Gifts for the Lego Lover

List of Lego Gift Ideas

Thanks to a swarm of Christmas and birthdays, I’ve been tipped off to, have searched for, and have randomly found a plethora of Lego-Themed gifts. A bunch of it showed up in Chris’ stocking, to which he kept exclaiming, “How did you even find this stuff??”

So, in order to help you all find Lego goodness, here’s my comprehensive list of Lego, Lego-ish, or Lego compatible goodies I’ve discovered lately.

1. Oyo Sports Lego Sets – a friend messaged me on Facebook about these one morning in December. I woke up, looked at my phone, read her message, and literally ordered them before I got out of bed. As expected, they were pretty much my Best Present Ever for Chris. How else could I combine the two most integral components of my husband’s personality? Yes. Fully licensed Alabama Football Lego-compatible bricks.

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They also have many other college football teams (including Auburn), along with NFL teams, hockey, and Baseball.

But Alabama Football was enough for my family, and they are enjoying their sets immensely.

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I got Chris two Endzone sets and a couple of extra players (yes, they have actual players – but only the ones who have graduated off the team – stupid NCAA rules and all), but I was distressed over the fact that they had no mid-field sets. Of course, right after Christmas, they released mid-fields. I’m sure I will be buying him one for Father’s Day or some other such excuse.

(But he’s still fully entertained with his endzones.)

2. Buildable Mug – I bought one of these for Chris, waiting expectantly for what all fantastic creations he’d build onto his morning coffee.

Lego Coffee Mug

Image via Amazon

He loves it and consistently drinks his coffee out of it,

but has yet to build a single blasted creation onto it – His mug still looks like this:

Lego Mug

I can’t say that I’m not disappointed. HORRIBLY disappointed.

But I shall continue to wait in hope and expectation of greater things still to come.

3. For Birmingham Lego Lovers, you absolutely MUST procure family Lego Vulcan T-Shirts.

I cannot express how excited I was when I happened across these shirts by Optik Citizens on Instagram – to combine our city’s unique pantsless statue with our love of Legos…it was a moment of inspiration.

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Aren’t they fabulous?

They also have stickers for cars and computers or whatnot. To order any of these, you will need to email the artists directly – ocbham (at) gmail (dot) com – especially for the kid’s shirts, which had to be specially ordered (but still only $15.) But they’re easy to work with and quick to fulfill orders.

4. Lego Card Making Kit – Seriously I am on a roll with combining passions. Ali loves Legos and crafts, especially sending people cards. So I knew she needed this set.

Lego Card Making Kit

Image Via Amazon

…Though I haven’t actually seen any cards come out of production yet – I think she may have hidden them all in one of her many undisclosed hoarding locations.

5. Emmet Jacket – we bought this for Noah for our Halloween outfit set, but it has become his favorite winter accessory. He would rather be Emmet than “boy-wearing-nondescript-jacket” any day.

Lego Movie Emmet Costume

And I don’t blame him one bit.

6. Unikitty Crocheted Hat – Speaking of our Halloween outfits, Ali has also become quite accustomed to being Unikitty – I hope that she can break the trend before spring, or her head is going to mildew.

Princess Unikitty Hat

We got her hat custom-made at a very reasonable price by a long-time blog reader, Stephanie, who has a serious crocheting talent. I texted her a picture of what I wanted, and she made it within a week – without a pattern. She has the Unikitty hat available in her shop here. She also makes a wicked awesome Lego Scarf, if you ask nicely.

7. Silicone Lego Molds – These can be used to make Jell-O or Candy – both of which I’ve done and my children have adored. Click on either picture for more details:

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You can also use the molds to make soap, candles, crayons, or anything else you can think of to melt and pour in them.

There are now also sets with bigger molds that would be great for making cakes – I might try that next. Or I might just stick with….

8. Lego Head Cake Pops. Made by my good friend Jamie (and shippable anywhere in the U.S.), these dreamily delicious treats are my family’s favorite cake. Chris has gotten them in his stocking multiple times, and Noah had them for his birthday a couple of years ago. Did I mention they’re adorable?? Especially when your husband custom-builds a stand for them.

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Jamie takes special orders and can literally make anything into cake pops – from snowglobes to tacky Christmas sweaters to the poop emoji. She also recently tried her hand at Lego Movie Cake Pops, and they were fairly brilliant.

Lego Movie Cake Pop SetImage by Jamie

9. Lego Minifigure Sets – My husband readily admits that minifigures are the best part of Legos. I’ve already bought him all of these sets, or I’d totally keep buying him one a year. But they’re his fave, and the characters included are quite fantastic.

