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Homeschool.com's 2014 Gift Guide: Top Educational Gifts

 
The following have been selected as Homeschool.com's Top Educational Gifts for 2014. They have been chosen by Homeschool.com staff, and by our many Homeschool.com
Product Testers. Thank you everyone for all of your input! When recommendations came with an explanation, we included the explanation as well—as we realize the more information you have, the better!
 
We've organized the toys by age group. But as you can imagine, sometimes gifts don't fall neatly into one category. A toy for 6-9 year olds, might be in the 3-8 year old category—but not in the 8-12 category—as we didn't want to duplicate our listings. So, depending on the ages of your children, you may want to look at the toys below and above your kids' age ranges, as well as the ones that are a perfect fit. But what fun that will be!
 
As you might know, every year we include one sock monkey toy. Last year, it was a nesting toy, and the year before that, it was a jack-in-the-box — this year?
 
Educational...age appropriate...and fun—our Gift Guide for 2014!

Ages 0-3   Ages 3-8   Ages 8-12   Teens   Moms & Dads   All Ages   Pets

Ages 0-3

Baby Friendly / Eco-Friendly Wood Rattles
Ages Birth-12 Months
Approx $13
From HeidiKids Inc.
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com

The Roller Coaster Motorik Wooden Rattle is an 8" rattle while the Happy Elo is a 4" rattle. Both are made of beech wood (from sustainable forests), and are painted with non-toxic, water based and saliva resistant paints. Both rattles stimulate baby's senses and help develop fine motor skills. Both fit easily into a purse, tote bag or backpack, so they're great for travel. These rattles make a nice gift or stocking stuffer. Note: to clean the rattle, wipe it with a damp cloth.

Square Blanket & Tangram Blocks
Birth to 18 Months
Approx. $124 for blanket & $46 for blocks
From rouxroo
Sold at
rouxroo.net

The Square Blanket is organic, warm, and breathable—is made of four layers of 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton muslin—and it measures 48" x 48". Not only is it earth-friendly--it promotes cognitive development. The blocks are also made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton muslin. The 5 blocks are stuffed with bells, squeaky toys, crinkly paper and organic batting.

Whoozit Activity Spiral
Birth to 18 Months
Approx. $24
From Manhattan Toy
Sold at
ManhattanToy.com
 
This wacky spiral wraps around almost anything and features toy attachments that squeak, crinkle and rattle—and they all dangle from satin ribbons. And it's oh so cute! The spiral features vibrant colors, stimulating textures and black and white patterns. This toy stimulates baby's senses and helps develop fine motor skills.
Busy Body Blankets
Ages Birth and Up
Approx. $17
From Earlyears
Sold at International Playthings, LLC (
www.intplay.com)

Choose the owl or the butterfly. With both, there are so many textures, colors and activities for baby to explore. These blankets support "tummy time," which helps infants strengthen their necks and develop the motor skills necessary to start crawling. Also great to cuddle with as a blankie and a fun take-along friend. A video of the product can be seen here.

Giggle Dolls
Ages Birth and Up
Approx. $12
From Baby Dolls and
Kids Preferred.com
Sold at
TownSquareToys.com
 
This doll laughs when you press her tummy—and your little one will probably laugh in response. This is a small, cute toy—easy for little hands to hold.
Baby Bop Volleyball
6 Months and Up
Approx. $16
From Hedstrom
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun
 
This 15" inflatable ball is safe for indoor/outdoor use. The bright images engage and encourage very young children to touch, roll, push and play. This toy develops gross motor skills and enhances hand-eye coordination. Since the ball is inflatable, you do need a pump to inflate it prior to its first use. A
soccer ball is also available. A video of the ball can be seen here.
Green Start Little Animal Books
6 Months and Up
Approx. $15
Sold at
EcoChoices.com

Kids learn about their favorite animals in 10 stackable block books. Each six page book features a mini story about monkeys, koalas, kangaroos, and more. Parents and older children can read the books together with younger children and then slip them back into the tote along tower. Love the tote along tower!

Earlyears Play Sets
6 Months and Up
Approx. $23
From Earlyears
Sold at International Playthings, LLC (
www.intplay.com)

Choose from Lil' Shopper Playset, My First Construction Play Set ,or Princess Play Set. These toys are cute, safe, high-quality baby toys that stimulate and develop sensory, motor, cognitive and social skills.

Whoozit Photo Album
Ages 6 Months and Up
Approx. $17
From Manhattan Toy
Sold at
ManhattanToy.com

Each page has a 4'' x 6'' clear vinyl pocket for photos, with flaps that inspire peek-a-boo play. A colorful cover features the Whoozit and Tizoo characters infants love, and there's a textured handle for tactile appeal. Great for travel! Great for anytime!

Monkey Basketball
9 Months and Up
Approx. $20
From Earlyears
Sold at International Playthings, LLC (
www.intplay.com)

Little dribblers shoot and score! Discover rattle or crinkle sounds in each of the four colorful appliqued soft balls. Monkey's head folds over and closes securely for storage (we LOVE self-contained toys!). Most babies are highly mobile at this age, crawling and cruising to retrieve toys and playthings. Their fine motor skills are quickly developing and they are delighted by their ability to manipulate objects, taking items in and out of containers and putting them back. You can see a video here of the toy here.

Mini Monster 12 pc Xtreme Xpedition
Ages 6 Months and Up
Approx. $35
From Maple Landmark
Sold at
MapleLandmark.com
 
What a darling set—includes everything shown. Crafted from locally sourced, responsibly harvested hardwood maple with laser engraved details, these rugged little wooden vehicles and the expedition sets are great for children under three. The pieces are sanded smooth and there is no finish on them. A smaller
9 piece set is available, and pieces can also be purchased individually. A youtube video of this toy can be seen here.
Elefun & Friends Shapes 'n Colors Turtle
Ages 6 Months and Up
Approx. $15
From Playskool/Hasbro
Sold at
HasbroToyShop.com
 
Get your little one ready for wobbly, light-up, interactive fun with this turtle friend. Baby's simple touch triggers twinkling lights, fun music, and educational phrases. With 4 modes of play, babies can discover colors, shapes, music, and even play a mini follow-me game designed just for them. Three AA batteries are required. Demo batteries are included. You can see a video of the toy
here (Demo).

