by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman —
Nancy & I recently attended TTPM‘s Holiday Showcase, which featured dozens of brands with literally hundreds of the most sought-after toys this holiday season. Check out Nancy’s video here. I had the chance to speak to some brands of really interesting and unique toys that I think will no doubt, be responsible for some ooohs and aaahs during the holidays. Here are some of my absolute favorite gift ideas:
Little Live Pets
My kids have been begging for a pet and right now it’s not possible for us, but the adorable birds of Little Live Pets can be a pretty good distraction until we can get a real pet. The birds come in different colors and interact with you. You can put them on your finger or pet them – and they will respond to your touch by tweeting and singing or talking back to you. You can even record sounds on them. This toy is recommended for ages 5-15 years, which is a pretty wide range. You can purchase a Little Live Pet here for $27.26.
The Go! Go! Smart Wheels collection from VTech is a vast collection with toys that connect to one another and the Ultimate Amazement Park Playset is one of it’s most amazing (ahem!) sets. The playset can really keep a kid age 1-5 busy and has over 70 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases. It has 8 SmartPoint locations with sound effects plus three courses (ramp, 360 degree loop and spiral). The adorable pit stop teaches colors and plays music and fun phrases. You can purchase it here .
I have two rambunctious boys who will use literally anything as a ball and just throw it at one another. Ball Pets are super-cute stuffed animals that convert into plush balls, so you can toss them around safely and then take them with you to bed at night and cuddle with your new best friend. Appropriate for ages 3 and up and perfect for travel, they come in different shapes and colors and are affordable enough that you can get one for each kid and not have them fight over it. An added bonus? Having my kids toss around a soft ball that can’t break the vases! You can purchase Ball Pets here .
MiWorld Mrs. Fields Cookie Shop
When the weather gets cold here in New York we head out to our local shopping mall but what if you could bring the mall to your own home? Kids can build and do pretend play with their very own stores with MiWorld. The Mrs. Field store has 31 accessories and allows kids to “bake” and “sell” cookies, plus there are other stores such as a Skechers shop, Claire’s Jewelry & Accessories store, OPI Nail Salon, Sprinkles Cupcakes Bakery and more. Running out of room? You can build vertically as well as horizontally. The MiWorld Mrs. Fields Cookie Shop is appropriate for ages 7 and up and can be purchased here.
Tony Hawk Circuit Boards Skate Park
The thought of having my kids ride a skateboard on a paved sidewalk, let alone a skate park, makes me shudder and I honestly hope this isn’t something I will have to deal with in a couple of years. Until that day happens, my kids can use a remote control to play with a teeny tiny (re: non-dangerous) skateboard with the Tony Hawk Circuit Boards Skate Park. Kids ages 8 and up can build the ramps on their own to create their own skate park. They can either use the remote, or play with the skateboard manually. You can purchase a Tony Hawk Circuit Boards Skate Park here for $49.99.
My seven-year-old daughter loves making all types of crafts and constantly asks me to teach her how to make different things. The Sew Cool machine allows girls ages 6 and up to sew nine different projects all on their own. The secret? There’s no thread or needle. The sewing machine attaches the fabrics together without actually piercing a hole due to the special material in the provided fabrics. Kids can make stuffed animals, pouches, purses and more! The machine comes with fabrics, embellishments and more. You can purchase refills separately. Sew Cool can be purchased here for $49.97.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Blimp
When they’re not fighting crime on the ground, the TMNT are fighting it up in the sky, thanks to a 30″ long blimp. The blimp can hold up to 5 ninja turtles and with the press of a button the rappelling cord can swing them down for some serious action! The blimp is appropriate for kids ages 4-8 and can be purchased here for $29.99.
I was not compensated for this post. I received a gift bag.
This is Nancy’s video of what she liked:
For more info, go to http://ttpm.com/toys/.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 7, 5 and 2) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.