Is it just us or does it seem like spring is the unofficial celebration season? Between birthdays, baby showers, Mother’s Day, housewarmings and weddings, there’s a lot of gift buying to be done. If your head is already spinning from the thought, give these suggestions a try. Party on!
For the minis
Robeez baby clothes
Your sister-in-law is expecting her first bouncing bundle of joy! She may have already heard of Robeez from her inner circle; the kids footwear company is a favorite among moms in the know. But now there’s one more reason to love Robeez: the brand recently launched its first baby clothes collection, featuring everything from eyelet rompers and bright graphic tees, to lightweight jackets and henleys.
HABA Doorway Puppet Theater
Preschool birthday party coming up fast? This puppet theater makes the perfect gift for little kids with big imaginations. Set it up and watch the excitement in their eyes as they put on shows for family and friends. And, it rolls up to be about the size of a large umbrella, so parents can stash it away when it’s not in use.
HABA finger puppets
Baby’s first birthday bash is a great time to whip out these little friends. They are brightly colored, just the right size for little fingers and come in four fun characters: Kasper (a clown/jester), Princess, Dragon and Wolf.
Educational Insights Puppet-on-a-Stick Zoo Crew
Older kids want to get in on the puppet action? These stick versions are great for pretend play and because they come in a set of nine, there’s plenty to go around, making them a good option for siblings who tend to fight over playing with the same toys.
Mother Trucker & Co. hats
You’ve probably seen these trucker-style caps on the heads of celebs Tori Spelling, Candace Cameron Bure and Kimberly Elise. They’re emblazoned with fun, trendy messages (think #MomLife and Namaste) and would be a welcome addition to any mom’s summer or vacay wardrobe, especially if she’s a fan of the ‘gram. Just think of all the cute poses!
Kamik ‘Jennifer’ rainboots
When those April showers are pouring, Mom will be grateful for these sturdy, yet comfy, 100 percent waterproof rain boots keeping her feet dry. Offered in a mix of colors ranging from classic neutrals (black and olive), to bright standouts (navy and coral), Mom can let her personality really shine through. The boots are also 100 percent recyclable.
Off The Beaten Track ‘Lunar’ sneakers
Fashion and function, that’s what moms today are all about. These super cute athleisure sneakers fit that bill to a T. They’re easy to slip on and lightweight, making them ideal for moms on the go. The floral print (Bone) just screams spring.
For the home
SAVOY EC314 Turbo Coffee Maker
Shopping for a wedding or housewarming gift? If the happy couple are coffee drinkers, a coffee maker is a practical gift that will get daily use and definitely be appreciated. This 12-cup version from SAVOY features dual settings for weekday and weekend auto start times, and three warming presets to keep the brew at the ideal temperature for up to four hours.
Jackie is the digital editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Oak Park with her daughters and husband. Follow along on her blog, Momma Knows Best, as she tests out the best products for moms and babies on the market to find the ones parents can't live without.
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