Make unwrapping presents extra exciting for your kids this year with these fun presents.
Toadstool Play House
Imaginative children’s furniture and toy company Land of the Nod goes above and beyond the classic blanket and chair fort with their adorable playhouse line. Kids can play in a pop-up log cabin, red London phone booth, ice cream truck, toadstool, RV camper and a wide range of teepees. $299
The Crow’s Tale by Naomi Howarth
This beautifully illustrated October 2015 work tells the Lenni Lenape legend of how the crow came to be black: during a cold winter, the crow volunteers to bring warmth from the sun to comfort his freezing animal friends, but the soot forever changes his rainbow feathers. Teaching it’s what’s inside that truly counts, this folktale on inner beauty from the Native American tribe indigenous to the Delaware River valley region is the perfect fireside story for New Jersey children. $18.99 hardcover
Fairy Dome Terrarium
Kids will love watching their plants grow with the help of fairy magic in this educational terrarium from Fat Brain Toys. It comes with everything they need to start their first garden, including seeds for the magical fairy flowers and their accompanying folklore, including great blue lobelia, clover (attracts fairies and leprechauns), thyme (protects from fairy mischief) and evening Star (best for magical potions). Other themed terrariums include Butterfly Glamour Garden Dome, Love Dome, Zombie Farm and more. $22.95
Support a local entrepreneur and keep your child’s lips hydrated at the same time with Boy Bomb, a Cherry Hill mom’s invention after her son complained that lip balm was just for girls. Made with four simple ingredients (beeswax, cocoa butter, vitamin E and jojoba oil), the all-natural balms are hypo allergenic, shine free, fragrance free and dye free. The handy sticks ($3.99 each) come with a clip for on-the-go accessibility.
Elves Can’t series by Robert Snead
“Never say can’t!” says children’s book author Robert Snead. The small but mighty elves are always told they can’t compete in sports—and they certainly can’t dunk, or kick, or tackle. But the elves believe all things are possible—especially with a little Christmas magic, ingenuity and some help from friends. Start at $5.99
Fleece Hooded Bathrobe
Snuggle up with your stylish kid in this cozy fleece hooded bathrobe from Land’s End. Shown here in spangled navy; also comes solid blue, blue stripe, and solid pink in Little Kid/Big Kid size and toddler sizes. $29-$35
The People of Twelve Thousand Winters by Trinka Hakes Noble
This work by Trinka Hakes Noble, a member of the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature and resident of the historic Jockey Hollow area of Bernardsville, transports her young readers to a frigid winter in northern New Jersey long ago. A heartwarming glimpse of the children of a Lenni Lenape tribe who lived along the banks of the Passaic River, The People of Twelve Thousand Winters is narrated by 10-year-old Walking Turtle, who must carry his disabled cousin Little Talk. But what will happen when Walking Turtle must leave Little Talk behind on his journey to Warrior School? $16.95 hardcover
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