Giving Guide 2016

Suggested Gifts for Young Families

For the new arrivals on your gift list.

Pregnancy and Post-Partum Massage Tucked away in an unassuming office park off Midvale Avenue in Shoreline, Lisa Wood of Crescent Moon Massage Therapy offers soothing, professional massage—but what’s essential about her services (especially for the purposes of this guide) is that she offers both pregnancy and postpartum massages for new (and exhausted) parents. “All pregnancy massages are done with the client laying on her side on the table and pillows positioned under her to make her as comfortable as possible,” says Wood. $80 an hour, 17962 Midvale Ave. N., crescentmoonmt.com

Cool Baby Ts Get your baby’s sense of history and good taste started at a young age with a tiny onesie featuring the face of trumpeter Miles Davis, Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, or psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd. At the Boston Street Baby Store, located in lovely Post Alley, these baby duds from California’s Rowdy Sprout are hot items, some of the store’s most popular. And when your infant grows up, she can graduate to the same clothing in T-shirt form–because they have those too! $20–$38. 1902 Post Alley, 634-0580

Dumps and Tugs Also in Post Alley’s Boston Street, parents can find toys made on the honest-to-goodness U.S. West Coast: San Francisco-based Green Toys, which makes their items out of recycled milk cartons, has created a dump truck (about a foot long and made for ages 1+) that sells for $30 and colorful little tugboats that can be used in the bathtub for $16. “It’s very hard to get local toys,” says Boston Street owner Cathy Aller. “But these are really cool.” 1902 Post Alley, 634-0580

Chic Kidswear Seattle designer Reina Acab, a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, started même Kidswear in 2014. The line, which features sustainable, gender-neutral clothing for children (made in the U.S.), offers a strikingly chic black-and-white design that’s simple in that somehow-timeless way. Some of the items to peruse on the website include a leather pacifier clip and a Paris-noir-esque bunny rattle, but the one we suggest you purchase immediately is a pair of black-and-white “penguin” booties for $22 that seem like they’re fit for the Roaring ’20s. memekidswear.com

Little Prince Mobile Ask anyone about the best place to buy toys in Seattle and most of them will tell you it’s Greenwood’s Top Ten Toys. And displayed among the wide array of shelves, stuffed animals, and Legos sits a precious gift for infants: a Little Prince mobile with swirling stars and planets from Hape. Ask a new parent and they’ll tell you that having something to distract your baby is invaluable—and if that thing features themes from one of the most popular children’s books ever, what a bonus! $15. 120 N. 85th St., 782-0098

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