Christmas toys, clothes, STEM gifts, outdoors gifts, games, books and more for kids with an eye to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

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“L” is for local; “E” is for eco-friendly.

Smart Innovation Star Wars BB-8 Sphero

This is the droid you’re looking for! Meet Sphero BB-8, the new droid from “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” It’s controlled with a free app on a smartphone or tablet, and responds to voice commands and displays holographic videos. Ages 8 and up. $150 at Bed Bath & Beyond; available in early December

Fort Boards Custom Fort Builder

Brand-new Fort Boards, designed in Seattle, allow kids to create custom forts in any shape they can imagine — say, a rocket, submarine or octopus — then break them down and start all over again. The plastic interlocking pieces snap together, pack up for transport and can be used indoors and out. Ages 5 and up. $110 at fortboards.com L

Light in the Attic and Third Man Records Turntable and Record
Light in the Attic and Third Man Records Turntable and Record

Light in the Attic and Third Man Records Turntable and Record

Seattle’s Light in the Attic record shop and Jack White’s Third Man Records have joined forces to give kids a proper introduction to vinyl. Third Man’s new portable children’s turntable has built-in speakers and a USB port to convert records to digital. The accompanying “This Record Belongs To ___” LP offers classic stories and songs including Shel Silverstein’s “Invitation,” Kermit the Frog’s “Rainbow Connection” and Carole King’s “One Was Johnny.” $95–$146 at Bootyland Kids (Wallingford) and lightintheattic.net L

Thumbprint Portraits Activity Set

Put fun at their fingertips with this kit that creates personal portraits of family and friends using a thumbprint and an ink pad. “Thumbprint Portraits: 30 Ready-to-Complete Pictures of Your Awesome Family and Friends” contains fill-in scenes and stickers to make portraits and cute caricatures of everyone you know. $17 at shop.thesmallobject.com

Table-Time Look & Learn Mostly Math Tablecloth

Incorporate learning into everyday mealtime with this fun, educational tablecloth for kids ages 2–6. Created by a teacher, with charming illustrations by an artist from “The Simpsons,” it includes more than 20 math lessons and is printed on kid-safe PEVA that kids can write on and wipe off. $20 (plus 10 percent off with discount code TEN10TEN) at amazon.com and tabletimelookandlearn.com

Table-Time Look & Learn Mostly Math Tablecloth. Fin Fun Swimmable Mermaid Tail. Boeing Centennial Heritage 6-in-1 Glider. Thumbprint Portraits Activity Set.
Table-Time Look & Learn Mostly Math Tablecloth. Fin Fun Swimmable Mermaid Tail. Boeing Centennial Heritage 6-in-1 Glider. Thumbprint Portraits Activity Set.

Yoshi’s Woolly World Bundle

Kids can explore the adorable yarn-based world of Yoshi in this new game of puzzles and exploration. Bundle comes with one Yoshi Amiibo figure. For Nintendo Wii U; rated E. $60 at major retailers

Fin Fun Swimmable Mermaid Tail

Make her mermaid dreams come true with this fishy tail she can actually swim in. The sleek, lightweight monofin looks and moves like a real fish tail. Made from neoprene blended with recycled plastics, it’s covered with stretchy spandex-nylon and comes in a dozen colors. $50–$108 at finfunmermaid.com E

Ozobot Interactive Coding Robot

Ozobot is a tiny robot that teaches kids coding. Draw a path with a marker and paper and watch it follow the line. See it read your codes and obey a range of commands, or interact with it through your tablet. Ozobot is only 1 inch high, but it plays games, communicates by blinking, spins and even does the moonwalk. $54 at Click! Design That Fits (West Seattle)

Uniqlo Disney Project Flannel Shirt

Images of Bambi and pink dots create a cool graphic pattern on this soft flannel shirt. A rounded collar adds even more sweetness to the versatile piece. $10 at uniqlo.com

Boeing Centennial Heritage 6-in-1 Glider

This kit, created for the Boeing centennial, includes everything you need to make five air-launched gliders and one rubber-band-powered plane, all of which look just like Boeing-company aircraft. The pieces are easy to assemble, with no glue or tools required. For ages 8 and up. $29 at The Boeing Store (Seattle, Renton, Everett) and boeingstore.com L

