Welcome to my Ultimate Christmas Gift List (for boys & girls) for 2015. Believe it or not I actually had to edit a few things out to keep the list short (…shorter…). I like to stick to the “something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read” categories and have broken them up below like that as well:
Ikea Kitchen ($80.00 with Ikea Family): I chose this kitchen both for price and appearance. I love how sleek it looks and that price just cannot be beat! My husband had a kitchen when he was a child and the thought of him “play” cooking in his kitchen always brought a smile to my face. Now I get to see my son do the same since this kitchen, which was included in the list I sent to all the grandparents on Pinwheel Love, was promptly reserved hours later. I just know my food and pretend obsessed son is going to go nuts when he not only sees his cool new kitchen but all the cool food and accessories his dad and I are making for him! As I type this my husband is hot glueing a cardboard Bialetti!
Conductor Carl 100 Piece Wooden Train Set ($46.99): Julian’s big gift from us this year will be a train board we’re going to paint, build, and accessorize for our little guy. We chose an Orbium starter set because we plan to glue it to the wood and we got it for a steal (under $25 for an over 50 piece set!). However, if we weren’t gluing it down we’d choose a gorgeous set like this which is also priced well.
Janod Story Box Farm ($20.99): Julian loves farm animals and we think these will be a fun addition to his train board. Plus, I absolutely love the playfulness and durability of Janod Toys.
ABC Picture Blocks ($58): I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect set of blocks forever. For some time I was eyeing the simple set from Bannor toys and while I still love them for their timelessness, these blocks appealed to my husband not only for their bright colors but for their versatility in including script letters and a few extras to help with spelling later on. Who am I to say no when my husband has a strong opinion on blocks??
Plush Monster Letters from Margeux Makes ($48): Julian is showing an interest in the alphabet and having letters in different mediums is such a great learning tool. Plus, these are ridiculously cute!!
Olliblocks: Fairy Tales ($12): I’ve had these in my “to buy” list since before I was even pregnant and honestly, what is there not to love about this set?? Gorgeous art (by Melanie Burke whom I LOVE), great price, plus I get to do some super easy and fun diy (like breaking out that Moshe lodge I’ve never used)… This gift is a whole lot of win!
Gymnic Racin’ Rody ($47.99): Winter is coming and I’m terrified of being stuck indoors with a toddler who has energy to spare. I’m hoping this Roty, whose ratings are through the roof, will provide endless hours (ok- I’d be happy with 10 minutes here or there) of toddler calisthenics.
Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever and What Do People Do All Day Long ($15.99): My son has become obsessed with Richard Scarry lately. I don’t know if it’s the simple drawings and themes or the fact that they manage to fit about 200 words a page (not really but almost) but he’s a huge fan. I’m all about anything that keeps that boy reading!
My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words ($19.99): This book is the perfect modern day version of the Richard Scarry books my son has been obsessed with as of late. We think he’ll fall in love with this one just as quickly.
Maps ($35.00): Julian has been devouring knowledge lately and I love heap graphs so this book is a win all around. Plus the price on Amazon over the past few days has fluctuated between $19-$22 making this practically a steal. At that price you can buy 2: one to gift and one to keep!
Merry Sweater (Gap $39.99): Can you tell how obsessed I am with Fair Isle? Last year I dipped my feet into the trend and this year I’m jumping in head first! Right now the Gap is offering 40% off and free 3-day shipping with the code RUSH.
Jacquard Pocket Trousers (Zara $17.99): I’m a sucker for leggings, especially the ones from Zara which are always super soft, super tough, and look great after a ton of uses.
Folk-Mix Fair Isle Romper (Hanna Andersson $60): This romper is a dream, especially since I’m obsessed with rompers on Julian for their style and ease and know his days of wearing them are coming to a close (hello, potty training!).
Reversible Trapper Hat (Hanna Andersson $30): This hat is everything (It’s reversible!!!!!). I’d like one in my size too!
Zuzii Contrast Dot Oxford ($70): I want a mommy and me pair of Zuzii’s for Julian and I and these are perfectly androgynous while also being so hip it gives me the chills!
Freshly Picked: The Next Step Shoe in Blue Spruce ($80): To date, my son has owned 8 pairs of Freshly Picked moccs. I keep trying to branch out into other shoes but keep coming back because the quality, style, and versatility can’t be matched at this price point. I’m pretty cheap so I always buy them on sale and wouldn’t you know they’re having a huge sale on Black Friday. These Next Step sneakers may need to be in their next shipment to us!
Distressed High Top Sneakers (Gap $39.95): Gap has really stepped up their style game and these sneakers aren’t an exception. I love how trendy but also useful these are. Gap always have some discount code floating around which make these super affordable. Right now they’re offering 40% off and free 3-day shipping with the code RUSH.
Swedish Slipper Mocassins (Hanna Anderssen $25): I’m a sucker for Hanna but these slippers are actually a need considering how drafty our very old home gets in the winter. The second these go back on sale I’m getting a pair (or two)!
Puj Phillup ($9.99): My son really doesn’t need much besides some new warm clothes (listed above), breastmilk, copious amounts of mandarins, and lots of outdoors time. However this cup, which we included in his birthday basket and he loved before we forgot it at the Cheesecake Factory one day (oops), is a need. He loves being able to do for himself and this is the first and only cup he can drink out of with minimal amounts of mess. Plus, I’m a sucker for the citrine!
TowelSelections Hooded Robe ($24.95): My son is small for his age but even he has unfortunately outgrown his towel hoodie (😩). I think this robe will last for a long time while also have him looking like he just stepped out of the spa at the four seasons.
Happy Shopping and let me know if there’s something I missed or a better version of something I included in the comments!