Wow the Birthday Kid

Hopscotch Tees

The birthday-palooza starts when kids are as young as 2. They’ve started pre-school or go to daycare and—wow!—all of a sudden they have friends. Lots of them. And these friends all invite them to birthday celebrations so your weekends are filled with party after party after party.
That’s when it helps to have some creative, go-to gift ideas, and what’s more neat-o than something that’s personalized? We found three local companies that are offering fab, one-of-a-kind items that little Johnny or Maya or Hannah (not to mention their moms) will adore.  Some are more affordable than others, but don’t forget a great idea is to go in on a gift with other families.  That keeps your cost down while the birthday kid still gets a special present.

Hopscotch Tees
Madison Valley mom Shana Perrina started making these neighborhood-centric tees last December and the response has been tremendous. Perrina has 14 cute designs (7 for boys and 7 for girls) that she customizes by name, neighborhood, and birth year.  We especially love the Sugar Shop design for girls, which features a Swarovski-crystal decorated cupcake and the words: “Hannah’s Sugar Shop—Sweetest thing in Madison Valley since 2005.”  The boy’s pirate design is fetching, too:  “Johhny— The fiercest pirate on Capitol Hill since 2007.”  The tees are 100-percent cotton and come in short or long sleeves. Each comes gift wrapped in bright colored tissue and is tied with a ribbon and swirly lollypop.

Elise Hooper Designs
Elise Hooper’s grandmother and mom taught her how to sew, knit and crochet, so it was natural that after she had kids she started make clothes, stuffed animals and sweaters for them. Last year Hooper created a website on Etsy to sell some of her wares, and one of the most popular items is the personalized blanket. Perfect for a stroller or snuggle time, the 30″ x 37″ blankets are made of super-soft, double-sided minky plush fleece. (A bonus: it’s such a rich texture it won’t pill and can stand countless washings!)  They come in various styles, from mod dots to guitars to florals, and your child’s name is sewed onto one side.

Me My Cape and I from Chasing Fireflies

Seattle-based online catalog Chasing Fireflies hits it out of the park with the Me My Cape and I monogrammed dress-up capes for boys and girls. The girls’ version is hot pink with green lining and has the child’s name or initial embroidered on the back. The boys’ version is Superman blue with red lining. Both are the perfect accessory for any super hero adventure.

-Kavita Varma-White