In the world we live in today, it is not surprising to see video games, cell phones, and tablets on many lists to Mr. Claus. As Aubrey gets older I am finding it increasingly difficult to avoid these items, as well as some of these fad toys.
“Mom, you just don’t get it, EVERYONE has Shopkins and LOL Suprises, they are SoOoOo cool!”
Guys, am I the only one who hates these things?! Like what do they do? How do you play with them? I am pretty sure they were just made to be lost in couch cushions, or run through a load of laundry because they are so small, you forget you are hoarding them in your pocket. ~End rant~
With that being said, I have been trying to be a little more creative with gifts this year, and find things besides these fad gifts that I know my little cub will love. I am really trying to focus on things that will not only be fun for her, but will give her a chance to express her creativity. Now don’t get me wrong, Santa may still slip one or two of these LOL Suprises under the tree this year, but below are just some of the things that Santa really has his (her) eye on this Christmas. If you are a last minute Santa like me, and something on this list catches your eye, I have linked the items at the bottom of this page.
The Boy Who Spoke To The Earth
So needless to say, when my favorite photographer in the whole world decided to write a children’s book, I was going to be all about it. This man is hands down, my biggest inspiration to travel, and the main reason we went to Iceland, (because when Chris Burkard suggests you go to Hofn, you pack your damn bags and go!) So I did get a sneak peak of this one while in a Mammoth Caves National Park gift shop. No lie, I totally cried while reading it, in a store packed with people, and 100% played it off as a runny nose. The love this guy has for the planet shines through with every single word. When a young boy turns to the earth, asking where he can find happiness, the earth sends him on a beautiful journey. This book has a wonderful message, teaching our little ones that happiness can be found by just taking a closer look and really seeing the beauty there is in this world. Now that is something I can get on board with!
Push Pin National Park Map
In our hallway, we have a large map of the USA hung with some old pallet wood, because I like to think I am pretty crafty like that. Now that we have our first family cross-country trip under our belt, Aubrey loves to stand in front of that thing and point out all of the places we had gone. We will stand there together and trace fingers back over the route of that long, two week drive. Not only does this put the distance into perspective for her, it is also a fun way to practice our geography! Whether it is a cross country road trip, or just a drive up to Grandpa’s house, this map will add to any little one’s wanderlust, as well as teach them a thing or two about the Geography of the good ole USA!
What I would give to see the world through Aubrey’s eyes. A small digital camera is a great gift for any little outdoor explorer wanting to document their adventures. This Sony DSCW800 Digital Camera is perfect for older kiddos. The best part, it has SteadyShot Image Stabilization, so at least the pictures of the back of your head will be crystal clear! Not only will your little one be super proud of their work, you can always throw the pictures into a scrapbook for them to look back on when they are older! (Shutterfly is great for this!)
Flower Press Kit
How many of us moms (and Dads) have been handed a handful of weeds/flowers that our kiddo had picked while strolling down the sidewalk. A sweet little bouquet from a sweet little kid. I bet everyone is raising theirs hands right now! A flower press is perfect for this! Imagine being able to frame those little clovers and buttercups and hang them on a wall, or let the light shine through them in a window! If your little one has a love for the outdoors, or enjoys getting crafty like mine does, this one is a wonderful and unique idea!
Give a creative little one some googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and pompoms and the possibilities are endless! Crafting is such a great opportunity for creative thinking, and exploring color and texture! This specific kit has a great variety of kid-friendly materials and the best part, no rules! Start that crafting Pintrest board now, and get ready to flex your creative muscles with your little cub!