Gift Sets Galore

Gift giving can be a daunting task.  Finding the perfect something for that special little one’s birthday or baby shower can be challenging.  Take the guesswork out of gift giving with these amazing gift sets.  These sets provide a little bit for everyone, including infant-safe items that can be used immediately, toddler items that can be introduced once the child grows bigger and even a storage basket for the parents.  Each one is beautifully presented with a ribbon bow, and for a limited time they ship for free.  These gift sets really are the gift that keeps on giving!

1. Nod Baby Gift Sets in Storage Bin

This set contains a plethora of items that can be used immediately, like our adorable chunky crocheted rattles and touchably-soft baby blanket and other items that can be saved for when the child is slightly older, like our wooden book made of maple plywood and finished with a water-based, non-toxic lacquer that is sturdy enough to survive the rough handling of little hands.  The included plush toy is certain to become a special loved item.  Set savings of over $18.

2. Baby Book Gift Sets

Is there any gift more classic than that of books?  Books provide a great way to develop language and critical thinking skills and the CD of our favorite artists provides sing-along opportunities for the whole family!

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3. Nod Baby Gift Set in Canvas Bag

This adorable gift option provides years of entertainment value.  From infant toys to toddler puzzles to classic building blocks, this gift set equips the new mom and new baby with plenty of activities!  Set savings of over $19.

4. Nod Baby Gift Box

What better gift than the official baby gift box?  This fantastic gender-neutral box of goodies is the perfect way to welcome the newest member of the group.  The book, plush toy, and blanket are proven crowd pleasers… we know babies can be a tough crowd!  Set savings of over $12.

By Jayne Mangione

Jayne has a lot of experience with children as a former elementary school teacher and a mom of two kids. In her job as a customer service specialist at Nod, she offers advice to customers on our wide array of products, 90% of which she and her family already own. A Chicago native, she’s mastered multiple seasons, often in one week, while being able to cite 90’s pop culture and musical references at the drop of a hat.  Speaking of hats, ask her about the time she looked like Blossom.

Gift Ideas for Little Kids & Big Kids

Once out of toddlerhood, kids start to understand the world better and ask more critical questions.  Sometimes the questions are so deep and layered that I’m shocked that they are coming out of such a young child.  The wheels in my daughter’s brain never stop turning, and coming up with answers to her detailed questions certainly keeps me on my toes.  When she is not trying to unravel all the mysteries of the world, she is just like every other 6 year old, spending hours upon hours playing with her toys. These are some of her favorites. 

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1. Bowling Lanes: Family fun for everyone. Great indoor or outdoor activity and there is no threat of damage with the soft construction. 

2. Letters Entertain You:  Develops fine motor skills by matching shapes.

3. Rainbow Markers:  There’s nothing like a brand new, fresh set of markers, no matter how old you are.

4. Teepee:  Everyone loves a fort!

5. Off Broadway Puppet Theater:  Storytelling, for both adults and kids.  Provides an escape from a media-soaked environment, and provides family bonding and imagination.

6. Easel:  Art promotes early forms of communication and social and emotional skills.  Providing a child with their own special art space provides a sense of ownership of the process of their art.  From beginning to end, the art is truly theirs!

7. Slipper Chair and Beanbag:  A place of their very own. Even moms and dads can fit on the 40” beanbag.

8. Strum and Get It:  Teaching a child to play an instrument helps memory retention skills, enhances coordination, and teaches persistence.

9. Agnes:  So delicate and special.

By Jayne Mangione

Jayne has a lot of experience with children as a former elementary school teacher and a mom of two kids. In her job as a customer service specialist at Nod, she offers advice to customers on our wide array of products, 90% of which she and her family already own. A Chicago native, she’s mastered multiple seasons, often in one week, while being able to cite 90’s pop culture and musical references at the drop of a hat.  Speaking of hats, ask her about the time she looked like Blossom. 

 

Toddler Gifts

Once your baby transforms into a toddler, the game really changes!  I know my kids were absolutely fascinated by the world around them, and I had to work overtime to keep up with all of their questions.  I always found it helpful to have talking points to help explain why things were the way they were, and we often had long conversations that stemmed from our wide variety of toys.  These are some of the toys that helped my kids develop their ever-growing vocabularies and helped to broaden their horizons. 