Dr. Seuss ONE FISH Fish Bowl
Ages 9 Months and Up
Approx. $30
From Manhattan Toy
Sold at
ManhattanToy.com

Baby will love to fill & spill these classic Dr. Seuss fish characters. This toy includes five soft fish, each one makes a different sound, including: rattle, crinkle, bell and squeaker. Pair this toy with the Dr. Seuss book—and you'll have such a cute present!

Stack'Spin Monkey Gears
Ages 9 Months and Up
Approx. $20
From Playskool/Hasbro
Sold at
HasbroToyShop.com
 
Little ones stack and arrange the gears and watch the lighted gears go 'round and 'round, while listening to fun music and silly sound effects. Each gear fits any post so the gears can be connected and stacked whichever way baby imagines. And when the play is done for the day, you can place all of the gears on the monkey toy for easy storage. This toy improves motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and creativity. Three AA alkaline batteries are required and demo batteries are included. You can see a video of the toy here (Demo).

LeapReader™ Junior
Ages 1-3 Years
Approx. $30
From Leap Frog
Sold at
LeapFrog.com

The Book Pal is easy to use and designed especially for toddlers' hands and motor skills. Kids can use it to tap words or pictures on the page to hear 125+ responses including letter sounds, words, and phonics songs. Included in the box—a LeapReader™ Junior Book Pal, a LeapReader™ Junior Sampler Board Book, and a User Guide. Additional books can be purchased. Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Katie.

Teatime Shape Sorter
Ages 12 Months and Up
Approx. $34
From Tolo
Sold at
www.ReevesIntl.com
 
This colorful toy comes with four mini tea cups which are color matched to their respective holes in the tea pot. The easy to remove lid allows for easy access to cups. This toy encourages understanding of color matching and shape recognition, as well as fine motor skills. You can see a video of the product
here.
Baby Stella Potty Training
Ages 12 Months and Up
Approx. $10-$35
From Manhattan Toy
Sold at
ManhattanToy.com


Baby Stella is cute as can be. She includes a removable diaper, a super-soft dress, and a pacifier that attaches magnetically to her mouth. As you can see, the doll comes in many variations. Only the blonde baby however, has the accompanying/it looks just like her potty book. With all the accessories shown, it's easy to teach Baby Stella (and your baby too!) how to use the big potty. What a genius idea—and what a great gift! You can see a video here.

Mini Puzzle Stacker
Ages 12 Months and Up
Approx. $22
From P'kolino, LLC
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun
 
Fine-tune motor skills, spatial logic, and color and size recognition with this 7 piece wood stacker. The child progresses from placing the rings on the base in any order, to interlocking the rings together like puzzle pieces. The wood pieces are smooth and painted with a non-toxic finish. You can see a video of the product
here. It's certainly an attractive toy!
Roller Ball Run
Ages 12 Months and Up
Approx. $32
From Tolo
Sold at
www.ReevesIntl.com
 
This is such a cute toy! It includes three fairly large, brightly colored balls. Turn the switch on and watch the balls roll down the ramps. Turn the switch off, and the balls are locked in for safe keeping. Helps baby understand color matching and cause and effect. You can see a video of the product
here.
My Peek-a-Boo Elmo
Ages 18 Months-4 Years
Approx. $20
From Playskool/Hasbro
Sold at
HasbroToyShop.com
 
Everyone loves Elmo! And little ones love a good game of Peek-a-Boo. It's a winning combination. Just squeeze Elmo's tummy - he'll cover his eyes and say one of 15 fun phrases. When his tummy is released, his arms lower for more peek-a-boo fun. This toy helps develop understanding of cause and effect, encourages social play, and promotes imaginative expression. Requires 2 AAA batteries. Demo batteries are included. A video can be seen
here (Demo).
Cupcake Chloe or Ryan's Roadtrip
Ages 18 Months-5 Years
Approx. $25
By WOW
Sold at
www.ReevesIntl.com

Bake and deliver sweets with this charming pink set. A push-along cupcake bike features an automatic spinning top, and the bakery includes a swinging cupboard door and spinning ingredient sorter operated by a giant cupcake key. Regarding the blue set--this motorized truck and detachable trailer are perfect for a camping weekend. Two friends hop in the truck and load the tent and the dog (how cute!) before trekking into the woods. Set includes a truck, trailer, two figures, campfire, tent, and a dog. In addition to these two, there are many cute play sets in the WOW collection, including Dynamite Daisy and Penny's Pooch & Ride. There are also larger WOW play sets and a WOW play mat. Great for imaginative play, and encourages fine motor skills.

Spinny Story
Ages 18 Months and Up
Approx. $10
From Maple Landmark
Sold at
MapleLandmark.com
 
Three blocks printed with images on each side (12 images in all) – pictures of people, places and things. Toddlers and parents can use the images to tell a story, and as the child gets older, the images can be a story starter—so this toddler toy can really grow with your child. Made of all hardwood construction, the Spinny Story measures 5" long overall. There are a
variety of Spinny toys available, including Spinny Critters, Spinny People, etc. These toys promote imagination, math skills, spelling and more. Here is a youtube video of the toy.
Caterpillar Honk & Rumble Wheel
Ages 18 Months and Up
Approx. $26
From Toy State
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun
 
This battery operated 8" pretend steering wheel is designed to allow children to pretend and experience the sounds of Caterpillar construction equipment. There is an ignition button, a horn button, a left turn signal, a right turn signal, and 6 buttons on the top of the steering wheel for additional sounds and lights. The steering wheel vibrates and shakes when the buttons are pushed. The steering wheel requires (3) AA Batteries which are included. Great for car seat and stroller fun—and it encourages pretend play.
EcoBonk
Ages 2 and Up
Approx. $60
From Pueri Elemental
Sold at
GreenRainbowRevolution.com

EcoBonk is the more eco-friendly, modern reinvention of the classic "bop toy". It's the gentle alternative to rough-and-tumble playtime, with fun-loving creatures that are designed to "bounce back." With EcoBonk, your little one can cuddle, bounce, and bop with a variety of friendly safari animals: Abigail the shy Asian Elephant, Jackson the tenacious Grizzly Bear, or Logan the energetic King Penguin. EcoBonks are 36 inches tall when inflated. The inflatable base can be filled with dry beans, rice, sand, or water. The organic cotton cover can be washed in warm water and dried on a low heat setting. This is a "green", organic toy. You can see a video of the product here.

