Learning Express unveils the hottest products for the 2010 holiday shopping season!
It may seem super early, but shoppers are already thinking about the upcoming holidays and so are we! Back in July I had folks on our Facebook page asking about what “the” toy of 2010 was going to be. And let me tell you, there was much debate when we sat down to actually create the list.
Learning Express has a unique position as a “specialty” toy store. It means that beyond the trends and fads (which, don’t get me wrong, we stay on top of) we’re interested in the quality of our products. And when it comes to finding the great gifts for this year’s holiday season, we were most concerned with investment. The best toys are the ones that are going to last. They’re the ones kids are going to come back to again and again. It’s what we call “play value,” and, trust me, it makes a difference.
So ::drumroll please:: here is what we’ve come up with this year. We hope this is helpful as you begin to plan a really wonderful holiday season.
The Twelve Toys of Christmas
Tickle Monster Laughter Kit
Be not afraid of monsters wearing magical blue gloves; they come in peace to tickle your funny bone! Cheerful drawings and silly poetry tell the story of a monster’s mission to spread joy while readers wear the furry blue mitts that make the tale come alive. Kit includes mitts and book. Ages 12 months+ $34.95
The gift set for this kit has a wonderful presentation and will wrap beautifully. (Don’t forget that Learning Express does FREE gift wrap!) The story is well-written and the mittens create a unique interactivity. It sort of reminds me of the same experience you’d get with a book like Pat the Bunny, but the fuzziness isn’t confined to the page.
Fold ‘N Go Trampoline
Ten monkeys may jump on their bed, but kids would be better off using this fully functional trampoline! Constructed with weatherproof tubular steel, use it indoors or out. Safe and fun trampoline folds for easy storage. Holds one child up to 150 pounds. Ages 3+ $99.99
Classic indoor/outdoor gift for active kids. It’s always been a bestseller, but they’ve recently redone the design and it’s better than ever.
Limited Edition Uglydoll Nandy Bear™
From the quirky cast of the Uglyverse comes this new, limited edition Learning Express Nandy Bear™. You’re a limited edition of one and you deserve a special friend like this special edition of Nandy Bear™! Now that we’re all special, let’s get down to some fun! While supplies last. Available only at Learning Express. Comes in three sizes—keychain miniature, classic, and two foot oversized. Ages 3+
Read last week’s post about Nandy and the popularity of Uglydolls!
Playmobil Furnished School
Back to school fun for everyone! Fun starts from the very first hour with this fully-functional two-story school. Stocked classrooms, science lab, art studio, and music room make for delightful learning. Functional bell and chalk board. Exceptional quality and play value. Ages 4+
Anything by Playmobil is an excellent example of play value. It’s what we call an “assortment line,” which means you can add pieces and build your collection over time. This particular set, the Furnished School, is HUGE, measuring 30” x 15” x 16”. Now THAT will look impressive under the tree!
Oh, what a wonderful world! Use the wireless Intellipen to learn amazing information from this raised-relief globe. Accompanying 48-page book uses the same updateable technology to teach about our amazing Earth. Includes games, geography, history, ecology, and more in four languages. Quiz yourself! “Lisbon is the capital of what country?” Ages 5+ $129.99
For the brainiac. No question. Just look at how many topics it can cover, which will make it popular with budding historians and scientists alike. I think my favorite feature is that it talks to you in multiple languages so you can brush up on your Spanish while you’re at it.
A best seller! Fantastic frogs in a carefree aquarium! The “living” gravel in this small tank keeps it clean, leaving you more time to enjoy the amusing antics of the resident aquatic frogs. Ages 5+ $24.99
Beyond the passing fads (like Silly Bandz), this has been our top selling item for over two years. And there’s nothing like getting a pet (even a no-hassle one like this) on Christmas morning.
the latest craze! Snap the trap open to send your ball ballistic, then catch it with a snap of your hand. Includes two snap launchers and four balls. Ages 6+ $24.99
I tried this out the other day and loved it. It worked just as well inside in a hallway as outside in the yard. A really great game to get kids moving.
Spot It Game
There is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any 2 cards in this party game. Spot it and you win! A sharp eye and a little bit of speed is all it takes to become a Spot it! 2 to 8 Players Ages 6+ $12.99
Also took this game for a test drive last week. WAY fun for kids and adults and the compact tin is small enough to be a stocking stuffer. There are four different ways to play and you can include 2 to 8 players so I highly recommend, especially if you go on the road for the holidays.
Stick N’ Style® Fun with Fashion Kit
Awesome accessories abound! Use your fashion flair to design and decorate beautiful bracelets, headbands, and more. Stick and peel jewels are eye-catching and easy-to-use. Only available at Learning Express! Ages 5+ $24.99
The model in this photo is one of our storeowner’s children. She didn’t want to take the accessories off when we’d finished the shoot. Pretty much says it all!
MLB/NFL/NCAA Bean Bag Game
Fun for old and young alike! Bean bags are back and more fun than ever. Grab these games in their handy carry bags and take them to picnics, parks, sporting events, or simply set up in your family room. Includes eight bean bags and one board. Teams will vary by store. Available only at Learning Express! Ages 8+ $29.99 each
This is for all the dads and granddads out there. Celebrate your favorite team while you play together. Fun. Pure and simple.
This super self-propelled scooter surpasses all others! Two-scooters-in-one, riders can quickly switch from traditional kick scooter mode to a unique rocking technology that propels you with a gentle movement of the knees. Rear spring suspension makes for a smooth ride anywhere. Folds for travel. Colors may vary by store. Ages 8+ $199.99
If you’re looking for a WOW gift for Christmas morning, this is it. You really have to see it in action to appreciate how cool this is:
NEW! Imazine® Sports Watches and Popochos™ Watch Skins
Times are changing! Sport these simple, trendy, and freakishly flexible watched for forward-looking fashion. Each watch produced negative ions, which help eliminate all the protons that your body is exposed to on a daily basis, and are waterproof. Accessorize with interchangeable Popocho™ skins. Ages 6+
For the fashion-forward tween, the trendy teen, and the modern mom. In the right colors, the watches are downright sporty and we’ve seen a lot of boys come in for them. For the ladies, the interchangeable popochos are incredibly versatile, not to mention, adorable. (I have several at home and people ask me about them every time I wear one.)
Here’s wishing you a very happy shopping season!