Kristen: I’m still hoping that Santa will bring my daughter a Bamboletta doll (at top). I’m not sure who will love it more–me or her.

Liz: The limited edition mod Gina dolls at Craftsbury Kids are more for older girls and less for sticky-handed, doll head-sucking toddlers. If your kids are too young, get them while you can and stash them away for later.


Kristen: I can’t wait for my daughter to play with her handcrafted stick pony from Little Green Beans this Christmas. It’s definitely as great to look at as it is to play with.

Liz: The cardboard playhouse from Queen Baby Bean has been, without a doubt, the number one plaything in our house this year. And considering the number of doting grandparents my kids have, that’s saying something.

Thankfully all of the toys we have featured get the unleaded stamp of approval. For more ideas, check out our Toys category, along with our Safer Toy Guide.