Gift ideas for little kiddos 2018

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We’re pretty low key around here when it comes to buying gifts. For now I’m planning on DIY a cardboard playhouse for Liv and wrapping up some fun books and art supplies. I’m not doing very much for Cohen (he’s only 1 year old), but I do have a few little things in mind! Here are a dozen gift ideas I think would be great for little kids. I like to buy toys that both kids will enjoy and that we might be able to ALL enjoy as a family. My kids are 1 and almost 3 years old. Pretty sweet that we can buy so much off Amazon these days! Quick easy shipping is the best.

1) My First Chess Set, from the MOMA museum store. We’d like to teach Liv chess this year using the story approach. I think the philosophy and approach of ChessAtThree is awesome!

2) Star Stories: Constellation Tales From Around the World, a book I think Grant and I would enjoy reading, too! :)

3) Any of the Little People Big Dream board books, to teach them about so many incredible thinkers, writers, artists, scientists: Marie Curie, Agatha Christie, Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Mother Teresa…gorgeous illustrations as well!

4) The Ark Photo Journal, National Geographic, Insanely beautiful close up photographs of animals, “This lush book of photography represents National Geographic's Photo Ark, a major cross-platform initiative and lifelong project by photographer Joel Sartore to take portraits of the world's animals -- especially those that are endangered.”

5) Edushape Sensory See-Me Ball, Cohen would love this (Liv too!)

6) Rainbow Scratch Art, no clean up art projects are the best. I’ve already bought this!

7) Jumbo Coloring Pad, Space, Sharks, Sports, and More…

8) Unicorn & Rainbow stamp kit, a sweet start to a little stamp collection. Liv is obsessed with stamps.

9) Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Broad Line Markers, 40 Classic Crayola Colors , woo hoo-these are ULTRA clean washable markers (a must, we have a white couch and babies). Also, I think this set would be an awesome birthday gift for any kid/any age.

10) Ahoy! Boat Bath Toys

11) Kaleidoscope, perfect stocking stuffer! Beautiful patterns and colors that always change.

12) Wooden Skyscraper City Blocks, I love this set..I’m planning on using a sharpie and making my own city blocks using the wooden blocks we already have. something along these lines. seems like a quick fun project! Love these ones, too!


giftsForArtists SIX gifts for the CREATIVES in your life under $30! Ok MOST of these are under $30, one is actually $32.95 :)

ONE // $16.99 // Nate Berkus gold shears, I've had my eye on these for a while. They're solid and everything Nate Berkus touches seems to turn to gold anyways. Love his style AND Target does it again with this one.

TWO // $32. 95 (so close) // Moleskin Smart Notebook, this is amazing. Coming out December, "The Moleskine Smart Notebook and companion App, Creative Cloud connected, instantly turn your hand-drawn sketches into fully workable vector files accessible within the Adobe Creative Cloud." One word: YES

THREE // $15.00 // Thin/fine tipped sharpies, you can never have enough. This pack has 80's glam colors.

FOUR // $12 // Bon Appetit Subscription, This magazine wins #1 design in my book (it has also won legitimate design awards). The content is great, but to me the design is even better. It's the gift that keeps giving every month.

FIVE // $18 // Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Grant got me this book for our Anniversary after I had stalked it at all our local libraries. It had a 3 month waiting list! So good >> " Over 150 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

SIX //  $29 // Vintage Antique Type/Lettering, beautiful letterpress wood printer's type for collage, stamping, decor, great gift for all typography lovers and perfect stocking stuffers. I think they look neat propped in a bookshelf--a cool XO right here.

Love everything about this cozy holiday season! No snow on the ground right now, but I'm sure it's coming. THIS cottage makes me hope for a white Christmas! xo



giftsUnder30 Love these simple gifts! Most would make good stocking stuffers too. All for UNDER $30! Woo hoo!! xo

ONE // $28 // Madewell Catalina Stacking Rings, simple but I love the way they stack together and the three malachite/emerald stones are lovely!

TWO // $28 // Capri Blue Mercury Glass Jar Candle, I have this candle at home and it smells amazing and makes the whole room smell SO good! Perfect thing to light before guests come over.

THREE // $25 // NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm, NARS lip glosses are moisturizing and they last! This shade is light with a little shimmer.

FOUR // $25 // 8.5x11in Baby Giraffe via. The Animal Print Shop, I've always loved this giraffe photograph. All of the animals in The Animal Print shop are SO COOL. The bison, giraffe, lion, and all the baby animals are my favorites.

FIVE // $20 // Pendleton Legendary Coffee Mug, all of the Pendleton patterns are so beautiful. This would be perfect for the winter months full of tea or coffee!

SIX // $28 // Pom Tassel Keychain via ASCOT+HART, love these bright pops of color! You have to look at your keys every day and these seem like a lot of fun to have around!

SEVEN // $29 // ASOS Oversized Knit Scarf, beautiful wine color. It should be a rule that all scarfs MUST be oversized! Love this one.

Christmas is in less than 3 weeks! Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season! I have another good gift guide (GIFTS UNDER $30)  for the artists in your life coming soon!