Monday, April 20, 2009

So many options so little time.

Finding creative gifts is always a priority for me. Sure you can find a zillion great toys at any given toy store but I have a reputation to uphold as this amazing gift giver, kidding! Seriously enough I find myself lost in the online catalog at Hearthsong.

Hearthsong’s online catalog reminds me a bit of the sort of catalog I could only dream up as a child. So many unusual choices that are all so tempting, from finger lights to insanely large blow up balls that your child can actually ride inside, we have one and it’s a blast. To beautiful fairy cottages that would have made my heart pound as a child and almost take my breath away as an adult. I have to say no matter how old I get my heart still skips when I see a fairy circle or the twisted tree in my back yard with a space at the bottom that looks like a door.

I perused the catalog for some of the items I thought would best fit a two year old, careful to take my own opinion out of it. Something that would really get Connor’s imagination going as he is really starting to grasp pretend play, a change that I have been waiting for anxiously.

The first choice for his birthday was a sleeping bag, it seems like a rather mundane choice with all the amazing toys that they have at Hearthsong but seeing as he is spending more and more time with my family and soon will be old enough to do a sleep over with one of his cousins it seemed practical. No ordinary sleeping bag would be fitting so when I saw the car slumber bag at Hearthsong I knew Connor would be thrilled. I guessed right and it barely made it out of the box before he was begging for me to open the package. Without any explanation, to my surprise, he unrolled it and got himself in, laid down on the pillow, and proceeded to pretend to snore. Though we have not actually used it for a real sleepover his two year old molars have been coming in which equals some pretty rough nights. Lately the slumber bag has been the perfect couch retreat for our late night fiestas. I’ll be glad when we both start sleeping regularly again but I’m grateful he has a nice sleeping bag to get him through this. I was a little concerned that all those appliques would make the slumber bag difficult to wash. Turns out that the looser appliques are actually velcroed on which means you can just remove them to wash the bag. The only disadvantage to this is the fact that they are veclroed on, heh, meaning Connor really enjoys taking them off. For the time being I’ve just removed them and put them back into the plastic carrying bag and once he’s old enough to know that he may loose them if he removes them I’ll give them back. Otherwise Connor is none the wiser to his missing wheels.

Our second choice was something much smaller and much more personal. It’s no secret that Connor loves cars of any sorts and we have tiny cars, tiny police cars, and even a tiny tractor. Wooden vehicles are much harder to come by and even harder to find in anything other than sports cars. So when I saw the wheel town construction set I knew Connor would flip his lid. Not to mention its very affordable even on a modest budget. I was a little confused on the age limit of 3+ as Connor has no difficulty with small cars at his age but once I got them home I realized why and quickly fixed the problem. The tracts on both the excavator and bulldozer can be removed fairly easily and I guess the fear is a child would chew on them. My easy fix for that was to quickly remove them and stash them in our upper drawer until he is a bit older. Otherwise they are super sturdy and look great with Connor’s train and car collection. I had to laugh as there were two wooden squares on both ends of the packages which I assume were for decoration, both of which are perfectly sanded and finished. I’m not even sure if they were designed to be but they made a great addition to our block collection and we routinely use them as windows for our buildings as the blocks are square with little round circles cut out and they make for perfect windows in our block castles.

If your looking for the perfect baby gift or even for a gift for an older child or even a tween your bound to find something really amazing at Hearthsong. I only warn you that you could spend half a day checking out their catalog as well as their sister company Magic Cabin.

Hearthsong is giving away one slumber bag to one lucky reader during the birthday event at Seven Dogs! One reader will walk away with a slumber bag in a choice of a boy or girl design.

To enter : (MAKE SURE YOU READ THE BIRTHDAY POST!! You must be entered into the birthday bash to win this contest!)

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out the Hearthsong website and let us know if you were buying a gift for a friend or child you know what would you buy from Hearthsong? Make sure you read below to earn extra entries including a scavenger hunt entry.
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • Answer the I Spy trivia question "Check out the Hearthsong catalog and check out their party and cooking section! I spy a cool item that would be a very tasty and cool way to end a great outdoor party. All you have to do is shake or roll it! Do not leave this entry in your comment all triva question answers go to contestsatsevendogs@gmail.com. Use the subject "Hearthsong" Posting "I spy" answers in comments will disqualify you!
    • Let people know about the giveaway on Twitter with a link to the giveaway!
    • THREE extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end May 15th at midnight!

70 Comments:

Ellen C. said...

I like the car design workshop. Thanks for the chance.

sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

Ellen C. said...

I'm a subscriber.

sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

judybrittle said...

I would love the Dimple dolls for my granddaughters birthday. They are adorable! Thank you so much!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

~~~KnM's Mom~~~ said...

I would love the Rainbow Ribbon Rings and the Sand and Water Table for my daughter...what a great store, so many cool items I would love to get for my kids!
correaohana at gmail dot com

~~~KnM's Mom~~~ said...

I subscribe.

wigget said...

i woudl buy the Qwirkle for the kids

wigget said...

subscriber

Kristie said...

I get the Hearthsong catalog at Christmas time and love everything in it!
One item I like at their site is the Retro Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine. (I had one as a kid.)

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Becca said...

If my daughter hadn't JUST celebrated her second birthday, I'd consider getting her the recycled horse tire swing. My Grandpa had one of these in his backyard and it was our favorite thing to do at his house.
beccachristensen at hotmail dot com

Becca said...

Your button is on the sidebar of my blog.

