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Train Gifts: Thomas the Tank Engine, Chuggington and More


    Hape Fantasia Block Train
    Get 'em started early! Blocks meet trains in this vibrant maple toy-set, which is non-toxic and child safe. For ages 2 and up.

    Hape Fantastia Block Train, $29.90, available at


    Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play The Great Quarry Climb
    Little fanatics know the best part of playing with trains is zooming down hills. Owen the Traction Engine is there to pull Thomas back up. 

    Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play The Great Quarry Climb, $29.99, available at


    Pacific Play Tents Train Tunnel
    Choo-choo time gets more active—and even goes outdoors—with this engine tent tunnel. Collapse it flat to store it away or take it with you. 

    Pacific Play Tents Train Tunnel, $50.96, available at


    LeapFrog Touch Magic Counting Train
    Kids love learning if it's combined with their passion. Sneak in mastery of numbers and new words with this train-themed learning game, which—bonus!—lets kids build their own Old MacDonald cast of animals.

    LeapFrog Touch Magic Counting Train, $13.99, available at


    Book: Shark vs. Train 
    It’s the ultimate contest: a shark and a train battle each other in a series of imaginative and funny situations. The two face off on the high-dive, sword fight on a tightrope, and play a round of the Extreme Zombie-Squirrel Motocross videogame. (Note: without any thumbs, neither is very good at it). Ages 4 to 8.

    Shark vs. Train, $9.99, available at

  • Ikea

    Basic Train Set
    Want a starter train set for less than the price of an Amtrak ticket? Check out this 20-piece LILLABO train set from Ikea. It includes 10 feet of track—and easily expands with other LILLABO components, like a bridge and tunnel set ($9.99), 10-pack of additional tracks ($6.99), or 3-piece train set ($3.99). Bonus: because it’s a standard size, it can be used with non-IKEA trains as well. Not for children under 3.

    Basic Train Set, $14.99, available only in Ikea retail stores


    Chuggington VTech Play Laptop
    For the train-loving technophile in your family, this Chuggington play laptop from VTech offers 40 learning activities that teach letters, words, numbers, shapes, matching, and more. Kids can choose from five different modes, including “adventure”, which lets kids play as one of their favorite Chuggington characters. Ages 3 to 6 years. 

    Chuggington VTech Laptop, $32.99, available at


    Engineer Cap
    For the kid who not only wants to ride the rails, but work on them, this engineer cap is the perfect accessory. Available in one size with an adjustable back.

    Engineer Cap, $7.95, available at


    The Polar Express
    One of our fave holiday books of all time, The Polar Express tells the story of a young boy’s sleepless Christmas Eve, his ensuing train ride to the North Pole, and a very important lesson about the spirit of Christmas. A modern Christmas classic.

    The Polar Express, $11, available at


    Thomas & the Musical Candy Cane Car
    This Thomas & Friends wooden railway two-pack includes a jolly Thomas sporting a Santa hat, and a musical boxcar decorated with candy canes that plays “Jingle Bells” when opened.

    Thomas & the Musical Candy Cane Car, $20, available at


    My Subway Ride
    Whisking readers on a journey through the New York City subway system, My Subway Ride is a rhythmic read perfect for bedtime. Through its pages, kids can zip through four boroughs and hit major city landmarks in less time than it would take to decipher a subway map.

    My Subway Ride, $12.47, available at


    Thomas & Friends Holiday Favorites
    Your littlest train fanatic will be delighted by this 3-DVD gift set of holiday-themed DVDs featuring Thomas and his engine friends. Includes Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish, Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas, and Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express.

    Thomas & Friends: Holiday Favorites, $17.99, available at


    Chuggington Traintastic Cargo Game
    If your family game night could use something new, try adding this Chuggington game into the mix. Players look inside boxcars for specific shapes, colors and numbers in a game involving memory and pattern matching.

    Chuggington Traintastic Cargo Game, $16.99, available at


    My First Train Ride-On Toy
    Get ready to totally wow your little train lover with this ride-on toy. It requires no track, travels at less than 1 mile per hour, goes forward and reverse, and makes train sound effects. Appropriate for 18 months and up. 

    My First Train Ride On Toy, $99.95, available at


    The Little Engine That Could
    “I think I can—I think I can…” This inspiring classic about believing in oneself follows the story of a little train full of toys as it tries to climb a mountain, powered mostly by determination. Warning: bring tissues for your first read-through!

    The Little Engine That Could, $8.99, available at


    Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle
    This 28-piece floor puzzle is a whopping 10 feet long. Because the pieces only fit together in alphabetical order, in addition to being fun, it’s also (shhh!) educational. Ages 3 to 6.

    Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle, $11.77, available at