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Baby & Toddler Toys: Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide

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Unlike shopping for older kids, shopping for babies and toddlers comes with one built-in problem: they can’t TELL you what they want. Luckily, as long as you select a gift for the right developmental stage, they’ll almost certainly enjoy it (and will learn key skills through play, as well). Here’s a brief cheat sheet to what to get for the ... Read More »

LEGO Star Wars and more: the best gifts with bricks!

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Is there anything we can really say about the furor around Star Wars: The Force Awakens that hasn’t been said? The early reviews say it lives up to the hype – and even if it didn’t, nothing could possibly stop the marketing juggernaut that makes Star Wars toys some of the hottest gifts this year. And even without a new Star ... Read More »

‘90s Toy Flashback: Let’s Go Retro!

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It’s a favorite hobby of the young adults of today: reminiscing about the stuff we loved from the ‘80s and the ‘90s. Buzzfeed definitely specializes in this kind of nostalgia, and even if we know exactly how manipulative this tugging at our heartstrings is, nobody is immune. So yes, when they posted a roundup of “45 Awesome Toys Every ‘90s ... Read More »

Need help picking the perfect present? Ask us! (VIDEO)

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Last year, the Telegraph reported that the formula has finally been devised to determine the perfect holiday gift! According to Professor of Psychology Karen Pine, of the University of Hertfordshire, the problem can be solved with the equation (L x 2) + O + E2 – PD + EM = PP. The elements to consider in the equation are Listening, Observation, ... Read More »

STEM Toys: Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide

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“Make the vegetables themselves taste good, and you won’t have to bribe kids with chocolate,” writes Annie Murphy Paul, author and consultant, writing about educational games for kids. The right educational toy or game won’t appear “educational” to your kid – it will just look like good, compelling fun. These STEM toys (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) will all look ... Read More »

Going gaga for Jellycat (along with Princess Charlotte)!

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WE HAVE THE FUDDLEWUDDLE PUPPY! Jellycat will be shipping more on December 7 – place your order now, because they’re selling out everywhere! With that said, to back up a step: not every toy craze makes a whole lot of sense in retrospect. Kids love Elmo, but was the Tickle Me Elmo worth rioting over? And while Ty Beanie Babies and their ... Read More »

Building & Construction Toys: Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide

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Build it bigger! Stack it higher! Make it more complex! Construction toys give kids great practice with motor skills, and challenge their creativity. Add moving parts and problem-solving challenges, and you can take a simple play concept to the next level – marble runs and contraption-building sets add intriguing new elements for older kids. Before we even get started talking about ... Read More »