With mere hours to finish your shopping (alas our final “countown post”), bookworm.com (sister website to diapers.com), will allow you to recieve your gifts by Tuesday if you order by 6pm Monday night.  Books are a wonderful gift for any ocassion and something I love receivng for my girls.  After reading Gingerbread Girl to my 4 -year-old and a Les Petits Fairytale to my 2 year old twins, I thought I’d suggest a few you still have time to order before Christmas.  In addition to the ones above, Mix it Up is the anticipated follow-up book to Press Here (another fave), The Night Before Christmas is a must (love that it’s a board book) and I have both Dragons Love Tacos and The day the Crayons Quit all wrapped up and under the tree. xxNatalie

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1. The Day the Crayons Quit, $17.99, 2. Mix it Up, $11.19, 3. Dragons love Tacos, $16.99, 4. The Night Before Christmas, $6.99, 5. The Gingerbread Girl, $16.99, 6. Les Petits Fairytales, Rapunzel, $7.99

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Whether helping with dinner or make-believe in the play kitchen, these aprons are a must for any budding chef.  Odette Williams makes the absolute sweetest for girls and boys…complete with an oven mit and wooden utencils.  This is one of those gifts that will be put to good use for many years to come.   How satisfying is that!—CC

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Odette Williams, Apron Sets, $45—available at LittleCircus.com (still time for delivery before xmas!)

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Doll houses are a wonderful gift that’s prefect for a wide age-range of children.  Our favorite choices come from HaPe and Le Toy Van.  HaPe’s version of doll houses are very hip and green (complete with a solar panel in this one!).  The primary colors and non-fussy interior make this a good style house for boys or girls. The HaPe furniture is equally as modern, with clean lines and no frills.  Le Toy Van makes the most whimsical and adorable wooden houses and accessories, perfect for little girls. And we love this Excalibur castle version of a ‘doll house’ as well.  All 3 options are available with express ship to arrive in time for Christmas.—CC

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1. HaPe, All Season House, $189/ 2. Le Toy Van, Excalibur Castle, $109.99/ 3. Le Toy Van, The Lavender Doll House, $189.99

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This is an absolute must for anyone with kids of any and all ages.  Zoku has revolutionized the way we make frozen snacks.  From slushy makers to instant pop-cicles, these inventions are genius and fun for the whole family.  The slushy maker is a personal favorite that we enjoy in our house often…lemonade and coconut are our two favorite flavors.  Not to mention the rest of their collection which includes an ice cream maker and a chocolate station.  These items are sure to be a hit and will leave your lucky recipients frozen with excitement!  xx, Christin

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Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker, $49.99/ Zoku Slush and Shake Maker, $19.99

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Looking for a few chic stocking stuffers?  Well we have your one-stop-shop…Atsuyo et Akiko…a long-time favorite for accessories continues to expand into all sorts of categories like clothing, toys, bags and more.  We have highlighted just a few of the many options…happy stuffing!  –CC

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1. Vilac Tin Music Box by Nathalie Lété, $15.00/ 2. Royal Cape-Lilac, $84.00/ 3. Organic Tee-Pirate Ship, $44.00/ 4. Vilac Alphabet Magnets, $16.00/ 5. Vilac Playing Cards by Nathalie Lété-Set of 2, $18.00/ 6. Necklace-Golden Heart, $24.00/ 7. Hairband-Palais Royale, $48.00

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This workbench is made of solid wood, adjustable in height, includes a magnetic back board for organizing tools, a storage shelf below and a clock for learning time.  A simple and lovely design by French toymaker Janod–perfect for any child with an imagination to build and create.   A station of endless fun for your future ‘tinkerer’.  We also love the 45-piece construction set to go along with it for the ideal starter kit.  –CC

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Janod Wooden Workbench, $118.00/ Janod 45-piece Wooden Construction Set, $30.00

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These night-lights by Heico are the coolest addition to any child’s room with just the right amount of retro and whimsy.  ‘Hand-crafted from high quality resin in central Germany, each lamp is hand painted to perfection.’  This element of décor is just as great turned on or off, and will give any child an extra incentive for bedtime.  Sweet dreams!  –CC

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Heico Lamp Standing Duck $85.00, Small Mushroom/Red $75.00, Lying Fawn $175.00, Rabbit $85.00

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We love this as a whole family gift or for a specific child, but this pleases both boys and girls and a variety of ages.  Not to mention the convertible factor – from sled to wagon and back again easily.  It also happens to be handmade and designed with a beautiful heirloom quality which puts it at the top of our list.  Hours of fun totally included!  –CC

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Grasshopper Convertible Wagon/Sled, $279.99

