Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Traditionally, the kids are the first people on the Christmas gift list.  They’ve already written their letters to Santa, and they’re on their best behavior by now, patiently anticipating a tree full of gifts on Christmas morning.  Check out some of these top gifts to see if they’re on your child’s list.  If they’re not, you’ll absolutely want to add them!

Each toy in our Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide is hand-selected for their ability to inspire creative, their quality workmanship and distinct personalities that engage children in a positive way.

PS:  Before heading out to fulfill your holiday wish lists, be sure to print off our convenient shopping list located at the end of this feature.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair

The adorable Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair offers so much more than just the perfect size comfy spot for your baby to sit.  It’s a versatile playground of learning activities and creative playtime fun!

Equipped with a Smart Stages™ setting, the chair is designed to give you the ability to select the stage that is best for your child.  Each stage level has a variety of developmentally appropriate songs, phrases and sounds to help babies with ABC’s, numbers, shapes and much more.  There’s so much bundled into one super cute sitting space, making it a spectacular practical and engaging toy perfect for any 12 to 24-month-old children on your holiday shopping list.

My First Crayola Products - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

My First Crayola Products

Crayola has long provided superior products to encourage creativity and the My First Crayola Products line continues this tradition.  Designed for toddlers and preschoolers to express, create and connect with color, the products are easy for little hands to grip and use.

The cute designs, bright colors and washable and mess-free attributes make these parent-friendly products, as well. Fill a gift basket with My First Crayola Products for the toddlers on your shopping list or grab a few packages for stocking stuffers or gifts to have on hand for impromptu gift-giving.  Your recipients will love each moment of creative expression!

Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart

Based on the popular show, the Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart gives kids everything they need to provide on-the-go care. Kids can let friends know they’re in a hurry with the motion-activated siren that lights up and plays the Doc Mobile song.

This Doc McStuffins cart is equipped with a working ladder to help toys wherever they are. Future doctors can use the light and sound EKG, otoscope and thermometer to give on-site checkups and fix boo boos with the bandage sticker dispenser.  Perfect for the little-bitty pre-med Doc McStuffins lover on your shopping list!

Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway

The Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway designed for ages 18 months to 5 year-old, features an over 3-foot tall series of ramps for plenty of playtime fun!

You can send your Little People vehicle and rider down the ramp at the top of the set. Each race has a different finish as the car will come down from the ramp in one of three spots. Children can flip different switches along the way to cause the cars to change paths or let the toy surprise them with automatic changes.  Your little ones will have hours and hours of endless fun with this well-designed set.

Giddy Up Friends Stick Pony - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Aurora Giddy Up Friends Stick Pony

Remember when you were a kid and you rode the stick pony around playing Cowboys and Indians?  Well now your own kids can have the same experience, only better!  

The 37-inch Aurora Giddy Up Friends Stick Pony looks much more like a pony than anything you ever had as a kid, and if you squeeze the ears, it makes horse sounds!  It’s great for a little cowboy or any horse lover on your Christmas list.

Tubby Table- Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Tubby Table

A fun holiday gift for toddlers, the Tubby Table is an award winning, educational bath toy.  The height-adjustable pedestal design suctions right to the middle of the tub to give the kids a safe and sturdy play surface while they sit on the included non-slip mat.  The Tubby Table comes with 5 numbered and shaped cups to encourage learning through playtime.

Tubby table can also be used without the included cups as well for anything else kids can imagine – tea parties, action figure play, puppet shows, and other fun bath time activities.  Parents will love that the toys, kids, and water stay in the tub.


Adora Dolls Bathtime Babies - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Adora Dolls Bathtime Babies

For the little mommy on your list, these Adora Dolls Bathtime Babies are absolutely adorable!  They’re dressed in hooded bath towels, and you can choose from owl, frog, sock monkey, bear, elephant, or shark.  The beautiful dolls each come with a washcloth and a bath towel so that they can go right in the tub or pool with your child, and the “QuikDri” material their little bodies are made of ensures that they’ll be dry in time to take them to bed too!

Any little girl on your list would love for Santa to bring her one of these.  She’ll want to bring it with her everywhere.  One of these cute little dolls may just become her new best friend.  Recommended for ages 1+.

