To pull together our gift guides this year we're asking the experts: YOU! You know best what gifts your children have enjoyed at different stages of their lives. Share your wisdom with fellow parents, aunties, uncles, and grandparents. Bikes, art supplies, science kits, marble runs?
We asked and you answered: what are the best gifts for babies? After all, babies are cute, but they don't do all that much. They are as amused by their own hands as a toy. Many readers reported that they aren't giving their young babies much of anything for the holidays, but if you are an auntie, uncle, grandparent or friend to a young baby you may not want to forego a gift altogether. Here are ten parent-endorsed ideas:
It's one of the great frustrations of the holidays: being stuck indoors. Though kids can be outside with sleds and snowballs, there are days - and in my Northern neighborhood, sometimes weeks - where being out of doors isn't an option. This, of course leads to severe cases of cabin fever, the wiggles, the sillies, and ants in the pants. How do we conquer such maladies? Here are some activity-based gifts that can be used inside:
It takes a special toy to stand the test of time. As technology and new toys have risen and fallen in popularity year after year, there are a few classics that have persisted for decades. They are simple, well-designed, and require that bit of magic that draws in children (and adults) from any generation: imagination. Here are some classic favorites that will make perfect gifts for creative kids or even for their nostalgic parents:
Between holiday parties and special dinners, 'tis the season for drinking wine. Naturally, wine can be drank out of any just about anything (except maybe directly from the bottle) but if you want to start doing things right, there are better options. Over the years Maxwell has been keeping a running list of the best wine glasses and I've come back around this year for another update. Check out our list, and also see what readers have to say, after the jump…
The clear glass desk is a perfect solution for the small space home office. For starters, it practically disappears from the eye line, keeping the room from appearing overstuffed with furniture. And no matter how dark the room or surrounding furnishings, a transparent desk adds a light, modern touch to the space. If you're a fan of the look, check out our roundup of clear desks after the jump…
Especially when you're young, cooking isn't a chore - it's an adventure and hopefully a tasty one! Cooking is also a great way to spend time doing something together with your child and then sharing the edible results. Here are some gift ideas for your young culinary sidekicks:
Lighting the menorah may be a Hanukkah tradition – but that doesn't mean the menorah has to be traditional. For those of us with a more contemporary aesthetic, it's nice to see that the menorah has gone modern, too. As we did last year, we've rounded up our favorite menorahs for 2012 just in time for the start of Hanukkah later this week.
A few weeks ago we featured a roundup of state-centric gifts for anyone who loves where they live. And as anyone who's ever lived in Texas can attest, nobody loves their state quite like Texans love Texas.
Buying art can seem overwhelming and expensive but, thanks to the magical internet, it's now easier and more affordable than ever. We've profiled a lot of sources for artwork in our Marketplace over the years. The 10 web shops listed here all stock affordable art prints, most from emerging artists.