2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Haba Rainbow Cluthching Toy, $14.99

Is there anything more cheery than a rainbow-colored sun? This one features colored rays attached by a cord for endless bending and clacking fun.

Baby Touch and Feel: Christmas, $5.99

Get your baby into the holiday spirit with this perennial favorite from DK. The pages are full of simple words, bold images, and engaging textures like Santa’s velvety hat, glittery Christmas decorations, and a shiny red-nosed reindeer.

Pani Pieska Superhero Fox Doll, $46

Because every baby needs a superhero fox for a bestie. Let the adventures begin!

Night Sky Custom Star Map, $60

Add a sweet statement piece to the nursery wall with a map of the stars from the night of baby's arrival. Add a custom quote or message and you've got a forever-treasured piece.

Doodle Paci Pop, $9.99

Bold colors? Check. Built-in protective silicone bubble? Double check. Ability to pop back into said protective bubble each time it hits the floor? Dreams-do-come-true triple check. A must-have for any paci-lover’s collection.

2017 Swarovski Ornament, $79

Celebrate baby’s first Christmas with understated glam she’ll hang on her tree for life.

Gunapod Bamboo Duvet Sac, $49.99

Because everyone can appreciate a little luxury when it comes to sleep. Made from super soft bamboo fibers and premium fill to feel like a down comforter, little ones might even look forward to going to bed. Editor’s tip: Monogram it for an extra-special gift.

Rubbabu Baby Bowling Set, $25

Squishy, velvety soft, and made of environmentally-friendly rubber in a certified fair trade factory. Everyone is a winner!

Moulin Roty Lovey, $42

A baby’s “doudou” (as the French call it!) holds importance as a child’s first and most-treasured possession. Moulin Roty’s line of lovies is equal parts sweet and sophisticated, sized for little hands, and comes with a velcro pacifier stra

Marie Chantal Bib Set, $80

Because every baby needs a bib for tea time.

Skip Hop Explore & More Jumpscale Foldable Jumper, $130

This not-your-average jumper tracks baby's jumps and breaks into applause at 100-jump milestones. When playtime is over, the jumper folds flat (yes, you read that correctly) for easy storage, making this as much a gift for you as for your babe.

Mini Rodini Rabbit Snowsuit, $137

When the weather requires a snow suit at least 4 months out of the year, make it a statement piece. This gender-neutral option is breathable, dirt repellant, water resistant, and is made from 100% recycled polyester.

Tobbles Neo, $26.95

Up the stacking cups ante with uniquely textured, grippable, and weighted pieces to balance, nest and spin. (It’s oddly addicting for parents, too.)

Avanchy Rainbow Infant Plus Collection, $99.96

Bamboo is as safe for the environment as it is your baby, and with brightly colored silicon tips and suction bases, these pieces are as functional for feeding as they are insta-worthy.

Mochi Trumpet, $24.99

A totally original twist on a teething toy, the trumpet is made from 51% Japanese rice (#impressive), and uses an infant’s natural sucking and teething motions to create sounds. Next stop: Juilliard.

Land of Nod Rainbow Pompom Hat and Booties, $59

Hat and bootie season is upon us, and this set from Misha + Puff is hand-knitted by women in Peru.

Tubby Wonderland Limited Edition Bundle, $43

Tubby Todd's holiday set features eye-catching packaging and festive scents sure to bring the merrymaking into bath time.

Pendleton Glacier Sherpa Stroller Blanket, $59.50

Stroller blankets are a staple of the season, and this bold stripe is equal parts chic and refreshing. No baby blues and pastel pinks here!

Pop-Up Peekaboo: Christmas!, $9.99

What will pop out of the Christmas stocking? Who will come out of the chimney? What’s hiding behind the Christmas tree? As toddlers explore the pages, they’ll learn to recognize, name, and describe different holiday-themed objects. With more than 200,000 copies sold, a whole lotta holiday magic has started on these pages.

Fisher Price Vintage Cash Register, $71

Show ‘em how we did it back in the day with this Fisher Price classic. One pull of the lever and a flood of childhood memories will come back.

Smilo Snack Containers, $8.99

Because who doesn’t need more snack cups, and nothing says gift-worthy like a sweetly packaged car, boat, and truck. Perfectly sized for little hands, these are up to the everyday-use task.

