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Perfect Presents for Modern Kiddos

Nov 29, 2011

by modernkiddo handmade and vintage goods

Alexandra “Alix” Tyler and Leslie “Dottie” Van Every are the co-editors of Modern Kiddo, the popular vintage lifestyle blog and a resource for all things awesomely kiddo. A favorite amongst stylish parents, Modern Kiddo offers up a fun collection of vintage and retro-inspired fashion, toys, décor and more. These two cheeky San Francisco mamas believe that vintage can be a fun and playful way to bring the best of your past to your kiddo’s present.    

The holidays are around the corner and we have just the thing for your creative and imaginative little modern kiddos! We love picking themes based on their latest interests — with a little creativity you can find some goodies that will surprise as much as they delight.


[1. Vintage Fisher Price train from NostalgiaMama; 2. Circus rabbit from mikdodesign; 3. Vintage Weebles circus tent from Busy Girl Vintage; 4. Wooden toy giraffe ring toss from SweetWhirl; 5. Vintage clown puzzle game from Moozlehome; 6. Vintage Barnum & Bailey circus poster from off beet vintage]

1. A sweet choo-choo train meets spunky animals! What’s not to love? Boys and girls will have a blast playing with this amazing Fisher Price circus train.

2. Step right up, folks! It’s time to get cuddly with this awesome ringmaster bunny.

3. “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!” We were obsessed with this cute circus back in the day and we still love it! We bet no one else in kindergarten will have one.

4. This mod looking giraffe is not only stylish, it’s an amazing ring toss.

5. Clowns can be a tad creepers, but this little fella from the 1960s made us smile. Part puzzle and part game. And lots of fun!

6. This vintage poster would make any kiddos room big top ready!

[1. Child’s American astronaut helmet from Luminous Moon; 2. Needle felted mobile from Soo Sun; 3. Vintage Mickey Mouse astronaut cup from Vintagewoods; 4. Vintage E.T. foldout tray from Wolf City Anteeks; 5. Wooden rocket clock from LittleMonkeyDoodles; 6. Vintage space station play set from joonE]

1. What child hasn’t looked at the moon with longing? This awesome space helmet will help them get that much closer.

2. Perfect for the little star gazer, this mobile would be so sweet hanging over a bed.

3. Blast off into an awesome day with a cup of milk in this groovy Mickey rocket cup!

4. Whether you use it for eating snackies or as a fun mini-table for coloring, this E.T. tray is outta this world!

5. What time is it? Time to conquer the galaxy!

6. This sweet little set will let your kiddos create their own space adventure. We love that it comes with aliens and astronauts!

[1. Ballerina dress up doll from Squishy Bee; 2. Sterling silver and pink crystal ballerina necklace from evalentinedesigns; 3. 1966 sky blue Mattel ballet box from Wanderlust Revival; 4. Bling ballet slippers from  Silver Leona; 5. Vintage jewelry box musical ballerina from Once Upon a Gem; 6. Baby tiers tutu from All the Roses]

1. Here’s the perfect little ballerina doll to tuck in next to your little one as she dreams about pirouettes and tutus.

2. I would have given the entire contents of my Christmas stocking to get this vintage ballerina necklace.

3. Even if your little one doesn’t take a single ballet class, these wonderful ballet togs box is a great place to store all sorts of goodies.

4. As if just wearing the ballet slippers weren’t enough, Etsy seller Silver Leona found a way to make these wee slippers even more resistible to little girls by adding rhinestones.

5. This vintage twirling ballerina jewelry box looks exactly like the one I owned as a little girl. It even has the little bit of tulle for the tutu!

6. I couldn’t do a ballerina gift guide without including a tutu! Although there are thousands on Etsy, this little blue one with the ribbon trim is the one that made me giddy!

[1. Vintage Superman belt buckle from elan solete; 2. Vintage Playskol Wonder Woman puzzle from drowsySwords; 3. Hawkman doll from Showboat on the Road; 4. Superhero shoes from smallfly; 5. Vintage superheroes 45 record case from That Etsy Dude; 6. Customizable superhero mask and cuffs from The Tree House Kid; 7. 1966 Batman and Robin glass set from Vintage Resolution; 8. Vintage View-Master and slides from Vintagology]

1. There’s nothing cooler than an awesome belt buckle, and this one is especially super.

2. This colorful wooden puzzle has it all — crazy dino villain and the awesomeness of Wonder Woman.

3. Who says a sweet softie can’t also be a little bit bad ass?

4. Holy flying sneakers, Batman! These are so cool, we want a pair for our own kicks.

5. While your kiddo may not know what a 45 record is, this case would also be a great tote for little toys or art supplies.

