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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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For their Kids Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection, Ferm Living has a some great new items to take note of. My favorite is this Funkis Doll House. It really goes beyond the basic house shaped wall shelf that everyone has made versions of in recent years.
The House Wall Storage comes in blue, rose and gray and is a casual, cute storage accessory.
For Autumn/Winter, much of the collection is divided into either the Party or the Seaside theme.
Here is their Bamboo Dinner Set in the Party pattern.
And this is the Bamboo Dinner Set in Seaside.
The new wallpapers are becoming favorites of mine. Here is the Seaside Wallpaper.
I can’t wait to incorporate some of the new designs in future nursery plans!
Shall I go so far as to say these are destined to become Ikea classics or even collectibles? Maybe I’ll reserve such strong judgement for after I see them in person, but Ikea has definitely hit the mark for the modern kids room with their Flisat collection.
The children’s desk can be adjusted to three different heights and you can add Trofast storage boxes to hold your art supplies. Buy a few of the wall storage ledges to create a simple and beautiful library wall.
Here the children’s stools create a little drop zone when paired with the colorful knob rack.
The toy storage bin looks sharp with the green accents, but I could see this piece being easy to customize in many different, fun ways.
Finally, the book display is perfect to place next to your favorite reading spot. My little one could use one next to his bed right now!
Forget that you know these are from Ikea and admire just how good these lacquered pine pieces look and how functional they can be in your child’s space! I can’t wait to find them at my local Ikea!
The original clear acrylic house was hard to see, but now Mint Rhapsody‘s Attic House is available in several more visible colors, so it’s about time that I share the photos with you.
Modern dollhouses don’t get much more stylish than this. Noir $375
If you can order directly from Mint Rhapsody in Australia, there’s the Citrus Attic House as well.
And finally the nearly invisible Glacier Attic House…
Find more photos of these amazingly gorgeous dollhouses on Instagram, after all, if you get one of these, it’s bound to become an Instagram fave.
I’m ready to move into the new Cubic Dollhouse Set, though I must admit, personally I’d be more interested in a three bedroom place.
Seriously though, this amazing dollhouse is a MoMA exclusive and features a glazed roof, double height living room, and modern furnishings throughout. Furniture is included but the dolls are sold separately (and the patio isn’t currently available).
Just look how happy this little boy looks with his flat panel tv and ipad!
For ages 4+ $200
With just enough detail to identify it, the House in a Bag from des Enfantillages is a portable canvas for imaginary play. The house set includes two interlocking pieces of plywood and storage bag ($62). The family and furniture are sold separately ($35) or you can furnish it yourself. I’m thinking empty matchboxes, wooden spool tables…
You can find lots of other beautiful wooden toys in the des Enfantillages etsy shop.
Any one of these is going to be the highlight of your holiday gifting. Fun for boys or girls, a dollhouse is the perfect base for pretend play. These ten modern dollhouse options are beautiful and not just as decoration.
1- Cottage Dollhouse– $120 empty or $200 with furniture
2- Geometrics House– $64
3- Sevi Dollhouse with Furniture– $135
4- Playsam Dollhouse– $50
5- Melissa & Doug Hi-Rise Dollhouse and Furniture Set– $150
6- Liliane– € 1,585 email firstname.lastname@example.org for purchase inquiry
7- Urban Girl Dollhouse– $200 (furniture sold separately)
8- KidKraft Modern Dollhouse– $98
9- Brinca Dada Dylan House– $120
10- Toideloi Dollhouses– $355 as shown (other combos available)
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They’ve been around since 2011, but I have yet to show you these modern modular playhouses. Now with new photos and a new website, I think it’s time to let you know about these colorful cuties from MODplayhouse.
Not quite a “dollhouse”, the kits can be used to create all kinds of structures for whatever characters your kids choose to fill them with from fairies, to farm animals to dinosaurs.
With a system of interlocking panels and posts, the structures can be assembled many different ways.
I love that they’re handmade, eco-friendly and made in the US. Of course those kinds of credentials come with a matching price tag. The Starter Kit (not shown) is $125, the Basic Kit (middle image) is $225 and the Deluxe Kit (shown at the top) is $395.
Modern Dollhouse 2 is nothing to scoff at either. $350
Here’s another modern dollhouse to help fuel my obsession. Take a look at the new Urban Girl Dollhouse.
This architect designed, open concept, urban house, is built in Indiana using eco-friendly materials and safe finishes. It ships fully assembled and ready for play. My only criticism is the name, as there’s nothing girly about this dollhouse and it’s perfect for boys and girls.