Go-To Baby Shower Gifts 2014

As readers of Buy Modern Baby, you’re not just looking for the most exceptional products for your own kids, I know you love to share the best baby products with your friends and loved ones.  When it comes to giving baby shower gifts, you’ve got a secret weapon here since my eyes are open looking for this type of thing all year long.  These are my picks for the best go-to baby shower gifts that will wow moms-to-be this year.

It’s the best gift that they didn’t even know that they wanted.  The Puj Splash Bath Set includes the Flyte compact infant bath that fits in the sink, a Hug hands-free hooded infant towel, 3 Puj Nubs and 3 washcloths all packed in a beautiful gift box.  $75

Puj Splash Baby Shower Gift Set

A smaller but equally lovely gift is the Baby Grooming Kit from Rhoost.  This includes a hairbrush, comb, nail clipper and washcloth in an easy to wrap box.   Everything is 100% natural and organic. $35

Rhoost Baby Grooming Kit

Personalized baby blankets are always a popular gift.  We loved the one we got, but we would have been so much more excited to get one of the incredibly cool personalized baby blankets from Jennifer Ann.  Anything with your baby’s name on it is an instant treasure, and these are a perfect modern option.  $56-$84

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If you don’t have time for the custom options, a pack of aden + anais muslin swaddle blankets ($40-$50) is a can’t-miss idea.  Even if someone else gifts a set, you can never have too many.  I’ve even been planning to get an aden + anais blanket for my biggest baby, aka my husband!  The Classic Daydream Blanket will be perfect for HIS naps, but don’t tell him I said that.
aden and anais muslin swaddle blankets

The super practical shower gift is diapers and wipes, so unless you know they’re going to be using cloth diapers, a diapers and wipes bundle from The Honest Co. is the most stylish, modern, eco-friendly version.  Diapers are stylish?  Yeah, these kinda are.  Start with The Honest New Baby Arrival Kit ($50) or step up to a month of Honest diapers and wipes ($80).

The Honest Co. Baby Arrival Gift Set
Some additional reader suggestions from Facebook included Boon grass, books (which I love to give), a gift certificate from Chloe Marty and a sound machine.

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Giantsuper Stuns with High-Design Animal Alphabet Flashcards

A quick search for alphabet-related items on our blog reveals that we absolutely love seeking out cleverly illustrated, modern designs for you. Today we feature alphabet flashcards which could easily double as gorgeous artwork for your nursery and child’s room.

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Giantsuper was founded by father-of-two, Paul Lee. Paul originally illustrated the super-deluxe set of flashcards for his son when he was learning the alphabet. The cards feature modern, iconic animal designs enclosed in a beautiful, premium box.

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I’m not sure that I have ever used the word ‘gorgeous’ to describe flashcards before, but I am pretty certain that these qualify for that use. They are gorgeous!

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Each card has a detailed animal image in the center, with corresponding capital letter in the top left corner and animal name on the bottom right. The animals look as if they are created in origami form and they seem to hold motion on each card.

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They really are incredible. Also incredible is the affordable price point.

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For more detailed images, you can check out the full alphabet here, and you can purchase a set of these beautiful flashcards on Amazon.

Baby’s First Easter Basket 2014

In our annual effort (see 2012 and 2013) to inspired the most incredible, inedible Easter baskets, we present these five modern collections for your shopping and gift giving pleasure.  In case you’ve been able to resist the Easter aisles at Target since February 15th, the time to shop is now!

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Playme Magical Beans- $65
Soft Bunny Rabbit Pillow
from Mini Boheme- $50
Lilac Pixie Wooden Toy Camera from Twig Creative- $40
Grey-White Stripe Laundry Hamper- $40
Welcome Baby! Baby Keepsake Book- $28

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Personalised Easter Egg from Summer Svenson- $12
Tina the Bunny- $25
Bunny Easter Nesting Dolls- $22
Red Stripes Around the Cube Bin- $13
Jojo’s First Word Book
by Xavier Deneux- $17

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Chick Pal from Corl & Tusk- $20
Melissa & Doug Slide and Seek Egg- $8
Sidewalk Chalk Eggs- $18
An Egg is Quiet
by Dianna Hutts Aston- $14
Naturally Neat Jute Bin- $20

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The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers- $12
Bunny Chalkboard- $25
Personalized Rabbit Teether from Smiling Tree Toys- $12
Rabbit Thread Drawing Plushie from KLTworks- $24
Heart Print Cotton Floor Bin- $50

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Playme Pluck Carrot- $45
Bigjigs Toys BB012 Chunky Puzzle Mom and baby Rabbit- $20
ZoLi Bunny Teether- $11
P’kolino Book Buggee in Orange- $40
Green Rabbit Lovey from Baby Cool Creations- $23

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Must-Have Lego Duplo for Toddlers

You may know about my fondness for Lego Duplo, okay I admit, I’m more of a fanatic!  And while it saddens me deeply that my boys have nearly grown out of Duplos, perhaps your kids will be able to enjoy these amazing sets!

