Gift Guides For Kids

My kids' holiday presents represent a fun mix of wants & needs ranging from art supplies & puzzles to tech toys & more. THESE are the gifts I'm giving.
We’ve had a lot of you write in wanting to know what we are ACTUALLY buying for our kids for the holidays. TME readers, you are now the first to know that I've actually decided to use my entire holiday budget to keep all 11 pairs of snow boots that I reviewed for TME...I have my speech ready for when...
Fat Brain Toys is one of my favorite online toy retailers. Their site is easy to navigate, they categorize by age and interest better than any other retailer in my opinion, and they curate their selections better than most toy retailers as well. I love the ease of Amazon (and I do buy A LOT of our toys from...
Want to get all your holiday shopping done in 1 fell swoop? We're knocking out wishlists at eBay, where we really custom search. Here's what we're gifting.
Ahhh...holiday gift shopping time has arrived. I adore giving gifts and used to spend a ton of time perusing shelves for the perfect thing for each person on my list. But now, as a working mama, those hours to spend gift shopping seem to elude me. I still want to give useful, thoughtful gifts though, and the pressure is...
Posy Quarterman, the insanely talented photographer who takes most of Laura's photos (seriously, go check out her family sessions — they're some of the most amazing ones I've seen), pulled together this gift guide for kids interested in photography. I'm basically obsessed with everything on this list, so good luck choosing. (To make it even tougher to choose...these gifts were...
I've been trying to figure out a good gift for my little guys this year, and one area that they both seem to be gravitating to lately are Science Kits. Raines recently used his own money to buy this Make Your Own Thinking Putty Kit, which he was initially very excited about....but Thinking Putty, we learned, is a reallllly...
This post has been updated for 2021. My kiddos are in the process of transitioning to...big kids. It happened so fast. And while their playroom is still technically called a playroom, and their block sets are still getting used from time-to-time...the pull of video games is strong. Mike loved playing video games when he was growing up (still does, actually), so...
Lucky me... I got to round up adorable baby gifts! It can sometimes be tricky shopping for the itty bitty ones at the holidays though. You want to get something fun for them, but depending on how tiny they are, they may not be super into toys yet. Sometimes for the littles you're essentially gifting to the parents, so...
Gender-Neutral Dollhouses That Inspire Imagination When I was three, I got a dollhouse for Christmas, built by my talented Papa (he went on to make grandfather clocks and I'm honored to have one in my dining room.) I was so excited; it was a memory I'll never forget. As I got older, I remember decorating the walls inside with wrapping paper...
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Arts & Crafts Gifts for Kids of All Ages When I was a kid, my favorite gifts were arts- and crafts-related; they were the first ones I ripped from the packaging and dove into headfirst, then continued using long after the novelty of other toys wore off. Kids today have so many opportunities to create with technology, but often at the expense...
I was lucky enough, while living in Denver, to have found (and attended) The Music Train's music classes for kids. Raines and I had tried out several other music classes (Music Together, etc), but had never found ones that we loved. Raines, for example, draws a line at "shaking his sillies out" (even at age 2) and I could...

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