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
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!
Mr. Potato Head by Playskool Age 2+
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.
Tonka Wheel Pals Age 12 months+
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.
Tiny Love Spin-Ball Age 6 months+
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.
Gacha Capsule Toys by Bandai or Yujin Age 4+
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.
Strawberry Shortcake Scented Dolls Age 3+
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.
Razor Kick Scooter Age 5+
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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