The first birthday is a major milestone and signals the transition from baby to toddler. Over the past 12 months, your little has been exploring and discovering the world around them and is now ready to really dive into playtime and learning. From first words and first steps, this next year is going to be a big one. 🎉

If you're a mama unsure of what to suggest as gifts to friends and family, or attending a first birthday and have no idea what to bring, we rounded up our favorite gifts for 1-year-olds.

Freshly Picked counting sheep city moccs

While it might seem far away, your little will be on the move soon. Choose a pair that is cute, will match plenty of outfits and has elastic around the top so you can easily slip them on and off.

$48

Chelsea kids upholstered chair with cup holder

This chair creates the perfect space for kids to read, snuggle or play in for years to come. The grey neutral helps it fit in with the decor in your home and the white piping and tufted buttons are a great sophisticated touch you don't normally see on kid's furniture. Plus how can you not love the functional details of the cup holder and the side pocket for books?

$99.99

Manhattan Toy tree top adventure activity center

One-year-olds are curious and enjoy exploring—that's why we love gifting an activity table that encourages learning and creativity. With hands-on gadgets and a low height, toddlers get to play for hours in a safe setting.

$69.99

Bobo&Boo bamboo 5 piece children’s dinnerware

A dinnerware set encourages kids to eat on their own and learn how to properly use utensils—without messing up mama's good set. 😉This 5-piece one is non-toxic and eco-friendly and comes in a variety of colors that will match any kitchen.

$21.95

KidKraft vintage kitchen

A play kitchen is sure to be a hit for years because it allows littles to use their imagination and encourages independent learning. With knobs that click and turn and drawers that open and close, this interactive kitchen makes them feel like they're in a real one.

$91.98

First builders big building bag

Blocks are one of those toys that are guaranteed to be a hit for kids of all ages. They're a great foundation toy that inspires open-ended play and builds their fine motor skills.

$14.99

'Little Feminist' board book set

Reading the same books to your child over and over again has long-lasting benefits, but adding to their library is always a good idea. Hearing your words and see pictures sparks imagination at helps your little learn.

$13.49

EZPZ mini mat + bapron bundle in sage and root veggies

While they might have outgrown their bib, toddlers are messy. We love this "bapron" because it covers more so food stays off of baby and their clothing. And this silicone feeding mat suctions to the table so you don't have to worry about it falling (or getting thrown) off the table. Plus, how adorable is that print?

$35

Unicorn stuffed animal

Every child needs a beautiful stuffed animal to play with. It not only encourages imagination, but it serves as a comfort for them as they grow. The Little Market has beautiful knit animals that supports women artisans around the world.

$26

 College fund donation

College tuition is pricy and it's hard to imagine just how much it'll cost by the time your favorite little will graduate. Jumpstart the process by sharing a monetary donation specifically for college each year.

Sites like UGift allow you to donate to a 529 fund (just read the fine print as some take a portion of your contribution). You can also gift via a US Savings Bond or a check that parents put directly into a college savings account.

Cossy wooden baby learning walker

A push toy or learning walker helps baby take their first steps and master walking around. We love this one that doubles as a toy with building blocks on it.

$39.99

Melissa & Doug caterpillar xylophone

While this one will make lots of noise, musical toys have tons of benefits for baby, like enhancing their memory and boosting cognitive skills. This wood is eco-friendly and non-toxic and made with metal keys that are safe for little ones.

$11.69

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When it comes to holiday gifts, we know what you really want, mama. A full night's sleep. Privacy in the bathroom. The opportunity to eat your dinner while it's still hot. Time to wash—and dry!—your hair. A complete wardrobe refresh.


While we can't help with everything on your list (we're still trying to figure out how to get some extra zzz's ourselves), here are 14 gift ideas that'll make you look, if not feel, like a whole new woman. Even when you're sleep deprived.

Gap Cable-Knit Turtleneck Sweater

When winter hits, one of our go-to outfits will be this tunic-length sweater and a pair of leggings. Warm and everyday-friendly, we can get behind that.

$69.95

Gap Cigarette Jeans

These high-waisted straight-leg jeans have secret smoothing panels to hide any lumps and bumps (because really, we've all got 'em).

$79.95

Tiny Tags Gold Skinny Bar Necklace

Whether engraved with a child's name or date of birth, this personalized necklace will become your go-to piece of everyday jewelry.

$135.00

Gap Brushed Pointelle Crew

This wear-with-anything soft pink sweater with delicate eyelet details can be dressed up for work or dressed down for weekend time with the family. Versatility for the win!

