November 29, 2012
Buying for nieces, nephews, or your friends' kids is always a challenge if you're not a parent yourself. What do you get them? The latest thing-a-ma-jig? Depending on the age of the child, I usually consult the parent. Nearly all of them have asked me to avoid light-blinking, battery-draining, noise-making toys - hah! Respect their wishes, my friend, because there is nothing worse than getting a child a toy their parents despise.
To be on the safe side, I usually go with well crafted wooden toys, clothing that's appropriate for a multitude of occasions, or something that encourages creative play.
1. BLABLA Bamboo The Bear Large $52, Small $42 2. OLD NAVY Metallic T-Strap Flats for Baby $8 3. URBANEARS Raspberry Headphones $60 4. LITTLE SAPLING TOYS Bowling Game $32 5. PLAYSAM Saab Roadster $450 6. GAP KIDS Union Jack Mittens $13 7. CREWCUTS Mini Edie Glitter Bag $40 8. SIGG Jungle Fun Water Bottle $18 9. GAP KIDS Thermal Stripe Hoodie $20 10. OLD NAVY Sherpa Hat $10 11. MANE MESSAGE The Merry Package Hair Ties $7 for 4 12. MELISSA & DOUG Wooden Carrier & Car Set $20 13. GAP KIDS Heart Cardigan $35