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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Kids

Fun presents for the littlest Southerners

Piped Pajamas
Start the tradition of opening one gift—pajamas—the night before the big day so littles are ready to go for holiday pics in these Petit Plume pjs when they rip into the rest of it the next morning. $58; thetot.com

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Balance Bike
Get kids on a bike early and easily with this Banwood First Go throwback cycle ($198; anthropologie.com) that helps teach balance without training wheels. Don’t forget a helmet ($49; anthropologie.com).

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Balance Board
Each season there’s the “it” item every kid wants. This year, it’s a hybrid of a skateboard and a balance beam, like this one from Wobbel. $189; thetot.com

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Fruit Gelees
These chewy, fruity gelees made in North Carolina by Twenty Degrees Chocolate are ten steps above typical holiday candy (and reward learning to savor sweet things slowly). $18; ggfieldshop.com

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Play Kitchen
This interactive Milton & Goose piece will encourage a love of the most loved room in a Southern house—the sort of toy meant to be handed down from generation to generation. $649; thetot.com

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Mini Surprise Ball
Put one of these favor-filled Tops Malibu paper orbs at the very bottom of every stocking. $5 each; topsmalibu.com

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Slippers
It doesn’t get much cuter than Egos wool slippers for children. $75; sidmashburn.com

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Play Tunnel
This Lovevery organic cotton tube collapses entirely flat for easy play at the park, on the beach, or in the living room. $50; lovevery.com

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Sticker and Poster Set
Two gifts in one: This Omy original contains a giant poster for the wall, with stickers to match to each phrase, shape, and drawing. $23; ohjoy.com 

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DIY Playhouse
This Easy Playhouse clubhouse should keep the littles entertained long enough for the adults to sneak in a little Netflix time over the holiday break. Just give them markers, stickers, crayons, or paint, and let them loose. $29; amazon.com

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Confetti Crayons
Coloring fun from Kid Made Modern by the dozen. $10; thetot.com

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Dress
Teensy Olivier florals for teensy girls. $98; thetot.com

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Play Food Set
A delightfully small take on heirloom varieties by Milton & Goose, in wood and felt, naturally. $58; miltonandgoose.com

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Luggage
An Olli Ella bag they can pack (and pull) on their own. $79; thetot.com

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Sensory Kit 
A super-interesting gift idea from Young, Wild + Friedman, a new company in Texas that creates kits that promote the calming effects of sensory play. We’re fans of their take on all things weather related (which includes turquoise glitter dough). $39; youngwildandfriedman.com

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Bath Wash
This Tubby Todd Bath Co. wash for both hair and body is very, very gentle on the skin—and it makes excellent bubble hats. $15–45; tubbytodd.com

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Superhero Costume
You can never start them too young for believing in the power of being a strong female—and dreaming big—with this dress-up set from Meri Meri. $35; merimeri.com

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Winter Coat 
A classic toggle coat in an unexpected hue, this Jacadi piece works for boys or girls and occasions dressy or casual. $149; jacadi.com

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Giant Stuffed Animal
Everyone loves a stuffed animal on a huggable scale, and this almost-three-foot-tall Melissa & Doug horse will bring new life to pretend play. The company also makes enormous stuffed llamas, alligators, horses, polar bears, sea turtles, and a virtual Noah’s Ark of other plush creatures. $64–75; amazon.com

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Bunting
Let the little ones decide where this Oh Happy Day garland needs to go to bring the spirit of a party to their rooms every day. $20; shop.ohhappyday.com 

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Mineral Collection
A deluxe set of specimens for the budding geologist from the Evolution Store. $98; theevolutionstore.com

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Guitar
The music bug is never a bad one to catch, especially if it begins with one of these adorable mini guitars by Loog. $79; thetot.com

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Pom Pom Hat
This J.Crew topper will come in handy for a very cute picture on the one day of the year in the South when it’s cold enough to wear it. $30; jcrew.com

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Walkie Talkies
If you have a house full of children of a certain age, invest in a few of these ZS-Juyi sets for hours of fun inside or out. $18; amazon.com 

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Time-In Toolkit
An interactive and fun idea by Generation Mindful, this kit teaches children emotional regulation by way of setting up a “calming corner” for identifying and managing big feelings. $69; genmindful.com

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Boots
The genius of these Native boots is that they are an everyday boot, a dress boot, and a waterproof rain boot in one. $60; zappos.com

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Lemon Tree
Introduce the kids to the idea of growing their own food with a starter lemon tree. $33; ggfieldshop.com

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Jungle Gym
How’s this for cool: A Wes Anderson–esque fort/clubhouse/jungle gym from TP Toys in England adjusts heights easily, growing along with the children playing on it. $220; amazon.com

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Holiday gift guides from G&G
>> Gift Ideas for Southern Cooks
>> Gift Ideas for Those Closest to You
>> Gift Ideas Under $150
>> Gift Ideas for Every Budget
>> Gift Ideas for Kids
>> Our Editors’ Wish List

Also see
>> Our Favorite Southern Books of 2019


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