The explosion of cute patches you’ve spotted in the craft aisle and on pint-size backpacks everywhere make these accessories as colorful and original as the kids you know. No needle or thread is required for our sweet beret or stylish slippers, since you only iron on the designs. Choose a motif that really captures your recipient—we’ve got roses for a little blossom, buzzing insects for the queen bee, and a candystriped snake for Harry Potter die-hards.
2 SLIPPERS Kung-fu footwear is just what the kiddies need to mount a sneak attack on the cookie plate. It’s made of cotton, soles and all, so it’s quiet, comfortable, and washable— not to mention primed for patches. Make a pair, or � ill a basketful and place it near your door for company to slide into. THE DETAILS: Karatemart cotton- sole kung-fu slippers (top) and shoes, from $9 per pair, karatemart.com. Patch Collection coralsnake combo sneaker iron-on appliqué patches, $ 14 for 2, amazon.com. M&J Trimming iron-on metallic bee patches, $4 each, www.mjtrim.com.
1 BERET A lively, petite design has ample joie de vivre to embellish a classic French cap. Use multiples of a small patch, like this �lower or a butter �ly, to create a charming allover pattern. THE DETAILS: Bonaweite French wool beret, in Skin, $ 10, amazon .com. Lauren Trimming Inc. small string �lower patches, $ 2 each, 646-964-5734.