Hanukkah Gift Guide 2012: Classic Toys for Kids

There’s no stopping Hanukkah, which is heading our way starting December 8th. If you’re looking for some more classic, well-made toys for your kids, we recommend heading over to one of our favorite online stores, Magic Beans. Here are our eight favorite items, perfect for any night of Hanukkah. (And for today only, 11/26, you can get 20% off all toys with the code “CYBERMONDAY.”

The Melissa & Doug Grocery Basket with Food ($19.99) is a classic gift that any child would put to good use. A variety of highly realistic toy food items are stored in a metal grocery basket. And why do kids like to pretend to shop and cook? Don’t ask! Just go with it!

For something a little less traditional, consider a gift of Neo Tobbles ($27.99). These highly durable and lightweight funky shapes are a great stacking toy for tiny hands.

My First Wooden Ball Track Basic Set($99.99) is sure to please the toddler in your life. The set’s familiar wooden tracks are mixed with fun, bright blocks. Just don’t expect your house to become as magically clean as the one in that picture.

The Sophie The Giraffe Teether ($24.99) is a well-known product around the world and a must-have for the teething baby in your life. The squeaking giraffes are handmade in the French Alps and there’s no denying that the kids just love them.

For the toddler on the go, the Kickboard USA Micro Mini 3-in-1 Scooter ($114.99) is the ultimate vehicle. Designed to grow with your child, the scooter is available in both pink and blue (not that we’re saying which one goes with which gender. Ahem.).


There’s no need to wait until summer camp to make friendship bracelets with the Loopdedoo Bracelet Making Kit ($34.99). Cold winter days will be spent happily indoors making colorful bracelets with awesome designs. Perfect gift for the elusive “tween.”

The Puppet Company’s Glove Puppets ($19.99) are bright and silly hand puppets sure to entertain all the children in your family. Buy all six and the whole family can put on a show. (You’re welcome!)

Finally, the Planwood Dancing Alligator ($19.99) is a lot quieter than a Tickle Me Elmo and a lot more durable. The pull toy wiggles and makes a clacking noise as your child walks it any and everywhere, also proven to be a wonderful toddler-tracking system.

Head over to Magic Beans to see the rest of their amazing selection. Happy Hanukkah, all!

* For any purchase you make on Magic Beans by following these links, a portion of the profit will go to help support Kveller. Think of it as your Hanukkah gift to us. We really, really appreciate it.*

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