11 November 2009 @ 11:31 pm
Holiday 2009 early shopping list  
I was going to filter this to just the people who asked to see it, but screw it. I've barely been on LJ lately, but took the time to make this list, so y'all can all see it. Scroll on if you don't like to buy presents for small people. ;)

Here's my first set of recommendations for holiday gifts, mostly $20 and under, made by work-at-home parent-owned businesses. I don't work for, get kickbacks from, or in any way benefit from these recommendations other than the satisfaction of helping you find something cool.

Disclaimer: I haven't tried all these products myself, but have tried to indicate the ones I have.

  • Need play food for your play kitchen? Fair Trade Family's wool food is my favorite. This farmers market set in Peace Fleece is adorable, and check out this turkey dinner!

  • Rosie doesn't have enough hair to clip, but if you have a little one who does, check out this cute little owl clip.

  • Speaking of owls, I like this little rainbow Half Hootie (a small bamboo velour owl). He has a little blue friend if rainbows aren't your thing.

  • Sometimes a baby just needs to bite something. This Friday, you can snag a Bite Me Dino (they come in various prints), which serves as both a teether and a taggie-type toy for kids who like that additional sensory input.

  • If you prefer simple, wooden toys for your baby, this maple rattle might be a good stocking stuffer.

  • Speaking of teethers and wooden toys, here's a velour and wood gnome teether that looks like a nice first Christmas gift. We have a bamboo fleece/wooden bird teether from the same WAHM and it's so nice!

  • It's a freaking cute teddy bear hat. How much more flavor text do you need?

  • I-Spy bags are pretty much the coolest thing ever. I like the Whiffy See-Its best, but Donovan loves his police car I-spy bag from Closet on Queen Creek.

  • My very favorite WAHM business right now is Mommy's Busy. I'm even a fan on Facebook. She makes really cute soft rattles (Rosie is getting a whale and a starfish), dinosaurs and other creatures of various sizes (Donovan is getting a pillow-sized triceratops and a dragon), and games.

  • The sensory clutch balls from Bright Life Toys are one of my favorite things ever. I love multisensory toys! They also sell a plainer version of the clutch ball.

  • Weird funny little monkey doll thing, looks snuggly and is also discounted! I love a bargain.

  • If your kid doesn't already want to eat his playdough, you can get some deliciously pumpkin spice scented all natural playdough to encourage him to do so. Ok, maybe that's not a great selling point, but if you can't be bothered to make your own playdough and the commercial stuff squicks you out, Natural Madison's magic dough is supposed to be a nice alternative.

  • Donovan has always liked little bitty dolls. He still loves his tiny babies (Moondrop dolls) that he got two Christmases ago. This mini baby is a bit bigger, but still small enough to pocket.

    Ok, that's probably enough stuff for round one. Get shopping!
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    [identity profile] nived32.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
    I love this yearly list, even if it's just to click the links and look at what people make. The teething dinosaur is awesome...I might just get one for Jordan AND Jason (at 2 1/2 he still loves to put things in his mouth). And I REALLY like the Whiffy See-Its...I can imagine both J-Mac and Jason getting a kick out of those! Thanks!
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    [identity profile] inkbabies.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
    *loves the list*
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    [identity profile] sarahinajar.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
    Thanks so much for posting this. I would love to repost.
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    [identity profile] raving-liberal.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
    Sure, you can repost if you like.
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    [identity profile] lynda.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
    THANK YOU for this! I am so sick of toy store toys. We really need to donate half our toys.

    Because we're overflowing with crap as it is, we're probably only going to get Elias and Noah a few gifts total. I *LOVE LOVE LOVE* that i-spy bag. We have a Sesame Street i-spy sort of book which Elias really loves, so I know he'd get a kick out of the bag.
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    [identity profile] lynda.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
    Do you have any opposition to making this entry public so I can point my husband here? Or maybe posting this as a note on Facebook?
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    [identity profile] raving-liberal.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
    Sure, I can unlock it!
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    [identity profile] raving-liberal.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
    Most of the people who make the I-spy bags do a toddler version, with pictures instead of words or with both!
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    [identity profile] moondrunk.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
    Lily loves her moondrop doll! It was the first dolly she's ever received :)

    Any recommendations for a good toy for a 1 year old boy? He's my secret santa in my DDC and I'm at a loss!
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    [identity profile] tesslouise.livejournal.com on November 13th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
    Butting in...my go-to gift for 1-year-olds is a 3-piece Melissa and Doug Jumbo Knob wooden puzzle. They come in farm animals, pets, fish, zoo animals, and cars, and they're about $10 apiece. :)
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    [identity profile] noelove.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
    i'd love the html verson of this to post on my blog with credit to you. :)
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    [identity profile] raving-liberal.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)

    I'll email it to you.
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    [identity profile] darlingmiette.livejournal.com on November 12th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
    Thank you so much for this! :D
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    [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_brokenhalo_/ on November 12th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
    I love that icon because it reminds me of when I first e-met you or whatever. I guess it was around the holidays, and I loved the stuff you said, I loved your s/n, and I loved your icon. What a fangirl. Heh!
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    [identity profile] tesslouise.livejournal.com on November 13th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
    I really love the Mommy's Busy toys, too. We aren't necessarily getting Rowan anything for Christmas, but those rattles are great.
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