Stove Top & Chef Set
Ages 2 and Up
Approx. $20 for the Stove Top and $17 for the Chef Set
From Green Toys®
Sold at
GreenToys.com

Fire up the Green Toys® Stove Top! Short-order cooks and sous-chefs alike can whip up a whole lot of fun with this classic, durable, dual-burner cook top. Three dials on the front rotate 360 degrees and click as they spin around. The Chef Set includes a stock pot with lid, skillet, spatula and ladle. The Stove Top and the Chef Set are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. No BPA, phthalates, or PVC. The toys are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Packaged with recyclable materials and printed with soy ink. Here is a video of the company.

Chunky Puzzles
Ages 2 and Up
Approx. $10 each
From Melissa & Doug
Sold at
MelissaandDoug.com

Hand-painted, cute wooden puzzles—and the thick, chunky wooden pieces fit neatly into their spots on the colorful boards. Pieces can also stand up for additional pretend play. There are many designs to choose from. You can see a video here. Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Katrina.

Train Set
Ages 2 and Up
Approx. $30
From Green Toys®
Sold at
GreenToys.com
 
All aboard! The Green Toys® Train is pulling out of the station. The sturdy locomotive is ready to chug along from one eco-friendly adventure to the next. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the brightly-colored steam engine pulls two additional cars that link together to form a long train, or easily unhook for stand-alone play. The open wagon is perfect for hauling all kinds of sustainable cargo, while the caboose features a spacious interior and removable roof. Two conductor bear figures are included with the set. With no metal axles or external coatings, the Green Toys® Train is safe and versatile for both indoor and outdoor play, and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. No BPA, phthalates, or PVC. Packaged using recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks. Comes in blue and pink. A video about the company can be seen here.

Ages 3-8

TheO™ SmartBall
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $40
From Physical Apps
Sold at
PhysicalApps.com


 

The ball combines physical activity, learning and fun into one dynamic experience. The ball comes with a nice selection of free apps -- more than a dozen apps designed to teach animals, ABCs, 123s, musical instruments, singing and dancing, birds, and more. Additional apps are also available. Your phone is safe and secure inside TheO™ SmartBall. You can see a video of the product here.

ALEX® Toys Little Hands Craft Kits
Ages 3-6
Approx. $10 (prices vary)
From ALEX® Toys
Sold at
Amazon.com

There are a wide selection of kits to choose from. All develop hand-eye coordination , help to improve fine motor skills, and inspire creativity. Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Sara. She writes, "My kids have a lot of fun with the ALEX Little Hands craft kits--these are so fun!" You can see a video here of the Pop Stick Art craft kit.

Easy Catch Ball & Glove
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $9
From Toysmith Group
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com
 
This toy is designed to provide young children with their first opportunity to practice and learn how to throw and catch a ball. The ball has strips of hook & loop material that stick easily to the fabric lined glove. The glove and ball are made of light-weight, kid-friendly materials.

Colorful Wooden Instruments
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $12
From the World of Eric Carle and
KidsPreferred.com
Sold at Amazon.com

These are so cute! They feature characters based on Eric Carle's vibrant art work; they're the perfect size for little hands; and they allow little ones to make their own music. Both instruments encourage an understanding of shapes and colors, and sounds and music; and both encourage fine motor skills.

Arctic Expedition Adventure Set
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $27
Sold at EcoChoices.com
 
Take the expedition on the road with this 17 piece set that includes an 8" x 5" velcro closure igloo tote and 12 chunky wooden figures. So cute! Promotes imaginative play. How can you turn this toy into a homeschooling lesson? A favorite of Homeschool.com staffer Ann.

Plus-Plus
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $13
From Geared for Imagination
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com
 
Plus-Plus Mini Pastel, 3-in-1 is a 220 piece building set made up of blue, green, pink, yellow, lavender and white unusually shaped building bricks. The bricks are 3/4" x 1/2" x 1/8". Instructions to build 3 objects are included. There are a variety of setss to choose from, and each is compatible with the other sets making the possible building combinations practically unlimited. This toy strengthens fine motor skills and promotes imagination. You can see a video of the toy here.
Shaped Jigsaw Puzzle
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $15
From Maple Landmark
Sold at
MapleLandmark.com

These wooden puzzles have large interlocking pieces cut from 1/8" hardwood plywood. They measure about 11" high and 12" long. Brightly colored and detailed designs are printed right on the wood so the images don't scratch off with lots of play. Each puzzle comes shrink wrapped with a drawstring pouch for easy storage. Puzzles are great for tactile play, and they reinforce thinking and visual skills. There are various animal and vehicle shapes to choose from. Here is a youtube video of the earth puzzle.

Go! Go! Sports Girls Read & Play Sets
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $25
From Dream Big Toy Company™
Sold at
GoGoSportsGirls.Bookstore.IPGBook.com

Dream Big Toy Company™ created Go! Go! Sports Girls™ as a fun and educational way to promote self-appreciation and the benefits of daily exercise, healthy eating and sleeping habits, self-esteem and overall healthy life-skills for girls. The read and play sets include the doll and a 32 page inspirational paperback book. The books and dolls in the series encourage all children to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals—and have fun while doing so. The 14" Go! Go! Sports Girls™ are age and size appropriate. They do not encourage an older or overly mature image. The image is innocent with a subtle yet strong message - appreciate and be true to yourself! Videos for this product can be seen here--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oPIPFcgM9g, and at https://www.youtube.com/user/jbnorgaard.

