{Gift Guide 2012} For the Teens and Tots in Your Life

Even if you’re young at heart, it can be hard to get into the fickle minds of tots and teens. Our FOF toy and game gurus have you covered. Below, their 7 gift picks for kids.

Plus, enter for a chance to WIN Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Cooperative Board Game, by leaving a comment below.


1.Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Cooperative Board Game from Bella Luna Toys, $29.95
Recommended ages: 4+

“Cooperative games encourage young children to work together, and not against each other. Traditional board games can lead younger children to tears…not the case with this one. Wildcraft! gets rave reviews from our customers. Players work together toward a common goal, and along the way, they learn about 25 important edible and medicinal plants that can be used in first-aid situations. A great family game as older children will enjoy it, too.”–Sarah Baldwin, founder and owner of Bella Luna Toys, an online toy store.

2. LeapPad2 from LeapFrog, $99

“An explosion of durable, kid-oriented tablets that offer parental controls and family-friendly content have hit the market. LeapFrog is the first tablet ever made for preschoolers.”–Robin Raskin, founder of Living in Digital Times

3. ImagiPlanks: The Infinite Playground from Bella Luna Toys, $379.95
Recommended ages: 6-12

“This brand new building set consists of 12 interlocking planks that kids can use to build their own play structures–a fort, a bridge, a tunnel, a see-saw, a house or anything a child can imagine. This building set can be used indoors or out–a truly open-ended toy! By the way, there is a great video, here, that demonstrates all the fun ways it can be used. ”–Sarah Baldwin, founder and owner of Bella Luna Toys, an online toy store.

4. Heavy Baby Dolls from Bella Luna Toys, little heavy baby: $124.95, heavy baby: $139.95
Recommended ages: 1-4 (little heavy baby), 4+ (heavy baby)

“This doll has to be held to be believed! Filled with 4½ pounds of millet scented with pure lavender oil. The weight and soothing scent have a calming effect on children and inspire nurturing and caring play. Every mother I’ve handed one too, invariably holds the baby to her heart and begins bouncing and rocking it. It also comes in a smaller version for younger children.”
–Sarah Baldwin, founder and owner of Bella Luna Toys, an online toy store.

5. Moover Ride-On Tow Truck from Bella Luna Toys, $84.95
Recommended ages: 1-5

“Designed in Denmark, this adorable wooden truck can be pushed along but is sturdy enough for a young child to ride on. With a fully functional crane and a roomy under-seat storage compartment, the driver’s cab also has room for a child’s teddy bear or doll. Ride-on toys help develop motor skills, and toys with wheels teach early lessons of physics. But, most of all toys that go ‘VROOM’ are just plain fun!”–Sarah Baldwin, founder and owner of Bella Luna Toys, an online toy store.


1. AfterShokz™ Sportz M2 w Mic Headphones, $79.95

“The next generation of open-ear sport headphones. They sit comfortably in front of the ear and use bone conduction technology to keep ears open to ambient noises. Safely keeps co-eds connected to their music and social life while remaining active.”–Robin Raskin, founder of Living in Digital Times

2. Tablet Keyboard from C.Wonder, $80

“For my son (an obsessive geek who can’t put down his iPad!) this really cool and handy tablet keyboard.” –Terry Gibralter

Leave a comment below for a chance to win Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Cooperative Board Game.

One FOF will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes December 20th, 2012 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.

44 Responses to “{Gift Guide 2012} For the Teens and Tots in Your Life”

  1. Sunn ymay says:

    The Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Cooperative Board Game looks like it would teach some self care in the wild and in everyday life along with teaching how to be good stewards of the environment.

  2. yyoerger says:

    This would be perfect for my two nieces. They love to help in their family garden, so the herbal theme would appeal to them. Plus it would keep me as the “cool aunt” role for finding it (wink).

  3. lisa mcfarland says:

    looks like a great game for kids

  4. Amy Z. says:

    This sounds like an interesting game to play with the family!

  5. AJB says:

    Looks fun!

  6. Phoenix says:

    Looks like a great game.

  7. imelda says:

    The Wildcraft board game is something I would love for my highly gifted nephew.

  8. carol says:

    Hello there and Merry Christmas! It would be very cool to see my first grandchild, Maggie,riding that wicked truck.

