Flipping through the pages of holiday toy books and catalogs is right up there with holiday gift inspiration, just after the hundreds of commercials that kids are bombarded with on their favourite channels, in the months leading up the holidays. It provides parents like me with a few ideas of the newest and hottest toys of the season, and gives kids the chance to add a select few items to their holiday wishlist, providing the anticipation of what’s going to end up under the Christmas tree this year.
Mastermind Toys is one of our favourite places to shop because of the fantastic selection of toys, games and gifts in-store, and so the release of the Holiday Gift Guide, where the newest and hottest toys are curated and brought together in print and online, is one of our favourite times of the year.
Our Top Holiday Choices from Mastermind Toys
This year, you’ll find a few hot and new toys that have made it to the top of my kids’ wishlist – as I’m sure they have in your house. Some of our favourite toy and gift inspiration for 2016, found in the pages of the guide, are:
- Edwin the Duck, App Connected Smart Duck – We love app connected toys, especially ones that are designed to grow with the child and create a multi-purpose play experience. Edwin the Duck looks fascinating!
- Hatchimals Electronic Hatching Friend – This is the ‘hot toy’ this year. You get your choice of a penguin or a dragon, and it arrives at your home ready to hatch, play and learn.
- Our Generation Ice Cream Truck, with Accessories – A classic for your children’s 18″ doll collection, this heirloom quality ice cream truck comes with enough accessories and play value to provide hours upon hours of imaginative play.
- Magformers Sweet House Light Up Building Set – A fun, new twist on one of the favourite toys in our house, you can now create a house adding more play value to the Magformer Toys (and they even light up!)
- Yookidoo Submarine Spray Station – Perfect for infants and toddlers that are learning to spend more time in the bath tub, playing – and their big sisters, the Yookidoo toys have been a hit around here with all of our kids.
- The Gruffalo Puppet Book – Every child needs a book under the Christmas tree during the holidays, and it’s even more fun when it comes with a bit of interactive play during story time.
Tip: In addition to shopping the Holiday Gift Guide, if we’re shopping for a gift for a friend or family member, we love the feature to shop toys by age at Mastermind Toys, there’s a great selection of toys, for every age, starting with infants!
The Mastermind Toys Holiday Gift Guide is available online, here, and through your local stores in magazine format beginning November 1, 2016. Stop by your local store, or browse online to find gift inspiration, special savings, offers and more. Bring one home so the kids can flip through the pages and circle the items they would like to add to their Christmas list, or watch your mailbox – as ours usually arrives there.