For the creative and expressive child on your list.
this T-shirt comes with a chalkboard (yes, you can draw on it and yes, it’s machine washable) and a box of chalk! The blank chalkboard patch says: Today, I feel … with a big empty circle. The child gets to draw how he or she is feeling right on the shirt — and I suppose can also make updates throughout the day — ingenious!
I love it.
get it here.
I also really like these shirts (for grown ups) especially the "whoever smiles first wins." How much better would the world be if that were really the case?
btw, this site and catalog are really cool. It’s called Acacia, named for a sheltering tree and source of healing materials (and in the yoga/body-mind-spirit category.)
and, my promised bonus for today, a small selection of my favorite Christmas books, plus a few new ones I’ve purchased this year …
Olive, The Other Reindeer
Rather silly, but the kids love it — especially when they "get it"
The Tale of Three Trees
This one is a traditional folktale about three trees and their dreams of becoming something. One wishes to be made into a treasure chest and hold riches, the other dreams of becoming a strong sailing ship to carry powerful kings and the third desires to never be cut down, but to grow tall and high and point to God. I won’t tell you the end (and perhaps you can figure it out) but it really is a very cool story!
A Cup of Christmas Tea
I cannot read this without crying. It’s one of my all-time favorite books, period. My mom always brews cups of peppermint tea and sits us down to read it together.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Like I need to tell you about this classic — it’s one that every child should have in their collection.
God Bless Your Way
This is a new one I found this year. A fictional story of an old man who follows Joseph and Mary into Bethlehem — the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and it comes with a CD of five songs, sung by Hillary Weeks (who is another favorite of mine)
I’m thinking this will be the one I put in the hat boxes this year, but I’m going to go read it at Barnes and Noble first. It’s written and illustrated by an amazing couple, Caralyn and Mark Buehner that actually lived very near us in Salt Lake City. They wrote another favorite of ours, called It’s a Spoon, Not a Shovel (all about table manners)
The Little Fir Tree
This is the other one I’m thinking about getting. It was recommend to me by a friend.