2016 Gift Guide: Toys for Younger Kids

2016 Gift Guide: Toys for Younger Kids

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With one teenage daughter and another a year behind, we see toys and games differently than we used to. No longer are we buying stuff for little girls, but they do still have an interest in building sets, dolls and stuffed animals. Who am I to be critical though… at 40-something, even Nicole still cannot resist that stuff either because there’s some pretty cool and creative toys available these days!

So we decided to put together a list of toys for the younger people on your gift list. Between this and an upcoming guide with games for this age group, we’re hoping you find something that fits! Also check out our other guides including Stocking Stuffers, Dice games, STEM gifts and Family Games to get even more gift ideas so you can check some items off your list. Stay tuned for a guide targeted at games for older kids.

There’s still more to come in addition to giveaways for many of these items. If you see the SahmReviews logo, click on it to be directed to an in-depth review!

Family House

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Welcome to the BRIO Family Home, a modular play house. Build it according to suggestions or customize – the modules in plastic and wood offer lots of options. It comes with interior details and characters, creating a unique social play focus around real life situations for your child to engage in.

 

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Buddy Balls

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Buddy Balls are the incredibly cute two-in-one, got to have toy made for boys and girls of every age! Made by Creative Toy Company, Buddy Balls came from a 6-year olds idea to have his favorite friend turned into one of his other toys, a ball! These cozy characters tuck into your favorite beach ball, football, soccer ball and basketball, making play-time versatile.

Not only does this high-quality plush bear makes the absolute best friend, but it’s the perfect gift! And with a sports collection, there’s something for everyone!

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Rubik’s Bear

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Give your child the gift of nostalgia! The easy-to-grip Bear is much simpler than the original Rubik’s Cube and will entertain kids with every twist and turn! Think of it as a “training” cube.

Order direct!

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CK Huggers

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

These stuffed animals hug you back! Spread the arms wide open. Give the belly a squeeze, then SNAP . . . the arms instantly wrap around and give you a hug. Hugs onto your wrist, backpack, stroller and so much more. Choose from Panda, Wolf, Giraffe among others.

Learn more about CK Huggers on the Wild Republic website and read about their participation in Project Night Night.

Order direct!

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Little House on the Prairie Laura Doll

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Introducing the officially licensed Little House on the Prairie® Laura Ingalls 18″ Doll inspired by the treasured Laura Ingalls Wilder stories. Designed by highly skilled artists to embody the beloved character’s spirit. From expressive, tilt-close eyes to soft pigtails and rosy cheeks, Laura’s kind-hearted and energetic nature comes through the moment you catch her eye. Laura comes in an eyelet ruffle-front nightgown and cap, an adorable rag doll, a pillow, patchwork quilt and a clever keepsake box that converts into a cozy bed which tucks in a log cabin backdrop, complete with window! 6 piece set makes an instant heirloom collection.

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My Fairy Garden: Magical Cottage

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Children love kits that allow them to grow plants at home; it gives them a connection to nature and a sense of satisfaction at having nurtured a living thing. My Fairy Garden takes it to a new, exciting level by allowing children to interact with it as part of an enchanting play set! Children plant the quick-germinating seeds, and care for their garden, all while setting up and playing with adorable fairies, woodland friends and accessories! It’s a great collectible line and a fun addition to the ever-growing STEM category of toys. Ages 4+.

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Peppy Pups

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

The only cuddly plush that can run, jump, wag its tail and interact with children like a real dog, TPF Toys’ Peppy Pups are brimming with personality and inviting cuddles with its fluffy tail and soft tuft of hair. Peppy Pups feature charming collar and bone tag, and branded paw pads. Eager to move and shake just like a real dog, Peppy Pups spring, bounce, jump, waddle and grove; turning heads as they go — no batteries needed! Ages 4+.

