My annual Black Friday tradition at Orange Marmalade is to cajole you — oh so winningly! — to resist the flood of electronic toys vying for your attention and choose juicy, life-giving gifts!
This holiday season give packages jammed with potential for creativity, recreation, and imagination. Gifts that spark wonder. Gifts that get kids moving. Gifts that promote community rather than riveting eyes to a screen.
This year, I’ve pulled together all my past lists so you can find them easily, with links, in a new tab at the top of the page. I have tried not to repeat myself over the years so there are lots more great ideas tucked in there. These are merely suggestions to get your creative-gift juices flowing. If it’s a hard-t0-find item, I’ve linked to a website that carries it.
Ages Birth to 2
If you’ve got a brand-new-to-the-Earth person on your list this year, these organic snugglies look mighty charming:
Perhaps the most accessible musical instrument out there. Set up some beginning lessons and let ’em fly.
Here are just a few book suggestions for this age group:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition, by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay — This brand new edition, awash in atmospheric paintings, would make a grand gift for a Potter fan or newbie.
Canoeing with the Cree, by Eric Severeid — The astonishing and true account of a couple of adventurous teen-age boys in the 1930s. My review is here.
The Wacky and Wonderful World Through Numbers, from Barron’s Educational Series — Kids this age are fact-hounds. This lively volume is just the ticket. My review is here.
Where Children Sleep, James Mollison — In this year of refugees, take the opportunity to engage social issues with your kids. James Mollison’s photography powerfully opens up the world . My review is here.