Blankie Buddies Stephen Joseph’s plush totes contain cuddly blankets kids can carry anywhere. Get 25 percent off any order through January 5 with the code CHICAGO KIDS. $20 at stephenjosephgifts.com.
Buck Cowboy Boots Dud up li’l pardners for wild, wild times. $48 at livieandluca.com.
Buckleyboo Panda A supersoft plush keeps tots busy working on fine motor skills. $20 at buckleyboo.com.
Cityblocks Stacking Blocks Budding builders can erect the city of their dreams without worrying about securing hard-to-get bank loans. $17 at amazon.com.
Colorforms Brush With Genius Paint and create sound effects with the stroke of a brush. $14 at fatbraintoys.com.
B. toys A-AMaze Loopty Loo Tiny hands can move 47 colorful wooden beads along five different routes, freeing Mom’s hands for a bit. $8 at target.com.
Eeboo “Friends Say Hello” Puzzle Kids learn to say “aloha!” in 12 languages as they solve this United Nations of puzzles. $10 at the Spertus Shop.
Scramble Bug Cute as can be + Sturdy (four wheels!) + Easy to fold up = Must buy. $65 at quicksmartgo.com.
Kicokids D.I.Y. Activity Tee Help kids snip along the dotted lines of this tee to reveal a surprise design. $52–$56 at kicokids.com.
Terrysaurus towel Even dinos need to towel off after bath time. $34 at chasingfireflies.com.