6. While a towel can make a handy cape, your little crime fighter’s outfit won’t be complete without a mask and magic cuffs.

7. Smack! Pow! Kazam! Take that orange juice! Breakfast was never as fun as with these awesome juice glasses.

8. Viewmasters are a great way to power down but still have loads of fun. These are great to take on airplanes and car trips, and this super friends edition is extra action awesome!

[1. Handmade reversible apron from LittleTicket; 2. Wooden cookie baking set from Urban Homesteaders; 3. Children’s cooking accessories from VintageToyland; 4. Felt vegetable set from onenonly88; 5. Vintage kids cookbook from Rosy Apple Vintage; 6. 1970s Fisher Price stovetop from Oliver & Frances]

1. Let your little one get in the cooking mood with this bright apron.

2. This little wooden cookie set also acts as a counting toy, with one to ten “chips” on each cookie! And let’s not forget about all the fun you’ll have with the wooden scoop, cookie jar and rolling pin.

3. I’m kinda crushing on this children’s set of vintage Corningware and Tupperware pieces. So cute.

4. I love felt food — it is so darn cute, but I must admit I don’t have time to make it.

5. Instead of starting your little one’s cooking career with a recipe from Julia Child, try a cookbook made for kids.

6.  Now that you have all these great felt veggies, you need something to cook them on. I suggest this amazing vintage Fisher Price stove top.  All the fun and none of the burns of a real stove!

[1. Toddler smock from My Octopotamus; 2. DIY kit from Goose Grease; 3. People shaped crayon set from Scribblers Crayons; 4. Vintage children’s book from vintagetrade; 5. Fabric crayon roll from Knotted Nest; 6. Set of 3 FLY art kits from flyartcenter

1. Art smocks are so great because they allow your kiddo’s inner artist to shine without worrying about stains and spills. I particularly adore this little smock with wee apples and two big pockets that are perfect for paint brushes.

2. All dolls and little people are so much fun to play with, but it’s even more fun for your crafty little ones to paint it themselves.

3. Crayons don’t always have to be in sticks. Isn’t drawing more fun when your crayons are in all sorts of silly, sassy shapes?

4. This vintage craft/activity book would be a great book to pull out when your little ones say the most dreaded three words: “I am BORED!”

5.  Like any budding artist, you want to make sure you tools are organized. And what a great way to do it with this dandy crayon holder. Perfect for traveling crafters!

6. What kid wouldn’t like to get this set of three craft boxes full of cool bits and pieces that will add up to hours of crafty fun?

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  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 9 years ago

    Oh my gosh, I want to be 7 years old again!!! I know my sister had that ballerina jewelry box and I totally want the hand crafted mask and cuffs - such creative geniuses!! LOVE!!

  • 60cricket

    60cricket said 9 years ago

    Do you make band uniforms for a 4 year old??

  • MagpieQuilts

    MagpieQuilts said 9 years ago

    What great gift ideas for kids! Lots of scope for the imagination!

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage said 9 years ago

    Love these guys! They should visit more often!

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 9 years ago

    Very Very Creative.

  • tracinicole

    tracinicole said 9 years ago

    Love the vintage toys in this great article!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Love love love!!! =)

  • anotherwear

    anotherwear said 9 years ago

    Just Kiddos?

  • SayitWithPaper

    SayitWithPaper said 9 years ago

    Such adorable things! I love the Hawkman Doll : )

  • ghostwritten

    ghostwritten said 9 years ago

    This is great, exactly what I've been looking for! :)

  • FireflyPuppets

    FireflyPuppets said 9 years ago

    Oh wow, this is inspiring! I should get to work on more puppets for kids!

  • evarios

    evarios said 9 years ago


  • CocoBijou

    CocoBijou said 9 years ago

    Great guide! Thanks to you - I just found the perfect gift for my niece!