Minifig SetImage Via Amazon

10. Lego Candy Blocks – Noah’s favorite treat, he gets these anytime he can find them. In fact, it may be one of my chief bribery tactics to get him to go for a run with me…

Lego CandyImage Via Amazon

11. Lego Brick Slippers – We do not own these because we are not a slipper family, but if perchance you are a slipper family AND love Legos, well, here’s your stocking stuffer.

 

Lego SlippersImage Via Amazon

12. Lego Crayons – if you don’t have time to make your own but need them for a birthday party, then Amazon has you covered, as always. And who doesn’t want to color with a Lego minifig head?

Lego CrayonsImage via Amazon

13. Lego iPhone Case – If my husband didn’t insist on as slim of a case as possible, he would definitely have this. I kinda love it and I’m the only non-Master-Builder in our family. Just think of the handle you could build to keep your iPhone comfortably snug in your hand!

Lego iPhone CaseImage Via Amazon

14. Lego Candles – No Lego Birthday party is complete without these. Enough said.

Lego CandlesImage Via Amazon

15. Lego Business Card Holder – For the man that’s not afraid to show his true passions in the workplace, this should go right next to a photo of him making out with his wife.

Lego Business Card HolderImage Via Amazon

What great Lego-Themed gifts have you found?

Your Worst Nightmares…Stuffed.

I don’t understand why I just found out about this – it should have been breaking news. My friend should have known. I should have been told immediately.

But alas, I wasn’t told until weeks later.

But at least I was told.

A friend of ours gave another friend of ours a very special Christmas gift.

A stuffed louse.

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That’s right, people. A cuddly, lovable, adorable member of the head lice family. Because apparently this friend believes in immersion therapy to treat one’s fears.

Within seconds of laying eyes upon the creature, I was on the website, mouth agape, in awe of the brilliance of people who could create 150 disgusting…yet adorable plush creatures. And as a bonus, scientifically accurate!

GIANTmicrobes® are stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes — only a million times actual size!

The core microbial body types (circles, rods, spirals, chains, etc.) are always maintained. But in addition, morphological attributes of real microbes (such as the natural bumps of the rhinovirus, or the strands of flagella on the Salmonella bacterium) are used to create such anthropological features as noses and hair. So while the designs are always intended to be endearing, they are always firmly rooted in science.

I mean really. Who hasn’t always wanted a stuffed Brain-Eating Amoeba?

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And I’m pretty sure you can get put on a Terrorist Watch List for sending one of these in the mail…

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They also have “Oops – I’m So Sorry” presents…

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Their breast cancer cell is pretty awesome, because it can be cured by being turned inside out.

 

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And I might have to buy myself an immunoglobulin. Because I need more of them desperately.

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And I feel like this little guy would make a fantastic Vasectomy Present.

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But if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Gift, they have that, too.

You can either give your special someone a precious collection of Herpes, Pox, HPV, Chlamydia and Penicillin,

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Or if you’re feeling slightly nicer, a Sperm Cell, Egg Cell, Kissing Disease, and Penicillin.

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They have so many more furry friends, including Athlete’s foot, Bad breath, Botulism, a Diabetes Beta Cell, Diarrhea, E. Coli (which interestingly looks nothing like Diarrhea), Ebola, Fat Cells, Gangrene, a Pimple, Typhoid Fever, and even…Yogurt? Yes. Yogurt.

And if you need them even bigger, they have them in pillow-sized friends.

I mean, why not rest your head on a giant maggot?? And surely if you sleep on a louse, you can’t possibly have head lice – that’d just be too ironic.

I’m personally kind of in love with this site. So if you need a gift for me, you know where to look.

Disclaimer: I was not requested to share these products, nor does the company know I’m doing so. But they’re welcome to send me a pillow-sized staph infection, if they’re so inclined.

Christmas Shopping: Ten Ways to be a Double Blessing.

Shopping for Good

Starting at the end of this week, the Christmas madness begins. We all feverishly make our lists, attack the stores, and desperately seek out unique and thoughtful gifts.

I gave up on the stores a few years ago – I discovered that Amazon was easier, and often less expensive. Plus, having all of my Christmas shopping delivered to my door was too dreamy to pass up.

But this year, I’m going to do something new – shopping for good. I know I won’t be able to do it for all of the presents I need, but for those that I can, I will be buying from organizations that are helping others. And by doing so, my gift is a double blessing: a blessing for the recipient, and a blessing for the gift creator.

I’ve done my research and identified many reputable organizations selling quality products, and I’ve listed them here if you want to join me in this mission.

