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The best tech gifts for the *entire* family

From coding playsets to Google home—check out our favorites. 🤖

The best tech gifts for the *entire* family

Finding the perfect gift for your little or your partner is no easy feat, but with new technology innovations, gift giving might be easier than you think, mama.

Here are some of our favorite innovative tech gifts for the kiddos and adults in your life.

1. Osmo creative kit for iPad

This game transforms your iPad into an interactive tool that will provide hours of entertainment. Encouraging creativity, any drawing made on the pad will automatically be digitized on screen—bringing to life their ideas right in front of them!

Osmo Creative Kit for iPad, Amazon, $34.99

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2. Primo cubetto playset

This coding toy is perfect for kiddos three or older, taking coding off the screen and making it more tangible. The wooden robot is Montessori-inspired and guides kids through hands-on play.

Primo Toys Cubetto Playset Coding Toy, Amazon, $225.00

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3. Amazon Fire kids edition

If you're searching for the first tablet for your child, or want to take your own phone and device back, the Amazon Fire is an ideal option. With a 2-year-worry-free guarantee, you can rest easy knowing that if they break it, Amazon will replace it for free. Plus, it comes with extensive parental controls and a year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, full of books, apps, videos and more.

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, Amazon, $79.99

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4. Interactive Aura stealth drone

Drones are really popular this season, but you don't have to spend a fortune on one that your little might break. This one is designed to be an interactive toy for kids, allowing them to control various flight paths and tricks with a wave of their hand. It features a safety frame for those inevitable drops, too.

KD Interactive Aura Stealth Drone, Walmart, $59.88

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5. GizmoWatch

For your little who wants a smartwatch, but doesn't *need* one, the GizmoWatch is a kid-friendly version that keeps your little's safety in mind. It has a GPS locator built in, the ability to connect with 10 trusted contacts and fitness capabilities. Enough to guide them in gaining independence, while ensuring they're safe.

Verizon GizmoWatch, Verizon, $179.99

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6. Boxer

Boxer is an A.I. robot who comes to life for whatever your child imagines—from DJ'ing music to acting as a bowling ball to knock down cups. Full of a variety of games already programmed, you can also download the app to unlock more hours of fun.

Boxer A.I Robot Toy, Amazon, $64.94

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7. Tile Set

What's that one item you always seem to lose? Maybe it's your keys on hectic mornings, or you can never find that umbrella when it's pouring. Get rid of that stress and add Tile to your items you need to keep track of.

On the app, a map will show you where it is, ring your phone (even on silent), and even remind you where you left that item last time because #mombrain. 🙌

Tile Combo Pack, Amazon, $44.99

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8. eufy RoboVac 

Raise your hand if you'd prefer someone else to vacuum your house. 🙋♀️ Say hello to your new best friend. This robo vacuum will clean up all of those annoying messes, from hard floors to carpet. It auto recharges so you don't need to remember and features a quiet design so it won't interrupt sleeping kids.

eufy RoboVac, Amazon, $219.99

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9. Away luggage

Parents deserve a little splurge, too. These luggage pieces feature a beautiful design and multiple colors so you can always be sure you know which one is yours.

Our favorite part? The ejectable, TSA-approved battery at the top so you can charge your phone wherever you are. Now enjoy a getaway somewhere sunny. ☀️

Away The Carry-On, Away, $225

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10.  Instant Pot

Mamas have spoken and this is *the* product of the year because of how much time it saves. Toss out all of your older kitchen appliances and replace them with this 7-in-1 device. Perfect for slow cooking, pressure cooking, steaming, making yogurt, and cooking rice.

Instant Pot, Amazon, $87.49

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11.  Google Home hub

If you're looking for a personal assistant, here you go. Google Home Hub is the upgraded version of the beloved Google Home, complete with a digital screen. You can control all of your smart devices from one place and it allows you to listen to music, place calls and show off your Google Photos.

Google Home Hub, Target, $149.00

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12.  HP Sprocket portable photo printer

How many photos are in your camera roll right now? For me, it's 10,000—yes, we know that's insane. But, this little gadget connects to your phone to print off your most favorite photos of your littles in an instant. You can even link it to your social media accounts. The 2x3 inch prints are perfect for the fridge or your office.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printers, Amazon, $119.95

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13.  Mini smart plug

For the parent who always has their hands full, this small—but mighty—device is a lifesaver. One plug turns your electrical items into smart devices via the app.

You can set schedules and timers for lights, turn off your bedroom light from bed, or make sure the fan is off before you go to bed.

Mini Smart Plug Outlet, Amazon, $9.99

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14.  Bose bluetooth speaker 

Bose is known for their incredible sound quality and this little device doesn't disappoint. It's portable, waterproof and has up to six hours of play time. Whether you need a little extra sound to take conference calls, want to jam out in the shower, or are going on an adventure, this will keep the entire family entertained.

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker, Amazon, $99.00

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

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.

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

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.

$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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14 sweet 'just thinking of you' gifts for every mama

A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs.

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.

$70

Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.

$65

Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.

$45

Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!

$23

Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.

$30

Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.

$39

'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."

$35

Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.

$24

Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.

$22

Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!

$25

Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.

$32

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.

$105

Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.

$17

Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.

$68

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I have two kids—and I think I'm done

The idea of "more," making more money, obtaining more things—and in my case, creating more life—is not necessarily the ticket to a happier life.

I met my best friend Katie in fifth grade and one of our most favorite games to play was MASH. Our future fates would be decided by one "magic number" where one of us counted the rings on a spiral circle after the other screamed STOP as loud as humanly possible. "Future Husband" and "Number of Children" were clearly our two favorite categories. I remember my "magic combination," and it was marrying Mel Gibson plus having four kids.

And my plan was to do all of this by the time I reached 27. Getting married and having children would be the ultimate climax of life. At the age of nine, the pressure was on to best prepare for the long climb to the top.

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