Creative & Thoughtful for Kids This Holiday Season – 2023

Creative & Thoughtful for Kids This Holiday Season – 2023

I saw a Black Friday sale the other day (it’s early October at the time of writing) and honestly, I was super annoyed. At the same time, I am already thinking about the holiday season because if I can knock some items off my list now, I’ll have more time to actually enjoy the holidays with friends and family versus scrambling for overpriced and ill-planned gifts. I’m still growing this list as I find new and interesting finds for kid gifts this season, but here are my picks for the 2023 Holiday Gifts for Kids.

Babies

Jammies made by Bellabu Bear are adorable and appreciated! Say goodbye to unsafe and harmful children’s clothing fabric and hello to Bellabu Bear’s organically grown and chemical-free bamboo clothing.

Awarded the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association, Bellabu Bear has a mission to dress every child in a pajama that is safer and more comfortable for bedtime. They pass all the tests from having YKK zippers (choking proof zippers) and Oeko-Tex Certification with pinch-free and worry-free garments.

bellabu bear pajamas for babies and kids

Each design is hand drawn and an original work of art that through much effort becomes the beautiful prints you see displayed on our bamboo baby clothes. Gift your new mama-to-be with Bellabu Bear’s baby clothing and know she can go to bed at night worry-free! Click here to shop the Bellabu Bear Store

Toddlers 

Check out this stylishly adorable dinosaur puppet by Maileg

dinosaur puppet by maileg

Maileg is a Danish design brand specializing in children’s toys. Established in 1999 by Dorthe and Erik Mailil, the company’s global headquarters is in Herning, Denmark. Maileg North America Inc. was founded in 2008 by Hanne and Lars Andersen along with Dorthe and Erik Mailil, with its headquarters located in Atlanta, GA. The collection is known for its unique and authentic look, designed by Dorthe Mailil. Maileg’s philosophy emphasizes well-made, enduring toys that are released in limited quantities, eventually becoming collectibles. They advocate for simpler, high-quality toys over plastic ones, believing they stimulate creativity and story-building in children. Maileg toys are treasured and passed down through generations.

Kids 8-12

Somewhere between the ages of 8-12 kids mysteriously learn how to roll their eyes and look nonplussed when presenting a new learning concept. What has happened to our eager learners? Fret not – they are still in there, but they just need a little nudge into learning.

Fun Fast-Paced Reading

No one likes a snore – these two books are perfect for kids ages 8-12!

recommended reading picks for holiday 2023 ages 8-12

Nightspark by Michael Mann (Peachtree, for ages 8–12, on sale 10/10/23)

Michael Mann returns for the riveting sequel to Ghostcloud! When a seemingly new threat emerges, Luke’s investigations will take him far beyond the borders of a reimagined London, forcing him to face his past and confront his deepest fears to try to save Ravi. With the help of several unexpected allies, Luke and his friends embark on a new, thrilling adventure as they work together to find Ravi and to finally thwart the evil Tabatha Margate’s plans once and for all!

Carlton Crumple Creature Catcher 2: Tater Invaders! by David Fremont (Pixel+Ink, for ages 8–12, paperback on sale 10/17/23)

More hilarious antics, fast food, and zany monsters combine in the second installment in David Fremont’s bright and brilliant middle grade graphic novel series. While taking a snack break with his buddy and faithful assistant Lulu, one of their tater tots comes alive! And that little robot tot dude leads them to a whole underground world of evil potato creatures. It’s Carlton Crumple to the rescue, and he’ll have to get to the root of the problem before everything becomes a mashed potato mess!

 

Teens

Social Media Scrolling Ring 

I actually have this little Scrolling Ring device on my stocking stuffer list, but I think it’s a great fit for ANY teen so I’m posting it again! They call this the tiktok bluetooth remote ring as it helps you easily scroll through videos, but this tool can be used for any media app!

If you like to watch Youtube videos or read E-books, then this little gadget is for you! Keep your hands free as you  help you long range no longer need to use your finger to slide the screen when you scroll on any of the social media app or reading novels. You also can lie down and remote control tiktok page up and down, volume + -, play/pause, send like,keeping your hands free to work yet scroll through content. This bluetooth media remore can help you Launch Siri or Google Assistant, Answer Calls, Control Tunes (compatible with all smartphones,music apps, headphone and bluetooth speakers) Use time lasts for 14 hours from single charge and total 86 hours with charging case. Makes time on the treadmill fly by at the gym!  They come in lots of fun colors too!