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The 2012 Smarty Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by Toys & Co in Cotswold and Park Road Shopping Center. Find everything on Santa’s list at Toys & Co! And, they will wrap every gift BEAUTIFULLY and oh-so-expertly. They are the toy experts so they will help you source a gift if you are not sure what to get.
Today’s Smarty Loot List is for the preschool set, ages 2, 3 or 4 years old. This age group is so much fun to buy for so bring on the imaginative play, games of all kind and any toy that gets them moving!
Remember we have Giveaways, so check back later today for the chance to scratch some items off the list!
My First Haircut by Early Years
Honestly, this precious gift is a “cut above the rest”. Pretend play has never looked so good. These tools are best for two year old tykes.
This vintage toy is pure puppy love. The tiny wooden pup is simple and classic. The toy moves along with your child as they pull the puppy for walk. Easy, classic, and requires no batteries. Win, win!
Bitty Babies from American Girl
These are a great introduction for girls 3-5. Relatives can buy clothes or accessories. A great idea is matching nightgowns for your daughter and her doll.
Mr. Bubbles Body Colors
Good clean fun. Seriously, we think it is the perfect stocking stuffer. This “oh so” clean set makes bath time exciting! Color on walls, skin, hair . . . whatever. Creative freedom? Yes, please!!!!
Imaginarium City Central Train Table
GREAT bang for your buck!!!! I personally own this fabulous set and my children adore it. Wooden train set comes with everything from a “train wash” with sounds and lights plus bridges, control towers, depot and so much more. All trains included in this price. You will NOT be sorry!!! Forget Thomas, this set rocks!!!
Fisher-Price Loving Family Dollhouse
This family is perfectly, perfect. Set includes dolls and furniture. Additional pieces can be purchased separately. This doll house will grow with your children and makes for an impressive gift under the tree for a small investment! Quality Fisher Price product and classic fun heading your way!
KaZAM Balance Bike
This bike is ideal for little ones learning how to balance a big kid bike. Build confidence and learn to ride without training wheels. Foot rests and special features make this first bike a wonderful gift for the tree!
This gift is just perfect for your little guy. Solid wooden tools can be banged up hard by your sweet “handyman” with little to no damage. We just adore the carrying case! Fun and functional holiday fun!
When the winter weather is tough, this indoor toy will be a treat!! Portable fun for the entire family! Comes with a storage bag and guaranteed good times! We love this cute toy because it can grow with your child. Bowling is fun at any age, right?!
We are selecting three choices for Play Kitchens:
“I don’t have that much space” version… Alex Wooden Cook Top Playstove
My kids are constantly fashioning towels and blankets into capes. These are perfect!
This is always a fave. Boys and girls will love this. Be sure to stock up on bandaids for those faux shots.
Pre-schoolers love to pretend and a play tent will become their own world and allow for hours of creative play. The best part about this gift is it can be used repeatedly as they grow.
And some more tried and true favorites:
Want more ideas? Visit the website for Toys & Co. ! They have a perfect list of toys listed by age. Genius?! This adorable store is local and fun to shop at and play in.