Disclosure: I am not being compensated in any way to share about these companies.

1. Freeset – Freeset is a jaw-droppingly incredible ministry that I’ve been excited about all year. Their domestic headquarters are here in Birmingham, but have their factory in Kolkata, India, where they employ women set free from the sex trade that is rampant in their city. There are 10,000 trafficked workers in their factory’s neighborhood alone with stories that are unimaginable. Most trafficked women do not willingly choose this as a profession, and many were stolen as children and sold as slaves into the industry – it’s horrifically heartbreaking.

Freeset has a vision of employing all 10,000 of these women. Would that not be a miracle?

Freeset was also affected by the UPS plane crash in Birmingham earlier this year – their entire fall inventory, $150,000 of merchandise, was on that plane. Yet instead of being upset, they chose to make new t-shirts and sell them to raise money for the families of the two pilots who died in the crash. And, although UPS reps told them that nothing survives a plane crash, they were miraculously able to retrieve over half their inventory, in sellable condition, from the crash site.

It gives me chills every time I read about it.

Freeset’s organic bags would make magnificent gifts on their own, or would be super cool gift wrap that is also an extra present for your recipient AND helping to set women free from human trafficking.

I love their Bondhu Bags,

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their Hope Bags with braided sari straps,

Freeset Hope Bag

as well as their Horizon Bag,

Freeset Horizon Bag

and their whimsical Apollo Bag in Moby Dick Print:

Freeset Moby Dick Bag

Their Farmhouse Bags are also fantastic for everyday toting.

Freeset Farmhouse Bag

Freeset has many other great bags and t-shirts, and also offer customizations and special orders.

2. Karama Gifts – I told you all about Karama in August and I am still IN LOVE with Dyan and her team behind the operation. They train, equip, and employ women from all over Africa who need a way to provide for their families with dignity and a fair wage. And in the process, they make lovely gifts. They have even more products now, and I highly recommend browsing at length for your Christmas shopping.

I still love the purse that I bought and use it every day, but they now have these Crazy Bags that are so very happy. And only $28!

Karama Crazy Bag

These gift tags from Tanzania are a fun, inexpensive way to add uniqueness to your gift-wrapping:

Karama Gift Tags

Or, if you wanted to give a little extra present with your gift-wrapping décor, you could put a Tanzanian Angel Ornament or Baby Star on the outside of your presents:

Karama Angel Ornament

Karama Baby Stars

The Loleen Necklace, with beads made from recycled paper, is gorgeous and on sale for $12!

Karama Loleen Necklace(Note – that’s several strands of the same necklace – each necklace is one strand.)

Karama also has a collection of stunning scarves, including this Sarah Scarf from Ethiopia:

Karama Sarah Scarf

I love their vibrant colors, unique designs, and the heart in their products.

3. Krochet Kids This company was started by three guys who learned how to crochet in high school because they enjoyed making themselves cool beanies. Years later, they turned their talent into a non-profit to teach over 150 people in Uganda in Peru how to crochet and provide for their families with their product. They now sell hats, scarves, purses, shirts, and countless other items that are made by these people groups.

I especially love The Hoot hat for kids,

Krochet Kids The Hoot

The Juliet headband for women,

Krochet Kids The Juliet

and The Pocket Hoodie for both men and women.

Krochet Kids Pocket Hoodie

 

4. Project Hopeful Project Hopeful is a missions organization that has a far-reaching impact in advocating for and aiding families in adopting children with HIV or special needs. They also run a Village of Hope in Guatemala where they provide Family-Style care and love for special needs orphans who have little hope of ever being adopted, since international adoption is currently closed in Guatemala. In addition, they have Hope+ Sisterhood, an organization which offers HIV+ mothers in Uganda and Ethiopia skill training, jobs and even micro-loans to start small businesses.

They are selling this beautiful Guatemalan Hand-Beaded Wrap, and proceeds go to the Village of Hope.

Project Hopeful Guatemalan Wrap Bracelet

They also have these Hope+ Red Strands, all proceeds going to benefit the Hope+ Sisterhood,

Project Hopeful Hope Necklace

Or, if you would like to directly and practically bless the people they serve, they offer a way to give $45 to give an Ethiopian family a goat, $50 to feed a Ugandan family for a month, $250 to provide an Ethiopian woman training, support and startup costs for her own business, $10 to provide a Ugandan child a mosquito net, and many other life-changing gifts.

5. WorldHelpSpeaking of helping others with practical gifts, WorldHelp has an entire catalog of items that you can purchase for families in need. We’ve supported and corresponded with a Guatemalan child, Nataly, through WorldHelp for years, and can vouch for this organization’s integrity and aid for children and families in need.

