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7 Great Baby Gifts That Are Both Cute and Practical

11/15/2015 at 02:00 PM ET

How many expectant moms have cried in the aisles of the big box baby stores, overwhelmed (if not downright frightened) by the sheer volume of stuff that comes with a kid?

I know I was one of them, and ever since, I’ve vowed to gift my fellow new mommies with only goodies that are both cute and practical.

Here are seven of my favorites — most are new to the market, with a couple classics sprinkled in that just make life easier.

Buttermilk Babies Blankets ($75)
Pretty much the softest baby blankets I have yet to find. The patterns are cute, funny and just the right amount edgy: teeny skunks and brass knuckles are among my faves in the “tough cookie” set.

They can be used as traditional swaddles if you’ve got that special skill set, or as stroller blankets, lovies, you name it. Jaime King, Molly Sims and Haylie Duff are all fans, sharing social media photos with their babies in Buttermilk.

Buttermilk Babies
Courtesy Buttermilk Babies

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Minions Mania! Mega Bloks Debuts New Line of Building Sets

07/09/2015 at 10:00 AM ET

It’s banana(s)!

As we count down the hours until the cutest yellow critters take over the big screen for the Friday release of Minions, we’re collecting all of our favorite themed goodies to hold our kiddies (okay, we’ll be honest — us!) over.

And nothing passes the time like Mega Bloks‘ new line of Minion playthings, including the Supervillain Jet ($45), Station Wagon Getaway ($20) and Dino Ride ($35).

The initial building of the many-pieced set takes time — and a lot of patience. (The Supervillain Jet comes with 472 pieces!) But once the cool creation is complete, your little one’s imagination will soar as he recreates his favorite scenes from the film.

Minions movie MegaBloks

12 Fun (and Eco-Friendly!) Treats to Celebrate Earth Day

04/22/2015 at 10:00 AM ET

Earth Day toys treats for kids
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It’s easy being green!

Whether it’s playing outside or exploring the great outdoors, we’re all about embracing Mother Nature all throughout the year.

But in honor of Wednesday’s Earth Day, we’re spotlighting fun, eco-friendly treats and toys that you and your tiny treehugger will totally love.

From all natural cleaning products and organic jumpers to wooden toys and vegan kicks, check out our global-concious gift ideas below!

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10 Candy-Free Easter Treats Some Bunny Will Love!

04/03/2015 at 11:00 AM ET

Easter is only a hip, hop and carrot away!

And while there are sure to be plenty of sweet treats in your tot’s future (hello, chocolate eggs), we’ve rounded up 10 candy-free — and kiddie-approved! — goodies that make for great additions to any bunny’s basket.

Before you dress up your tots in their Sunday best, get them smelling fresh with a fun bubble bath — and an adorable new furry friend. The Bella the Bunny towel ($36) from Zoocchini is not only incredibly soft, but the bright polka dot ears, friendly face and pink paws are too cute to pass up.

From fun cups and adorable gift sets to super soft slippers and cozy blankets, check out all our picks below!

Zoochini Bunny Towel
Courtesy Zoochini

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5 Fun Must-Haves to Celebrate Spring’s Arrival

04/02/2015 at 10:00 AM ET

With spring finally upon us, we’re already on the lookout for cool new products to help ring in the warmer weather.

And who better to help with the hunt than Sarah Getchell, the store manager at Southern California baby boutique Bel Bambini. She’s giving us the scoop on five must-have spring-inspired items for babies and the chic parents that love them.

“Each spring we look forward to products that celebrate the bright colors and florals of the season,” she tells PEOPLE.

Getchell’s picks include a variety of items that embrace the season — from nursery furniture, to strollers, toys, apparel, and accessories. Check them out below!

Bel Bambini Spring Must-Haves
Courtesy Bel Bambini

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5 Holiday Gift Picks from Christina Applegate

12/23/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

She’s mom to 3½-year-old daughter Sadie. She’s the creative partner of FabKids. And she has a seriously cool sense of style.

So who better than Christina Applegate to share the perfect presents for parents to pick up when out shopping for their littlest loved ones.

The actress is revealing her top five holiday gift picks for the kiddie crowd — from adorable eco-friendly tea sets to her all-time favorite bedtime book.

Check them out below!

Christina Applegate Holiday Kid Gift Picks
Courtesy Christina Applegate

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Olive & Cocoa’s Festive (and Fun!) Christmas Collection

12/20/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

Olive and Cocoa Christmas Toys
Courtesy Olive & Cocoa

The countdown to stuffing those stockings and piling presents under the tree is officially on.

But before you rush out to join the crowds searching for those final few goodies (or just starting to shop!), we have a gift for you: Olive & Cocoa‘s Christmas collection.

From a plush teddy bear for the littlest loves in your life to a vintage under the big top play set for toddlers, each of their luxe offerings are on our short list of future family heirlooms.

Our favorites: the Seven Seas Pirate Ship ($228) and Classic Red Oven and Baking Set ($148, left) to jumpstart pretend play.

And while we were browsing their super sweet toys, we might have snuck a quick peek at the grown-ups section — hello, new Christmas pajamas!

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