Stumped on how to play Santa to your kids this year? Our Lifestyles Editor, Hadley, scoured her favorite baby shops and polled fellow mamas to find the perfect gifts for your little ones, from newborns to grammar school kids. We’ve got brightly colored gadgets to soft, cozy clothes—nothing loud, blinking or plastic in sight. Most everything is sourced in Europe and the few items that aren’t can be easily (and inexpensively) shipped.
Animal Bonnet, Oeuf, 59€
Oeuf is my my go-to brand for beautiful, stylish clothes. I’ve fallen in love with their baby animal hats, which keep your little one cozy while making them even cuter! Available in sheep, deer, kitten, dalmatian and other animals.
Hanging Mirror, Done By Deer, 39€
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Help your little one ponder the important things in life (and hang out longer in his crib!) with this brightly-colored mirror.
Sleepsuit, The White Company, 26€
While I adore French pyjamas, I find myself drawn to the Brits when it comes to holiday-themed nightwear. This sweet polar bear print from The White Company is delicate and festive.
Harlan Teether, LexyPexy, 24€
Every French baby deserves a croissant, especially one that’s made for tender gums. LexyPexy’s “eco-chic” teethers are made with love (and a knowing wink) in NYC. Also available as a Céline bag, green juice, and more.
Rusty Le Robot, Lamaze, 12€
Nearly every parent I asked recommended Lamaze toys, which are designed to awaken your baby’s senses. The universal favorite seems to be Rusty Le Robot.
Slippers, Collegian, 27€
Keep his toes warm with Collegian slippers, made in France and available in a wide range of adorable colors and patterns. They come in adult sizes, so get yourself a matching pair for cuteness overload.
2-3 Years Old
Wooden Veggie Set, Plan Toys, 13€
For better or for worse, toddlers love imitating adults. My son adores “cooking” alongside me with these eco-friendly wooden veggies that he can chop with the included kid-friendly knife.
You Can’t Take An Elephant on a Bus, 6€
We discovered this terrific book while visiting London two years ago and, to this day, it’s a family favorite.
3-4 Years Old
Magna-Tiles and Tegu, from 50€
The hottest toys in recent years are magnetic blocks from Tegu and Magna-Tiles (above, left). Kids love them and moms swear by them. My little guy received a set during our recent visit to the U.S. and it was a godsend during the 4am jetlag-induced wake-ups.
4 And Up
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