NAPPA Awards Holiday Gift Guide

The best toys for all ages from the National Parenting Product Awards

The 2021 National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) results are in, and we’ve identified the year’s top products for children in the Delaware Valley. Turn to our gift guide for the best toy recommendations for every child on your holiday gift list.


Henry the Bunny

This plush bunny has the sweetest hanging ears and luxe pom-pom tails, making it a best friend for baby. Each doll provides 10 meals to children in need. $82, ages birth+

Lulla Owl

A soother and sleep companion provides the sounds of a natural heartbeat and breathing to comfort and support babies. Soft, small and lightweight, with no plush filling, this toy makes a safe option for the most sensitive babies. $39, ages birth+

Touch Learn Nature Abc BoardTouch & Learn Nature ABC Board

Bring a love of nature into the world of learning. With a touch-sensitive wooden board, this toy tablet teaches letters, sounds and counting numbers. $24.99, ages 1-2

Oh So Snuggly

This cuddly plush friend has soft quilted features reminiscent of a security blanket. This toy is available as a hippo, bunny and puppy in two sizes. $12-$20, ages birth+

Sweet Baby Banana

Get this cute mini baby with a soft and cuddly body, fresh baby powder scent, sweet face and bright eyes. It’s perfectly sized for a nap and bedtime buddy. $12.99, ages 1+

Marshall’s Transforming City Fire Truck

Look for this all-new toy from the “PAW Patrol” movie. This item features two different modes and exciting sounds for added fun. $54.99, age 3+

Count Along Basket ScannerCount Along Basket & Scanner

Let’s shop with play food, shopping lists and scanners. Carry the basket or expand it into a rolling cart while learning about new food groups, colors, shapes and numbers. $34.99, ages 2+ 

Shimmercorns Sparkle Makeover

These DIY unicorns come with wings, stencils, markers and a brush to express your creative side. Give Sparkle a makeover with your own designs. $12.99, ages 3+

Squishmallow Food Squad

Are you a foodie? This toy features everything from appetizers and cheeseburgers to desserts. It’s a squad member of carryout food for everyone. $19.99, all ages

My Fairy Garden Light Unicorn Paradise

This charming toadstool house sits beside a sparkly rocky cave for magical fairy fun. Kids will love the shiny light-up rainbow and a glittery unicorn friend. $29.99, ages 4+

Nut Nut Squirrel!

This game lets a pesky squirrel go after your hard-earned stash of nuts. Outsmart your opponents to win this game of squirrelly snacks, suspense and surprises. $11.99, ages 4+

Early Elementary

Playmobil Dino RisePLAYMOBIL Dino Rise T-Rex: Battle of the Giants

The T-Rex Battle has begun. This toy has a robot machine on a destructive path. Your kids need to gather a dino-human team to stop them before it’s too late. $69.99, ages 5-12

Purse Pets Group CopyPurse Pets

Bring your look to life with these fabulous interactive pets packed with purse-onality. They respond to your touch, blink and have exciting sounds and reactions. $24.99, ages 4+

Ice Ribbon TwirlerIce Ribbon Twirler

This twirler is a beautiful sparkly dance accessory perfect for indoor and outdoor play. Use the light-up feature to add magic to your nighttime dance activities. $9.99, ages 6+

Superhero RescueSuperhero Rescue

Kids can take on this hands-on adventure to learn about muscles while developing healthy exercise habits. The kit includes a top-secret mission pack and STEAM projects to save the forest. $29.95, ages 5-8

Kinetic Sand Sandisfactory Set Packaging ScaledKinetic Sand Sandisfactory Set

The set includes everything you need to create your own mesmerizing sand surprise reveals. Make oddly satisfying, sandy videos right at home. $14.99, ages 3+

Just Add Soap 3dJust Add Soap

Make science and art at home easy with supplies you already have. This kit comes loaded with everything you need for at-home experiments for fun, new discoveries. $24.95, ages 8+

Roblox Roblox Icons Gold Collectors Set Group Rob0527 Fig 02 Ns Op WebRoblox 15th Anniversary Gold 4-Figure Pack

Create your own stories, celebrations or anything you can imagine. Assemble four of the most iconic and collectible figures and get ready for an epic adventure. $19.99, ages 6+

Pixter Lifestyle 1PIXTER

Now anyone can learn to be an artist. Select an image and the electronic drawing coach will show you how to draw step-by-step, one line at a time. $19.99, ages 6+

Super Mario Aquabeads Creation Cube 2Super Mario Aquabeads Creation Cube Set

Create your favorite characters including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and more. Place the beads on the provided templates, spray with water and watch as the beads magically fuse together. $39.99, ages 4+

Mosaic Frame Plbfun 1Mosaic Photo Frame Craft Kit

Beautiful shimmery colorful mosaic pieces are made from mother-of-pearl shells. This kit includes everything kids need to create a gorgeous photo frame. $15.99, ages 6+


Alpha JetkartAlpha Jetkart

Upgrade from a traditional hoverboard with an exciting go-kart. Contains light up wheels and lava full color spectrum. Top speed of 9 mph with a range up to 12 miles. $349.99, ages 12+

Jogoball Product CutoutJogoball Interactive Game Console

This screen-free tech gaming console is filled with over 1,000 hours of content: active, trivia, social games and more. Throw, shake, tap, spin and twist. No subscription fees. $119.00, ages 8+

Masterchef Family Cooking Game CutoutMasterChef Family Cooking Game

Family fun and learning come together as you cook your way through a series of challenges such as Mystery Ingredients, Game Changers and Mad Skills. Discover new dishes with 22 family-tested recipes as you laugh and bond together to see if you can score big. $19.99, ages 8+

Laser X Revolution Micro BlastersLaser X Revolution Micro Blasters

Set up a laser tag arena in your own backyard. Blast opponents up to 200 feet away, inside or out, in darkness or bright sunlight. $19.99, ages 6+

One By Wacom In UseOne by Wacom

This pen tablet takes digital creativity to the next level. Sketch, draw and edit photos with a simply great digital ink experience. $69.95, ages 8+

What Can You Gif CutoutWhat Can You GIF?

Discover this brand-new, phone-meets-card game. If a GIF is played, others caption it; if a card is played, others match with a GIF. This game is easily adapted for remote play. $24.99, ages 14+

Cool Maker Shimmer Me Body ArtCool Maker Shimmer Me Body Art

Use this DIY studio to create flawless temporary art designs. Magically transfer beautiful iridescent foil onto the body. $25.99, ages 8+

Owlcrate JrOwlCrate Jr

This book subscription box is designed to encourage curiosity, creativity and imagination in young readers. Each box includes a newly published hardcover novel, a letter from the author, an activity, game, or additional book, plus an assortment of fun goodies related to each month’s theme. $29.99, ages 8-12

This piece first appeared in the December 2021 issue of MetroKids.

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