Ellie Tate from Wonder Works toy stores in South Carolina
“The Kiwi Swing (1) from Swurfer is the most adorable toddler swing. It’s ergonomically designed to hug the natural curve of a child’s body. It’s got a three-point safety harness and it’s lined with soft foam. Our customers hang it inside or outside.
“Kids learn the basics of physics by building the Gumball Machine Maker (2) from Thames & Kosmos. It was one of our favorites from Kit Night at ASTRA!
“Classic Timber Tots (3) are back, from Fat Brain Toy. Preschoolers have been going ‘nuts’ for these in the store! The collapsible and portable tree house has been particularly popular.
“We have pumped Cosmic Mini Golf (4) from b4 Adventure since we first saw it at Toy Fair. This five-hole course is big enough for the entire family to play, and you can take it to the next level with black lights – the entire set glows neon!
“Carpool Karaoke the Mic (5) from Singing Machine is the first karaoke microphone designed for your car. It easily connects via FM radio and Bluetooth, and it sells great this time of year.”
Elisabeth Dahl from Curious Kidstuff in Seattle
“Everyone loves our Archie McPhee items. Even the employees are buying them! Sunny the Happy Blobfish (6) is a favorite. He’s squeezy, squishy, and grumpy looking, and just plain funny.
“Everything Archie McPhee sells well here because we’re right in their neighborhood. The local Seattle company is known for its weird, but cute, stuff, like the Big Foot Finger Feet puppets (7). People are just discovering the new Bendy Sour Pickle (8).
“The game Sleeping Queens (9) from Gamewright is very popular. Another game, the railroad-themed Ticket to Ride (10) from Days of Wonder has become a classic. The 15th anniversary edition was released in August.”