Plan Toys Hand Sign Alphabet A-Z, $30

The ABC’s get an upgrade with this sign language set, which teaches the uppercase, lower case, and corresponding American Sign Language picture for each letter of the alphabet.

Papoose Bento Box Set, $30

Liven up the standard kitchen toy lineup with new textures and tastes. They’ll be asking for a sushi date before you know it (ok, no promises on that.)

Maison Deux Moon Rocker, $575

This iconic design is equally as stunning as a statement piece in your toddler’s bedroom or as an art piece in the living room. Made of French oak and wool upholstery, you can plan on watching your grandkids moon-rocking on this beauty.

nufaktur Wiener Wooden Fish Xylophone, $110

German made with steel sound bars and nails, scales will sound just as they should in this piece fit for outside-the-toy-box storage.

The Manhattan Toy Co. MiO Castle, $140

Little builders can rearrange the castle walls, ladders, and towers of the modular set to create endless castle designs. Any maybe the best news? The castle towers nest for easy storage.

Lorena Canals Puffy Love Rug, $200

The play mat days might be over, but no one outgrows a cozy place to play on the floor. And yes— that’s a built-in heart pillow. Cue the swoon.

Learning Resources 1-2-3 Build It! Car·Plane·Boat, $19.99

Perfect for little fingers just starting to build, this mix-and-match set features oversize pieces that can be snapped together (no super-frustrating screws here).

Learning Letters Washable Activity Book by Lakeshore Learning, $39.99

We love a toy that can keep up with a toddler’s growth and development, and this fits the bill. Practice those fine motor skills while placing the pieces in the corresponding pockets, learn the alphabet, and introduce letter-sound correspondence in one set.

Rose & Rex Hamburger & Fries Instrument Set, $25

Did you need a shake with that? These witty food props double as a one-man band: the hamburger maraca clicks and clacks and the fries double as a rattle.

Kid O Mix & Match Animals, $21.99

Make the familiar new again with mix-and-match lion, tiger, and giraffe pieces in a design and color scheme handsome enough for the shelf.

Janod Zigolos Giant Multicolor Train, $35

Pull toys are great, but pull toys that are also building toys are other-level. This will keep ‘em busy for years to come.

Green Toys Meal Maker Dough Set, $24.99

Budding chefs can prep, slice, and squeeze their way to spaghetti and meatballs (complete with a sprinkle of parsley) and cheeseburgers with all the fixin’s.

Rose & Rex Rainbow Building Tray, $85

Building blocks? Yawn. This heirloom-quality set is both visually stunning and offers endless opportunities for pretend play. Stack, lean, spell, clack. You name it, this tray can do it.

Bash + Sass Maverick Romper, $62

With its structured collar, asymmetrical zipper, and cheeky back pocket detail, this romper adds the perfect edge to the humble sweatsuit. You’ll be doing laundry just to be sure it’s clean.

7 A.M. Enfant Mini Wings Backpack, $42

Whether it's preschool, a day trip, or to carry an extra set of clothes and a snack for the park, give your littles their wings — and let them take some of the load. Trust us, they’ll love it.

The Slime Book, $9.99

Start with basic cornstarch-and-water slime, and move on to more advanced concoctions like edible chocolate slime and glow in the dark slime — it’s all here. With simple ingredients and step-by-step instructions, the recipes are equal parts amazing and foolproof.

ALEX Toys Artist Studio Colossal Art Set, $49.99

Because masterpieces don’t create themselves. This 351-piece set has everything artists need to refine their craft. And the best part? It all fits back into the case when it’s time to clear the table for dinner.

American Girl™ Madeleine Baking Essentials and Cookbook Gift Set, $61.95

Add Madeleines to your budding baker's repertoire with this 40-recipe cookbook and included tools to create tasty masterpieces. Package them up in the included gift boxes and tissue paper for the perfect gift.

Appaman Faux Fur Coat, $128

If there’s one must-have item for budding fashionistas this winter, it’s a faux fur jacket. Appaman’s take on the trend is bold, fun, and functional.

Fat Brain Toys Box & Balls, $32.95

Great for playdates, family game night, and to take on the road, this set takes a seemingly simple set— nesting boxes and bouncy balls— and creates endless games and challenges suitable for all ages. Start with the included ideas and watch as endless configurations are created.

Cue – Special Edition Robot, $199

This witty edition to Cue’s lineup talks, texts, and laughs. Suitable for beginners and pros alike, programming skills are built through interactive games and challenges.