  9. Deanne H. says:

    It looks like a really fun game for the family. I would give it to my granddaughter.

  10. Marilyn N says:

    I think the Wildcraft game would be perfect for me to take to school to use in our lifeskills class. The kids need to learn some much about the wildnerness(they often venture out in the many wooded areas near our district) and they need to learn about cooperation with each other as well. What a great concept!

  11. Susan Lockwood says:

    Wildcraft would be perfect for our two grandchildren – 5 & 7.

  12. patti lovecky says:

    Haven’t actually heard of this board game , but our family loves to play board games whem]never we get together, so we are always looking for new and fun games.

  13. rexterrier1 says:

    I’d love to have a chance to win “Wildcraft”! It looks like it would be a fun game to play with my grand children!!

  14. hananghaddar says:

    My daughter will love the Tablet Keyboard.

  15. Lisa says:

    we would all love to play this game and be inspired to grow some of these plants as a family.

  16. Mary N says:

    Four great nieces, 4 nephews. Perfect gift!

  17. Roxann Grey says:

    My neice and nephew would love this game.

  18. ticki566 says:

    My grandson woul look adorable on the toy tow truck and the LeapPad 2 would be a good learning tool. The baby dolls are so loveable and cuddley…too bad I don’t have a granddaughter. (Hint, Hint, Nicole!!!)

  19. Camilla Wilson says:

    My granchildren would love this game.

  20. Stephanie V. says:

    perfect for the kids!

  21. Dorothy Borgese says:

    since living in Long Island with lights going out for over two weeks this time and 10n days the last the black out we need boardgames to keep everyone from going stir crazy without their xbox



  23. Patty Pavone says:

    very nice selection

  24. bonnie says:

    shopping for our grandkids is one of my favorite activities… so many great toys and gadgets

  25. debra says:

    The tablet keyboard for my son

  26. Margaret says:

    I have two beautiful great-granddaughters who need to learn to be less competitive. Wildcraft sounds it might be the new board game to play on their heretofore raucous visits.

  27. Jewel Hopson says:

    I sat up straighter, my eyes widened and I got excited to see a game I would love to play with my great nephews, both of whom hate to lose. Finally, a board game that won’t make these boys sad or angry. Wildcraft An Herbal Adventure will give them useful knowledge too! I would love to win this no tears/no jeers game.

  28. Nancy Jachcik says:

    Love board games!

  29. Pam Parson says:

    I love how different this game is! It would make a fantastic gift for my granddaughters.

  30. smfsprout says:

    I think the Herbal Adventure game would be fun to play with teenagers who think they know everything!

  31. Michelle M says:

    We love family game nights in this house! Thanks!!

  32. Kathi says:

    I have 3 Beautiful Grandchildren and the above toys would be so nice for their ages but my oldest grandaughter who is 9 just told me she wants board games for Christmas, so I would Love to win this “Wildcraft” Board game for her!

  33. mandrada says:

    I’s love to win and own this for my son. This would give lots of bonding time yet to be spent coupled with fun and thrill of adventure.

  34. Jill says:

    Nice toys, creative and positive, really like this game board, I work in a middle school this would be a nice team builder!

  35. Thelma Rodriguez says:

    This would be a great gift for my granddaughter, my grandfather used to take us on nature walks and would teach us what the different plants were and their nutritional or what remedies they could provide. Such wonderful memories and I would be able to p[ass this on to my granddaughter as well.


    I would love to give my granddaughter the Heavy Baby Dolls for Christmas

  37. Marta L says:

    Board games are great & bring family members together.

  38. Deborah says:

    Ohhhh I would so love to win this! I have nine grands and they all need to learn to work together and that you do not always win and that that’s O.K. too. No one can win everytime! As a kindergarten teacher you see lots of children who do not know how to play and win or loose without problems!

  39. beth says:

    wow, sounds very unique!!

  40. Debbie W. says:

    Any of these gift ideas are great for my niece!

  41. Nancy M says:

    I love the activity based products.

  42. Helen Chun says:

    This game sounds interesting!

  43. Margarida says:

    Board games bring the family together in a positive way!

  44. Zenaida says:

    I would like to win the Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Cooperative Board Game for my granddaughter.


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