Annual SIT Gift Guide 2011: Children

5 12 2011

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, our Annual Sweet Iced Tea Gift Guide. This year, we’re doing a whole week of gift suggestions, since there are so many great options out there. So check back each day this week for many great ideas for the man, woman, booklover, or foodie in your life.

We start off with children, because isn’t the real reason for Christmas, all about One Child?

To get your imaginations started, here are our picks for the kids in your life:

Weren’t you just fascinated with snow globes as a child? I certainly was. Seems there are loads of tutorials going around these days on how to make your own, but if you’re running out of time for a hand-made gift, we suggest these great versions made of Southern-inspired mason jars.

For the little lady in your life, this was one of the best movies from Disney in recent years — The Princess and the Frog. And, it’s filled with Southern charm and music.

Kids love making art, and the colorful and modern creations they’ll be sure to create with this Hypotrochoid set might just be worthy of framing.

Not every toy has to come with wires and batteries. Little guys and girls will be just as fascinated with the colorful, wind-up throwbacks to yesteryear like these rad robots. (I know a few adults who would love a cool addition like this to their desk or mantle as well!)

Can anyone tell I have a love-affair with anything from Restoration Hardware? I can see the charges in your life captivated for hours with these finger puppets.

And if you follow the something they need, something they want, something to read, something to wear rule, here’s a cute little something for those tiny feet: Frye boots for baby!

May I share my very favorite stand-out gift as a child? A bouquet of Christmas flowers my father brought home, just for me, one evening during the holiday season. I’m not sure what inspired his little stop, but I got to keep them, all for myself in my room for that week, and it was the most magical part of any Christmas I can recall. Don’t forget the little luxuries we often enjoy for ourselves, a little princess might receive years of joy from the memory.

Or perhaps they’d like to grow their own garden. Part toy, part science experiment, this Root Farm will grow right along with your kid while he learns a bit about the unseen world of plants.

One of the greatest storytellers of our time resides right in the South, Nashville to be specific. Andrew Peterson uses his fantastic imagination through story, song, and words. His Wingfeather Saga trilogy is reminiscent of Narnia or Hogwarts. Start with On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. These bedtime tales aren’t to be missed.

And finally, if you don’t have any children in your life at the moment, consider being a part of a child’s life who could really need something far more than a new toy or book. We’ve had the privilege to sponsor children through Compassion International for the past few years, and it is such a joy to watch them grow and learn, and to make a difference to them and their families, when we’ve been given so much. But there are many other great organizations, here and abroad.

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