Holiday Gift Guide: Other People's Kids

In spite of the fact that I devote several weeks' worth of posts to gifts for everyone in the family, let's face it: the holidays are about kids. Which is definitely something that's been on my mind—and everyone's—for the last few days. I don't have any children of my own, but I am Aunt Cheryl to numerous friends' children, as well as my own flesh-and-blood nieces and nephews. After all that's happened, it almost seems petty to show your love with presents they may play with for a few weeks or wear for a few months. But it's all about the little things, and whatever joy I can give these kids, I will. They're so worth it.

1. These stuffed organs will take playing doctor to a whole new level. Or, at least they'll make bodily functions seem more fun and less yucky. 

2. I am a fan of anything that makes a kid look like an animal (in a cute way!), but SpiritHoods totally raise the bar. There are lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) to choose from, but a leopard print is perfect for the budding fashionista. 

3. True story: I once watched my friend's then-18-month-old daughter pick up her iPhone, open the YouTube app, find her favorite video, and play it. I would not be surprised if this kid is running a major corporation by the time she's 30. If this sounds familiar, perhaps the Laugh & Learn baby iPhone case is in order. 

4. I think backpacks are only acceptable if you're under the age of 16, but when they're as cool as this spiky, dinosaur-inspired Mad Pax, you might be able to squeeze out a few extra years' wear.

5. Back to #2, again, kids + animals = utter cuteness. This babysuit with hat turns the newborn in your life into a living, breathing sock monkey. 

6. For your Movember-supporting friends and their spawn, this mustachifier pacifier has the funny look of a mustache without all the scratchy stubble. Which makes sense when you have baby-soft skin. 

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