BabyBrownSugar 2014 Ultimate Baby Holiday Gift Guide
by Christina Brown
Works of art like this are always great as keepsakes and offer a creative spin on a classic portrait.Educational Gifts Puzzles & Books - Paige & Paxton ($10) Paige & Paxton is a great series of puzzles, books and activities geared towards children 6 and under to help engage them in concepts around science and technology. Being the geek that I am, I plan on passing some of that down to my baby girl so giving her books and activities about these topics is going to be really important for me. I broke these puzzles out for my nephews over Thanksgiving and they spent hours with them. Great gifts! Baby Genius Activity Fun Pack ($17.99) For the kid who loves music, this is an awesome activity set. Cadence LOVES to dance so anything music-related is right up her alley. Not only is it fun, but it's educational which is key. Web Design For Babies Book Series ($9.99) This book was given as a gift to Cadence and when I saw it I started cracking up. I learned a few things myself from this book. Never too early, right? Self-Empowerment Books for Kids Empowering my daughter to be herself and to appreciate her beauty is something that is so important to me. If I can do it through my own blog LoveBrownSugar.com for other women, there's no reason I can't do it for my baby girl. Since the very beginning I've asserted her with verbal affirmation that she is beautiful. The following books help with that: Happy Hair™ by Mechal Renae Roe ($15.29) All I can say is that I absolutely LOVE this book for young girls with textured hair. Not only are the illustrations beautiful, but it emphasizes a message that is SO important for young girls of color. I also got some really great hairstyling ideas from it, believe it or not. This one is a must-have for baby girl's library. I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley ($6.00) This was the very FIRST book I purchased for Cadence's nursery. I knew before she was even born that I wanted to encourage her to embrace her curls. This book was released over 13 years ago all the way back in 2001 and the message is still powerful. Emi's Curly Coily Cotton Candy Hair by Tina Olajide ($6.76) This book about accepting and maintaining curly hair is definitely a must-have as well. We get to see Emi recap her entire process from washing and detangling to wrapping up her hair for bed at night. This was so good I was taking notes! Great book for the young curly-haired girl in your life. Victoria's Glow Stick by Shannon Ellis ($8.67) Recently released on Black Friday, author Shannon Ellis tells a story about a young girl named Victoria who brings her favorite toy to school for show & tell. It provides a great message about taking turns, sharing and also about diversity. I loved seeing all the different races and breeds represented in Victoria's classroom. As someone who grew up in very diverse settings at school, I really appreciate that being emphasized in the story. Gift Cards Who couldn't use a gift card? Baby and kid clothes are expensive. And they outgrow them so quickly! Every parent and child will be thankful for a gift card from one of these brands. Here are three of my favorites: Zulily.com - creative gifts at super low prices! This is where I purchased many of Cadence's personalized gifts (see above). GAP - whether it's a baby or an older kid, GAP has a little something for everyone. This is one of my FAVE places to shop for Cadence. The clothes are such great quality and they're classic, which is key to a great kiddie wardrobe. Old Navy - Old Navy has some of the best PJ's and stocking stuffers around. They also always have really incredible deals on baby clothes and accessories.
What's at the top of your holiday gift list for the babies and kids in your life? Anything I forgot to include? Leave a comment! I'm always open to new suggestions.