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Best Toys for the Holidays 2021

Best Toys for the Holidays 2021

   The holiday season is a time for giving, but it can be difficult to know what to get for kids, especially when they ask for things that don’t exist (speaking from vast personal experience). But fret not! Our toy experts are here to help you pick out a holiday home run for every kid on your list. 

Newborn and Infant Toys

   How do you buy toys for little ones who can’t tell you what they want yet? This is the age old question for parents and loved ones alike. The answer lies with science! Babies are drawn to bold colors that grab their attention. Of course it has to be safe as well, since it will definitely end up in their mouth as well, so make sure it is made with nontoxic materials and doesn’t have any materials that could shed or detach to pose a choking hazard. PlanToys has a variety of clutching toys and sensory toys for babies, all made from spray-free rubber wood trees, formaldehyde-free glue, organic pigments, and water-based dyes. Fat Brain Toys focuses on colorful silicone toys that are interactive and pleasing to teeth on.

Little Tykes and Toddlers

   Toddlers have a wider variety of toys available to them, and motor skill development is a great focus for toys at this age! Hape and PlanToys have toys that teach cause and effect and develop fine motor skills like stacking and balancing toys. These toys also help establish cause and effect. Toddlerhood is when kids start to gain an interest in pretend play, and PlanToys has plenty of options for that as well! 

Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

   As their social skills develop and their imaginations get more and more active, preschoolers and kindergarteners direct their play toward mimicking real life situations. This could be cleaning, going to a restaurant or grocery store, or making food to name just a few examples. Melissa and Doug has many different play sets that allow kids to have their own make believe worlds where they can practice social interaction and etiquette. Reusable sticker pads and no-mess coloring pads also give them a way to use their imagination on the go. 

   Music and stories are also excellent for this age to prepare them for school, and Tonies make it easy for kids to experience their favorite tunes and tales all on their own! All they need to do is place a figurine on top of their TonieBox and the audiobook or music will play.  

Big Kids

   As kids go through school they learn more and more about the world around them and develop interests in science, technology, engineering, and math! Support these growing interests with smart games from Mindware. It’s also a good idea to encourage physical play, so we recommend Micro Kickboard scooters as well! For aspiring builders, Lego is always a great gift. Lego combines imaginative play with creativity and there are endless sets to choose from!

Need more help choosing the perfect gift this season? Our toy experts are standing by to assist you with finding just the right toy for every kid on your list! Chat with our experts for free by phone at 866-600-BEAN (2326) or email us your questions at
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Maryanne - August 9, 2022

I am looking for a gift for my nieces baby boy. He is a year old. Any advice is welcome.

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