When seasons greetings consist primarily of drool
Bright Beginnings Booties from Russ Baby keep tiny tootsies
toasty with colorful patterns and plush animal heads to wiggle and
waggle ($8/pair). russberrie.com.
Every baby needs lucky socks, like Fortune Tootsies from Present
by Design. Each take-out-style box contains two pairs of white and
one pair of red, each with individual fortunes printed on the
bottom ($18.95/three pairs). presentbydesign.com.
Curious hands and shiny ornaments don't mix, but with the Busy
Basics Busy Ball Choo Choo from Playskool, parents can encourage
hands-on exploration through sight, sound and touch. When the train
is in place, put-and-take ball action keeps wee ones entertained
and when it chugs forward, crawling children can follow ($19.99).
Hot chocolate and turtlenecks aren't the only ways to stay warm.
The Winter Stroller Coat from Warm as a Lamb keeps stroller-bound
kiddies protected against the elements with an easy access front
zipper window that lets parents take kids out and a plush interior
lining with built-in shearling blanket that will keep them in.
Adjustable pulls on each side ensure a secure fit for standard,
lightweight, twin and tandem strollers ($99.99-$129.99).
More shoes than Victoria Beckham
Feet come first at Warmbat Australia, where eco-friendly,
fashion-forward footwear-try the Infant Kangaroo Classic or
Kangaroo Classic Joey Short Boot-is a must. Not only are their
plush, iconic sheepskin boots environmentally friendly and
dermatologist tested, they're processed using
biodegradable/recyclable chrome-free tanning agents, which means
each cushy pair is perfect for pint-sizers with sensitive skin
From Funky Monsters to adorable Quilted Mary Janes, Robeez has
kids covered with their new Mini Shoez, Tredz and original soft
sole collection ($27.95-$49.95). robeez.com.
Free shipping when you purchase two or more pairs.
Beyond the everyday
The Fonz-esque '50s Diner from Step 2 Company has a
nostalgic-looking oven, grill, fryer, sink, ice cream dipper,
icebox, metallic divider window, retro-style tabletop and working
jukebox. Comes with a coffee pot, dishes, silverware, cups,
spatula, ice cream scoop, sundae dishes, deep fryer and ketchup and
mustard bottles. Play food includes burgers, fries, hot dogs, ice
cream, cones, sundae fixings, soda and pie ($149.99).
For creators who opt out of kitchen duty, there's a Creative
Projects Table with extra large work area so siblings and friends
can make masterpieces together. A molded-in storage tray and
removable storage cups offer handy storage compartments for art
supplies. Includes two 11-inch-high stools ($129.99).
The Kettrike Limited Edition Navigator from One Step Ahead
offers an attractive combination of value, state-of-the-art
features and a fit for tots ages 1-5. Its steel frame, ergonomic
seat, dump basket and removable push bar make it easy for kids to
steer and parents to push and turn, thanks to rear wheels that
swivel like a stroller's ($149.95). onestepahead.com.
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Tiny Revolutionary's mission strives to make the world a kinder,
more socially conscious place with 100 percent sweatshop-free eco
tees that bear messages of peace, hope, love and equality. Pick up
the Gandhi "Be the Change You Want to See in the World" and Buddha
"A Child Without Courage is like a Night Without Stars" styles-$1
from each purchase goes to children's charities ($25-$42).
If your mini-me digs flicks, then big screen-styled tees
featuring comical takes on film quotes-"He Made Me A Bottle I
Couldn't Refuse"-from Baby Fish Mouth are the butter on the
popcorn-they're even packaged in a popcorn box ($24).
What's old is new again at casual classic Huddy Buddy. 100
percent cotton, ethically made garments-a percentage supports The
Hospital for Sick Children-feature retro graphics and cheek such as
"Huddy Buddy Fuel Co.-Just like junior, we've always got gas!"
Nice but naughty
Channel the disciplinary powers of "Nanny 911" while nixing your
child's chances of getting a lump of coal in his stocking with
plush, 27-inch non-skid rugs from Time Out Spots ($22).
• African Playground, $14.98, putumayokids.com
• Pig in a Blankie, $29-$59,
• Boost, $19.99, worldwidefred.com
Greener than hybrid
Wild Dill is an amazing one-stop, green-living shop specializing
in organic, fair trade, sweatshop-free, natural and/or recycled
products, giving parents plenty of planet-friendly gifting options
like a Babysoy Reversible Hoodie ($28); Gnome Tee by Jasper Hearts
Wren made with recycled felt ($24); Soft Star Shoes crafted from
all vegan materials ($42); a 17-piece Green Toys Tea Set made from
recycled milk jugs; a lovable Lana Organics Goose-we love the blue
one with red-striped feet ($30-$36); a Maple Landmark Scoot Set
made from sustainable harvested local pine painted with non-toxic
colors, ($32) and an Organic Storybook Quilt by High Desert
Naturals ($90). wilddill.com.
Save 15 percent-sign up for the Wild Dill newsletter and get a
discount code in your e-mail.
Sticky J offers 15 interchangeable, budget-friendly nylon straps
with everything from sports to flower themes, along with
personalized/engraved medical ID tags to let anyone who needs to
know about conditions from autism to allergies ($5.95-$9).
• Due Date Maternity Necklace, $48-$51, gobellygo.com
• Sashay, $25.95, sassabies.com
• Bella Band, $30, ingridandisabel.com
• Baby Love Letters (not pictured), $28,
• Special Delivery Kit, $79.95-$84.95, pajamagram.com
• Duo Double Deluxe Edition Diaper Bag, $80,
• Name Disc Necklace, $30- $210, tjandco.com
Use cosmotot15 for 15 percent off on any order through the end
• vedaDUDE New Dad Gift Set, $75
• Dad Survival Kit, $110
• Changing the World Daddy Tee, $38
CosmoTot's 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Guide takes the guesswork out
of gifting so you can forget those gas-guzzling excursions and have
a holly jolly holiday online.
This year, Santa's comin' to the town of Lisle early where
it'll be the more the merrier at the Clark household. Pilar, Jeff
and soon-to-be big brother William will welcome a baby girl to the
brood in November. Check out Pilar's CosmoTot blog at
ChicagoParent.com and her reviews at mommytrackd.com.
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