The Land of Nod Baby Gift Bag
Many times I've found that it's fun to assemble a basket or gift bag full of fun items for someone with a new arrival. Unfortunately, time is sometimes a factor, and for the busy gifter, The Land of Nod offers a pair of baby gift bags available in Large ($99) or Jumbo ($149, pictured left) sizes. Each offers an assortment of cute items (books, blocks, rings, flash cards, and more) all packaged in a handy canvas tote bag.
Skylanders Giants (XBOX 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U)
In 2011, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure was a surprise hit that became a massive phenomenon. Now, the Skylanders are back for another cross-platform adventure in SKYLANDERS GIANTS. With a new story, a ton of new characters, and yes, loads of new toys. Genius marketing to tie the video game into physical toys, but also a fantastic play experience.
My First Dollhouse by Fisher-Price
This isn't a "new" item, as it's been on the market for several years. But, it's such a great item that I've been recommending it ever since my oldest daughter received one for Christmas two years ago. Truly the perfect "first" dollhouse, this playset is sturdy, easy-to-clean, and provides lasting fun. Two years-running and this is still played with DAILY here at Rock Father HQ. Available in both Caucasian or African-American editions, a variety of add-on sets including characters and furniture are available. We have them all.
Daisy Rock specifically makes "Girl Guitars," and for those of you with a daughter on-track to become a rock star, a starter guitar makes a great Holiday Gift. The Daisy Rock Debutante Junior Miss Acoustic Guitar Pack contains a Junior-sized guitar, picks, a strap, and an electronic tuner - all the basic supplies for a girl to get rocking right out of the box - all for under $100 through Guitar Center.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star Lullaby Collections
While there's several companies that offer lullaby versions of popular music, one of my favorites is Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star. Released by the Roma Music Group, TTLRS offers the largest library in the lullaby game, with over 90 titles as of this writing. Their "lullabies for all ages" transform famous songs into "lush instrumental versions" perfect for rocking your babies' nursery. True "rock" lullabies are available from the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Slayer, Green Day, Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and more. Oh, and perfect for the Holiday Season, they have two volumes (1, 2) of Christmas lullabies as well.
Sophie the Giraffe Teether by Vulli
It was my France-obsessed wife who first alerted me to the existence of Sophie the Giraffe at some point in-between daughters. Born on May 25, 1961 in Paris France, the original Sophie toy hasn't changed in 51 years. Now popular here in the 'States, I bought the original Sophie the Giraffe for our newest daughter right before she was born this summer. Although Sophie is made for babies, our three-year-old loves her, too. In fact, we now have at least three variations of Sophie here at Rock Father HQ.