1Manuella Big Elephant Floor Pillow$115
When I stumbled upon a Manuella store last summer in Tel Aviv I promised my future pups that they would get it all. The one item that I just might have to get ahead of time (hey, grownups need cuteness too) is the oversize striped elephant floor pillow. Available in gray with pink, red, orange or black striped ears and belly, this towel cloth softie is the perfect accessory for you and your munchkins while reading the BFG in front of a roaring fireplace. Get the Big Elephant at Carousella in Tel Aviv or get other Manuella goods online here!
2Kid O’s City & Country Blocks by Lisa Mahar$45
The thing I remember of childhood is building a larger-than-life story around everything. When it comes down to it, kids don’t need much to get their imagination going and toys that have the right balance of obvious and mystery might be the key to building a curious and creative mind that follows them into adulthood. These City & Country blocks by Lisa Mahar, mother of three and owner of Kid O, have just the vibrant allure to get an adventure going. Use them for building castles, hide and go seek, or even simple counting and adding exercises!Get it here!
3Donkey Products Helmet N. Crocheted Camera€26
It’s never too soon to nurture that creative streak and with this 100% cotton, crocheted camera (appropriately called Helmut N.) there’s no Tekserve visits, film and development costs or timely Photoshopping. From Donkey Products’ Mini Mechanics series, this camera is ready to whet any youngster’s appetite for the arts! Cartier-Bresson would be proud. Get it here!
4Playsam Rocking Rabbit$185
Look, if I’m going to fill my house with piles of toys and baby gear it’s got to stand up to my standard of design. Winning the Excellent Swedish Design Award in 2001, this Rocking Rabbit from Playsam won’t disappoint. Big buck teeth, leather ears, and a wooden body available in black or white, Björn Dahlström’s rocker will be a family heirloom for sure!Get it here!
5Baby Barolo Cocoon Sleeping Bag$204
Oooof! Do they make my size? Ze kazeh chamooood! This goose down baby cocoon by Swedish designer Margot Barolo clearly lives up to her credo: “simplicity in a warm cosy world”. For newbies of 0-4 months, this cold weather cozy is oozing with urban style. Ok, 200 bones is a helluva lot to cough up for 4 months for use, but, just say screw you to the economy for a second and imagine the photos you’ll get of a cherub face peeking out of this thing!Get it here!
6An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton$15
Books controlled my brain as a child: Harriet the Spy, Madeline, Where the Wild Things Are, Babar, Harold and the Purple Crayon… A good picture book just keeps going; it becomes a cherished belonging, something stuffed under a pillow for weeks and weeks and weeks, referred to like Webster’s Dictionary. This beautiful work by Dallas Clayton has the hypnotic repetition of Waldo, the Utopian glee of Seuss, and rhymes of Silverstein. Dive into the author’s plea for more rocket-powered unicorns, musical baboons, and cars that run on jellybeans. The moral: dream
big huge. More on this great project coming soon in Do-Goodism! Get it here!
7Sara Carr’s Lambswool Pencil Scarf$45
Tee eh eh. Parents: there is an appropriate age to dress your kid up like a dork and an inappropriate one. I think a toddler donning this would be as cute as a button and have a little something to play with when bored on long outings. Handmade with soft & warm lambswool by UK-based Sara Carr and available in red, blue or green. Perhaps for a budding E. E. Cummings? Order ASAP!Get it here!
8Schnurpfel Pony by Naef$49
C’mon. Say it. Schnurpfel. Shnurpfel! I had these. And loved them, embroidering their shoelace manes over and over. There’s something a tad creepy about the whole thing, but, I’m thinking, with a name like Naef behind it, it’s got to be kid-approved. The shoelace string is easy to replace if lost or switch up with different colors and materials!Get it here!
9Monster Hands by Hector Serrano$8
These temporary tattoos by Héctor Serrano are stocking stuffers from heaven. Kids jacked up on holiday chocolates and egg nog galore can just orchestrate a play set in some monster-inhabited land or the jungle (animal tattoos available too!). For a buck a pop, that’s quality babysitting! Now all the old folk can get back to their whiskey.Get it here!
Why didn’t someone come up with this sooner!? The allowance I would have tucked away for the pink one! Fully equipped with a sippie bottle and three sticker sheets (including allergy labels), it’s makeover is now in it’s owner’s hands! The bento-esque lunchbox has handy ears for opening, a handle, and six different compartments. It’s like uber-tupperware. And uber-cute. Check out the Parents & Schools section of the Goodbyn site for lunch tips, meal plans, recipes, and more!Get it here!