Discovery Spaceship and Lift Off Rocket
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $130
From Hape Toys
Sold at
TheUltimateGreenStore.com
 
This eco-friendly 37 piece spaceship set will let your little ones explore space. The 4 level spaceship and lift-off rocket provide fuel for imaginative explorations. Astronauts and aliens add to the adventure. This toy is made from sustainable/natural materials and water-based paints. A video of the product can be seen here.
Cardboard House
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $40
From My Very Own House
Sold at
MyVeryOwnHouse.com
 
MyVeryOwnHouse® Cottage offers endless entertainment. Comes 97% pre-assembled. There are no tabs or sharp edges inside and reinforcement flaps along the bottom walls provide a safe, sturdy coloring center. A set of 8 jumbo washable markers are included. This toy encourages artistic expression and imaginative play. And guess what? Six simple folds take you from play to put-away. You can see a video of the product here.
Goodie Games™
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $20
From Learning Resources
Sold at
LearningResources.com

There are various sets to choose from—and they're all SO cute—plus, everything stores easily into the cookie jar. Sets include plenty of game variations, and they're also great for pretend play. The Color Cookies set encourages fine motor skills as children snap and separate cookies to make patterns or match colors. Cookie Shapes introduces triangle, circle, square, rectangle, heart, crescent, star and flower shapes. ABC Cookies reinforces alphabet and letter recognition, beginning sounds, and early vocabulary. Counting Bears reinforces number sense and recognition of numbers 1-10. You can see a video of the sets here.

Eco-Doodle Mat
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $3.45
From Endangered Species, HSL
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com
 
This product includes stone paper and no roll triangular soy crayons. It is waterproof, rip-resistant, and erasable. The contents and packaging are made from eco-friendly materials. This product encourages self-expression....and maybe artistic abilities. This purchase helps support the Defenders of Wildlife Organization and makes a great stocking gift.
Shaped Box Puzzle
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $21
From Djeco
Sold at
Amazon.com

We admit it—it's the box that drew us in! And your kids will react similarly! There are many to choose from. The 24-piece puzzles feature fun and fanciful fairy tale artwork and the large pieces are perfect for little hands just learning the fun of interlocking puzzles.

Build-A-Road X-Track
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $30
From Kidoozie
Sold at
www.intplay.com
 
Over 225 pieces and 11 feet of interchangeable, flexible track. Includes two battery-operated cars (batteries not included), 1 bridge/tunnel and 1 X-track connector. This raceway is easy to build – no tools are required. You can combine it with the Elevator Build-A- Road set for extra-long (extra fun!) adventures. Great for overall play, and building fine motor skills. Here is a video of the elevator toy—the tracks and cars are similar.

Zoom to the Moon Play Set
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $27
Sold at EcoChoices.com
 
This set includes 2 astronauts, 3 aliens, a 2-headed alien dog and a space pod. The soft tote rocket ship has a zippered closure—this toy is easy to put away, and easy to take along. Plus, it's great for imaginative play.

Primary Science ViewScope
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $20
From Learning Resources
Sold at
LearningResources.com
 
Get kids discovering and exploring with a science tool designed for little hands. Features a simple 20x magnification and focus knob. The viewer detaches for on-the-go discoveries. It's very cute and very sturdy. You can see a video of the product here.

MyRider Tandem Tricycle
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $190
From Angeles
Sold at
Wayfair.com
 
This trike has a durable welded steel frame, sturdy solid rubber tires on spoke-less wheels, and it comes with a 5 year warranty. Recommended by Homeschool.com staffer Ann. And have you noticed, we've had a "taxi trike" in the last two Gift Guides? We love how kids enjoy taking their friends for a spin (it really builds their self-esteem). Homeschool.com reader Bida also recommends bikes/trikes.

Portable Wooden Castle
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $43
From Diggin
Sold at
Amazon.com

Box sets are all the fun without the mess. This beautifully designed wooden play set opens for creative, imaginative play. The set includes: castle box, castle tower, 2 castle walls, stairway, catapult, 2 red knights, a princess, and a dragon. Other types of boxed sets are also available (airport, garage, doll house).

Melody Express™ Musical Train
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $40
From Learning Resources
Sold at
LearningResources.com
 
All aboard! Unique melody-building train set invites children to play composer and conductor at the same time. The engine chugs along and plays notes aloud when placed facing clockwise on the tracks; the engine moves without playing notes when placed facing counter-clockwise on the tracks. Requires no reading: just match the colors in the songbook to play 7 popular songs, or kids can create original songs. The set includes 60 pieces featuring 44 note tiles (low to high C), a 10-piece track, an engine, coal car, cargo, stickers and conductor figure for pretend play. Requires 4 AAA batteries, which are not included. You can see a video of the toy here.
Nativity or Chanukah Set
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $95 for the nativity set & $30 for the Chanukah set
Sold at
Amazon.com and Wayfair.com

The nativity set is made from all natural bamboo and water color based paints, and includes all the figures shown. It is packaged in recycled material. The wooden Chanukah set includes an 11" tall menorah with 9 removable painted wooden candles, 6 gelt coins, a dreidel, frying pan, spatula and 2 latkes. The set comes in its own reusable storage bag. Both are great for teaching your children about the holidays.

Play-Doh Big Barrel
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $24
From Play-Doh
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
The Play-Doh Big Barrel Playset - (Colors/Styles Vary) offers molding, cutting and extruding play in lots of different ways. With 6 cans (4 five-ounce cans and 2 two-ounce cans) of Play-Doh compound and plenty of accessories, there's no end to what your child can create. The Play-Doh Big Barrel stores all of the compound and accessories, so you can take it along for fun anywhere, anytime!
Henry HABA Strong Armor & Accessories
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $34 (armor), other items vary
From HABA
Sold at
HabaUSA.com

Your little hero will be so proud of this knight costume and all the accessories! All children have the innate ability to create elaborate pretend scenarios that transform their rooms into a magical kingdom or exciting dragon battle. This costume is sure to fuel that zest and provide hours of play time fun. Small knights can easily put this armor on thanks to the hook and loop fasteners. The armor comes with an extra chest protector showing a fiery dragon and an adjustable belt that fastens with a magnet. The outfit is entirely made of foam and fabric, making it washable, soft and safe. Buying an entire costume is a less expensive option, but we like many of the items that aren't included in the costume set.

