The World Didn’t End, Time to Finish Your Shopping

From Jezebel.com, “First Photo Out of Australia After the Mayan Apocalypse: It’s Not Good” — Just kidding. Christmas is still on!

To no one’s surprise at all, the world did not end, although I find the above photoshopped creation quite hilarious. Today we’re just rounding up all our recommendations in one single post. For most web shopping, today is your last day to get in orders for guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery (depending, of course, how much you are willing to bleed for overnight shipping – you may be able to push this back to tomorrow). This weekend look for our Last Minute Gifts – the Hail Mary of gift-giving, also known as the homemade gift certificate. Actually I delight in homemade certificates, but we’ll get to that on Sunday.

First, my favorite gift for literally anyone — a game. We’ve been reviewing games in the Game Night series, including modified rules to include all ages and abilities in every game. Our family especially loves Taboo!

Make-believe play is really important for early language and cognitive development. We’ve rounded up those posts in one place. Dolls are great for boys and girls — just avoid the princess trap. Don’t forget Fair Play’s earliest posts about gender fair kitchen toys!

Bikes can be one of the toughest things to find in gender-fair color and design at an affordable price. We wrote about that early in Fair Play’s history. Maybe a brand new bike under (beside?) the tree is just what your child needs for active play!

We’ve spent quite a bit of time on math and science recently. Early math and science interest and skills can be fostered in construction and spatial play, or with age-appropriate science kits like chemistry sets. Goldie Blox is pretty cool but not on store shelves yet. Roominate is a new modular building toy with some neat engineering principles! K’NEX are also fun and many can be motorized. Don’t forget our word of caution about Lego Friends!

Books are always a good standby. I think giving a child one of your favorites, with an inscription to that effect, is usually a good option. Fair Play has reviewed a small selection of books for children, which you can in the Book Review series.

Shopping for parents? The For Parents section of our site includes book recommendations for the adults on your list. Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter is a must-read for parents of little girls everywhere. Paul Tough’s new How Children Succeed is a fascinating look at how research increasingly shows early emotional development is the key to long term success.

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If you need still more ideas or have questions, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can! You can also check out UltraViolet’s guide to non-sexist holiday shopping for more inspiration!

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