Skip the Santa look this year and invest in clothing that will
still look great in 2010 and beyond.
Kids know what the holidays are really about - peace, love …
and presents. Massachusetts-based Peace Love
Etc. encourages kids to express whatever makes them happy, be
it cows, trains (my son's personal favorite), sprinkles or recess,
with impossibly soft, premium ringspun pigment-dyed tees designed
by a mom to three.
Home is where the heart is, and during the holidays, families
are all about eating, drinking and making merry under one roof.
Take that idea of togetherness even further with Italian meat- and
treat-inspired onesies from Wooster Street Meats. Originally started as an
inside joke, each Brooklyn-made, 100% super-soft cotton pima design
(think Lil Proscuitto, Lil Cannoli and Lil Gabagool) is a simple
tribute to the best parts of the holiday season - humor and a love
of time-honored food. No gift wrap is needed either, since orders
are wrapped and shipped in white butcher paper that's been stamped
with the Wooster Street Meats logo.
Get through all the inevitable spills and thrills of the
season with Polaryn O. Pryet's line up of functional
stripe- and folklore-print wash-and-wear tops, bottoms and
everything in between (think helmet hats, sock-top moccasins,
tights, eco blankets and more). The Sweden-based collective is all
about environmental and social responsibility, and it's their
little details like adjustable waistbands (even in leggings), thumb
holes in fleece wear, and non-chafe seams that make for
good-looking, comfortable clothes that let kids be kids, no matter
how many brothers, sisters or cousins share them throughout the
More often than not, novelty trumps
quality in the kids outerwear department, giving parents no other
choice than to bundle their kids up Randy style. And, while we all
get a kick out of A Christmas Story, in real life, kids
really do like to put their arms down. Turn to L.L. Bean for
practical solutions, starting with their Trail Model Fleece Hooded
Jacket. Pill-resistant polyester fabric is specially finished to
absorb very little moisture, so kids stay warm and dry, and a chin
guard prevents zipper pinch. Need more coverage? Go for their
Hi-Loft Fleece Coveralls, made from plush polyester fibers that
trap heat better than traditional fleece for extra warmth on chilly
days. Get a free $10 gift card with your purchase of $25 or
more through Dec. 24.
This time of year, it's all relative as families go nomad to get
jolly in one place. Celebrate your own mixed bag with
family-friendly I Play Reindeer Games sets from Footsteps Clothing. Designed to outfit
everybody in the family, each set is made from super soft, 100%
cotton and cotton flannel.
Em Tanner Designs is
the place to shop for all things personalized and customized. Help
kids create their own elf-inspired self (Santa boy and girl styles,
too) with the me2atee holiday collection. And, while there's plenty
of other personalized goodies to browse, like their new Dear Santa
cookies and milk melamine set, make sure to click quickly since
order turnaround takes about 10-14 days.
Kids are fickle. You know it and I know it, but somehow, they
seem oblivious to the fact that after searching for their latest
obsession in jammies, shirt and sippy cup form at six different
stores, the last thing we want to find out is that the latest love
has been replaced by a new one. My Perennial
came up with a way to embrace the little mind-changers we love with
high-quality Snappy Kids tees and headbands featuring hand-made
felt animals that are interchangable, collectible and backed with a
chunky snap, letting little fingers snap and unsnap their way to
style satisfaction ... at least for one afternoon. Enjoy
free shipping through Dec. 5.
You want clothing that'll set your kids apart this year and
next, and Lil
Swanky delivers with hand-picked premium children's brands that
bring together a sampling of all things classic,
funky and cutting-edge from a mix of established and newbie
designers. Choose from one-of-a kind finds like Morfs' layer-look
Cookie Monster applique top featuring hand-sewn, recycled fabric
patchwork and knit legwarmer-style sleeves (Super Grover, Oscar,
Ernie, Big Bird and Zoe, too) or upcycled concert tees, nostalgia
print tees and more.
For some kids, Christmas is all about fancy frocks and shiny
shoes, while for others, it's the perfect excuse, er, ocassion for
wearing nothing but tulle, tulle
and more tulle. Make your little girl's dream of being a
Nutcracker-style prima ballerina-fairy princess combo come true
with help from Cutie Patutus. Their mom-created collection of
impossibly fluffy, custom-made tutus comes with everything from
sparkling pompoms to themed embellishments (think mermaid,
Cinderella, diva and more) and ribbon accents in a range of richly
hued colors to potentially match all areas of your little gal's
wardrobe. No tutu is complete without a magic wand to go with it.
Choose one to match - they're all made with the same tulle and
pompoms used in the wearable line. Need something equally cool for
a boy? Cutie Patutus makes personalized Super Hero Capes, too.
Get $8 off personalized super hero capes and 10% off
everything else until Dec. 15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with
Cosmotot in the subject line to get in on the
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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