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Best Toddler Toys and Gifts for Christmas

  • Jon Whittle

    Let's Rock!
    Elmo takes six of his favorite kiddie classics (including the Elmo's World theme) and revamps them as arena rockers. While Elmo plays the drums, your tot can shake the tambourine—garage band goodness at its most interactive. (

  • anamalz

    Wild Things
    Anamalz are handmade, wooden figures reminiscent of your childhood with a fun, modern twist—the perfect classic-cute combo! Toddlers’ imaginations will go wild as they play with the poseable farm, jungle and prehistoric animals. It even comes with a cloth mat to set the stage for a creative landscape.

     At Anamalz


    To the Tool Shed!
    They’ll really feel like Mr. Fix-It with this tool set, complete with battery-powered reversible drill and chunky nuts and bolts to build 4 cars with spinning wheels. It even comes in a storage case so they can take it on the road.

    Twist & Drill Set at Alex


    Rock Out
    We see some Mickey-inspired dance parties with Rock Star Mickey, who sings three songs like “You Really Got Me”, bobs his head, dances across the stage and finishes with his signature move, the mouska-split, where he plays the guitar with his nose! Play it again, Mickey!

    Rock Star Mickey at mass retailers


    DIY Jungle
    Toddlers will flip when they get to make their own jungle scene by stacking soft foam shapes, complete with monkeys, trees and flowers.

    Peg and Layer Jungle at Alex

  • Lamaze

    Farmer Fun
    This farmer Fred doll not only looks cute, but is filled with fun surprises for baby, too. Baby can button his overalls, zip his pockets and buckle and tie his shoes.

    Lamaze Farmer Fred Activity Doll at Learning Curve

  • The Brain Store

    Stack This!
    Is it art? Is it a toy? Is it smart, toddler fun? Yes, yes and yes! Babies and toddlers will love stacking the bright, round textured blocks and you'll enjoy playing, too. This is one toy you won’t mind keeping out on display.

    Tobbles at Marbles The Brain Store

  • Mojo Hand llc.

    A is for Awesome
    A is for Apple? Boring! How about A is for Aretha? The Rock & Roll Alphabet is perfect for the kid (and parents) who’s a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. Sing the whole way through the ABC’s, all the way to Z is for Zeppelin. It’s the two-in-one alphabet and music lesson every kid needs.

    The Rock & Roll Alphabet at Amazon


    A, B, C Play
    Every toddler needs his own DUPLO set—they were built just for his little hands and huge imagination. This colorful set will teach him his letters, too.

    LEGO DUPLO play with letters at LEGO

  • Hungry Giant

    Cook Book
    How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant? By Caitlin Friedman, illustrated by Shaw Nielsen, tells the story of Oscar, a boy who finds a giant in his back yard, with cool pictures, pop-ups, tabs and flaps kids will love playing with. Plus, the book comes with 8 yummy recipes perfect for hungry kids, like Pasta Mountain, Broccolini Trees with Cheese and more.
    At Amazon 

  • Kidscraft Playhouses
    Toys of the Year pick
    Clubhouses have universal kid appeal. Half the fun of this one is decorating it. The Shuttle Imagination, shown, is made of 100 percent recycled cardboard: bonus points! 3 and up.

    "It's great for her imagination and perfect for playdates. I'm a big fan!"—Vicki Daley, mom of Mackenzie, 3, Orlando, FL

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  • Pull-along Musical Pirate Ship
    Toys of the Year pick
    On this vessel, your buccaneer will find a crew, a working cannon, a friendly shark, treasure and a trapdoor. It plays a catchy pirate tune, too!

    "I cannot get enough of watching my son wiggle to the music."—Sarah Cole, mom of Noah, 1, Webster, MA

  • My First Book
    Toys of the Year pick
    Your burgeoning bookworm can hear Scout the dog's adventures, set to music, with this virtually indestructible first reader.

    "He's captivated by my First Book. He even plays with it while I change his diaper."—Laura Middleton, mom of Matthew, 1, Little Rock AFB, AR

  • Ready, Set, Go! Trike
    Toys of the Year pick
    We're all for products that transform for different stages—more bang for your buck! This swanky ride morphs from a parent-propelled seat to a trike.