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For girls, doll accessories are always a gift winner.  We like these for our girls becauase they encourage imaginative play and if done right, they aren’t an eyesore to have on display in a bedroom or playroom.  Pottery Barn is our go-to for adorable and sturdy doll accessories.  Everything also happens to be on-sale at the moment (bonus!).  In addition to the best doll beds, highchairs, etc they also have great outfits that should even fit your American Girl dolls (the 18″ size).  You’re welcome!—CC

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1. Doll Sleigh Bed, $55 (on special) + bedding, $23 (on special)/ 2. Double Doll Jogging Stroller, $79 (on special)/ 3. Doll Storage Trunk, $47 (on special)

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At first glance you may think these are some sort of abstract art…look closer, they are actually the chicest puzzles we’ve ever seen.  Leave it to ABC Home to carry these gorgeous and inspired puzzle art.  The colorful wooden block pieces give children free reign to create their own masterpieces.  What a lovely gift for your own children or to send to any lucky little one.—CC

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Grimms puzzles, $35-$110, all available at ABCHome.com.

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Christmas morning PJs are a favorite tradition.  We’ve received inquiries as to who makes the classic red and green striped version (below)—Hanna Andersson.  Well priced and lots of different versions of stripes make these a great option.  For babies, if you don’t want to necessarily match, we think this gold angel wing Marie Chantal footed PJ is divine.  Finally, Rachel Riley is spot on with her more traditional spin for Christmas nightwear.  Any which way you decide, coordinating PJs make for nice harmony on the big day.—CC

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1. Hanna Andersson, Long John Pajamas in Organic Cotton, $20 (was $38)/2. Marie Chantal, Gold Angel Wing Velour Footie, $89/ 3. Rachel RIiley, Fawn Jersey Pajamas, $129/ 4. Rachel Riley, Candy Cane Pajamas, $129 (was $199)

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For today, we wanted to come up with a price-conscious gift with big impact.  We love these wooden blocks for their natual, wooden quality and potential for learning through play.  Letters, numbers, shapes, patterns, and so on, adorn these blocks…making them appropriate for little ones (building and stacking) to older ones as well.  At just under $20 these are ‘smart’ purchase.—CC

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B. Toys, B. Puzzled Wooden Blocks, $19.99

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Children love a cozy place for imaginative play or to cozy up and read.  The cottage and garage from Land of Nod are perfect playroom additions.  Easy to fold up and put away or stylishly suitable to leave up all the time, these playhouses promise loads of fun.  Mail slot, curtains to leave open or closed and adorable design, these are just about the most home-sweet-home playhouses out there…No moving van required.—CC

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Land of Nod, Home Cottage, $189 & Garage Play home, $189

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We have updated ‘Currently Coveting’ for December just in time for you moms to scope out a few things for your own list.  From fashionable finds, beauty must-have’s, yummy gifts for those in your life who may have everything, a favorite holiday candle, to a few cozy essentials…we hope you enjoy.  –CC

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1. Isa Arfen Freddie Shearling and Velvet-Tie Jacket, $915.00/ 2. Gorsuch 12-ply Cashmere Cable Throw, $1,498.00/ 3. Brenda Smith Sweets & Such Cream Cheese Pound Cake (Ph#757-589-5203), $15.00/ 4. Tom Ford Beauty Lip & Nail Gift Box, $164.00/ 5. Eugenia Kim Skye Knit Hat with PomPom-Cream/Black, $225.00/ 6. Bodas Ribbed Cashmere Socks, $73.50/ 7. Aurélie Bidermann Gold Swan Feather Earrings, $935.00/ 8. Ralph Lauren Holiday Grand Candle, $206.50/ 9. Isabel Marant Nowles Shearling-Lined Leather Concealed Wedge Boots, $810.00/ 10. Frends Ella Gold-Tone Earphones, $99.99/ 11. Eve Lom TLC Cream-50ml, $80.00

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Whether actually ready for sleepovers or just a cozy movie night at home, kids love sleeping bags.  We especially adore these charming “how do you zoo” versions that are just whimsical enough without being themed to a specific character.  And…you can personalize them too…bonus!  –CC

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How Do You Zoo Sleeping Bag Raccoon, Swan, Fox, $99.00 each

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Here we go…Thanksgiving has past and the holidays are here!  Each year we start December with a countdown of chic gift ideas.  We hope to inspire clever ideas and help complete your list.  Our first idea is a puppet theatre that can be used as a floor standing, table top or top access marionette theatre which pleases both boys and girls and a variety of ages for hours of imaginative play.  Throughout the month, please remember to email us with inquiries, special requests or share ideas–we are always up for a challenge and/or suggestions!  –CC

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The Puppet Company Ltd. 3-in-1 Puppet Theatre, $171.50

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