Bruce Springsteen Tee by Born Yesterday
The best part about having kids is molding them into better, smaller versions of yourself. Start the little stadium rockers off right with this Born in the U.S.A. baseball tee. The Boss would be so proud. $40 at Born Yesterday, 1901 Walnut St., 215-568-6556, bornyesterdayphila.com.
Wooden Sushi Slicing Playset by Melissa & Doug
Future Meal Ticket readers will appreciate this precious wooden sushi set. Bring it to dinner and let the baby throw around her wooden food instead of your pricey dragon roll. $21.99 at Lolli Lolli, 713 Walnut St., 215-625-2655, lollilolli.net.
Bird Mobile by Hoosier Magnolia
Let the birds fly over your baby's crib without fear of droppings. This lovely mobile, with its striking colors and girly design, is sweet enough for the nursery — but classier than that over-the-top, blinding princess-pink thing from Toys "R" Us. $50 at Art Star, 623 N. Second St., 215-238-1557, artstarphilly.com.
KISS Mr. Potato Head Collector Set by Playskool
This is a gift for actual children as well as those stuck inside grown-up bodies. In the past, Gene Simmons and the boys have lent their images to a plethora of novelties, toys and dolls. Now it's Mr. Potato Head's turn. $49 at Scarlet Fiorella, 113 S. 13th St., 215-922-1955, scarletfiorella.com.
Snowman-Making Kit By Creative Co-Op
Whether the wee one's a Scrooge about snow or can't wait to run around in the fluffy stuff, this kit — complete with a plastic carrot nose, buttons, coal, pipe, hat and scarf — will make winter weather more fun. $18.50 at PHAG, 1225 Walnut St., 215-627-0461, thephagshop.com.
Baby Onesie by Rebel Ink Baby
Since the baby can't talk just yet, let him show love for his fab Unc — and support for LBGTQ rights — with this gay-friendly onesie. It doubles as a satisfying way to perturb the grandparents. $25 at Smak Parlour, 219 Market St., 215-625-4551, smakparlour.com.