Gifts for Kids




Photo of me by Ashley of Sed Bona. Shot rink-side at The Peninsula Chicago.

Confession: I have yet to purchase any gifts for my daughter, age 4. So this list is as much for me as it is for all of you. Be sure to read through to the shopping links—there are even more gifts for the kids there.

1. H&M dress. H&M is often the first place I check to shop for my daughter. They also have tons of stuff: shoes, dresses, adorable sweaters, accessories. It’s basically a one-stop shop for both casual and occasional pieces. I’m definitely picking up this fun leopard dress for her; it fits her personality to a T.

2. Andy & Evan sweater. I love the whimsical prints on the Andy & Evan sweaters for boys (there are a bunch in the options below). He’ll be stylish and comfortable.

3. Car. If you’re looking for a go-big-or-go-home item for Christmas, this is it. There’s a pink one for girls, as well as a yellow cab—taxi!.

4. Hooks. My child inherited my organizational gene, so I know she will love these cute hooks as much as I will. H&M has a bunch of cute home stuff for kids. See #5.

5. Picture frame. I found this frame at H&M and plan to print a pretty photo of the two of us together for her room. (She recently said the best Christmas present is spending time with me. MELTED.) I love that this frame is made of cardboard so I don’t have to worry about her knocking it over.

6. Slice of pizza purse. My daughter inherited my love of pizza and purses, and I’m pretty sure I also passed down my inclination for fun accessories. This bag from J. Crew is perfect for mini fashionistas.

7. “The Night Before Christmas.” This is our favorite book to read during Christmas. The charming poem enchants me each time. We read it so often my daughter can recite it verbatim by December 15. I’m always searching for a beautiful copy and just found this vintage edition.

8. Flag-print shoes. Boys’ stuff is always Batman, Superman [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][insert any superhero], Star Wars, or trucks. And that’s cool (and down in the links below). But sometimes the little gents (and their moms) may want to make a different kind of statement. Enter this super fun print in a comfy shoe from Toms.

9. Slippers. These cozy slippers from H&M are available in both gray and pink.

10. Mouse in a Box. The most adorable stocking stuffers. I can see my daughter toting one of these around everywhere she goes.

11. Sophia Webster shoes. I’m waiting to see if these Sophia Webster shoes go on sale at least one more time. I buy a special pair of shoes once a year for my daughter and I think these might be this year’s choice. Waiting. Watching.

12. “Sidewalk Flowers.” My daughter and I have been into wordless books lately. We’re currently “reading” “Journey,” and I plan to get her a copy of this beautiful book next. As a writer, I know the importance of not only reading to her as much as possible, but also encouraging her to tell her own stories. I love listening to her wonderfully woven and rich tales (and she’s so funny!), and “Sidewalk Flowers” celebrates what children so beautifully remind us of daily: to stop and smell the flowers, so to speak.

13. Hats. I love the Kate Spade hat and mitten set for girls, and really want the light up pom pom beanie for myself (I’m really four inside.) It says, “Got a Little Knot Here” from “Christmas Vacation.” The hat actually lights up AND blinks. Just awesome.

14. Original Sprout. This is my favorite brand for shampoo, conditioner, and hair products for my daughter. They work great and smell SO good.


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