The Importance of Personalized Gifts for Kids

How often do your kids lose things?

Now, I’m not playing the blame game here! Kids, on the whole, don’t lose their belongings much more frequently than adults. You can just look at stories about lost iPhones to know that’s true! You get on a plane, you’re desperate to get off when you land, and you accidentally leave your good pair of headphones sitting in the seat. It happens, and it happens to kids too.

However, there are some very simple things that you can do to mitigate the forgetfulness of your children. With just a little preparation, you can make sure that the vast majority of things that your kids lose will hopefully be returned to you! 

Give Them a Sense of Ownership

Being a kid is tough for so many reasons. While they might have many possessions, the vast majority of them are bought by you, their parents.

And that’s totally fine! How else are they supposed to get clothes, toys, and school supplies? The problem is that, while the child might say these items are “theirs,” there is often no sense of ownership or personalization. These are items they use on a daily basis, but it isn’t like their name is on it, right?

But something special happens when a child gets something personalized for them. No longer is it just a random item that they use. Instead, it is absolutely 100% theirs. When a child has this sense of full ownership, they are often much, much more mindful about the potential of losing that treasured possession.

So, how can you foster these feelings of ownership?

Embroidery & Monograms

When you watch old movies, monogrammed handkerchiefs were always the height of fashion and class. And, to be honest, the same is true today!

If you want your child to feel the pride of ownership, then put their name on it. I’m not talking about in semi-permanent marker that can be worn off over time. I mean, you get it embroidered, just like those old monogrammed handkerchiefs!

At Peek-a-Whoo, you can get almost every single item we sell monogrammed with your child’s first name or initials. 

Having a monogrammed piece of clothing, backpack, or stuffed toy won’t just give them a sense of ownership either. It will also allow their beloved item to find its way back to them if it’s ever lost in a known place.

For example, let’s say that they forget their backpack at school one day. Well, one look at the name or initials on it will tell the teacher exactly who it belongs to, and they can get it back the next day. The same thing if a favorite stuffed bunny is left at a friend’s house. A simple and elegant monogram can make sure that they will soon be reunited with their belongings!

Make It Beautiful

Another reason why monogramming items can be a great idea is that they can be beautiful. With Peek-a-Whoo, we aren’t just quickly darning the initials into the fabric. Instead, we offer high-quality monograms in your choice of font. 

For example, check out these available monogram fonts. They range from professional to fun to silly to stylish. And don’t think that we forget about the fonts we use for names. Here, you can examples of the full style of font we use for our names (both capitals and lowercase).

One Step Above That

While we would not recommend putting your child’s full name on their belongings, as that could give people information that you don’t want them to have, we could highly suggest slipping one of your business cards into backpacks or bags. That way, the person who finds it will have a number they can call to return the item. 

So, when you’re looking for a stuffed toy, a backpack, or even clothes, monogramming them with your child’s name or initials is the way to go! We invite you to explore our entire site to see what’s available, along with our recommended fonts to go with each item. Everything we offer can make fabulous gifts for the upcoming holiday season! And just think how excited your kids will be when they get the perfect gift that even has their name embroidered on it! 

Do you already put your children’s names on all of their belongings? What method do you use? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

My Favorite Things: Halloween Tiered-Rack Edition

Do you like to trick out your home with all of the trappings of the season? If so, then you might have some tiered-racks in your home!

If you’re one of those people who envies seeing meticulously-staged, tiered-rack Instagram photos like I do, then this is the blog post for you! When I look at the pitiful tiered-racks in my home, I often dream about them looking way more festive for the season. And this season is the favorite of kids everywhere: Halloween!

Thankfully, your (and mine) tiered-racks don’t need to remain bare and boring. Instead, you can use Etsy to find some seasonal decoration that will embody the spooky spirit of Halloween!

Here are some of my favorite Etsy finds for tiered-rack decor:

Faux Shiplap Halloween Sign from TrishaAnnsCreations

TrishaAnnsCreations has a variety of seasonal decorations that are perfect for tiered-racks, but with Halloween on the horizon, her current offerings all have an adorably spooky vibe.