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 9 years ago

    The selection is fantastic! It will be even more fun shopping for the kids this year :-)

  • BuyMeLove

    BuyMeLove said 9 years ago

    So, just throwing this out there - I would enjoy getting some of these items for Christmas, too. :) Especially anything from that superhero collection.

  • NobleTextiles

    NobleTextiles said 9 years ago

    Cute items!

  • picklehead

    picklehead said 9 years ago

    I want all these for meee! really cool, and fun picks, thanks for sharing! :)

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 9 years ago

    Oh, wow! Cute stuff!!! I wish mine was still little:)

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 9 years ago

    Such adorable ideas, I love those wings for the chucks. I think my son needs those in his stocking this year!

  • dailydangerco

    dailydangerco said 9 years ago

    Great items! Especially loving the superhero goodies.

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux said 9 years ago

    Who says an adult woman cant wear one out on a Friday night.

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 9 years ago

    Super Fun selections - cheers !

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 9 years ago

    Invite Alix & Dottie again, soon! Fun mini collections.

  • gbsoccerplayer43

    gbsoccerplayer43 said 9 years ago

    I love the shoes!!

  • DesignsByWho

    DesignsByWho said 9 years ago

    Oh wow, I remember that fisher price stove, lol. This is great, thank you!

  • meeabee

    meeabee said 9 years ago

    This is great - I love the categories!

  • OnceUponAGem

    OnceUponAGem said 9 years ago

    So pretty and adorable!! Glad to be part of it....thanks.

  • Funamals

    Funamals said 9 years ago

    LOVE this!!!

  • pinkdust07

    pinkdust07 said 9 years ago

    nostalgicly delicious

  • AmethystArt

    AmethystArt said 9 years ago

    What a blast from the past. My first memory is getting that same circus train at three. I couldn't eat a single meal without my E.T. TV tray.

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 9 years ago

    Great items!

  • KPlager

    KPlager said 9 years ago

    Some of those toys really bring me back to my own childhood. Here's to a technology-free childhood!

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane said 9 years ago

    SUCH great finds!!! LOVE the Chicas over at Modern Kiddos!! Thanks for the ideas!

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 9 years ago

    Wow....the superheroes vintage items sure brings back memories!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 9 years ago

    Seriously adore this post and the vintage toys!!! Brings back wonderful childhood memories, thank you :)

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 9 years ago

    Soooo Cute!!! Actually, Tooooooo Cute. :0)

  • SassMuffins

    SassMuffins said 9 years ago

    All so very cool! I also had one of those ballerina jewelry boxes when I was young...,which was...uh, some time ago. And my brother still has many of his "superhero" comic books, which are quite valuable now.

  • amberliddle

    amberliddle said 9 years ago

    Always lovely to see what the Modern Kiddo ladies find! These are great ideas!

  • GoodwinsCustomCrafts

    GoodwinsCustomCrafts said 9 years ago

    WOW!! A first to see one of my creations on an etsy blog!!! I am beyond happy!!! Thanks! :)

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 9 years ago

    NO WAY! I totally had that tupperware pitcher when i was little. Loving the colors and textures and patterns. Wishing I could have snagged that space station....too late!

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 9 years ago

    These are some great picks!! Thanks for sharing!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 9 years ago

    Great selection!

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 9 years ago

    Such fun! Great ideas here for my little kiddo and my nieces and nephews.

  • ragdollrevolution

    ragdollrevolution said 9 years ago

    I might get the shoe wings for my best friend

  • whimsicaldandelion

    whimsicaldandelion said 9 years ago

    Great ideas for kids! Let them use their imagination!!

  • 33Colors

    33Colors said 9 years ago

    What great ideas. My friend used superhero cuffs to give all the little boys at their birthday party

  • emwi

    emwi said 9 years ago

    Oh the space cadet is the cutest! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • 33Colors

    33Colors said 9 years ago

    Oh my goodness, i still have my superhero 45 case that used to hold all my michael jackson records. it brings back such memories

  • ArcadianZen

    ArcadianZen said 9 years ago

    wow, lots of stellar things here. my inner child laughs with joy! and i smile to acknowledge a 2 year old son with whom to re-experience it with!

  • grapefoot

    grapefoot said 9 years ago

    I love the colors, very festive. I want the space helmet in size 7 7/8. Great list.

