12.02.2015

best of the nest | smitten for the wee generation

Dustin and I were just talking this past weekend about how everything with kids is more work -- like going to cut down our own Christmas tree with both of the girls in tow, which I insist on doing because I love the authenticity of it but ends up being lots of work especially when we choose to do it right before nap time! But one thing that shouldn't be work? Holiday shopping and decorating. Yes, for many it's stressful and can be overwhelming but I try to focus on finding a few places I can buy from (bonus if they're online so I can do it from the comfort of my own home!) to get everything I need, for my house and for all the gifts going under the tree. That's why I'm so excited to be sharing one of my favorite shops in this week's Best of the Nest series! For us busy Mamas, it's a great one-stop-shop to check off all the gifts on your list for babies and kids of all ages!

Smitten for the Wee Generation is a curated online boutique offering a wide variety of toys, keepsakes, decor & more...all from the best of the best brands. They've got something for everyone...every age and every occasion, but my favorite time of the year to visit Smitten? Christmas of course. I love discovering toys that Olivia will actually enjoy using and learn from, not just something that will sit in her room and collect dust. I love all the unique options that Smitten for the Wee Generation offers. I also love their home decor, like this darling Maileg garland + this house advent calendar.

Below are my top picks for gifts and stocking stuffers for all the little ones on your list!
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At two and a half, Olivia has been all about learning her letters lately. Her favorite word to spell is SNOW, and she calls "W" a "double" which melts my heart every time. We gave Olivia the colorful letter puzzle (10) last Christmas when she was 18 months and she loved it as much then as she does now. My top pick for her this Christmas are the Alphabuild Magnetic Blocks by Kid O. (12). The magnetized blocks of varying sizes snap together to form upper case letters of the alphabet and the white borders can be used as a guide so your child can see the individual letters coming together. Not only can they be used for letters but also to build shapes and familiar objects. I am so, so excited for Olivia to get these and start using them!

If you have a baby or infant, snuggly animals (2, 15) and blocks are always my top picks. They last and can be used in so many ways. I love the classic wooden block set (13) as well as the modern and beautiful Triada Block Set (14) that I want to play with myself! Since about a year old, Olivia has loved playing around with matching and memory games, even if at first she didn't understand the concept. The Alice in Wonderland memory game (9) is so brightly illustrated and definitely fun for little ones to learn with and play. I also love the Baby Milestone cards (8) to give as a gift to an expectant Mama or to put in your new baby's stocking. 

For pretend play, the Janod Espresso Maker (3) looks like so much fun! That might be making it's appearance in Olivia's play kitchen. And of course, what little one doesn't love making music? Whenever we visit the bookstore Olivia manages to find the toy xylophones (so random, right?) and I love this wooden one (16) both for its function and colors! You can also find a toy tamborine here. Puzzles are great for quiet time when I'm taking care of Penelope and I thought this robot puzzle (6) was adorable! Whatever you're looking for, it's safe to say that Smitten for the Wee Generation is a perfect place to start!

And because the gift ideas from Smitten are endless, you can save 20% off your total purchase from Smitten for the Wee Generation today (Wednesday December 2) through Friday December 4 using the code BLESSEDNEST20 at checkout! AND be sure to head over to my instagram @blessednestblog to enter to win a shop credit to pick out your own favorites on me! Hope your week is wonderful so far!!

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