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Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 – Kids

Anne Evans Anne Evans Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 – Kids
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Many of you may be looking for fun gift ideas for the littler people in your life. We have some fun ideas for babies, little kids and older kids!

1. Backpacks and Tote Bags – $24 and $16

Beautiful kids store Lottie Da has so many wonderful things available it is hard to pick a favorite. What toddler wouldn’t love carrying around their playthings in this owl backpack? The smaller size, secure straps and easy open flap will provide hours of playtime and a great pack for trips. For older kids, a cute red fox tote bag will help them carry their things in style.

2. Foldable, Customizable Cardboard Playhouse – $34.95

Don’t have much room for a large plastic playhouse? Not buying any new appliances soon to get a big box for pretend play? Get a My Very Own House, a foldable, storable, fully recyclable playhouse that kids can color however they’d like. When they are done, you can fold it up and put it away! This cardboard playhouse is available at Sprout Soup, which recently moved to their new storefront at 3286 North High Street and are now open 7 days a week.

3. Pocket Fashion Designer – $8.95 & Cardboard Box Robot – $11.95

What the Rock?! always has shelves of fun things available. Always have a fun thing available to do with this Pocket Fashion Designer. Comes with etching plates that allow for over 300 combinations of outfits. Enough to keep young minds busy while out at a restaurant or during a trip in the car. The Cardboard Box Robot is a great way to spend a dreary winter day inside. Everything is included for you to make a real working robot from a cardboard box and a few materials.

4. Assortment of Fabrics and a Class at Sew to Speak – Prices Vary

Sew to Speak has so many different fabrics it is like a candy store. Give a young lady a stack of pretty fabrics and a gift certificate to a class at Sew to Speak. Classes are offered frequently and are kept small to ensure your project will be wonderful. Learn how to make zippered pouches, skirts, tote bags, appliqués, napkins and placemats, softies, and many more. View the classes page for details.

5. Scarfscription by Substance – starting at $90

Substance has a beautiful selection of scarves and they are priced at all price levels. But how fun would it be to receive a scarf along with a Scarfscription? Sold as 3, 6, 9 or 12 month subscriptions, a Scarfscription will send a scarf each month, perfect for the season and the wearer. Substance also offers the same program for bracelets if your recipient would enjoy that.

6. Build a Terrarium at EcoFlora – $25

Gift a kid the joy of creating their own mini-ecosystem. EcoFlora in Clintonville offers classes where participants can build their own terrariums. The classes includes a container, 2 plants, moss, soil, sticks and stones. Bring your own miniatures to personalize it. (You can find cute minis at Rivet for about $1 each. How cute would these Unicornos, Hedgehogs, Koalas, or Elephants be in a terrarium!)  Classes are offered at least monthly. Upcoming schedule: “The next adult (15y/o+) class is January 14th at 5p. The next kid (5-11y/o) class is January 15th at 4p. The next teen (11-18y/o) class is January 20th at 7p. (If you cannot make one of the classes you can either wait for the next class of come into the shop and build your terrarium at your convenience.) There are only 15 spaces in each adult/teen class, 5 spaces in the kid class. Parents must stay in the store during the kid class. To have a spot in the class you MUST preregister and pay in advance. If you cancel within 24 hours your money is non-refundable.”

7. Ohio State Winter Hat – $18

Keep that nearly-off-to-college noggin’ warm with this one size fits all cozy knit Ohio State hat from HOMAGE. The red pom on top and the rolled cuff give it a fun retro feel. Gift it in a box filled with Giant Smarties candies. (2 giant rolls for $1).

8. Food Face Plate – $12.95

Head to Bink Davies where you can find fun things to make time to eat fun for kids. The Food Face Plate ($12.95), Souper Spoon ($9.95), and Chow Bots Utensils ($11.95). Kids can play with their food with the Food Face Plate by making their food the facial features on the face. The plate is ceramic and microwave safe (but not dishwasher safe). The Souper Spoon is a spoon which is “dressed” like a super-hero. The Chowbots are utensils which are shaped like robots.

9. Wooden Toys from Little Alouette – Prices Vary

The creative minds behind Little Alouette rolled out a few new toys this year. They crafted some beautiful rockers, in guitar and giraffe shapes. ($220-250, contact for availability). The modern 10-piece nativity set ($75) or 10-piece Hanukkah Menorah set ($65) would make a wonderful holiday addition to any home. You can also find their teethers and toys at various retailers around Columbus.

10. Skullcandy Riot Headphones – $14.99

Brighten up a kid’s ears with Skullcandy Riot headphones, a fun accessory available at the Columbus State Community College Bookstore. They have about 7 colors to choose from and at this price, you could give a few!

The 2011 Columbus Holiday Shopping Guide is presented by The Columbus Museum of Art.
Think Creative. Think Local. Think CMA.
Throughout the season you can also look for these special holiday offers from the Columbus Museum of Art Store. The Museum Store is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM-5:30 PM and open late on Thursday 10 AM – 8:30 PM (closing early on Christmas Eve at 3 PM). Click here for creative, local gift ideas.

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