First time holiday celebrants in your house? We suggest starting at Beginnings, the new baby boutique full of gifts for those just making their way into the world.
Dandelion Shape Sorter, $39
An ecofriendly take on the classic shape sorter, it’s constructed of organic cotton, filled with plant-based fiber, and then wrapped in recycled packaging. Soft, snuggly, and safe for babes to explore with their eyes, fingers, and mouths.
Mamaroo Bouncer, $199
The high-tech baby seat imitates real mommy movements with gentle swaying at adjustable speeds. Dad can even plug his iPod directly into the bouncer to pass on his love for Arcade Fire at an early age.
3 Sprouts Hooded Towels, $36
This animal-hooded towel is king of the jungle. Made of soft organic terry with quirky buttonhole eyes, the wild beast in our house adores Hazel the hippo.
Oilo Studio Crib Bedding, $399
Expectant mamas rejoice! Finally, a baby bedding focused on clean lines and comfort. We love the wheels motif crib set and bet baby will, too.
Combi Chopstick Training Set, $15
A stocking stuffer for the foodie-in-training. Little eaters learn to love sushi with bouncy, spring-powered chopsticks. Mastered the basics? Remove the training bridge and watch as they devour their noodles.
Available at Beginnings, 151 South La Brea Avenue, between West First and West Second Streets (323-931-2229 or beginningsstore.com).
Sweet Treats Decorating Party
What: Drop off the kids (or stay and play) for a three-hour cookie extravaganza.
Why: While they create you enjoy holiday cocktails and special discounts from Malibu Country Mart stores.
When: Sat., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd., off PCH (310-826-5636). Admission is free.
Moo Moo Musica Release Party
What: Performances of Jilly Jambo along with puppets, parachute play, face-painting, henna body art, and more.
Why: Sign up for the next Moo Moo Musica series and get a free tee and CD at your first class.
When: Wed., 9-11:30 a.m.
Where: The UCLA Family Commons, 1221 Second St., b/t Wilshire Blvd. & Arizona Ave. Reservations (required) to 310-395-5650 for performances. Admission is free.
The Urbanic Holiday Workshop for Kids
What: Mini artists and their ’rents use festive wrapping paper by Snow & Graham to make garlands and ornaments.
Why: Cupcakes and cocoa make the season bright.
When: Sun., 3-6 p.m.
Where: Urbanic Paper Boutique, 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd., b/t Venice & Palms Blvds. (310-401-0427). R.S.V.P. (requested) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.
Photos: Courtesy of Beginnings Boutique; Courtesy of 3 Sprouts; Courtesy of Beginnings Boutique