The most important items on my holiday shopping list are the ones for my children. We all want to give them nothing but the best and make all of their wishes come true. It’s pretty magical watching them open up the presents and having that special glow in their eyes. Having two daughters and a son, I have scoured every department imaginable for the best gifts.
Pottery Barn Kids is a great resource for your littles. Pottery Barn Kids has a luxe selection of toys from doll houses, their signature “anywhere” chairs, super plush blankets and stuffed animal sets. Their monogram option also makes these items even more special! Some of our favorites are the tee pees ($249), plush nursery rockers ($149), plush thumbie & rattle sets, wooden train set ($59) and sleeping bags.
For the mini fashionistas, Cheekie Charlie has you covered. Cheekie Charlie creates an unexpected spin on everyday basics with creative & functional design for infants and toddlers that include 3 interchangeable snap-on bibs and bodysuits that are 100% cotton and made in the USA. Pair these onesies with any of the Burts Bees holiday gift sets, and you can create the ultimate gift every little one will be sure to use. From cleansing to moisturizing, the Burts Bees kits will have mamas ready for anything. Lovingly packed with a full store of natures remedies right at her fingertips.
To give the gift of play for your toddler, I would suggest any of the Skip Hop Wooden Toys collection. These Stacking Blocks can be stacked any which way, the possibilities are endless! Little ones can also use them individually, perfect for imaginative play.
For one of the hottest toys of the year, check out Big Hugs Elmo. This plush toy moves his arms to return a hug, plays songs, dances with your child and engages him or her with four fun imaginative activities, including playing astronauts and playing rabbits. We also love the Fisher-Price Cheerin Minnie Doll. Kids will love how Minnie cheer on her pal Mickey, and shows her support with a variety of cheers and phrases.
For kids that need some help with getting to sleep, we suggest Pillow Pets, a super cute stuffed animal that also functions by giving off colorful lights and as a pillow. Kids ages 3 and up will love this super plush play pillow with some of our favorites being the Hello Kitty, Scooby Doo, Snazzy Sea Turtle and Flower Power Cat.
Gifts perfect for both boys and girls, I would suggest First Bike. This bike is the perfect training bike for children ages 2-5 that supports the development of a child’s balance. First Bike provides a no stress method of learning to ride a bike and come in an array of colors. B. toys are created with an eye to every detail and a belief that toys should inspire, offering open-ended play and expanding the ways a child interacts with his or her world. A hot item from B Toys is this light up Tee Pee. It is a great joint gift for siblings that they will be able to climb inside with their favorite books or friends.
Module R is the source for modern, customizable childrens items. This concept store focuses on customizable, transformable, and interactive design. With objects that stack, nest, or have interchangeable parts, children are able to produce unique arrangements over and over.
For your crafty ones, the hottest craze to hit kids wrists this year, Cra-Z-Loom is the ultimate rubber band accessory maker with over 600 included mixed-color rubber bands. Children of all ages will enjoy designing colorful rubber band bracelets, rings, belts, pendants and more, including single, double or triple loop rubber band combinations.
Carley Kahn Custom Children’s Art Pillows are a wonderfully fresh way to enjoy and share your child’s artwork. Rather than simply hanging a finished masterpiece on the refrigerator, have it displayed as a one-of-a-kind-pillow for a more permanent way to incorporate and live with your child’s art.
For the absolute girly girls on your list this year, Ariel’s dress by Jakks Pacific features magical motion-activated lights and music. With just the flip of a fin and a twirl, the dress lights up and begins to play Under the Sea.
For the performer in your live, a Doc Mcstuffins Sing-a-long boom box. Sing along with built-in songs from the show. Connect your MP3 Player via line-in jack to sing along to your own music. Each piece from Lemon Loves Lime collection is wonderfully unique and featuring adorable handcrafted necklaces. Choose from mermaids, to cupcakes, and adorable animals.
Talking Sophia the First and animals Play out the magical fun and friendship of the new Disney Junior series Sofia the First! This interactive Princess Sofia doll wears a glowing amulet and can speak phrases with her animal friends.
Hello Kitty Head Phones are stylish and are compatible with iPods, iPhones, iPads, MP3/MP4 players, other portable audio/video devices and gaming systems. They are also great for travel and on-the-go adventures with the kiddos.
The “Green Team” Ninja Turtles are here to stay. Check out their latest toy, the Ninja Turtle Remote Control Shell Raiser from Nickelodeon. Kids can use the easy-to-use controller to steer the subway car, make it go forward or reverse and fire up to 10 sewer covers at a time. Some of our favorites are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Retro Party Wagon and the cool Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pop Up Pizza Play Set.
For the music lover, try out this new to the market, EZ PRO DJ. Everyone and anyone can become a DJ and mix, sample and loop their favorite songs.
Recreate the most heroic Megazord battles with Power Rangers Megazord! Highly detailed with multiple points of articulation, these Megazord figures are ready to protect our planet.
Video games have now become more interactive with Skylanders Swap Force. These figurines can play on and off the screen. Choose from many figurines to help mix and match and save Skyland.
For educational toys we love the selection from Scholastic where you can find toys to fit into the smallest of apartments. Some of our favorites include the MagnetiStick Racing, My First Desk and the cool 2-in-1 Play Table (from Kidkraft). We also love the sweet Chelsea Doll Cottage and reading fun with the Harry Potter Special Edition Box Set (Scholastic). .