For example, these little Faux Shiplap Halloween Signs immediately caught my eye as the perfect addition to a Halloween-themed tiered-rack! They’re available with the “31” painted orange or black. They are 4.5″, the perfect size for your display. Don’t you just love the adorable spider detail on them?

Witches Brew Felt Pom Bunting from TheHonakerHomeMaker

Bunting is a traditional seasonal form of decoration, but it takes a real eye to come up with a perfect balance of strung-along items. Thankfully, TheHonakerHomeMaker is a master!

As you can see, this Witches Brew Felt Pom Bunting is perfect for the scary holidays, but what really makes it is the addition of the cute spider! Taking up much more room than the other ones, it almost looks like he has caught everything else in his web! I guess even spiders love decorating their homes for Halloween!

Felt Monster Eyeballs from shopcherrysprinkles

When you were a kid, did you ever do the Halloween game where you got blindfolded and someone stuck your hand into a bowl of unpeeled grapes? Ew, eyeballs! Well, you’re unlikely to make that mistake with these creepy/cute felt eyeballs from shopcherrysprinkles!

These eyeballs are made from 100% wool and are the perfect accessory for your tiered-rack for Halloween. Where you want to use them to create your own seasonal garland or simply leave a bowl of them sitting there, they’re a wonderfully chilling addition to your tiered-rack. Even better, you can mix and match eye colors!

Letterboard Halloween Icon Pack by Honeycomb Heights

Letterboards are one of the most versatile additions you can make to your tiered-racks. Whenever you want, you can create brand-new messages and collages on them to spice things up and add a little variety to your décor. So, why not add a little Halloween pizazz to your letterboards, thanks to Honeycomb Heights! 

This Halloween Letterboard Icon Pack is made of durable plastic and available in a variety of colors and shapes, including witches, jack o’lanterns, ghosts, and bats. When used on your letterboard, these fun Halloween icons are sure to be a hit!Oh, and just in case you don’t have a mini-letterboard, you can find one here.

Pumpkin Coffee Mugs by ChickenCoopGifts

When the days start to get shorter and colder, nothing can warm them up like a nice cup of coffee. And if you’re feeling particularly festive about Halloween, I suggest making sure that your coffee mugs have some of the décor of the season!

These Pumpkin Coffee Mugs by ChickenCoopGifts are lovely, coming in two different Halloween colors. More importantly, they can pull double duty. If you buy two of them, one can be sitting on your Halloween tiered-rack and another can be in your kitchen, keeping you awake with a steady supply of hot joe!

Mini Pumpkins by DroppinStitchesCo

Around this time of year, whenever you drive up to a big grocery store, you tend to see hundreds of pumpkins out front in tons of different colors. It’s one of my favorite parts of fall!

Well, if you have a tiered-rack, you can have that feeling every time you come home with these Mini Pumpkins by DroppinStichesCo! They are the perfect last piece of the puzzle for your Halloween tiered-rack. If you have a gap anywhere, stick in a mini pumpkin!

With this list of some of my favorite Halloween things I’ve seen on Etsy, I know that my tiered-rack this season is going to reflect the spooky spirit of the season perfectly!

If your kids love Halloween as much as I do, then guarantee that they will have a fun-filled trick-or-treating with Peekawhoo’s Personalized Halloween Tote Bags. They come in a variety of fun and bright colors, helping your children be visible to oncoming traffic on a dark Halloween night. And they can hold a TON of candy!

What kind of Halloween decorations do you have on your tiered-rack this season? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

Make It a Safe Halloween for Your Kids

Many people think that the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But if you’re a kid and love dressing up, chances are that Halloween takes the crown!

Halloween has something for everyone! If your kids love pretending, then they get to put on a fun costume and run around the neighborhood. If they love candy (and what kid doesn’t?), then they get to knock on strangers’ doors and ask for treats! It’s a super fun time!

That said, there are also some dangers associated with Halloween. If you want to make sure that your kids will be protected this upcoming October 31th, check out some of these Halloween Safety Tips:

Avoid Fully Black or Dark Costumes

Halloween tends to be associated with dark colors. We think about scary witches and black cats as fantastic costumes, but here is the problem: no one can see those colors in the dark.

