When I asked my brother if there was anything I could make for my niece for the holidays, I was a little overwhelmed when he suggested a My Little Pony — Friendship is Magic plushie of Pinkie Pie. I'd never sewn a stuffed animal before, and I'd be a pony newbie creating something to give to a pony expert!
This is Offbeat Families's archive of gifts posts.
A few of you might recognize Brent&Jess as long-time Empire sponsors — they've been featured on Offbeat Bride quite a few times. If you've been a fan of their custom fingerprint wedding bands but the rings haven't seemed relevant to you, get ready for some relevancy! Brent & Jess just launched a new line of kid-inspired jewelry that I'm excited to tell you about today. Think baby feet pendants, custom fingerprint cufflinks, and rings with a child's signature stamped on.
If you follow our shenanigans on Facebook, then you might have already seen my recent freak-out over Oompa Toys. I often get frustrated with toy websites that seem to only cater to babies (or their parents), but happily Oompa has toys for kids between birth and 9 — and we're talking some seriously cool stuff. There are tons of wooden alternatives to the plastic you might see elsewhere (look at this super cute wooden bus!), and they offer free shipping on all orders over $65.
I was going to avoid drumming up yet another "stuff you can buy for Mother's Day" post UNTIL I realized that ThinkGeek has already done all the hard work for me and put together this collection of awesome Mother's Day gift packs for the mom or mom-like person in your life. All you need to know is this: is she happy, caffeinated, a gamer, into Doctor Who, a gardener, Big Bang Theory fan, a n00b, or totally ready for the world to end?
Our four-year-old was recently gifted Race to the Treasure!, a self-titled cooperative board game from Peaceable Kingdom. Prior to playing, I wasn't familiar with the concept of "cooperative board games" — being of the "it's healthy for kids to learn to lose!" mentality, I wasn't sure if I would be on-board with the idea.
This time of year brings a lot of newness into a lot of people's lives — flowers are blooming, babies are being born, and for our American readers, one or two holidays celebrating parenthood pop up. If you're looking around for the perfect personalized and handmade gift for Mother's Day, it's time we introduce you to our sponsor Susabella. You may recognize Susabella from when we featured them over on Offbeat Home, but if not: the biz specializes in handcrafted, stamped and glazed ceramic gifts.