Primary Science Jumbo Magnifiers with Stand
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $40
From Learning Resources
Sold at
LearningResources.com
 
Observe on a grand scale with extra-large magnifiers, sized perfectly for small hands.  Ideal for taking a closer look at critters, rocks, fabric and so much more. Flip-out stands on each magnifier allow for engaged, hands-free viewing. Each magnifier's super-safe, plastic lens measures 4.5" in diameter and offers 4.5x magnification. We love the stand, and we love that there are multiply magnifiers.
Picture Perfect Picnic
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $25
From Kidoozie
Sold at
www.intplay.com
 
This 44-piece set includes everything you need for a picture perfect picnic, including a very cute picnic basket for easy storage (gotta love that!). Promotes imaginative (and fun) play. How many picnics will you be having on your family room floor this winter?
Pretend & Play® Camp Set
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $30
From Learning Resources
Sold at
LearningResources.com
 
This set features 9 pieces, including cooking tools, a lantern, stove, working compass, and more. It provides a realistic play experience anytime; great for outdoor vacations or indoor play. The lantern and stove each require 2 AA batteries, which are not included. You can see a video of the product here.
Polar Bear & Seal
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $20
From NICI
Sold at
www.intplay.com
 
The polar bear is 6", the seal is 4", and they both sit on a 6" cushion. This stuffed toy is part of the White World collection. NICI also has a Wild Friends and a Jolly Friends collection. Since you're a homeschooler, with a little imagination, you can turn a stuffed animal into an educational learning experience! Homeschool.com reader Bida recommends cute stuffed animals.
MOTORWORKS Tri-Level Super Garage, Fuel & Shine Station & 2-Pack of Cars
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $100 for the garage, $40 for the gas station & $30 for 2 vehicles
From MOTORWORKS™/Manhattan Toy
Sold at
ManhattanToy.com

The garage has multiple levels, a working elevator and over 30 repositionable decals to add realistic parking ramp features. The gas station and car wash in one lets you fill up any MOTORWORKS™ vehicle at the pump and then zip through the car wash. The cars are made of European beech wood and have smooth rolling wheels. They have a convertible chassis allowing you to mix-and-match and snap-on other MOTORWORKS accessories. Additional cars and other items can be seen here. You can see a video here. These toys encourage imaginative play.
Yellow Butterfly Wings
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $14.75
From Dreamy Dress-Ups by Douglas Cuddle Toys
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com

Hand-made, silk-screened (since they are handmade, and silk-screened, slight imperfections may occur) fabric wings for dress-up and pretend play. There is a loop at the end of each wing for children to slide their finger through. This allows them to spread the wings out as far as they can reach.
Eco-Friendly PlayHouse
Ages 3 and Up
Approx. $80
From Plan Toys
Sold at
TheUltimateGreenStore.com
 
This three-story eco-friendly playhouse comes with furniture and two dolls. It includes a double-sided play mat which serves as a wall/roof, or as a garden, and the house has a handle for easy carrying. The playhouse is made from clean, natural rubberwood recycled from rubber trees which are no longer able to produce latex. A video of the product can be seen here.
Name Trains™
Ages 3 and Up Approx. $25 and Up
(depending on # of letters)
From Maple Landmark
Sold at
MapleLandmark.com

Approximately 2" to 2-1/2" magnetic, wooden name train letters. You can use them alone or on a track. They fit on the Maple Landmark train track as well as the wood track of Brio® and Thomas the Tank®. Wall mount rack sets are also available. Bright letter colors (shown), are red, blue, green, yellow, purple, and orange. You can choose the colors. Pastel colors are also available, as are clear finish letters. You can even purchase seconds if you like—which might be ideal if you want an entire alphabet. All pieces are made from hard maple, with a non-toxic finish. The letters have connecting magnets. Encourages fine motor skills and imaginative play. A youtube video can be seen here.

Speed Machines Speed Drifter Street Bike and Sports Car
Ages 4 to 8 Years
Approx. $10 and Up
From Buildex and
KidsPreferred.com
Sold at Amazon.com

Buildex toys are ideal for little engineers and young minds. The Grid-Lock system allows strong and safe assembly without the need for tools or glue. Collect them all—as there are many to choose from.

Pop 'n Drop Penguins
Ages 4 and Up
Approx. $16
From Game Zone
Sold at
shop.intplay.com
 
This classic "race and chase" game is fun for the whole family! Pop the dice and move your colored penguins around the "icy" game board. If you manage to get them "home" first you win. But, if they fall off the icy bridges, you have to start all over again. Contents: game board with popping die, 4 ice bridges, 16 colored penguins, and game rules. For 2-4 players. Encourages game etiquette and counting skills.

Old McGear's Farm™ & Under the Sea Gears Building Set
Ages 4 and Up
Approx. $50
From Learning Resources
Sold at
LearningResources.com

The farm set includes 85 durable plastic pieces (dog, cow, pig, horse, sheep, rooster, Ma and Pa Farmer, corn stalks and more) and 4 sturdy cardboard barn pieces. The toy challenges problem-solving skills as children imagine and create new structures. It also develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through building and imaginative play. Farm measures 16"L x 15"W x 9"H when assembled. OR....your child can bring the ocean to life with this colorful, moving 67-piece building set. Underwater creatures include a peek-a-boo crab, slippery sea turtles, diving dolphins, an ornery octopus and a spinning school of fish.

GeoSafari Tuff Cam
Ages 5-9 Years
Approx. $50
From Educational Insights
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
Specs for this toy include - 12 megapixel quality, up to 100 minutes of record time, easy point and shoot trigger, a 2" high-quality screen, 32 MB memory with 2 GB SD card (included), plus a docking station for simple PC connection. Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Katie.

Magic School Bus Science Kits
Ages 5 and Up
Approx. $15 (prices vary)
From The Magic School Bus
Sold at
Amazon.com

This is an interactive, science-focused toy, with many kit options to choose from. Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Sara.

Don't Rock the Boat Game
Ages 5 and Up
Approx. $15
From Patch Products, Inc.
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com
 
This game contains: (1) ship with 3 masts, a 2-piece water wave, (16) penguin pirates, and rules. To play the game, place the water wave on a flat surface. Attach the masts to the ship and balance the ship on top of the wave. Take turns placing your penguin pirates on the ship. When the ship topples over and dumps the pirates, the game ends. The last player to place a pirate penguin on the ship before it topples is the winner. For 2-4 players. This game encourages team play, good sportsmanship, and strategy.

