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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Miley DIY House, Chair and Desk

It’s been a while since we’ve shared an interesting cardboard playhouse house design, but you can now order the Miley DIY House as well as the chair and desk from the MOMA store.

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Designed by Jaewon Kang and Sooyoung Yoo, the recycled cardboard collection is lightweight, durable, and easy to assemble. The house is $45, the desk is $18 and the chair is $15.

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These are a great way to get kid-sized furniture which, lets face it, is something you only need for a short period of time. It doesn’t cost a lot, you can customize it easily, and when you’re done, just recycle it!

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Total cuteness!

Nobodinoz Ibiza Cabana

This seems the ideal setup for summer. The Ibiza Home from Nobodinoz will be the base for your child’s imagination. Play, lounge, read or add a play mattress and have a nap.

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Mix and match your favorite roof design with Nobodinoz pillows to create your child’s picture-perfect environment.

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The Ibiza structure with roof retails for $170. Mattress and cushions can be ordered separately.

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French Bull Play Tents and More at Target

I’m a Target shopper for life and you never know what cool little collections you’ll find in the store. Even with  Marimekko at Target right now, The French Bull tents and sleeping bags caught my attention and could be really fun this summer!

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You have to get these in store but there are four tent styles and matching sleeping bags that come in a convenient backpack.

French Bull Tents at Target

You can also find luggage and other travel and home accessories in fun French Bull patterns throughout the store. Maybe a perfect way to send the kids to camp out at grandma’s?!

French Bull Dab Dots Sleepover Supplies

Marimekko Play Tents at Target

The Marimekko for Target collection has been out for a few days now but there’s still plenty of stock online and in stores. Yesterday I grabbed a black and white beach tote. I love the XL size for towels and it has multiple pockets for sunscreen and snacks. For your modern tots however, I have to point you to the play tents. After the paddleboard and bicycle, these are the most expensive items in the collection ($120), but they come in great prints and are so great used in this fun way.

This Play Tent in the Lokki Print coordinates with the other blue prints in the collection. It’s a beachy look that’s perfect for both patio and playroom.

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The Teepee in the Koppelo Print is my favorite in black and white. This would be beautifully at home in so many of your modern kids spaces!

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The bravest among you will choose this bright and cheerful tent in the Auringonkukka (Finnish for “sunflower”) print.

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All the tents feature a bamboo frame and polyester outdoor fabric. You can order the tents online and they are in stores for a limited time.

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Kidkraft’s Modern Outdoor Playhouse

Spring has sprung and although we happen to be experiencing some unseasonably cold temperatures here in South Florida today, it would still be the perfect day to send the kids out to enjoy some time in their KidKraft Modern Outdoor Playhouse. While there are many amazing modern styles floating around the web, most of the cool ones are DIY jobs and not all of us are quite that handy. This is the way to get that great modern style with an accessible brand at a reasonable price.

KidKraft Modern Outdoor Espresso Playhouse front

The playhouse features an attached picnic table for two, a mailbox with a flag and an outdoor grill (aka: the drive-thru window!).

KidKraft Modern Outdoor Espresso Playhouse back

While it retails for $430, you should be able to find the Honey colored version for about $360. I like the espresso finish even more but I can’t find it for sale online right now. I’d also consider getting a deal on the honey finish and painting it to match the house! That level of DIY is something I could handle.

KidKraft Modern Outdoor Playhouse

Keep in mind that you DO have to be handy enough to assemble the house. If you’re up for even more of a challenge, check out our Pinterest board of Outdoor Playhouses.

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The Land of Nod Holiday Gifts Preview

I’m pretty sure that I say this every year, but if you had to choose just one store for your holiday gift shopping, The Land of Nod would be the one to pick. They assemble the best collection of beautiful, unique gifts that stand the test of time. They also work with makers and designers to develop exclusive products for the season. But I’ll quit talking about them and just show you a selection of my favorites.

First, there’s a number of fun playhouses.

The Gearhead Garage Playhouse is too fun. The Gas Pump and Speedster Sit-On are sold separately. I also like the idea of getting their Speedster Racer and/or the Fire Engine Speedster with the garage.

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The canopy playhouses are great because they add a lot of whimsy but don’t take up a lot of floor space. The new styles include the Skyhouse Playhouse Canopy, London Calling Playhouse Canopy and Woodsy Playhouse Canopy.

