The time has come for my 2015 toy round up.
My goal: to provide you with non-cliché ideas for every budget, covering stuff for babies, toddlers and young kids.
Let’s get started…
For your little reader (and dancer): I See Me’s Sing Along Book & CD
Seriously, the most unique gift on the market. This personalized book features traditional kid songs like Wheels on the Bus and You Are My Sunshine; however, each song and book illustration highlight’s your child’s name. To make this set extra special, the custom CD is also personalized. Under $40
For your mini car fanatic: Little Tikes’ RC Tire Twisters
This is the ultimate remote control car. Score major cool points by gifting this easy-to-use remote control car and tire accessory. The car does tricks and flips in the tire, or zooms solo around the house. Under $40
For your Sesame Street-loving baby: Play All Day Elmo
This gift guide wouldn’t be complete without including Elmo, so here you go. This “Play All Day” plush toy features games, songs, and over 100 responses to keep kids engaged. You can tickle and squeeze him for fun reactions and there are even toddler and preschool modes for stimulating interaction. Under $50
For robot fans: The Fisher Price BeatBo Robot
This robot is A-list all the way and a perfect pal for babies. It includes learning games, sings songs, and parents can even customize recorded words and phrases. The BeatBo gets youngsters moving, dancing and playing, keeping them stimulated with developmental activities. Under $35
For your cool rider: The SmartTrike 4-in-1 Trike
This bad boy grows with your child 10 months to 3 years. It’s lightweight for easy use and includes storage, a bottle holder, canopy and more. It is a great first bike available in a variety of designs. Under $100
For your child’s play space: The Prince Lionheart Everywhere PlayMAT
This is my favorite playmat because it’s comfortable, stimulating, and easily foldable, making for compact storage. It has a dual design; on one side there’s a zoo, and on the other, a city. $60
For your animal lover: Discovery Kids’ Animals of the World Learning Pad
This is a fantastic educational toy that teaches your children about animals and habitats around the world. There’s an interactive quiz mode that helps reinforce learned concepts to children, and kid friendly features like a carry handle, auto shut off and volume control. Under $30
For a fun stocking stuffer: The Click-and-See Projector from Discovery Kids
Turn off the lights and pretend you’re on a safari! This projector is the right size for kids to hold and play with. Plenty of animal images that can be viewed on dark walls. Entertaining for the whole family and very affordable! Under $15
Multi-purposeful present: Mr. Soctapus Gift Set
This "Mr. Sock T. Pus" plush octopus has a head that rattles and crinkly tentacles—an adorable stuffed animal for babies. Plus, it comes with four pairs of socks! Fun and practical.
For your soon-to-be walker: Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space
This is a fantastic option for baby’s growth and development featuring innovative smart touch technology. There are 3 ways for baby to play as they grow: Piano Play Mode, Dance Mode, and Game Mode, which introduces baby to ABCs, counting, and colors while encouraging baby to look, cruise & follow the lights. Under $60
For your future firefighter: PLAYMOBIL’s Fire Station with Alarm
Once the station’s functioning alarm sounds, firefighters can slide down the pole to arrive at the scene of the blaze. Once the emergency is over, open the station’s garage doors, park your truck, and head inside to bunk up and rest until a new emergency call is received. Ideal for imaginary play. For ages 5-10. Under $50
For your on-the-go little guy: The Pulse Safe Start Scooter
A scooter like no other. Designed for the next stage in a child’s development, kids ages 3+ will learn hand-eye coordination, balance, and confidence all while having fun. The large deck offers plenty of room for comfortable foot positioning, three large wheels provide stability, easy-control handlebars protect your child from over turning; and a safe, push-button control smoothly accelerates without forcing your child backward.
For your photo-loving pre-tween: Ion SnapCam from Radio Shack
This super suave little camera easily clips to your clothing. You can tap it once to take a photo, or twice to take HD video. There’s also built in Wi-Fi for easy uploading. Less than $150
The best grow-with-me tablet: InnoTab Max from VTech
Bid farewell to giving your kids the iPad, instead, opt for this fabulous kid-friendly option from VTech. It occupies children ages 3-9; there are plenty of learning apps and extras to choose from. It also plays videos, is Wi-Fi capable, and comes with a detachable cover for protection.
For the Star Wars fanatic: Nabi Collector’s Addition Star Wars Tablet
Consider this the hottest tablet for Star Wars junkies. It flaunts a Star Wars theme, look, and feature, such as a glow-in-the-dark drop-safe bumper. Cool apps, a camera, and Wi-Fi ready.
For little gamers: Disney Interactive Star Wars Video Game
This is the latest and greatest addition to the gaming platform; in fact, it’s the best selling hybrid video game toy. Available for multiple consoles and comes with Star War collectible figurines.