Holiday Gift Guide: For the WeeHugger


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Tickle Me Plant Single Pot Greenhouse

Forget Tickle Me Elmo; the ticklish plant—known as Mimosa pudica to the older, more botanically-minded—is easy to grow, fun to touch, and sure-fire way develop a love of gardening in even the youngest greenies. The set includes a ceramic pot, a package of seeds, a soil pellet, and packaging that becomes a greenhouse; gently touch the leaves of a full-grown plant and they’ll close up for protection. Not exactly the green-thumb type? Don’t worry: the company guarantees the seeds will sprout. (Tickle Me Plant, $5.95)










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Idbids


Scout, Lola, and Waverly—also known as the Idbids—have been on the market for less than a year, but they’re already a favorite of eco-friendly toy buyers (and we admit, we like them, too). Each of the stuffed toys teaches kids about the steps they can take toward making the world cleaner and more sustainable—Scout, the cloud, covers air; flower-girl Lola knows all about trees and plants; and Waverly, the raindrop, is well-versed in water. The accompanying books, Iddy Biddy Steps for a Greener World, and Idbids Field Guide let kids keep track of their progress, while the canvas backpack works for school or playtime. (Idbids, $39.99)










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ImagiPlay PuzzlePlay Rainforest

This double-duty set does two jobs for the price of one: Fit the 18 rubberwood pieces together to create a square puzzle that shows a rainforest scene, or keep them separate and make up your own stories with the snakes, monkeys, birds, and animals as the main characters. Parents can also use it as a jumping off point to talk to their kids about rainforest preservation. (Toys with Integrity, $19.99)










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Adopt a Penguin


Maybe your house is cluttered enough with toys and games, or maybe you have some budding zoologists at home—or maybe your kids just really liked Happy Feet. In that case, adopt a Magellanic penguin from South America through Seabirds.org. Your penguin’s nest is marked with a name you choose, and you get a map of its location, plus news and pictures throughout the year of your little guy, his friends, his home, and his chicks. The organization encourages visitors, too—which might just make a perfect gift for next year. (Seabirds.org, $49)

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