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70 Great Gifts for Kids

Your Guide to Holiday Shopping

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Tis the season for shopping, but don’t let the pressure of finding that perfect gift take the “happy” out of your holidays.

Before you hit the mall—or internet—take a look at these fantastic finds, all of which were recognized and awarded by the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA).

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For the past 26 years, NAPPA has been the go-to source for parents looking for quality, entertaining, and educational products for their families. NAPPA’s team of expert judges and parent and kid testers meticulously evaluate hundreds of submissions each year and award only the best of the best with the coveted NAPPA seal.

See more of this year’s winners at NAPPAawards.com.

Toys & Games

1. 3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set by WobbleWorks, Inc.

$49.99 |

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$59.99 | arckit.com | 10+

3. CHiP by WowWee

$199.99 | wowwee.com/chip | 8+

4. Crayola Air Marker Sprayer by Crayola

$29.99 | crayola.com | 8+

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5. E-Z Grip Football by Tucker Toys

$12.99 |

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$34.99 | fionascolors.com | 4+

8. Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet by Folkmanis

$39.99 | folkmanis.com | 3+

9. FURBY CONNECT by Hasbro, Inc.

$99.99 | hasbro.com | 6+.

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10. Grabolo by PlayMonster

$11.99 | playmonster.com/p/grabolo | 6+

11. Hannah the Hanukkah Hero by Mensch on a Bench

$29.99 |

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$19.99 | lamazetoys.com | 6 months and up

13. Lamaze Olly Oinker by TOMY

$14.99 | lamazetoys.com | Newborn and up

14. Lion Guard Training Lair Playset by Just Play

$59.99 | justplayproducts.com | 3+

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15. LOVE2LEARN ELMO by Hasbro, Inc.

$69.99 | hasbro.com | 18 months and up

16. Mighty Makers Director’s Cut Building Set by K’NEX Brands

$34.99 | knex.com | 7+

17. My Fairy Garden – Magical Cottage by PlayMonster

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$29.99 | playmonster.com | 4+

18. My First Bananagrams® by Bananagrams, Inc.

$14.99 | bananagrams.com | 5+

19. Ozobot Starter Pack by Ozobot

$49 | ozobot.com | 6+

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20. Rainbow Alligator by PlanToys, Inc.

$20 | plantoys.com | 12m+

21. Roominate – Cotton Candy Carnival by PlayMonster

$44.99 | playmonster.com | 8+

22. Set of Four Jumping Sacks by Pacific Play Tents

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$56.95 | pacificplaytents.com | 3+

23. Skylanders Imaginators by Activision Publishing

$74.99 |

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25. Square Panda Phonics Playset by Square Panda

$119 |

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$39.99 | teachmy.com | 4+

29. Think & Learn Smart Scan Color Chameleon (DRM39) by Fisher-Price

$24.99 | Fisher-Price.com | 3 to 6 years

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30. Worry Eaters by The Haywire Group

$22.99 | bit.ly/WorryEaters | All ages

31. Zoomer Hedgiez by Spin Master

$39.99 |

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$9.99 | cdbaby.com/cd/rory29 | Birth and up.

33. Explorer of the World by Frances England

$12 | francesengland.com/store | 5+

34. Songs About Us by Kerry Fenster by Muzic School Records

$12.98 | muzicschool.com | For the entire family

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35. The Maestro Classics 12 CD Set by Maestro Classics

$149.97 | maestroclassics.com | For the entire family

36. The Nutcracker by Maestro Classics

$16.98 | maestroclassics.com | For the entire family

37. The ONE Light Keyboard by The ONE

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$299.99 |

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The Little Yoga Mat

An eco-friendly tot size yoga mat for ages 0-4.

Potato Chip Science Kit by Allen Kurzweil

Turns empty chip bags, tubes, and lids—plus fake spuds and chips—into experimental fun.

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YOXO Flye Dragonfly Building Toy

Construction toy made from sustainable materials that comes with everything you need to build a Flye Dragonfly as well as Cruise Tricycle, Bawk Chicken, and Blastoff Rocket.

Honeybee Baby Boutique

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Bebe au Lait Nursing Scarf

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A fashionable alternative to a traditional cover for breastfeeding mom.

ezpz Happy Mat

Mess-free placemat/plate combo for infants and toddlers eating solid foods.

Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier Wrap-style baby carrier that holds babies from 8-35 pounds.

Gramercy Stroller Toy from Chewbeads

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A safe silicone stroller and car seat attachment for teething babies. A popular stocking stuffer.

Children’s Museum of Denver

mychildsmuseum.org

Green Toys

Tea set, play-pretend food, and firehouse play set, all made in the USA, earth-friendly, and kid tough.

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Dinner Winner from Fred & Friends

Kids eat their meal by making their way through a food plate disguised as a game board.

Three Little Piggies Game from Fatbrain Toys

Brain game perfect for ages 3 and up, but fun for all ages. Encourages fine motor skills, visual thinking skills, critical thinking and logic.

Timbuk Toys

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A great game that “plays” on the fun of the classic Rubik’s Cube.

Sherpa Bears or Animal Pals from Bears for Humanity

Buy one of these Teddy bears or other plush animals and one is given to a child in need. Purchases through Timbuk Toys support The Denver Children’s Home.

BookBar

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Books for Mom:

Today Will be Different by Maria Semple;

Love Warrior by Glennon Melton Doyle;

Paris for One by JoJo Moyes;

The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith;

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Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Books for Dad

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen;

Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard;

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore;

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles;

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The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Books for Kids

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

Penguin Problems by Jory John

Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty

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Second Star to the Right Bookstore

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Under Water Under Earth by Aleksandra Mizielinska and

Daniel Mizielinski (middle readers)

Jackaby series by William Ritter (YA readers)

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