$79.95

Gap Flannel Pajama Set

For mamas who sleep warm, this PJ set offers the best of both worlds: cozy flannel and comfy shorts. Plus, it comes with a coordinating eye mask for a blissed-out slumber.

$69.95

Spafinder Gift Card

You can't give the gift of relaxation, per say, but you can give a gift certificate for a massage or spa service, and that's close enough!

$50.00

Gap Stripe Long Sleeve Crewneck

This featherweight long-sleeve tee is the perfect layering piece under hoodies, cardigans, and blazers.

$29.95

Gap Chenille Smartphone Gloves

Gone are the days of removing toasty gloves before accessing our touchscreen devices—thank goodness!

$9.95

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Make multiple trips to the microwave a thing of the past with a app-controlled smart mug that'll keep your coffee or tea at the exact temperature you prefer for up to an hour.

$79.95

Gap Flannel Shirt

Our new favorite flannel boasts an easy-to-wear drapey fit and a flattering curved shirttail hem.

$59.95

Gap Sherpa-Lined Denim Jacket

Stay warm while looking cool in this iconic jean jacket, featuring teddy bear-soft fleece lining and a trendy oversized fit.

$98.00

Gap Crazy Stripe Scarf

Practical and stylish, this cozy scarf adds a pop of color—well, colors—to any winter ensemble.

$39.95

Nixplay Seed Frame

This digital picture frame is perfect for mamas who stay up late scrolling through their phone's photo album to glimpse their kiddos being adorable. By sending them to this smart frame to view throughout the day, you can get a few extra minutes of sleep at night!

$165.00

Gap Crewneck Sweater

Busy mamas will appreciate that this supersoft, super versatile Merino wool sweater is machine washable.

$59.95

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Finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be a tough task, but if you have a beauty buff on your holiday shopping list, then Pinterest has you covered. The leading destination for inspiration just released their Pinterest 2019 Holiday Shopping report, where they curated the best of the best gift ideas. Digging into their data, they pulled some of the top-shopped and most-searched products of the entire year to curate the must-have list beauty lovers will want to open up this year.

Here's what's we're adding to our carts (okay, fine, buying for our best friends):

Boy Brow grooming pomade

boy brow grooming pomade

Think of this as a mini mascara. The brush-able, creamy wax thickens and shapes your brows, giving them a fuller appearance. If you're not ready to commit to a color, the clear works wonders for daily grooming.

$16

Deep condition + repair hair care

lus brands deep conditioner

If your favorite person has curly locks, this deep conditioner will be their holy grail. It nourishes dry hair with natural ingredients and doesn't weigh down bouncy curls.

$44

Subliminal platinum bronze palette

subliminal platinum bronze palette

A palette so good, it's practically sold out everywhere. The golden taupes and velvety bronzes look gorgeous on any skin tone and the pigment lasts forever.

$65

Maelove glow maker

maelove glow maker

A great vitamin C serum is a must-have in any beauty buff's cabinet, but there's a lot on the market. This one has a blend of vitamins C, E, hyaluronic acid and ferulic acid—the perfect combo for hydrated and brightened skin at a great price point.

$27.95

Pantene festival hair kit

pantene festival hair kit

Don't let 'festival' fool you when it comes to this kit—it's perfect to have on hand even if a night out isn't on your agenda. With dry shampoo, hairspray, a nourishing mask, rescue shot and frizz iron, no one will be able to tell you haven't washed it in a week.

$10.76

Balm Dotcom lip balm

balm dotcom

Aside from the cheeky name, this has an incredible formula that's made it a cult favorite for a while now. Pro tip: Grab the original and use it as a skin salve for the dryer months.

$12

ColourPop eyeshadow palette

eyeshadow palette colourpop

With rich pigment at an affordable price, you can't go wrong with one of these palettes. Use it as eyeshadow, liner or use a larger brush to add as a cheek tint or highlight.

$16

Mini MAC lipsticks

mini mac lipstick

The creamy best-selling shades in a mini version. Throw in each bag of yours so you're never without a quick swatch of color.

$10.20

L'Oreal voluminous carbon black volume building mascara

loreal carbon mascara

If there's one beauty product I can't live without, it's mascara. I've tried everything from budget-friendly drugstore buys to high-end name brand picks and this one is always on rotation in my makeup bag. Buildable color that doesn't flake.

$8.99

NYX sweet cheeks creamy powder blush matte

nyx sweet cheeks blush

Super-pigmented shades that has a creamy smooth finish. A little goes a long way, but it's buildable so start small and then add more as you need.