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The Land of Nod Canopy playhouses london phone booth and tree house

The Misha Lulu designed Log Cabin Playhouse is a super one that can be accessorized with Felt Stepping Stones and Leaf Welcome Mat.

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There’s one other crazy new playhouse, the Monster Playhouse, but it’s a little weird for my taste so I could bring myself to post a photo of it.

In a world saturated with play teepes, the new Dip Dye Denim Teepee is a unique version worthy of note. Denim style canvas + ombre is a really cool look and the floor cushion they have to go with it is pretty as well.

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If the full play tents take up too much space or if you prefer something more temporary, I love Suzy Ultman’s Hanging Around Hallway Playhouse that just hangs in a doorway or hall and included the welcome may.

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Gingiber has created three unique versions of the Executive Nod Chair– Sheep, Bunny and Fox. They are like favorite stuffed animals that you can sit on.

Gingiber Furry Animal Nod Chair

Another soft, plush place to hang out and play is the Day Trip Plush Canoe that is part of the Camp Wandawega collection.

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And if you like giant plush toys and don’t want the teddy bear from Costco, the Giant Simon Sit On or the Paleo Plush might be more your style.

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You may know I have a thing about rocking horses, and the Thoroughbred Rocking Horse designed by Adam Greber is a new favorite of mine.

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I love how the What’s That Stand For can transform into a great number of places for pretend play. It comes with curtains, banners and theater, produce, ice cream, drive thru and bank signs as well as a chalkboard/whiteboard sign so the kids can add anything else their imaginations come up with. This might be my #1 top must-have pick for holiday gifts.

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The Future Foodie Play Kitchen Sink, Fridge and Oven form my new favorite play kitchen items. When did my kids get too big for toys like this? Oh, so unfair.

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Now we did have a nice wooden workbench when the boys were little, but this If I Had a Hammer (and a Workbench) looks even cooler. With so many black and white kids rooms, this one fits right in.

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My final new toy pick from The Land of Nod for the holidays is the Modular Dollhouse. It is compact, can be arranged in different combinations and best of all, comes with the furniture and dolls.

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I’ll just say this, I’m a little envious of all the kids getting The Land of Nod goodies for the holidays this year. I wouldn’t be mad if you tag me in your holiday Instagram photos to show off.

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Nobodinoz Toys and Decor Now Available Stateside!

We’ve been admiring Nobodinoz from afar for a long time, but their lovely collections are starting to trickle into US retailers.

At Norman & Jules, you can currently order the Wooden Bowling Set,

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Carrito Mapachito (raccoon trolley),

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and a couple of their full sized play tents.

Nobodinoz play tents

I love the color palette Nobodinoz uses. It’s fresh and modern (of course), a little bit tropical, and all goes together perfectly. I’m starting to think I should use their colors as the scheme in my new house! I can’t wait to see what else becomes available. Most of all I’m hoping to see the furniture! Who’s with me?!

New Decor from The Land of Nod for Fall 2015

Now that we’ve gotten you all excited about the furniture from The Land of Nod for fall, you’ll really flip for these new decor items. Before you read any further, you might as well just go get your credit card out.

First there are three new mobiles. The Paper Mache Mobile designed by Kim Baise features a camp theme. The Celestial Mobile is part of the Lotta Jansdotter for Nod collection, and the Teepee Mobile is a cool laser-cut design.

The Land of Nod Mobiles

I have a feeling that the Turtle Floor Bin and Owl Hamper are going to be super popular. Let me know if you get one!

Woven hampers toy box

While there is no shortage of faux taxidermy options, these forest friends designed by Gingiber are heading to the top of my list.

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In case the tent options you’ve seen before didn’t match your decor, perhaps the Urban Design Tent ($130)…

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…or even the Geodesic Playhouse would fit right in.

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Finally, if you’re going to order just one then this season from The Land of Nod, I highly these reversible pillows– Good Morning or Hello Sunshine! They’re the perfect addition to any child’s bed.Good Morning Throw Pillow Hello Sunshine Pillow

You can order these now and they’ll be shipped as soon as they’re available.

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Mushroom Playhouse

Don’t you wish you had the perfect space for this forest hideaway? As they say, the Mushroom Playhouse “puts the ‘fun’ in fungus.” Hehe.

toadstool play home

$300

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