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The holiday season is a magical time of the year. From the festive music to the sweet scents of baked goods in the oven, I love everything about the Christmas season. For me, one of my favorite parts of the season is shopping for toys for my kids. I recently received Best Buy’s toy catalog and I’m so impressed by the variety of toys available in the catalog. From classic toys to learning toys to tech toys, there is something for each kid on my shopping list – and I have a lot of kids to shop for!
Whether you’re shopping for toys for your own kid or another child, finding the right toy for each kid can be a bit overwhelming for the uninitiated. Today I’ll be sharing some tips I have picked up over the years to streamline the process of finding the most appropriate toy every single time.
Tips for Holiday Toy Shopping
1. Follow the age limit guidelines!
You may think that age limit guidelines are just a suggestion, but there are good reasons to abide by the limits. For younger kids, the age limits may be in place for safety reasons (to prevent choking hazards, for example). For older kids, the age limits may be in place for cognitive development reasons (to ensure that the child is mature enough to follow along). So whether I’m buying gifts for my own kids or a friend’s kid, I always follow the manufacturer’s age limit guidelines.
In browsing Best Buy’s Toy Catalog, I’m excited about buying Parker the Augmented Reality Bear for my older daughter. She loves to engage in pretend play and this toy will encourage her to take care of the bear. Using the Parker app on a smartphone, it’s possible to engage in interactive doctor play (I know that’s something my daughter would love). This bear even comes with toy tools for realistic doctor play.
For my younger daughter, I am excited about getting the Mattel Barbie Dreamhouse. With this toy, my child can house her fashion dolls in a high-tech, stylish abode. There are 7 rooms, a working elevator and a functional garage for one of Barbie’s cars! It even comes with adorable furnishings and features interactive elements. I know this dollhouse will be a hit with both of my kids.
2. Consider the child’s interests!
Does the child love coding? Does the child have a passion for high-tech, interactive toys? Pick a toy that will encourage the child to pursue his/her interests. My friend’s son is a huge fan of robotic toys, so I’m excited to purchase the Sphero BB-8™ App-Enabled Droid™ for him. This toy, available at Best Buy, features an adaptive personality that actually responds to the child’s voice. How cool is that! Connect the droid to a smartphone to guide it throughout your home. I know that this toy will be a winner this holiday season!
3. Choose toys that make learning fun!
For kids, play time can – and should – be blended with learning time. That’s why I always try to stick with toys that are both fun and educational. After all, that’s exactly how kids master new material… by being introduced to new concepts while playing. For my cousin’s child, I will be purchasing the Osmo Genius Kit from Best Buy.
I really appreciate that the Osmo Kit encourages the child to think creatively and solve problems. By connecting it to an iPad, Osmo becomes an interactive way to learn numbers, letters, puzzles and more.
I’d love to hear from you now! How many kids are you shopping for this holiday season? Did you check out the Best Buy toy catalog yet? Do you follow age limit guidelines?