Toying Around is an easy-to-navigate resource for holiday shoppers who are looking for the perfect gifts for all the children in their lives. Ideal for adults who don’t have kids living at home, it is a great way to discover cool presents for nieces and nephews, grandchildren and godchildren, or any child who’s been nice this year. Written by Stephanie Finnegan, a toy industry expert, this must-have holiday helper is stuffed with information, insights, and imaginative shopping lists. An added bonus is that each company and product listing has a clickable link that allows for easy browsing, buying, and locating of retail shopping centers.
From traditional Raggedy Ann dolls to cutting-edge electronic MIMOBOTS, there is something for every child’s taste and every shopper’s budget. Cuddly polar cubs, creepy Presidential Monsters, dashing superheroes, and twinkling fairy-tale princesses are all described and then linked to. It covers fashion dolls, animatronic animals, and even toys that have minds of their own! This is a fantastic way to usher in the holiday season, and to turn your gift list into a sensational hit, worthy of Santa himself.
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About the Author
She is a monthly columnist for several collectibles magazines (Treasures and Village D-Lights), as well as a contributing editor at large, and a senior consultant, too.
She is also a weekly blogger for Dolls magazine and a bi-weekly blogger for Teddy Bear & Friends.
Stephanie has also authored several books on artists and hobbies, the evolution of the dollhouse, and other toy advancements. She has edited doll and teddy bear magazines, and has lectured on the history of play in America. But her most important credential of all: the proud mom of two incredible, playful, toy-loving children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are looking for some holiday inspiration, this really is a cool book! Instead of just sticking a check in an envelope as a gift for a niece or nephew, here are all sorts of suggestions for boys, girls, and big kids too. The best part is you can see every possible toy by clicking on the links. You go to the website and you can search around and even buy the gift without leaving home. If you want to buy a present, but don't know a lot about what's out there, give this book a whirl!
I was not sure what to buy my 6-year-old goddaughter. I knew she liked to play with stuffed animals, but I figured how many teddy bears does one kid need! This book showed me all the different kinds of stuffed toys there are. Not just the kind that you put on a bed or on a shelf. There are ones that go in purses or are part of backpacks. There are so many new things since I was a kid. I liked how I could read about the products and then click on the links to see the companies. This was helpful.