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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Gift ideas for everyone in the family!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

It's the most wonderful time of the year -- and stressful, too! Sure, holiday lights are magical, and family gatherings can be fun and full of laughter. But with the holidays, also comes the pressure of gift-giving, and it is REAL! After all, no matter how well you know your friend, partner or little ones, sometimes you just can't figure out what they want -- what they really really want! Don't you worry, though. We curated gift ideas for everyone on your list to help take some of the guesswork out of your holiday shopping and to help you win everyone over.

From a gravity blanket that will help you get a good night's sleep to a tiny vacuum for tiny people that actually works, here are the buzziest gifts of the year for mom, dad and your babes.

MOM

1. Thinx unitard: $85; 2. Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier: $180; 3. The Willow pump: $479.99; 4. Rael sheet mask bundle: $39.99; 5. Journelle Ayla nursing and pumping bra: $54; 6. HP Sprocket portable photo printer: $99.95; 7. Icon undies, $36; 8. Munchkin Adult Miracle Water Bottle: $15.

DAD

1. Foreo pre-shaving facewash: $199; 2. S'well teakwood cocktail kit: $95; 3. Baby K'tan Diaper Bag: $89.99; 4. Helix Baby Glimpse DNA kit: $49.49; 5. Campo The diffuser: $49; 6. The Mirror: $1,495; 7. Gravity Blanket: $167.

BABY

1. Little Homie Brooklyn’s finest deluxe book pack: $59.95; 2. Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Activity Center: $119; 3. Boden Knitted Cashmere Romper: $90; 4. Coveted Things faded arrows 4 layer blanket: $64; 5. Gymnic Rody Horse: $49.99; 6. Hazel Village William doll: $40; 7. Monti Kids Toys subscription: $297; 8. Carter's baby hooded robe: $10.99; 9. Loulou Lollipop Teething Ring: $14.

TODDLER

1. Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoe book, by Eva Chen: $12; 2. Rock n Roll It rainbow piano from Treehouse Kid & Craft: $60; 3. Cubcoats bob the minion hoodie sweatshirt: $42.50; 4. Dyson ball toy vacuum: $29.99; Lunii my fabulous storyteller: $69.99; 6. Emu animal booties: $89.95; 7. Coloring Without Border book: $24.95.

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

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

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

$189

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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