A tiny flock of sheep from Columbia, available at KIOSK
One of the fun things about traveling is shopping - and there are so many ways to shop! You can shop for beautiful clothes, or antiques, or fabulous textiles... Or (and this is my favorite, as a budget traveller) you can shop for little things - unfamiliar drugstore or candy items with intriguing packaging, little toys (a given with us), or other little bits and bobs that are easy to justify hauling back home.
My favorite souvenirs from Denmark include a handful of miniature (and cheap) comic books featuring Rasmus Klump, and a gorgeous (and rather hefty) 1950s book of nature photographs entitled Geheimnisvolles Leben Am Wasser - Mysterious Life on the Water. These sorts of unexpected finds from far-flung lands make great Christmas presents - they always feel special somehow. But if you haven't managed an overseas shopping trip this year, have no fear - I have a solution!
Kiosk is a wonderful online shop (they also have a bricks-and-mortar shop in New York City, which also a delight). They describe themselves thusly:
"KIOSK is a travel story depicted through objects, a collection of interesting things from around the world, a study of material culture, a shop, several people's efforts to preserve unique and indigenous objects, an installation, maybe just something other than what we are used to."
The shop proprietors travel the world (Finland, Japan, India, Columbia, and more, including the U.S.A.) and sell what they discover. Chances are good that you'll find something you like too - something you won't find anywhere else. Like these tiny terra cotta bricks from Columbia:
I love the look of this dartboard from Finland (it isn't for children, but I still love it):
Kraul in Germany makes wonderful toys (Walter Kraul was a teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School in Germany), but they're difficult to find in the U.S.. Kiosk offers this one:
Colorful chalk from Germany:
And from the good old US of A (specifically, Vermont), this beautiful wooden sled:
The product selection at Kiosk is always changing, and you just never know what will turn up. You can shop all of their children's items here.