Knit Together with Love

Hats off to these baby beanies ($15)! They're designed and knit with loving care by Becky Schisler, owner of the Dublin baby boutique Blankets and Booties. Each one is as unique as the baby who wears it.

82 S High St., Dublin 614-889-6303


"Begin Smart: Look at Me!" ($7), available at Barnes & Noble, is short on words, but long on fun. When the book is opened, each page becomes an animal mask and helps children practice different animal sounds.

Go-bot Green

Kids will have a blast turning plastic bags into a monster or using trash to create a robot. Green Creative's Trash Robot and Plastic Bag Monster ($14) is available at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden's Botanica Gift Shop.

1777 E. Broad St., Columbus 614-645-8733

Loveable Monsters

Forget about monsters under the bed. Try putting one in the bed with monster buddies, a.k.a. Muddies (starting at $15). These adorable creatures, made from soft fleece, are made by a Columbus crafter and available at Cute as a Button in Powell.

38 W. Olentangy St., Powell 614-430-9408

Jumping Genius

Jump It ($5) takes the good old fashioned jump rope and adds a manual counter. It makes a great stocking stuffer for the energetic kid in your life. You might even want to borrow it to work off all that eggnog and figgy pudding.

Starry Night

The Create a Night Sky Projection Kit ($10) allows kids to enjoy star-gazing in the warmth and comfort of their own room. The kit, available at Learning Express in New Albany, includes star charts, night sky domes and a lamp. You provide the AA batteries.

180 Market Street, New Albany 614-933-0333


Students can get a lock on style with fashionable locker accessories from LockerLookz (starting at $8). Plush, custom carpet; fun, functional accents; pre-cut wallpaper; even battery-operated, motion -sensor light fixtures! All of the accents are held in place with super-strong magnets, no adhesive needed. Find yours at Larson's Toys and Games.

1617 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington 614-486-7701

Rocken Feathers Hair Extensions

Taming your fly-a-ways has never been more fun or stylish! Choose from hair extensions with natural feathers or let your Buckeye spirit fly with a grouping of scarlet, gray and white feathers. Rocken Feathers ($10) are flying off the shelves; pluck your favorite at Laurie's Hallmark.

6992 E. Broad St., Columbus 614-866-1998 WEBSITE