Eco-Dough
Ages 6 and Up
Approx. $20
From EcoKidsUSA.com
Sold at
ecokidsusa.com
 
All natural ingredients including plant, fruit and vegetable extracts. Essential oils keep the dough soft and pliable and provide a light aroma. The dough colors are earthy and vibrant. Includes five 4oz. containers of dough.

Magformers
Ages 6 and Up Approx. $12.15- $43.45
From Magformers
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com

30 piece rainbow magnetic building set - triangles & squares - (12) triangles and (18) squares that are designed to allow creative building of flat and 3D structures. The self-correcting, multi-colored magnets can be used to build many different shapes and patterns and can be added to other Magformers sets for more creative play options (see picture on the right). Using Magformers to build creative structures teaches hand-eye coordination, color, shape & pattern matching, and how to build supportive structures. Once children, teens and adults have the opportunity to build and play with Magformers, they have a hard time putting them down. You can see a video of the product here.

Playful Math Kit
Ages 6 and Up
Approx. $50
Sold at
ImagineChildhoood.com
 
This toy makes learning math fun. The set includes 55 wooden blocks & a storage tray. The blocks are made from beech wood, and the tray is made of plywood.

My First Sewing Kit
Ages 7-12 Years
Approx. $33
From ALEX Toys
Sold at
ALEXToys.com
 
Introduce children to the creative world of sewing with My First Sewing Kit. It's a skill that lasts a lifetime. Make adorable stuffed animals, a notebook cover and more. All the materials you need come in the charming carrying case that closes securely and has a handle for sewing on-the-go Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Katie. You can see a video here.
Spark Science in a Flash Kits
Ages 7 and Up
Approx. $9.95
From Thames & Kosmos, LLC.
Sold at
ThamesandKosmos.com

SPARK is a new line of experiment kits covering a wide range of scientific subjects. Twelve different kits are available, including 3D Crystal Shapes, Cosmic Colors, Kitchen Chemistry and more. Purchase a variety of kits for your budding scientist, making one large, intriguing present, or use as single stocking stuffers.

Ages 8-12

Walk the Dogs
Ages 8 and Up
Approx. $30
From SimplyFun
Sold at
SimplyFun.com
 
Grab a leash and get ready to Walk the Dogs! Each player collects dogs from the front or back of a long line by drawing and playing cards. Play pieces include the following breeds--Poodle, Pug, Brittany Spaniel, Shitzu, Scottish Terrier, Golden Retriever, and Pomeranian ...and they're all rescue dogs! This game teaches game sportsmanship and stewardship. You can see a video here.
Little House on the Prairie Book Set
Ages 8 and Up
Aprox. $36
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years. Do you remember how much you loved these books? Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Gretta.
Snap Circuits Jr.
Ages 8 and Up
Approx. $25
From Elenco
Sold at
Amazon.com

This toy provides a hands-on introduction to electronics. It contains over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. In addition, this set offers 101 do-it-yourself projects that provide an entertaining, concrete education on how electronics work. Recommended by Homeschool.com readers Shalu, Katie, and Melania. Melania writes, "My 4 year old loves Snap Circuits. We got it for her when she turned 3 as more of a puzzle type toy that she might not understand until she was older but she really took to it and always asks to play with her snap circuits. It makes for many great "how things work" discussions. The recommended age is 8 and up but younger children with adult supervision can benefit as well." By the way, that's her daughter playing with the toy above!

Chess, Premium Set
Ages 8 and Up
Approx. $72
From Maple Landmark
Sold at
MapleLandmark.com
 
This Premuim Chess Set comes with a 15-3/4" square by 1-1/4" high sided game board in black (not blue), and 32 chess pieces. Each playing piece has its corresponding move pattern engraved on its bottom. Maple "light" and cherry "dark" pieces measure approximately 1" square at the base and range from 1-1/4" to 2-1/4" tall. Wooden Checkers sets are also available. Both games promote logical thinking, reasoning, strategizing, and the understanding of cause and effect.
Deluxe FunLoom
Ages 8 and Up
Approx. $30.35
From Geeky Baby LLC.
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com
 
TheDeluxe FunLoom contains: (2) FunLooms, (600) silicone bands, (30) super C clips and (2) large hooks. The bands are 100% silicone which means they contain no latex. The bands do not fade, may be reused and do not pull on hair or skin. A Basic FunLoom is also available. Additional replacement bands (sold separately) can be purchased. Plus, additional Deluxe FunLooms (sold separately) may be added either lengthwise or side-by-side for more creative options. Comes with its own storage box—always a plus! Instructions on how to loom can be found here (written) and here (video). Using the Deluxe FunLoom provides practice with fine motor control, manual finger dexterity and it develops patience and concentration skills. This product builds self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment as well.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Boxed Set
Ages 8 and Up
Approx. $62 (hard cover books)
Written by Jeff Kinney
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
This boxed set features books one through seven in the series, plus the Do-It-Yourself Book & Journal. This is a great addition to any or pre-tween's library. Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Desiree.
Ticket to Ride Board Game
Ages 8 and Up
Approx. $36
From Days of Wonder
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. The objective: to see the most cities in North America - in just 7 days. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. For 2 to 5 players. You can see a video of the game
here. Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Gretta.
Grill Party
Ages 8 and Up
Approx. $30
From SimplyFun
Sold at
SimplyFun.com
 
Perfect game for 2-5 players. It's a grill party and everyone has their own idea about what foods to grill. Place and swap grill food pieces on the grill to try to match situations depicted on your grill food cards. Be the first player to match all of your grill food cards to become the grill master!
Rosie La Vie, Sew Your Own Sock Monkey Kit (blue and orange kits are also available)
Ages 9 and Up
Approx. $16
From Monkey Sock Monkey
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com 

No sewing experience required, eco-friendly & organic materials – this kit is designed to jump start your child's creativity by supplying the materials and instructions to create his/her very own sock monkey. Comes with: organic cotton socks, button eyes, recycled poly stuffing (the recycled poly stuffing was at one time a plastic bottle.), needle & thread, colorful & simple illustrated instructions and 3 deluxe postcards. You need to add your own scissors and creativity. Every year we include one sock money item in the Gift Guide. Why? Just because....

