The holiday season is upon us and with that comes a long list of to-dos. Let Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny’s team of childcare experts help you find fun and educational toys for kids of all ages. We hope our 2023 holiday season gift guide helps alleviate one task on your list this busy time of year. For some unique gift ideas for Mom, see here!

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What Makes a Good Gift?

Fun & Educational Toys!

There is nothing better than gifting an educational toy that is also fun! Thankfully, there are hundreds of STEM learning toys. Kids won’t know they are learning while they play; and parents will be thankful for the useful toy, rather than another one that gets lost at the bottom of a toy bin.

Open-Ended Toys

When in doubt go with a wooden toy; they are always a nice addition to a household. They don’t come with batteries and avoid the chemicals accompanying plastic toys. Wooden toys encourage open-ended exploration, along with pretend play toys. Companies such as Hape, Melissa and Doug, Haba, and PlanToys offer so many creative, educational toys. Any toy that requires thought and exploration will engage a child longer with many more benefits than a toy with sound buttons.

The Experience

A toy that allows for engagement between the child and gift giver creates lasting memories. Perhaps that is a gift that calls for building a robot. Making a robot with your Uncle is priceless and way better than just playing a new video game. If you know a child who has everything they could ever ask for, purchase a gift that is an experience you can go on together, such a tickets to the aquarium. See more experience gift ideas here.

Educational Gifts for Infants

Melissa & Doug Sensory Toy
Magic Touch Wooden Piano

Touch & Feel Book

Infantino Sensory Cube

Fine Motor GO Tots Tumble

Battat Play GymHape Pound  & Tap BenchWooden Shape Sorter

Educational Gifts for Toddlers

Animal Sorting Barn

Magna-Tile Dinos

Magnetic Color Sorting

Stacking Train

Geometric Sorting Board

Hape Wooden Workbench

Wooden Play Food

Large Floor Puzzle

Educational Gifts for Preschoolers

Bingo with a Zing!

Dynamo Wooden Dominos

TonieBox Story Teller

Veterinarian Pretend Play

Play Cash Register

Number Block Math Cubes

Child Size Cleaning Play

Pete the Cat Board Game

Educational Gifts for School-Agers

National Geographic

Crystal Growing Kit

STEM Building Kit

Rapid Rumble

Family Board Game

3D Doodle Pen

LEGO Monster Jam

Osmo Interactive STEM Kit

Spy Lab Forensic Kit

Build A GumBall Machine

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