The phrase “home for the holidays” has new meaning in 2020.
These past several months have left parents, in particular, adding items to their toolkits (and shopping carts) to fill those hours at home. Throughout the pandemic, celebrity moms and dads have been doing the same thing.
For this year’s kids’ gift guide, Page Six Style has taken inspiration from stars’ favorite quarantine activities with their children to cultivate a list of items that could add some much-needed fun to the holiday season.
As holiday get-togethers shrink and families hunker down inside, a baking project or cozy snack together is always a treat. “I’m not much of a cook, but it’s fun to do together,” Jackie Goldschneider of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” told us.
She’s also been making hot chocolate for her four young children at night, “which I’m usually way too lazy to do.” Their favorite part? “Little spoons that are made out of chocolate that you stir the drink with,” like Williams-Sonoma’s Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks ($13.95). “They are like kids in a candy store; it’s the most exciting thing for them in the world.”
For baking enthusiasts, Baketivity offers one-off Kids Baking Sets ($24.99-$57.95), as well as monthly Kids Baking Subscription Boxes ($25.95-$32.95/month).
And for kids who don’t want to miss any action but are too small to reach the kitchen counter — like Serena Williams’ 3-year-old daughter, Olympia — the Guidecraft Classic Kitchen Helper Stool ($199.95) gives toddlers a boost.
Props for puzzles
Puzzles have been all the rage during quarantine, something “RHOC” star Braunwyn Windham-Burke has learned. Although her large crew has “never been a puzzle family,” they now have one out at all times.
“So whoever’s walking around, you kind of just sit down and chill and start putting a puzzle together,” the mom of seven told us. “So without even planning it, it’s been this weird thing in the living room … that actually brings everyone together.”
When gifting a puzzle, consider the child or family’s interests, but we’re partial to this quirky 500-piece Chronicle Books Dogs With Jobs Puzzle ($13.99) for dog lovers.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, meanwhile, was recently pictured with his two young daughters, 4-year-old Jasmine and 2-year-old Tiana, putting together a fun puzzle perfect for that age group. Check out the Wallxin Shapes Puzzle ($22.99), which comes with 36 wooden pieces and 60 pattern cards.
Take family togetherness up a notch with matching pajamas for parents and kids (and even pets). Stars like Andy Cohen, Mario Lopez, James Van Der Beek and Leslie Odom Jr. have all shared Instagram shots with coordinating parent-kid looks.
Cohen, for one, sported Sant and Abel’s Martinique Banana Leaf pajamas ($170), while his toddler son Ben wore the coordinating kids’ set ($55). “Hamilton” star Odom Jr., who is expecting baby No. 2, starred in a cute holiday campaign for kids’ clothing staple Carter’s, which this season is offering matching jammies for adults.
With so much learning being done over the computer these days, getting kids engaged away from screens is on most parents’ holiday wish lists.
Kelly Rowland told us that her 6-year-old son, Titan, is “obsessed with dinosaurs” and can’t get enough of science lately. So for the holidays, the former Destiny’s Child singer is “trying to find some really cool interactive science kits for kids that aren’t too crazy. … I love the idea of us playing with science kits together because it’s just some good one-on-one time and it should be a lot of fun.”
National Geographic has some really cool-looking kits for kids of varying ages, from the Stunning Science Chemistry Set ($39.99) to the Mega Crystal Growing Lab ($29.99).
Splish splash in the bath
A nightly bath can be so much more than just a routine thing — as stars like Tia Mowry know — and is a real chance for kids to have some fun and let out energy out before bed.
For toys beyond the typical rubber ducky, Page Six Style loves the Sago Mini Bath Squirters and Floaties ($24.99) — a really cute set of bath toys and “pool party floaties.”
For kids who like to DIY, Science Academy’s Rainbow Bath Lab ($24.95) includes everything little ones (ages 8 and up) need to make a rainbow ice pop-shaped soap, two bath fizzer pops and confetti soap.
And even if kids don’t want to get out of the bath, they’ll be warm and cozy in one of Loulou Lollipop’s Hooded Towel Sets ($35), which include a towel and matching washcloth and come in adorable prints from polar bears to breakfast foods.
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