Thursday, December 3, 2009

holiday gift guide: give Tiny Tillia

I have tons of toys for my kids to play with in the bath. But what they love most--even more than the wash-off bath crayons that don't always wash off so well!--is squirting soap or shampoo on their hands and lathering up. So when I find kid-friendly bath products, I'm hooked. Tiny Tillia products are not only safe to use and gentle on the skin, they're entertaining too. Now you can buy a pre-made gift bucket and share the fun with friends. It includes a bath mitt featuring a fun Tiny Tillia character (choose from Ben Giraffe, Indy Sheep, TT Cow or Duncan Dog--pictured here), a waterproof character story book, bubble bath, foamy wash and an adorable bucket that you can use afterward to store toys or take to the sandbox. Created by London-born designer Tiffany Lerman, daughter of novelist Jackie Collins, Tiny Tillia is available at select specialty boutiques (such as Fred Segal, Lisa Kline Kids and Kitson), nationwide at Target and online at

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

holiday gift guide: give kiddimoto

How cute is this? Available in baby blue and seafoam green too, the new Scooter ($169.99) by Kiddimoto is every two- to six-year-old kid's dream holiday gift. (The Chopper comes in a black and silver combo).

I remember wearing my favorite white flared jeans when learning to ride a bike, and getting the extra fabric from one pant leg caught in the chain. Kids today have nothing of the sort to fear. Kiddimoto's Scooters, made from renewable birch plywood, have no pedals, chains or gears to get hurt on. And their unique build makes them ideal for kids to learn balance and steering and improve their motor skills.

Check out the entire collection of Kiddimotos at

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

holiday gift guide: give tech toys

If you're not a techie at heart but want to give your kids the latest innovations around, let Skype Resident Tech Expert Jamie Sorcher do your holiday shopping for you. I love his picks for tech toys under $50...

Freetalk BuddyCam for Skype ($19.99)

We've tried video cams that you hook up to your computer and haven't found one that works well. So if you don't want to deal with voice delay or unclear imaging, try Skype's free video calling. It's a great way for kids to say hello to grandma all year-round.

Zhu Zhu high-tech pet hamster ($10)

There's no way our kids are getting a dog, not at this stage at least! A great alternative: Furry interactive hamsters that react to your touch, coo and purr. Stock up on triple-A batteries too while you're at it!

Leapfrog Tag ($49.99)

The Tag Reading System revolutionizes the reading experience for children ages 4 to 8 by bringing storybooks to life. My son used it from age 2 to 2.5 when he started reading on his own. I'm sure it helped him learn to read at such a young age. And my daughter loves the Tag Junior--she just turned two! Definitely worth the investment...

Targus Sport Netbook Case, the CVR215 ($25).

Planning on leaving home for the holidays? Designed for an on-the-go user, this netbook case from Targus is perfect for carrying just the essentials. And these days there are a lot of them!

Griffin Technology’s Volume-Limiting Headphones for kids ($40).

Want to have some adult talk during the long family car ride home? MyPhones are safe, comfortable, and customizable over-the-ear headphones geared towards children ages 3 to 12. The volume doesn't get higher than what's recommended by auditory health organizations. And your kids can personalize them with their own unique designs. Check out

And don’t forget, that with, you can take advantage of various virtual clippings, right at your fingertips!

holiday gift guide: give mini social

Need a great kid's gift but don't know where to turn? has quite a selection--and they're all pretty unique items. Founders and children's shopping experts Dominque MacPherson and Melinda Marinack share some budget-friendly gifts for all the kids on your list. For under $25: Hair clips from Giddy Giddy ($5), Wooden Animalz ($4) and Jazzy Toes Socks ($12.50). For under $99: Babush Slippers from Zid Zid ($40), Dante Beatrix Backpacks (dinosaur, $42). If you want to splurge, check out these find for over $100: Custom Prints from Ida Pearle ($158), Bla Bla Giant Dolls ($130--shown here) and Chaiken Mommy Bags ($240). Go to now to place your order.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

gift-a-day holiday gift guide

check out kidandcaboodle's
holiday gift guide,
featuring a gift idea every day
for the month of