Colorful blocks of every shade +/or a blank-slate wooden dollhouse.
Families of fairies (plus a rose flower fairy and a sunflower fairy),+/or bedding, a tiny tea service, and furniture.
Headphones to fit little ears +/or a very special lap harp.
A simple crayon holder and two kinds of crayons to put in it +/or a near-neverending roll of paper for budding artists.
A cheery pickup truck +/or wooden vegetables for playing make-believe.
A copy of Illustoria +/or drawing tops for long afternoons.
A colorful puzzle +/or an expressive face for playing with shapes (and emotions).
Dot Magazine +/or a kit for making origami paper planes for staying busy.
A cheerful hair brush, a calming mist, non-toxic nail polish +/or lip gloss for self-care.
I tend to keep gifts for our kids very simple. Longtime readers will know that my kids don’t have a huge number of toys and we generally err on the side of art supplies and experiences over anything else (more here and here). Last year, I compiled list of gifts for under $25 and pulled from that list for my own two little ones. But there can also be a time and place that calls for something a little more special. Here, a few special and colorful things I’ve admired lately—or that my kids have already come to love—in hopes these might serve as a bit of inspiration for some of you.