How to Find Meaningful AND Affordable Gifts

“Merry Christmas,” said the checker at the grocery store. Really? … and that was three weeks ago! And if I weren’t Practical Mommy, maybe I’d be freaking out a lot. But see, I try to keep my finger on all things cool, fun, new for kids and moms.

How? I have friends. Who own all the right stores! Like Molly at City Sprouts. Our kids are friends and she is totally in the know.

So when Great Day St. Louis asked me to share the inside scoop, this is what I brought:

For Babies: Sophie Giraffe, $24. Molly says she can barely keep them on the shelves. The #1 selling toy for babies since 1961. I couldn’t believe it myself but sure enough, even at the TV studio, two people came up to me. One said that all the babies she baby sat for had them — so much so that it was hard to keep up with which one was whose. Another said she remembered her own Sophie Giraffe from when she was a little girl!

For Kids of all ages (even and maybe especially, parents): Kimochis — toys with feelings inside, $12-26. Great way to talk about feelings with your kids. And it passed the test with my $7-9. I don’t know about you but I’d rather have my 7-year old hold up the “angry” plush than have him scream in my face! Note to self, that applies to spouses/partners and my own parents too!

For Elementary-Age Kids, especially science buffs (and Matt Chambers): Copernicus Toys, $4-15: DIY Bubble Gum, Make Your Own Snow, Crack Your Own Geode. Pretty self-explanatory. And also pretty darn cool!

And last but definitely not least, for MOMS: That’s right… our very own Holding Hands Bracelet Collection — sterling silver Bangle, now specially priced online at $39. Or, silver plated snake chain for $27. Yes Carol and Matt, you can buy them here!

So thank you, Molly for your great tips!

Official Disclosure Statement: Molly did not pay me for plugging her store. She just knows a lot.)

Practical Mommy is Ria Sharon, co-creator of the Yoga Parenting course. Are you ready for parenting to be easier, more fun and less stressful?


  1. This Christmas, the American Girl dolls were all the rage, and for my little one (she’s 3) a Razor Jr scooter. We haven’t been outside with it yet, but that hasn’t stopped her from riding it all through our house (she won’t “walk” to the potty anymore)