Every Fall I attend the Time to Play (TTPM) Showcase in New York and get to see what is new and hot for the holiday season. For this post I have selected items to highlight that I think will have a particular appeal for grandparents. Next month I’ll publish my annual Holiday Gift Guide and more will be included. It isn’t your typical Top 10 list. I have tried to cover a range of ages and types. Some are what is really hot and may sell out so if a grandchild is asking for it, don’t delay. Some will bring back memories of our own or our children’s childhood. There are the grandparent splurge items and the yes I can afford that items.
All of the pictures were taken by me so they aren’t perfect and may have other items in the background. I keep working on taking better pictures and my husband helps by cropping. I still have a way to go but at least you know they are accurate and not souped up in any way.
In no particular order…..
Happy Dance Snoopy from Just Play
is a new Peanuts movie premiering on November 6th and there will be
lots of Peanuts themed merchandise associated with the movie. Peanuts Movie “stuff” will be hot this
season. Here is a premier Peanuts Movie item – the Happy Dance Snoopy plush
from Just Play. If you squeeze his paw he “boogies to the “Linus and Lucy”
theme song. Give him a kisss and he will
return the kiss, laugh and howl. The
demo for this at the show drew a crowd. Adults will be as engaged as the kids. This is a TTPM Most Wanted List winner.
|Happy Dance Snoopy|
I first wrote about this in February in my favorites at Toy Fair NY blog post. It wasn’t on the market yet, but it is now and it is selling very well. This also was on the TTPM Most Wanted list. The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven has a new modern, eye catching look and new technology to half the time needed to bake cookies in an oven for children. You can get cookie mix in all of your favorite Girl Scout kinds - thin mints, trefoil, etc. Best of all, a share of the price will go the Girl Scouts of USA.
Barbie Fashionistas Dolls $9.99
|Barbie Fashionistas Dolls|
Now for some nostalgia favorites….
This was the first time I saw Lionel trains at a TTPM event and it brought back a flood of wonderful memories for me. My uncle worked in the Lionel train factory in Newark, NJ until it closed and every year we got a new train to add to our set at Christmas. I am sorry that I don’t have good pictures of the sets on the tracks - they looked great on display. This year Lionel celebrates its 115th year in business.
The Polar Express $149.95
This set features a steam locomotive with working headlight and train sounds (whistle and bell), coal tender, passenger coach with two opening doors, observation car with “disappearing hobo” feature and opening door; and 3 Polar Express figures (conductor, boy and hobo). The tracks and remote controller are also included. Uses c batteries. Will be something that the family looks forward to being under the Christmas tree every year.
The Imagination Express $49.99
This year, Lionel is introducing an all-new toy line for preschoolers called Imagineering™. There are four differently-themed sets - Crayola, Batman, John Deere and The Polar Express. Each set includes a train that’s not powered and has an engine, gondola, caboose, train station set and 6 feet of quick connect track. This is an excellent way to introduce the fun of playing with trains to young children.
When I was a kid – and perhaps you too – Slinky was all the rage and everyone had one. This year Slinky celebrates its 70th birthday. Today Slinkys come in different sizes, materials, colors and “Collector’s Versions. They all do the famous Slinky walk down the stairs. Priced right for a small gift, these make for great intergenerational fun. And… no batteries!!!
These aren’t your squares/rectangles/triangle sets anymore, but they have those too just in case grandpa wants a set to play with. Priced right, there are various sized themed sets with all the popular characters featured. My favorite was the $9.99 Create a Story set which includes an easel, 4 background sheets and 48 colorforms. A wide age range of kids will enjoy these – especially if one of their favorite themes is featured.
The Take Along and On the Go small sets are versatile and make excellent small presents. I know many of you grandparents have these often for visits. I see these as excellent tooth fairy gifts and long ride in the car items.
|Colorforms Take Along and On the Go sets|
I’ll be featuring a lot more items in my Holiday Gift Guide coming soon. All from a grandparent perspective. Stay tuned.