• Christmas Toy Gift Ideas For Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

    Looking for some novel gift ideas? Contributor, Julian Vorpal, a toy collector himself, takes us through some new and classic toys for kids ages 6 months to five years old.
    by Julian Vorpal .
  • Running out of original ideas for gifts this Christmas?  Here are some suggestions for toys that are sure to delight and captivate your kids.

     

    Tumblin’ Monkeys by Mattel
    Age 5+, 2-4 players

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    Drop the monkeys into the clear tree trunk while it is laced with dozens of colored sticks.  Roll a die to find out what color stick you draw and be careful not to let the monkeys tumble down to the floor.  Even mom and dad can play!   

    Price: P800

     

    Mr. Potato Head by Playskool
    Age 2+

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    Although more than 50 years old, this venerable toy continues to amuse kids the world over with his versatility.  Mr. Potato Head is a plastic potato with detachable features, limbs and accessories that can be mixed and matched as your child wishes.  The potato also opens up to store all the pieces when not in use.  Mr. Potato Head comes in regular, Sweetheart, Transformers and Star Wars themes.

    Price: P400-P1000

     

    Tonka Wheel Pals
    Age 12 months+

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    These vibrantly painted cars are made of durable rubber and can withstand the toughest abuse your little road warrior can dish out (Tonka toys also double as heirlooms after a few decades).  Dozens of models to choose from. 

    Price: P250-P500

     

    Tiny Love Spin-Ball
    Age 6 months+

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    This brightly colored and sturdy segmented ball has mirrored facets underneath and mischievous revolving faces in its rattling core.  Tiny Love describes this toy as using the Seven Elements system to develop your baby’s faculties. 

    Price: P800

     

    Gacha Capsule Toys by Bandai or Yujin
    Age 4+

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    All the rage in Japan, these miniatures come in little capsules and are dispensed by vending machines.  These toys are ultra-cute, highly detailed likeness of various characters from Disney, Hello Kitty, Super Mario Bros, Ben 10 and Japanese anime.  There are literally hundreds to choose from and are great as stocking stuffers.    

    Price: P50-100

     

    Strawberry Shortcake Scented Dolls
    Age 3+

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    These delicious-smelling dolls are almost good enough to eat!  Available in lemon meringue, plum pudding, raspberry torte and blueberry muffin.  The higher-end dolls also come with play sets and DVDs of the latest episodes of the Strawberry Shortcake cartoon.

    Price: P200-P1000

     

    Razor Kick Scooter
    Age 5+

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    This scooter is a great way to get your child to go out more and spend less time indoors.  With a rear fender brake, urethane wheels and a folding mechanism that makes it easy to transport, this sturdy, easy-to-ride scooter will have your kid speeding merrily around the house or at the park in no time.

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    Price: P2800

     

    About the Author:
    Julian Vorpal is a jack-of-all-trades, having done work in very disparate fields such as building administration, leadership and personal development training, internet café management, and teaching arnis and shotokan karate.  He has been a freelance writer for over a decade now, having started out copy writing for Infinite Information Inc. and eventually writing features for Localvibe.com and Starcade.com.  Since then, he has done work for both print and online publications such as Smart Parenting Online, Town and Country, Men’s Health and Muse Magazine.

     

    Did you get any of these toys?  Did your child have fun with them? We'd love to know! Fill up the comment form below.

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