Our friend Rimjhim turned us on to the great of idea of a frozen yogurt gift card as birthday present. Our kids happen to be obsessed with Pinkberry in particular, but of course the idea applies to any frozen yogurt shop in your neighborhood. My 7-year-old proudly keeps the card in his wallet and even […]


Talk about a special present for the holidays, or Mother’s/Father’s Day…these custom wooden rattles are actually custom family portraits. You upload onto the Cameo by Rux site, portraits that are done in profile, of each parent, and then they are carved into the rattle. The baby’s name is also etched onto the handle.


Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of the classics—and the Fanny at Chez Panisse children’s cookbook is certainly one. Somehow we have never bought it or been given it in almost nine years of parenting, which makes me think, it’s also great for the birthday present closet.

herve tullet books

We’re big fans of giving books for birthday presents. Reason #1: They’re easy, thoughtful, useful, and they don’t cost too much money. Reason #2: You can buy them in bulk and store them pretty easily. These board books from Herve Tullet are brilliant for kids from 1-ish and up. They’re interactive and clever, but they […]


Leave it to the Japanese to come up with an awesome wooden toy phone. Of course there was nothing out there like this when our daughter was of toy phone age. (The ghost of her plastic Barbie “Blackberry” still rings from the depths of her toy basket.) This has made it into my top gift […]


Craft-in-a-box, a.k.a. buy yourself a good half-hour of guilt-free kid print-making entertainment, are something we always like to have on hand. These art kits from Eye Can Art make great birthday gifts too, (You could even package it with an oversized t-shirt to really make it an all-inclusive gift.)

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