Becca said...

I am a subscriber.

Sara and Alex said...

My daughter is turning one and I like the Discovery Dome for her. So fun for discovery and play and would last a long while through many developmental stages.
saradavis1 at gmail

Sara and Alex said...

subscribe RSS

Sara and Alex said...

tweeted it http://twitter.com/SaraMama/status/1586457371

Dreamer said...

Wowwww great site for shopping for our new grandbaby! Thanks for the tip. I must say great items for the homeschooling parent..arts & crafts, fine motor skills, science, and math skills. Very good prices in the sale tab too!

Stephiegal16@hotmail.com said...

The Wurlybird Flyer would be the ultimate gift for my little boy.

Stephiegal16@hotmail.com said...

I subscribe!

YZgirl4 said...

My daughter would probably love the spring swing for her birthday.
Thanks

YZgirl4 said...

subscriber yzgirl4 at verizon dot net

A Family Completed... said...

I think a great gift would be GBOP Ball It's huge and I can imagine the fun and giggle the kids would have with it.
Thanks for the entry
Tonyamcrain [at] aol.com

A Family Completed... said...

Tweeted:
1586909515

A Family Completed... said...

Emailed the Ispy answer

3 for Me! said...

I'd get my kids the Butterfly Nurseries... we raised tadpoles last year... I think watching a butterfly this year would be awesome:)

3 for Me! said...

I'm a subscriber:)

3 for Me! said...

I emailed an answer to the I Spy question:)

The Jacobsen Family! said...

The Great Big Outdoor Playball looks awesome! My kids would love that, and it'd be great to take for the kids at church too!
garyandalesha at cox dot net

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Have your button (and the bday bash button)!

The Dreamer said...

I think the connectagons are cool!

addeviant006 at gmail dot com

Alexia said...

Pass the Potato would be the perfect game to give someone - I used to love that game when I was little!

Alexia said...

http://twitter.com/Aleksija/status/1588079022

BUSY BEE said...

I would purchase the Flingshot Monkeys for someone else's child (house). It is cute and so much fun but noisy!!

thanks for the giveaway!

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

Aura said...

We love plan toys so we would give Wheel Town Road Systems or magneatos look cute

Aura said...

I subscribe

NSMOM said...

Hi - the ride-on dump truck is calling my boys' names.

thanks,
Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

NSMOM said...

I believe I'm a subscriber (I get the daily emails).

Thanks,
Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

Seeryus Mama said...

Fun! I love buying things for my nephews and the Spiro Hop is one I'm bookmarking for their birthday! They are twins...and it's something they could play and enjoy!

seeryusfam@msn.com

susan said...

I'd love to get the Domino Race as a gift.

susan said...

I'm a subscriber.

susan said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/susanlanai/status/1589560737

Andrea said...

I would buy the great big outdoor playball. My kids and their friends would have a blast with it!

Janet and Maya said...

My daughter would love a magical, musical ballerina dress :)

Hearthsong has great products for kids and their website is very helpful.

Thank you for the opportunity to win the sleeping bag.

mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

Janet and Maya said...

i blogged at www dot
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mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

Janet and Maya said...

i tweeted here
http://twitter.com/janetmom2maya/status/1629405372

mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

Brimful Curiosities said...

The Bucket Blast Game looks like it would be a gift hit. Lots to do.

Brimful Curiosities said...

I subscribe

Shelly said...

Fashion Magazine Design Studio for my niece

Shelly said...

subscriber

shawn said...

I would get the Great Big Outdoor Playball. This looks really cool & most kids love to play ball.

shawn said...

I subscribe via email

shawn said...

I have your buttons

shawn said...

I'm in for the I spy trivia

Stephanie said...

Morphibian is perfect for a boy or girl. How cool - I want one!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

joyfulnotes said...

I love Hearthsong! My daughter would love to play with the digital keyboard!

joyfulnotes said...

You're in my sidebar!!

joyfulnotes said...

I subscribe via Google Reader.

Anonymous said...

The Earthworm Nursery would make a great gift for a boy.
-Terra H.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.
-Terra H.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kristie said...

Your button is in my sidebar.

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

noreen said...

i would get the Connectagons Heart-to-Hearts® for my daughter

noreen said...

emailed i spy answer

Brea's Mommy said...

I would get the knot a quilt for my best friends oldest daughter

April said...

If I were buying a gift for my younger daughter, I would get the Cirque du Soleil Rolling Clown toy. Thanks!

April said...

I subscribe via email

April said...

I answered the I Spy question by email

susan said...

I answered the I Spy question.

Leane said...

I am entered into the birthday bash.....I would love to buy a 'GBOP-great big outdoor playball' for my son, he would LUV it!!
They have a wonderful selection of fun stuff.

http://www.my-bloggy-mind.blogspot.com/

WebLeane{at}yahoo{dot}com

Leane said...

I have your button on my sidebar...birthday button and other 7 dogs button....no particular order....
http://www.my-bloggy-mind.blogspot.com/

WebLeane{at}yahoo{dot}com


I would love to have the slumber bag for a boy. The WONDER WHEELS slumber bag would be great for my son.


Very fun giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

Leane said...

I am an email subscriber!

We love your birthday Connor! So many great prizes....

http://www.my-bloggy-mind.blogspot.com/

WebLeane{at}yahoo{dot}com

Leane said...

I answered the Hearthsong I spy question and emailed it to you...

http://www.my-bloggy-mind.blogspot.com/

WebLeane{at}yahoo{dot}com

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