Staff Picks: Caroline’s Top 5 Gifts for the Holidays

Having trouble with your gift list for the holidays? Let us inspire you! In this ongoing series, our Hobby and Toy Central experts pick their favourite products.


By Caroline, Hobby and Toy Central, Appleby Line, Burlington 


1. Playmobil Preschool Set

Playmobil Sunshine Preschool play set

The Playmobil Preschool set is a very realistic set that many children of working parents would immediately relate to.  Accessories to the large preschool include a children’s playground, ball pit, city car, and a mother with twin stroller. The playground features a pregnant woman, one of the first pregnant toys I’ve ever seen.


2. Baby Stella dolls and accessories

Baby Stella Peach doll

Baby Stella is a soft and cuddly first doll that includes a magnetic pacifier. There are several versions, including an infant, toddler, and baby boy, and some great accessories are available too, including a baby carrier, stroller, high chair, and more.


3. Aquabeads

Aquabeads Starter Set bead crafting kit

Aquabeads are a very creative craft that most kids over the age of six years can do independently. They can make anything they want, including animals, jewelery, or letters. Just arrange the beads with the included tools, spray with water, and they stick together in no time. 


4. Deluxe Portapuzzle

Portapuzzle puzzle travelling and storage kitThe deluxe Portapuzzle is a great way to build and store puzzles. It accommodates up to 1000-piece puzzles, and has two inner removable pads that are great for doing smaller sections of the puzzle before adding them to the whole.


5. Pandemic strategy board game


Pandemic board game

Pandemic is an intense game that promotes cooperative play. As a team, you try to find the cure for four viral diseases that have broken out in the world.


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