Desiree Stone Rag Dolls

Seattle artist Desiree Stone’s traditional, handcrafted rag dolls will delight your child’s imagination. Multiple skin tones are represented in beautiful yarns of black, brown and white. Each doll is 16 inches tall and wears detailed handmade clothes. $42 at Bootyland (Wallingford) L

Kiriki Press Embroidery Kit. Old Timey Slingshot + Felt Ammo. Desiree Stone Rag Dolls.
Kiriki Press Embroidery Kit. Old Timey Slingshot + Felt Ammo. Desiree Stone Rag Dolls.

Kiriki Press Embroidery Kit

Keep older kids in stitches with DIY embroidery kits that create adorable animals. Kits include patterns, embroidery floss and eco-friendly stuffing. $18–$19 at Ugly Baby and La Rue (Pike Place Market) and kirikipress.com E

Old Timey Slingshot + Felt Ammo

Go old school with a stocking stuffer that needs no batteries or USB cord. A 7.5-inch wood slingshot with 12 fair-trade felt balls made in Nepal provides some safe family fun. $12 at Butter Home (Capitol Hill) E

Woodland Park Zoo ZooParent Animal Adoption
Woodland Park Zoo ZooParent Animal Adoption

Woodland Park Zoo ZooParent Animal Adoption

Show your support for the zoo’s amazing animals and make a difference — $5 from each ZooParent donation will directly support conservation efforts at the zoo and around the world. Make a symbolic adoption today and you will receive a plush animal, personalized adoption certificate and more. $69 at zoo.org L

Zing Toys Firetek Zeon Bow 

The best-selling Firetek Bow is now available in a smaller size so younger kids can take part in launching the light-up, soft-foam arrows that fly up to 35 feet. Ages 5 and up. $20 at Toys ‘R Us and toysrus.com

Pepa Loves Black Minibag with Ears

Your tween fashion plate will love this quilted round mini-purse with two cute rabbit ears and an adjustable shoulder strap. $28–$29 at La Merde (Phinney Ridge) and pepaloves.com

Lego Awesome Ideas

Maybe they don’t need more Lego sets; maybe they just need some new ideas. This slick, full-color book is packed with ideas and step-by-step instructions for building a new Lego world. $25 at booksellers

Emoji Pillows. Lego Awesome Ideas. Darby Smart Metal Stamping Bracelet Kit. Pepa Loves Black Minibag with Ears.
Emoji Pillows. Lego Awesome Ideas. Darby Smart Metal Stamping Bracelet Kit. Pepa Loves Black Minibag with Ears.

Peek Stripe Shawl Collar Pullover

Knit stripes add preppy flair to this classic, chunky-knit sweater in soft, wearable cotton. Children’s sizes 2–14. $58 at Nordstrom

MiiR Bambini Balance Bike

Beginning riders will find their stride on this sturdy, adjustable balance bike with EVA foam tires that never go flat. The local company gives one bike to a person in need for each one sold. $139 at REI or MiiR flagship (Wallingford) L

Emoji Pillows

Bring their favorite emojis to life with cheeky pillows featuring the round yellow face winking, blowing kisses and more. $5–$20 at Westfield Southcenter Mall kiosk and amazon.com

Darby Smart Metal Stamping Bracelet Kit

Tween girls will love this DIY kit that creates personalized stamped copper cuff bracelets. It includes a blank bracelet, bending bar, stamping hammer, alphabet stamp kit and more. $36 at urbanoutfitters.com

Peek Stripe Shawl Collar Pullover. Gerd Hahn Worry Eaters
Peek Stripe Shawl Collar Pullover. Gerd Hahn Worry Eaters

Gerd Hahn Worry Eaters

These cute plush creatures hold onto kids’ worries so they don’t have to. Kids can write down their worries and fears and “feed” them into the creatures’ wide, zippered mouths. Zip ’em up and hug them tight, and you can get through anything together. $16–$23 at haywiregroup.com