6. 147 Million Orphans – This organization partners with international artisans to sell their beautiful products. The proceeds help provide food, water, and medicine for children in need.

I love these Beauty from Ashes Green Earrings from Haiti:

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as well as these Ugandan Hoop Earrings.

147 Million Hoop Earrings

7. Adoption Fundraisers – With regards to adoption, there are so many families selling beautiful things to raise money for their own adoptions. International adoption is expensive, requires great sacrifice, and is often coupled with intense heartbreak as the process is long and arduous. Supporting these families and getting great gifts in the meantime is a fantastic way to help bring a child home. Feel free to add your own links in the comments, but here are a few I know about.

a. Mei Mei and Co Hair Products – I’ve known the creator of these products, Tiffany, since we were kids. Tiffany and Steven recently adopted a beautiful daughter from China. They are now in the process of adopting her a little sister, so Tiffany is making beautiful clips and headbands to sell to raise funds. And her hair products would make adorable stocking stuffers for little girls.

I think these a la mode headbands are beautiful, and only $8:

Mei Mei a la mode headband

These lemon drop clips are lovely as well – I adore the pigtail use!

Mei Mei Lemon Drop Clip

b. Noonday Collection – This is a super cool company. It was started as an adoption fundraiser, selling beautiful homemade items from artisans in third-world countries. After adopting their own children, the creators turned it into a trunk show company so that other families could do the same. They now provide for over a thousand artisans AND have helped families fund hundreds of adoptions. Brilliant!

(I will note that their products are a bit pricier than a lot of the others I’ve featured, but there’s a lot going on with that money, so it totally makes sense.)

(Also, my links to their products is raising money for an adoption of a friend of a friend of mine.)

They have beautiful notebooks, stationary, and tea towels in their Home and Gifts section,

Noonday Tea Towels

 

As well as some fantastic jewelry, including this Shalom Necklace,

Noonday Shalom Necklace

Scattered Steps Necklace,

Noonday Scattered Steps Necklace

And Violet Necklace.Noonday Violet Necklace

 

c. Vitafamiliae’s Suggestions – My beautiful, wonderful, amazing friend Lora Lynn has adopted internationally and has many friends still adopting, and she recently wrote a post about how to support these families as they are trying to bring their children home. She has many helpful links and tips.

8. Women’s Bean ProjectBased in Denver, their mission is to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by helping women discover their talents and develop skills by offering job readiness training opportunities. They strive to be the stepping stone to financial independence for families in need. They sell gourmet food items as well as jewelry.

I love this Glamour Necklace, and it’s on sale for $15:

Women's Bean Project Glamour Necklace

And how cool is this Dreams Necklace? It would go with any outfit.

Women's Bean Project Dream Necklace

I’ve also heard that their spice rubs and soup mixes are fantastic.

9. Ten Thousand VillagesThis company is HUGE, and no wonder, because they’ve been selling fair trade products for over 60 years. It may take some dedicated browsing time, but they have some beautiful stuff.

This Embroidered Star Garland from Kolkata, India is a really fun decorating touch,

Ten Thousand Villages Embroidered Star Garland

And they have some seriously unique nativities, including this charming Arctic Nativity:

Ten Thousand Villages Arctic Nativity

For Grandparent gifts, I have always found framed photos of the kids to be a great add-on – even though it is perhaps a bit narcissistic on my part, they are always thrilled. With that in mind, Ten Thousand Villages has a great selection of handmade picture frames, some ornate, and some uniquely entertaining, like this recycled Bicycle Chain Frame:

Ten Thousand Villages Bicycle Chain Frame

10. NOVICA – Another giant clearinghouse of international artisans, I’ve written about NOVICA several times in the past. Besides the fact that their products are fantastic, the handmade packaging that they come in is often better than any giftwrap you could buy here. But again, combing through the massive selection can be insanely time-consuming. They have EVERYTHING and I’ve bought many pieces of jewelry there, but here are a couple sweaters that jumped out at me this year:

Both of these sweaters are handmade Alpaca Wool sweaters from Peru. Stunning.

Novica Women's Sweaters

Links to the sweaters: Left, Right

And, since you can’t buy anything for the men of my state unless they’re in team colors (I jest) (no I don’t), I found an Alabama and Auburn sweater, which I’m sure were the exact teams those Alpacas were cheering for while being sheared in Peru.

NOVICA Mens Sweaters Auburn Alabama

There are so many more similar organizations out there – it just takes a bit of research to find them. Let me know of any you have found. And Merry Christmas Shopping!