My husband and I are at the age where the number of children on our holiday shopping list is exploding. I've got godchildren, guys, a bunch of them. We also have nieces and nephews galore and the fantabulous children of some of our closest friends. Since all our friend's babies get McIntosh & Burke animals at birth we have to come up with something different for Christmases. Clockwise from top left, here are a few of my favourite things for all the little people this year:
Anna Bond's In Bloom Collection of illustrated girls classics are my absolute favourite thing. Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, A Little Princess and Little Women, what better books are there? I'd like someone to buy them for me but since my fondness for my my Little Women with the red cover and the ribbon bookmark will never fade I'll have to settle for buying these for my goddaughters who are old enough to have these read to them.
Of all the cards I think that the Badgers might be my favourite. They are going to be slipped into many a stocking around these parts.
Bunny Nightlight - This rabbit nightlight is unbelievably sweet and gives off the very faintest glow.
Baby Quilt - Is there a nicer present for a new baby then a quilt? Me thinks not. My friend and neighbor Meg makes such sweet and pretty baby quilts. I wish I could get one for every single babe on our list.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother would sometimes send an advent present. I love the idea of giving something before the holiday instead of the traditional gift to make the lead up to Christmas a little more interesting for little people. Your standard Ikea tree and these little advent bags with small toys or sweets in them would be a lovely thing to drop off on December 1.
Vintage Fair Isle Sweater - Etsy is a treasure trove of vintage children's knits, Scottish Fair Isles, Irish arans and Icelandic lopapeysa are my current fave search terms and no one in the world looks cuter in a sweater than a round face two year old boy and they beat the heck out of the Christmas sweaters from my childhood.
Holztiger Reindeer, Fox and Penguin - Holztiger animals are always divine but I love these wintery ones for our godson. Not only are they nontoxic and smooth for playing with/chewing on but they also look gorgeous.
Ida Bear - Because she looks lovely popping out from the top of a stocking and shes a sweet, snuggly little bear.