18 Dec

So here I am typing this blog post with my left pointer finger. It’s slow and torturous to say the least.  Just capitalizing letters makes me sweat at the moment.  Yesterday I had surgery on my right hand due to an apparent unknown fracture from my snowboarding days years ago.  The operation went surprisingly smoothly and I was even able to watch it on a monitor while they were doing it.  Fascinating and slightly repulsive at the same time.  They even gave me a copy of the operation which I made my entire family watch yesterday evening.  As you can imagine they were all extremely thrilled and enthusiastic.

Now I’m supposed to not use my right hand/arm for a minimum of six weeks.  We’ll see how that goes.  Being a mom of three very active kids who do tons of activities will make it a huge challenge.  And don’t get me started on not being able to cook, bake, sew, paint etc for that long!  Wish me luck.

I have a few blog posts prepared for the coming days but I also asked some of my favorite bloggers to help me out with some posts to keep things interesting on this blog in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned because there are some great ones.

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite kid gift ideas.  I’ve bought all these products as gifts for various people this holiday season and some have already been opened and loved (remember that our kids receive their presents on December 6th for Sinterklaas).

In our family we like to keep the whole gift side of the holidays quite low-key and simple.  We try and buy gifts that are unique and usable and we try and support small businesses/designers whenever we can.

So far we’ve made some lovely purchases.  Here are a few:

I bought my daughters these dainty little Louisa Misha bracelets.  They are made with a gold chain and embellished with ceramic beads and cotton tassels.  They come with a chain fastening that can fit the tiniest of wrists and up to when they are teenagers.  I bought them from a great online website called Mini-Mei that has a vast selection of Scandinavian clothing and accessories for kids up to 6 years old.

housse-de-guitare-titus-listrasFor my daughter who is learning to play the classical guitar I bought this guitar case from French designer Lale.  It’s so pretty with the yellow stripes and turquoise edging.  I ordered it online from smallable.

Yellow Boy

Another great gift for the little kids in the family are these Ellie Bellie Kids robots.  These absolutely adorable and soft little robots come in boy and girl versions and in seven colours (and are delivered in a funky carrying case).  An added bonus is that they are made with renewable plant based materials and are constructed ethically with a minimal carbon footprint.  What more could you want in a gift?

mala clothes Mala   Sunny clothing for happy days

Since my children were wee little ones I’ve been dressing them in the Danish kid’s clothing line Mala.  Mala clothing is always so unique, colourful and such good quality.  My kids look forward to their new Mala Christmas clothing every year.  It’s a bit on the pricey side but well worth it!

For my son we couldn’t get away from buying him Lego.  Lego is his life.  He spends hours in his little “Lego corner” in our living room and is so ecstatic when he receives a new box.  We decided that we’d buy him his Lego but from a local family-owned store and not from one of those online mega-stores (even if it was cheaper!).  We bought him this Volkswagen Camper Van for Sinterklaas and he was over the moon about it.  He spent days building it and was so proud when he had finally finished (especially since the age on the box was 16+).

Have you made any unique gift purchases this holiday season?  Do you support small, local businesses and designers as well?


8 Responses to “Regalini”

  1. contradictorytendencies December 18, 2012 at 14:59 #

    I love the Lego Camper! And those bracelets are adorable.

    I know your pain. 😦 I broke my finger in a car accident when my oldest was a year old. Doesn’t sound so bad but after surgery, I had a cast on my hand. And I didn’t want pain killers because I was still breastfeeding. Suffice it to say I was in tears that first day trying to change diapers.

    • Jillian in Italy December 18, 2012 at 21:23 #

      Oh I wouldn’t be able to deal being one-handed with babies! That sounds awful!

  2. muddledmom December 18, 2012 at 18:27 #

    Ha! I just read the comment above and I loved the same two things–the Lego Volkswagen and the bracelets. Just cool and adorable, those two.

    I try to make something every year, buy something unique and local, but not everything fits in those two categories. As long as something does. 😉

    Hope you heal quickly!

    • Jillian in Italy December 18, 2012 at 21:26 #

      Thanks! I know it’s difficult to buy everything local and from small businesses (as you can see from my Lego purchase). But even purchasing a few things is great!

  3. giova brusa December 18, 2012 at 19:50 #

    My son also loves Lego and for Sinterklass he got a train which he was so excited about. I thought that he would get over Lego (he will be 12 soon) but apparently he is not ready to give it up just yet! He doesn’t have that VW Camper, but maybe next year 😉

    • Jillian in Italy December 18, 2012 at 21:29 #

      The VW van is amazing! It even has a fully decked out interior. Your son would love it…

  4. Deepa December 18, 2012 at 20:34 #

    Such awesome gifts! My hubby would love the idea of our baby girl playing with a robot… just to balance out the girliness 🙂
    Good to know your surgery went well. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    • Jillian in Italy December 18, 2012 at 21:31 #

      Thanks Deepa! And I know one of these robots would be a perfect gift for your little one…so many great colours!

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