The Top Holiday Toys for All Ages This Holiday Season


Do you have kids on your holiday list and need that perfect gift? It can be a daunting task, but we’ve taken a bit of the guesswork out of it for you by narrowing down your search to a single selection for each age group.

From babies to teenagers, this list is packed with items that are fun, educational, active, creative, and safe. None of these gifts will end up out by the garage door, waiting for the trash man.

Babies (Birth to 1 Year)

Chicco Fun Travel Activity Nest: The plush and huggable dangling toys will be your baby’s new best friends in no time. Touch and teach with nearly a dozen developmental activities and toys, which include a removable squeaking owl, teething tabs, tons of sounds, and a peek-a-boo mirror. It’s ideal for time in the crib or playtime on the go.

Toddlers (1–3 years)

Plasma Bike: Toddlers always want to be on the go, and this novice balance bike will teach them coordination while helping them get mobile. It’s lightweight and has wide-width wheels, ideal for stabilization when your child is stationary. This basic yet highly innovative toy requires no batteries and has no gears or pedals. It is the easiest and safest way a kid can learn to ride a bike.

For kids less inclined to bikes, choosing child toy pianos is an excellent gift that will surely foster an appreciation of music for years to come.

Preschoolers (3–5 years)

Rock Star Mickey: Kids of this age love anything they can interact with. There is no better way to excite their senses than with the singing and dancing Rock Star Mickey. He plays two interactive games and uses his guitar to play four songs. The interactive game “How to be a Rock Star” teaches your kids Mickey’s own dance moves. They are also encouraged to play along and make their own music.

Grade-schoolers (6–9 years)

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Game System: LeapFrog has led the way in children’s educational games for many years. This latest creation has been an instant hit. Besides the ever-growing library of science and math games and e-books, the bonuses are the creativity applications that allow a child to use a camera, microphone, or drawing tools to create artwork and stories. Parents love the learning aspects and kids love the endless hours of fun.

Tweens (10–12 years)

LEGO Master Builder Academy: The creators have put special tips and tricks into a handbook and kit that details how the pieces fit together. Kids can enroll in a membership program and receive a new and more advanced kit every two weeks.

Teens (13 and up)

NERF Vortex Nitron: Teenagers are harder to please, and none can resist the urge to shoot one another with foam discs. The Vortex blaster has rapid-fire ability and shoots the discs farther than any other model. The firing is completely automated with no pumping required. It is such a blast that the adults will get in on it too!

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Guest blogger: Chris Keenan is a green and general blog writer. He writes for many sites including Precision Garage Door. Chris also maintains a personal house and garden blog.

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