Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Gift Guide

Williamsburg, 2013

Axel will be nearly 17 months old this Christmas, and while I don't want to go overboard with gifts for a number of reasons, it's fun to see how his preferences have emerged over the last few months and to really have a sense of the sorts of things that he's into.

In case you are shopping for a toddler this year, here are some of the things I think a fellow Axel's age would love (we certainly aren't going to get all of these things because that would be overkill in our apartment and we want to keep things simple, but it's still fun to peruse.) At any rate we have lots of ideas we can save for his next birthday or his brother's arrival.

Let the Elf-ing begin!

1. Painter's Palette Uppercase Wooden Magnetic Letters from Mudpuppy
This kid is obsessed with magnets, and these are wooden and come in pretty colors.

2. Lego Duplo Building Blocks
Along with zippers, snaps, and magnets, Axel is really enjoys putting stuff together.

3. Mini Micro 3-in-1 Scooter
This might have to wait until he's 2, but whenever we go to the playground, Axel makes a beeline for other children's scooters, and I was happy to see that this version can be used from the age of 1.

4. Mini Book of Names and Faces from Pinhole Press
I don't know if I'll be organized enough to get this ordered and finished in time for Christmas, but it's a lovely idea for a winter project.

5. 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments from Land of Nod
I'm already a bit daunted at the thought of a toddler careening around our tree and am planning on keeping all the breakable ornaments in their box this year (and probably for the next couple of years, given the impending arrival of #2.) I do like the idea of commemorating one of Axel's first Christmases with something that will stay intact over the years. These felt customized family ornaments from Etsy are pretty cute too.

6. Melissa and Doug Deluxe Latches Board
I haven't quite found the perfect combo of latches, buckles, buttons, and zippers, but I think this latches puzzle would entertain Axel for quite some time.

7. Step Two Push Taxi
Okay, the Restoration Hardware versions are prettier, but I like the New York theme of this ride on taxi, and Axel is obsessed with sitting in gaudy plastic cars. He freaks out over them!

8. Ikea Duktig Mini Kitchen
Since it takes up some real estate, I don't think we're going to go for this, but I do think it's good looking and age appropriate!

9. Corolle Baby Boy Doll
Axel hasn't shown more than a passing interest in stuffed animals and dolls, but since he's too young to get much out of those 'I'm a Big Brother' books and the like I was thinking this might get the message across.

*Santa's disclaimer: I hear some of these gifts (you'll have to wait to see which ones) may already be en route from the North Pole.

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