The LA Kid Holiday Gift Guide
Great Gifts for Toddlers to Big Kids and Those Young at Heart
By Pearson Brown | November 20, 2009
From portraits to push scooters to plush toys, from electronics to room d�cor. For all the tykes -- and the grown ups that love them -- on your shopping list, here are some gift ideas that will keep them merry all year round.
Mommy & Me Memories
Treat mom to a portrait with her little one, or the whole family. Los Angeles photographer Beth Moser not only knows her art but also how to coax a smile and a magical moment out of the grumpiest of tykes. Contact bethmoserphotography.com to book a private at-home session, or find out when she will be at a Right Start near you for a free studio sitting with $75 purchase. Sitting Fees start at $150, prints start at $40 and packages at $350.
Girls will be Girls
The original TwirlyGirl Reversible Twirly Dress ($75, sizes 2-12) is all that the name promises. A dress that can spin and flow like a top in scrumptious colors and imaginative patterns, sure to be a little girl�s favorite dress. Available at twirlygirlshop.com.
Cool Duds for Little Dudes
For the coolest styles for little dudes and little misses, Peek Aren�t You Curious shops carry the latest hip and happening styles for babies, girls and boys, like the 100% washed cotton fleece USA Track Jacket ($58, sizes XS-2/3 to XL-10). Locate stores at peekarentyoucurious.com.
Swashbuckling Slumber Party
Every budding buccaneer dreams of setting sail in the likes of the Pirate Ship Toddler Bed ($289.99) by Just Kids Stuff, a built-to-last solid wood bed with a booty of quality handcrafted details. For stashing kiddie loot, there�s a matching Pirate Toy Chest ($230). Available at artisticsensations.com
Lil� mateys will go overboard for the adorable Olive Kids Pirates Toddler Bedset ($69.99), including a light-weight reversible comforter, pillow sham and sheets, made from ultra-soft 100% cotton and a pattern of ships, secret hideaways and treasure maps, and a pillowcase with four friendly pirates. Add a matching velvety Pirate Floor Pillow ($45.99) that can be personalized with your little pirate�s name. Available at Olivekids.com.
Captivate young adventurer�s imaginations with characters and scenes from pirate lore with themed wall d�cor, like the Pirate Ship print by artist Joelle Dreidemy, framed ($114.99) or un-framed ($19.99). Available at Art.com.
After a day of adventure, put your little pirate to bed in swashbuckling style in the Pirate�s Life PJs shorts set ($32.95, sizes 2-14), made with a flame resistant cotton and acrylic weave, or Pirates Raglan Pajamas ($42.95, sizes 4-12) in a flame resistant cotton/acrylic waffle fabric, both by Sara�s Prints. Available at Sleepyheads.com.
The sturdy birch ply Guidecraft Big Rigs Wood Crane ($90, ages 3+) is ready to lift, move, pull and handle your child's toughest building tasks. More big rigs and other quality luxury toys and keepsakes available at PoshTots.com.
Kids love to carry around their plush toys, and with Zoochini Plush Friends ($19.95, ages 3 and up) characters like Lars the Lion, Elsie the Elephant and Marvin the Monkey, it�s easy to keep these cuddly companions clean when they travel in their own special plastic buckets. Find retailers at zoochini.com.
Help kids learn left from right with Monkey-Toes Boogie Monsters Teaching Toes ($31.00, infants and toddler sizes) canvas shoes with hand-painted characters Ralphie Right and Left Lu to differentiate each shoe. Available at select boutiques or at monkey-toes.com.
In Touch on the Go
It�s no kid�s toy, but the Blackberry Bold 9000 sure is fun, and it keeps mom and dad connected, by phone, email and Internet, so they can spend quality family time away from the office without losing touch with work. With a built-in camera 2 MP and MicroSD slot you can capture and keep plenty of family photos, and GPS, Wi-Fi music and news feeds and other cool apps, even games, inform and entertain the family on the go.
Protect your smartphone investment with Otterbox custom cases ($19.95 to $49.95) that shield from inquisitive little hands to dirt, dust, scratches, bumps, drops and other daily mishaps, from the sleek silicone skin of the Impact series to the heavy-duty shell of the Defender series, your device is covered.
Mom can plug in her iPod or Mp3 player in the iH12BR iHome Docking Station ($79.99) to play lullabies in the nursery or music by your bedside. The compact cube design features a lighted digital alarm clock and a remote control to change tunes or turn the player off when baby is finally snoozing. Available at Marshalls/TJX or at ihomeaudio.com.
Music to Mom�s Ears
Tired of children�s songs about duckies and rainbows? Plug into Ziggy Marley�s Family Time CD ($13) with some cool kids melodies with collaborators mom and dad will love like Paul Simon, Laurie Berkner, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jack Johnson and Jamie Lee Curtis. Available at ziggymarley.com.
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Waiting for Turkey Day
2:03pm on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
Nice list! Monkey-Toes shoes are indeed adorable! My little girl loves her bumblebee ones.