Monday, November 25, 2019

The Definitive 2019 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Holiday Gift Guide

With interest in Mister Rogers at the highest it's been in years, there will no doubt be some Neighborhood gifts given this holiday season. But there's just so much out there! Where does a person even begin? In hopes of easing your burden, here is the Definitive Mister Rogers Gift Guide for 2019!

As the definitive source for all things Mister Rogers, I have chosen my favorite items among the many new books, memorabilia, and ephemera that have hit the market this fall. If it's older items you're looking for, I certainly encourage you to check out the Neighborhood Archive site itself where you're sure to find more gift options than you ever knew existed!


Right off the bat, let me throw out three resources for amazing gifts too numerous to list here! Steel City, Papersalt, and Little Shop of Pins have definitely been the leaders when it comes to the best Neighborhood merchandise made available throughout 2019! Hands down!


Through their respective online stores, you'll find options to purchase everything from amazing t-shirts and hats to creative enamel pins and high quality stickers! I can't begin to describe the amount of marvelous products you'll have to choose from by way of these three stores alone! Click the logos below to check out their Neighborhood collections!

  

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GIFTS FOR KIDS

So your kids have caught on to the fact that Daniel Tiger wasn't the first to sing the words "won't you be my neighbor" and they've caught the Mister Rogers bug that seems to be going around? Some terrific new books have hit shelves this fall specifically geared towards the younger market.
  • Who Was Mister Rogers?
    • If my own kids are any indication of the popularity of the "Who Was...?" series of biographical books, the new title about Mister Rogers and his Neighborhood is sure to please your young reader!
    • Purchase from Amazon
  • Henrietta Meets Someone New
    • You can't resist a classic. Seriously. If you grew up in the 1970s or 1980s, you probably had the original edition of this Little Golden Book on your bookshelf. Although the cover art has been slightly updated, the content of the story and the artwork inside are exactly the same as they were a few decades ago. This would be a great book to read with your children -- especially if you are able to share with them that you read this book yourself as a child!
    • Purchase from Amazon
  • Snowflake Songs
    • If kids know Mister Rogers, there's no doubt that they also know Daniel Tiger. In fact, it's more than likely that they knew Daniel first. Either way, Snowflake Songs is a great book to read (and sing) along with on a snowy winter day. The buttons on the side allow for the tunes to be played as you and your children sing along!
    • Purchase from Amazon

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FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING
  
  • Cat's Meow Village
    • Do you know someone who likes cats? Do you know someone who likes cats and Mister Rogers? How about someone who likes cats, Mister Rogers, and finely handcrafted replicas of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe? Yeah? You've just found the perfect gift. These pieces can be purchased individually or as a full set to be displayed as a subtle representation of true Neighborhood appreciation.
    • Purchase from Cat's Meow Village
  • 2020 Wall Calendar
    • Most calendars are kept on digital devices these days and paper calendars seem to be on the road to becoming as obsolete as a TV Guide, but there's still that space on your grandmother's wall that would be naked without a calendar. One has hung there for decades and with each new year, she takes down the old and replaces it with the new. This year, rather than letting her hang the free calendar she picked up at the bank or the one she bought for for $25 from the kid down the street raising money for his travel sports team, why not let Mister Rogers and his wisdom walk her month by month through 2020?
    • Purchase from Amazon

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SOMETHING FUN
 
 
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Replica Sweater
    • If you've always dreamed of following Mister Rogers' lead by coming home from work and changing into a warm sweater before settling for some time of quiet reflection, you're in luck. You can now pick up your own replica sweater designed after those worn by Fred Rogers on the Neighborhood program! Since this item has become available, I've often been asked about its quality. Is it a cheap costume piece or a quality sweater you could actually wear? I assure you friends and neighbors, this is a legit sweater -- thick and very well made.
    • Purchase on Amazon

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BOOKS
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: A Visual History
    • Full disclosure. Yes, I was one of the co-authors of this book, but I don't include it at the top of this list because my name is attached to it. I do so because it's awesome! Really, if you're buying a gift for someone who would appreciate an in-depth look at the history of the Neighborhood with never-before-seen photographs and first-hand interviews with cast and crew members, this is the book for you. On a side note, if you can hold off until early December, I will likely have signed copies available for purchase through the Neighborhood Archive site. That's assuming you'd want me to scribble inside your book with a Sharpie in the first place.
    • Pick up a copy directly from co-author Tim Lybarger ... He'll even personalize it and scribble his name inside! :)
    • ...or...Purchase on Amazon
  • Dear Mister Rogers, Does It Ever Rain In Your Neighborhood?
    • This is one of the all-time great books from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood which features many innocent letters written to Mister Rogers by his young viewers. Along with these letters are Fred's thoughtful and caring responses -- a book sure to touch the heart of any parent who grew up watching the Neighborhood. Beware though ... I've heard rumblings that if you order the updated copy on Amazon, they are likely to send you the old version instead.
    • Purchase from Amazon (if you're a risk taker)

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MUSIC
  • Johnny Costa Plays Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Jazz
    • Speaking of Omnivore Recordings, they hit one out of the park with longtime Neighborhood fans this fall when, for the first time on CD, they released the Johnny Costa Plays Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Jazz. A fan favorite for many years, this album was previously available only on vinyl and has been out of print for quite some time.
    • Purchase from Amazon

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STOCKING STUFFERS
  • Neighborhood Socks
    • When I think of stocking stuffers, I think of candy, lip balm, and socks. You've probably seen the Mister Rogers Encouragemints which have been out there for a while, and I'm not quite sure how Neighborhood lip balm would even be marketed, but socks? You're covered. You could give a different pair of Mister Rogers socks to each of your family members over two full generations and you'd likely not run out of options. Seriously. There are a lot of socks out there. Visit the Neighborhood Archive site or click on the image below for specific options.

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From this neighborhood to yours, Happy Holidays!

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