For Your Kids
Forget the video games and mindless TV shows: Take your tot back to the good ol’ days of handmade games and puzzles with this colorful game that you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. We love the cool colors and strategy reminiscent of pick up sticks.$39.95 at the Missing Peace, 15 Klines Court, Lambertville, 609-397-3999.
Sometimes, you just can’t beat a cozy cashmere sweater. We love the adorable, timeless design on the front. (Tip: Dress your tykes in this for next year’s holiday card.)$165 at the Children’s Boutique, 1702 Walnut Street, 215-732-2661.
Because every kid’s dream is to get a puppy. Rather than shell out major cash for designer dogs (puggles, anyone?), rescue an animal in need at the PSPCA. Even better? They offer the training classes to go with them, so you can spend more time playing with your pup than cleaning up after him.Pennsylvania SPCA, fees vary.
Renowned local company Cunningham designs the best pianos around. Wrap a huge bow around it, play a few rousing rounds of Chopsticks, and then just wait for your children to beg you for piano lessons. (Just don’t expect them to practice.) They offer upright versions, as well as gleaming baby grands.Cunningham Liberty upright 44-inch piano in mahogany gloss, $2,990 at Cunningham Piano, 5427 Germantown Avenue, Germantown, 215-438-3200.
Matchbox cars are nice, but this Danish-modern wood car is so much cooler. We love the sleek design and durability. It’s the kind of toy that’s so good-looking, you won’t mind it being left out post playtime. Heck, we wish they made them in our size.Automoblox Mini C9 sports car, $12.99 at O’Doodle’s, 8335 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, 215-247-7405.