14 great gifts for kids

21 November 2016

After doing them for five years in a row, last year I took a break from sharing gift guides. It takes a good amount of time to prep and post them, and if I wasn’t all-in, I wasn’t interested in throwing up a few J. Crew links and calling it a day. (Though let’s be real, most people I know would love a gift from J. Crew! :))

That means I have an overflow of ideas stored up, and I’m excited to share a few this week! One of my favorite parts of gifting is getting to support independent brands, and to share them with my loved ones. Today, I’ve rounded up 14 gift ideas from Etsy shops and small businesses, all perfect for the sweet, stylish kiddos and parents in my (and your!) life. Several of them we already own, several of them I’m planning to gift this year, and several June and I would love to receive! All the details are below…

great gifts for kids

Tiny Dancer tee | Soft, snuggly, and perfect for the baby of this former-ballerina.
Poppy bow set | These are our favorite mini bow headbands! My June has the two solid pinks shown here.
Teepee | NOT CHEAP. However, the detailing is incredible (pom poms! swiss dot!), and I think this is a plaything the whole family could love for a long time.
Great Day plate | I love gifts that are experiences, and these plates by my friend Emily Ley are a perfect compromise – they offer something fun to wrap, as well as the promise of lots of sweet “great day” memories for years to come!
Pearl the Mermaid | With the sale of each Cuddle + Kind doll, 10 meals are provided to kiddos around the world. Plus, they’re adorable!
Soft bib set | A comfy and stylish solution for teething drool. Yes, I just used the word drool in a gift guide :)
Buffalo check bow | The bows from this line come in the best patterns (including Rifle Paper Co!!), and the oversized scale is aww-inducing.
Knot headbands | One more bow favorite! We loved these thick, soft headbands when June didn’t have much hair, and I know they’ll be back in the rotation once she has enough for a ponytail! :)
Patterned crib sheets | It was nearly impossible to stop at just three patterns (peach, flamingo, floral) – this shop has dozens of them, and they’re all gorgeous! I’m partial to the crib sheets, but they also sell swaddles and pillow covers.
Buffalo check bell sleeve dress | This is way more than I usually spend on baby clothes, but for photos or a special occasion, I love this stylish shop! Give me all the buffalo check, please.
Bunny-print bin | Again, so hard to choose just one Pehr pattern to share. These soft bins are perfect for nursery storage!
Felt pennant | I love the old-school styling and Southern flair of these pennants.
Classic silhouette | We had June’s silhouette made locally this year, and I think it would make such a sweet gift! Try A Family Print Shop, Heart Paper Scissors, or an artist in your community.
Simple pushwagon | This is a toy that would have totally captivated me as a kiddo. I hope my girl feels the same way, because I’m pretty sure it’s in her future! :)

I’m sure it goes without saying, but if you’re thinking of purchasing from any of these shops, hold tight until Black Friday! I’m almost certain they will all be running sales.

Any other favorite kid brands I should know about? I have lots of nieces and nephews to shop for this year!

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November 21, 2016 9:57 am

my daughter would be obsessed with that pushwagon! love this post! i happened to write about the same topic, but from a local angle, this weekend here: http://theplyblog.blogspot.com/ – my favorite local shops to get children’s gifts in downtown Chapel Hill, Durham + Raleigh if you’re interested!

November 21, 2016 10:22 am
Reply to  Molly

Ahh, I love that, Molly!! Heading over to check out your picks right now!

November 21, 2016 11:28 am

I want that gingham dress in my size!!! The bows are just too cute too. :)

Also, take a look at my online store for some more grown up gift options! Farandawaymarket.com. I’m hoping to recreate French markets online, everything was bought on my trip to France this past summer! I’d be happy to send you anything you’re interested in! I think the Francophile in you will love it!