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With the holiday season here, it’s time to start thinking about what to get your children. I am always so clueless as to what to get my kids and as many of you know, most of those box-store retailers are absolutely no help. When it comes to shopping, I prefer heading to local, smaller retailers to get the help I need — and quite honestly deserve.

Independent toy stores all over the country will kick off the holiday season on November 11th by hosting Neighborhood Toy Store Day to celebrate their community, the value of shopping local, and the joy of play. Hundreds of toy stores celebrate with family-friendly activities, in-store specials and more! See the coolest toys this holiday season in-person and find a curated selection of gifts for the kids (and kids-at-heart) you love. Select retailers will feature the winners of the Best Toys for Kids Award voted by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA).


The 2017 winners of the Best Toys for Kids Award are as follows:

Best Toys for Kids Award

  • ACTIVE PLAY Laser X 2-Pack (NSI)
  • BOTS Smart Bot Robot (Playvision)
  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN CATEGORY Zipes Speed Pipes Performance Pack (Neat-Oh! International)
  • CLASSIC 0-7 YEARS Topanifarm (Djeco)
  • CLASSIC PLAY 8+ YEARS Doink it Darts (Marky Sparky)
  • CONSTRUCTIVE PLAY Geomatrix (California Creations)
  • CONSTRUCTIVE PLAY Remote-Control Machines: Construction Vehicles (Thames & Kosmos)
  • CREATIVE ARTS PLAY 7+ YEARS Linkt Crafts Kits Bubble Loops (Neat-Oh! International)
  • CREATIVE PLAY UNDER 7 YEARS The Ultimate Brick Maker (Relevant Play)
  • DOLL PLAY Rahel from Ethiopia (Hearts for Hearts Girls)
  • EARLY PLAY SmartMax My First Safari Animals (Smart Toys and Games, Inc.)
  • GAME PLAY 2-5 YEARS Cha-Cha Chihuahua (Gamewright)
  • GAME PLAY 5-8 YEARS Go Go Gelato! (Blue Orange Games)
  • GAME PLAY 8+ YEARS Kingdomino (Blue Orange Games)
  • LOGIC SKILLS Roller Coaster Challenge (ThinkFun)
  • PRETEND – ROLE/FANTASY PLAY My Magical Sound & Lights Unicorn (Gund)
  • SCIENTIFIC PLAY Snap Circuits STEM (Elenco)

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