  • ingramcecil

    ingramcecil said 9 years ago

    please do not promote barnum and baileys circus, or any animal circus. the cruelty to animals is horrendous. there are plenty of other vintage posters to encourage people to buy that are not associated with evil companies.

  • reflectionsjewelry

    reflectionsjewelry said 9 years ago

    Thank you for putting together such a fun list of ideas.......

  • italianpostcards

    italianpostcards said 9 years ago

    Brilliant gift ideas. LOVE the mix of new and vintage. Books are timeless and I'm pretty sure that kids of ALL ages would enjoy a good View Master.

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 9 years ago

    Um...I need superhero shoes. Great list!

  • RainbowMonkeyQueen

    RainbowMonkeyQueen said 9 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I want kids now! XD

  • peshka

    peshka said 9 years ago

    So creative gift ideas for kids !!

  • claycre8or

    claycre8or said 9 years ago

    Love the Giraffe Ring Toss and the Handmade Dala Horse Apron!!

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 9 years ago

    Wonderful shop! :)

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 9 years ago

    Love your shop! Very original! Congrats on the feature!

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 9 years ago

    Super cute! I would really like to read that last little vintage book. ;)

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 9 years ago

    So colorful and creative! I LOVE your shop.

  • CynthiaHarrington

    CynthiaHarrington said 9 years ago

    oooh, I used to have the miniature Corning cookware- what nice memories! I recently purchased my son some vintage Fischer Price little people to go with the 40 year old Fischer Price dollhouse I still have- I can hardly wait for Christmas morning to play with it again!

  • LoopySheep

    LoopySheep said 9 years ago

    Love the superhero collection! and those crayons... and... those stuffies... and... oh heck, i'm modern and i can be childish enough to count as a kiddo

  • KarolinFelix

    KarolinFelix said 9 years ago

    giraffe and super villain have my big YES <:

  • berrysbeanies

    berrysbeanies said 9 years ago

    Great article for the holidays, thanks.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 9 years ago

    Great collection of kiddo fun! Love the vintage and the creativity! Weren't toys so cool...back then, such an innocence!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 9 years ago


  • junctionoffunction

    junctionoffunction said 9 years ago

    Very nice! Love the Little Ringmaster, so cute.

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 9 years ago

    This is such a charming post, brings back such memories.

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 9 years ago

    great ideas. love the mobile and the jewelry box!

  • frecklewonder

    frecklewonder said 9 years ago

    SWOOOOOOONtastic, ladies! so many amazing finds and I love the way you put them all together!!!!!!

  • traceydumont

    traceydumont said 9 years ago


  • Deluxxedoggiecollars

    Deluxxedoggiecollars said 9 years ago

    Super Cute !

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

    I love this and gave me some ideas for my shop!

  • vicro

    vicro said 9 years ago

    Fantastic! Vintage and Retro! And...Nostalgic! Those are nice items for the whole family!!!

  • joonE

    joonE said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful article. I love seeing so many vintage and creative selections. Only on Etsy. Thanks so much for including my space ship set.

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 9 years ago

    totally awesome! love them all :)

  • beauxbeaux

    beauxbeaux said 9 years ago

    I love this so much!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 9 years ago

    great hand made picks and also great vintage toys! Love it :)

  • nicolabaker1

    nicolabaker1 said 9 years ago

    Absolutely fab! So excited, know my kids would love them all.

  • Funklicious

    Funklicious said 9 years ago

    I had that Fisher Price train when I was a child. I loved it so!

  • aostudio9

    aostudio9 said 9 years ago

    ...the amazing part is that I had at least one item from each collection as a kid, all vintage I dare say...

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago

    Great finds!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 9 years ago

    love it all!!!

  • PeanutAndButtons

    PeanutAndButtons said 9 years ago

    ahh, the viewmaster. I have such good memories of that!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Aaahhh!!! So cute! Ringmaster bunny :D

  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo said 9 years ago

    OMG i totally Love It!! I loved the view master i miss mine.. and i had a weeble wobble circus.. im sad i want them back... lol Great Ideas and finds!!! =D

  • VictoriaWest

    VictoriaWest said 9 years ago

    Awww... cuteness written all over these items!