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Trick Shot Sports Dudes

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Sports figure dudes with powerful snap action performance that lets players perform table top action and freestyle play in amazing Trick Shot combinations. Trick Shot Sports® features an exciting lineup of athletic Dudes®, ready to kick, throw or hit the ball with powerful spring action!

Compete in a head-to-head table-top contest to see who can score the most points.  For a greater challenge, set up your own trick shot … with the included ball, you can ricochet safely off of any item or surface into a Trick Shot Sports goal or a target you create!

Order from Toys R Us!

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Sweet Scented Pets

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Scent-Sational Fun! Sweet Scented Pillow Pets deliver the smell of yummy sweet treats in a plush you can hug. Subtle scent patches in delicious flavors like cotton candy, gummi bears, cookies and more. Perfect for playtime, sleep time, or anytime, Sweet Scented Pillow Pets are surface washable and feature long-lasting subtle scents. The scents are created in the United States and are made from sustainably harvested trees or cotton. Each scent has certification from the International Fragrance Association and complies with USA & EU Toy regulations including stuffed animals.

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Emma’s Townhouse

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

An award-winning line of complete building sets that are designed for girls in order to bridge the gender gap in STEM, the Roominate line was started with one simple mission: open up possibilities for girls by showing them that creativity and engineering are fun. With all sets, kids can build the creations shown, or use their imagination to create their dream project, allowing them to “Think it, Build it and Switch it on!” Emma’s Townhouse — Build a tall townhouse, or a wide one — either way you can design a colorfully modern home! Use the included motor to build a ceiling fan, or anything you can think of! Includes Emma doll and her pet pig Hodgkin. Ages 8+. SRP: $29.99.

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MLB/NHL/NFL/NCAA Push & Pull Toy

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So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

The MasterPieces’ Baby Push & Pull Toys, which come in varying shapes corresponding with each sport, such as a football helmet shape, car, baseball cap and even a Zamboni, provide gross motor skill development and hand eye coordination. The movement and motion of the MasterPieces Push & Pull products can grow with the child and when the baby begins to walk, the product can be pulled and rolled along by a cotton string. The strong and durable wooden wheels offer a fine, smooth roll to follow the child along and the 24” cotton string to pull for extended play beyond first year.

See the entire line on Amazon!

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Wow. Scented stuffed animals, fairy gardens and building sets are just a small sampling and we can’t wait to hear what kids think when they unwrap these cool toys! Be sure to keep an eye out as some of these items will be included in our 100+ Days of Giveaways.

So many choices for young kids in the toy aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Toys for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

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53 comments on «2016 Gift Guide: Toys for Younger Kids»

  1. K. Elizabeth says:

    Both of my kids have already requested scented Pillow Pets for Christmas. My daughter recently added a request for a Fairy Garden as well. Great gift guide. Toys have come a long way since I was a kid that’s for sure.

  2. Milena says:

    This is perfect! (Especially for people that don’t know what to get for kids!) I personally want the Little House on the Prairie doll! OMG!

  3. Ashley says:

    This is a great gift guide! I saw a lot of stuff my kids have been asking for

  4. I have not seen a lot of these toys and they are great! I think my son will be getting the CK Huggers for Christmas!

  5. Bree says:

    This gift guide is great! With toys constantly changing these days, it’s hard to keep up!

  6. Taralyn says:

    There are so many on this list that my children would like! Seeing that Laura Ingalls doll makes me nostalgic, too!

  7. Nikki says:

    OMG Can I get CK Huggers for myself? haha so cute!

  8. These are great gift ideas for the little ones. I know my kids would have liked many of them when they were younger.

  9. Alicia says:

    These are all great ideas! I love that fairy garden. I think my youngest would have a lot of fun with it!

  10. What a fun guide! My youngest daughter would love anything on this list. Thanks for putting it all together.

  11. Great list, one of our favorites is the Peppy Pups. We know because we own one. 🙂

  12. Brandi Paschal says:

    I love the fairy garden. Ive been wanting to do one with my daughter!

