The 2013 Smarty Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by our favorite local toy store, Toys & Co in Cotswold and Park Road Shopping Center. Find everything on your child’s wish list and then some at Toys & Co! And guess what? They will wrap every gift BEAUTIFULLY and oh-so-expertly – so you don’t have to pull an all-nighter on Christmas Eve!
Smarty Rachel and I had the MOST FUN age this year: 5-9. Think crafty, creative, and active for this age group. They are starting to notice brands (especially if they have older siblings), but they aren’t too old for toys. LOVE them! Here are our tops picks this season for girls and boys!
Spirograph – This classic toy will entertain and inspire creativity for years to come.
Rainbow In My Room – Amazing rainbow projector; Projects rainbow across the walls and ceiling.
Crayola Color Twister – Easy push button! Washable ink is vibrant and cleans easily! No batteries needed!
Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror – Facial tracking technology keeps the digital makeup in place as the girl moves, just like she’s really wearing it.
Lego Friends – Lego has hit a home run with their new line for girls. Heartlake High is a hot commodity this season.
My Friendship Bracelet Maker Traveler – Includes 20 threads in 10 colors . Slide-out tray keeps everything organized
Carpet Slides – Can’t think of anything more fun on a cold, rainy day.
Zipline – If you have the trees and yard for it, we say zip it and install one this Christmas.
Mini Ogodisk Super – Catch and throw balls up to 150′
Pathwords, Jr. – Tetris-style word puzzle for the younger group.
Duck Dynasty Shooter Marshmallow Gun – Duck Dynasty and shooter – need we say more? Boys would love this!
Thinking Putty – Anything to get them thinking, right?
Two Bros Bows – These are locally made by two boys! Find them at Toys & Co.
Football & Baseball Trainer – Easy-to-use training set helps kids learn to throw like the pros!
OYO sports mini figure – perfect combination of sports and Legos for this age group.
Max Steel Turbo Sword – It comes with a talking Steel that you can attach to the sword for more special effects.
Cool 4-in-1 Woodshop Tool – This totally safe working woodshop is a great way for kids to craft, create, build, and otherwise discover skills that can provide a lifelong source of enjoyment.
Nike Elite Socks – Michael Jordan’s line is a big hit right now.
Musical Hippity Hop – This irresistible game challenges kids to jump over fun, rotating arms—as they spin around & around!
Slinky Science Young Architect Building Set – Building set for aspiring architects with a reusable design
Perplexus Maze – A maze game where players must maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a transparent sphere
Spot It – Award-winning game of visual perception for the whole family
Little Hands Card Holder – Helps children hold playing cards
Electronics: iTouch and Kindle Fire
Gift Cards: Bath & Body Works, Claire’s, Dicks, iTunes, Amazon, TCBY (or any other FroYo place), the Dollar Store, and Michael’s.
Gifting Experiences: Consider asking loved ones to gift experiences – think classes, activities, camps, etc. Here are some of our faves around town! Miller Street Dance Academy, Jami Masters School of Dance, My Gym, Extreme Ice Center, Pineville Ice House, Small Hands Big Art, a Children’s Theatre production, a membership to Discovery Place, to name a few!
For all of your gift needs, head over to Toys & Co!
You can find Toys & Co at:
Park Road Shopping Center
Charlotte, NC – 704-527-1921
Mon-Fri 9a-7p, Sat 9a-6p, Sun 12p-6p
Cotswold Village Shops
Charlotte, NC – 704-365-7980
Mon-Sat 9a-9p, Sun 12p-6p
Can you believe that darn old Spirograph is no where to be had!?
Who would have thought it would be a must have.
I have put it in my cart on Amazon twice only to check out and have it gone.
Once yesterday and once today. It is out of stock at Toy & Co too. 🙁
Why can’t their be a new Elmo toy? LOL!
It is NOT necessary for us to have, just surprised by the demand. 🙂