When visiting Santa Claus, you want your kids to look picture-perfect. For photos, consider a green dress for your little girl rather than a red one. When wearing a red dress, she will blend right into Santa's suit. If you want something fancy that she can wear later to parties, check out the Rosenau holiday embroidered dress (Target, $25). Add a shrug to keep her warm, and then just remove it for the pictures.
Taking your kids to see the The Nutcracker is an outing that can become an annual holiday tradition for your family. It's also a great time to get dressed up. Depending on her age, give your daughter a pretty clutch or a pair of earrings to accessorize her favorite dress. For your son, a classic button-down shirt, such as the Cherokee suiting shirt, can be worn with a tie and blazer or under a sweater vest (Target, $15).
Take your kids to see the Christmas lights and dress them up in cute — not tacky — Christmas sweaters. A Christmas sweater doesn't have to be emblazoned with a large reindeer to be festive. Choose something a little more understated, like this Genuine Kids from OshKosh sweater (Target, $15). It features kangaroo pockets and a seasonal design.
For a sleigh ride, holiday ski trip or other outdoor activity, a special pair of earmuffs is a must. They'll keep your little one's ears warm and look adorable, too. We love the Mossimo Furgora earmuffs in great colors like teal or deep burgundy (Target, $13). Also look for cute scarves and cozy hats for kids.
Around the holidays, your kids may be taking part in a number of special activities and events. If your child is in a school play, she'll probably already be in costume, but that doesn't mean she can't wear something special from you. Tell her how proud you are and give her a small piece of jewelry that she can wear on stage.
If your child is heading to a sleepover at a friend's house during Christmas break, give him a pair of pajamas that is cool and hip. Young boys might like Angry Birds or SpongeBob PJs, for example.
For outdoor activities this holiday season, gloves and boots make great gifts. Tweens and teens like gloves in bright colors and funky prints. When it comes to boots, hiking boots are popular with boys of all ages, while animal-print boots are on-trend for girls from toddlers to teens.
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