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06
Dec

10 Doll and Playset Gift Ideas

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Planet Play Cubes

Ages: 1 & Up
Manufacturer: HABA
Price: $19.99

HABA’s Planet Play Cubes are cleverly designed, well-made and well-priced. Compact, portable, light-weight, self-storing, these cubes beckon. The children enjoyed mastering how to fold and unfold the cubes to create the playsets The Land of Faeiries, or My Little Town.

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Corolle Mon Premier Bebe Calin Bisou

Ages: 1 & Up
Manufacturer: Corolle Dolls
Price: $49.99

This classically designed 12″ baby doll, smells as sweet as s/he looks. Its easy to clean and small enough for little ones to carry. Push on the doll’s tummy to hear “Papa, Mama, Hi Hi Hi” and an “eating” sound.

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MiO Playing Eating Sleeping Working + 2 People™

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Manhattan Toy
Price: $100.00

The deluxe Mio playset is dazzling – in design and in function. The 41 piece deluxe set includes wooden blocks, planks, cubes, double-sided painted foliage patterns, two Mio beanbag people, a blanket, a pillow and a drawstring bag. The structure doubles as a storage box; playtime “windows” are built-in handles. The language and motor skills, creativity and imagination, individual as well as group play, are all inside, just waiting to be unpacked.

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MyFamilyBuilders™ Toy Set (48pcs)

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: MyFamilyBuilders
Price: $69.95

Once in a blue moon, a toy comes along that’s as socially responsible as it is playful. Teaching young children to respect diversity and differences is important. Learning that through play in invaluable. The 48 piece set of mix-and-match wooden magnetic play pieces designed as heads, bodies and legs lets kids (and adults) create families that look like the families they know and see.
We don’t all have the same skin color. Not everyone has brown eyes. Some children live with only one parent, some children live in blended families. Not all members of a family look alike. Not all families are alike. But they are all families.

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Jinja’s House

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Sago Mini
Price: $29.99

The design of the fold-and-carry playhouse is clever and fun; the illustrations are delightful. The fabric-hinged panels unveil a kitchen, a hallway, a living room and a bedroom. One flap opens to reveal a bathroom, another the contents of the fridge. The colorful flip side perspective shows the exterior, complete with a neatly wound garden hose, a scooter, an apple tree and shrubs. A functioning door has a mail slot – to send or receive the mini letter and postcards included in the playset. The sample thank you notes are an inspired touch

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Lori Loft to Love™

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Battat
Price: $49.99

This dollhouse is a simple design which lends itself well to multiple possibilities. This sturdy modern looking building has a door that swings in and out, window and skylight openings, a lower level kitchen with a peninsula and working lights, easy-to climb steps, and a city dwellers dream roof-top deck/garden. The turf area is a soft, thin, fuzzy felt which helps figures and furniture to stand without falling over or sliding.
The educational benefits — such as language (expressive and receptive), motor skills, imaginative and creative play, social interaction, cooperative play – are many and the play is different every day for every child. Lots to love about playing here.

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Our Generation Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck

Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: Battat
Price: $119.99

The retro and oh so modern shade of blue envelops this ice cream truck. The well-made, large plastic truck rolls and has working lights, windshield wipers and turn signals. The music it plays is worthy of any neighborhood ice cream truck. But it’s the attention to detail and the 128 accessories for which we scream play. From pretzels and frosted donuts, to the ice cream, popsicle and frozen yogurt treats, everything is delicious – to play with that is.

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Camille Doll

Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: American Girl
Price: $60.00

Sporting a pair of fish themed Wellies, bright-eyed Camille is a little knock-kneed and has a slight overbite. Needless to say, she was enthusiastically welcomed as the “little sister” in our testers’ families of American Girls dolls. At 14.5 inches, Camille is well made and more affordably priced than her older sisters. She has blue eyes, a freckle on one cheek, and blond hair. Camille is styled in a deep-blue tee with glittery mesh ruffles, a tie-dye print skirt with a handkerchief hem, a bow at the waistband, a coral starfish clip for her hair, light-pink underwear and the aforementioned wellie boots with red fins and smiley faces. More playful than historical, Camille and her friends are ready for fun.

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Space Rocket with Launch Site

Fall 2016 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Playmobil USA, Inc.
Price: $49.99

This 115 piece set offers both building and open-ended play. The mission ready set includes the rocket and launch structure, a satellite, two figures, a repair robot, a movable maintenance platform, mechanical tools, a computer, and working lights and sounds.

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Melody Doll and Book

Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: American Girl
Price: $120.00

The newest addition to American Girl has been much anticipated. As the company’s third African American Doll, Melody is a well-made, beautiful dark skinned doll clothed in the style characteristic of the time period. She’s the first black doll with a story set in the 20th century.
As is standard with American Girl dolls, Melody is packaged with a historically accurate storybook. Set in the pivotal years of 1963 – 1964, Melody Ellison’s story introduces children to the Civil Rights Movement, critical changes and challenges in race relations as well as the social, artistic, national, and international climate of the era. The history is important; the lessons Melody and her story can impart through play are not only relevant, they’re essential.

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