Local Holiday Gifts

Bears for Humanity

Buy a bear or other stuffed animal from this Union City toymaker and the company will donate a teddy bear to a child in need. Plush animals are made with organic and recycled materials by employees who are part of the CalWorks welfare-to-work program. $25-45. www.bearsforhumanity.com.

Top That!

Players race to stack a magician hat, white rabbit and more in this fast-paced game from San Francisco’s Blue Orange Games. The trick is paying close attention to directions on the card showing whether objects should be visible or hidden inside other objects. For ages 6 and up. $19.99. www.blueorangegames.com.

Curiosity Pack

Do you have a holiday trip in your future? Check out the Travel Pack from Curiosity Pack in El Cerrito. It includes an activity book, “I Spy” bag, travel bingo, coloring pages and stickers, conveniently packed in a tote bag. It’s just one of the sets developed by an education consultant/mom. For ages 3-10. $40. www.curiositypack.com.

Epic! E-Books

Your child can get more than 12,000 e-books and audio books at their fingertips with a subscription to Redwood City’s Epic! Titles for kids ages 0-12 range from picture books to chapter books, with many well-known favorites and award-winners. For use with any device. $4.99 per month. www.getepic.com.

One World Play Project

Buy one durable “futbol” – or soccer ball – and One World Play Project will donate one to an organization or school working with underserved youth in inner cities, refugee camps, war zones or disaster areas, in the United States and internationally. The Berkeley B corporation has distributed more than 1 million balls to spread the importance of play to communities around the world. $39.50-44.50. www.oneworldplayproject.com.

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