Our “12 Days of Christmas” gift guide continues today with a special class of kiddo-themed gifts, those that may be just as much fun for parents, too. In others words, please both parties with one grand-slam gift:
“Mama’s Big Book of Little Lifesavers” by Kerry Kolburn
Ballard mom and publishing consultant Kerry Colburn has a knack for dispensing the kind of useful, no-nonsense advice that every parent wants and needs. Her newest book, Mama’s Big Book of Little Lifesavers: 398 Ways to Save Your Time, Money, and Sanity (Chronicle Books, $14.95), published this past April, is an easy stocking stuffer for the moms and dads on your list, and offers a big assist with sage tips, including a few for navigating the holiday season.
Matthew Porter monkey prints
Starting with his darling alphabet prints a few years back, we’ve had a major jonesing to buy one of local artist Matthew Porter’s kid- and parent-approved prints. Now he’s tugging at our heartstrings again with his new $16 monkey posters, printed with a delightfully modern mammal clad in a variety of costumes (pirate monkey! Drummer monkey!) or engaged in fun activities. Not going to lie: The robot monkey knocking down the Needle gave me (and fellow staffer’s kids) the giggles.
Design Your Own Yo-Yo Kit, Butter Home (pictured above)
Kids, try to keep dad away from your paints: Let kids create their own fun with Kid O’s Create Your Own Yo-Yo Kit, which comes with a delightful old-school, wood yo-yo and acrylic paints for decorating. Available locally at Butter Home on Capitol Hill.
Hoot Organic “monkey bum” pants, The Frock Shop
More monkeys! The Frock Shop owner Suzy Fairchild launched her side kids’ clothing line Hoot Organic almost three years ago after the birth of her daughter. In addition to darling little hats, the designer crafts these funny, cozy “monkey bums” pants perfect for crawlers and toddlers.
These Creatures wall hooks
Hang little coats and princess tutus on These Creatures’ bright, happy wall hooks. The stylish metal hooks come in a variety of animal shapes, from birds to rabbits and are available locally from Olivine.
Photos courtesy of Kid O; Chronicle; Matthew Porter; Suzy Fairchild/Hoot Organic; These Creatures