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Nutcracker Themed Gift Ideas for Kids

The story of the nutcracker has played a significant role in our Christmas traditions and celebrations for quite some time, as a result of Princess' trauma history and PTSD episodes related to Santa. 

As we prepare for another holiday season, we can't resist surrounding ourselves with all things nutcracker related.  In honor of our favorite Christmas character I have compiled a gift of Nutcracker themed gift ideas for kids.
Nutcracker gifts
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When Princess was able to express her fear of “The Big Red Giant” aka Santa Claus, we eliminated the figure from our Christmas celebrations. It wasn’t enough to just focus on the birth of Jesus.  Princess craved the joy that other children experience during the season.  She just wasn't going to get it from Santa.

Instead, she experiences sheer delight as we read and celebrate the story of The Nutcracker each year.  The idea came to me as I was searching for non Santa-related Christmas activities for homeschooling a few years back.  I love The Nutcracker Ballet.

Each year, our family reads the story of The Nutcracker together.  Music and movies about Santa have been replaced with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and various children's version of the beloved story.  Nutcracker decorations abound.

And last year, for the very first time, Princess attended a live performance of The Nutcracker Ballet.  She instantly fell in love and danced her way through the season, while listening to her favorite music.  Princess can not wait to see the ballet again this year.

We could have never imagined how much one simple change in tradition changed our holiday season.  It’s absolutely magical.  Truth be told, we don’t miss Santa Claus one bit.  And who can resist all of these nutcracker themed gifts?

Nutcracker dolls and accessories

Clara Doll with Pockets

Sugar Plum Fairy Musical Doll

Clara Musical Doll

Snow Queen Doll

Purple Sugar Plum Fairy Doll

Barbie Doll Ballerina

Barbie Nutcracker Ken Doll

American Girl Bitty Twin Ballerina Nightgown

American Girl Bitty Twin Toy Soldier PJs

Nutcracker Finger Puppets and Case

Nutcracker coloring books

Nutcracker Coloring and Craft Book

Nutcracker Sticker Activity Book

Glitter Nutcracker Ballet Stickers

Nutcracker Ballet Coloring Book

Nutcracker Ballet Creativity Set & Book

Nutcracker Ballet-Coloring Book

The Story of the Nutcracker Coloring Book

Nutcracker Ballet Playing Cards

The Nutcracker Ballet:  A Book, Theater, and Paper Doll Fold Out Set

Nutcracker toys

Ballerina Role Play Costume Set

Toy Soldier Dress Up Costume


Paint Your Own Nutcracker Prince

Nutcracker Nesting Dolls

Nutcracker Ballet Nesting Dolls

Nutcracker Rubber Stamps

Nutcracker books

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

Nutcracker by Maurice Sendak

The Nutcracker Ballet by Deborah Hautzig

The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet by Deborah Hautzig

The Nutcracker by New York City Ballet

The Nutcracker by Rita Balducci

The Nutcracker by Janet Schulman

The Nutcracker by Alison Jay

The Nutcracker Board Book

The Nutcracker Ballet by Vladimir Vagin

The Nutcracker by E. T. A Hoffmann

Nutcracker character ornaments

Clara Ornament

Nutcracker Prince Ornament

Drosselmeyer Ornament

Mouse King Ornament

Sugar Plum Fairy Ornament

Snow Queen Ballerina Ornament

Mother Ginger Ornament

Arabian Dancer Ornament

Chinese Dancer Ornament

Spanish Dancer Ornament

Russian Dancer Ornament

Nutcracker movies

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker (another)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture

Barber in The Nutcracker

Care Bears: The Nutcracker

Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale

Angelina Ballerina: Nutcracker Sweet

The nutcracker has become a symbol of happiness at Christmas time for Princess.  Whenever she sees one she smiles.  When there’s talk of Santa, she can think or talk about the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy instead.  The Nutcracker is a clear visual symbol and manipulative that helps Princess avoid PTSD triggers during the Christmas season.

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This post is part of the Parenting Children with Special Needs Series.  If you'd like to read about more fabulous gift ideas for special needs kiddos, check out the posts below.
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Great Gifts for Children with Anxiety | Raising Lifelong Learners
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  1. That's wonderful that you've been able to replace Santa with another lovely tradition for Princess. I never knew much about The Nutcracker story until we got a copy of Barbie in the Nutcracker movie. My girls love it - it's now a Christmas staple in our house! I wish your family all the very best for Christmas Renae x

  2. Lots of nice ideas here. There are so many beautiful nutcracker-themed gift ideas on this website too:
    Many items can be customized - in case you need some new ideas for this year!