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It is not too soon to start shopping (or at least saving!) for holiday gifts for your favorite little ones. Year after year, The Land of Nod curates the best holiday gift collection and I’m here to share the most impressive best-bets for the ultimate in gift giving for 2016.
For the littlest ones, one of these new activity gyms or play mats are perfect! Choose the Blooming Baby Activity Gym designed by Elizabeth Olwen($100),
the Ringmaster Baby Activity Gym from Roxy Marj ($90),
or the Emoji Baby Play Mat from Michelle Romo ($80).
Designed by Colin Walsh, the Carry Home Rocket Ship is portable fun for kids 3 and up. ($80)
The Street Vendor Cart will make the ultimate lemonade stand or whatever other entrepreneurial plan the kids dream up. ($250)
The Land of Nod always has the most exciting and creative play tents and this holiday season is full of new introductions. The Decorate a Teepee and Patch Set add and extra layer of fun to the now ubiquitous teepee. ($200 for the complete set)
Suzy’s Cottage from Suzy Ultman is a charming play home that will look incredible in a little girl’s space. ($180)
The Floral Applique Pavilion Playhouse is another beautiful play space that might look perfect in a little girl’s room. ($200)
With a print designed by Virginia Crofts, the Perennial Playhouse has that look of your grandmother’s bedsheet turned into a tent. Of course the tent is a fancy framed camp tent so you’ve got the best of all worlds. ($200)
The dreamiest playhouse of the bunch is the Planetarium Playhouse Canopy. I love these space-saving hanging canopy style tents. ($190)
This season there are also tons of new dolls for both boys and girls. The Ringside Pals are fun playmates designed by Colin Walsh. ($15)
My favorite dolls for the ladies are the Fairytale Dolls from Nun Studio. Choose Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel or the Princess. ($40)
Dolls can be just as spoiled as the kids this season. There’s the Rosa Doll Size Teepee by Leah Duncan. ($34)
as well as the Mod Doll Bed ($60).
The Pint Sized Table and Chairs are just as cool as the doll-sized furniture, but for kids 1 to 3 years old. ($200)
I love the Off-Broadway Puppet Theater. It’s all the fun without taking up any space. ($40)
This year’s new giant plush is this friendly Dragon designed by John Murphy. ($150)
I’m always on the lookout for the coolest rocking horses and the Zebra Rocking Horse, designed by Dinara Mirtalipova, is my pick of the season. ($150)
Finally, Suzy Ultman’s A-Frame Dollhouse Deluxe Set is going on wishlists nationwide. I’m blown away by all the adorable details like the kettle grill, the crib and the swimming pool! ($300)
What’s going on your holiday shopping list?
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The Weekender comes with blue-gray fabric, a cognac faux leather handlebar and carry handle and faux leather detail on the canopy. It’s just as much of a fashion accessory as it is a stroller!
Like all Bugaboo Donkeys, the Weekender can also be converted to a duo.
Do weekends in style wherever you choose to roll.
The choices for modern baby activity centers are really slim. I think that in the past I’ve only recommended two others, so a third option is entirely welcome.
An activity center is one of those giant pieces of baby gear that is completely optional, but for some families, a safe and engaging place to put an active infant (4m+) can be really useful.
The Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center (really long name!) features a 360-degree rotating seat and colorful, easy to reach toys. The foot platform can be adjusted to the right height, removed for toddlers and the activity center transforms to a play table when baby has outgrown it.
Retails for $120. You can find it right now at Babies R Us.
As you can see, some of the crib can be customized with your child’s name. $900
If you love the classic, colorful stripes that are part of June & January‘s signature look, you can bring it into the nursery with these soft cotton crib sheets ($37). There are also matching changing pad covers for $19.
The crib sheets also come in two colors in the Ballot print.
Mix and match the sheets with their Basic Blanket ($27). And of course you can dress the baby to match though I am not specifically recommending this… nor am I discouraging it… your call. Also- send pictures!
It’s rare (actually nearly impossible) to find a crib mobile that is cute and modern but also has all the bells and whistles of the battery operated versions.
In addition to this Cloud design, there’s also the Safari version, but I like this one best.
We’ve always loved Green Toys for their commitment to the environment with their use of recycled materials as well as their durable and open-ended toy designs.
Now these new playsets are among their most elaborate toys yet. They feature multiple pieces and tons of play value for toddlers 2 and up. The best part is that all the pieces fit inside the building and with the handles on top it’s easy to transport and put the set away.
Pick the Farm Playset or…
… the Fire Station Playset.
Perfect for this back-to-school season, the Little Partners Tri-Side Learn and Play Art Center Easel… well… it beats all other easels by 50% and maybe even a little bit more. The three-sided easel includes a magnetic dry erase board, a chalk board as well as a felt board.
Each side’s height can be adjusted independently for children of different sizes.
The easel also includes a paper holder, eraser, 4 non-spill paint cups as well as a bottom storage shelf. The easel retails for $180, but it’s currently being offered for a special deal price of $150.
Inspired by nature, the limited edition Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements features beautiful new colors, soft jersey seat inlays, and a hand-stitched faux leather handlebar.
My favorite thing about this special edition is the ombre, dip-dyed look of the seat, and especially the bassinet. The azure blue is a great shade for boys or girls equally.
The fabric includes DuPont™ TEFLON® that repels water, oil and stains. This is a feature that will be appreciated by all who are fortunate to wheel this stroller through the natural elements that inspired it.
The footmuff is an additional accessory that you may or may not need, but is a really beautiful add-on.
I hope to get a look at the details in person soon and get to see what the “super-soft” materials feel like, and how they compare to the Bugaboo Frog we wheeled around back in 2005. The Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements will be available in September 2016, so just a few more days to wait.