The Land of Nod Holiday Gift Preview 2016

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),

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the Ringmaster Baby Activity Gym from Roxy Marj ($90),

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or the Emoji Baby Play Mat from Michelle Romo ($80).

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Designed by Colin Walsh, the Carry Home Rocket Ship is portable fun for kids 3 and up. ($80)

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The Street Vendor Cart will make the ultimate lemonade stand or whatever other entrepreneurial plan the kids dream up. ($250)

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For the performers, the Superstar Stage ($300) and the Superstar Microphone ($60) will make the up the gift of their dreams.

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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)

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Suzy’s Cottage from Suzy Ultman is a charming play home that will look incredible in a little girl’s space. ($180)

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The Floral Applique Pavilion Playhouse is another beautiful play space that might look perfect in a little girl’s room. ($200)

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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)

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The most unique playhouse is this Horse Stable Playhouse ($200) designed by Danielle Croft. Don’t forget to throw in Scout the Horse Ride-On to complete the scene ($150).

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The dreamiest playhouse of the bunch is the Planetarium Playhouse Canopy. I love these space-saving hanging canopy style tents. ($190)

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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)

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My favorite dolls for the ladies are the Fairytale Dolls from Nun Studio. Choose Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel or the Princess. ($40)

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Dolls can be just as spoiled as the kids this season. There’s the Rosa Doll Size Teepee by Leah Duncan. ($34)

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There’s also a Mod Doll High Chair ($50), Mod Doll Pram ($70),

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as well as the Mod Doll Bed ($60).

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The Pint Sized Table and Chairs are just as cool as the doll-sized furniture, but for kids 1 to 3 years old. ($200)

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I love the Off-Broadway Puppet Theater. It’s all the fun without taking up any space. ($40)

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This year’s new giant plush is this friendly Dragon designed by John Murphy. ($150)

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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)

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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)

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What’s going on your holiday shopping list?

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Fun New Playsets from Green Toys

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…

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… the Fire Station Playset.

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Both sets retail for $50, but I found them on amazon for less than $44… Fire Station and Farm via our affiliate link.

Tesla Model S for Kids

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.

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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!

Myland from Kid O

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.

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For example, the lights are activated when characters are placed in the car,

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and the horse makes a galloping sound when it rocks back and forth!

So far I’ve only seen the car ($40) and horse ($20) available, but keep a lookout for the Houseboat and the Seal!

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I hope they continue to expand the Myland series! Can you imagine the dollhouse that could go with this?!

Little Standout Teethers

Another kickstarter success story, the silicone teethers from Little Standout are so cool and so now.

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Currently in four designs (camera, hashtag, diamond and hand) and several colors, the teethers are great chewable shapes and texture. $15 each

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