Metro Parent: A Creative & Inspiring Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for an extra special gift for the little ones in your life? Here’s a selection of gift ideas that will spark ingenuity and provide hours of entertainment. And the best part is, no screens required!

Catch the Moon

Created by the educational and lauded company Thames & Kosmos, Catch the Moon is an engaging and stimulating stacking game for those 8+. All it takes is a few cleverly placed ladders and a steady hand to roll the dice. With the right mix of suspense and risk-taking, your little one will soar to success. Learn more at

Message from the Planet

From land and sea, Wild Republic’s Message from the Planet plush animals are ready to snuggle. This cuddly eco-conscious company has an adorable selection of animals that include a shark, turtle, whale, elephant, giraffe, a rhinoceros, a kangaroo with joey and a koala bear. Wild Republic’s Message from the Planet gives a voice to the voiceless while preserving their habitats. Made from 100% recycled materials, by purchasing this line you are helping Wild Republic to protect nature and foster conservation. Nab these lovable animals here.

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty

Time to have some putty fun! Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty Holiday Mini Tins make a fantastic add on to any gift or stocking stuffer. With a spectacular variety of innovative tins to choose from, no matter what you are looking for, Crazy Aaron’s will most likely have it. Producing a first-class product, this silicone-based putty is safe, nontoxic and will never dry out. As well as being a joyful toy for kids, Thinking Putty is great for people of all ages who are combatting stress and anxiety since it provides a tactile sensory experience that can aid to reduce anxiety. Discover the pleasure of putty here.

Land of Dough

Produced by Crazy Aaron’s, the Land of Dough is the most eco-friendly dough on the planet. The company uses plant-based colors, compostable glitters, paper packaging, and strives to minimize the environmental impact of its product. Children will relish in the whimsical designs, soft hand feel, and relaxing scent while also benefiting from sensory play. Land of Dough is made in the USA by the company’s own wind-powered facility using reclaimed landfill gas as a heat source. Find it here.

Budding artists and future writers will love the charming children’s book Zigglebee. The author Lana Bailey, age seven, wrote this book during the height of COVID. Inspired by her twin sister Laila, who was born with condition called Jacobsen Syndrome that causes developmental delays and impairs speaking, Lana discovered she could communicate with her sister through stories and pictures.

Zigglebee encourages engagement through creativity and the arts. The blank canvas along with Lana’s storytelling will allow your child to illustrate the pages and use their imagination. To purchase this charming and meaningful book, go to