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It is easy to remember the things you don't like about winter in Wisconsin. Shoveling, snow-blowing, ice scraping, shivering, darkness, freezing…. do I really need to go on? But then I think about some of the great things and today I was thinking about hats. I love hats on kids and I love finding great hats.

I have found unique hats at winter/holiday craft fairs. I love to support your local artisans/businesses when I can. I am so bummed that I have previous out of town engagement and will miss Madison's Holiday Craftacular on Dec 6th. In the past it has been a great show  and they are moving it to bigger diggs this year. If you have a chance head on over. I recently mentioned Capitol Kids and Wild Child on Monroe street also had some great kids hats last season. Sometimes hats appear when you are not looking for them – I got a great kids hat at Whole Foods the other day when I ran in to pick up a few items, The hat was fair trade and had super colors.

Here are some more of my recent favorite hats. It is like an easter parade in winter… well not exactly!

If you have not shopped or explored etsy for all sorts of handmade goodness you are in for a treat. There are amazing things to be found on this great site and here are a few of my current favorite hats.The great part is many of these can be made custom for you!


The  Brinster Lux can be found here

Burry Babies etsy shop will make you these adorable pixie hats in custom colors – get one for a newborn today – they look awesome in pictures (almost makes me want to have another baby)


These Funky Loopy hats – don't look like much not on a head, but they are seriously cute on actual children.



with a matching scarf

Don't have time to have someone handmake you a hat.  There are the usual suspects in the cute hat department. This year seems to be especially good for widely available adorable outside accessories.

You can try …


Hanna Andersson. They have great options for girls, boys or babies (the zippity zany hat  was one of my favorites for my daughter when she was little, she could not pull it off and she looked crazy cute in it.)

The Gap has some really nice sets for girls, boys, even little girls.


Even old navy has some cute and inexpensive hats – stock up, the kids seem to lose them at the end of the winter when all you can find in the stores are swim suits and shorts  – and it is still 32 degrees and snowing outside!


Anthropologie has a small but adorable selection of cute kids items including a few hat (and dress) sets I am drooling over. I think it is because I want to hear my daughter say "owl" repeatedly. I can't explain why it is so cute, something about the way she says the "l" Makes me smile every time.

Really it seems as though you can't turn around in a kids store and not see some nice head topper. I think it is a really great way to get excited about winter and they look great in your winter portraits!