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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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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.
Prepare to be envious of children for an entirely new reason. Way cheaper than a full-sized Tesla, the Tesla Model S for Kids starts at $500. If you start saving now, maybe the ultimate holiday gift?
Just like shopping online for a real car, you can customize all the options on the Radio Flyer site like an upgraded battery ($60), paint color (red, blue or “Midnight Silver Metallic”) or even the wheel color. Additional accessories include a car cover!, custom license plate and custom parking sign. I believe that with all the options, the car tops out at $814.
The age range for this vehicle is 3-8. My youngest is turning 8 at the end of the year so I’m out of luck and will just have to save my pennies for the full-sized version. If he was still 3, it might be a completely different story!
Sleepy King recently introduced three expressive new characters to her collection of heirloom dolls. These handmade friends are full of personality and made with love.
I’m going to call the Myland collection from Kid O the 21st century version of the beloved Little People from my childhood. They’re cute characters with fun vehicles, but the Myland toys feature lights and sounds that respond to various actions.
For example, the lights are activated when characters are placed in the car,
and the horse makes a galloping sound when it rocks back and forth!
I hope they continue to expand the Myland series! Can you imagine the dollhouse that could go with this?!
Hand-crafted in Los Angeles, the Paloma Teeter Totter comes to you ready to assemble and ready to rock! It’s a simple modern design that is sturdy and lends itself well to imaginative play.
The teeter totter comes in six fun colors and retails for $290.
There’s also a larger size teeter totter, aka “The Bigger One,” for $340. Right now you can save $50 with the promo code WCC!
It’s nearly official so…
It might not be the best year to introduce your tots to the political process, but if you’re ready to have a little fun with it, here’s the gift for your future politicians. If nothing else, it will be a great collectible keepsake one day.
This has become one of my favorite posts to do every year. This year I’ve got five different baskets and every single one is my favorite. Order today and you’ll be ready for Easter Sunday.
For the Foodie:
Bunny Eats Lunch (Hello Genius)– $8
JJ Rabbit Dip plate, Orange Peel– $10
Fred & Friends SNACK RABBIT Bunny and Carrot Nesting Utensils, Set of 2– $12
Scatter Print Cube Bin Orange Stars– $22
14″ Knit Crowd Bunny– $29
For the Braniac:
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis- $15
Bunny Eats Carrots Hand Carved Wooden Toy from The Russian Store- $19
Egg Tangram Set– $35
Personalized Bunny Rabbit Art Doll from Sew Mice- $32
Print Shop Cube Bin– $42
For All the Colors of the Rainbow:
What Makes a Rainbow?: A Magic Ribbon Book by Bendon Inc.- $9
Stripes The Long Earred Bunny– $30
BeginAgain Color ‘N Eggs Matching Puzzle– $13
Mini Rainbow Eggs and Wooden Bucket from Honey Bee Toy and Craft- $9
Rainbow Dot Senegalese Lidded Oval Storage Basket– $70
For the Modern Minimalist:
Pale Nulle from Lucky Boy Sunday- $121
Ferm Living Rabbit Basket from Ferm Living- $34
Metal Bookends- Hare on the Run from Design Atelier Article- $64
Easter Bunny Egg Balancing Toy– $25
Usagi Bunny Rabbit Rattles from Kiko Wooden Toys- $42