Every holiday season has its gift.
This year it is the year of the Rainbow Loom.
Much like Tickle Me Elmo was to 1996 and Cabbage Patch Kids were to the 1980s, the Rainbow Loom is to 2013.
And it's the one thing Grace wants more than anything else for Christmas.
These doohickeys are the things responsible for all of those colorful rubber band bracelets and necklaces you see kids - and some adults, too - wearing. It is a plastic board with pegs that is used for weaving rubber bands into jewelry.
It's like the jelly bracelets of the Madonna era, only much more creative.
Judging by the number of bracelets Grace comes home from school with or after a visit to a friend's house, she actually might be right when she says, "All of my friends have one." She has bracelets in team tones, seasonal shades as well as her favorite colors. There is no end to the style or color combinations.
There are plenty of knock-offs, but the Rainbow Loom apparently is The One. At $16, the price is right. Along with buying extra bands for replacements, it's downright cheap compared with expensive electronics, sports equipment and other items on the kids' wish lists.
It's like a pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow (Loom).
Plus, I love presents that give kids something to do.
It's also likely to be the gift that keeps on giving.
I know that after she receives the contraption for Christmas, I'll be getting countless bracelets in return.