Kid-Related and Gift Ideas
babywise.com has a large selection and some unique items.
Crayola.com : Shop by age or product. It is worth your time to visit the store, even if you don't purchase anything, because there are activities and ideas for art projects. They have items online that aren't available in stores. Their twistable crayons are a travel essential for those with children. I also like their Color Wonder products; they also carry paint, modeling clay, sidewalk chalk and learning activities. Get Silly Putty online! on the same site; they offer a bulk purchase deal so this would make a great item to take to the kids in the orphanages.
Turn a Child's love of Animals into a love of Reading! : "Each monthly issue features 24 pages of striking wildlife photography, insightful writing, colorful illustrations, and diagrams that explain in simple terms things that make "animal facts" come alive for your child." For kids 4-12. Used in many classrooms, so it makes a great gift for a teacher.
I See Me! personalized children's books. Beautifully illustrated books that can be done for any name. They also have embroidered "animal letter" t-shirts, puzzles, and other gift items.
Discovery.com Toys : toys for kids from babies to teens and beyond.
Restaurant.com Dining Certificates : Save 50% or more on restaurant gift certificates! Easy and fast to use; just search for a city, restaurant, pay for it, then print off on your computer. I use these for teacher and coach gifts. These are also useful when traveling or for gifts for friends and family living in other cities. If you get on their mailing lists, they frequently offer coupons for even further discounts. They also offer gift packs from a variety of online stores.
Lillian Vernon : Personalizing gifts for more than 50 years, Lillian Vernon is your source for quality kids' toys & decor, holiday decorations, household items, and more-all at exceptional values. I am very excited to be able to offer this store, as I have been shopping with them for many years.
Oriental Trading Company is the leading direct seller of value-price novelites, toys, party supplies, favors, crafts and gift for any occasion. Great resource for parents, teachers and event planners. You can find many things that would be appropriate to take to the kids in the orphanages. Get up to 50% off on select products. If you get on their mailing list, you will sometimes get coupons for discounts and free shipping.
Alpha Omega Publications! The ultimate homeschool experience! Alpha Omega Publications provides Christian curriculum for grades K through 12. Product lines include Switched-On Schoolhouse (CD-ROM multimedia and interactive format. The five core subjects: Bible, Language Arts, Math, History and Geography, and Science - plus a variety of electives), LIFEPAC (Christian curriculum designed to teach five core subjects plus an array of electives; full-color worktext curriculum), Horizons (builds fundamental skills in mathematics and language, an alternative to the LIFEPAC curriculum for elementary students), and The Weaver Curriculum (Scriptural lessons, based on the books of the Old Testament, "weave" througout the basic subject lessons).
Russian Legacy, Inc. has anything you could want from Russia: clothing, samovars, nesting dolls and eggs, folk art, militaria, porcelain, shawls & scarves, jewelry, and Christmas items. They also have a section of links for information on Russia, including shops and restaurants in the US.
Traveling With Kids, Across Town or Around the World carries items you may need!
Family on Board : Travel games, car accessories, Car TV/VCR/DVD systems, children's luggage.
Shop National Geographic for kids DVDs and videos!
ID on me Patented personal and medical ID bracelets. Great for kids & travel, runners & cyclists, seniors, and medical alert. A free Sharpie marker is included with orders of 2 or more bracelets. These are great for amusement parks, and traveling with a child who is non-verbal or doesn't speak the local language or doesn't know his/her parents' names.