  • happygohandmade

    happygohandmade said 9 years ago

    I still love playing with tops, especially now that my 2 year old has enough dexterity to spin them too! great post

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Sweet picks! Now to find a child to buy cute gifts for : D

  • misanthropycreations

    misanthropycreations said 9 years ago

    Very cute collection! Michelle

  • WhatsEatingYin

    WhatsEatingYin said 9 years ago

    So adorable!

  • modernkiddo

    modernkiddo said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much guys! It's so nice to hear everyone's awesome childhood memories! xo

  • luvalexa

    luvalexa said 9 years ago

    Wonderful selection! Love love the mobile!

  • sweetteasundries

    sweetteasundries said 9 years ago

    I had that circus train as a kid and LOVED it!! The art/craft kits are sold out already!! So much cool stuff!

  • RedFernVintage

    RedFernVintage said 9 years ago

    Thank you for this! There arent enough child based treasuries and articles featured (in my opinion), I really appreciated this one!

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 9 years ago

    Awesome collection for big kids too...thanks so much for including my Vintage Viewmaster and slides!!!

  • Cleverella

    Cleverella said 9 years ago

    Great gift picks!

  • owlgypsy

    owlgypsy said 9 years ago

    I love it all! Adorable!

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 9 years ago

    I love this and I love modern kiddo its so inspiring.

  • Lvsimplyboutique

    Lvsimplyboutique said 9 years ago Such cutie items out there..

  • jillbrowning

    jillbrowning said 9 years ago

    Great job, ladies!!

  • SweetWhirl

    SweetWhirl said 9 years ago

    This is the coolest collection ever. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can't believe i was included with such great shops! Nicely done! Happy Holidays!

  • driftforever

    driftforever said 9 years ago


  • HolyLandSouvenirs

    HolyLandSouvenirs said 9 years ago

    Love love love!!! =) Great job, ladies!!

  • soulflowervintage

    soulflowervintage said 9 years ago

    This indeed is WONDERFUL!! These are things I have gotten for my daughter and to see like minded individuals do the same just warms my heart.. Great job!

  • shantyirish

    shantyirish said 9 years ago

    a absolutely LOVE this! so great to see it broken down like this - how creative!!

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 9 years ago

    Love the items listed! Great Job!

  • nonnagin

    nonnagin said 9 years ago

    So glad I found this site....adorable

  • PatternsAndSuch

    PatternsAndSuch said 9 years ago

    Wow! Great! I've just been off browsing all the vintage kids' crafts books available on Etsy - lots of choices!

  • maddywear

    maddywear said 9 years ago

    Adorable items. Great selection.

  • marikebrady

    marikebrady said 9 years ago

    Great, don't forget jewelry for boys :-)

  • GingerPeachyKids

    GingerPeachyKids said 9 years ago

    Adorable! Love these ideas!

  • shoelacemomma

    shoelacemomma said 9 years ago

    Love the vintage stuff! How about adding shoelaces that help kids learn how to tie! A win-win for everyone!

  • mikeverepatrick

    mikeverepatrick said 9 years ago

    This is soooo wonderful ,the graphic 's which display all of the different area children love to play with the favorite on is the play house with the tiny corningware... I had those items and i still use Corningware today !Oh the Adult Dishware. lol

  • mysellart

    mysellart said 9 years ago

    Me encanta la bandeja de E.T! que lástima que no la vendais en España! I wish I would sell the vintage E.T foldout tray. I love it!

  • VintageAndSupply

    VintageAndSupply said 9 years ago

    WoW! I love all these compilations!! What fun. Brings me back. You must have had too much fun making these.

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 9 years ago

    LOVE everything modern! We have lots of these toys, but the ones we don't are going on our list to Santa. Thanks for a GREAT walk down memory lane. You guys rock!

  • kileyss

    kileyss said 9 years ago

    I love the little chef ideas. Adorable!

  • andralynn

    andralynn said 9 years ago

    Beautiful selections! I love the mix of handmade and vintage finds.

  • Poppiloops

    Poppiloops said 9 years ago

    Love love LOVE these!!!!!

  • grouphugquilts

    grouphugquilts said 9 years ago

    Wow! These collections are so great.

  • Europedesign

    Europedesign said 9 years ago

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ :D

  • dfrycz

    Darrell Frycz from UniqueLEDProducts said 8 years ago

    Great stuff for the kids

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