WowWee Magnetic Glow-in-the-Dark Construction Kit, $19.99

The creators of Fingerlings know a thing or two about what makes kids flip. These bendable magnetic strips can become vehicles, animals, wearable jewelry and more. Added coolness points for the glow-in-the-dark factor.

Ice Cream Castles Ice Cream Beanie, $28

Keep ears warm and styles cool this winter with this fun-and-funky beanie from LA-based Ice Cream Castles.

Kidbox, $98

Kids fill out a style survey, and a box of carefully curated clothing will arrive at their door each season. Keep what they want, send back what they don’t, sans dressing room drama. Size swaps are free, and with designs available from newborn-14, the subscription is sure to weather even the most dramatic of growth spurts.

Osmo Wonder Kit, $145

Attach an iPad to the Osmo base and it instantly can see and react to actions directly in front of it, turning the tablet into a hands-on learning tool. Budding artists, coders, designers and architects use their screen time to create masterpieces.

Sydney Jordyn Hashtag Hightop, $68

Customize and re-customize these kicks with the included 30 velcro patches for endless design fun.

Kidizoom® Action Cam, $35.99

Fully loaded with everything an action camera should have, including two mounts and a waterproof case, this tumble-proof cam gives aspiring videographers the tools they need to create action-packed videos.

Good Night, Baby Moon, $12.99

Learn the phases of the moon alongside a family of curious rabbits observing its ever-changing shape and glow during their nighttime walks. The charming images and LED light-up moon will keep the pages turning.

Maisonette Wooden Car Wash, $54

Budding motor heads will flip for this unique addition to any car and truck collection. Push a car through and watch the oversized brushes rotate.

Ciao Bimba Lizzy Darling Doll with Coordinating Lizzy Party Dress, $370

Our editors fell in love with this set that’s as much a toy to be cherished as it is for everyday use. The dolls are handmade and designed in the Waldorf pedagogy, and the coordinating dresses (this one in Liberty’s famed Mitsi print) make this gift other-level.

Gatcha Gatcha Bingo with 50 Balls, $54

When a wooden gum ball machine and a bingo set combine forces, the result is a must-have for any game cabinet. With 30 included bingo sheets, this has Family Game Night written all over it.

Land of Nod Goldendoodle Stuffed Animal Adoption Set, $39

If Santa isn’t bringing the real thing this year, give ‘em the next best thing. This set comes fully loaded with a carry case, adoption papers, and must-have items like a leash, ball and bone.

Lakeshore Learning Play & Explore Rocket, $29.99

Blastoff! This set packs a lot of punch into a reasonably-sized toy. The three-levels feature a kitchen, rover, and a Murphy bed.

MacKenzie-Childs Tea Party Tea Set, $135

We’re picky about tea sets. The stirring spoons, table cloth, napkins, serving tray, and whimsy design in this set pass our needs-to-be-amazing test. Major bonus: it’s made of BPA-free melamine, meaning it's toddler-proof and dishwasher safe.

Parks Project Coloring Book, $16

Perfect for color lovers and fledgling conservationists alike, this alternative to the typical big box store coloring book lineup features scenes by artist Tim Pacific along with fun facts about each national park.

Nook Pebble Lounger, $220

Perfect for story time, movie night, and resting between super hero missions, this modern take on the kids’ lounger will be a welcome addition to any decor. You might find yourself cozying up in it, too.

Plus-Plus Learn To Build Set, $24.99

These simple-shaped blocks are the epitome of open-ended play. Younger kids can build 2-D mosaics, older kids can kick it up to 3-D masterpieces. This set has all they need to get started.

Pure Cycles Kids Balance Bike, $119

Get ‘em going on two wheels with a balance bike that will have them looking and feeling like a big kid.

ZoLi tokiMATTIES, $25

ZoLi's silicone placemat gets a funky update with iconic tokidoki character prints. But wait, it gets better: the set comes with washable markers to add to the mealtime fun.

Vilac Race Track Suitcase, $58

Self-contained race track? Yes, please. With various track configurations, sturdy wooden pieces and carry case, speedsters can take this wherever they go.

Little Goodall Rainbow Dreamer Coat, $200

Because girls with big dreams need a wardrobe to match. This handmade beauty might make the colder temps a little more bearable this winter.

