Toys & Gifts

Find and share the best toys for every age and stage and gifts for birthdays, Christmas, holidays, Mothers Day and Fathers Day, and every occasion.

Nousa posted in Money Thursday

Second Baby's first birthday

Hello everyone, I'm a little depressed as I'm planning my second child first birthday here. I brought the pictures and videos from my first child first bday and watched them. I feel like there was so much attention to her on that day. Everybody dressed up, so many gifts and decorations, balloons and bday cups and tissues. There was a big cake with her name on it and she was the princess... More

  • Diana
    Today

    I am a big fan of experiences - for my child’s birthday I pull out the little jars of washable paints (I hate the mess / prep / cleanup) and we make fun projects. For her first birthday we used her feet in green paint to make an inchworm; then her hands to make a yellow sun. I don’t remember much from the “party” - she’s not going to remember if there were presents, but we still have the cute... More

  • Anonymous
    Today

    I don’t have experience with a second kid but I do have a 3 year old and we have gone to birthday parties. This is a good age to explain to them that we are celebrating someone else and that the birthday boy gets the gifts. You don’t have to buy double but maybe you could have party favors and your 3 year old can get something small along with the other guests that are kids (if any). For exampl... More

Mrs. HHH posted in Money Dec 28

Cash gifts given to very young children

What are you doing with money gifts given to young children? Mine is too young to “save or spend” his own money Sometimes I put it in his 529 account but this year the amount was very minimal.... sometimes I’ve used it to buy kid supplies and needs. Wondering what others do with cash given to kids 5 and under.

  • Stacey
    Jan 09

    My 2 year old has a savings account. Any money he gets we put in there. He has a ton saved since he doesn’t spend any yet.

Anonymous posted in Toys & Gifts Dec 16

Holiday Gifts for preschool teachers ?

What is a good gift for preschool teachers plus assistants. It’s quite a few of them which is why I’m leaning towards a group gift. Was thinking cookies but they just had a bake sale at the school so I’m assuming they may be cookie’d out. Any other good group gifts to give?? Tia

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20

    im not a teacher nor do i work in a school but our office recently received a giant basket of snacks and treats and there was enough for everyone to grab a little something. could be a good option though slightly expensive, it might still be less than going individual depending on size of school.

  • Anne
    Dec 23

    Can you take up a collection amongst the other parents and buy them gift cards? Even if you can't pull together a TON of money it might be enough to get everyone a $5-$10 Starbucks or Amazon card for a small holiday treat.

Lilina posted in Babies Dec 11

Toys for a 6 month old

Looking for some recommendations for good toys for a 6 month old. I’m a first time mom. Thanks so much!

  • Amanda
    Dec 11

    Balls! Any size, multiple sizes! Rubber balls are amazing. Any type of "manipulative" is great, too! You don't have to purchase expensive baby toys; rather, you can find items around the house that are just as entertaining to your baby! Cups (plastic or other non-glass materials), paper towel & toilet paper rolls, etc. Items that can be picked up and explored, but also safe en... More

Kate posted in Child Care Dec 06

What is a good present for daycare teachers? I would like something practical that they can use. The teachers are all pretty young. (I’m thinking gift cards?) Any other ideas??

  • Christine
    Jan 02

    Up until 5 or so years ago as the owner of the Family Child Care I received Christmas bonuses from clients that were equal to 1 week of day care. I was the one who gave Christmas bonuses to the employees which I continue to do. Clients sometime brought in goodies for the staff to share. It was a different time, the economy was different. Now gift cards are well liked. Most of my staff received ... More

Activity Cube or Activity Table

My little one will be 8 months tomorrow and he loves to pull himself up on things. Which toy do you think he’d get more use out of?

  • Ivy
    Dec 05

    We have an activity cube that I love and my 4 year old still uses it. My 9 month old uses it too, and they play on it occasionally, however, my 2 year old has pretty much never really been interested in it. I chose a cube because it’s better for storage, and was cheaper, but I think if you have the space and budget, a table could be nice. I think both would be great options in any case

  • Stacey
    Dec 09

    We ended up with two tables. The second one he has only had for a month or so but he has had the other one since he could stand. He doesn’t play with it as much ( he just turned 2) but he loved his table when he younger. He loved anything with buttons and switches and if it has sound that is even better.

Jen posted in Sports Dec 03

Trailer bike recommendation

Goal : family bike rides with 2 parents, 1 yo & 3 yo through flat, paved suburbia Question: what is the best trailer bike for the 3yo? Context: the 3 yo currently uses a balance bike, but can't yet do long distances nor is he tall enough to cross streets & be seen by drivers. We would like him to contribute (pedal) rather than just tag along. We would prefer the option to easily ... More

Presents

Trying to figure out what I should get as a present for my child. Anyone have any ideas or links they can share? Thanks in advance!