    "Her eyes lit up when she saw it. And I really like how it grows with her. Genius!"—Kristina Erstad-Sankey, mom of Evelina, 17 months, St. Paul, MN

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  • Laugh and Learn & Movie Music Station
    Toys of the Year pick
    Toddlers trigger instrument sounds, animal noises and more than 50 tunes. It also connects to your TV, letting your child activate learning games and animation onscreen.

    "It's just so fun to watch them sing and dance next to it. They play with it every day."—Lacey Blan, mom of Celyse and Sarina, 18 months, Green Bay, WI

  • Imaginext Big-Foot the Monster 
    Toys of the Year pick
    A remote-controlled mythical creature who stands on his head? Bring him on! He laughs, roars, throws a ball, even works out before snoring off to sleep.

    "Bigfoot gives me time to make dinner. I like any toy that does that."—Stacy Tidwell, mom of Dylan, 4, Auburn, GA

  • My Own Leaptop
    Toys of the Year pick
    This laptop for little ones announces personalized e-mails and lets you customize a playlist of songs. Hours of games to play, too.

    "She walks around carrying her 'puter' all day long. And she thinks it's hilarious that it knows her name."—Jessica Riescher, mom of Kira, 2, Baltimore

  • Sing Along Airplane
    Toys of the Year pick
    This cute craft plays melodies from Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.

    "The concept is awesome. We'll pretend we're super hot in Africa, then fly to Australia and jump like kangaroos."—Kami Whitehurst-Levy, mom of Charlie, 18 months, St. Louis

  • Splashing JoJo
    Toys of the Year pick
    Equally enchanting in the tub or at the pool, these funny fellas float, sing and spritz water. Enough said.

    "My kids fight over it! I like that it's very simple to operate-and that it doesn't squirt too far or high."—Kate Hamilton, mom of Alex, 1, and Justin, 3, San Antonio, TX

  • The Sing-a-ma-Jigs!
    Toys of the Year pick
    This trio of squishy pals caused quite a frenzy in our office. They each sing their own song. Squeeze their tummies and those little mouths open wide for each note, revealing teeny teeth. Squeals of delight (from you and your kid) are guaranteed.

    "He shows them to everyone who comes in the house. Even Grandma enjoyed it!"—Robin King, mom of Jack, 4, Durham, NC

  • Doodle Match
    Toys of the Year pick
    Here's that classic preschool pleaser, a matching game, with a twist: The tiles are colored before the game, then wiped clean after. The car that was green this round could be blue the next. Tricky!

    "Collin felt as if he were making a game, not just playing with one."—Melissa Curran, mom of Collin, 4, Florence, KY

  • Weebles Musical Treehouse
    Toys of the Year pick
    Remember Weebles? These days, they're hosting dance parties, spiraling down slides and hiding out in a treehouse. And they're still as irresistible as ever.

    "It kept him entertained for thirty minutes. I consider it a perfect toy."—Alicia Miller, mom of John, 2, Columbus, OH

  • School Bus Activity Gym
    Toys of the Year pick
    Tiny tots can slide and pretend to ride and drive, indoors or out. The dashboard features clickers, buttons and a spinning steering wheel, and the stop sign folds in and out.

    "It's the first thing they play with when they wake up!"—Dalia Jovanovic, mom of Sophie, 4, Savannah, 3, and Sabrina, 16 months, Lake Elsinore, CA

  • My Little Pony RC Rainbow Dash's Plane Vehicle
    Toys of the Year pick
    A can't-fail gift for any my Little Pony fan, this remote-controlled airplane puts your girl in the pilot's seat. It's easy to maneuver and makes fun flight sounds.

    "A complete thrill! She said, 'I love this toy, Mama.'"—Lorie Gordon, mom of Zoe, 4, Fairport, NY

  • Chimp And Zee Shopping Cart Dash
    Toys of the Year pick
    They'll shop till they drop! Kids wheel their cart through supermarket aisles, picking up healthy foods and learning counting along the way.

