50 Days of Holiday Gifts: The Toy

Day 17: Every parent’s dream

Warning: This device may cause excessive focus for hours on end. Sold! Not only is the Rainbow Loom an instrument of peace and quiet, this modified loom provides a stimulating yet simple way for kids to make their own jewelry using a customized crochet hook and colorful rubber bands. It even landed on The Children’s Museum’s 2013 Top Ten Kid-Tested, Kid-Approved Toy Winners list for its ability to help children improve their concentration and fine motor skills. If that’s not a testament to its power, search “rainbow loom bracelets” on YouTube and you’ll get more than 500,000 tutorials for working one’s way up from a single loop to the double-crossed, double-starburst bracelet. Rainbow Loom sold out at The Children’s Museum, but several Michael’s stores have it in stock (for now). $16.99. Michael’s stores, michaels.com for locations.

Follow our 50 Days of Holiday Gifts Guide for daily ideas, most available in local shops.
Day 1: The Sweater
Day 2: The Bar Essential
Day 3: The Retro Antique
Day 4: The DIY Option
Day 5: The Steak Knife
Day 6: The Scarf
Day 7: The Beer Gear
Day 8: The Colts Bling
Day 9: The Butler Hat
Day 10: The Humor Book
Day 11: The Handmade Soap
Day 12: The Spiritual Message
Day 13: The Hoodie
Day 14: The Vonnegut Memento
Day 15: The Boots
Day 16: The Gloves
Complete list