November 21, 2017

Smarty Holiday Gift Guide: Ages 0-2


The 2017 Smarty Holiday Toy Gift Guide is sponsored by our favorite local toy store, Toys & Co in Cotswold. 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! Check out Toys & Co’s 2017 100 Best Toys List – you’ll have everyone covered on your list!


Gender Neutral:

Spin Again Stacking Toy:
Drop the vibrant discs onto the threaded corkscrew pole and go ooooh as they spin fast and smooth to settle onto the reversible base. Choosing how to set the base is half the fun for your toddler. Pick either the wobble base or turn it over for a solid seat.


Grippies Builder:

Combines tactile and sensory exploration, early engineering, and science and discovery. The soft textured rods and balls, subtle colors, and unique magnetic construction system provide multiple STEM-oriented principles in an early-learning construction toy system.


Tree Top Adventure:

This wooden activity center is packed full of exciting features! Includes 4 quadrants with a variety of activities: 6 tracks with animal-themed gliders, 6 bead runs with colorful wooden beads, a spring flower and more.


Pound & Tap Bench:

Pounding on Hape’s Pound and Tap Bench sends the balls tinkling over the xylophone. Pull out the keyboard and the xylophone can be played solo. Durable child safe paint finish and solid wood construction are hallmarks of Hape toys.



Little hands will be occupied for hours once you introduce them to this unique device that’s brimming with thrilling sensory-exploration experiences.


Micro Mini Deluxe:

The Mini2Go Deluxe is the award winning ride-on and scooter for ages 18 mo+ that grows with your child, converting to a stand-up scooter with T-bar. Whether cruising around the playroom or outdoors at the park, your toddler will love playing with the Mini2Go drawer, designed for carrying his or her most precious possessions.


Fundanoodle’s Magic Scissors:

Most Fundanoodle products start at 2 ½, but pediatric Occupational Therapists recommend that 2 year-olds should start learning to cut! They practice this difficult skill safely with Fundanoodle’s magic scissors! These bladeless scissors do not cut skin, clothing or hair, but work great with paper and light card stock.

For a 2 year-old we recommend setting up a “cutting box” in a plastic bin complete with paint chips from a hardware store, old holiday or birthday cards and scrap paper. Allow your Little Learner free access to the box so that they can work to master the skill independently. This skill leads to improved fine-motor development and hand strength. And, since the child is using both hands, they are developing bi-lateral movement and visual perception that is important to brain growth! Too many Kindergarten students are heading to the classroom without this skill, so start early and practice, practice, practice!

Fundanoodles Magic Scissors

For the boys

Mercedes Benz Halfpipe Dump Truck Red & Yellow:
Totally life-like and solidly built, this dump truck is like no other!


For the girls

Pink Dump Truck:
Stay pretty in pink while getting down and dirty helping to save the planet. Made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers, the Green Toys Pink Dump Truck is ready for any task, hauling sand and rocks or dolls and diamonds with ease. This durable, rig is both safe and stylish, with no metal axels and a workable purple dumper.


Mon Premier Bebe Calin Sparkling Cloud:
Fits perfectly in little hands and takes the same positions as a real baby. The doll’s face, arms and legs are made of soft vinyl that is lightly scented with vanilla. With its sleeping eyes, it falls asleep when put down on its back. She is dressed in a dress and tights with sewn-on shoes and wears a matching bow-accented cap.


Wee Baby Stella Doll Collection:

The Baby Stella collection will bring delight to little ones with a new look they are sure to love! Baby Stella is an award winning doll collection that is a perfect, first soft doll to inspire creative role play in little ones. Baby Stella dolls have lifelike toes, belly buttons and plump tummies.



For all of your gift needs, head over to Toys & Co!

You can find Toys & Co at:

Cotswold Village Shops
Charlotte, NC – 704-365-7980
Mon-Sat 9a-9p, Sun 12p-6p

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Make sure you check out all of our Gift Guides by Age:

Smarty Holiday Gift Guide Ages: 3-5

Smarty Holiday Gift Guide Ages: 6-10

Smarty Holiday Gift Guide: Tweens, Teens & Beyond

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