30 Unique and Fun Baby Shower Gifts

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It can be difficult to choose a baby shower gift with so many different products available and vying for attention! Whether you’re a parent yourself or don’t have your own kids yet, buying a gift for a baby shower can feel pretty overwhelming with so many options to consider.

It can be tricky to weigh up whether to buy a gift that will be useful for the baby, or something that will benefit the parents and then whether to buy something practical, sentimental or fun. Different families will have different feelings about gifts so it’s important to check in with them as to what they’re expecting, whether they have a registry and try to understand their priorities. For example, some moms may not want gifts for themselves and are relying on the shower for baby essentials, whilst others may be a bit fed up that everything seems to be about the baby and relish a gift for themselves. We’ve covered a whole range of different products in this list so there are options for babies and parents which will suit a range of different personality types too.

Best Learning Toys in 2021

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Everyone wants to help their children to be the best they can be, and often that means supporting them through their educational journey. We might think about lessons and books when we think about ‘learning’ but toys have an important, even vital, role to play in learning for the majority of children. Learning through play is what children are designed to do and as such, research has shown that it is incredibly effective. Through play, children develop a whole range of dispositions and skills that underpin their learning throughout school and life.

The use of educational toys can help to enhance learning through play and allow children to develop skills like problem-solving, social skills, communication, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, imagination and can also build the foundation for more academic subjects like mathematics, literacy, science and technology. We’ve brought together some of the best learning toys in 2021 and highlighted the ways in which they can help children to learn. So, here are some of the best learning and educational toys by age group;

Best Outdoor Playsets and Toys in 2021

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Being outside is really beneficial to babies, toddlers and children because humans are designed to spend much of their time outdoors as hunter-gatherer societies would have. This outdoor lifestyle would have allowed for plenty of fresh air and sun-exposure which are important for our health; for example, sun-exposure causes the body to produce vitamin D and without regular exposure to natural sunlight we risk becoming deficient in this important vitamin which increases bone density. As a result of less time being spent outdoors, some health services now recommend supplementation from birth to avoid the risk of rickets, a condition that had been on the rise.

As well as vitamin D, being outside causes the human body to produce more serotonin the ‘feel-good’ or ‘happy’ hormone that prevents depression and eases anxiety. For children, in particular, being outside helps to set their circadian rhythm, or wake-sleep pattern, and what parent wouldn’t like a child who slept more at night!? Physical play is incredibly important for children’s overall health and development and this tends to happen more naturally outside. However, many children are quite resistant to the idea of simply going on a walk, so you may need to find some ways to encourage them to play outdoors and stay active. That’s where these toys come in, we’ve brought together some of the Best Outdoor Playsets and Toys available in 2021 so that you can encourage children out into the great outdoors. Before we get to the list of outdoor playsets and toys, here are a few features you should look out for when selecting what to buy;

30 Gift Ideas for Newborn Babies in 2021

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With such an array of gifts and gadgets on the market shopping for a newborn baby can quickly become overwhelming! If you’re looking to buy a gift for a newborn baby, or their parents, here’s our top piece of advice; skip the cutesy outfits. These cute little newborn outfits definitely look like a great gift but in reality, they get worn for just a few weeks and are often fussy and difficult to put on. Plus of course, babies come in a huge range of sizes so “newborn” may swamp some babies whilst being far too snug on others.

Instead focus on buying more practical items that parents can use for a number of months to help as they take care of the baby, some toys which will suit the baby once they get a little bigger or some nice keepsakes that can be treasured. In this list we’ve brought together 30 of the best gift ideas for newborns in 2021 to give you some great ideas;

Best Robot Toys 2021

Best Robot Toys

Robots are an exciting toy that children have been interested in throughout the years, but as technology has moved on robots are now becoming part of our everyday lives; think self-checkout at the supermarket, robot vacuums in the home, or even the robots used in production lines producing things like car parts. As we move into the future it’s likely that robots are going to do more and more; self-driving cars are already being explored and as this industry booms more workers will be needed, so building the skills needed to work in this sector is a smart move.

