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A quick history of teddy bears. Plus: say hi to Steiff!

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Over the years, there have been many famous teddy bears in pop culture, and they’re not going away anytime soon (although with variations like the movie Ted, about a grown man and his favorite childhood pal, they’re perhaps a little different than you remembered).  Maybe Winnie the Pooh was your favorite, or Paddington or Corduroy. You certainly can’t forget the ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy third birthday!

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At the age of three, your child’s favorite play activities almost all involve pretending: immersing herself in a delightful fantasy world. Don’t worry, she knows it isn’t real even if she insists that it is (in one study, 40% of children interviewed about their imaginary friends spontaneously told the researcher that their imaginary friend was just pretend); it’s all part ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy first birthday!

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That first year zooms by quickly, although those sleepless nights of early parenthood can feel like they last forever. One minute you’re recovering from her birth and falling in love with her sweet little face, and the next minute she’s saying her first words and taking her first steps. (Shopping for toddler toys for a loved one’s kid? I know ... Read More »

Games and puzzles: Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide

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Puzzling over last-minute gifts? We may have a suggestion… or two… or ten… or more! The Games & Puzzles  section of our Holiday Gift Guide is loaded with a variety of jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles, and head-to-head challenges to delight the entire family – and even some cooperative games too! Here’s a small sampling of terrific gifts that tend to ... 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 »

New & Hot! Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide

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Have you downloaded our Holiday Gift Guide yet? This toy-shopping cheat sheet makes it simple to pinpoint the perfect gift for every kid on your list – we’ve divvied up this year’s best toys into categories, so if you’re looking for, say, a toy for a toddler, you just go straight to Toddler Toys, or if you’re looking for a construction ... Read More »

The best toys for birthday gifts: our blog editor’s picks!

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Is it just me, or have toys gotten so much cooler since we were kids? Sure, we have fond memories of our favorite licensed characters from Saturday morning TV shows, but the level of detail, quality, and clever design that goes into today’s toys is just mindblowing. Since I’ve been in the toy biz for over ten years now, I ... Read More »

How old is too old for toys? (Spoiler: there’s no such thing!)

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In an era in which thousands of action figures are clearly manufactured just for grown-ups, adults film loving tributes to their toy collections, thousands of adults get gussied up in their finest superhero duds for comic and anime conventions, and Lego Master Builder is a real paid job, who could imagine that playtime was just for kids? As geek culture continues to ... Read More »