Have I mentioned that I’m trying to get all my Christmas shopping and prep out of the way early this year? I’m getting close to done, and baby’s arrival is getting close too! Today I’m sharing three gift guides to help you get your holiday shopping under way for the little ones in your life.
I’ve got one for the Toddler girl and boy and one for baby. It’s kind of a funny age to buy for because they can’t really give you a wishlist yet- and there’s only so much playdoh a kid needs. And if you don’t happen to have little ones in your life- I still have you covered.
Every day this week, there’s amaaaazing gift guides going up on blogs. You can find all the gift guides at the bottom of this post.
LEFT TO RIGHT / TOP TO BOTTOM:
ONE: These mommy and me necklaces are totally adorable for a two or three year old but just as rad for a mama to wear. My favourite part is that you can customize to any colours. I know Aubrey would be thrilled to have a necklace just like mommy’s!
TWO: *shake shake shake* We use tambourines in dance class and my kids can’t get enough of them. We’ve ordered them ukeleles for Christmas (shh don’t tell!) but if we weren’t already getting them instruments I’m pretty sure these would be our gift of choice for them. I love this tambourine isn’t made of cheap bright plastic… so it would look great hung on their wall as decor when not in use!
THREE: Aubrey is totally opposed to elastics in her hair (so hello, mullet!) but on occasion, we can get her to wear headbands. She’s outgrown most of her baby ones now (does every girl mom go crazy with baby headbands?) so this is the perfect age to get them some new accessories. I love the knotted ones- especially this sweet mint colour.
FOUR: A doll house (of course!). They’re finally at the age where make believe is fun and little pieces aren’t a scare. I love this doll house’s simple, natural appeal and the little fireplace is just the icing on the cake. Since it’s a blank canvas, you could gift it with some scrapbook ‘wallpaper’ for little ones to swap in and out depending on who they move into the rooms.
FIVE: I love wall art and this little bird print is just asking to be gifted to a sweet girl. It would totally transition to an older girl’s room as well. The really rad part? It’s completely customizable, so if you don’t like pink like I chose, you can swap those out for orange or green or polka dots… it’s all up to you.
SIX: Slippers! Our kids really love slippers, but the ones we have them may or may not be from the Target dollar section and just don’t do the job like these fluffy booties would. Plus, they’re crazy adorable.
SEVEN: More wall decor! These felt name garlands are perfect for a little one to feel like their space is their own and you can order them in any colour combination you choose. But really, I’m loving this ombre one!
EIGHT: I think most toddlers (definitely mine!) love helping in the kitchen. This apron is so stylish I want to order one in my size… but since I have one and my kids don’t they should probably come first ;) It is Christmas after all. And if you missed the memo at the top of this post, I’ve got one of these lovely aprons up for grabs- get your name in at the bottom of this post!
NINE: Speaking of things that are so stylish I want them for myself… this floral tunic is gorgeous! I love that the longer fit would easily grow from a dress to a tunic to a shirt on a toddler- those are really the best kinds of tops for little girls.
TEN: Remember when I raved about our Little Book of Names and Faces? It’s still a huge hit. We love looking through our custom board book of names and faces of people who we love. It’s really special that our kiddos know names to all the aunts and uncles, even the ones that they don’t get to see as often.
ELEVEN: We gifted Aubrey a doctor kit for her birthday and it’s been a big hit. I especially love it being pregnant because she likes to check the baby’s heartbeat and give me ‘vitamins’ every day- it melts my heart! I’m a little bit sad that I didn’t spot this cloth and wooden version before we already bought a plastic kit!
Let’s hear it for the boys!
ONE: Since I mentioned my kiddos like slippers… they’re not just for girls! Emmitt would get endless giggles out of these tiger ones– but there’s tons of other animals to choose from.
TWO: The hardest thing about putting together this gift list… was self restraint. I know how much Emmitt would love this. He’s always outside ‘working’ with daddy and wanting to use all the tools. A workbench of his own would be the best.
THREE: I’ve been on the lookout for lightweight hats for our kids for the fall… but I kind of missed the season (it’s pretty chilly here now!). These lightweight beanies look so soft and would be perfect for running in and out of stores when you don’t need the fleece lined touque you’d use sledding. Did I mention that they’re stylin’? One for me too please ;)
FOUR: I really love building and creative toys like these blocks. I love to see what my kids create with them- they have a wild imagination. We often get tractor and wagons, castles, and sometimes a vacuum. The colours on these ones are pretty perfect too.
