Friday, February 8th, 2013
Many of us have travel plans for the upcoming President’s Weekend. Whether we are traveling by car, plane, train or bus…we will have lots of time where our kids need to be occupied. My 9yo son would be thrilled to play electronics all the time but we definitely set limits and make time for arts and crafts, reading, and other educational activities.
One of our favorite travel toys is Rush Hour from ThinkFun. In this single-player game, kids set up the cars and trucks on a game grid to match one of forty color-coded challenge cards, and then try to maneuver the red car to escape the gridlock. There are four levels of play range from beginner to expert.
Find Rush Hour and lots of other fabulous travel toys at gifthero.com.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
In the dead of winter (30 degrees and snowy today in NYC), we are all looking for active toys that can be played indoors. We want our kids to get some physical activity but most of us are space constrained.
For my cousin’s daughter’s recent birthday, I was so excited to send the Hopscotch Rug from Alex Toys. This adorable bright pink and purple hopscotch rug is a perfect indoor activity and is wonderful for teaching preschoolers to jump, throw, count, stand on one leg and more. You can see my little cousin in the photo using the rug – of course her outfit had to match the rug! The rug comes with 3 colorful beanbags and and is easy to roll up and store (if it doesn’t match your decor). Plus, it can even be taken outside on a nice day.
To see more of our active toys visit gifthero.com.
Monday, February 4th, 2013
Lisa and I are often asked for our favorite gifts…those toys that our own kids have loved, that we give again and again and we can guarantee will delight the birthday child.
When asked for a gift for a 1 year old, I never hesitate and tell customers they must buy Chubbies Bucket of Vehicles. This kid’s gift will delight toddler boys (and girls) and keep them busy all day! Chubbies are a great indoor or outdoor toy - even in the bath or pool. The durable bucket, with an easy carrying handle, contains 30 vehicles, including airplanes, trucks, cars, trains and boats.
My brother recently needed a gift for his friend’s 1yo son. On my recommendation, he sent Chubbies. I saw his friend last night at a Superbowl party and she went on and on about how much her boys (she also has a 2.5 yo) adored the gift. She added that it’s wonderful for fine motor skills, sorting skills, learning colors and more!
See Chubbies and all of my favorite gifts at gifthero.com.
Thursday, January 31st, 2013
The year my son Benjamin turned 4 (he just turned 9), Zingo from Thinkfun was my go-to kid’s gift. I think I gave it to all 16 children in his preschool class. At home, we constantly played this wonderful educational game. When we launched gifthero.com, Zingo was one of our best sellers from the get-go.
Since we are always on the lookout for new toys, I was thrilled when Thinkfun introduced a new version – Zingo Sight Words. This is an incredibly fun and interactive word game that brings fast-paced excitement and learning to the classic game of bingo. Children learn to recognize and read sight words, which are the most frequently used words in the English language and make up about 50-75% of all written material. Learning and mastering sight words is a key step in becoming a successful, fluent reader (and we all want that for our kids!).
This is the perfect gift for 4 year olds or gift for 5 year olds. Start them now and they’ll be reading by the first day of kindergarten.
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
We first discovered Toobalink at the New York International Gift Fair two years ago. Walking through the maze of manufaturer booths set up to display their wares, most everything looked pretty familiar dolls, puzzles, etc… – until we saw a building display made from paper towel and toilet paper tubes. That stopped us.
We chatted with Will Sakran,the founder of the company that would ultimately develop Toobalink and bring it to the market. The idea was simple, create pieces that would allow kids to use cardboard tubes to build stuff. Families with kids go through a ton of paper towels and toilet paper – and the leftover tubes either wind up in the garbage or recycling (hopefully).
Will explained that the product was still in the development stage, so we kept in touch with him. After nearly two years, Toobalink finally came to the market this Fall, and GiftHero.com was one of the first retailers to carry it. We were so excited about Toobalink that we told our friends at Time Out New York Kids about it, and they included it in their 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.
Toobalink makes a perfect gift for kids ages 5 and up. Building sets make perfect gifts because kids can play with them alone or with a friend/sibling. It’s also an eco-friendly gift since it encourages the use of leftover cardboard tubes.
Friday, January 18th, 2013
Fairly often, Stefanie and I get emails or calls from customers who want to know what are our favorite kids’ gifts. Of course, since we ourselves select all of the gifts on GiftHero.com, we like everything that we sell. But there are a few that do have a special place in our hearts. Some toys were our own kids’ favorites.
This Dalmation Vet Kit was given to my daughter Maya for her third birthday by my cousin. Maya played with it constantly. She brought it with her to playdates, grandma’s house and even on family trips. Even after the long out grew playing with it several years later, she wouldn’t let me give it away. She still has the Dalmation, 6 years later.
If you want to check out all of my gift picks you can do so here.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
No need to plan in advance if you have a birthday party this weekend! We are pleased to announce guaranteed next day delivery to our tri-state area customers. Order by 1:00 pm and we ship the same day. Thanks to our friends at UPS, you’ll get it delivered to your door the very next day.
Spend $75 or more and shipping is free. For orders under $75, there is a $5.99 shipping charge when you select the LOC shipping option at checkout.
We’ve got a birthday party this weekend, so I’m ordering Gotcha Gadgets. It’s a perfect gift for kids ages 8 and up.
Thursday, January 10th, 2013
We’ve all been there. Your kid goes to a birthday party and brings home a bag of junk that you want to throw away immediately. You feel like it’s a waste, and frankly, it is.
In recent years, instead of the “bag of junk”, I’ve opted to give the party attendees one item to take home. Ideally, I opt for something the the kids will enjoy and the parents will not find annoying (one year, my child brought home a live fish as a party favor!)
But how do you find something that fits the bill? Well, that’s the easy part thanks to our new party favors selection at gifthero.com We have selected perfect party favors for kids at every age. One of my favorites is this Color N Carry activity book.
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
There are some kids gifts on gifthero.com that are classics and we can’t keep enough of them in stock. Just in time for holiday (I know…hard to believe it is almost time for holiday shopping), we have filled our shelves with many of our favorites.
One of the best is Perplexus. This educational toy is a three dimensional, gravity defying world of challenges. You flip, twist and turn the sphere to navigate the steel ball along the numbered tracks through barriers of varying difficulty.
For 4 year olds, we’ve got Perplexus Rookie. For 6 year olds, we added the new Perplexus Twist 3D Puzzle Ball. For 8 and up (adults will find this fun too), we’ve got Perplexus Epic (pictured).
Friday, October 19th, 2012
There’s just 12 days until Halloween but that’s plenty of time to order one of the adorable costumes from Melissa & Doug that we just added to gifthero.com.
If you’ve got a preschooler, you know that costumes are not just for Halloween. At that age (and frankly, still), our kids loved to dress-up and pretend play. I can picture Lisa’s daughter in this fabulous Superhero Girl Role Play Costume (along with my son in the “boy” version). Includes high quality and washable mask, cape and tunic.
And if your kid isn’t into superheroes…we’ve also got costumes for a fire chief, a police officer, a pirate, a doctor and (of course) a princess and a fairy!