Wonderhood Pet Place, $39.99

Have a future designer, builder, and/or animal lover on your hands? Let them plan and build a customized pet palace and let the creative play ensue. (Editor’s tip: no room for a 3-story dollhouse? This is a great alternative.)

Herbivore Coco Rose Luxe Hydration Trio, $39

Soothe winter skin with this luxe set featuring ultra-hydrating coconut and nourishing rose.

Loeffler Randall Isla Block Heel Booties, $895

Functional design combines with jaw dropping embellishments to create her go-to shoe of the season... and a gift she'll cherish forever.

Bugaboo Boxer with We Are Handsome Limited Edition Accessories, $1500+

Add a little adventure to her standard travel lineup with this versatile set that moves as smoothly as their iconic strollers. Plus, she'll never confuse her suitcase at baggage claim again.

The Matcha Brewing Kit, $69

This all-in-one kit has everything to get started with a morning Matcha ritual. Let the healthy vibes ensue.

Jade Yoga Harmony Mat, $74.95

Our editors swear this is the grippiest mat they’ve ever practiced on. The natural rubber provides the perfect amount of stability, cushion, and traction for other-level flow.

MZ Wallace Crosby Traveler, $395

Diaper bag, work bag, travel bag, or gym bag? Let her decide.

Tata Harper New Mama Set, $90

Give new moms the gift of self-care with this perfect-for-a-pampering-sesh lineup that will get skin back to that pregnancy glow.

Lunya Robe, $250

This Goop-approved lightweight robe features a sewn-on belt (genuis), a nursing-friendly neckline closure, and a raw hemline that can be trimmed to the best length for the wearer.

Charlotte Tilbury Limited Edition Instant Eye Pallette, $75

Day to night and back again, this eye palette has the shades for every look and occasion.

Jonathan Adler Boss Lady Needlepoint Pillow, $98

Needlepoint gets a mod update with this velvet-backed Personality Pillow. Add a pop of color and a hint of sass to the couch, the office, the

The Kate Spade Collection by Chatbooks, $10+

From stylish shots to everyday moments, preserve your memories with bold colors and gold foils in this oh-so-giftable collab.

Penfield Vermont Jacket, $265

For the days she doesn’t need that Artic parka, freshen up the look in this bomber jacket with edgy details in goes-with-everything olive.

Apa Beauty Clean White Sonic Toothbrush, $250

Give him something to smile about with a stain-removing sonic toothbrush that cleans, brightens, and even massages in a sleek design you won't mind on the counter.

Food52 Coffee Cold Brewer, $80

Slow-brewed iced coffee tastes sweet with a hint of chocolately goodness. You're going to love his new hobby.

Jack Spade Men’s Camo Utility Twill Slim Toiletry Kit, $96

Even if he’s not the outdoors type, a camo-style, water-resistant bag channels his inner Boy Scout. Fill it with his travel-sized favorites.

Smith Optics Lowdown Focus, $349

This brain-sensing eyewear ups his focus and concentration with tech that gives real-time feedback. Super Dad, indeed.

Outdoor Voices Tech Kit, $100

His workouts can go pro with breathable, stretch material that includes compression lining, 8 pockets, and headphone exits.

Tivoli Audio Model One Digital, $299

Great music combines with retro design. He can listen to FM radio, or stream his favorites using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Patagonia Men’s Organic Cotton Quilt Snap-T® Pullover, $149

With soft, woven jacquard fabric and neutral colors, this pullover can be used for layering to keep out the chill during the winter.

Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack, $175

This neoprene backpack goes from the gym to the office to home, with plenty of pocket space for everything from keys to laptop.

GoSili To-Go Coffee and Tea Cup, $14.95

Disposable cups aren’t needed when he can enjoy hot drinks in an easy-grip, 100% silicone cup that’s dishwasher and microwave safe.

Loll Designs Lollygagger Longboard, $373.50

With a wide wheelbase, smooth ride, and stability control, he’ll feel like he can keep up with the kids.

Giesswein Innsbruck Outdoor/Indoor Wool Loafers, $158

These indoor/outdoor shoes are tough and weather-resistant, and an orthodic-quality footbed molds comfortably to his feet. Be prepared to see these on the daily.

Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook, $21.25

Jot down ideas, send to the cloud, and erase in the microwave (!) to reuse. The coolness factor alone guarantees a spot on your list.