Midrange gifts for kids

Something for the budding rock star and the pint-size design aficionado.

Published December 2, 2008 11:13AM (EST)

If you nurse fantasies that your kid will grow up to be a big rock star -- or at least a poor but happy folk singer -- you might consider buying him or her a Woodstock Percussion Folk Guitar ($39.99). Not a toy, not plastic and devoid of lights and buttons that make noise, this is a real guitar (wood, strings, functional tuning pegs), sized perfectly for small children. (It's designed for kids 6 and up, but even 3-year-olds can manage to make some perfectly acceptable experimental music with it.) It comes with a pick, a strap, a carrying case and some simple instructions. Let the charmingly nonsensical songwriting begin.

Fun and mod, the Jill table ($99) and Little Jake chairs ($49 each) from Room and Board make the perfect kids' play area for budding Eames admirers. And they'll look great in the dining room for special holiday dinners, too. The chrome and molded plywood chairs come in orange, blue, green and white, so you can match your room's color scheme or mix it up with several colors, for a more whimsical effect. The Little Jake chairs are mini copies of the ones that the retailer sells for adults, so if you get jealous of your kids' fine design you can get the same chairs in your size ($79), too.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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