Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Great Gifts For Kids

To help take the pressure out of your gift-buying decisions, California Home+Design is playing Santa's little helper and hooking you up with a designer's gift guide every Friday until the holidays are on top of you like a hastily fallen pine tree. We've already featured gift guides for the outdoor loverholiday parties, selective ladies and design-minded dudes. This week, check out our top picks of great gifts for kids. 

By Sarah Virginia White
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Gilded Pigs

These good lookin' porkers will perk up the bookshelves. Cast in polyresin with a gilded finish, these bookends from CB2, $30, make a great tween gift. 

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Mix-and-Match Toys

Fun-loving design group Knock Knock in Venice brings the clever to kids toys with its new Clump-o-Lumps—a line of stuffed animals with swappable body parts. With a quick unzip, the three-part snugglies can get mixed and matched to create bizarre new creatures. $25 each. 


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Teeny Tomte

I'm almost upset to have spotted these tomtes—that's Swedish for troll—at Heath Ceramics, since I've collected them for years (and thought I was special). Pick up the cuddly Skäggtomte gnomes, made from Gotland sheepswool, for $40 at the brand's outposts in LA, Sausalito and the San Francisco Ferry Building. 

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Tea for Tots

The flora and fauna of the Kiki Smith-designed cups for Illy might look sweet, but the limited-edition run is a hot collector's item that sells out fast. Starting at $55. 

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Kimono Bracelet

These artful and vibrantly colored bracelets from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art store, $28, are made from reclaimed kimono fabric. 

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Animal Chairs

Forget about scolding your kid for climbing on the furniture. The pony animal chair from Molla Space, $540, is made for play and is a great kid's room addition. 

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Cool Globe

There’s no better way to cement a geography lesson than with a prop, and the Montze globe from Zara Home, $80, does the trick. 

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Growth Chart

Truck-obsessed little boys can add their name to the personalized growth charts from California's Petite Lemon. Choose among themes that include ladybugs, monkeys, cityscapes and nighttime owls, from $30. 

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SoCal Baby

For the born-and-(soon to be)-bred California baby, Sisters of Los Angeles by designer Barbara Bestor created onesies featuring favorite Southern California canyons and beaches. Available at Silverlake's Yolk, $29.  

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Perfect for Potion

This error-proof tea infuser is fun to use and super cute in a mug. Cast in silicone by Danish design company Made by Makers, the long neck of the egg makes it easy for kids to stir milk and sugar into their brew. Available from San Francisco's Zinc Details.

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Pitter Patter

Toddlers transform into holiday elves when they slip on these adorable green felted slippers by Pia Wallén. If you're a fan of the rubber-soled booties, find them in cobalt, pink, red and yellow from Unison, $65.  

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Leisure Activity

There's no rule that says kid's funiture can't be cool. Perfect for reading, watching movies or holding court, the Wave Willow lounge from Denmark's Utzon Kids squeezes Scandinavian style into a pint-sized package, $1,140. 

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