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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

We like to be selective about what toys we bring into our home. And I’m not saying everything is beautiful, wooden, or antique (I gave up on that five years ago when I realized our 6 month old didn’t have all the same values I did. Total shocker.) But when we get a toy for our kids, we want it to be something that  1- occupies them in a safe manner 2-fosters creativity and/or independence. I’ve put together a roundup of some of my favorite gift ideas for kids this holiday season. Some we have, some we’ve played with at other people’s houses, but they are all things we would bring into our home.

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2015

1- Wooden blocks  Not to be completely obvious but these are classic for a reason. My five and three year old build together nicely for hours every weekend before they realize that they forgot to fight.
 Lincoln logs  Another classic, it’s also another way to think about building and putting things together and these things last for decades.

2- Marble mania  I can see my son going absolutely crazy for this. Although I asked him if he wanted to be a toy engineer and he tiredly replied “but then I’d have to save the world every day…AND build things… AND figure everything out.”

3- Kid-Sized table  I really love kid-sized things because it really empowers them. The kids know where the art supplies are and can just grab them and sit down at the table. And they do. Which means I get to collapse for a few minutes before the nighttime circus routine begins.

4- Play tent  I love tents for kids! It’s this small enclosed, private space just for them and it’s so magical. Yes, we build blanket forts on the regular but those have to come down at some point. Plus think of all the toys you could toss in there to hide when guests come over.

5- Play kitchen This is the play kitchen we got for Mia last year and not only I am completely jealous because obviously I want a pink kitchen of my own, but the girl has not stopped playing with it. It’s also fabulous as storage. Always a bonus because in our house, toys are like glitter. Or bunnies. Whatever, they’re everywhere unless they have a specific place to go.

6- Dress up  I firmly believe that every kid can benefit from dress up. They’re at a stage when they are unselfconscious and can let their imaginations run wild, nothing as ridiculous as responsibility or real life to get in their way. I save old scarves and jewelry for such things, but sometimes you really need the fake beard.

7- Rocking horse  Someone gifted this to Mia when she was born and at three years old she’s still completely enchanted with it. Extra points for durability, but may I suggest removing the batteries before you hand this over to your little one? You’ll understand within minutes.

8- Dollhouse  Don’t tell Mia, but she’s getting a dollhouse this year! She’s hinted enough, dropping like a hot potato the second she sees one and screaming bloody murder when she has to stop.

9- Globe To this day I am so ashamed at how little geography I know and I’m determined my kids never know that shame. It is shameful. AVOID THE SHAME!

10- Workshop We finally have a garage where my husband can go and build me ALL THE THINGS (right, babe?) and I think it would be the ultimate adorable bonding experience to have the kids work by his side (while I stare lovingly and supportively from the warm house)

You can see more gifts for kids at hayneedle.com

What are your favorite kid’s holiday gifts? Anything you got as a kid you really want your kids to have also? Or you’re determined they should never get because you know all the trouble you created with yours?


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This post was sponsored by hayneedle.com All ideas and opinions are mine. Especially that shameful geography one.

DIY Pyramid Place Cards on Wayfair

Passover begins tonight! If you are looking for an easy way to upgrade your table, I’ve got a modern twist on a DIY place card on the Wayfair blog (along with a printable so all you need is paper and glue or tape!)

DIY Pyramid Place Card for Passover

It’s also a great way to keep your kids occupied while you finish things up (or collapse with a glass of wine)

Happy Pesach! 

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Sparkly DIY Christmas Art

Before I say anything about this super duper easy and sparkly craft I have to say that I am Jewish and love Chanukah hardcore, but I have major Christmas decorating envy. It’s just not a thing to go all out crazy decorating for Chanukah, but nothing’s really stopping me so maybe next year I will…. Anyway, when Chelsey of Bright Bold Design asked me to be a part of a Christmas craft roundup I was all “An excuse to play with Christmas things? Yes please!”

DIY Gold Sparkly Christmas Art


Are you ready for the easiest crafty sparkly DIY of all time? Yeah, I thought so. All you need is paper, gold trim, and glue. Everything else isn’t really necessary.

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I printed out “Joy” in Janda elegant script, put it underneath white card stock, held it up against the window and lightly traced it. (I usually do things free hand but thought it would be nicer to show an option for the people who don’t like to.)


Then while my hot glue gun was heating up, I laid out my gold trim on the paper, cutting it where the lines don’t meet and making sure the piece I had was long enough for the whole word.


Now this is the only part that takes any effort: because hot glue dries so quickly I glued just a bit at a time and pressed the trim down immediately. So quickly that I don’t have photos of the process but I trust that you guys got this.

DIY Gold Sparkly Christmas Art

That’s it. Then I stuck it in a frame (I didn’t put the glass plastic back over it since I like the 3D look) and viola! Christmas art!

DIY Gold Sparkly Christmas Art

You could do so many variations of this with pipe cleaners, sequin trim, yarn, anything you have in the house plus some glue and paper and you are set!

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Extra tip: If you’ve got some white butcher paper, you can wrap a present with it and put your bestie’s name on it!

DIY Gold Sparkly Christmas Art

What word are you gonna write? And what’s your favorite thing to decorate with on the holidays? Do you go all out or keep it simple? I like everything sparkly (duh)

ShoesOffPlease-SignatureP.S. Check out the other 6 holiday crafts at Mom’s Best Network 

Holiday Crafts Roundup

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