Cerentha Harris is editor-in-chief of mom.me – a national lifestyle parenting website that covers every stage of motherhood from trying to conceive right through to the empty nest. She lives in Los Angeles with her 9-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son, a crazy Wheaten terrier and a husband who is an awesome cook.
December has well and truly arrived. And we know the holiday season can be a stressful time. There’s so much to do! But it is also such a lovely time of year – trees to be trimmed, cookies to be baked, snowballs to be thrown, and that wonderful infectious excitement that keeps kids (and, let’s be honest, some moms) up at night. Hopefully this list will help you enjoy the good times by making shopping for the kids’ gifts just that little bit easier.
These organic-cotton deer leggings are some of the cutest we’ve seen (aside from this shop’s ice cream cone-printed style, that is); they’ll look great with any solid-colored onesie.
Modern POP’s beautifully illustrated poster can be customized with your child’s name at no extra cost, and the imagery isn’t so baby-ish that he’ll outgrow it immediately (unlike so many other things you buy when they’re young).
Full disclosure: I could very well be partial to this bowling set because my son’s name is Jack. The natural-wood toy, personalized with any name (up to six letters long) and finished with beeswax, will keep those cold winter afternoons when you’re all stuck indoors rolling right along.
In my dreams, I am an amazing knitter. In the real world, I can manage a scarf (and that’s about it). Silver Maple Knits creates the kinds of kids’ clothes — like this soft, holiday-ready red sweater — that I see in my mind but know I will never finish on my own.
It’s not just about aesthetics: these animal-shaped handmade crayons (sold in packs of 20) are actually easier for small fingers to grasp. Pair them with a big roll of paper so your budding artist can really go wild!
What kid doesn’t like to dress up? These funny felt masks will add a little more oomph to the playtime proceedings. (And if a tiger is too scary, there are monkey and panda versions to choose from, too.)
Tiny shoes are invariably adorable, but this fringed pair, handmade in Paris from leather and cotton, really kicks the cuteness up a notch.
A truly enchanting accessory for the little fairy in your life.
I can just hear the kids roaring while they play with this set — but, thankfully, not over who gets to be the lion, since there are three to choose from.
Such a cool idea: a felt hopscotch mat you can unfurl anywhere (and roll up again for easy storage). Win, win!
I love these dolls and their expressive faces – not to mention their snazzy outfits. Customize the hair, eye and lip colors and have your child’s name hand-painted across the doll’s heart.
An Australian artist draws these charmingly original download-and-print finger puppets — giving your kids hours of backseat entertainment for less than five bucks. They’ll be the smash hit of the stocking stuffers.
Is one of your wee ones transitioning to a big bed? Celebrate the milestone (and cultivate a sense of adventure) with this happy little trio of plush peaks.
A mobile with a modern edge: this simple wool-felt model brings a joyful burst of color without any unwanted kitsch (and it works just as well for a boy’s room as for a girl’s).