Fill 'em up! Sometimes finding the bigger gifts is the easiest part of holiday shopping — it's the little things that take the most effort! We've got you covered this year with pint-sized presents that fit perfectly into lil ones' stockings and have them oohing and aahing as they pull them out!
Black Friday may be behind us, but if you still need help weeding through your holiday shopping list, we're here to help. We've rolled out our annual gift guide series, as well as some juicy shopping posts to help you snap up everything on your list — and we're rounding up all of our coverage in one place for you to check out now. Click below to see each story, then get ready to get shopping!
Nine-year-olds are quite the mature bunch! Gifts that let them try to exert their independence are a great bet for this age group.
The Logo Game ($19) is a must have for kids who pay attention to the ads on TV and the products in the grocery store! Fans of Dancing With the Stars or just those who like to dance in their rooms will love playing Just Dance 3 ($30). Consider Life of George ($30) Legos for the modern age. Kids build based on images they see and must snap a photo with an iPhone to see just how accurately they created it. Proving you're never too old to play with remote control cars, Air Hogs Hyperactives ($40) are made for adventurous kids. They may not be old enough for a cell phone yet, but kids will love having their music and games all in one place, and the iPod Touch ($190) does all of that!
The third-grader on your list is sure to have hobbies of her own, but that doesn't mean she isn't open to learning something new. From group games to individual activities, these gift ideas are sure to please when it comes time to opening presents!
Mom and dad spent plenty of afternoons playing Simon, and now their kiddo can get in on the fun — in a modern way, of course! Simon Flash ($20) is all of the fun of the original and more. Disney fans will fall in love with Disney Spotlight Digital Wireless Mic + Karaoke App ($100), a wireless microphone that interacts with the iPad to transform it into the ultimate karaoke machine — it even allows mama to video her tots singing away! Hexbugs are back and scarier than ever! The new Hexbug Larva ($15) will slither their way through your home. The newly updated Easy Bake Oven ($40) may not include a lightbulb for heating food anymore (it now uses a heating element), but it still turns out fun treats! A Razor eSpark Electric Scooter ($160) will get kids across the neighborhood and around town at speeds up to 10 miles an hour!
Who says fun can't be educational? Second graders love playing games, and today's games are both mind-stimulating and exciting. From music-inspired toys to those that keep feet and brains moving, these gifts will keep tots coming back for more every day.
Hello Kitty's loyal following includes a new generation of youngsters. This Hello Kitty Digital MP3 Player ($40) will have them listening to their favorite tunes in style. There's no shortage of autotune with the T-Pain Microphone ($37), which makes every budding rapper sound like gold. Hand-eye coordination is put to the test with Bop It! XT ($18), one of the hottest games of the holiday season. The whole family will love testing their Disney knowledge with Disney Kids Hedbanz Board ($16) — a quick game of questions and answers. Explore the power of the brain with Mattel's Mindflex Duel Game ($90), which pits one contestant's brain against another as they try to move an object from one side to the other.
From television appearances to magazine columns and how-to lifestyle lectures, Danny Seo's creativity and work focuses on modern, eco ides for the home. With seven books under his belt, Danny is full of great ideas for decorating and DIYing, so I was curious to see what was on his holiday wish list this year.
Top Gifts to Give and Receive: "I'm a designed/decorator, so I am really really cautious what comes in my house. If anything I love to give and receive gift cards; if I had a choice, I'd ask for all of my gift cards to be from HomeGoods so I can stock up on some new bed pillows and bamboo cutting boards. But if I had to give a gift, I definitely think this creamer/sugar set from The Product Gallery fits the bill ($273, above, bottom right).
How best to describe kindergartners? Tots with a lot of personality! No longer "lil ones," these 5-year-olds are at an age where they know what they want and they aren't afraid to tell you. Toys and activities that build on the skills they are learning at school will keep their hands busy and their minds moving.
FIJIT Friends ($40) may be one of the biggest sellers this holiday season with their ability to respond to different commands and dance moves that keep kids wanting to join in the party. If your child has control of your iPad, Angry Birds Card Game ($12) may be the ticket to giving them a break from the screen. Lego's line of city kits just keeps growing, and the City Forest Police ($80) is packed with enough things to build to keep fans busy for a long time. Bead Bazaar's My Butterfly Bead Kit ($23) is filled with more than 200 environmentally friendly, hand-crafted beads to make more than a dozen accessories. If your kid's going to be moving, why not make it an artistic experience? The Razor Graffiti Chalk Scooter ($74) features sidewalk chalk near its rear wheel so kids can look back on their path after they've reached their destination.
This holiday season, we're reaching out to designers, design writers, artists, and other tastemakers in the field of interior design to see what's on their holiday list. What are their top gifts to give, and what would they like to receive?
Today we're catching up with Shanan Campanaro, the artist and designer behind Brooklyn-based design company Eskayel. Shanan's line is full of beautiful, innovative products for interiors, including fantastically patterned bespoke wall coverings, textiles, pillows, and ceramics, which are all locally sourced and fabricated in the northeastern United States.
Keep reading to see what Shanan wants to give — and to receive — this holiday season!
If you're meeting your significant other's family for the first time over the holidays or celebrating your first Christmas together, you'll probably stress over what to bring his parents. Lucky for you we have a few ideas. If you don't know your guy's family too well, you probably want a gift that's thoughtful, but not too personal. Here are some options.
Chances are that you and your partner live in a different city than mom and dad, so a memorable ornament from your town ($35) will remind them of you both. And you can't go wrong with a box of decadent chocolates or a festive poinsettia ($24) when you're invited to join Thanksgiving or another holiday meal.
If you need more substantial presents to say, open on Christmas day, consider a silk scarf for his mom like this bright and beautiful one from Emilio Pucci ($83), and a nice bottle of liqueur like this Remy Martin cognac ($130) paired with appropriate glasses ($30) for dad. Or pick up something from your local farmers market, like this duo of blood orange olive oil ($14) and dark balsamic vinegar ($10). Wrap them up along with a charming serving dish ($22), for a gift that proves you have good taste.
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