Holiday Gifts for Charlie

As a new mom (how exciting is it to write that? VERY) I decided to do a gift guide for Charlie, which we all know is for me (and other expectant moms) out there. He doesn’t even know the difference between Scandinavian and American mid-century design. So these gifts are for him, but there more for me  - and all moms of babies out there.

Charlie Henderson

1. Kardboard Kingdom I know he’s too young for this, but I want to hoard it just in case they stop selling it. It’s such an amazing price for such a fun toy.| 2. Blue Airplane Its graphic and cute, like my birth and my baby. | 3. “Hug-a lot-amus” Hooded Hippo Bath Robe Ugh. Because I might die of cute overload if Charlie was wearing this. Brian personally approved this one – he loved it. | 4. Alpaca Apple  - White & Navy Stripe Pillow Cute pillow that is in a grown up color palette | 5. Weathered Brown Moccasins Baby Charlie needs his dose of brown leather, too.| 6. Pebble Zip Sack Chambray  He’s still in the serious swaddling phase, but this sleep sack is just so cute| 7. Woodland Park Elephant Bank Lord knows if I keep shopping like I do from these gift guides he’s going to have to save for his own college education so this piggy bank will help | 8. Sailing Ship Kite I want this as an object on my bookshelf mainly. Sure, he can fly it later.  | 9. Geoff Mcfetridge Canvas Totes I have this and its such a cute tote bag for easy access baby stuff, with an awesome leather straps. 

Charlie Henderson

10. Rain of Colors Mobile *pink-yellow-turquoise* Such a happy little mobile| 11. Mountain Stripes Mini – Cobalt Soft, chunky blankets that I can’t get enough of| 12. PlayShapes 74 Wooden Blocks Really these are for me; so whimsical and happy, yet I think Charlie will love them as well | 13. Hobby Horse Just to lean in a corner for now – but later for his imagination | 14. giggle Classic Knit Romper I kinda can’t get enough of these and yet I don’t want to buy any more of them, so as a gift I’ll take 5 | 15. Diaper Bag The chicest diaper bag I’ve found. It’s absolutely me in every way (and I even got one for Brian that he loves). Navy, leather and brass?  Its a no brainer | 16. Hanna Anderson Baby Sleeper Marine Stripe Yes, Cute. Need more. | 17. Hand-Crocheted Baby Boots Fine … I don’t need these for Charlie, but I want to put them on his shoe shelf so bad | 18. Arctic Rocker Its soft, its white and wood and it belongs in his nursery.

Charlie Henderson

19. Galaxy Dusk Graphic Knit Blanket  So far this is Charlie’s favorite blanket – it’s so soft and warm and naturally he prefers blue | 20. Bear Cub Print Because we call him Charlie Bear and therefore he needs a print of a baby bear. Obviously. | 21. Animal Tattoos for Talking Hands I know we don’t need these yet, but I want to hoard them for the future in case they don’t sell them anymore. | 22. Blue Little Courthouse Quilt It’s an heirloom blanket that we’ll keep forever and forever. I’m actually debating framing it for the wall because it’s just so beautiful and graphic, and with such a homemade quality about it. These are the things you splurge on | 23. Baby Prints Ornament C’mon. Yes. Maybe not the red ribbon, but it’s practically against the law to not do this | 24.  Green Tug Boat | 25. Bashful Owl  So soft and cute (and yes, in my color palette) | 26. Menagerie Bookend White Elephant I actually have the brown leather ones, but I love the white versions very much, too | 27. Hanna Andersson Nautical Stripe Bodysuit Ultramarine Please buy this for me. We need more, I want this now. | 28. Jetaire Camper Play Tent Brian saw this and freaked out. Charlie’s not ready for it yet, but Its a good hoard for when he’s older. 

  1. Erin

    Such great stuff! I’ve been drooling over that camper for my 2 1/2-year old, but have no place to set it up in our house. Grandma’s house, maybe?

    I love that you’re already hoarding, as that’s what I do. I’m always telling myself, “But they may never make this again! I must buy it now!”

  2. amanda

    the castle is adorable but that is not a good price for a stack of card board. You have to assemble it yourself and let me tell you, kids love castles made of ordinary boxes just fine, if you wanted it to be pretty painting it would be simple and a hellovah lot cheaper that this thing. and will last for the same limited amount of time.
    For that cheddar you could buy something made of a more sustainable material and use it outside. one less thing in a landfill.

  3. Saraheagle

    You’re adorable and amazing – what a lucky boy Charlie is!