  • PK
    Dec 03

    Fisher-Price Rock-a-stack and Baby's First Blocks Bundle [Amazon Exclusive] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077H5G2Q3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_FeU5Db5YR2C11 We bought this as a set that came with the xylophone at target. It was perfect for this age. Also getting a little ahead, but the vtech push walker was also one of the best things we got our son. Lots of buttons to play with and push. And whe... More

  • Ying
    Dec 04

    I'd recommend the Gund's Flappy the Elephant, it will play peek-a-boo and sing "Do Your Ears Hang Low" with the push of a button. Very cute:)

Anonymous posted in Holidays Nov 30

Does Santa brings gifts to adults too?

Asking from a 1st time parent to a toddler who’s into the holidays now & is very excited about Christmas. I know each family has their “traditions”. I’m just curious, besides Santa filling up the stockings with little gifts, can he bring presents to Dad, Mom & other adults too? I didn’t grew up here in the US, I grew up in Asia (Philippines), we do love Christmas but more as being Catho... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Dec 02

    Santa (for our house) usually brings something mom and dad need, like kitchen towels or sneakers or toothbrushes.

  • antigrav_kids
    Dec 04

    When I was a kid, Santa totally brought presents to my parents. Also, one of the perks of Santa was that they didn't wrap gifts. If it was sitting out unwrapped, it was from Santa.

Jackie posted in Holidays Nov 30

Christmas gift fairness

I have a 10 year old step son and an 18 month old daughter and I’m not sure how to make gifting fair between the two. Our 10 year old put a list together and all of his items are anywhere from $70-$300!!! He doesn’t play with any toys and only likes video games!! Ugh I blame my husband for that one. At this age do you not worry about making sure they each get the same amount in dollar wise or ... More

  • Sara
    Dec 01

    I definitely wouldn’t worry about making things fair. Your 18 month old will have no clue and won’t care. Spend on the 10 year old whatever you’re comfortable spending. If you want to get everything on the list great but the list is not an obligation to get all those items! As far as the 18 month old, putting money away in savings is a wonderful idea if you can afford it. They’re happy unwrappi... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 01

    How it went for me growing up is that we made a list, and then we got some of the items. You dont get the whole list. But you do spend the same amount in money.

Anonymous posted in Toys & Gifts Nov 19, 2019

3yr old Christmas gifts ???

My son is 2 1/2 and im having the hardest time trying to figure out what to get him for Christmas (and ideas to give other people for him). Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!! :)

  • PK
    Nov 20, 2019

    We have a LOT of cars too but no airplanes or helicopter toys. So I got my son an airplane toy from green toys. And we got some stuff from Lakeshore. Alphabots and “nuts about numbers.” My son is almost 3 and we have been working on letters and numbers but don’t really have toys for that. He’s also been getting into robots so the alphabots were perfect. He also has an interest in power rangers... More

  • B
    Nov 20, 2019

    Magnatiles, play kitchen and food, ball and tee, scooter

7 month old baby boy

What do you buy your 7 month old baby boy for Christmas

  • Mandy
    Oct 28, 2019

    Our son was 9 months old last Christmas. But we did musical and developmental toys. Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone - Award Winning Durable Wooden Musical Pounding Toy for Toddlers, Multifunctional and Bright Colours https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00712O2D6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_XJWTDbEABQH07

  • PK
    Oct 28, 2019

    Our son was almost a year at the time... so we did clothes and books. Family bought a lot of toys for him - mostly toy cars, a big bag of mega blocks, a push walker.

2nd Birthday Gift

What did you get your child for their second birthday?

  • Anonymous
    Oct 24, 2019

    My daughter turned two last week. The best gifts she got were a Magna Doodle, hot wheels, kinetic sand, and a doctor play set. She loves all of them.

  • Age
    Oct 27, 2019

    Mega blocks and ride on vehicles (he got two- one lives outdoors one stays indoors) were both big hits. He also loved the hot wheels he got.

Anonymous posted in Behavior Oct 09, 2019

Toddler tantrums

My son(2years old) likes to dump all of his toys all over his floor everyday and "play with them". I have him help me clean up and sometimes it goes well and other it goes horribly wrong like today. I will give him 2 toys, legos and blocks, to put away and today he literally threw a major fit. I never know when to give up trying or how long to let him throw a fit. Sometimes I try to m... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 10, 2019

    I agree with ^^^ and also we ALWAYS no matter what clean up the living room toys after dinner. After I wash his hands I always say ok let’s go pick up the toys now. It’s part of a routine now. To be honest, some days he’s not too interested (can’t blame a 2 year old) and we put the toys away and ask often can you help? Or where does this one go? But still end up doing most of it. And other days... More

  • Brushme
    Oct 11, 2019

    Another idea that may help is to have less toys out. Or at least things with less pieces to clean up. Maybe rotate the toys every few weeks and see how he does.

