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MPMK Toy Gift Guides

 350+ Stimulating & Engaging Toys 

Arranged by Age & Interest


Over 300 of the most engaging toys arranged by age and interest - everything you need to get your toy shopping done early this year!

How great would it be to feel confident your kids (or your kids’ friends) are going to love their gifts and keep returning to play with them again and again?

This is the only resource you’re going to need to nab the perfect gift for every child on your list, ever time!

Pin it to your favorite gift or toy board or bookmark it (and share it with your mom friends – they’ll thank you!).

This is not your run of the mill gift guide.  I work on these babies all year long, every year, researching, cultivating, and fine tuning the gift guides until they’re just right.

Where do I research? Everywhere.

I’ve spent hours upon hours talking to friends, school teachers and even toy store owners as well as reading reviews, polling our readers, and scouring toy award lists to come up with these finds.

Which toys should I spend my money on?,” is probably the question I get asked most often by you guys.

When I first started these annual guides, I considered just grouping our picks by age, or gender, or even benefit – but then I got to thinking about how I shop for my own kids.  Ultimately, it’s what my littles are into that most motivates my purchases.

If they’re going through a constructing stage, then I want the goods on the most stimulating building toys out there.  If their creativity is blooming, I’m looking for info. on the highest quality and longest lasting art supplies.  And if they can’t get enough of role playing, that means I’m on the search for toys that do a superb job in supporting dramatic play.

In addition, I’ve got a few goals of my own when it comes to toy shoppinggetting in some solid independent play during quiet time, burning off steam when stuck indoors, and feeding their little brains in a fun way to name a few.

So this year we’ve got a couple of different ways for you to shop:

  • Click on the 1st image below for the 25 Best-Selling Toys of 2014 (arranged by age) for fail-proof shopping.
  • Scroll through each of our gift guides categorized by interest and find the perfect thing for your art/building/outdoor/S.T.E.M./game/doll/etc. loving kid!
  • NEW! and perfect for finding birthday party gifts – Scroll all the way to the bottom and check out our gift guides by age (0-18 months, 2 year-olds, preschoolers, kindergartners, and elementary aged kids).

Just click on the photos below for the complete guide… Happy shopping!

The top 25 best-sellers this year from the 350+ toys across all 10 of our infamous gift guides - each one is guaranteed to be a hit under the Christmas tree!




Best toys for keeping kids active - everything from yoga games to best beginner bikes and more!

The most engaging S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Toys for Kids - Everything on this list looks awesome! Such great educational finds.

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Dramatic play promotes literacy through vocabulary and story-telling practice as well as social skills such as empathy, turn taking, etc.

Gift guide: best art supplies for open-ended creativity - all great to have on hand for a rainy day!

Quiet time learning toys gift guide - I want everything on this list!! Love the detailed descriptions and age recommendations, super helpful!

Best building toys for developing math, problem-solving, and spatial thinking skills - love that there are suggested age ranges

Top dolls for girls and boys - because playing with dolls builds empathy and emotional intelligence in kids.

Top toys for kids who love planes, trains, cars, and construction vehicles - great detailed recommendations here!



One of the things I’ve really been wanting to do with the gift guides – and that I’ve heard from you guys that you really want me to do – is to lay out our top picks by age.

As much as I love having our 350+ toy recommendations organized by interest, I know it could be really useful to parents and other gift givers to also have them organized by age, especially when shopping for a birthday!


A great list for that hard to shop for age!

11 super engaging toys that are my "go-to" gifts for two year olds come Christmas or birthdays.

This a great list to keep on hand for Christmas and all those birthday parties!

So much better than the latest "it" toy - all of these picks will bring hours and hours of engaged playtime from your kindergartner.

Great list to keep on hand for Christmas or the next time you child gets invited to a friend's birthday party!