  4. LaineyR

    Hey Emily,
    Gorgeous choices! Now I don’t want to be presumptuous seeing as I’m a total stranger and all, and maybe you are feeling on top of the world, but I just wanted to drop by to say that if you are by any chance feeling as if you could just crawl into a hole right now and sleep for a year then this is very normal! I had a massive crash at around the 10-day mark with both my babies. The euphoria had worn off, the exhaustion had kicked in, my boobs were killing me and there were a LOT of tears. Weeks 2-6 are kinda hard graft and you just have to get through the day. So if you are feeling exhausted and tearful then just hang on in there and know that it will all come right. And if you’re not then hurrah! They start smiling back at you at around 6 weeks and that makes such a huge difference. Meanwhile, I just read this (in a completely unrelated news article in The Guardian) and it made me laugh: “One minute you are not [a parent] and the next you utterly, brilliantly and terrifyingly are. Every action feels earth changing and you do it all on very little sleep, very little food and in a state of panic. It’s akin to trying to fill in your mortgage application in your tent during the closing night of Glastonbury or assemble flat-pack furniture wearing mittens and a blindfold. Every new parent feels they’re doing it wrong.” But seriously, I wish you, Brian and Charlie all the best and a very happy Christmas.

    • Rae

      Lainey-
      This is so true and you said it , and quoted it, so well. I felt the “cloud” lift at six weeks with mine. The smiling and cooing sure helps the sleep deprivation. And it is worth stating to new mommas that while wonderful parenting is also HARD!

    • so true Lainey! thanks for stating what very little people dare saying to new parents by fear of bursting their bubble…but sometime, in the wee hours of the night when you feel super alone and scared at the enormous and never ending responsability of this insane new job, it’s nice to know that it’s normal. and happens to everyone.

      Very happy for you Emily, can’t wait to see the nursery finished ; )
      sending happy greetings your way from Paris.

    • Erin

      Yes, yes, yes, to all of this. Newborns are the best, except when they’re the worst. The first few weeks are the hardest weeks you’ll ever go through, and it’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed and teary (OK, maybe sobby), sometimes. Just try to remember this: It gets better. I really liked hearing that those first couple of months, because inbetween the extremely awesome moments of being a new parent, you can feel like you’re going down the rabbit hole a bit.

  5. STOP IT. I’ve already done all my Christmas shopping so at this point you’re just taunting me with pretty things when I have no moneys to spend.

  6. Tricia

    What lovely, lovely things to share with Charlie. My favourites are the leather moccasins and the crocheted booties. With three babes of my own, I’ve found that the best little slippers are Hanna Andersson Swedish moccasins. They look great, are nice and warm, and they just stay. on. period. Congratulations, Emily. Have a very, happy Christmas!

  7. Victoria

    I love the foot impression and wish I had something like that of my son’s. I’ve always envied the bronzed baby shoes that my Mom had from my older brother’s little 3 button high tops with a button missing.

  8. How funny that the diaper bag is called the “Charlie Slate?”

    Adorbs. Wish it was in my price range.

  9. Rae

    Emily, this is a great round-up. Our family has a few of these items: yes, do hoard the Kardboard Kingdom and Camper Tent. We ALL love them and they make rainy day play extra special. I really want the Playshapes Wooden Blocks for myself. Do you have the diaper bag you posted? Beautiful but no shot of it in relation to the body – I can’t tell if it is too big for me.

  10. The Charlie bag for Charlie’s stuff! So many great things on here – I will be bookmarking this page and using it to remind myself that boys can have cute things too. We have an ultrasound at the end of the month, but I’m thinking this baby is a boy…!

    I’m curious what, if anything, you registered for. Maybe in a month or so, a post on what you registered for and what you used a lot? Is that too boring and practical for the blog? You can always intersperse pictures of baby animals and baby humans if necessary.

  11. Mar

    OK, even your gift guides are hilarious and full of Emily-isms. If, I mean when, you write your design book, it will be the only design book where I actually read the text.

    Also, so random, but if you ever come across a store that sells the decorview wooden curtain rods, but in a cheaper knock-off version, please let us know! I told my husband that I want 2 $900 curtain rods for Christmas and he said no. SO UNFAIR.

  12. nancy50

    Emily – a bit of motherly advice…you have been blessed with a little boy, cultivate a relationship with the company that makes Thomas the Tank Engine. If not, in two years time you will be taking out a 2nd mortgage to keep lil Charlie in trains, train table, books, videos, socks, sippy cups….at least the videos are better than Dora the Explorer!

  13. James Lee whitney

    Can you post a video or blog entry on how to photograph a room? PLZ THX. Also can your baby be any more adorable? Congrats to you and Brian. Oh and uncle Orlando, of course.

  14. Jean

    Two things: I have that SoYoung diaper bag and it is all that you think it is and more. Also, today, 12/17, Amazon has those Kid O. things on sale for half off. GO!

  15. Love all of these picks! Can’t wait til I can start shopping for a little one.

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  17. Rachel

    I have the SoYoung diaper bag too – I searched almost my entire pregnancy to find a diaper bag that was NICE but not purse-y and my style and something my husband could grab as well. When I finally discovered it, I swear I had a heavens-opening from above, hallelujah movie moment. 1 year in, and I can say it’s still an awesome bag – you’ll love it. My daughter also received the rocking polar bear and the camper for Christmas – get them now!

  18. veronica

    I love this round up. I saved up and purchased the bookend hippo, next on the list is the mountain mini throw…..do you think that throw would go well with a striped duvet?

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