Meet Allison

FOUNDER of Rose & Rex

Why we asked Allison to be a Guest Gifter...

We are completely inspired by Allison's determination to find the perfect toy to encourage imaginative play.  Her site Rose & Rex is the most amazing toy boutique, offering curated content and a selection of elegantly designed toys that are creative, beautifully crafted and help kids with the fundamental skills and development they need. Every toy in their collection is thoughtfully selected by education professionals, teachers, and child development experts to foster well-rounded skill building.

And if that doesn't inspire you enough, she's committed to giving back with a very special program called play-it-forward where Rose & Rex supports two inspiring organizations, Second Chance Toys and 1% for the Planet. Thier mission is to give every child an opportunity to play, which is why they Play It Forward with every purchase.

Allison happens to be super passionate about gift giving and we were so honored when she provided us with some of her Gift Picks. 

Check out her wonderful SUMMER GIFT PICKS.

And make sure to check out more of her curated picks on her site Rose & Rex


Origami Bath Boat |There’s no better time for water play than summertime. Children learn through their senses so when they are in the water they are organically primed for learning through play! This cool bath boat is not only beautifully designed; it also is handmade out of 100% plant-based rubber and entirely eco-friendly. A must for bath time or a beach trip, this toy will inspire hours of sensory play!

Ballerina Dress, Alice + Ames | For the girl who wants to twirl all summer, a ballet dress from Alice + Ames is a perfect wardrobe staple. Designed with play in mind, Alice + Ames makes the softest ballerina dresses that kids can truly be active in.

Garden Bonnet in Chambray, Petite Soul Shop | Keep your summer babe protected with this garden bonnet from Petite Soul Shop. Crafted from the softest cotton jersey, this adorable bonnet is water friendly and ethically made right here in the U.S.A.

Avocado Teether, LexyPexy | Nothing screams summer like guac! Handmade in N.Y.C. out of eco-friendly maple wood, this Lexy Pexy teether designed just for Rose & Rex is a summer must for all the cool babies.

We Are Sons and Daughters Sunglasses | The coolest kids sunglasses I have ever seen. You’re going to want every pair, I promise.

Olivia + Ocean Bathing Suit | I gave my 5-year-old niece a swimsuit from Olivia + Ocean and she instantly exclaimed “this is the most beautiful suit I have ever had!” We agree, Olivia + Ocean makes the most comfy and the cutest suits around. My two favorites are the Birds of Paradise one-piece and the Olivia + Ocean X Little Minis collaboration Vintage Rose one-piece.

Donut sprinkles from Tiny Kitchen Treats | Donut. Sprinkles. Need I say more?! Dreamed up by the incredibly talented Marisol Morley from Tiny Kitchen Treats these sprinkles make any summer dessert 10x cuter.

Flamingo + White Poncho from Poncho + Parker | Every kid needs the perfect poolside cover-up. My absolute favorite is the Flamingo + White poncho from Poncho+ Parker. Super soft and designed in vibrant summer hues, one glimpse at this poncho has me wanting to head to the beach!

Fairy Potion Kit | There’s nothing better than outdoor imaginative play during the summer season. One of my favorite toys for promoting natural exploration is our fairy potion kit. Kids’ imaginations will soar both in the garden and in the kitchen with this kit that includes dried flowers, recipe cards and spray bottles.  Help your little one collect ingredients, whip up a potion and then practice literacy by writing their secret recipe down. You’ll all have magical powers in no time!