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Polka Dot Piggy

My nephew is a bright-eyed, smiley little ginger. Almost one year ago I got a phone call from my sister, mid-morning on a cool Thursday in March. She was due with her number two any day now and I was so excited to hear how she was feeling.

“Hi!” I said. “How are ya?”

“Hi!” She said. “I had a baby!”

And just like that, she had a son. Who was undeniably cousin to the most darling tree frog imaginable. Who would not sleep without being snuggled up to some warm body for four months. Who would fall in love with his spark-plug of a big sister right away while we all vied for his attention. Who was family.

He’ll be nearly an adult soon, a one-year-old ready to talk and probably drive. When you get to see family only infrequently, as I do, the nieces and the nephews seem to be entirely different humans each time you see them. Am I right? They go from wiggly little slugs to winsome cruisers in about twelve seconds and one plane flight, give or take three seconds.

I won’t be able to be to be there for his birthday this year, but I want to send him a gift that says, good job buddy, you’ve done it. You’ve won me over with those baby blues and I just love you. Something he can keep throughout his childhood and make him think of his auntie.

I was awfully fond of my bear coin bank as a kid; I got my niece a cupcake coin bank when she turned one. So I’m thinking of carrying on the tradition for this little guy, too. Breakable things really have a way with kids, I believe, and putting shiny little coins in something breakable is even better.

I’ve been scouring for months, honestly, and it is a desert out there for cute choices. I think I’ve found some keepers, though.
Help me choose?

1. Wooden Whale  |  Arks & Animals
2. Silver Piggy | Carters
3. White Elephant  |  Jonathan Adler
4. Polka Dot Piggy | Rosenberry Rooms
5. Racing Car | Pottery Barn
6. Green Elephant | Urban Outfitters

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February 27, 2013 - 8:43 am

Emily - Can I just say how happy I am when you stop over here? AND HAPPY ALMOST-BIRTHDAY!

February 27, 2013 - 10:59 am

Beks - Well. My initial thought was polka-dot piggy! YES! But then I remembered he is a boy and polka-dots, while adorable, may be a little too girly for his masculine tastes (in my humble opinion).

Next I was enamored with shiny red car, yes yes! So sleek and monogrammed it is…

However the quiet strength of the hand-made wooden whale, won me over. Perhaps the clinky noise of falling coins will not be as fun as rival racecar, but overall I trust that the whale’s spatial depths will convince you that it is the better choice for money-saving. :) With some luck, maybe you can convince the seller to monogramm in that cool wood branding/burning way.

February 27, 2013 - 11:34 am

Emily - You make me laugh, lady.

February 27, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Haley - Awww, now I’m getting all choked up thinking about my baby turning 1!

Also: What a funny baby announcement phone call. I crack myself up. :)

February 27, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Emily - I was so shocked! Especially because I was anticipating another long labor and hours of waiting by the phone!

February 27, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Allen - I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to piggy banks. I like numbers 2 and 4 personally. I also like number 6. It is adorable!!

February 27, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Emily - Allen! I really, really like number two. If I was buying one for myself, that would be the winner, for sure. Unless there was a gold option for it.

February 27, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Stina - Wooden whale all the way.

February 27, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Amy D. - 1 vote right here for the whale.

February 28, 2013 - 9:49 am

Emily - Hi Amy! That whale is kind of crushin’ it.