SaratogaMama Holiday Gift Guide 2012 – Preschool and Big Kid Gifts


Since my son is a preschooler and I have a lot of school age “big kids” on my shopping list, this was a really fun category to shop for.  Once again, we’ve compiled some fabulous local items from stores all over Saratoga County.  Don’t forget to check out our other holiday gift guides, Gifts for Mama’s, Gifts for Babies and Toddlers, see the toys we showed on TV, and coming soon our first ever Bath and Body Gift Guide!

We hope you enjoy the SaratogaMama Holiday Gift Guide 2012!  Happy shopping-

Holiday Gift Guide 2012 – Preschool and Big Kid Gifts –

  • Ta-Da in Clifton Park Center has tons of options for the big kids and tweens.  I thought these make-your-own cloth covered button sets were really cool and I liked that this craft set included an ‘Indie Rock’ version which the boys might enjoy.  Coocoo the Rocking Clown is a cheery balance game for 1-4 players and of course the Stache Straws are too fun not to include!
Tada Button Factory Coocoo Game and Stache Straws
– Button Factory Sets, $19, Coocoo the Clown game, $25 and Mustache Straws, $10 at Ta-Da in Clifton Park Center or Stuyvesant Plaza
  • PaperDolls of Saratoga had many interesting items for the big kids.  My son fell in love instantly with these drum stick pencils, and I picked them up on the sly for him.  He’ll be psyched!  The World of Thanks note card set teaches about the joy and importance of saying “thanks” and the Paper Dolls note card set is just plain cool!
PaperDolls of Saratoga Notecards Thank you Notes and Drum Stick Pencils
– Paper Doll Parade note card set, $15, World of Thanks, $16, and Drum Stick Pencils, $9 at PaperDolls of Saratoga
  • Local design studio The Pink Orange has the sweetest mini notes to use as a stocking stuffer or a teacher gift.  Buy them online or call 518-320.8417 to place your order by phone.
The Pink Orange Mini Cards and Envelopes
– 8 letterpresses notes with 8 assorted colored mini envelopes, $10.  Photo credit Tiffany Wayne. (
  • NY Toy & Hobby in Clifton Park Center has a huge assortment of games and sets for kids of all ages.  Boochie is an award-winning family game with a fun twist on bocce, and this Sandwich Stacking Game by Melissa & Doug takes play food to a whole other level!  Finally, Snap Circuits is an excellent choice for the science-lover or early engineer.
NY Toy and Hobb Boochie Snap Circuits and Sandwich Game
-Boochie, $30, Snap Circuits Jr., $32, and Melissa & Doug Sandwich Stacking Game$30 at NY Toy & Hobby in Clifton Park 
  • G. Willikers in Saratoga has the most helpful staff who are always willing and able to assist with product recommendations.  As soon as I mentioned big kid, Squishables were our first stop!  They are major hits with literally everyone from preschoolers to college kids.  What’s not to love!?  Also inlcuded this year is Tenzi, an easy/fun dice game and this Red Tool Box Candy Maze Kit which is a great woodshop kit for kids.
G Willikers Tenzi Squishables and Candy Maze Kit
-Tenzi, $15, Squishables! $43, and Red Tool Box Candy Maze Kit, $19 at G. Willikers in Saratoga 

  • Homessence in Saratoga had a small but cute kids section with lots of unique things.  For the big kids, these kids art clips by Maple Shade Kids are an adorable way to hang that preschool art, and these twig colored pencils in a hollowed out tree pencil holder are handmade and fun!
Homessence Kids Art Clips and Twig Colored Pencils
– Kids Art Clips by Maple Shade Kids, $29 and Twig colored pencils with holder, $24 at Homessence in Saratoga
  • Local artist Jessica Fernandez of Rosebud Johnnies makes these super cool reusable snack bags that have a ring to attach to a backpack.  She’ll even take custom orders so you can really make it personal.
Rosebud Johnnies Reusable Snack Bags
– Rosebud Johnnie’s Reusable Snack Bags, $13.00 for one, $23.00 for a matching set 

Holiday Gift Guide 2012 – Where to Shop

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