$7.50

CHI deep brilliance hair iron

chi hair straightener

My first hair straightener was a CHI and this brand hasn't disappointed since all those years ago. This one was created specifically for treated or textured hair, helping to maintain moisture even with the heat.

$79.95
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When there's a deal at Build-A-Bear you better believe parents get excited (especially when it's holiday shopping season).

We all remember when Build-A-Bear's "Pay Your Age" deal in 2018 was so popular it cause d chaos in malls, but today parents can get a sweet deal from the retailer without leaving the house.

Today Build-A-Bear is making November 11 with $11.11 deals on select stuffed animals and accessories.

From your standard brown bear cubs to their Shopkins cousins, there's something for every kid for a fraction of the regular price. Some of these bears usually retail for as much as $26.00, so if you can score one today for $11.11 that's some serious savings (enough to maybe buy your bear an outfit, too!).

Here are some of our favorites:

Traditional cocoa bear

The classic cocoa-colored teddy usually retails for $25 but at $11.11 today you can probably get him some clothes, too!

$11.11

Garden grey bunny

This bunny is so soft and will be loved for years.

$11.11

Arctic penguin chick

This little penguin is usually $16.50 but is on sale today only.

$11.11

Okapi

There are not too many stuffed okapis around, but that's exactly why we love this adorable "forest giraffe."

$11.11

Shopkins™ bear

This Shopkins bear is usually $28.00 but today you can grab her for $11.11!

$11.11

There are a ton of other bears and accessories on sale right now, but you need to act quickly as they're selling out fast!

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That little spark ✨ in the air that only comes around this time of the year is starting to buzz and pop around us. There's nothing quite like the joy and excitement that comes with counting down to the holidays—especially with your kids who think last Christmas was forever ago.

And what better way to count down to Christmas than with an Advent calendar? We've rounded up our favorites that you can use year after year, mama.

House advent calendar

It's perfectly neutral to go with any type of holiday decor, but is made to bring a spark of magic and fun as your kids rush each morning to find out what's inside the tiny drawers.

$55.30

Countdown to Christmas advent calendar

We love that you can fill this one with your own treats that can change as your kids grow. And it doesn't have to be sweets. It can be filled with stickers, little toys, handmade goodies and more.

$38

Modern farmhouse Christmas countdown

No treats required for this simple, beautiful sign.

$34.95

Metal advent calendar

This sleek metal sign comes with 25 small muslin bags and 30 cards you can tuck into each one. The cards have an activity or kind gesture you and your kids can do to celebrate the season.

$40

Ernie and Irene llama advent calendar

Add a touch of whimsy and coziness with this sweet calendar featuring a knit llama.

$128

DIY advent calendar kit

For the crafty mamas in the group, this sweet kit has everything you and your family need to create your advent calendar together. Once you've assembled all the houses, you can fill it with whatever treats your family will love.

$36

Customizable advent calendar

This sweet and modern fabric calendar can be customized with your family name or cherished holiday phrase. It also comes with a set of 24 activity cards you can pop into each pocket.

$107

Clever Creations traditional wooden Christmas advent calendar

Clever Creations Traditional Wooden Christmas Advent Calendar

This beautiful calendar is a showpiece. It lights up to create a cozy and festive scene.

$43

Light-up stacking house glitter advent calendar

Enjoy a tower of pre-lit cottages that will light up your home each day leading up to Christmas.

$149

My Kindness advent calendar

My Kindness Advent Calendar

The holidays are all about giving—and that doesn't stop with just material items. We can give in the form of kindness every single day, and this calendar helps us do just that.

$75

Blue and gray Christmas socks advent calendar garland

We love the twist on a traditional calendar with this sweet garland of 24 stockings.

$29.69

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When it comes to finding that *perfect* gift for your little, you want to make sure it's an item that's practical and something they'll enjoy playing with beyond Christmas morning. If you're stumped on what that is, we scoured through toys and gifts on Amazon to find the highest rated ones.

Each product has at least a 4.5 stars or above, with many featuring thousands of reviews. So, you can trust that both mama and the kids loved these.

Wooden cookie play food set

kids baking set

With more than 1,300 positive reviews, this is one of the highest-rated pretend play sets available on Amazon. Kids can bake, slice and serve cookies (all while practicing their fine-motor skills!). Our favorite part? Melissa & Doug offer a 100% happiness guarantee so if your child isn't inspired, they'll make it right.

Age:

$16.99

Interactive globe

kids interactive globe

Working with most iPad models, this globe is perfect for curious kiddos who are interested in exploring. The orboot Globe + app takes kids on an augmented reality-based journey around the world, encouraging kids to stamp their passport and add stickers along the way.

