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The Season's Best

’Tis the season for shopping, but don’t let the pressure of finding that perfect gift take the “happy” out of your holidays.

Before you hit the mall — or internet  — take a look at the fantastic finds shown here, all of which were recognized with the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA).

For the past 26 years, NAPPA has been the go-to source for parents looking for quality, entertaining and educational products for their families. NAPPA’s team of expert judges and parent and kid testers meticulously evaluate hundreds of submissions each year and award only the best of the best with the coveted NAPPA seal.


Love2learn Elmo by Hasbro, Inc.
$69.99, hasbro.com,

18 months+.













3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set 
by WobbleWorks, Inc.
$49.99, the3doodler.com, 8+.


Arckit Go Colours 
by Arckit
$59.99, arckit.com, 10+.







by WowWee 
$199.99, wowwee.com, 8+.






E-Z Grip Football 
by Tucker Toys 
$12.99, tuckertoys.com, 5+.






Zoomer Hedgiez 
by Spin Master 
$39.99, spinmaster.com, 4+.









Untangled Pro Children’s Bluetooth Headphones 
by LilGadgets 
$49, lilgadgets.com, 4+.



Hannah the Hanukkah Hero 
by Mensch on a Bench
$29.99, themenschonabench.com, 3+.






Furby Connect 
by Hasbro, Inc. 
$99.99, hasbro.com, 6+.










by Play Monster 
$11.99, playmonster.com, 6+.


Folkmanis Monarch Life Cycle Puppet 
by Folkmanis
$39.99, folkmanis.com, 3+.






My First Bananagrams 
by Bananagrams, Inc. 
$14.99, bananagrams.com, 5+.









Worry Eaters 
by The Haywire Group 
$22.99, bit.ly/WorryEaters,  All ages.


Lamaze Mix and Match Caterpillar 
by Tomy 
$19.99, lamazetoys.com, 6 months+.








Talk-to-me Mikey 
by Playmates Toys
$39.99, toysrus.com, 4+.







Lion Guard Training Lair Playset
by Just Play
$59.99, JustPlayProducts.com, 3+.


My Fairy Garden - Magical Cottage 
by Play Monster 
$29.99, playmonster.com, 4+.






Smithsonian Planetarium Projector 
by NSI International, Inc. 
$39.99, nsi-intonline.com, 8+.








Think & Learn Smart Scan Color Chameleon 
by Fisher Price 
$24.99, Fisher-Price.com, 3 to 6 years.


Portable Baby Sound Machine 
by Big Red Rooster 
$19.99, bigredroosterproducts.com,
Birth and up.




Super Moon In My Room 
by Uncle Milton 
$54.99, unclemilton.com, 6+.










Ozobot Starter Pack 
by Ozobot 
$49, ozobot.com, 6+.


Skylanders Imaginators 
by Activision Publishing 
$74.99, skylanders.com,  All Ages.




Mighty Makers Director’s Cut Building Set 
by K’NEX Brands 
$34.99, knex.com, 7+.












Crayola Air Maker Sprayer
by Crayola 
$29.99, crayola.com, 8+.


Explorer of the World
by Frances England 
$12, francesengland.com, 5+.





The Nutcracker 
by Maestro Classics 
$16.98, maestroclassics.com,

For the entire family.









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