One of the biggest Halloween safety tips you can put into action with your kids is to help them pick a costume that can be seen by cars or other passers-by at night. If they’re dressed in a witch costume, there isn’t likely to be a lot of light reflected from cars that will tell them your little one is crossing the street. 

That said, they can still go out as a witch or a black cat; the costumes only need a little bit of adjusting. You can quickly put reflective strips on their back and around their arm and leg cuffs. These won’t spoil the effect of the costume, but it will allow people to see them from far off.

Another way you can make them seen is by making sure their Halloween bags include bright colors. When designing our Personalized Halloween Tote Bags, we made sure that all of them included at least one large patch of bright, light-reflective color. Check out our Frankenstein Halloween Tote Bag. It’s instantly identifiable in a bright green color that people can’t help but see! Our Witch Tote Bags are actually white, making them impossible to miss. Even our “Black Cat” Halloween Tote Bag includes a bright orange section and green eyes that can easily be seen. These tote bags are another way you can augment traditionally dark costumes in a way that is thematically-appropriate, while also making sure that no one will be able to miss your kid in the dark.

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

Planning makes perfect, especially when it comes to a logistically-packed holiday like Halloween!

You want to hit as many houses as possible in the shortest amount of time. After all, you don’t want the kids to be out past their bedtime (or at least not TOO far past it!) One of the best ways you can do this is by utilizing Google Maps (or whichever mapping app you use) to plan yourself a Halloween route that will get you around the neighborhood in an efficient manner.

It’s important to remember your kid’s age here. Little ones might not have the energy to do much more than a block or two, while pre-teens might have enough energy to do half the town. If people get tired, you don’t have to strictly stick to your plan. If your kids (or you) start to get tired, you can always head home with your sacks full of candy. 

And don’t feel that you need to force your kids to enjoy Halloween. Some kids simply don’t much care to knock on strangers’ doors to ask for candy. If they aren’t enjoying themselves, don’t force them to stay out. Instead, abandon the plan and head home. I’m sure there is plenty of leftover candy there for them that can be found there!

Make Sure You Can Track Them

If this is one of the first Halloweens that your child is doing on their own, you’re going to be a nervous wreck. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Being a nervous wreck is just part and parcel of being a parent.

To calm your nerves a bit, you can do something that will help give you peace of mind on a night where your kids are knocking on the door of every stranger from blocks around. If they have a smartphone (and they should if they are heading out on their own), then you should have tracking features turned on. You can find these features in the “Family Link” app on Android and the “Find My” app on iPhones.

Now, there are some parents who feel that tracking features intrude on their kids’ privacy, and there is some truth to that. But there are occasions when turning on family tracking is justified, and Halloween is such a holiday. Make sure that the feature is activated on your and their phones. Then, at any point in the evening, you can see where they are located at a glance. This can give you peace of mind that they’re safe and not heading into an unknown or unsafe area. 

They should also have instructions to text or call you on their phone at periodic intervals, just to check in with how things are going. If they miss this check-in (Halloween can be fun and overwhelming, after all), don’t feel shy about interrupting their night by calling them. You don’t need to get angry with them for missing their check-in, but be sure to remind them that it’s a condition of them heading out in the future. 

Aren’t smartphones great (sometimes)?

These are just a few of the ways that you can ensure your kids have a fun and safe Halloween. If you’d like to check out some other ways you can enhance the holiday, we invite you to take a look around the Halloween section of our website! There are tons of great Personalized Halloween Tote Bags that could make your kids’ costumes even better. And don’t forget to take a look around the rest of the site for some great tote bags you could carry full of candy as you walk alongside them this Halloween!

What are some of your favorite Halloween safety tips? Please share them in the comments below!

Halloween Costume Ideas and Matching Candy Bags!

If there is one thing that any child loves doing, it’s dressing up!

