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Gift Guide: Past, Present and Future

These stylish gifts will satisfy the single gal, pregnant lady or new mama in all of us.

Gift Guide: Past, Present and Future

Change is good. And I am absolutely in love with the gorgeous babies that call me Mama. But you know when people ask you, “Can you even remember a time when they didn’t exist?” The answer is “Yes!” Especially around the holidays. And especially when I’m putting together my holiday wishlist. Because, let’s face it, as a single gal in the city, it was all about me. And all about extravagance. Now? Practicality trumps all. If you’re pregnant, your wishlist has probably already changed. Indulgence means catering to that changing body of yours, with an eye toward the inevitable baby-fied future. And you mamas out there know there’s a totally different wishlist, filled with stuff that can fit into family life or those little pockets of me-time, bookended by lots of “Mama”s? and “Mama”s! So in honor of our yesterdays, todays and tomorrows, here’s some lust-worthy wishlist fashion fodder that will satisfy all. HOLD IT 1. If You're Single: Remember when all you needed to go out was your iphone? Roberta Freymann Beaded Williams Clutch, $165 2. If You're Pregnant: This bag might take some of the stares off the belly. Gravel and Gold Boob Tote, $150 3. If You're a Mama: A crossbody is clutch, especially when you’re babywearing. Coach Urbane Crossbody Bag, $268 BRING ON THE BLING 1. If You're Single: Cause you can. In God We Trust Sweet Nothing Necklace, $100 2. If You're Pregnant: The term “itsy bitsy spider” hasn’t been hijacked by your kid just yet. Pamela Love Spider Drop Necklace, $138 3. If You're a Mama: So comfortable you can literally sleep in them. And you will. Erica Weiner Sleeper Earrings, $80 I GLOVE YOU 1. If You're Single: Do these sexy little numbers even keep you warm? Who cares! Topshop Chain Cuff Detail Gloves, $50 2. If You're Pregnant: Hello baby, goodbye suede. Get your (super-insulated!) fill now. Serena & Lily Suede Mittens by Astis, $225 3. If You're a Mama: Your fingers are only important because they stroll around precious cargo. 7 a.m. Enfant WarMMuffs 200, $44 FANCY FEET 1. If You're Single: Laces require time, energy and the ability to bend over. These kickass boots are for pre-pregnancy only. Samantha Pleet for Wolverine Blixen Boot, $330 2. If You're Pregnant: Sometimes when you’re pregnant, you just want to lay around the house. In cool shoes. Roseark Earth Shoes, $125 3. If You're a Mama: There’s a reason every mom you know owns a pair of No. 6 clogs: they’re cute and comfortable. Stop resisting. No. 6 Open Toe Weave with Sling, $265 BEDROOM BOOM BOOM 1. If You're Single: Totally chic and totally impractical. For Love & Lemons Not Your Normal Playsuit, $77 2. If You're Pregnant: Moisture-wicking, leak-resistant, stretchy...and sexy! Dear Kate Ms Moxie Cheeky, $36 3. If You're a Mama: If we’re gonna be in the bedroom, we’re gonna be sleeping. Equipment Lillian Pajama Set, $388

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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