    "I really enjoy playing with my girls. It's like going shopping with Mom!"—Ashley Sullivan, mom of Sydney, 4, and Taylor, 3, Grayson, GA

  • Giimmo Nightlight
    End a great evening and segue into sweet dreams with this cute, cartoony nightlight. All Giimmo buddies—Bamboo the Panda, Stego Jr. the Stegosaurus (and you thought those were extinct), Rice the Lucky Dog, Bebe the Penguin, Blue the Elephant and Indigo the Hedgehog—give off a kaleidoscopic effect before wishing your kid 'sweet dreams.' (We heard they might even scare monsters away.)

    Giimmo Nightlight from

  • Learn to Dress Kitty
    Yes, Kitty, we're talking about you! We know kids will love all 11 motor skill-developing activities this kitty's outfit offers, including buttoning, snapping, hooking, looping, bucking, tying, zipping and more. Those snazzy socks and shoes are real, and the dress and t-shirt are removable, too.

    Learn To Dress Kitty from

  • Step 2 WaterWheel Play Table
    Here's the gift that won't stop giving: It's an activity table stacked with wheels, canals, a cup, boats and a tower. And though it was meant for water, we think it'd be just as fun with sand, dry noodles or rice, soap bubbles or mud. Babies like it just as much as bigger kids (as old as 5) do, so it's a super versatile gift.

    Water Wheel Play Table from

  • Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set
    Budding chefs' imaginations will thrive as they bake, decorate, count and sort these cookies in preparation for the block's next fun tea party. All cookies fit into a handy, dandy tube, so you can throw them in your purse for an easy on-the-go toy.

    Slice and Bake Cookie Set from

  • My First Disney Princess Baby Doll
    Here's a hybrid of the two most coveted toys in little-girl land: Disney princesses and baby dolls. Each one looks just like your daughter's favorite princess, but in cute and cuddly baby form. She'll be chomping at the bit to play mommy to baby Ariel, and she'll love the ballgown-inspired onesies, which are totally frilly and fit for a princess.

    My First Disney Princess Baby Doll from, $16.99

  • Smart Snacks Sorting Shapes Cupcakes
    Toddlers, just like their mammas, love cupcakes, and they'll have a great time sorting, mixing and matching these fun and easy-to-grab treats. The little cakes also exercise their fine motor skills and shape recognition. We love that the tray is made of heavy-duty soft rubber, so it's safe and easy to handle.

    Smart Snacks Sorting Shapes Cupcakes from

  • Alphie
    This cute, fun learning toy is good to go—literally. The handle on Alphie's head makes him the perfect pal for your kid on car trips or dinners out. The cards, which will help in sounding out letters, shape sorting, cause and effect and vocabulary, fit in Alphie's little backpack. You can tell your kid Alphie's kind of like the computer you use. (Only Alphie is way cooler.)

    Alphie from

  • Monkey Business E-Z Bat
    Your little slugger may not be hitting home runs yet, but he can pretend that he is with the Monkey Business E-Z Bat. Yellow balls are secured on the bat, then he swings and sends the ball flying, just like he's in the big leagues. Adjust the red stopper according to how hard your little slugger hits.

    Monkey Business E-Z Bat from

  • Flipper Frenzy
    Kids will get fired up playing this game! The friendly sea pals are spread indoors or out, then players hold the electronic handheld shark scoop and follow the shark's instructions to pick up either the seahorse, octopus, turtle or fish. (The shark will call out hints, which get more challenging as the game goes on.) After kids pick up a sea creature, the last one they grabbed drops to the floor so they end up running all over the place. Naptime here we come!

    Flipper Frenzy from

  • Melissa and Doug Car Carrier Truck
    Perfect for car-obsessed little boys (and girls), this wooden car carrier truck will keep little hands busy loading and unloading the four colorful cars included. The upper ramp easily lowers for effortless loading, and the cars are compatible with wooden train tracks.

    Melissa and Doug Car Carrier Truck from

  • Ladybug Magazine
    Kids may be too young to appreciate a Cheese Of The Month club membership, but they'll love getting their ownan issue of Ladybug delivered just for them each month. The (ad-free) magazine for toddlers is overflowing with read-aloud stories and poems with come-back characters your kids will get to know, and pieces stories written by their favorite children's book authors. We know you'll appreciate the excuse to snuggle with them for bonus reading time.

    Ladybug Magazine Subscription from