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2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Our top 12 picks for tots

—Photo by JellyBean Pictures

We thought about doing a gift guide for everyone on your list, but then decided it’s the kids’ gifts that are the most fun. With that in mind, here are our top 12 holiday gifts for babies and toddlers. You’re on your own to find the perfect something for your spouse. And your sitter. And your mother-in-law…

Crowd-Pleasing Stocking Stuffers: Tegu’s magnetic wheels can turn any Tegu block creation into a moving vehicle; $15 for four at tegu.com. For babies who want in on the car action, try a Mini Car Maze; $16 at potterybarnkids.com.

Captivating Picture Book: You’ll both be chuckling at I Want My Hat Back; $9.59 at amazon.com.

Festive Holiday Jammies: Hanna Andersson’s organic cotton PJs come in candy cane stripes and fun seasonal prints; $26 at hannaandersson.com.

Fresh Art Supplies: Stamps plus colored pencils plus an urban motif equals a whole new level of toddler-art sophistication; $24 at dwellstudio.com.

Non-Intrusive Train Set: This manageable track system won’t take over your whole living room—even with its cool suspension bridge; $149 at landofnod.com.

A Super-Engaging Dollhouse: The green dollhouse from Plan Toys comes with solar panels, recycling bins, and a wind turbine; $239.99 at diapers.com.

Sweet Musical Instrument: A pint-size piano that actually sounds like a piano. Available in cotton-candy pink and cherry red; $79 at landofnod.com.

Inspired Rocking Toy: The Very Hungry Caterpillar rocker has a soft seat and wooden frame, and comes as close as you can get to bringing the classic book to life; $120 at carlemuseum.org.

Classic Personalized Stocking: These handmade elf stockings are totally cute, but not cloying. Order by December 10 if you want your baby’s name on it; $44 at chasingfireflies.com.

Wow-Factor Play House: This mod little eco-friendly house has a small footprint but gobs of creative potential—as a house, a lemonade stand, a puppet theater; $1450 at sproutsanfrancisco.com.

Very First Bike: The Kid O Bit Bike is one swell-looking set of wheels—for kids as young as 1; $125 at milalilu.com.

Gift That Gives Back: There’s a style of Tiny Toms to go with anything (even glitter), and for each pair you buy, a pair is sent to a child in need; $29 at toms.com.