Melissa & Doug Unveils its Top 20 Holiday Gifts for Children

2011 lineup features intelligent, imaginative toys designed to inspire and educate young minds

Oct 26, 2011, 06:00 ET from Melissa and Doug

WILTON, Conn., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The creative minds at Melissa & Doug have released their list of must-have products for the 2011 holiday season, including a broad range of timeless toys with unique imaginative flair.

Company co-creator Melissa Bernstein says:

"Our strong holiday collection is in keeping with our signature approach: staying in touch with the way children naturally play, listening to their parents' concerns and advice, and designing every toy we make to inspire a world of imagination. Our goal is always to spur the creativity of children, and this year's lineup of holiday toys includes plenty of inspiration!"

Our Top-20 List includes toys for every age group!


Caterpillar Gear Toy ($9.99)

Turn the gears slowly and watch each interlocking segment move the next, or see how fast your child can make the caterpillar "crawl" on the wooden base. This rainbow-colored gear toy is hands-on fun at any speed. With their bulky, notched shape, the colorful gears are easy for children to fit onto the color-coordinated pegs . . . then rotate, remove, and rearrange!


Snowman Stacker ($12.99)

A classic childhood toy gets a touch of holiday magic in our wooden Stacking Snowman. Designed with a solid-wood rocking base for safety, it features eight wooden pieces and comes complete with a wintry scarf and hat.


Butterflies and Bowling Balls

Your children will love exploring shapes, colors and sequencing with the Stack and Sort Butterfly ($14.99). Each wing holds bright colors, chunky wooden shapes, and lots of opportunities for sorting and stacking fun!

For a more physical pursuit, your kids will have fun to "spare" playing with the Happy Giddy Bowling Set ($19.99). This brightly colored plastic bowling set includes six bowling pins, a mini bowling ball, and a handy bowling bag with durable fabric handles for easy travel.


Limitless Imagination and Learning!

Children will be fascinated by Sort & Snap Color Match ($19.99). This clever color-matching activity board is great for color recognition, sorting, and beginning math skills, and it even has 3-D picture suggestions.

When it's time to get playtime really rolling, wheel out Melissa & Doug's Low Loader ($19.99), a sturdy wooden truck that can haul the included steamroller and bulldozer, and Wooden Farm Train ($19.99), perfect for transporting a new cow or carting milk, fruit, and vegetable crates to the market.

Town Blocks Wooden Play Set ($29.99) introduces children to a whole community with sturdy wooden play pieces and endless pretend-play opportunities. Doorbell House ($29.99) sets kids' sights closer to home with an engaging play set full of locks and keys, ringing bells, and four play people.

Broaden their palates with the Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set ($19.99) or Felt Food Sandwich Set ($19.99). Both include lots of free-form play-food fun, plus activity ideas that will have kids learning effortlessly while they play. Add another scoop of fun with the Scoop & Stack Ice Cream Cone Playset ($29.99)!

Melissa & Doug's Grocery Cart ($69.99) is a miniature version of the real thing, so kids can collect the ingredients they need to get creative in the kitchen. The two-sided Deluxe Floor-Standing Wooden Easel ($79.99) is the perfect "studio" for budding artists.

Our Giraffe Giant Stuffed Animal ($99.99) is a four-foot-tall gentle giant that will bring the wild world to your children's fingertips!

AGES 3–6

Trunki ($39.99)

Available in six adorable colors, this innovative ride-on suitcase is perfect for sleepovers, vacations, storing toys, summer camp, and much more. Trunki can serve as luggage, riding toy, and travel companion and sports a pull-along strap, carry handles, secure catches, and integrated wheels.


Make-a-Face Sticker Pad ($4.99)

Twenty faces and five sticker sheets (with more than 250 stickers!) make it easy to put your best face forward. This collection of facial features and styling accessories is the perfect activity set for the little artist in your home.


Flipping Out and Sticking On

Flip-to-Win Hangman ($12.99) is the classic word game with a twist, complete with an erasable white game board, self-storing dry-erase marker and eraser.

Butterfly Treasure Box Peel & Press Sticker by Numbers ($14.99) encourages children to keep their fingers moving and young minds engaged. With sticker gems and a number key, kids will have everything they need to turn this craft project into a glittering jewel box!


U.S.A. License Plate Game ($19.99)

Add excitement to car travel with this sturdy, reusable classic travel game. Children will learn the names and locations of all 50 states, identify them by their license plates, or help plot their trip by flipping the states along their route.

About Melissa & Doug:

Since Melissa and Doug started their toy company 23 years ago in the garage of the home where Doug grew up, the company has become one of the most trusted names in preschool toys. Through its unique distribution network of nearly 15,000 retailers and presence in 80 countries worldwide, Melissa & Doug has created nearly 2,000 proprietary products spanning virtually every category of children's play. "We started the business to make incredible products that enrich children's lives, and we treat our customers like members of our family," Melissa says. "We also listen to parents—I talk with a lot of them!—to address needs in the marketplace and create products that can be trusted."

CONTACT:  Kristina Lynch, 1-305-864-3434 x153,

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