Great gift ideas
No matter what age or gender you’re shopping for, there’s bound to be something unique to wrap. Barb Stine of Toys on the Square in Hummelstown offers some of her best-selling items:
Lucky Lanes Bowling Set. Small World. 3 years & up. $29.95. A soft, water-filled set created from lightweight, hollow plastic. NinenNeoprene-covered pins are silkscreened with a bright hot-rod style flame pattern in three different color schemes. Lightweight and fun.
OgoDisk. Ogo Sports. 3 years & up. $32.99. A hand trampoline for balls: throw, catch, bounce. Bounce any ball. For summer fun, try it in the pool with water balloons. Winner of Parents’ Choice Award 2007. Winner of TDmonthly’s Innovations Award 2007.
Hula Hoops. All ages. $6.99.
Yomega Flight deck frisbee. Ages 6 and up. $13.95.
Monster feet 5 and up. $11.99.
A fun alternative to stilts! Plastic stilt-like feet allow you to make impressions in the sand.
The Spooner Board. Spooner INC. 4 and up. $49.95 for small, 24-inch Freestyle Boards; $59.95 for large 28-inch Pro Boards. While both size boards are fun for ages 4 years & up, the smaller size is a little more manageable for elementary age kids. Its symmetrical scoop also allows for a great workout. Available in a variety of colors. The larger Pro model allows the rider to have a wider stance. Its rear pivot point keeps your weight on the back leg. A perfect simulator for surf, skate and snowboard training. Available in a variety of colors.
Muckers. Saturnian. Ages 8 to 80. $29.95. This ring toss game is totally portable. Throw it over your shoulder and head for the beach or picnic. The benefits for children include improved gross motor skills and hand/eye coordination. Safe, no sharp edges. Teens and adults will also enjoy the game as a form of mild exercise and may be played in teams or singles.
Rockboard Scooters. M.Y. Products. 8 years and up, depending on model; $249.99 This sturdy, well-constructed scooter works with an innovative powering mechanism. When the rider rocks back and forth, it powers the scooter forward, achieving speeds of up to 10 m.p.h. The hand brake is easy to operate. Great fun for kids or an effective way to commute around a town or city. The scooter folds down for easy portability. There’s a short learning curve, but riders are very quickly masters of the pavement. The tough wheels stand up to even the roughest sidewalks. Be sure to wear all protective gear-helmet, pads, etc. Small children should always be supervised when riding any scooter, skateboard or bike.
Aquaplay 520 Superset. 12 months & up. $119.95. Aquaplay Supersets are made with the highest quality and come with lots of standard features including paddles to move the water, car ferry, draw bridge, boat lock, gates and boat accessories. You can assist boats going through the canals by turning the handle and making the water go through the system and the boats follow the flow of the water.
Viking Toys Ferry Boat. Ages 1 year & up. $21.95. Ferry Boat comes complete with two figures and two Little Chubbies vehicles. Features working on and off ramps as well as an underneath compartment for added vehicle storage. Extremely versatile as it floats in the tub and has wheels to be rolled along the floor.
Parents and grandparents buying presents shouldn’t forget the classics. Chess, checkers, card games and easy-to-learn board games and puzzles that are fun for the whole family and good for any age. For traveling, there are small tabletop toys and games such as Travel Bingo, Hangman and the License Plate Game.
Kites. Many brands, shapes and sizes for a variety of age groups. Premier Kites 56” Delta Kite, ages 6 years & up. $24.95. A good beginner-style kite is the Delta design because it is easier to raise up into the sky. Make sure you have plenty of kite string (30lb. test line min. should be used) or you will be bringing the kite home early.