Kids Holiday Gift Guide
Our favorite presents for your doodlers and dreamers, builders and babies.
Using 3D CAD data, the electric luxury car titan Tesla replicated its Model S P85 down to the finest detail. The 1:18 scale, tiny Tesla die-cast vehicle consists of 270 pieces and features a panoramic roof, rear spoiler, rubber tires, and carpeted interior.
$210 Available at Tesla Motors, Fashion Island, 367 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.219.0040 :: teslamotors.com
Curvy Board is simple and all-natural, plus it’s fun and surprisingly versatile. Infants can use it to steady themselves, toddlers can turn it over and make a bridge to walk across, and older kids can flip it over to use as a balance board. $120 :: openendedcreations.etsy.com
Park the Big Wheels in the garage. This imported Dexton Kids Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse is made for little drivers living in the fast lane. The one-seater convertible features LED headlights and luxe details - $400.
Preorder at Saks Fifth Avenue, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.540.3233 :: saksfifthavenue.com
Your Jedi-in-training will transform into a Lego master builder after snapping together this replica of Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle from the new “Star Wars” release. This limited-edition collectible is expected to sell out quickly. $120.
Available at The LEGO Store at Downtown Disney, 1585 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.991.6512 :: lego.com
This handmade wooden trunk features your child’s initials and holds a selection of Chasing Fireflies Ultimate Collection costumes inspired by Disney princesses such as Elsa, Aurora, Sofia the First, and Cinderella. The boys version includes five Marvel Super Hero costumes.
With the purchase of each His & Hers Ultimate Children’s Costume Trunk, Neiman Marcus will donate $1,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
$5,000, Preorder at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island :: neimanmarcus.com
Bruder’s durable German construction and extensive warranty make this the ideal dump truck for the rough and tumble set.
$49.99 Available at Tiddlywinks, 129 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714.997.8697 :: tiddlywinksoc.com
WonderTail Dino Tail
We love when kids show their own fashion sense by wearing a princess costume or superhero gear. This soft colorful dino tail is a great addition to those imaginative wardrobes. Also comes in dragon and Godzilla varieties, as well as an adult size, if you’re willing to be a really involved parent. $30.17 :: mrtail.etsy.com
Channel your child’s inner Chopin with a minature Wolfgang Amadeus Jr piano. This red, 18-key instrument is crafted just like a regular piano with mini hammers striking precision-ground steel music rods. An educational color strip fits behind the keys to help kids learn the basic chords. $79 Available at Land of Nod, South Coast Plaza, 714.754.1969 :: landofnod.com
May the force be with her when she snuggles up to this Princess Leia-inspired teddy bear. $42. Available at Build-A-Bear Workshop at Downtown Disney, 1540 Disneyland, Anaheim, 714.776.5980 :: buildabear.com
Deep Sea Dive Building Set
This new line was created with the goal of empowering young girls. Each set is story-driven to engage builders, and it encourages an appreciation of STEM skills. $34.99 :: knex.com
Sophie the Giraffe is a pint-sized squeaky import from France that’s been around for 50 years. She fits in a stocking, but don’t be too surprised to see her foot in your baby’s mouth. She is a top-selling teething toy among the celebrity set. $25. Available at Granola Babies, SoCo, 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.445.4948 :: granolababies.com
Faber-Castell Travel Easel
This four-part set comes with a chalkboard, erasable white board, beeswax crayons and non-toxic markers. The portable traveling case keeps your mini Matisse entertained on the go. $34.99, Jeannie and Mini, 827 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.453.9333 :: jeannienmini.com
IO Hawk’s Personal Transporter is the hipster version of a Segway. Look, Ma! No hands. Each wheel can be controlled separately, which simulates the feeling of having two gas pedals, so tight turns and graceful twirls are a cinch. Celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Jamie Foxx find time to whirl around on these hot wheels. $1,800 Available at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island :: neimanmarcus.com
For first-time parents, this book is a whimsical reminder that you are no longer in control. The Boss Baby is here. And he plans to call all the shots. Written for CEOs-in-training. $6 - Available at Barnes & Noble, Fashion Island, 949.718.0109 :: barnesandnoble.com
Introduce your infant to the colorful abstract world of Henri Matisse. The artist’s paintings are paired with sweet rhymes to kickstart your baby’s art education. $7 - Available at Tiddlywinks, 129 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714.997.8697:: tiddlywinksoc.com
Southern Californians love sushi. Feed your child’s foodie vocabulary with a board book filled with drawings of ebi shrimp and maki rolls. How about a little miso in a sippy cup? $7
Available at Granola Babies, SoCo, Costa Mesa 714.445.4948 :: granolababies.com
Teach your tot about kosher foods with this colorful book filled with matzo balls, lox and gefilte fish. They’ll learn the key food terms such as schmear, spritz and schmaltz in no time. $7 Available at Tiddlywinks :: tiddlywinksoc.com
Aden + Anais azure swaddle blankets woven from silky bamboo fibers are designed to mimic the enclosed surroundings of the womb. The blankets also get softer with each wash. $45.99 for three. Available at Li’l Baby Sprouts, 1280 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.721.1077
This plush panda on wheels by Prince Lionheart is designed for a toddler on the go. The padded seat and cushioned handlebar make for stylish scooting around the house. Available in a red ladybug and grey mouse model at Bel Bambini.
1800 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.2828 :: bel-bambini.com
The Wall Street Journal lauded Imagine Childhood for its creative approach to celebrating child’s play and imagination with whimsical DIY projects such as the Apple Blossom Crown Kit. Bask in the fresh winter air as you watch her highness dally away an afternoon stringing flowers together into a regal floral crown. $16.95 :: imaginechildhood.com