[We think there's no better holiday gift than a good book. But sometimes you want to kick it up a notch, so we've put together a few fun gift lists based around some of our favorite books and authors.]
If you like Pippi Longstocking as much as we do, you'll love this roundup of this roundup of gifts celebrating Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking, Thing-Finder extraordinaire, the strongest girl in the world, and all-around super-fun neighbor. (These are ready-to-buy, but they'd be great bases for DIY projects, too.)
- The essential Pippi Longstocking book gets a gorgeous makeover with whimsical illustrations by Lauren Child.
- Prefer the classics? You can still snag a hardcover version of the three-books-in-one volume The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking with illustrations by Michael Chesworth.
- You'll need your own traditional Plett Pan to make Swedish pancakes like Pippi.
- Wake up to adventure — or at least hot cocoa — with your very own Pippi mug.
- Bake a patch of Pippi themed cookies with cookie cutters shaped like Pippi, Mr. Nilsson, and Alfonso.
- Pippi played with pirates, so shouldn't you? Every Pippi fan needs her own soft pirate toy. (Just lift him right over your head if he starts misbehaving.)
- Mismatched socks and colorful tights are an essential addition to any Pippi fan's wardrobe.
- Watch Pippi's antics in your living room with the Pippi Longstocking Movie Collection. There are modern adaptations, too, but this old-school Swedish movie series starring Inger Nilsson as Pippi is one of our favorites.
- Don't let a rainy day cramp your spirits. Carry your Pippi umbrella, and splash your way to a less-soggy adventure.
- Clean your floors Pippi-style with slippers with built-in scrubbers. (Warning: Your floors may never be dirty again.)
- Now that I have seen this fantastic Villa Villekulla dollhouse, I'm not sure how I ever lived without it. (There's also a toy Hoppetossa boat — the ship that Pippi's dad captains.)
- Dine in style with illustrated, wipe-clean Pippi placemats.
- Thing-finding is much easier when you have your own very charming magnifying glass.
- This fantastically detailed laser-cut Pippi Longstocking shadow puppet is elegant and adorable.
- Waldorf style meets Scandanavian charm in a needle-felted Pippi wreath.
- The ultimate gift for a Pippi fan: A trip to Astrid Lindgren's World in Vimmerby, Sweden, a theme park devoted to Pippi, Emil, Ronjia, and other characters created by Lindgren.
This gift guide was originally published in Atlanta Homeschool magazine.