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4 Grinning-Ear-to-Ear Gifts from Giggle

What to Give Your Kids This Holiday

skip hop owl zoo bookends!

Your tot’s extensive wish list is no joke. Narrow down the demands with our picks from Giggle’s new Santa Monica location, and you’ll have the last laugh.

Owl Zoo Bookends, $35
Give a mini library a bit of wisdom with brightly colored, cheerful bookends. (The polka-dot bellies are a real hoot.)

giant noah's ark!Giant Noah’s Ark, $260
Constructed entirely from sustainable bamboo, the two-foot-long ark houses Mr. & Mrs. Noah along with eleven pairs of animals that peer out portholes.

Manny & Simon Elephant Rocker, $180
Everyone’s talking about this elephant in the room. Made from recycled wood and ecofriendly paint, it’s totally unavoidable — in a good way.

plan toys foosball!Plan Toys Foosball, $85
Players bend it like Beckham while learning basic math skills, coordination, and sportsmanship right at the kitchen table. It’s got easy-to-grip handles and all-wood construction. Goooooaaaal!

Available at Giggle, 1120 Montana Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets (424-268-4539 or giggle.com).

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this week in los angeles!

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Cookie Decorating Party

What: Drop off the kids (or stay and play) for three sweet hours of delectable fun.
Why: A tree lighting ceremony after the party officially kicks off the season.
When: Sat., 1-4 p.m. Tree lighting, 5 p.m.
Where: Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd., off PCH (310-456-7300). Admission is free.

WATCH
A Snow White Christmas

What: Neil Patrick Harris makes an appearance in this traditional British Panto performance of Snow White’s classic tale that encourages kids to interact with the onstage action. 

Why: You’ll all live happily ever after.
When: Wed., 7 p.m.; Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7 p.m.
Where: El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., b/t Chandler & Magnolia Blvds. (213-978-0801). Tickets online at elportal.com. Adults, $54-$64; children under 12, $34-$44.

CELEBRATE
Swedish Christmas Fair

What: Ring in the season the Scandinavian way with traditional foods, handmade crafts, folk dancing, Santa sightings, and more.
Why: Mom can drink up at the Glogg bar.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, 700 W. 32nd St., at S. Figueroa St., Downtown (213-748-5116). Adults, $8; children ages 2-12, $2; children under 2, free.

CRAFT
Splendid Store Opening

What: An afternoon of holiday-themed activities with Karen Kimmel’s Crafting Community in honor of the new Santa Monica spot.
Why: Proceeds benefit local charity Baby2Baby.
When: Sun., 2-4 p.m.
Where: Splendid, 1324 Montana Ave., b/t 14th St. & Euclid Ct., Santa Monica (310-393-6749).

Photos: Courtesy of Giggle

LOCATIONS
Splendid
1324 Montana Ave
b/n 14th St & Euclid Ct
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310-393-6749
1120 Montana Ave
bt 11th & 12th Sts
Santa Monica, CA 90403
424-268-4539
El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd
bt Chandler & Magnolia Blvds
San Fernando Valley, CA 91601
818-508-4200
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd
@ Civic Center Way
Malibu, CA 90265
310-456-7300
Shrine Auditorium and Expo Center
700 W 32nd St
@ S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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