Put a fork in me, I’m done

I’m done. Donedonedone. I’ve had it with the toy recalls. This newest one, the Aqua Dots, did me in. A played with these at a birthday party and has been driving me batsnot asking for them. I never got them because I wasn’t comfortable with the teeny tiny beeds, but the recall isn’t because of the size. It’s because, if ingested, the body metabolizes them into a dangerous drug. Hello? What kind of evil, heartless, money grubbing moron approves using that kind of chemical on a children’s toy, on anything?

We’re just weeks out from the various gift-giving holidays. I have several ideas for my sons, and the niece and nephew I’m buying for, but it’s not enough. If I can’t find what I’m looking for, or if it’s sold out, then I’m up a creek. So I’m asking for help from the internets: send me your best gift ideas for kids 4-8, boy or girl. Here are the requirements:

1. Cannot be made in China
2. Does not have to be a toy (can be things like fuzzy Crocs, which will be under the tree for the boys. Shhh…
3. I’d love to see something different and interesting (not something I could find at every single big-box store)
4. Please don’t break the bank

I’m willing to buy online, I’m willing to get stuff from other countries (J’s favorite music toy at our music class is a Clatterpillar, made in Israel), I’m open to ideas. Please, pass this request on to others, post a notice on your blog, ask your friends and families, and I’ll post the ideas by Thanksgiving (Novemeber 22). I’m sure I’m not the only parent who is ticked off and wondering what I’m going to do for gifts this year. Please help, and I’ll share all the ideas sent in. Thanks.

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