The Best Gifts for Kids: Baby and Preschool The year’s top toys and games

The 2021 National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) results are in, and we’ve identified the year’s top products for children in the DMV. Turn to our gift guide for the best toy recommendations for every child on your holiday gift list.

 

Baby

 

 

Henry the bunny product
Henry the Bunny

 

 

 

Henry the Bunny

This plush bunny has the sweetest hanging ears and luxe pom-pom tails, making it the perfect best friend for baby. Each doll provides 10 meals to children in need. $82, ages birth+, cuddleandkind.com

 

 

Lulla the Owl
Lulla Owl

 

 

Lulla Owl

A soother and sleep companion provides the sounds of a natural heartbeat and breathing to comfort and support babies. Soft, small and lightweight, with no plush filling, this toy makes a safe option for the most sensitive babies. $39, ages birth+, lulladoll.com

 

 

 

Touch & Learn Nature ABC Board™
Touch & Learn Nature ABC Board

Touch & Learn Nature ABC Board

Bring a love of nature into the world of learning. With a touch-sensitive wooden board, this toy tablet teaches letters, sounds and counting. $24.99, ages 1-2, shop.leapfrog.com

 

 

 

Oh So Snuggly
Oh So Snuggly

 

Oh So Snuggly

This cuddly plush friend has soft quilted features reminiscent of a security blanket. This toy is available as a hippo, bunny and puppy in two sizes. $12-$20, ages birth+, gund.com

 

 

 

Sweet Baby Banana
Sweet Baby Banana

 

Sweet Baby Banana

Get this cute mini baby with a soft and cuddly body, fresh baby powder scent, sweet face and bright eyes. It’s perfectly sized for a nap and bedtime buddy. $12.99, ages 1+, amazon.com

 

 

Preschool

Marshall's Transforming City Fire Truck
Marshall’s Transforming City Fire Truck

Marshall’s Transforming City Fire Truck

Look for this all-new toy from the “PAW Patrol” movie. This item features two different modes and exciting sounds for added fun. $54.99, age 3+, amazon.com

 

 

 

Count-Along Basket & Scanner™
Count Along Basket & Scanner

 

Count Along Basket & Scanner

Let’s shop with play food, shopping lists and scanners. Carry the basket or expand it into a rolling cart while learning about new food groups, colors, shapes and numbers. $34.99, ages 2+, store.leapfrog.com

 

 

 

 

Shimmercorns Sparkle Makeover

Shimmercorns Sparkle Makeover
Shimmercorns Sparkle Makeover

These DIY unicorns come with wings, stencils, markers and a brush to express your creative side. Give Sparkle a makeover with your own designs. $12.99, ages 3+, justplayproducts.com

 

 

Nut Nut Squirrel!
Nut Nut Squirrel!

 

Nut Nut Squirrel!

This game lets a pesky squirrel go after your hard-earned stash of nuts. Outsmart your opponents to win
this game of squirrelly snacks, suspense and surprises. $11.99,
ages 4+, pbnjgames.com

 

Squishmallow Food Squad
Squishmallow Food Squad

 

 

 

Squishmallow Food Squad

Are you a foodie? This toy features everything from appetizers and cheeseburgers to desserts. It’s a squad member of carryout food for everyone. $19.99, all ages, squishmallows.com

 

 

 

 

MyFairy-Garden_Unicorn-Paradise_pkg-left-angle
My Fairy Garden Unicorn Paradise

My Fairy Garden Light Unicorn Paradise

This charming toadstool house sits beside a sparkly rocky cave for magical fairy fun. Kids will love the shiny light-up rainbow and a glittery unicorn friend. $29.99, ages 4+, playmonster.com

 

 

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