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This year, as Rob and I were making our Christmas wishlists, I actually emailed all of our family members and politely asked them to rethink toys as a gift for Dessa. We simply don’t need any more stuffed animals or the latest trendy “must have” baby toy. Dessa is enamored with the simplest of toys. (And in the absence of a good toy, she’s perfectly content to play with her feet!) I’m not a grinch, I just prefer to not have a house filled with meaningless, generic toys that were purchased just for the sake of giving a gift. When it comes to gifts, I would greatly prefer to open a gift for Dessa and find a thoughtful gift inside that was carefully chosen just for her.
Christmas is a mere 10 days away and, if you’re like us, you still have some shopping to finish up. There are probably a few sweet babies or children on your list that would love a toy (some might even have parents parents like us that are dreading the huge pile of toys coming their way). Rather than hopping onto your standard go-to for all purchases, I wanted to take a moment and introduce you our new favorite place to shop for gifts: UncommonGoods.
I love shopping on UncommonGoods because their gifts are just that: uncommon. Every gift on the site feels unique and special – and like so much more of a treasure than ordering online from a big box store. They have the perfect gifts for teenagers, best friends, and everyone else on your list. Not only that, but the UncommonGoods company strives to make the world a better place. I appreciate the ethics behind their mission. Through their employee benefits, commitment to environmentally sustainable products, and their efforts to give back a portion of every purchase made online make UncommonGoods the kind of company that I enjoy supporting.
Best of all, their baby and children’s gifts are truly exceptional. Each one has a unique personality, which easily lends itself to the personality of the child’s parents as well. If you know a health-conscious vegan, there’s a perfect gift for their little bundle of joy. If Dad is like Rob and into video games, there’s the sweetest little onesie for his sidekick. Big fans of Taco Tuesday? There are a few really fun gifts – like adorable taco baby booties and taco truck for pretend play. It’s no wonder their gifts are so popular – each one is just so stinkin’ clever.
UncommonGoods recently sent us a set of Ice Cream Rattles for Dessa. Right now, Dessa wants to put all the things into her mouth and I thought her little scrunched up face would look extra adorable trying to bite into these organic crocheted toys. I love their simple charm. Basically, it’s the kind of toy I don’t mind adding to Dessa’s collection.
Discover Great Gifts on Uncommon Goods
There are so many wonderful gift ideas on UncommonGoods, it can be a little tricky to locate the exactly perfect gift for someone you love. Luckily, UncommonGoods makes the gift selection process super-simple with their helpful assistant, Sunny. Just tell Sunny a little bit about the person you are shopping for (like their gender, age, and interests) and Sunny automatically generates suggestions based on the information you supply. Give Sunny a try and discover the perfect gift.
And just in case you want a second opinion for the babies, toddlers, and children on your shopping list, here are my top picks. I enjoyed every moment of my time scouring UncommonGoods to hand pick my favorite items. These gifts for kids are completely adorable and special (even the ones that are toys!)
1. Organic Cotton Teethers Veggie Crate | 2. Farm Animal Blocks | 3. Milestone Baby Cards | 4. Personalized Football Bodysuit | 5. Taco Dreams Mobile | 6. Super Nerdy ABC Blocks | 7. Unicorn Booties | 8. Taco Booties | 9. Triceratops Booties | 10. Ice Cream Rattles | 11. Future Gamer Babysuit | 12. Little Adventurer Socks | 13. Baby Ballerina Socks
1. Personalized M is for Me Book | 2. Choo Choo Train Dining Set | 3. Construction Plate and Utensils | 4. Swan Slippers | 5. Ecotoy Trucks | 6. Parker the Interactive Bear Patient | 7. Play and Go Storage Mat – Road Map | 8. Ms. Food Face Plate | 9. Dress Up Fairy Wings | 10. Dress Up Fairy Wings | 11. Jetpack Backpack | 12. Jetpack Backpack
No matter who is left on your holiday shopping list, be sure to check out UncommonGoods. I’m pretty sure you will discover the perfect thoughtful gift, even if it’s a toy!
I love Uncommon Goods! Would you mind sharing your “no toys, please” request with us? I’ve wanted to make such a request but fear I’d come across in a negative, controlling way so if you’ve got a nice, tactful, way of putting it I’d love to see!!
Maria Gavin says
Hi Stefanie! Of course, I’m happy to share!
This is the message I wrote to our family members:
I know some of you are eager to get a jump on your holiday shopping and I know some people will be curious about Dessa’s clothing size.
By the time Christmas rolls around, Dessa will be wearing 6 month clothes and 9 month pajamas (her long little body outgrows one-piece clothes faster than a shirt and top.)
If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for Dessa, we would LOVE to have more clothes for her closet. She could also use some new board books and we are already saving money for college.
As far as clothes go, you can’t go wrong with Carters! I also love the baby clothes at Old Navy and spend a lot of time oggling the baby clothes at Matilda Jane.
As far as toys go, Dessa really doesn’t need much. We have a teeny tiny house with limited space. Dessa has a few toys that she loves and plays with very deeply. She honestly only needs a few more that she can grow into and she really doesn’t need any more stuffed animals than what she already owns.
Hopefully that helps a little!”
Best of luck with your goal of minimal toys! I know what a challenge it can be :)