Children are innately attracted to robots perhaps because they seem to cross a boundary between animate and inanimate, they are not human and yet they are strangely recognizable and sometimes even seem friendly. As such many children dream of having a robot friend, or at least a robot servant to do their chores and homework for them! But playing with robots has many more developmental benefits than simply getting jobs done or having fun. Playing with robots can help to increase children’s skills with using technology, build coding or programming skills and increase understanding of cause and effect. Here we’ve listed some of the best robot toys for 2021 by age group and highlighted what to look out for when buying for each age group too.

Best Dinosaur Toys 2021

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Dinosaurs have fascinated adults and children alike for many years. They’re a really popular interest for children whose imaginations are captured by the idea of these giant, prehistoric reptiles and many children enjoy learning the names of dinosaurs and absorbing a wealth of knowledge about the creatures size, eating habits and habitats.

Some parents worry that an interest in dinosaurs leads to violent or aggressive play but it is the exciting, powerful nature of dinosaurs which often appeals to children and imaginative play, even when it seems aggressive is a safe space for children to experiment with different kinds of feelings and emotions. In this regard dinosaur play can be very helpful, and it has tons of other benefits too! In learning about dinosaurs children learn to follow their own independent interests, research skills, often listening or reading, memorizing facts and then using them in play. As well as all of this, children are introduced to ideas about classification, mathematical measurement and often hone their speech and language skills practicing all those complex names! In short, dinosaurs are a great interest for children as this interest has so many different learning opportunities.

Best Watches for Kids in 2021

Best Kids Watches

For some kids getting a watch is a rite of passage and certainly learning to tell the time is a significant milestone in a child’s development, but when is it right to buy a child’s first watch? It used to be that many parents were worried about the safety of watches with glass faces, but now many watches are specifically designed to be robust enough to stand up to the rough and tumble of a kid’s lifestyle. Then there was the idea of usefulness; is it useful for a kid to have a watch before they can tell the time independently? Thinking on this has changed somewhat and most people now consider having a watch a good encouragement to learn telling the time, and of course, digital watches are also an option.

Best Breast Pumps 2021

Best Breast Pumps

If you’re currently breastfeeding, or pregnant and planning to breastfeed then a breast pump is a useful gadget to have. Some baby lists will characterize a pump as a “must-have” accessory for all nursing mums, but this isn’t actually the case. It is perfectly possible, and okay to breastfeed a baby and never make use of a pump. However, there are circumstances in which having a pump makes life significantly easier or even saves your breastfeeding journey.

30 Gift Ideas for 17-Year-Old Boys in 2021

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At age 17, boys are still growing and changing physically but they’re about to start the last stage of adolescence and are getting ready to move into adulthood. Age 17 is a crossroads for boys; whilst they might be thinking about their future and goals, this may also be something that they are putting off.

Adult support continues to be important throughout this year even though 17-year-old boys seem incredibly independent! This growing independence also means 17-year-olds tend to spend more time alone or with peers, so it might be difficult to know what to buy him as a gift. We’ve put together this guide of the best gift ideas for 17-year-old boys to help you choose a gift that he will love, want, need and use.

The 7 Best Wireless Earbuds in 2021

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Finding the best wireless earbuds around can be tricky given that every earbud manufacturer claims that their new pair is the “best”. But we feel that the TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds are ultimately some of the best buds you can find on the market regardless of your exact needs. They’re fairly affordable compared to other buds on the market, feature good sound quality and connectivity, and have excellent playtime that’s only exceeded by far more expensive earbuds. If you want to balance the overall budget and earbud quality, these are the picks for you.

But maybe you need wireless earbuds for a different need. In that case, keep reading our guide and check out what we chose for the best earbuds across several categories, including working out, iPhone connectivity, and more.