Holiday Gift Guide: A young child
If you’re not buying a gift for a young child, then you’re really not getting into the holiday spirit. Even if you don’t have a special kid in your life to spoil, there are plenty of charities working to spread cheer to little ones in need. In other words, gifts for kids never go unopened.
Cheap: At Lionhearted Toys, you get name-brand used toys at garage- sale prices. All of these goodies came out to $15. Yes, that’s a real Build-A-Bear, Webkinz pet and Melissa & Doug puzzle with all the pieces. Looking for a particular toy? Just ask. The store has a ton of stuff in the back waiting to be sorted. It’s all in remarkably great condition. Lionhearted Toys, 5216 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, (813) 443-5104, lionheartedtoys.com.
Mid-range: Buy some fun for you and a child with these Play Day passes from the new Glazer Children’s Museum. Get them at the museum or call to get them mailed. The little kid in your life will think you’re the coolest ever. You won’t be disappointed by the place, either. Passes are $9.50 for children and $15 for adults. For some extra zip, wrap them up in a museum bag for $4.99, plus a ball cap for $16.99, or other goodies from the gift shop. Glazer Children’s Museum, 111 W Gasparilla Plaza, downtown Tampa, (813) 443-3861, glazermuseum.org.
Pricey: If Barbies aren’t quite your thing, how about these adorable, non-sexy bunnies? Imported from Denmark, Maileg bunnies come with their own clothing and furniture accessories. Get them locally at Silly Dilly Tot Spot, “fairy godmothers’ favorite shop,’’ which has plenty of unique toys for boys as well. Start a collection, for example, with a medium-size bunny for $45, a baby bunny for $18 and a highchair for $22. Silly Dilly Tot Spot, 4035 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, (813) 282-8855, sillydillytotspot.com.
Susan Thurston, guest Deal Diva
Photos: Susan Thurston, Maileg