Fun family products for your winter in Whatcom County

Columbia’s Alpine Action jacket.
Columbia’s Alpine Action jacket. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald


Little light

Skip Hop Take-Along Nightlight

It was a dark and stormy night. But fortunately for you, when the power went out, you had this Skip Hop nightlight to keep your baby’s room aglow so she could fall asleep; $19.99 at Along Comes a Baby.

Hand spun

Design by Set

Is there anything cuter than a baby all bundled up to go out on a frosty winter day? No, especially if they’re covered fingertips to toes in knits handmade by Bellingham’s Design by Set. The watercolor-hued string mitten sets will keep those itty bitty hands warm and adorable while you’re out doing your holiday shopping; $12.99 at Bellingham Baby Company.

Cold feet

Cloud Collection Baby Snoozies

Make sure those little piggies are warm when you go to the market with these super-soft, oh-so-fluffy booties. Your baby’s adorable little feet will be even cuter and warmer dressed as pandas, poodles, bunnies and monkeys in these sweet, washable booties; $12.99 at Paper Dreams.


Stick it

Wikki Stix

Add a colorful new option for rainy day art projects with these waxy Wikki Stix. Your child can shape and press them onto paper into any shape or pattern that pleases their imagination. No glue, no mess, and lots of fun. With sets starting as low as $4.49, they make great little gifts for the holidays; $4.49-$19.99 for sets at Yeager’s Sporting Goods.

Odd pairs

Solmate Socks

Like death and taxes, the loss of socks is inevitable. If you’ve given up on keeping your toddler’s socks together, give these Solmate Socks a try. They come with five in a set, and because they’re all complementary and none are the same, they’re meant to mix and match; $20 at Mod Sock.

Build up

Wedgits Stackables Starter Set

Blocks are for squares. Your toddler can build outside the box with these great geometric stackers — primary-colored pyramids, towers of diamonds, and more; $24.99 at Wild Blueberries.


Go fish

IDEA International zoo playing cards

Make your next card game a wild one with these zoo-theme playing cards featuring a menagerie of animals on each card, while the back shows a zookeeper looking in. IDEA also makes world flag cards and flashy gold cards, all of which make great stocking stuffers for kiddos; $12 at Ideal.

Bundle up

Columbia Alpine Action jacket

You never know what winter in the Northwest is going to throw your way. Prepare your kids for wind, rain, cold and snow with Columbia’s Alpine Action jacket. It packs big warmth without the bulk, so your kids can still run and flail no matter the weather; $85-$90 at Kids Northwest.

Puzzle in a pear tree

Ravensburger Christmas Puzzle Ball

Solve two problem in one with these lovely Christmas puzzle balls. They’re a great holiday gift and activity for kids, and once they’re done they make beautiful ornaments for the tree. This could be the start of a great Christmas Eve tradition; $8.95 at Fairhaven Toy Garden.