Anonymous posted in Family Life Sep 10, 2019

Grandparents Spoiling Kids

I’m a mom of two year old twins, having some difficulty dealing with having both sets of grandparents around ... and the amount that the “spoil” my kids. I feel like there is just a constant influx of new toys, new clothes ect. I’ve asked them to stop but they just don’t seem to listen. It A. creates more work for me, as I constantly have sort through all the junk that comes into our house and ... More

  • Rebecca
    Sep 12, 2019

    I always encourage for gifts things that can be a experience like tickets to a movie or theme park. I hate the influx of stuff in my home and honestly don’t feel bad getting rid of things that are not being used. And I have no problem saying that x is so nice it will be used at your house for them to enjoy. My philosophy is less is better and creates a better imagination and actual use of toys.

  • Meggan
    Sep 13, 2019

    We always got to take one or two toys home and the rest stayed. we had a if one comes in something else must go rule and what my mom called a dejunking every 6 months where not played with and broken toys and clothes were thrown out or given away. If they insist on spoiling them suggest experiences, taking them to a play or the zoo or a museum somewhere. Give experiences rather than physical gi... More

What are the best toys you've bought?

My daughter will be two in October and she is bored with all of her toys. Her water table holds her interest for maybe 20 minutes. She no longer cares about her sand box. She's lost interest in playing with chalk. She might kick a ball around for 10 minutes but there's not much else she wants to do. She doesn't want to ride her bike. She hasn't touched her indoor toys for month... More

  • Melissa H.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Aug 25, 2019

    Sounds like its time for preschool (completely selfish answer). Each state has developmental guidelines and activities that go along with every age group. Check out what activities and learning goals you can be achieving with your daughter. Better yet just google Massachusetts' early learning guidelines for preschoolers, since they are the best in the country for early childhood education. ... More

  • Carolyn
    Sep 26, 2019

    I agree with those who say toy rotating! Once I took away a lot of options from my son (mostly bc he’d throw fits from having to clean up “too many toys” at night), he started playing longer with each thing. I only allow a certain number of things out at a time, and if he wants something else, he has to clean up what’s out. It makes him more purposeful about deciding what to play, then sticking... More

C posted in Behavior Jul 14, 2019

What is the earliest age to teach how to put toys away after you're done with them? 😒

Because I'm fed up picking up my baby's toys or tripping over them for the millionth time. 😖

  • Diamond
    Aug 19, 2019

    My son is currently 3 and we clean up together or some time I’ll sing “ clean up, clean up” and he starts to put his toys in the toy bind

Has anybody here subscribed any monthly book clubs for kids?

Has anybody here subscribed any monthly book clubs for kids? Is it worth it? I found a review for some here... https://www.cratejoy.com/box-insider/kids-book-boxes/ I know there are others too. I am thinking of subscribing to one for my almost 6yo daughter.

  • Stanli
    Jun 15, 2019

    I also get monthly free books from the Dolly Parton foundation.

  • Robert
    Jun 20, 2019

    Thanks everyone!

Toys for toddler

Toys r Us is history. Learning Express is pricey. Amazon offers very few engaging options. What are some other places to get educational toys for toddlers? I am trying to keep my 2.8 year old away from tv and electronics till he is 4,m. Possible?

  • Nikki
    Jun 03, 2019

    Melissa and Doug make great educational toys. Amazon sells them, but Kohl’s sells some items too. Using their coupons, you can come out with some great buys! AC Moore sells them as well and they have a rewards program and coupons too! Many of their toys are wood, as opposed to plastic.

  • Jenn
    Jun 09, 2019

    I've gotten lots of good stuff at consignment stores, yard sales, Facebook marketplace.

Any ideas for quiet toys for waiting or church services?

My girls are 3 and 4. I am just looking for some new ideas that I might not have used yet to give them something different. Wanted to see if there are some toys or trinkets I haven’t seen yet or, some hacks that other parents use to entertain kids quietly at these ages while having to sit still for extended periods of time.

  • Andy
    May 14, 2019

    Biggest thing for us is variety. We have two versions of the church bag with different toys in it that we rotate through. They really like the Melissa and Doug Water Wow books where you paint the picture with water. They like the books with built in puzzles on each page. They like coloring and activity books. But the biggest success for us is just crayons or markers and a blank sheet of paper. ... More

  • Holly
    May 17, 2019

    Ooooh! I love love the idea of making your own paper book. I really enjoyed that growing up. An idea for you if your kids are still young enough is Wiki Sticks. My girls will play with them for the entire hour long service.

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