6 Gifts That Will Save the Day

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It happens every year. We vow to start holiday shopping in September. Next thing we know, we’re knee deep in turkey leftovers.

So we asked the pros at Gift Hero for a wish list any kid would love. And wouldn’t you know it? They saved the day.

Apple Park Organic Soft Blocks, $30
We’ve got a soft spot for the ecofriendly blocks you can mush, smash, and stack. Plus, when you jiggle, shake, or squeeze it, each block makes a different sound.

green toys fire truck!

Green Toys Fire Truck, $25
This fire engine may look red, but it’s as green as they come: It’s made entirely of recycled milk containers.

Butterfly Alphabet Puzzle, $37
Your hungry caterpillar will fly across the room to interlock the colorful puzzle pieces, some with letters.

zoob jr. express!

Zoob Jr. Express, $35
Building planes, trains, and automobiles is a snap with the easy-to-use construction set. Instructions for 28 vehicles are included or just let his imagination soar.

Recycled Cardboard Dollhouse, $30
Little designers (and bossy types) can decorate their dream houses with markers, stickers, and punch out furniture.

zolo blanko!

Zolo Blanko, $24
With this toy that is part construction set, part art project, kids can paint, draw on, and otherwise decorate plastic pieces and use them to build anything they want. It’s a blanko slate.

Find more gifts online at gifthero.com.

this week in washington d.c.!
The Little Weed Flower
What: Local author and veteran bra-fitter Vicky Whipple reads from her new children’s book.
Why: Garden-themed crafts and snacks to please your sprout.
When: Sat., 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: The Full Cup, 218 N. Lee St., Alexandria (703-836-9441). Participation is free.

Billy Jonas
An energetic show with plenty of audience interaction.
Why: No need for inside voices.
When: Sat., 10:30 a.m.
Where: Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna (703-255-1566). Tickets online at jamminjava.com. Adults and children, $10.

Holiday Tea

What: Grab Grandma and have lunch in the historic home.
Why: Catch up over fancy-pants sandwiches and desserts.
When: Sun., 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Reservations (required) to 301-258-6425. Adults and teens, $20; under 12, $15.

Photos: Courtesy of Gifthero

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Kentlands Mansion
320 Kent Square Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180
218 N Lee St
Alexandria, VA 22314