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!
‘Tis the season to be merry…and spoil the little ones. There are so many options out there and that’s where we come in. Smarties, we’re here to make your holiday shopping easier for you! Here are some of our favorite tried and true gifts for ages 0-2 years. Mom-sourced, kid-approved!
Today’s Smarty Loot List is for the preschool set, ages 2, 3 or 4 years old. This age group is so much fun to buy for so bring on the imaginative play, games of all kind and any toy that gets them moving!
Calico Critters Townhome
This precious set is one that will grow with your little one. The Calico Critter Townhouse has everything you can think of and it is a great introduction to the “Critter” collection. Set includes four rooms, real working lights, and tons of tiny elements for a world of creativity. Add the animal characters and furniture for a perfect stocking stuffer!
Got a tiny pirate? This must end up under your tree. An exact replica of Jake’s pirate ship complete with water guns, Jake, slide, Tick Tock Crock, and hidden surprises. The wheels make it easy to push this ship easily for hours of creative fun. Yo Ho LET’S GO!
Raising a Princess? Don’t miss the Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Palace. So perfect for little hands and doesn’t involve a ton of tiny parts that will just get lost. Pink and Purple colors set the perfect tone for a magical dance floor with delightful songs and tons of rooms for creative play and an elevator! Disney + Fisher Price = WIN!
This brand new set is loaded with hot fun. Set includes a fire hose, flag, truck, lights, and so much more. This amazing station will keep your fire man happy for hours! The garage doors open to allow the truck in and firefighters into the house for some fire safety fun! I’m in love with the Fisher Price toys for little ones! My 7-year-old even gets into the action on occasion!
One of the TOTY (Toys of the Year) 2013 Winners! Fun and learning wrapped up in technology. This is the #1 selling learning tablet for young children. Video cameras, game options, phonic tools, touch screen, book applications, and SO MUCH MORE!!!! Tired of your little one grabbing for your phone? Hand them their own device for ease, fun, and LEARNING! TONS of applications and games to make this device personal and grow with your little one.
This perfectly sized desk is ideal for your little creative tyke. Tons of storage and a colorful foundation for fun! They will color for hours . . . or until something else gets their attention! What little one doesn’t want space for creative projects and what mommy doesn’t want a contained mess? Win, win!
These are a great introduction for girls 3-5. Relatives can buy clothes or accessories. A great idea is matching nightgowns for your daughter and her doll. P.S. YOU could win a FREE Bitty Baby in this week’s giveaway!
Mr. Bubbles Body Colors
Good clean fun. Seriously, we think it is the perfect stocking stuffer. This “oh so” clean set makes bath time exciting! Color on walls, skin, hair . . . whatever. Creative freedom? Yes, please!!!!
Nonstop fun and perfect for a rainy day! This Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shoppe Set is ideal for little hands. Top your treats with different molds and designs. Little ones adore adding sprinkles and making yummy treats. Set includes ice-cream presser, dishes, cones, base, sprinkles, scooper, and so much more! Add the Play-Doh for an easy stocking stuffer!
This Disney Power Wheels “Lighting McQueen” is the perfect ride for your little driver. What boy wouldn’t want this rocking ride? Sound effects? Yes! Reverse and forward? Yes! Fun? OH YEAH! We love the hot color and sound effects. So Smarty!
KaZAM Balance Bike
This bike is ideal for little ones learning how to balance a big kid bike. Build confidence and learn to ride without training wheels. Foot rests and special features make this first bike a wonderful gift for the tree!
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!
Want more ideas? Visit Toys & Co! They have a perfect list of toys listed by age. Genius?! This adorable store is local and fun to shop at and play in.