Whether it’s eight crazy nights or one glorious morning, feel good about the gifts you give the kids this year.
Plan Toys Build-a-Robot, $34
The wooden droid’s four interchangeable heads (each wearing a different facial expression) teach little ones about emotions, while movable arms and legs leave us all smiles.
Garden Treasure Box, $50
A magical souvenir box that turns everyday garden finds into prized possessions. Stash acorns, flowers, and leaves in specially labeled drawers.
A Little Book About Feelings and My Feelings Activity Book, $13
We’re feeling extra good about these books from The Mother Company. In no time at all, your kids will learn to express their emotions with comfort and ease.
Materious Piggy, $54
A piggy bank that teaches two valuable lessons: Save for yourself with the big piggy and for a charitable cause with the smaller swine.
LittleMissMatched Girls’ Fashion Dolls, $40
Nobody likes a brat, and the dream house is in foreclosure. The dolls have style, personality, and character you want your kids to emulate.
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What: Snack on meatballs and pastries, and then watch costumed children sing and dance.
Why: Shop for Swedish treasures at the julmarknad (that’s Christmas market to you).
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; performance, 1 & 3 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave. (215-389-1776). Tickets online at constantcontact.com. Adults and teens, $7; children 4-12, $4; under 4, free.
Winter Nestivities Clothing Drive
What: Gather new or gently used children’s cold weather gear for donation to Cradles to Crayons.
Why: Another reason to feel warm inside? All do-gooders get $5 to use toward their purchase at Nest.
When: Thurs.-Dec. 11. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 1301 Locust St. (215-545-6378).
What: Pose for a photo with Santa, go for a horse and carriage ride, and get creative at the holiday art-making station.
Why: Little elves thaw out with a cup of hot chocolate.
When: Sun., 4-7 p.m.
Where: Historic Headhouse Square, Second St., at Lombard St. Free.
Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.com; Courtesy of The Mother Company; Courtesy of LittleMissMatched