Get a kid a costume, and you are basically guaranteeing a good time. Whether it be a princess outfit, an animal, or some pieces from your jewelry collection, there is something about costumes that makes it even more fun to pretend! And when it comes to dressing up, no holiday is more fun than Halloween

Halloween isn’t just about getting a massive amount of free candy (although that’s certainly a fringe benefit). It’s also a fun occasion for kids to look forward to! Making plans a few weeks ahead of time for a costume can build up their anticipation and make the holiday even more exciting! Here are a few ideas for super-fun Halloween costumes (inspired by Peekawhoo tote bags)!

Personalized Halloween Tote Bags

Part of the fun of Halloween is coordinating costumes. If your little one is going as a Frankenstein monster, chances are that they won’t want to take a reusable grocery bag to carry candy. It would ruin the entire effect! 

Instead, you can customize their candy bag to their costume. All of our Halloween Tote Bags are made from durable polyester, and at 12x5x12, they will be able to handle however much candy ends up inside them. And they also come in a ton of fun styles and colors.

For example, that Frankenstein costume would be a perfect match with our adorably “scary” Frankenstein Tote Bag! If you have a little kitten prowling the streets looking for candy, then our Cat Tote Bag would be the perfect match! If they want to go as a witch, then our Witch Hat Canvas Tote Bag will perfectly complete the ensemble!

Oh, and while Halloween and Easter are pretty far apart (although they both involve an awful lot of candy), a bunny Halloween costume might be a fantastic idea. And that costume would perfectly match with their Easter Bunny Basket from earlier in the year!

Backpage for Candy Storage

But what if your child doesn’t want to carry around a tote bag all night? No problem at all, because we have several Back to School Backpacks that will likely match their costume, no problem.

Let’s say that you have a little airplane pilot wanting to take off into the neighborhood? Then our Take Flight backpack would be the perfect complement to their costume. If your child is going as some kind of green reptile or monster, then our Later Gator backpack will match the color and give them an easy way to transport all of their candy. And if their costume theme doesn’t match any of the backpack patterns? Then why not go with a classic Black backpack that will basically become invisible, not clashing at all with their costume.

The best part about buying a Back to School backpack is that it serves double duty. They can take it out on Halloween, and then take it to school in the morning! Our backpacks are made from sturdy polyester and are 12x 5×17, more than large enough for the candy haul!

Bags for You (To Carry ALL of the Candy)

Here is the thing about children. When they are excited, it’s nothing but overflowing energy that you never think will run out. But when they started to get tired, boy, they crash FAST! And if you are out with your child, enjoying Halloween, they probably don’t want the fun to end. And one surefire way that it will end is if they get tired of carrying a gigantic bag full of candy.

The best way to make sure Halloween lasts a little longer (and you get a bit more candy in their haul) is to take along a bag of your own and dump the candy from theirs into it at periodic intervals. 

Unless you are planning on having an all-night neighborhood candy crawl, you aren’t going to need something as big as a garbage bag. Instead, why not choose one of our WB Summer Tote Bags. They are surprisingly large at 13×5.25×14, perfect for all of the spillover candy that your child will be collecting. You have your choice between a parker paisley or posie color and, like the vast majority of our offerings, you can have it personalized with your name, monogram, or first initial. This bag will ensure that your child gets all of the candy they want, without having to haul around an old, heavy pillowcase-sized bag!

If you want something a little more neutral (if you are planning on going in costume yourself), then we could recommend our Monogrammed Large Weekender Bag. It’s a bit bigger than the tote bag (more room for candy) and is neutral enough to blend in with just about any costume you can think of!

And don’t forget, we also have some less flashy Halloween Tote Bags, including in Stripes and Orange Dots.

If you’d like to see everything that we have to offer for a fun and stylish Halloween adventure, we invite you to take a look around the website! You might come up with some Halloween costume ideas that we haven’t even dreamed of! 

Do you love Halloween? What was your favorite costume as a kid? Please share your thoughts with our community!

Cozy Fall Must-Haves for Your Kids

You blink, and there goes summer! It’s officially time to trade in those tiny polka dot bikinis, floaties, and popsicles for knit socks, pumpkins, crunchy leaves, and all things fall. Is your family ready? 

There’s a reason why the anticipation surges for the pumpkin-spice-everything craze each year. There’s just something about autumn! It’s the perfect season of transformation…for you and the kids.

