7 Days of Giftmas: Baby Things

Sick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas.

Ahh, the joy of parenthood. New parents have enough to think about without having to worry about Christmas. Lucky for you, Hair Balls has found a few perfect gifts to the new Mom or Dad on your Christmas list.

World leaders are headed to Copenhagen next week, but you can do your part to prevent climate change now by helping a new parent get set up with a reusable diaper service. Unfortunately, Dandy Diaper Service seems to be the only one in Houston. Has this Earth-friendly practice gone completely by the wayside?

Bebé Verde is probably Houston's most popular "green" baby boutique. They're a locally-owned business that sells green, ecologically-safe toys, furniture and baby care products for new parents and chitlins which are not just safe for the planet, they're also super-safe for babies. Bebé Verde also offers bimonthly classes on using cloth diapers, and sells the supplies. Follow their Twitter feed to get info on sales.

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Kozy Kid Creations is another Houston-based business selling handmade baby goods, including this rockin' mama pink and leopard baby sling, plus stuff for older kiddos.

Look no further than Dadwood of Texas for the perfect heirloom gift, a handmade rocking chair woodshopped right here in Houston. At $3,250 each, the chairs aren't cheap, but then again, neither is parenthood.

For something a bit more personal, check out Houstonian Taryn Peine's Etsy shop, To a T. Peine machine-embroiders baby clothes with adorable designs -- look at this "Rat Pack Christmas" onesie. All orders can be personalized either design-wise or with the baby's name. So cute!

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