Age: 4-10 years old

$49.99

Tool set

kids tool set

Made for both indoor and outdoor play, your child will love getting to help fix things around the house. The 15 pieces encourage fine motor skills and all of the materials are dishwasher safe for those unexpected messes.

Age: 2+

$26.49

Kinetic play sand

sensory sand

This sensory sand is practically magic—it's kinetic so it only sticks to itself, not your kid's hands or your furniture. It feels so fun, perfect for squeezing or putting into molds. Bonus: It never dries out so you don't have to worry about purchasing more in a few months.

Age: 3+

$27.99

Osmo starter kit

kids stem toys

Can't seem to escape the digital world? Osmo will turn your little's iPad into a learning game—that requires no WiFi!—and bring imagination to life. Pair it with the pretend play costume pieces and silicone rings to practice letter forming, create costumes and make magic happen.

Age: 3-5+

$79.99

Be Kind book

kids be kind book

For the little reader in your life, Be Kind is a beautiful picture book that explores all aspects of kindness.

Age: 3-6 years old

$9.98

Terrarium science kit

terranium kit for kids

Kids will get to mix science and art as they grow their own habitat in this terrarium kit. We love that it glows in the dark at night and the chia and wheat grass seeds grow within a few days.

Age: 6+

$12.19

Kidizoom duo camera

kids camera

Kids will love getting to play with this digital camera, whether it's taking pictures of the family or playing a game that's pre-programmed on the device. Connect it to a computer for even more activities.

Age: 3-9 years old

$47.24

Drum set

kids drum set

With three drum pads and a cymbal, your child will work on their sensory development while having hours of fun. They can follow along to the tune by keeping up with the lights on the pads, make up their own songs or play games to work on numbers and letters.

Age: 2-5 years old

$14.49

Wooden ice cream counter

kids ice cream set

Encouraging independent play, littles can imagine endless possibilities in their own ice cream shop. Scoops fit into the cone, along with toppings on top, helping kids work on their development skills. It even comes with $1 bills.

Age: 3+

$37.46

Musical toy

baby toy on amazon

As baby is learning to recognize sounds, this toy lets them explore their love of music. We love the volume control so parents can turn it down if baby likes playing with it all day long. 😉With nearly 10K reviews, it's still a 4.5 star item.

Age: 3-36 months

$8.99

Animated plush pal

singing plush toy

Toddlers and babies will adore this animated bunny that plays peek-a-boo and sings. It's soft enough to cuddle, but durable enough to last for years to come.

Age: 0+

$32.48

Tinkertoy building set

tinkertoy building set

With 200 pieces, this building set is sure to provide endless hours of entertainment. We love that there are so many different creations to make and that it helps kids works on their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Age: 3+

$41.23

Little Tikes trampoline

kids trampoline

This trampoline is perfect for kids to burn off a little energy without having to purchase a massive one for the backyard. At 3-foot tall, it won't take up too much space, and the handle bar helps them bounce away... safely. Plus, it has nearly 4,000 top reviews.

$47.21

CamelBak sippy cup

camelbak kids cup

Gone are the days of having 20 sippy cups all over the house—this CamelBak will replace them all. You don't have to worry about spills since kids have to bite on the valve for drink to disperse, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee. 🙌

Age: 3+

$8.95

 Musical bench

musical bench for kids

If your child loves music, this instrument offers so many ways to play, from the xylophone and keyboard to using the hammer. Plus, the balls can fall on the keys or slide out to make even more sounds.

Age: 1-3 years old

$25.93

 PlasmaCar

kids riding toy

With more than 4K reviews, this toy still has 4.5 stars—and for good reason. Kids can ride it indoor or out without having to worry about batteries, pedals or gears. Pro tip: It works best on flat, hard surfaces so a driveway is better than carpet or grass.

Age: 3+

$79.95

 Crayola art case

crayola art case set

This set provides just about everything your child needs to get creative, including markers, paper, crayons and more. The storage case makes it easy for travel and ensures all of the 140 pieces have a place to go once they're done playing.

Age: 5+

$24.99

 Wooden building blocks

wooden building blocks

You can never go wrong with blocks, but this wooden set has a 5 star record with more than 1,700 reviews. Each piece is smooth sanded so you don't have to worry about splinters and it comes with a wooden tray for storage.

Age: 3-8 years old

$54.88

 Ferry bath toy

ferry bath toys

Made from 100% recycled milk jugs, this bath toy isn't just fun, it's also eco-friendly. The ferry boat floats steadily, making it the perfect toy to for any bath adventure. Plus, it comes with two mini cars and is dishwasher safe.

Age: 3+

$21.45

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