You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Paddy's Day – and, luckily, you don't have to visit the emerald isle, either, to find goodies for this favorite annual holiday. Metro Parent searched to the end of the rainbow for the perfect gifts for your lads and lassies. We didn't find the pot of gold, but we did discover some treasures that would make even a leprechaun green with envy!
A family movie by Walt Disney, Darby O'Gill features a lighthearted theme without being silly. Main character O'Gill loses his job and finds himself in a bit of a tough spot – along with his daughter – until he captures the king of the leprechauns and engineers a bit of good luck for himself. Rated G. Runs about $13 on Amazon.
Looking for a craft to while away some time? Try the Quick Yo-Yo Maker to create a shamrock-themed yo-yo. Use leftover crafty items around the house to embellish the finished product and have a contest to see who can do the most tricks. Available on Amazon for about $6.
You're never too young to enjoy the fun on St. Patrick's Day. But you might need some shamrock baby booties to keep your toes toasty. Try these knit ones made from acrylic, poly and wool – and embroidered with shamrocks. Fits 3- to 6-month-olds. Purchase from Creative Irish Gifts online for around $12.
Personalize a T-shirt at Personalization Mall. Your first or last name is set among green shamrocks – and you can pick from two different fonts. Made from 100-percent combed ring-spun cotton jersey with a double-needle hem sleeve and bottom. Unisex sizes XS-L. Sells for about $17.
Everyone loves cookies! Send them a sugar cookie basket filled with cookies decorated as four leaf clovers, a rainbow, a sun, a leprechaun and a pot of gold. Choose from five, seven or nine cookies and a free personalized message. Starting at $35 online from Holiday Gifts and Baskets.
Who wouldn't love to carry around their own personal good luck charm? Kids can do just that with this plush leprechaun. His pointy ears, cute jacket and shoes make him the real deal – no blarney here. Available from The Irish Gift House on the web for about $13.
Show your true colors – green, of course! – by wearing these temporary tattoos at the next big Irish parade in southeast Michigan (or elsewhere). Set includes 12 tattoos of various designs. At about $1 (not including shipping), you can buy enough for all the lads an
d lassies in your kingdom.
Luck doesn't grow on trees, but it grows on clovers – four-leaf clovers, that is! So encourage your kids to go green and sprout a little luck with this clover growing kit. It comes with a terra cotta planter – growing medium, premium seeds and growing instructions. (Alas, four-leaf clovers not guaranteed.) Purchase for $7.99 from the Lucky-Four-Leaf-Clover website.