The 2009 Jolly Holiday Guide: Stocking Stuffers


By Maria Pilar Clark

Contributor and blogger

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.

120809_PakNakPak 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 to120809_RosenberryRooms 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 SHIP4FREE.

If you know a120809_VioletGumdrop 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 order.120809_CreativeClipsColleen

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.

120809_DivviesLet 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 ship120809_RebelInkBayping until Dec. 22 on orders over $100.

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 more.

120809_BearHandsBearhands 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 t120809_SkipHopo 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 a120809_DanZanes hook for drying when not in use.

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 free.

Appeal to your little suga120809_SweetPapierrplums' 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.

120809_LauriesLagniappeIndulge 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.


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