A Festive Fragrance
Coach’s popular Poppy fragrance is a lighthearted and pretty blend of jasmine, gardenia, cucumber and candied rose petal. This Holiday Deluxe Set brings together eau de parfum, body lotion and a rollerball into a beautiful box that’s perfect for gifting. $94. Dillard’s.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the ultimate accessory for the information generation. Powered by Android Wear, it brings all the accessibility of a smartphone right to your wrist and can be used to track workouts and hold MP3 music files. And tell time, of course. $249.99, Verizon Wireless.
A T-Riffic Holiday
It’s just a typical day for toy soldiers, tiny dolls and stuffed toys ... until this bloodthirsty beast bursts onto the scene. The Smithsonian remote-controlled T-rex from Platinum Collection brings prehistoric pleasure to kids of every age thanks to its fearsome roar, glowing red eyes and articulated legs that let it traverse varying types of terrain. $50, Macy’s.
A Colorful Countdown
Advent calendars don’t get much more glamorous than Ciaté’s Mini Mani Manor. This palace of polish houses 17 little lacquers (including popular shades like Cupcake Queen and Amazing Gracie), five textured tints, one full-sized paint pot and a full set of festive nail transfers. $59, Sephora.
Give toddlers from 18 months to 4 years old the room to vroom with a vintage-inspired ride-on speedster. This sturdy 30-inch-long ride sparks the imagination with its shiny paint job (in silver, yellow or racing red) and chrome grill, and its pint-size design makes it easy for little hands and feet to maneuver. $165, www.quelobjet.com.
Togs for Tots
Baby, it’s cold outside, and that’s exactly why moms will appreciate Winter Water Factory’s organic cotton festive-print romper ($40) and Lucky Jade’s washable cotton and cashmere blend outfit, which prompts smiles all around with Labs on the front, fire hydrant on the back ($78). And to keep it all organized, these handy closet dividers from Lucy Darling definitely are a colorful and clever addition to growing closets. Find them at Baby by Design.
Posh meets playground with Missoni’s new collection for Converse’s iconic Chuck Taylor line. The Italian fashion brand brings its famous zigs and zags to the All-American sneaker in both high and low-top designs. $94.95 and $99.95. Nordstrom North East Mall.
New Baby Necessities
The Zebi Baby keepsake set contains everything a new mommy needs to wrap her newborn in ultra-soft organic cotton. You’ll find a swaddling blanket, a gown with an elastic bottom and fold-over hand covers, and a knotted cap, all tucked inside a charming box that’s printed with a place to record baby’s name, birth date and measurements. $65, Prim & Proper.
Darling for December
These adorable hand-smocked outfits from Silly Goose get little ones ready for festive family photos or holiday outings. The checked coverall set ($79) sports a Santa motif, while a traditional tree accents the too-cute polka-dotted dress ($69). Zoe & Jack.
Don’t let contemporary art collectors have all the fun. Bring home your own balloon sculpture with the Big Top Bookend from IMM Living. Made of heavyweight resin, this puff doggy’s got the gravitas to keep books and papers in place wherever it sits and stays. $49.95, The Modern Shop.
Kids age 3 and up will stack, build, imagine and develop their fine motor skills with this balancing boat from Plan Toys. Made from sustainable rubber wood and colored with vegetable dye, the set contains dice and pincers so it can also be used as a game. $25, Zoe & Jack.
Food for thought
Little kids love toying with food, and this unique wooden cart is designed to give them a choice of sweet and savory favorites to serve. One side of the awning and menu board hawks hot dogs and soft pretzels; simply flip them both and reverse the storage drawers to transform the cart into an ice cream stand. Either way, there are more than 40 play pieces to enhance the entire experience. $199.99, Toy Works.
Everyone loves photos of family and friends, especially when they come ready to display in fun, funky frames like these school-inspired styles. Whether you choose the ruler design, the assortment of colorful pencils or mix the two, they’ll enrich the environment for kids of any age. $16-$20, WRARE.
The Great Create
GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling’s goal is to empower girls through engineering, and the Stanford-educated innovator has been doing just that with her ultra-popular line of toys, including the just-released Builder’s Survivor Kit. This magic box contains more than 190 pieces plus a book about heroine Goldie’s secret inventions, merging basic engineering principles with an entertaining narrative, filling countless hours with amazing possibilities at every skill level. $59.99, The Owl’s Nest.
Playing with Color
Family game night just got a lot more colorful with the award-winning Design Tiles collaborative activity from eeBoo. The box contains 64 double-sided tiles that you can arrange in inventive shapes and designs — follow the examples in the pattern guide or made your own fabulous display. $24, Amon Carter Museum Store.