Minted asked me to write a post about their Valentine's Day card options. Honestly, when I think of Minted I think of gorgeous high-quality Christmas cards and stationery that are probably a little overkill price-wise for a preschool Valentine card exchange. But I admit I am a sucker for their designs, so I took at look at them and was pleasantly surprised. The cards are the same quality and level of adorable-ness from Minted that you're used to, but the prices are not outrageous! Here are some of my favorites...
All of these designs will run you $14 for 15 cards. If you spend a little more, you can get a free set of matching customized stickers (with a $20 purchase) with the code STICKERS. To see all of the Classroom Valentine designs, click here.
Here's what Cormac has been loving for the past six months or so- ideas perfect for a one year-old.
1. Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug. Somehow we escaped having one of these for Finn, but I don't know why because Cormac goes nuts over it (and actually Finn rides around on it as well). It looks like the Hedgehog is out of stock currently, which is a bummer because it's very adorable, but there are lots of other critters to choose from.
2. Melissa & Doug Fill and Spill We actually have two of these. Finn got one for his first Christmas at age 9 months, and Cormac got one a bit younger. They are both toys that have outlasted many many toy clean outs, and are played with almost daily. I love toys that have their own storage, and both boys have loved taking these little items out of their cases and carrying them around.
3. Little People Nativity Playset My kids play with this year-round. Again, a toy that has outlasted many others, and one year-old Cormac loves it. The baby Jesus lights up and plays music, the angel spins, and the stable door makes animal noises... what more could you want?
4. Matthew van Fleet books. My second-born is a bit more particular than my first when it comes to books, but these he is into. We have Heads, Dog, and Cat, and they are all so awesome and full of parts that move and things to touch. I hesitated to give these to my kids at age 1 because they did destroy the moving parts a bit, but they had so much fun that it was well worth it. Great gifts.
6. Old phone. Maybe there's one in your mom's attic, but if there isn't, you can buy one on Amazon for $9 and your kid is guaranteed to play with it more than you ever dreamed possible. Or at least my kid does. (Cord removed, obv.)
1. Hape Discovery Space Center The astronaut obsession is real around here. Here's hoping this version of a doll house is a big hit on Christmas morning. I mean, there is a working elevator and the top level blasts off. I want to play with it.
2. Paw Patrol toys. Here's a show that Finn is into watching and I don't hate (I also enjoy showering, which is frequently made possible by Paw Patrol). These guys have a lot of "saving the day" in their future.
3. Sticky Mosaics. This is the older version of My First Sticky Mosaics which we have loved. So awesome for many many minutes of quiet independent play. I prefer to get the kits that have lots of smaller projects (this one has 12) over the ones that have just a few large projects, which I think are a bit overwhelming for this age. Finn is an especially big fan of any of the kits that have sparkly or jeweled pieces.
4. Games. I am so excited that Finn is just starting to be able to play some board games. Candy Land. This is the version you remember from your childhood, not the new and crappier version.
5. Hape - Lowercase Alphabet Stand Up Puzzle. Another winner by Hape. We have the uppercase letter puzzle and it is played with almost daily. The colors in this one match up with that one so I think it will be fun for Finn to match up the big and small letters.
6. New Puzzles. We are ready to move on from floor puzzles and this was recommended to me by a friend with an avid puzzle-doer (thanks, Colleen!) as a good next step. There are manymany versions available, but I know Toy Story will be a huge hit.
7. Kidoozie Foam Pogo Jumper. This is an item that one of Finn's friends has and he runs straight for whenever we visit them. I know he will love having one of his own.
8. "A blue bike with pedals". This is Finn's big Santa request. He has a balance bike which he likes okay, but has specifically requested pedals and this one has great reviews for kids his age.
9. Playmobil Advent Calendar. This is SO fun. Every day in December you open up one of the little doors and find a new item to add to the scene every day. I'm not sure who loves it more, but both Finn and I are really into it. Don't buy this now. I purchased it last January for $19, and I'm hoping to find another one after Christmas this year too, as there are lots of different versions available. (FYI- It's typical playmobil with tiny pieces, so we keep it up on a shelf away from the toddler in the house.)