Shopping for kids is probably the easiest of everyone on my list. It seems as if my daughter is intrigued by anything she sees on TV or in the stores.
I tried to be a bit discriminating, however, when selecting toys for this Holiday Gift Guide for Kids.
See something you like? Pin the image for later, or just follow my “Holiday Gift Guide: Kids” Pinterest board (there’s a link at the end of this post.)
Also, I’m giving away one of the toys listed here. Keep reading to find out which one and good luck!
“Boom” the Brachiosaurus Backhoe: My son loves playing with all vehicles. This part-backhoe/part-dinosaur is a little big for him (he’s just about 18 months), but I know that three-year-olds and up would LOVE this toy. It’s great for indoor and outdoor play and doesn’t require batteries…just your child’s imagination!
Magic Moves Jammin’ Gym: Whenever I do a workout DVD, my three-year-old tries to “do the exercises” with Mommy. This inevitably means she will drop a heavy hand weight on her (or my) foot. Now she can use the Jammin’ Gym to have fun while being active. The Jammin’ Gym is shaped like a hand weight (not as heavy) and tells your child to do exercises, plays music, and flashes lights. Even my one-year-old likes it just for the noises.
Puppy Surprise: My daughter flipped for this toy. It just looks like a mama dog in the box, but the real surprise is whether she will have 3, 4, or 5 puppies inside? Also available in Kitty Surprise!
Little Tikes Splish Splash Sink & Stove: My kids love to climb up on chairs and “help” me while I’m washing dishes, so this toy is perfect for them. It has a real working faucet and drain! Give them a sponge, some soapy water, and make them clean all the dishes it comes with…perfect activity to keep them busy!
Lalaloopsy Baking Oven: This is a real oven that bakes cookies, mini-cakes, and more. We have had so much fun baking in this oven and the treats are actually pretty good! Your kids will love this one.
Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Epic Optimus Prime: Whew, say that 5x fast! Don’t be fooled by the picture– this bad boy stands 22 inches tall. It was hilarious watching my one-year-old react to Optimus Prime. He LOVES it (even though it’s designed for older kids). Any Transformers fans will go nuts playing with this larger-than-life toy. So much fun!
Silverlit Toys Nano Falcon: It’s the world’s smallest remote-controlled helicopter! (Seriously. It’s in the Guinness Book of World Records as such.) You will notice that this item is also in my Gift Guide for Guys, because my husband pretty much stole it after I opened it. I’m confident that kids will love this toy. Easy to use and recommended for ages 8+. Want to win one? Enter using the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post.
Li’l Woodzeez Toys: These adorable woodland creatures toy sets from Battat remind me of something I played with as a child. My daughter loves playing with the little animals. We have the Li’l Woodzeez Honeysuckle Hollow School House, but I think the Treehouse is next on our list! These are available at Target.com and in stores.
B. TeePee Tent: From the makers of some of my favorite baby toys, B. Toys, comes this imaginative tent. It’s a place my three-year-old goes to have tea parties with her dolls or to hide from dinnertime. Also comes in a blue color. Available at Target.com and in stores.
Mama May I Colored Cups and Balls Playset: Gotta love these hand-crafted, environmentally friendly, bright wooden toys! Mama May I has created an adorable little set that my daughter loves to play with. She’s at an age (3 years) where she likes to sort things, so this toy is great. Scooping and pouring the balls into the jars is excellent practice for helping me with recipes!
Leapfrog Creativity Camera App: Put this case over your old iPhone or iPod touch and transform it into a kid-friendly camera. Your child can take pictures, edit them, make silly faces using graphics, create photobooks, and even play games. Recommended for ages 3-6. My daughter has this and she is three-and-a-half– she now loves to walk around taking everyone’s pictures!
Paw Patrol Look-Out Playset: Are your kids fans of Paw Patrol on TV? Mine were not, but they still had a blast playing with this toy. Their favorite part is sending the pooch down the ramp and pressing the Paw Patrol alarm button over and over and over and over…
SmartGames Bunny Peek A Boo: This 3-D puzzle game is a fun way for your child to learn patterns. I was surprised at how well my daughter did with the puzzles (get my full review here). The toy itself is well-crafted and colorful. Love a toy that is both educational AND entertaining for my kids!
Little Passports Subscription: Little Passports is a monthly subscription service that will take your child on a fascinating trip around the world. Each month your child receives a package in the mail with things like books, stickers, activities, souvenirs, and letters from the characters they are “traveling” with. There are different sets for different ages and they can be purchased as a gift subscription.
Circo Mini Twins Deluxe Room Set: This is a darling little set of twin dolls, bunk beds, two ride-on toys for them, and two bottles. My daughter has had it for a few months and absolutely loves it (get my full review here). It’s available only at Target and it was priced at $24.99 back in October, so it could be on sale now for the holidays.
Play Vision Sands Alive: This sand is soft to the touch but molds into shapes. It’s so fun to squeeze– it feels like a stress ball! There are all different kits– an ice-cream shop, a dinosaur kingdom, mermaids, and more.
Makin’ Music DVD: This musical singing & dancing DVD has entertained my kids for many hours (get my full review here). The songs are cute and catchy, plus it gets them up and moving. It’s definitely an interactive experience…we even made our own instruments (very basic ones) to play along with the kids in the show. This one has to be ordered online from the website.
Crocodile Creek Puzzles: We have the “Dance Studio” Crocodile Creek Puzzle and my daughter does it almost every night before bed. The pieces are big enough for her to manipulate (only 24 or 36 in a box), plus they are sturdy and the designs are bright and colorful. The best part is that the pieces won’t rip or bend AND they have a durable box to live in..unlike most other puzzles you will buy where the box rips within a week.
Jake & The Never Land Pirates Musical Pirate Ship: We do not yet own this toy, but my daughter wants it really really really bad. Her new obsession with Jake & The Never Land Pirates TV show means that she wants all the toys, too. This one plays 25 pirate phrases, sounds, and music. It has a 4.7 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon (521 reviews), so it seems to be a crowd-pleaser!
CHARM IT! Jewelry: For this gift idea, you can either choose a bracelet/necklace and the charms yourself OR give the child a gift certificate so she can go online and choose them. There’s also an option to buy a Gift Set, which has a group of charms already included. There are so many cute charms– you have to check them out! My daughter loves her Charm It! bracelet, which she has been enjoying for several months now (get my full review here). Fabulous gift for a girly girl!
Want to win a Silverlit Nano Falcon? THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.
Answer: Yes, you do! They are super fun to play with! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Ends December 5, 2014. Winner will be contacted via email and have 24 hours to respond before a replacement winner is chosen. Good luck!