Red Toolbox Toolbox and 6 Piece Toolset
Ages 8 and Up
Approx. $50
From Red Toolbox
Sold at
www.ReevesIntl.com

The Red Toolbox features tools built for kids' hands, and includes the 16" toolbox, a hammer, a phillips screwdriver no. 2, safety goggles, a tape measure, a handsaw, and a file. Red Toolbox offers a full-range of wood crafts for kids. You can see some examples above. Combine the tools with a kit or two, and some parental supervision—and you'll have a really fun gift. A Red Toolbox video can be seen here.

The Settlers of Catan Games
Ages 10 and Up
Approx. $18 and Up
From MayFair Games
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
Players are recent immigrants to the newly populated island of Catan. They must expand their colony through the building of settlements, roads, and villages and by harvesting commodities from the land around them and from trading with other players. The first player to achieve 10 points from a combination of roads, settlements, and special cards wins. This game is recommended by several Homeschool.com readers. Melinda writes, "No matter what, the same person never wins, and all three of my very different sons look forward to playing."
The Adventurous Mailbox
Age range: 8-12
Approx. $79
From The Adventurous Mailbox
Sold at
The AdventurousMailbox.com

This is a set of entertaining/educational adventure books (there are 8 soft bound books in Series One) which weave together the themes of global awareness, the environment, cultural diversity, and more. You can see a product review of the books here. Gift packages are available on the site.

Teens

Compass Necklace
Prices Vary
Sold at
TheCompassStore.com

Attractive and functional/educational! Many designs to choose from.

Love Who You Are
Approx. $10
Sold at
Live-Inspired.com
 
This book is made up of a screen-printed cover and bright binding, charming illustrations and messages of encouragement. The messages include: Begin by loving yourself; Love the tomorrows you're heading into; Love that you will end up doing more than you can imagine, and more. This is a perfect gift for preteens, teens, and wonderful women of all ages. This is just one of many Living & Loving book titles--there are many inspiring titles.
AON BOX™ Speakers
Approx. $20
From Aon Squared
Sold at
TheUltimateGreenStore.com
 
This is what green sounds like! The speaker boxes' outer housing and packaging are made with 100% renewable resources.  Each speaker (it comes with two) provides 1 watt of quality sound without the need for batteries. This means that they are not only good for you, but good for the environment. They are compatible with all iPod®, Mp3 players, multimedia cell phones, portable DVD players and portable gaming devices that use a standard 3.5mm audio frequency jack.
Bean Bag Key Chain
Approx. $5.00
From NICI
Sold at
www.intplay.com

Pick from a variety of cute chains. What a great way to say, "OK—you can get your driver's permit....or even, "Look in the garage for your next present!" And for the younger crowd—these make a fun decoration for backpacks!

Moms & Dads

Joy Journal
Written by Homeschool.com's very own Rebecca Kochenderfer
Approx. $3 (
Kindle or eBook) or $9 (soft cover)
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
Joy Journal helps you notice the experiences and events in your life, large and small, that are filled with joy. It guides you to envision the wonderful day that lies ahead of you and it gently introduces you to new habits and new ways of thinking, so you can appreciate your life more, and make it even better!
Be Merry and Days of Christmas
Approx. $10
Sold at
Live-Inspired.com

The holidays give us a special season of love, sharing, warmth, and connection. These books offer the opportunity to rediscover simple joys and the chance to remember that merriment is always within our reach, all the year through. Be Merry -- Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.25"H x 9.25"W, & 64 pages. Days of Christmas – Hardcover, 9"H x 9"W, & 64 pages.

Eco-Friendly Terrarium Kit
Approx. $38
Sold at
ImagineChildhood.com
 
Contained in smartly designed, re-purposed wine bottles, these Eco-Friendly Terrariums have everything you need to grow a fully contained woodland moss-scape or sedum plant. The kit includes: dormant broom, growing material/seeds, upcycled wine bottle, recycled glass pebbles for drainage, soil-less growing medium, bamboo 'chopstick' tool, ribbon band for base, and directions.
Essential Oils
Approx. $40
From EdensGarden.com
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
Beginners Best of the Best Aromatherapy Gift Set - (100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils). Many sets or individual oils to choose from. Product comes packaged as pictured—perfect to give as a gift or to enjoy yourself. One of our staffers wears honeysuckle essential oil in lieu of perfume—and she smells GREAT!

All Ages

Pin Point Art
Approx. $18
From Tedco Toys
Sold at
GreenRainbowRevolution.com
 
Turn everyday objects into pin point sculptures in seconds. Press the pins against any object (try your hands and face) and watch the form appear. It's just plain fun that never gets old. Recommended by Homeschool.com staffer Ann—"I LOVE these! So do my kids."

Story Line Books
Approx. $10 each
Sold at
Live-Inspired.com

These illustrate-your-own books are just waiting for your kids to bring them to life. Each book contains the text for a fun story—and your kids bring the text to life with their imagination--they are the illustrator. When they're finished, there won't be another book like them in the entire world. Great for Mother's and Father's Day too!

iPad
Prices Vary. Approx. $400
From Apple
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
Really, who doesn't want an iPad? Great for homeschooling in general, Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Nicole.

Portable Musical Keyboard, CTK-2400
Approx. $170
From Casio
Sold at
Casio.com
 
The compact CTK-2400 is made up of 61 keys with 48-note polyphony, a wide range of 400 rhythms, 110 songs, and all the necessary features to create custom tracks including built-in microphones, various sampling modes and sound layering. This is the perfect instrument for your budding and creative musician.


Educational Apps

Free, to Minimal Cost
 
Really, there are SO many to choose from! For iPhones and Androids.
Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Sara.