FIVE: Here’s my pick out of the boys art that’s totally customizable- monsters! I love that they all look so friendly… and that you can swap out any of the colours on this one too.
SIX: This little wooden flatbed and digger combo was a gift Emmitt received for his second birthday and it’s been a total favourite. Not just with him (2) but with friends and cousins that come to play (anywhere from 1-4). I can’t recommend it enough.
SEVEN: Here’s the boy version of those sweet felt letter garlands. I really like the simplicity of these garlands and again- how you can swap out the colours for any you choose.
EIGHT: The only real duplicate in these guides- this handsome apron! I really love this thing, you guys. Remember, there’s a chance to win one down below!
NINE: Why are kids’ clothes so stylish nowadays? I wish my wardrobe was as exciting as theirs. And since they’re growing they get to replace everything with new stuff every couple years. How awesome would it be to have that excuse? I’ll just have to live through their closets ;) This pullover is so fun and that colour is the perfect neutral blue to match almost anything. And pullovers are kind of the boys version of a dress to tunic situation. You can buy them really big and let them grow into them. They look just as adorable almost touching their knees as they do hitting the top of their pants.
TEN: If you weren’t around Lemon Thistle last year, I made a DIY photo memory game to gift to my niece and nephew for Christmas. I love hearing how much they enjoyed it, but if you’re not up for making your own (it was a bit time consuming!) you should probably get one of these sets!
ELEVEN: Our kids love playing with the bowling set their grandparents have at their home. They set it up at one end of the hallway and they all take turns running to knock them down. I’m sure they’ll learn to use the ball eventually ;) This little wooden set would be cute to leave out all the time.
ONE: Okay, so this might seem like a silly one but our kids have always loved bathtime… especially when we use the character bath mitts (right now a cat is the favourite). When I saw this bumblebee towel, I couldn’t help but add it to the list. How adorable would any baby look in this? Bonus that it’s useful.
TWO: Those pompoms! They kill me, they’re so darn cute. This hat and bootie set– or any warm, cozy clothes and accessories are always something a baby in cooler weather can get use out of. Especially when they look like this. Also- ear flaps? Perfect for babies, the other hats seem to shimmy off super easily.
THREE: This modern swaddle is lettered with ‘you are our greatest adventure’. Umm… precious! I really would take any of these black and white modern swaddles though. *hint hint*
FOUR: The first year, our twins received adorable piggy banks for Christmas. As they’re growing into toddlers, they love stuffing them with any loose change they find. This little elephant (that crown!) is perfect for a baby boy or girl.
FIVE: More customizable wall art? You know it! Just like the other pieces, this ‘welcome little peanut’ one can be customized in colour and pattern. I kept it gender neutral with blues and greens though.
SIX: Speaking of treats for baby’s wall… I’ve been eying this alphabet cutout for baby’s wall. Actually since I was pregnant with the twins. It’s such a fun spin on a traditional ABC print or flash cards on walls!
SEVEN: One of our friends gifted us handmade wooden blocks when the twins were born. Although you can’t get those exact ones any more, these are a close match. I especially love that these ones have pictures on the sides. Our twins loved hitting these blocks together when they were learning to grab things and we practiced putting them in metal bowls (the best sounds for babies) when they were learning to control their movements. They still build towers with them today.
EIGHT: Little boys love trains. There’s no way around it. I love the muted colours of this little wooden train for a baby… again, it’s cute enough it counts as decoration!
NINE: These giraffe book ends are SO adorable. We have some heavy rhino bookends that I love, but I always get nervous when the kids pick them up because they’re really heavy and hard and have edges that could hurt their little toes. I think if I were picking again for babies, I’d choose a softer version like these giraffes.
TEN: I’m a little crazy for buffalo check lately. Aubrey just got a headwrap in the pattern and it makes every outfit look cozy amazing. These leggings are totally on my wishlist for our new babe coming at Christmas! Also… real pants with buttons? Not for babies. Leggings? Heck yes.
ELEVEN: Another number I’ve been eying since pregnancy with the twins? This gorgeous cloud and stars mobile. It’s perfectly suited for a little girl or boy nursery but if you’d like something a bit more boyish they totally have a grey version too.
Table & Hearth
Making it in the Mountains
Little House of Four
Bigger Than The Three Of Us
Delineate Your Dwelling
Petite Modern Life