By Jennifer Ross
Stumped on what to get your little niece for her 3rd Christmas? Unsure as to what to buy your first time mother friend for Hanukkah? Here's a list of my top five most off the cuff products that will bring holiday joy to parents and littles alike this season.
For the Avant Garde Artist
Brand/Product- ChalkMeUp T-Shirts, $19.99 - $24.99
What is it? What you see is what you get- a t-shirt with a mini chalkboard on it made with a washable fabric. Tees range in size toddler to adult and a bevy of colors and designs to doodle on including Hearts, trains, and my personal fav The Talk Bubble aka "Talk It Up." With the purchase of each tee you get a free box of colored chalk to boot. Fun for the whole fam!
For The Particular Parent
Brand/Product- Tiny Bites Food Shears, $9.99
What is it? I have firmly filed this item under the category of "Why didn't I think of that." This patent pending, TSA approved invention is the brainchild of a mom with a 10 month old worried about feeding him solid foods without him choking on them. With features like an on-blade inch ruler that allows you to measure food accurately and an overall lead and BPA-few tool, this baby is both incredibly ingenious and practical at the same time.
For The Learned Little
Brand/Product- Hugg-A-Planet Earth, $11.95 - $89.95
What is it? Get your child thinking and playing at the same time with this globe meets stuffed animal meets football. This "smart" toy has over 600 places in the world labeled on it and comes in both Spanish and French. Different planets and sizes are available as well. Conduct a history lesson while you play catch!
For The Modern Mama
Brand/Product- Comotomo Baby Bottle, $22.99
What is it? A baby bottle for the ages. This naturally shaped, second-skin like silicone-nippled bottle is perfect for the tiny tot in transition from nursing to bottle-feeding. This trademarked gem is BPA, PVC, and Pthalate Free AND Microwave AND Dishwasher safe. I defy you to find a more ecological and convenient bottle.....
For the Junior Jetsetter
Brand/Product- TrendyKid Travel Buddies, $29.99 - $89.99
What is it? If adults can travel with fabulous luggage in tow, why can't kids too? These Travel Buddies may not be as luxurious as a Louis Vuitton Suitcase, but they very well could be in the eyes of a child. From backpacks to wheelie suitcases, this line offers the efficacy of real durable luggage with the novelty of an character to accompany your child on the grandest of journeys!