Looking for kids gifts that are not on the traditional "hot toy" lists? Why not give a "customized" gift? We asked some of the country's leading mom authorities for some ideas.
— Beth Feldman, editor of Rolemommy.com, and creator of the newly launched online magazine for moms by moms, Project You (www.projectyoumagazine.com) recommends Switchittz Tees ($32-39). Now available online at www.switchittz.com and at kids boutiques across the country, these cool long and short sleeve tees will give your child the chance to change the look of their shirt with different 3D patches. Choose from a variety of scenes Deep Space, Tropic Jungle, Princess Castle and much more. Each themed shirt comes with four interchangeable Switchittz, and then you can purchase more for each tee. Just think — you don't have to buy more shirts and your child can have a new look in seconds!
— Customizable Kicks at Converse.com "I can't tell you how many compliments my daughter has received ever since she designed her own at Converse sneakers online, says Feldman. Give a converse gift card where kids can pick their favorite style sneaker and customize it for their very own look.
— Jenny Isenman, contributing writer to parenting sites such as iVillage and Babble.com, is editor of TheSuburbanJungle.com, recently recognized by Good Housekeeping as the "suburban blog to read." Isenman is also a fan of gifts for children with a personal touch. According to Isenman, the personalized gift is a great choice for children because it's something they will treasure (and if you are giving to a relative or friend's child, they are pretty much re-gift proof.)
Her recommendations include:
— Yummy personalized blankets from www.butterscotchblankees.com. Choose a design, blanket color and the accent color, with your choice of font. You can personalize them with a combination of name, initials and date. They will treasure it forever. $52-$125.
— Read to your kids even when you can't be there with Hallmark Recordable Story Books at Hallmark stores and Hallmark.com. Add your voice to every page of these adorably illustrated books.
— The Dallas-area moms at Metroplex Baby and Kids (www.metroplexbaby.com), love the Kushies My Bag, which helps little kids learn how to pack and identify their belongings during travel/overnight trips or at daycare.
My Bag has cool compartments, an insulated snack box, in insulated medicine box, places to keep clean and dirty clothes separate, a bag for shoes, and a pillow and blanket. It is $79.99 at www.kushiesonline.com.
—They also recommend Yubo the lunchbox that kids customize with different faceplates; $29.95 at getyubo.com.