SnowTime Shields and SnowBalls
Approx. $18
From Play Visions
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com
 
SnowTime Shields and SnowBalls contains: (2) inflatable show shields and (6) Snowtime Anytime! snowballs. There are handles on the shields that allow you to hold onto the shield with one hand while using your other hand to aim and throw your snowball. The snowballs look and feel real. A fort, castle, and a 15 and 30 pack of snowballs are sold separately which can enhance the play opportunity of this game. A video of the snowballs can be seen here.

Recycled Seatbelt Backpack & Other Maggie Bags
Approx. $54
From Maggie Bags
Sold at
TheUltimateGreenStore.com

Talk about sturdy, long lasting, and eco-friendly--these bags are made from recycled seatbelts! They come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors. The spirit line features color combinations of professional, college, and high school (homeschool?) sporting teams. Here is a video of the Butterfly Bag (the red bag pictured above).

Mini Face Maker
Approx. $44
From Miller Goodman
Sold at
GreenRainbowRevolution.com

What a fun toy to get the creative juices flowing! It's a set of 25 colorful, hand printed, eco-friendly hardwood blocks made of replenishable rubber wood. Kids will have fun with it—and it's great for adults too.

Design Your Own Snow Globe
Approx. $27
From Seedling
Sold at
GreenRainbowRevolution.com
 
The kit comes with make-and-bake polymer clay, a plastic globe, glitter snow, a snow globe stand, and instructions. Model your own figurines, bake, add water, glitter, seal and shake! A fun holiday craft idea. A video of the product can be seen here.

Conversation Rings
Approx. $9
From SimplyFun
Sold at
SimplyFun
 
One hundred possible conversations on each ring. Choose between What If, Family Stories, and Lets Chat. Learn more about your loved ones!

Fun Notebooks
Approx. $8 for the smaller ecojot notebook & approx. $38 for the recycled LP notebook
From ecojot & Michael Roger
Sold at
GreenRainbowRevolution.com

The 1960's inspired red notebook is the perfect size for easy travel and quick note taking and doodling. Each spine bound, 4" x 5" notebook contains 100 blank sheets, and is made from 100% post-consumer waste material and vegetable-based inks and adhesives. Michael Roger's 7" x 10" sketchbook front cover is made from a vintage LP. The spine and back cover are book cloth, and the pages are Smyth sewn. Each sketchbook contains 96 blank sheets (192 pages) of sustainably forested, acid-free paper. Both are the perfect gift for the musician in your family.


Kyasi Seattle Classic iPad Case for iPad 2,3 or 4
Cha Cha Pink Polka Dots

Approx. $30
 
This lightweight case is designed to protect your device, but adds a level of whimsy as well. Everyone in the office wants one!

Inspiration Art Case
Approx. $42
By Crayola
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
The Crayola Inspiration Art Case has over 150 pieces. The compartmentalized tray holds an array of crayons, colored pencils, and markers for creating original art. And the tray and supplies fold into a convenient carrying case. You can see a video of the product here. Homeschool.com reader Desiree recommends a big art set like this one.

Colored Calculators
Prices Vary—Approx $50
From Casio
Sold at
Casio.com

Casio's wide variety of colored calculators allows students to express themselves while using tons of enhanced technological features to stay ahead. From middle school through to high school and college prep math courses, Casio has a calculator and color combination to suit every student's needs. The model pictured is equipped to help with determining REF/RREF function, random integers, unit conversion, new types of regressions, chi-squared GOF function, 9 new probability functions, pie charts & bar graphs, graph X=f(Y), and much more.

ABC Organic Pillow Cover & Storage Bin
Approx. $26 for pillow and $36 for bin
From Fluf
Sold at
GreenRainbowRevolution.com

Fluf's products are tough, durable, and will stand the test of time on any couch, chair, rug, floor, or homeschool room. Both the pillow cover and the bin are made from 100% organic cotton that is certified to meet the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and both are printed with low-impact, azo-free dyes. Pillow cover size: 16 " high x 16" wide (pillow not included). The storage bin is reversible and washable. Size: 15"high x 14"diameter.  You can fold it down to any desired height. Maybe spruce up your homeschool room this holiday season?

Lego
Prices Vary
Sold at
Amazon.com
 
We agree with Homeschool.com reader Katie when she suggests "Anything Lego!" We especially like the BIG buckets.

Custom Photo Books, Calendars, and More
Prices Vary
Sold at
Picaboo.com
 
Grandparents LOVE photo books—and kids do too! Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Melinda - " I ran out of time and space to scrapbook.  After trying multiple companies, this is the ONE.  Great price, ease of use, incredible amount of options, thorough tutorial, and very competent and helpful technical support.  Best of all, my books turn out amazing and with no errors on Picaboo's part. Plus they basically keep all the photos that you upload and all your books in a Cloud so if I ever lose my books to a natural disaster or fire, Picaboo has them and I can get them ALL back."

Twistie Tips
Approx. $3
From Twistie Tips
Sold at
4Knowledge-4Fun.com
 
Twistie Tips are designed to easily twist on and off sneakers, hoodies, drawstrings, boat shoes with leather cord laces and more. Two come in each pack and there are 16 different Twistie Tips (each sold separately)—fun for mixing and matching—and they make a fun stocking gift. They are food grade PVC plastic, non-toxic and phthalate free.

Pets

iFetch
Approx. $99
Sold at
GoiFetch.com
 
iFetch is your dog's new best friend (after you, of course), and is an innovative exercise and entertainment toy for small to medium sized dogs. iFetch automatically shoots a miniature ball, allowing dogs to fetch and return on their own or together with YOU, providing endless hours of entertaining playtime and much needed exercise. Dog owners can customize the play pattern as iFetch offers three adjustable launch distances of 10, 20 or 30 feet to efficiently accommodate the size of the play area. Extra balls are available. You can see a video of the product here, and a training video here (although you can use it without training your dog).

Cabana Cat Bed
Approx. $35
Sold at
DrsFosterSmith.com
 
Eco-friendly, hood-style cat bed provides a sense of well-being/safety. This hooded playhouse provides a darkened, cozy retreat that den-seeking cats enjoy. The cabana style pet bed includes a fleece-covered zippered pillow inside for bedtime bliss. Striped print design features soft neutral tones that look great in any home. 16" x 16" x 16".

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