While the leaves outside are changing, and the sun starts to disappear earlier and earlier each day, your family also has to transition into a new routine. 

Whether you have kiddos who are getting into the swing of a new school year or you have toddlers at home who are entering their first season of mom-and-me gymnastics, you’re going to need fall cozies to keep your family warm and oh-so-snug this season!

Before you bundle up, make sure your family is equipped with essentials that will ensure autumn is the absolute coziest time of the year! 

Little Giraffe Luxe Blanket 

Nursery rhymes, late-night fairy tales, lullabies—what’s your favorite way to ease your little ones into a blissful night’s sleep? While the wind beats on the window on a chilly night, they’ll need extra warmth so they can sleep tight. 

Tuck your loves in with a Little Giraffe Luxe Blanket! It’s so incredibly delicate to the touch—made of extra warm materials—each blanket has faux fur with a satin border for added softness. And as usual with Peekawhoo, you can get personal! Add a monogram or your little ones’ name to make them feel special every time they grab their blanket. 

From whimsical dandelions to minimalist pinstripes, and even a special Heart Army blanket that benefits kids and babies in need with every piece sold, you will have a blast picking the right blanket for your kiddos! 

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Little Giraffe Luxe Blanky 

Are you sitting on the sidelines of your little soccer star’s game with baby in tow? The Little Giraffe Luxe Blanky is the perfect sidekick for your bundle of joy—no matter where you go! 

Its small size makes it easy to bring along to grocery store trips, doctors appointments, or brisk afternoons spent shopping. Its poly microfiber and suede finish are so soft to the touch; your baby won’t want to put it down. 

Choose between creamy colors of white, blue, silver, and pink, and of course, add a special touch with your baby’s initials! 

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Little Giraffe Luxe Hooded Baby Towel

Suds, toys, and bubbles, oh my! There’s nothing more fun than bath time with baby. But when you have to take baby out of the warm water into the brisk bathroom air—brrrrr—that’s no fun! 

With adorable ears on the hood and a super-absorbent cotton terry, you’ll love swaddling your baby in a Little Giraffe Luxe Hooded Towel for extra comfy, squishy warmth after an evening bath. Get yours on sale now before they’re gone!

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Can you smell pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in the oven? Now’s the time to snag your fall essentials before the temperature really dips!  

What are you looking forward to the most this season? We’d love to know!

Sleep Simplified: How to Get Your Baby on a Sleep Schedule

Sleep Simplified: How to Get Your Baby on a Sleep Schedule

Are you ready to get your bundle of joy into the habit of that whole sleeping thing? After four or five months of broken up sleep for you and baby, you’re probably spinning your wheels to develop some daily routines that organically ease your little one into a solid schedule.

Kids are joy, laughter, happiness, and love! But, fussy babies on the late-night shift can turn the entire household upside down. Here are a few simple tips that will ensure both you and your bundle of love wake up energized and ready for a day of cuddling, cooing, and crawling! 

Make Naps a Priority 

There’s generally not a one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to napping. Just know that babies between 3-12 months should be getting around two to three hours of daytime sleep. 

Where your little love naps is just as important as how often they nap. Experts say that the best naps take place in the crib! So although it might be tempting to let your little one snooze wherever they crash, it’s important to create a cool, comfortable environment so they can enjoy every minute of uninterrupted rest. 

When it comes to naps, timing is everything! You don’t want the last nap of the day to go too late, but you also don’t want your baby to be cranky throughout dinner. Find your sweet spot so that the entire house can get into a rhythm that feels right! 

Keep an Eye on Patterns 

In the beginning, you’re going to have to do a bit of research on your snoozer to log which hours your baby gets the longest stretch of sleep. Once you get a good idea of your baby’s sleeping trends, you can start their bedtime routine at an hour that organically aligns with the time they’re ready for some shut-eye. 

If your baby’s natural sleeping rhythm starts at 9 p.m., you’re going to want to start your nighttime routine at about 8:15 or 8:30 p.m.! You’ll be amazed by how easy sleep can be when you actively work with your baby’s natural rhythms.

