We’ve partnered with our friends at The Toy Chest to help you find the perfect gift for any child on your list this Christmas. Bloomington Moms Blog worked with the expert staff at The Toy Chest to compile a list of gift ideas that are sure to warm the hearts of the children in your life! Follow The Toy Chest – Bloomington on Facebook to learn more about their toys, games, and special events.
We all know that choosing gifts for children of any age can sometimes be a challenge! It’s always exciting to find the perfect gift – something unique and different that will keep children engaged far beyond Christmas morning. As moms (grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends) we are always looking for gifts that are well suited for the child’s current age and development, that are fun and creative, and that won’t break the bank!
We asked Bloomington’s very own toy experts at The Toy Chest to help us navigate the Christmas shopping season with a few recommendations and they delivered. The toys, games and activities on this list are some of The Toy Chest’s absolute favorites, and we agree!
Check out these fun stocking stuffer ideas for Santa and unique gift ideas for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children. We know some of these items will make your list!
Bendi Bricks Tape
This unique product is a must for all the little builders in your life! The tape can be shaped and taped to any surface, and it can be easily cut to size. The tape is washable, easy to clean, and it works with most block brands.
Water Wow Pads
With a variety of themed pads offered, these Melissa and Doug Water Wow Pads are a stocking stuffer must! The water pen is the perfect size for small hands, easily refills with a small amount of water, and the unique pen design ensures water doesn’t leak from the bottom. Your child will love watching magic happen as the water hits the white page and suddenly beautiful, colorful pictures appear before their eyes! The best part is that each page is reusable after drying. The Water Wow Pads are compact in size making them perfect for travel or tossing into a diaper bag.
We love these Do-A-Dot markers because they are fun for all ages! The unique sponge tip never dries out and they create a beautiful dot every time. These markers help keep the mess at bay because they don’t require water or extra brushes, which makes cleanup a breeze. The Do-A-Dot markers are washable, non-toxic, and the perfect size for little hands.
Colorforms Take Along Re-Stickable Set
The Colorforms Re-Stickable Set can provide hours of creative and imaginative play for your child, and encourage storytelling. They are safe, small enough for travel, and can easily be tucked away when not being used. With many different character sets to choose from, there are endless opportunities for open ended imaginative play for your little one at home or while you are out and about!
Your little one will love stacking, spinning, balancing, rolling and tilting these super colorful stackable Tobbles! We love the soft yet sturdy material they are made from, which is perfect for babies, yet durable enough for toddler play. The fun and modern design is just an added bonus for us moms!
CB EAT by Chewbeads
We all know and love the Chewbeads accessory line, but did you know they have created an adorable line of plates, bowls and flatware for kids? We love that they are 100% silicone, non-toxic and BPA free! The plates feature a non skid design to help stay put on the table or highchair. The bowl features a suction bottom which is so helpful during mealtime. The unique beaded silicone design of the flatware makes it so easy for little hands to learn to self feed. The best part is that all of these products are dishwasher safe, freezer and microwave safe!
TOMY Jumbo Jamboree
At first sight the Jumbo Jamboree toy is an adorable and colorful elephant that would bring a smile to anyone’s face. But this sweet little elephant is so much more! When the elephant is pushed along it plays his instruments. When you separate the elephant’s body, it breaks into several musical instruments that your child can play himself. To put the instruments back in place, the elephant becomes a puzzle where you have to color match the parts to make it all come back together and enjoy pushing the elephant to his song all over again. We love that the Jumbo Jamboree offers multiple toys in one, helps with memory building and refining motor skills.
Kidoozie Double X-Track Build-A-Road
We love that this track is interchangeable, flexible and offers a variety of track options with over 200 pieces included in the set. The shape and length of the track can be very easily changed for young race car lovers. The cars included are battery operated and start racing off just as soon as they are added to the track! The cars can even race through tunnels and over bridges included in the Kidoozie Double X-Track Build-A-Road set!
These pets are so fun and adorable for the little animal lovers in your life! They are completely “kid powered” and do not require batteries. The unique grip on the pet’s foot allows them to move as your child walks their pet. They are cute, soft and perfect for cuddling too!
Madame Alexander Babble Baby Doll
This doll is not only beautiful, but soft and perfect for your little one. Babble Baby Doll uniquely responds to your voice with 80 real life sound combinations including baby babbles, coos, cries, and giggles too! This Babble Baby Doll is sure to provide hours of fun for your little one!
Haba Doorway Puppet Theater
This Doorway Puppet Theater by HABA is not only adorable, but easy to manage even in a small space. The Theater fits into a doorway frame using adjustable rods. With the adjustable rods, it can be put up and taken down quickly and can be adjusted to fit nearly any door frame. We love that it takes up minimal storage space when not being used and that the bottom rod ensures the theater is sturdy when being used. This is the perfect gift for families and wonderful for creative play!
This mosaic kit by PlayMais is so great because all of the pieces can be cut, shaped and squeezed into a variety of shapes and sizes. The pieces can then be dipped into a bit of water and become sticky enough to be applied to nearly any type of surface to create a mosaic. Because the PlayMais Mosaic is made from corn starch, water and food coloring, it is completely safe, natural and non-toxic. It’s also 100% biodegradable. Each kit offers a different theme and comes with more than 3,000 mosaic pieces, 6 pre-printed cards, a sponge for applying the water and detailed instructions. We think this is the perfect gift for the little artists in your life!
Build & Imagine: Malia’s House
If your child loves building, magnets, and imaginative play, then this is the perfect gift for them! Your child will be able to design and build the home right before your eyes. All of the pieces are magnetic including the house, characters, clothing and accessories. This product is so unique because a different house and story can be created each time they play. They will be able to use their imagination and storytelling abilities while building and playing with Malia’s House. If Malia’s House is not right for you, there are several other Build & Imagine sets available including, Pet Portrait Studio, Creativity Castle, Marine Rescue Center and more!
This construction set is made up of 100% silicone connectors and smooth dowel rods made from natural wood. The dowel rods are extremely sturdy, and because the connectors are made from silicone, they are incredibly flexible making the possibilities of structures nearly endless. There are also suction cup connectors included with the set so that the Joinks creation can be suctioned to any non-porous surface. Joinks is the perfect gift for most ages and help strengthen creativity while also practicing fine motor skills. Your child will love building interesting structures and designs using Joinks!
Thames & Kosmos: World’s Greatest Magic Show
This kit is perfect for the young magician in your life! This set features 415 magic tricks and 49 different props to use. The kit comes with a 90 page manual of step-by-step photo instructions. There are even videos for your young magician available online for further instruction. We love how affordable this kit is making it the perfect holiday gift this season!
The award-winning Quarto game is full of strategy and more complex than you might think. We love that both older kids and adults will love challenging one another to a game of Quarto. The sleek design looks great on display and the game pieces are very high quality and durable.
Known as an addictive tile based puzzle game that the whole family will enjoy, we think the Karuba game should be a must on everyone’s holiday wish list. While there are many important decisions that each player must face throughout the game, it is simple to learn, making it very family friendly. The premise of Karuba is about a team of adventurers who are dropped off on the beach on a mysterious island and set off through the jungle to hunt for treasure. Karuba is a fast-paced strategy game where you will be racing against other players to see who gathers the treasures first. The faster you are, the more points you will earn. The best part is that each game plays differently which will make for a perfect family game night!