  13. Yvonne McKenzie says:

    I love the My Fairy Garden: Magical Cottage. I like it that the kids can grow their plants and the fairies are so cute.

  14. davios says:

    Love it

  15. brody says:

    some fun toys on there!

  16. Sparks says:

    The Fairy Garden looks fun, and I’ve got several girls so they would enjoy it. I also like building, so Family House or Emma’s Townhouse would be a good option for us.

  17. Elizabeth Balesteri says:

    I really love your items. You have quit a variety

  18. Michelle says:

    I’ve got a Sweet Scented (and also a regular) Pillow Pet for my 29-year-old self, but I can tell you that the fairy cottage, dollhouses, and plush pups could’ve easily made my Christmas list when I was a kid! ^^ I still collect toys and adore figures representing dogs & other animals, as well as houses/buildings.

  19. Melvin Golden says:

    I have a 2 year old grandson who loves dogs he would love the peppy pup.

  20. Sarah Reed says:

    That Rubik’s Bear is awesome! Great learning and allows kids to work up to a Rubik’s cube.

  21. brody says:

    great ideas! thanks so much

  22. Kelly L says:

    My daughters would love the fairy garden! And it would teach them to take care of plants which is OK in my book, thank you for this list!

  23. Liz M says:

    Aw, peppy pups are so cute!

  24. Dominique Cloutier says:

    My Fairy Garden: Magical Cottage is something that my daughter would absolutely LOVE! She has like six sets of wings and loves them. She’s a fairy princess lol

  25. Dominique Cloutier says:

    My kids both have a Pillow Pet that they absolutely love! I had never heard of Sweet Scented Pets, but if they have it in lavender, that’d be perfect to help my littles fall asleep! How neat!

  26. Dominique Cloutier says:

    I love the MLB/NHL/NFL/NCAA Push & Pull Toy! Turn em into fans at a young age! Prevent families from falling apart lol

  27. Raymond Stone says:

    In it to WIN it! Thank You!!!

  28. April says:

    Love the little house on the Laura doll!! My daughter just finished reading Little House on the Prairie.

  29. Tracy Jason says:

    Buddy Balls

  30. Jim Fusco says:

    My youngest grandson would like buddy balls,

  31. Jack says:

    Great guid for younger kids! We have a big family and it’s tough coming up with ideas.

  32. Gail Lindsey says:

    This is an informative guide for me when buying for my three great nephews. I would have loved the Laura doll from Little House on the Prairie when I was a girl!

  33. Jenna Niel says:

    I love the Peppy Puppy! How cute!

  34. Julie Waldron says:

    I love the Little House On The Prairie Laura doll. My girls love the Little House books.

  35. June S. says:

    So many great toys listed here, I know our grandson would have fun playing with most of them.

  36. Deanna McCoy says:

    I would love to have the Little House on the Prairie doll for myself

  37. David Carapinha says:

    Buddy balls is so damn cute!

  38. brody says:

    looks amazing! thanks for the article

  39. Eric Sanders says:

    The Rubik’s Bear I like best

  40. Julie Waldron says:

    Great list! The Buddy Balls look really cute.

  41. Regina Elliott says:

    I would love to get Buddy’s Balls for my grand daughter

  42. Chelle says:

    I love the CK Huggers!

  43. Victoria Phillips says:

    chutes and ladders

  44. Sparks says:

    I like the Family House and Emma’s Townhouse the best. My girls like to build and be creative. The youngest two also enjoy their little dolls quite a bit.

  45. Michael Shea says:

    Buddy Balls

  46. Sue E says:

    A couple of my granddaughters already have a Pillow Pet. I know one granddaughter has the Rainbow Unicorn. I know they weren’t scented. They love them!
    I saw a couple of Paw Patrol characters. They would be a huge hit with my younger grandkids!

  47. Gail W says:

    Wow love them all. I could not pick one over the other

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