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Hottest TOYS of the early shopping season

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Hottest TOYS of the early shopping season

And now, we present the toys that have been flying off the shelves during the early shopping season. I'm happy to say that sensory, active play, and open-ended building toys continue to be top picks for kids of all ages and genders. Thanks to all the fantastic vendors who have helped us make this a great holiday season so far! #1 - Nee Doh We never know what Nee Doh will be arriving next, but we've been fortunate to always have at least a few varieties in stock.    #2 - Magna-Tiles One of our all-time favorites really hit it...

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Hottest GAMES of the early shopping season

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Hottest GAMES of the early shopping season

People always ask us what the hottest games and toys of the season are. Usually the answer is "that depends" because we like to give personalized recommendations. But today, I thought it would be a public service to highlight some of the things that are proving to be super popular AND have good availability. It doesn't matter how cool something is if you can't put your hands on a copy, am I right?!? First up are the top five strategy games and then top five family-fun party games.   #1 - Wingspan ONE MILLION copies sold worldwide!! So happy for...

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Annals of Gifting: 12 Cooperative Games for Getting Along

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Annals of Gifting:  12 Cooperative Games for Getting Along

Over a decade ago Pandemic and Forbidden Island burst onto the scene, and suddenly it wasn't so strange for players to work together instead of competing.  What a concept!  Since then, many other cooperative games have been published, and it's a genre that we continue to love.  Here are some of our favorite games with a cooperative element; most are pretty new, with one old chestnut added in because it's essential. Let's keep on playing nice!   

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Annals of Gifting: 12 Gifts for the Entertainer

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Annals of Gifting:  12 Gifts for the Entertainer

Some people are born hams who love to entertain, and some people perform out of love for a skill.  Whatever type of entertainer you have in your life, here are some joyous toys to keep them having fun!  

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Annals of Gifting: 10 Gifts for the Desk

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Annals of Gifting:  10 Gifts for the Desk

Andre is used to walking around a school and classroom all day, so when the time came to start teaching from behind a computer, he went a little stir crazy.  Fidgety desk toys to the rescue!  His absolutely favorites were the Fingears magnetic rings, but our son Cyrus loves the Hanayama puzzles and Shashibos, and I'm partial to the Boks building set.  I guess you can say that when it comes to desk toys, there's something fun for everyone!  

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