Candor's Top Christmas Toy Picks

Kelli Wilson

I know as parents we get inundated with toy lists time of year. Usually these lists usually have little regard for the quality or meaningfulness of the toy, but instead focus on its popularity and profit margin. Kick back for a second: I have curated a little list of toys that I feel are truly worth the investment, and won’t break the bank.

Treasure X Adventure Pack (Ages 5+)

This is basically a block of sand-like material. You have to chip away at to dig out the pieces that, when assembled, form your pirate figurine, its weapon, and a treasure chest. Once the treasure chest is opened, you pour water in it and the orange substance inside fizzes and melts away to reveal the treasure inside. It provides a digger, coin, and treasure map as well inside of the box. The sand block is a bit messy as you chip away at it, but it vacuums up nicely. What I love about this toy is that it’s simple, but also challenging enough to pique a child’s interest and keep them engrossed for a while.

Scruff-A-Luvs (Ages 5+)

I love these because they encourage shelter adoption and teach the importance of taking care of our pets. These darling things come disheveled and dirty-looking. Your child will have to wash, brush, and dry them to reveal not only their cuteness, but also what type of pet they have adopted. The maker of this toy donates to and supports the ASPCA, so it’s a win-win.

Scientific Explorer: My First Mind Blowing Science Kit (Ages 6+)

For your science-minded kiddo, this is a great starter set. It includes colorful reactive materials, test tubes and pipettes; and let’s admit it, these kinds of things can be just as entertaining for parents as for kids. Combining family fun and real learning can’t be beat.

Slick Tricks Level Up! Bubble Kit (Ages 5+)

Bubbles that are NEXT LEVEL.  Everything you need to make bubbles that you can hold, shape, and stretch.  The kids will finally be able to catch these magical orbs.

Baby Einstein’s Magic Touch Drums (Ages 6 months+)

A wonderful music maker for your littlest of little’s, this drum toy is sure to make them happy. And on a side note, it DOES have volume control. Music is amazing for cognitive development, so you can feel really good getting this toy for your youngest.

As the holiday season draws ever nearer, I hope this list can help all you overworked parents find quality, inexpensive, hands on gifts that your kids are sure to enjoy. Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!