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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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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!
You never know what treasures you’ll discover on Etsy. Today I came across one of my favorite things… modern rocking toys!
From Davide Paganotti, there are 4 rocking animals and I can’t decide which is the cutest. Made of recycled cardboard, felt and wood, these adorable creatures serve as a classic toy, decor piece and can be embellished and even recycled. $170 each
Sadly, unlike most of my posts, these are only available to our European readers. I just couldn’t help sharing them.
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One thing I love about etsy, is that it makes products from all over the world available for easy shopping and purchase. Designs from anywhere in the globe will ship right to my doorstep through a familiar shopping platform.
First, the GOODY Rocking Horse from Slovenia comes in two sizes (large for $450 and small for $330 + about $70 shipping) and you can select brown, blue or gray.
From Emanuel Rufo Toys, the C03 Eco Friendly Wooden Rocking Horse is a beautiful wooden horse from Portugal. $110 + about $80 shipping
Finally, Ringo is a rocking rhino from Izugi in Israel. You can choose your favorite fabric for the sear cushion. $130 + about $65 shipping
These are great opportunities to have something really unique and special in the playroom.
I hope it’s not too soon to post more rocking toys because I really want to share these fun and decorative options from The Land of Nod.
The Wooden Crocodile Rocker ($150) was designed exclusively for The Land of Nod by Pommette and is the friendliest looking crocodile I’ve ever seen. He actually looks to me a lot like Maurice Sendak’s alligators from Alligators All Around. Yes? No?
The Arctic Plush Polar Bear Rocker ($169) features a cuddly polar bear. It’s like the perfect cross between a teddy bear and a rocking horse.
We’ve seen rocking sheep before, but this “Rock With Ewe” Sheep Rocker is exclusive to The Land of Nod ($170).
Since we’re on the topic, Pottery Barn Kids also has a cute Sheep Rocker ($130).
And if you want an actual horse, I’m diggin’ this Sprout Rocking Horse ($250).
I never did have a rocking horse as a kid. Does this explain my current obsession? I even have a Pinterest Board just for rocking toys if you’re interested in more options.
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The only thing better than finding an Eco-friendly modern version of a classic children’s toy is discovering that it is made locally. Wee Rock Toy Co. is based near me in South Florida, where they produce this line of rocking animals. In addition to the traditional horse, they’ve got the highlights of a zoo covered with a gorilla, an elephant, a rhino and a giraffe.
Founded by two former architecture students, We Rock Toy Co. produces these beautiful heirloom toys in Miami using FSC certified Bamboo Plywood.
No tools, hardware or glue are required for their assembly and the rockers retail for $300. Any one of them would look fantastic in your modern nursery. Which would you choose?
Thanks to Cool Kids Company, some more exclusive European brands are now more easily accessible here in the US. I’ve talked about ninetonine before, but this Spanish furniture company is coming to us via Cool Kids Company now. They’ll be selling the Deskhouse, Mouse Table and Drum Stools.
Cool Kids Company is also bringing Kast van een Huis to our shores. These storage houses are both inspired by and made in Holland. Warning: these are NOT cheap. At $2200 a piece, you may have to save up awhile before these storage cabinets line your canals.
Any of these items under the tree would surely inspire a very Merry Christmas! I hope we see many more gorgeous imports coming our way in 2013.
I thought I already knew the most expensive high chair out there, but I found one that beats the Henry IV, which tops my list at $1350. Well, Ineke Hans‘s Supperman chair can be yours for the tidy sum of $2125. You can find this black recycled plastic seat (smart!) at babygeared.
You can find additional pieces from Ineke Hans’s children’s collection on babygeared as well. There are tables, chairs , desk sets and of course, a rocking horse– Happy Horse for $965.
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought for your baby, or where do you think it’s most useful to spend when buying for baby? Our high chair was one of the LEAST expensive things we got.