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Holiday Gift Guide: The Kid (And The Kid At Heart)

Shopping for kids can be tricky. It can be tough to figure out what they already have and what they’re into right this second.

So think outside the box and  look for something colorful and unique. And remember that there’s no age limit on really great kid stuff. Kids of all ages appreciate a little whimsy.

Here are some of my favorite gifts for kids this season.

Stuffed Monsters These cuddly, kooky looking monsters by Michelle Mailloux for M. is for Miche are so adorable! And strangely expressive, don’t you think?

They’re available in different sizes, colors and facial expressions. I used to be pretty ambivalent about stuffed animals, but these little guys are changing my mind, one goofy expression at a time.

Custom orders for Christmas are available through December 14th!

Available locally at Unglued in Fargo, Yellow Umbrella in Bemidji, and online at here

Reusable Snack Bags These washable, zippered snack bags are FDA approved and BPA free.

They’re intended to hold Goldfish Crackers and Cheerios, but the cool prints are fun for adults too.

Available in-store and online locally at Pout Baby Boutique in Fargo and also online here

Superhero Prints I’m an ’80s baby who came of age, so these cut paper pieces by Justin Benson totally take me back.

Go for a classic — Batman, Superman, Mario and Luigi — or get a conversation starter like the Gremlins. Available locally at Unglued in Fargo

Metallic Pencils These metallic pencils and their packaging are almost as beautiful as the creations they’ll make with them.

They’re a smart and unusual gift for budding artists of all ages. Available locally at Art Materials  in Fargo and Minneapolis and online here

Handmade Hats It’s cold outside, but they’ll stay warm and look cute in warm hats from local designers.

These are by Annie Tidd and Debra Vaccaro , but adult hats are also available from Nikki Witte.

Available locally at Eco Chic in Fargo and online here

Trigo Pouches Saint Paul based Trigo takes recycled tires, faux fur and other unlikely materials and creates these adorable, googly-eyed coin purses, cell phone holders and bike bags.

They’re cute, they’re useful and they’ll probably be the most unusual thing they get in their stocking this year.

I know it’s weird to be charmed by what is essentially a bag, but it’s happened to me. Available locally at Unglued in Fargo and online here

A note: I’ve made an effort to shop locally, but since many of you don’t live near me, I’ve included websites as well. I’d still encourage you to call the shops or artists themselves though – they want to earn your business this season.

Happy Shopping!

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