I first saw these this weekend at Legoland Florida (one of my favorite places!) but you can pick these up at your local Lego store, Target, etc…

Bath time will be infinitely more awesome with Toddler Build and Boat Fun.  $20

Lego Duplo Toddler Build and Boat Fun

Unlike the previous cake set, this Creative Play Ice Cream Set is not packaged in pink and is equally suitable for both boys and girls!  Love!

Lego Duplo Creative Play Ice Cream

Of course a “healthier” option would be the Creative Picnic Set.  So much fun to be had with these!
Lego Duplo Creative Picnic

Put these or any other Duplo sets on your gift buying list and they’re sure to be a winner.

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Holiday Gifts 2013: Oeuf Goodies

The winter holidays are a perfect time to indulge a little and snuggle up with some cozy alpaca knit plushies from Oeuf.    These are just a few options that will be treasured gifts for babies and kids of any age.

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Rainbow Pillow, Soccer Ball Boy, Rat Pillow, VW Bus, Roger the Pirate, Boy Snake, Coral Apple Pillow

MiniParker Doll Bunk Bed from Casa Kids

If your kids are too young or you don’t have the space for a full sized bunk bed (one of Casa Kids‘ specialties), you can still enjoy Roberto Gil’s amazing design talent in this doll-sized version.  Perfect for your holiday gift giving, the MiniParker Doll Bed is designed for your favorite 18 inch dolls.

The MiniParker is inspired by the Marino Bunk Bed and the new LoLo Bunk Bed (which is incredible) and features a bunk over day bed with a built in storage box.

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The bed is made up of slotted pieces of birch plywood that are designed to be simple enough for your children to assemble themselves.  Mattresses are included and personalization is optional.

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$185 or $200 with name.

Here are a few of my favorite 18″ dolls that might love a bunk bed…

18" inch Dolls

Clockwise from top left…
Lambswool Knitted Dolly Bright Fairisle from Sally Nencini- $64
Lola the Rocker from Blabla Kids- $56
Adelaide 18″ Cloth Doll- $52 from piggyhatespanda
Trudi African Culture Rag Doll, Jamila, 18″- $32

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Holiday Gifts 2013: Play Dolls from The Land of Nod

For pretend play purposes, not much beats a loveable doll and the accessories to go along with it.  Both my boys loved their baby doll and we’ve only just gotten rid of the plastic toy stroller we had for him.  I could never getting rid of the doll, Doobie, though.

If your little girls or little boys don’t yet have a baby doll to love, these dolls and accessories from The Land of Nod will make an amazing grand finale gift this holiday season.

Play Dolls from The Land of Nod

Pick your favorite Wee Wonderful Doll ($39) and then the wooden cradle, stroller and high chair will add a world of play.

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Holiday Gifts 2013: giggleBABY Toys at JCPenney

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The toy collection from giggleBABY at JCPenney is colorful and affordable.  I particularly like the wooden toys.  They’re gender neutral basics that every child can use in their toy box.

Color and Shape Sorter- $15
Tapping Bench Toy
- $15
3-pk Mini Vehicles- $30
Wooden ABC Standup Puzzle- $20
Frog Stacker- $15
Wooden Count to Four Stacker- $10

Etsy Find: Twig Creative

Twig Creative is a great place to find handmade holiday gifts for your little ones this year.  The husband and wife team have a sweet collection that includes wooden toy cameras,

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…these amazing orchard nightlights,

Orchard Nightlights from Twig Creative

…and a child’s chair (also available in blue).

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They’ve also teamed up with Oh Joy! for extra special editions of each of their products.

I adore the colors on the special edition Child’s Chair.

Child's Chair — Twig + Oh Joy Studio

The special edition nightlight is white with gold…

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… and the Pixie Dust Camera is highlighted with gold as well.

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If these items are sold out in the etsy shop, check Twig Creative’s website as well.  These are available for a limited time so be aware that if you want the special editions, you’ll have to act fast!

Finally, Instagram fans (like myself) might be partial to the Anagram (wooden camera inspired by Instagram).

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Are you shopping handmade this holiday season?

Flatout Frankie

If you saw my toy post from the ABC Kids Expo, you already got a sneak preview, but I want you to get a closer look at the lovely range of cardboard toys from Flatout Frankie.

These are the kinds of toys that make a big splash when they’re given as gifts, they look beautiful while you’re playing with them, but when you’re done, they can be folded up and recycled without trouble or guilt.

Here is the complete line:

Little Aeroplane- $44

Flatout Frankie Little Aeroplane

Little Racer- $44

Flatout Frankie Little Racer

Little Kitchen- $36

Flatout Frankie Little Kitchen

Princess Castle- $28

Flatout Frankie Princess Castle

Little Roar Head- $26

Flatout Frankie Little Roar Head

Little Unicorn Head- $26

Flatout Frankie Little Unicorn Head

Order your favorites now for holiday gift giving!

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