Create a Bedtime Routine

Think about how wonderful you feel each night when you’ve had time to unwind with your evening routine. Whether it’s a face mask, a cup of tea, or slowly reading a chapter in your book, it helps your brain and body get ready for sleep. The same is true for your baby! 

Creating a calming bedtime routine is such a special way to bond with your little one. Ease those tiny muscles with a warm bath that’s totally free from fillers, synthetic fragrances, and chemicals! 

Start by having a splish-splashing good time with Jack N’ Jill Bubble Bath—a plant-based, hypoallergenic, aromatherapy blend loaded with all of the calming goodness to get baby in the sleeping mood. 

Next, you’ll want to soap up your little one with Jack N’ Jill’s Simplicity Shampoo & Body Wash! Made with Soap Bark, which acts as a natural foaming agent (an alternative to scary SLS-Sodium Lauryl Sulphates), and a range of native extracts and organic oils, your baby will be smooth, clean, and nourished—naturally!  

This gentle formulation contains antioxidants for anti-inflammatory benefits and loads of essential amino acids and vitamin B2 to help strengthen connective tissue and promote hair growth.

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Finally, swaddle your sweetie, and enjoy the last ten minutes of their bedtime routine by reading a story about fairy tales and far away adventures. Now, you can rest easy knowing that your precious one is clean and oh-so-sleepy with our planet’s purest ingredients. 

What steps do you take for your nightly routine? Our community would love to hear them!

The Science Behind Why Your Child Adores Their Lovie or Security Blanket

From a snuggly, oh-so-cozy blanket to a doll that’s been through it all (no, seriously…through it all!), do your kids have that one thing they refuse to let go of? 

Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store or sitting on the sidelines of their older brother’s soccer practice, children want to bring these items wherever they go! You can certainly remember being a little tot who was always photographed with a bear or blankie. 

Matter of fact, we get pictures from our community all the time of adorable babes who just can’t put down their Angel Dear Lovie Blankies! But what’s the science behind kids’ attachment to their stuff? 

In a recent study, researchers found that children picked their favorite bear or blanket over an identical duplicate. No surprise to you, right? 

Kids become emotionally attached to lots of things. It could be a cuddly blanket, an ultra-plush toy, or even a random item that was found somewhere in your home. In the scientific world, these items are often referred to as transitional objects (T.O.s). They provide little ones with a sense of security, especially as they grow as toddlers and start exploring the world around them.  

No matter how hard your child resists letting go of their favorite item, just know that there’s nothing to worry about…most of the time! Between the ages of two-five, most kiddos lose their need for attachment to their favorite items. But in the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the benefits and challenges of of these snuggly-soft items.

Benefits

  • Attachment items such as blankies and Lovies allow your child to feel safe and secure in their surroundings, often pushing them toward new, “scary” things they might not do otherwise.
  • A bond with an attachment item can be a reminder of love and security! 
  • Blankies and Lovies make the transition into new settings easier. 
  • One study found that children with strong bonds to these objects have a stronger attachment to a parent. They’re happier than those without one.
  • Blankies and Lovies can help children cope with situations that cause stress or anxiety.
  • Blankies and Lovies are tools that can boost a child’s confidence level!

Challenges

  • If your child only wants to snuggle their favorite item rather than play with other kids or engage in outdoor activities, you might want to consider checking to see if there are underlying issues such as stress at home. 
  • An attachment item that sticks around for a little too long might make the transition into kindergarten more challenging—when the child has to leave the beloved bear or blankie at home. 
  • Older kids and teens who need attachment items may have more problems handling their mental health. An older child that needs to sleep with their baby blanket may have some unresolved challenges that need to be addressed.

No matter if we’re 1 or 101, we’re all humans, and we crave comfort! Enjoy every minute of your child’s growing years, and be sure to keep their favorite blankie or doll in a treasured keepsake box, so you never forget the memories.

To ensure your kiddo has the squishiest, softest, most adorable blankie around, be sure to check out our Angel Dear Lovie collection! Angel Dear Lovie Blankies have been baby and toddler (….and mama!) favorites for years, bringing comfort and security to little ones when they need it most. At 13×13, they’re big enough to love and snuggle, yet small enough to easily pack and bring along, anytime, anywhere.

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