmotot's Jolly Holiday Pak Nak Giveaway for a
chance to win your own set of 2 holiday-themed
Naks (click here to see them) now-Dec. 13 at
midnight CST. Love to sled? Build snowmen? Bake cookies?
Volunteer? Tell me about it by posting your
family's favorite holiday activity below. One
random winner will be announced Dec. 14.
Rosenberry Rooms makes spirits bright with a
personalized, hand-painted ornament for twins (Baby's First
Christmas, only child and older child available, too) by Jamie's
Painting and Design. Each ornament is custom made, heat-sealed for
keepsaking, and includes a coordinating ribbon. All Jamie's
Painting and Design ornaments are 10% off until Dec. 13. Get free
shipping through Dec. 20 with
If you know a pair of besties, twins or sisters perpetually
attached at the hip, gift 'em with Best Friend Necklaces from Violet
Gumdrop. The peanut butter and jelly; coffee and donut; milk
and cookies; and hot chocolate and marshmallow combos make for a
fantastically campy, offbeat alternative to those old broken heart
necklaces from the 80's. Use VIOLET to get 20% off your
Little girls and fancy frocks go together like cute and a puppy
this time of year, so it's only fitting that she have a collection
of hair clips to match. Creative Clips by Colleen (think dramatic
flowers embellished with paillettes, bold sequined bows and more)
make the holiday rounds with ease, thanks to non-slip velcro strips
that are secured to the inside of each handmade clip, making them
hold fast to even the finest baby hair.
Let little ones stuff
their faces without fear with help from Divvies. Made
for kids with food allergies (and even those that don't), all of
their gourmet treats like chocolate bars (think Snowmen and Happy
Hannukah chocolates for the holidays), popcorn, jellybeans,
gumballs, bakery cookies and cupcakes, just to name a few, are made
without peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or milk. Free
shipping until Dec. 22 on orders over
Santa Claus isn't the only sweet-cheeked fatty who can fly
thanks to the imaginative parents behind Rebel Ink Baby's Cape Bib. Its extra long,
extra flaring design catches spills when worn as a traditional bib,
but when turned around, lets toddlers transform into might merry
super heroes. Free shipping on orders of $50 or
Bearhands keep little
hands covered in the cold with thinsulate lined, water-repellent
mittens styled to look like paws. Made from warm and toasty
polyester polar fleece, each oversized mitten has black, non-slip
PVC pads that are perfect for grabbing snowballs, and a
secret flap that gives bare hands easy access to snowboot laces and
cups of hot chocolate. Complete the pawsome look with coordinating
Chinstrap Hats and innovative Buddy scaves that give kids an easy
way to wear their
favorite stuffed animal while leaving hands
free for play. Use ONL10
for 10% off through Dec. 31.
Kids need sturdy catchalls like parents need Mary Poppins. And,
while the latter is unlikely to happen anytime soon, the former can
be found at Skip
Hop. Their clever Hare baby comb-and-brush set offers parents
soft-grip handles and the gift of distraction - there's a round,
baby-safe mirror on the bunny's base. While you're at it, brighten
up the bath and protect little noggins with Moby, a whale-shaped
cover that fits snugly over the spout with an adjustable fin strap.
Its tail doubles as a hook for drying when not
Get down to the wild and wooly sounds of eclectic,
Grammy-winning children's group Dan
Zanes & Friends and their new album, 76 Trombones.
Get free shipping with your order of $60 or more. Freebie:
Your choice of a Fine Friends
Are Here live DVD and signed lithograph or
Dan Zanes red bird with a purchase of $40 or more. Alternately,
purchase the DanZanes Gift Pack and get any Dan Zanes CD
Appeal to your little sugarplums' sweet senses with darling paper treats
from Naperville-based, mom-owned and operated Sweet
Papier. Their newly introduced foldover owl
notecards mix nature-inspired designs with fresh hues like
strawberry, chocolate and moss (not to mention eco-friendly papers
made of 30% post-consumer waste) for a fanciful end result that
invites kids to send heartfelt thank yous to all the friends and
family who made their holidays extra happy.
Indulge big appetities for sweet holiday treats
(and some of those green beans you served with dinner) with
melamine plate sets from Laurie's Lagniappe. The family-owned, New
Orleans-based business is all about Southern hospitality and "a
little something extra," which shows in its exhaustive options.
Choose from more than 22 patterns, fonts and designs, not to
mention the choice to personalize with a name, initial or nickname.
There's no product preview before you purchase, but with each set
elaborately hand-wrapped by mom who also designs whimsical sippy
cup inserts for Playtex, you know it has to be good.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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