2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
Little Tikes Pogo-IT


Kids ages 4+ can get moving and have fun with this electronic bounce game, which combines interactive play with music and sensor technology to get kids balancing, jumping, and moving to score points.

NOYO Crayons


These Not Your Ordinary Crayons are a 3-in-1 wonder. They color like a crayon, yet easily blend like a pastel. Add water and artwork transforms into a watercolor. Non-toxic and washable, they dry quickly and will be a hit with artists of all ages.

Mermaid Bracelet


Fashionable and functional, this velvet-lined bracelet features reversible sequins, allowing the wearer to stroke, reverse, and repeat, producing a calming, fun, and focused effect. It provides sensory stimulation for kids who need it — a less-distracting, more colorful fidget spinner alternative — and trendsetting fun for all.


This mini wireless Bluetooth speaker will be a slam-dunk gift for any tech-connected kid. Tiny (the size of a golf ball) but sporting big sound, this speaker comes in a variety of cute animal shapes, is super-portable, and very affordable.


$39.99 & up

Create a unique relaxation or reading spot with this 7.3-foot-long hammock that inflates by simply waving it through the air — no trees or pump needed. Weighing just 2.6 pounds, WindPouch has its own built-in headrest and comes in a storage bag if you’re heading outdoors.

L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise


The hot toy of the season, L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise takes unboxing to a new level. The sparkly gold dome (which doubles as a carrying case) hides 50 surprises, and kids have to unwrap each one to see what they get. From a limited edition doll and its accessories, to a little sister doll and her accessories, fizz balls, and more, Big Surprise is the must-have gift for many kids.

The Eco Travel Donut


A safe, convenient, comfortable, and portable travel bed, this is great for sleepovers, lounging or reading, Grandma’s house, and more. Foam- and glue-free, the Eco’Donut folds in half, zips up, and sports handles for easy transport. Machine washable, it’s designed for children ages 1 to 8.


Not only does this bike efficiently teach kids to ride without training wheels, but its frame also flips, allowing the bike to grow with a child, extending its use for up to one year. The Flip Flop is also the world’s first cargo and balance bike, supporting saddlebags or a cargo basket. The bike is designed for ages 1.5 to 6, with a maximum rider weight of 60 pounds.

Try Angles

Edushape, $29.99

Why buy traditional blocks when kids can branch out into these, which can be stacked, balanced, and interlocked into cool new shapes and creations? Geared for ages 2+, Try Angles are designed for small hands to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and experience cause and effect.


Support science at home with this very fun kit that allows kids to create and customize 10 mini bath bombs and learn all about the chemistry behind them (pH scale, acids, bases, and more).

And Then...


This set of 20 beautifully designed “story starters” features a tantalizing start to a story that you and your child will want to finish. After the “And then…” it’s up to you to decide what happens next. A fun, creativity-building gift, And Then… will bring a unique twist to nightly storytime with kids of all ages.


$6 and up

The cutest play food you’ve ever seen, this handmade, eco-friendly, felt food is designed by an artist who wanted an alternative to plastic or wooden offerings for her grandchildren. From sushi and sandwiches to desserts and pizza, Noshkins are made from a felt manufactured from recycled plastic bottles, making them colorfast, non-allergenic, and washable. And they don’t hurt if stepped on or thrown!

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Food Truck


The standard play kitchen has received a trendy upgrade with this new release. Equipped with its own cash register, steering wheel with working horn, flip-out serving counter, and pretend soda fountain, the food truck also comes with 40 food and utensil accessory pieces.