I believe that one timeless, spectacular gift beats a pile of presents that will be forgotten and discarded within months. So if you’re looking for one really special gift that can be treasured for years to come, you can shop at DWR this holiday season. I love their collection of holiday gifts for the kids or kid at heart. Of course, for me, you could just buy anything from DWR and you’ll be my favorite.
Wooden Wonderland Building Block Set (Designed by Lee Storm for Hay) $80
Pieces N Play Domino Set (Designed by Lee Storm for Hay) $60
Ducky (Designed by Dor Carmon for Normann Copenhagen) $140
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I recognized the doll as being from Corby Tindersticks and assumed the orange pieces were as well, but couldn’t find them anywhere… until today! I happened to be browsing Milk Moostache, of one of our lovely advertisers, and BAM! There it was!
It’s the Interactive Road Atlas from Corby Tindersticks! $60
And if this cute little set isn’t enough, how about the Interactive World Weather Map?
And the Interactive Clock too! It’s not too soon to start shopping for the holidays- hint, hint.
Here’s another Kickstarter you really want to get in on. These amazing number blocks go well beyond stacking and knocking down– although you can start there!
Make learning math into play and exploration with SumBlox. The number value is represented by it’s height and helps reinforce value concepts.
These don’t just work for addition… you can even explore multiplication and fraction concepts. I could use these right now for my 3rd graders’ factors!
Pledge $65 for a set of 43 blocks and activity card. Retail price for this set is $90 (add $16 shipping).
Pledge $150 for a classroom set of 100 blocks plus 3 teaching manuals. Retail price is $200 (add $28 shipping).
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There’s nothing like a great play kitchen and these pieces from TrueModern are a beautiful choice.
The 4 piece set includes a fridge, sink, stove and cupboard for $1112.
You can also purchase the pieces separately for $289 each.
I might be so obsessed with play kitchens because I never had one. Please don’t let this happen to your children. Follow my Play Kitchen Pinterest Board for more lovely modern options.
I’m giving you the heads up on these limited edition gift items from The Land of Nod. These are the grand finales for your holiday gift giving, but be sure to order soon because there are only a few of each.
My favorite is this Bungalow Play Home. It’s for indoor use only, but this modern playhouse will be the highlight of the playroom. $700
Nearly as dramatic is the Grandest Prix Plush Speedster. It’s both fun to play with as well as an exciting decor statement. $250
Finally these three giant limited edition plushies can be your child’s new best friend and plaything. They’ve got Paleo Plush (aka Spike), Sugar Plum Hippo and Giant Plush-Bot. If nothing else, they’re more unique than the ubiquitous giant giraffe. $250 each.
Hope it’s not too early to start talking “holidays,” but forgive me! These are limited editions and I don’t want you to miss out.
The toy booths are fun stops for me at the ABC Kids Expo. Here are my favorite toy finds from the show.
Janod has been in the US for a couple years now and their ever growing selection is almost enough to make me want to open my own toy shop! Their Story Express Sets are part playset and part train set– ready for imaginative play. The I Wood toddler puzzles are great on many levels. I also love their magnetic play sets and the squirrel tree is a fun ramp toy and adorable as decor as well!
Kid o is a fun and colorful modern toy brand and I enjoyed seeing all their new products. I’m happy to see musical toys like the Tambourine. The Marble Maze is a new take on the party favor toy, and I can see myself playing with this thing for hours. The cute little bunny, frog and cat are bubble blowers, and the bottom photo shows their Moluk toys.
Plan Toys keeps getting a larger place in my toy loving heart. Their new products just keep expanding an already incredible brand. How cute is the new Ride-On Pony? Their new rattles like the Bunny Rattle are fantastic. I love their wooden bath toys– especially the new Activity Boat, and I’m excited to finally have a photo of their award winning table and chair set!
I showed you Tegu’s Future sets earlier, and they had the entire collection at their booth. Tegu is getting more and more colorful and interested in creating new opportunities for creation and imagination. We might be seeing more collections like the Future sets in the future (heh).
There are always new fun designs coming from cloud b, but how cute is Charley the Chameleon?!
Finn + Emma have a few new toy collections coming out and I’m crazy about these sailors! We’ll post about these again when they come out.
Too much fun!
There were not a whole lot of new innovations in the world of baby bathing products at the ABC Kids Expo this year, but here’s the best of what WAS new and different this year…
Boon probably has the most modern collection of bathing products and a great variety of bath toys. They have a number of new products for 2015. First is the Soak tub. If the Naked doesn’t work for you, then you might be interested in Soak. Its innovation is the mesh base that works for a newborn in one position and when flipped around, works better for older babies.
A number of new toys will make bath time more fun. Sadly, my boys have moved on to showers. They’re missing out on these great new choices from boon! Cast is a cute fishing game.
Marco is a little diver.
And Pipes stick to the wall and have water flow from one to another. I’D play with those!
Finally, the Frog Pod is being updated with a wider, less detailed design.
Stokke has the Flexibath under its umbrella of products and now you can get it in more colors.
Prince Lionheart is coming out with some bath grips and this tic tac toe game should be fun.
Did I miss anything?
coming soon! shopping guide: ABCKids baby gear backpack feeding mobile nightlight toys
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My visit with Skip Hop is always a highlight of my trip to the ABC Kids Expo.
This year, the most exciting new debut from Skip Hop is their Zoo Pals Rain Gear. With matching umbrellas ($15) and raincoats ($30), your toddlers can take their favorite zoo pal even further. Monkey, Ladybug and Owl lovers are in luck this time around.
Skip Hop’s Playspot playmat is reaching a new level of style and sophistication with this Triangle Tiles set. With the same cushy comfort for playtime, the zig zag design blends into your home’s decor.
The owl nightlight and projecting mobile are on their way. These are actually really stylish little electronic accessories and I think they’ll be big hits.
Finally, for it’s 10 year anniversary, Skip Hop’s Duo Signature diaper bag is relaunching with new and improved features like tote handles and a smart phone pocket. Just think, we didn’t have smart phones 10 years ago!
The Special Edition Duos are also really cute bags.
Great job, Skip Hop (and thanks for the cupcake)!
I’m heading out of town this afternoon, so these taxis are perfect for today. Why are kids so fascinated with taxis? I admit, the black and yellow are pretty irresistible.
1- Organic Lightweight Knit Cotton Baby Blanket from Little Wolf- $50+
2- Taxi Rattle by Estella- $18
3- Natural Taxi Teether from Smiling Tree Toys- $12+
4- New York Poster from Formanova- $44
5- NYC Yellow Taxi Printed Pillow from in the seam- $55
6- Kids’ Oeuf Taxi- $76
7- Taxi Wooden Push Toy from Manny & Simon- $36
8- Morgan Cycle Childs Taxi Cab Foot to Floor Ride On Car, Yellow- $128
9- Anne-Claire Petit Crochet NY Taxi- $123
10- The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca- $13 We love reading this great rhyming book. I actually discovered it while watching Reading Rainbow and ordered it right away.