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Toddler Gifts:

1. Big Box of Colorful Blocks:  Absolutely Gorgeous. Hand crafted heirloom piece that your grandkid’s grandkids will use.

 2. Curious George In The Box:  SURPRISE!  Great for cause and effect and activating prior knowledge.

3. Crocodile Rocker: Great for developing large motor skills as kids climb up on it and as they demonstrate mastery of balance while they rock back and forth.

4. Nod Blocks:  A CLASSIC! Stimulates children’s minds and offers a variety of developmental activities, from learning the alphabet to understanding the spatial relationships between objects.

5. Nod Chair:  Story Time, Rest Time, Play Time!  Everyone loves a (personalized) space of their own.

6. Rainbow Stacker:  Great for early problem solving development. As the puzzle is built, any piece placed out of order disrupts the triangular shape of the toy, and prompts redirection.  On the other hand, this toy also promotes abstract art when the circles are placed however the child pleases.

7. Gummy Bear Nightlight:  Eases fear of the dark, plus kids can invite it into bed and have a sleepover with it.

8. Personalized Growth Charts:  Personalization makes it extra special; this is a gift that literally grows with your child.

9. Abacus:  Letters + numbers + counting = early literacy skills. Provides consistent repetition, making it perfect for aspiring mathematicians and grammarians alike.

By Jayne Mangione

Jayne has a lot of experience with children as a former elementary school teacher and a mom of two kids. In her job as a customer service specialist at Nod, she offers advice to customers on our wide array of products, 90% of which she and her family already own. A Chicago native, she’s mastered multiple seasons, often in one week, while being able to cite 90’s pop culture and musical references at the drop of a hat.  Speaking of hats, ask her about the time she looked like Blossom. 

Top Baby Gift Picks

Is there any happier sight than that of a new baby?  The ooohs, aaahs and gurgles make the transition to parenthood all worth it!  I’ve brought home two babies in my tenure as a parent, and while much of those first weeks is a warm, fuzzy blur, I cherish those memories. My family and friends showered me with gifts during these times. Many were fabulously helpful as I navigated the waters of motherhood. Seriously, I could STILL sing the praises of these swaddle blankets from the mountaintops, and my “baby” is 3 now! Here are some of my favorite baby gifts and new-parent lifesavers!

Robe and Slippers:  Great for bath time.  Also great for water play or at the pool!

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Aden Swaddle Blankets:  Large size makes “escapes” from swaddles harder.  This item is truly multi-purpose and can be used as a stroller cover, sun shade, grass blanket, nursing cover, burp cloth, napkin, and swaddle blanket.  The breathable fabric keeps baby comfortable.

Rattle Balls:  Great for little hands to grasp.  Hand crocheted.

Bamboo Mobile:  Earth friendly.  Sustainable!  Easy to repurpose as décor or play pieces, great avenue for parents to introduce animal noises to baby.

Sophie:  Great for molars.  Can really chew to soothe sore gums.  Awesome texture, too.

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Baby Rattles:  Easy to hold, great early nutrition message.

Wooden Wall Plaques:  Sentimental value is priceless.

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Winkel:  Multi-purpose:  rolling, catching, shaking, teething

Tower of Babble Blocks:  Great talking point for parents and kids, helps to develop early literacy and vocabulary development.

Impressions Handprint:  They’re never this size again.

Giraffe Puzzle:  Fine motor skills.  Colors.  Shapes.  Matching.

Land of Nod CD:  Children’s music helps to strengthen a range of auditory skills.  Clapping to rhythm helps brain development.

Easy Catch Knit Ball:  For your future Hall of Famer!

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By Jayne Mangione

Jayne has a lot of experience with children as a former elementary school teacher and a mom of two kids. In her job as a customer service specialist at Nod, she offers advice to customers on our wide array of products, 90% of which she and her family already own. A Chicago native, she’s mastered multiple seasons, often in one week, while being able to cite 90’s pop culture and musical references at the drop of a hat.  Speaking of hats, ask her about the time she looked like Blossom.