OH MY GOSH, it’s December already?!? That is hard to believe. And you all know what this means: the race is on to get Christmas/Hanukkah/other equally-important-and-awesome-holiday shopping done!

Every year, we like to share a little behind the scenes look at our beautiful and hard-working staff, by sharing their top picks for the holiday season. Take a peak at Part 1, “meet” our staff, and get ideas for your loved ones this year!

•Teeny (newborn to 6 months): Alyssa


 Under the Nile Toys

I love Under the Nile organic cotton Baby Buddies and Fruits & Vegetables.  They are perfect for a newborn.  They are adorable, snuggly, soft, easy to grasp, and some have little knots that are great for teething.  They are washable, easy to carry in a pocket or bag, and come in a variety of colors and textures.  They would be an awesome stocking-stuffer or baby shower gift.  Come pick up your favorites for your favorite baby today!

•Tiny Tot (6 months - 1 year): Claire


Green Toys Animal-on-Wheels

The Green Toys Animal on Wheels is a great toy that is easy to grasp for small hands! It is made in the USA and they use 100% recycled plastic milk jugs.This toy will help your little one develop fine and gross motor skill development. Perfect for the baby that is sitting, crawling, or walking and encourages imagination. You will feel confident that they are having fun while learning and your keeping plastic out of the landfill! #playunplugged

•Fun at One (1 year olds): Cecily


Plan Toys Stacking Rocket

The Plan Toys stacking rocket is such a fun spin on the classic stacking rings. I love the variety of bright pretty colors that come together when the toy is built! The stacking rocket is made with PlanWood, which is highly sustainable, high quality, and safe for your little one to play with. Plan toys uses water based dyes and organic color pigment. It comes with an adorable pilot hiding in the top of the rocket. This toy is ready…..3, 2, 1….Blast OFF!

•Abby’s Top Pick for your Total Toddler:


Blah Blah Dolls

It's always so hard for me to pick a favorite gift to recommend at TGN, since I have a big say in the buying for TGN - I love everything, or we wouldn't stock it.  That being said, Hanna and Jordan assigned me the 'total toddler' category and have been thinking, what is something you gift to your sweet toddler that lasts them for a while, something they don't immediately grow out of...  I started thinking about my own kids, and what that was for them.  And then I remembered, Blah Blah.  Both of our kids were given Blah Blah knit animals when they were around two years old, and they both still have them.  Up until about a year ago, my 10 year old still slept with his.  These guys helped us through illnesses, sleepless nights, and lots of cuddle times.  These dudes are machine washable, for those cuddle times when there might be vomit involved.  They aren't cheap, but they are special and beloved.  Blah Blah is a Fair Trade company that has collaborated with the same artisans in Peru for the past 10 years to create beautiful little sidekicks for children.  We don't stock these online...yet, but we are proud to carry them in our brick and mortar store. 

•Cool Preschooler (3-4 years): Tabatha


Ergo Doll Carrier

Just like Mom and Dad! The Ergo Doll Carrier is perfect for sharing the love of babywearing. These adorable doll carriers make the perfect gift for the preschooler in your life. Not only is it fun, but it teaches them about the wonder of babywearing at a young age. They can take their favorite doll with them everywhere and you won’t have to worry about it getting dirty because it's machine washable. #lovecarrieson

•Pretty Partner (partner/spouse): Katie


Life Factory Small (Wine) Glasses

My category is Pretty Partner, so something you would gift your significant other. The first thing I thought about was the Life Factory wine glasses! Not only would I gift these to my husband, I actually have them on my wishlist. I got regular wine glasses last year for Christmas and while they're beautiful, they are such a pain to wash. The Life Factory glasses are dishwasher safe. They are made and assembled in the US and are BPA/BPS-free and phthalate-free. They have a great silicone sleeve making it easy to grip, so no more broken wine glasses. (I know I've had a few!) Not only are they great for entertaining guests (which we all do a lot of during the holidays) but they're durable enough for everyday use. They're not only perfect for your favorite adult beverage, they work great for juices, water or whatever your drink of choice is!