Warm Hands, Warm Hearts

haypenny handmitten!

One mom’s freezing (50 degrees and gray in Miami) is another mom’s heaven (a blustery 30 degrees in Boston). But no matter on which side of the jet stream you fall, you’re bitter about winter.

So you’ll warm right up to the Haypenny Handmitten, a mom-invented slipcover for your stroller handlebar.

Made of a soft alpaca wool blend and lined in cozy fleece, it snaps over the handle. The roomy pocket is perfectly positioned for you to stick your hands in and push the carriage.

No more freezing digits, chapped fingers, or dropping gloves in the struggle to answer the phone. Plus, Handmittens are made by female fair trade artisans in Nepal and Peru who receive training, support, and a living wage.

So no one’s left out in the cold.

Available online at haypennydesign.bigcartel.com, $68-$100.

this week in boston!

Gingerbread Playdough Pals

What: Make a masterpiece with googly eyes, ribbon, and yarn, and then settle in for story time.
Why: Scatter on a few sequins for some bling.
When: Wed., 2:30-4 p.m.; Fri., 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Where: The Barefoot Books Studio, 89 Thoreau St., Concord (978-369-1770). Participation is free.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

What: The classic Dylan Thomas poem springs to life.
Why: Add a bit of culture during the onslaught of ho ho hos.
When: Tues. & Thurs., 7 p.m.; Wed., 3 & 7 p.m.
Where: The Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St. (617-933-8600). Tickets online at bostontheatrescene.com. Adults, $35; children, $20.

Winter Solstice Celebration

What: Songs and games in honor of the first day of the season.
Why: See how critters fend off chilly temperatures without a scarf in sight.
When: Tues., 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan (617-983-8500). Adults, free; children, $6; families, $12.

Photo: Courtesy of Haypenny Design

The Barefoot Books Studio
89 Thoreau St
Concord, MA 01742
500 Walk Hill St
Mattapan, MA 02126
539 Tremont St
@ Hanson St
Boston, MA 02116