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1. 31 Bits, 'Be Magical' Unicorn Necklace, $32

2. Pop + Lolli, Iconic Cultural World Map, $199

3. Tegu, Original Pocket Pouch, $25

4. Krochet Kids, Handpicked Hoots Beanie, $28

5. This Is How We Do It, by Matt Lamothe, $14

 

1.

31 BITS
'Be Magical' Unicorn Necklace
$32

  Photo by 31 Bits

Photo by 31 Bits

the stuff:

Skip those junky plastic play necklaces and give her something with soul that she can cherish even after she stops (publicly) believing in unicorns. Made of handmade paper beads from Uganda, this necklace tells a story you'll want your little girl to hear, and will bring squeals of delight from tots and tweens alike. Plus, it’s strung together with elastic, so you won’t have to be in charge of those tiny clasps when she wants to put it on and then take it off 67,000 times a day, and it won’t break in half and scatter beads everywhere when her little sis gets jealous and tries to rip it off her neck (not that this has ever happened at our house). Come to think of it, why not buy little sis one of her own? We're thinking the “Be Kind” version would be the perfect fit.

 

 

the story:

The idea for 31 bits began with a trip to Uganda, when one of the founders of the company met women who were making beautiful pieces of jewelry out of old posters. Though living in poverty, these women were using the few resources available to them to create beautiful, meaningful products, and the founders knew immediately that there was a market for these gorgeous, ethically made accessories in the U.S.; thus, 31 Bits was born. First selling at school events, craft fairs, and home parties, 31 Bits can now be found at hundreds of stores around the U.S. We especially love that their business model includes a holistic program for the Ugandan artisans that enables them to graduate after five years with their own businesses in Uganda.

  Photo by 31 Bits

Photo by 31 Bits


2.

POP + LOLLI
Iconic Cultural World Map
$199

  Photo by Pop + Lolli

Photo by Pop + Lolli

the stuff:

Of course you want to show your little one the world, but travel with kids can be really expensive. Pop + Lolli will help you to at least put it on their walls while you save up for the plane tickets. Tap into the innate curiosity and wonder of little minds with these gorgeous, playful fabric wall decals that can be moved and repositioned over and over again without losing their stick. Whether you just want to brighten up their space, or plan to do a nightly geography quiz (college admission is pretty competitive these days, best to start young) this vibrant wall art will make them grateful to be citizens of this amazing planet and residents of a very adorable bedroom. 

 

 

the story:

Architect, artist and former Disney Imagineer Mia Viljoen created Pop + Lolli to fit a void she saw in the kids' decor market.  When she was pregnant with her daughter, she couldn't find anything extraordinary to put on her baby girl's bedroom walls.  So she created it.  A line of made-in-the-USA, non-toxic, high quality, truly reusable wall art that turns design into a means of expression and exploration--something every kid deserves.  Unlike vinyl decals, Pop & Lolli fabric wall stickers don't contain any of the PVCs used in the manufacturing of vinyl and are made with an eco-friendly water based adhesive and lead-free inks.  And, they last--unlike the vinyl decals that curl at the edges the first time they're touched, Pop + Lolli stickers keep their stickiness and their shape.  Plus, with every purchase, Pop + Lolli donates a portion of its proceeds to Acres of Love, a non-profit that uses an entrepreneurial approach to solving the orphan crisis in South Africa.   A gift that'll brighten your kid's room and an orphan's life (and might just buy you some peace and quiet, too).

 

  Photo by Pop + Lolli

Photo by Pop + Lolli


3.

TEGU
Original Pocket Pouch
$25

  Photo by Tegu Toys

Photo by Tegu Toys

the stuff:

These are like the old school blocks you loved as a kid except way, way better. Hidden magnets inside will allow your wee one to configure and reconfigure into hundreds of shapes and sizes, and the handy travel pouch will keep everything tucked away between play times.Go ahead and turn up your nose at all the parents whose kids are staring at phone on the plane and at dinner; yours is engrossed in engineering a block tower. I mean, can you help it if your kid is a genius who shuns technology in favor of ethically made, eco-friendly magnetized blocks?

 

the story:

Tegu is not just making great toys that help kids’ brains develop, they’re making them in a way you’ll be proud to tell your kiddo about. The company owns their own fully independent factory in Honduras, where they pay their employees a living wage and prioritize career growth and development (as opposed to a task-based assembly line model). They also work with local Honduran cooperatives to individually hand pick each mature tree that is responsibly harvested for their blocks. And if you’re still curious about this cool company, you can plan your next family trip to Honduras—just email the company and they’ll set you up on a free factory tour to see where the magic happens. 

 

  Photo by @ tegutoys  (Instagram)

Photo by @tegutoys (Instagram)


4.

KROCHET KIDS
Handpicked Hoots Beanie
$28

  Photo by Krochet Kids

Photo by Krochet Kids

 

the stuff

I mean look at it. And then picture a kid you love peeking their chubby little grill out of it. It does NOT get cuter than a kid in an animal beanie. Probably don’t buy it if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like it when people are constantly stopping you to tell you how cute your kid is or ask you where you got that beanie, because that’ll be happening a lot. If you’re not keen on owls, there’s a menagerie of other cute critters to choose from, or buy a different one for every kid on your list and be done with kid shopping in one ADORABLE click.

the story:

Krochet Kids employs women in poverty stricken regions around the world to make hip basics with a beautiful story behind them. In conjunction with their non-pfocit partner, Capabale, they go a step further and provide a holistic set of programs and services including education, mentoship, and financial services to help women rise out of poverty in a sustainable way.  Want to teach your kids to be grateful for their stuff, and help them understand that there are real people behind the things they wear? Well Krochet Kids has got you covered. Every product comes with a small tag that is handsigned by the woman who made it, and even better, you and your little one can check out the online site of the maker and write her a note of thanks and encouragement.

  Photo by Krochet Kids

Photo by Krochet Kids


5.

This Is How We Do It
by Matt Lamothe
$18

the stuff:

There's just no such thing as having too many books, which makes them the perfect gift. And this one covers all the bases: it’s beautiful, it’s fun to read, and it will do some of that hard parenting work for you-- like convincing your littles that we should care about others and respect differences. The book follows the beautiful journey alongside the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day. See what they eat, how they play, where they sleep, how they dress. Of course, there are lots of differences that kids will be fascinated by, but what they’ll really see is that—despite all the things that make us unique—kids are kids, people are people, and at the core, the rhythm of our lives is more alike than we might think.

 Photo by  @ maisonetteworld    

Photo by @maisonetteworld
 

the story:

How do we write the story for a story? Author Matt Lamothe's travels inspired him to write this book and share with kids the beauty of life in all parts of the globe. He is one-third of the award-winning design company ALSO as well as the coauthor of The Exquisite Book, The Where, the Why and the How, and The Who, the What, and the When.  Lamonthe lives in Chicago.

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