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Gift Guide

2017 Annual Toy Guide

Published November 27, 2017 by

Tips from experts on the best toys to give this year!

By Susan Peck
 

If you’re already stressing about what holiday toys to get for all the little sugar plums on your “nice” list, SEEN has put together the ultimate Annual Toy Guide for you. Compiled by the toy experts, we’ve rounded up the hottest educational, developmental and just plain fun toys — from vintage-inspired to the latest techie toys of the 2017 season. “Toys are an investment in a child’s development,” says Toyology toy store owner Aric Klar. “Pick one that’s just right for their skill level, and you’ll be giving them hours of education, and enjoyment.”Each developmental level requires something different and, while the choices seem daunting, the good news is that at a good independent toy store, the staff knows every product in the store, how it works, how much it costs, what company makes it and who should play with it. The toys included in our guide not only offer children hours of fun, they also provide parents the confidence that their holiday gifts will keep on giving for months to come. Get ready to shop!

FOR PRESCHOOLERS (4-5 years):

The key word for toys at this age is “basic.” Preschoolers are still mastering how to play by the rules and take turns, so pick games with simple tasks and scoring methods. Top Picks:

 
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California Creation’s Geomatrix, $29.99, Toyology Toys, Four Metro Detroit Locations

annual toy guide

Mindware’s Conduct Dough, $34.99, Toyology Toys, Four Metro Detroit Locations

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Pixlplay Camera, $29.99, Toyology Toys, Four Metro Detroit Locations

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Haba’s Kullerbu Ball Windmill Track Set, $89.99, Haba My First Ball Track $64.99 or Haba First Ball Track Roll N Roll, $119.99 all at The Doll Hospital & Toy Solider Shop, Berkley  

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Manhattan Toy’s Wee Baby Stella, (available in different colors) $19.99, The Doll Hospital & Toy Solider Shop, Berkley

 
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FOR AGES 5-11:

Kids are developing their own interests and are better at more detailed games and activities that include science, sports, art projects, and music. Top Picks:

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Bendi Bricks, $9.99-$14.99, Toyology, Four Metro Detroit Locations

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Beyond 123, Lollipopters, $24.99, Toyology, Four Metro Detroit Locations

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Valtech’s Magna Tiles, $51.50 – $120, The Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop, Berkley

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ThinkFun Lazer Maze, $26.99, The Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop, Berkley

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FOR TWEENS:

Not little kids, but not quite teens, tweens can be tricky when it comes to holiday gift shopping. Even if they are a budding sports fanatic or fashionista, most middle-schoolers still can’t resist a super fun toy or game for entertainment. Top Picks:

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Czech Games’ Codenames, $19.99-$24.99, Toyology, Four Metro Detroit Locations

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Fat Brain Toys’ Spinos, $9.99 – $24.99, Toyology, Four Metro Detroit Locations

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Creativity for Kids’ Super String Lanterns, $29.99, The Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop, Berkley

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Lego Technic BMW Adventure, $59.99, The Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop, Berkley

 

 

For Holiday Shopping:

Adventures in Toys
250 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
(248) 646-5550
Adventures In Toys – Facebook

The Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop
3947 W. 12 Mile Road, Berkley
(248) 543-3115
dollhospital.com
reallygreattoys.com

Genuine Toy Company
550 Forest Avenue #8, Plymouth
(734) 414-9500
genuinetoyco.com

The Robot Garage

therobotgarage.com

Birmingham

637 S. Eton Road

(248) 723-9100

Rochester Hills
Village of Rochester Hills
172 N. Adams
(248) 213-9960

Grosse Pointe
15201 Kercheval
(313) 924-3310

Toyology Toy Stores
toyologytoys.com

West Bloomfield
6389 Orchard Lake Road
(248) 562-7524

Royal Oak
119 S. Main St.
(248) 268-1412

Howell
109 W. Grand River Ave.
(517) 518-8152

Rochester Hills
208 N. Adams Road
(248) 266-6861

 
 
 

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