Brands We Love

Our Toy Buyer's Hot Gift Picks

Maisonette's own Julia Kondratink scours the globe for items that are guaranteed to delight. Here she shares what's flying off the shelves.

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Micro Kickboard

"This is like having a Porsche at the playground. If you're already an owner of a Micro Kickboard, check out their fun accessories, including dinosaur heads and rainbow streamers. These are high on the list for gift-giving this season."

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Melissa & Doug

"Melissa & Doug are a husband-and-wife team who are dedicated to old-school play. Their giant stuffed animals are definitely the best-sellers of the season. They're a gift both for parent and child."

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Schoenhut

"Anytime a mini stops by the office they immediately gravitate towards our Schoenhut piano or drum set. They're fun and well-made, and the piano comes in a hot pink that Elton John would love."

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Tender Leaf Toys

"Tender Leaf Toys creates chic, wooden toys that promote learning through play. Their Noah's Shape Sorter Ark is fun and receiving a flood of orders."

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Hape

"Hape is one of our best-selling brands. Their foodie toys and their Four-Stage Rocket Ship have been popular since they came on site. Given how engaging they are, we understand why. Your kids will stay busy all day."

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eeBoo

"eeBoo is one of my favorite brands when it comes to educational games and gifts (think: geography bingo). Literacy, storytelling, drawing, imaginative play and basic math are among the skills that their products encourage."