It’s that special shopping time of year, so I thought I’d put together some gift guides that double as a highlight of all the cool stuff I’ve been seeing lately. My apologies to Hanukkah gift-givers that may have needed these guides, but Hanukkah came so darn early this year! Here’s a look at toys for girls and for boys. I’m also adding all of these to my Media Macaroni Amazon store, where you can find other recommendations as well.
It’s possible that this toy is on the top of my list. I was curious what Olive would think of it, and she got the chance to try it out this past weekend at the KidzVuz holiday party, and it went straight to the top of her list, too. Any kid who’s seen Brave and/or Hunger Games will probably enjoy this. Archery FTW.
Ozzie got a couple of these playsets for his birthday this year, and they were a hit. The blocky people are easy to manipulate in the various vehicles, and there’s great opportunity for pretend play, like waiting at the train station for an train to come, or going on an airplane adventure.
Has Rainbow Loom mania hit your house yet? If not, bring it home for the holidays. Sure, your house will be covered in tiny rubber bands, but the creativity this toy inspires is, well… inspiring! Olive’s been watching YouTube videos to learn more designs and has started making her own patterns. So cool.
Daniel Tiger toys! Need I say more? We’re planning on having a trolley under the tree for Ozzie this year. Ugga Mugga!
I saw these cool building toys at Toy Fair earlier this year, and the chunky sized ones (Midi) are one of those toys that can span the five-year age gap between my two kids. Great for toddlers and big kids alike, though bigger kids may also enjoy the small size.
The cool little Angry Bird Star Wars toys are powerful — put them on over your iPad’s camera, and the toy pops into the game, all Skylanders-style. These will come in handy for those super hard-to-beat levels where you’re just sitting there wishing you had different birds.
This was my favorite Klutz kit this year. Not only are the jewelry projects totally doable for ages 8 and up, the finished projects are really lovely, too. I loved this set particularly because it inspired looking beyond what came in the kit, fishing around in your own toolboxes at home, to make new creations. [Read my review.]
This too might be on this list because it’s one of those toys I wish my kids would get so that I could play with it, too. Each Loog kit comes with everything you need to build and start to play your own 3-string guitar.
It’s a Hexbug underwater! Bath time is about to get way more fun for my Hexbug-loving boy.
Neat-Oh zipbins are neato indeed. Why is toy storage on my gift guide? Because when you unzip these containers, you have giant play mats featuring dinosaur scenes, roads, and more! Then, when you’re all done playing, just zip it up and put it away. We have a couple of these and love them.
Other 2013 gift guides: