Looking for a few last minute presents for your favorite Up North kids? Just call us the merry mynorth.com elves! We rounded up a few of this season’s hot ticket gifts from Traverse City to Petoskey to help finish your holiday shopping list.
The Zipfy Mini Luge is the must-have stump-jumping sled for the 8-and-up set. This thing may be small in size, but it’s enormous when it comes to speed. Check out the $45 Zipfy at the Rocking Horse Toy Company in Petoskey. 231-347-0306
This cool WuWu Explorer kit doesn’t just look good, it functions as a get-outside-and-play adventure in a box. The vintage-style metal torch, magnifying glass, compass, string, knot book, notebook and pencil are sure to set up your Lewis or Clark with hours of fun. $18 Gaga for Kids, Charlevoix. Gagaforkids.com 231-547-1600
Living in northern Michigan is all about having fun in the great outdoors. Get those little feet hiking through the trails this winter with a pair of Atlas Jr. snowshoes. The sturdy aluminum-frames, easy buckle straps, and room-to-grow bindings make these kickers a perfect fit. $50 at the Outfitter in Harbor Springs. Outfitterharborsprings.com 231-526-2621
Harvest Time is a board game that celebrates both the spirit of farming and cooperative play. Get to know your veggies when you plant your garden (and the benefit of lending a helping hand when it comes to time to harvest) in this simple but challenging game for 3-7 year olds. Available at hazelnutkids.com for $15—and while hazelnutkids.com is an on-line only shop, it’s based in Traverse City and offers a free pick up option.
If recycled toys are your thing, head over to Then and Now Antiques in Petoskey and snatch up this sweet wooden rocking horse. At just $45, it’s a fraction of the price of a new hose, and it’s got that worn, loved-up feeling of a great vintage find. And if he’s gone—no worries—there’s always kid-friendly goodies rotating through those doors. Thenandnowpetoskey.com, 231-348-6170
The cuteness factor pretty much hits overload when you think of your lil’ bug scooting along on one of these little bugs. The Wheely Bug is a wooden ride-on, pull-along, wobbly-antennae treat that kids as young as 1.5 will love. $79.99 at Sweet Pea in Traverse City. Sweetpeatc.com, 231-922-1600
Fun idea: Want a fun way to trim gifts without buying wrapping paper? Cut old paper bags down one seam, turn inside out and stamp, draw, or paint on them. Old artwork—especially that of a child—is another endearing, and eco-friendly, gift wrapping option.