Strider Bike - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Strider 12″ Sport No-Pedal Balance Bike

The key to learning to ride a bike is all about balance and the Strider 12″ No-Pedal Balance Bike teaches children ages 18-months to 5-years-old how to ride with ease, without the aid of training wheels!   

A simple, no-pedal design builds confidence and eliminates fear by allowing kids to have their feet on the ground and progress at their own pace. This unique design teaches young children balance on two wheels right from the start, avoiding developmental delays typical with tricycles and training-wheel bikes.  A wonderful gift for any child on your shopping list.   

Hape Toys - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Hape Toys  

Hape Toys was started in Germany in 1986 and has been delighting children the world over ever since with their unique collection of toys and crafts.  Hape crafts collection is full of creative kits that help encourage the development of children’s individual style.


Each Hape craft kit comes with everything your child needs to create a masterpiece. There are several types of craft kits like the Crabby Mosaic that comes with colorful wooden circles, patterned wooden base and string to hang. Children as young as 3 years can easily finish this craft. There are sand art craft kits, painting craft kits and many more available at Hape Toys sure to delight your little or not so little artist.

ViBella Youth Jewelry - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

ViBella Youth Jewelry

Little girls love to play dress up and now you can gift a socially-conscience jewelry choice for the holidays.  ViBella youth jewelry is hand-crafted by using up-cycled materials like plastic and paper.  The profits are invested back in the artisans’ communities and the program is designed to help at-risk women.

The collection of youth jewelry includes one-of-a-kind bracelets, earrings, and necklaces for the little beauty to add to her collection.  There are style options for any sort of child, whether their taste is sporty or elegant.  The high quality jewelry is sure to be a favorite gift this year.  

Tickle Me Plants - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Tickle Me Plants

Remember the pet rock craze?  Now you can give kids a pet plant for Christmas! Tickle Me Plant is a very unique gift – a real plant that opens and closes like a Venus flytrap, but it doesn’t eat bugs and it looks like a fern!  It’s a great gift for kids who live in apartments and don’t get to garden.  It also helps teach responsibility – just like a “regular” plant, it needs light and water to grow.

Tickle Me Plant comes with 6 pots, 6 seed packets, 6 mess-free soil disks, and its own portable greenhouse so they can take it to Grandma’s house with them for the weekend.  In about 3 weeks, the plant will grow leaves, which close when you touch them.  They open back up in a few minutes.  It’s a great gift for kids of any age, and way more fun than a pet rock!

Spot It! Games, Disney Collection - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Spot It! Games, Disney Collection

In case you don’t know anything about Spot It! Games, I’ll tell you a little bit about them.  They’re matching games.  Each card has symbols on it, and the first player to match symbols between two cards gets a point.   The games are both fun and educational, and adults enjoy playing Spot It! too.  The small tin they come in is also perfect for taking on road trips to keep the kids occupied.
The Spot It! Disney collection of games is perfect for the younger kids – those who are into Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and the other Disney Junior channel shows.   There are 11 games together, and 8 of them are recommended for ages 3+.   It’s hard for preschool aged kids to be able to participate in family game night when they don’t understand the concept of the more complex games, so they’ll certainly appreciate finding a game under the tree with one of their favorite Disney characters on it.

Flying Baymax - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Deluxe Flying Baymax

The Deluxe Flying Baymax is sure to be a hit this Christmas for boys that love Disney’s Big Hero 6.  The 11-inch doll boasts a soaring 18-inch wingspan, 20 points of articulation, multiple lights, sounds and a launching rocket fist to knock out the bad guys.  Boys will love flying the superhero around the house as his eyes light up while saving the world.

Baymax also comes with a 4.5-inch Hiro Hamada figure that attaches to his back via magnets and unlocks other cool motion based sounds.  Sounds change based on whether Baymax is flying up or down, and Hiro speaks while attached.  Bonus for parents:  Baymax has an off/on switch so the batteries will last longer.

The Amazing Zhus - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

The Amazing Zhus

For the budding magician or daredevil, The Amazing Zhus pets are a perfect gift.   They’re motorized pet mice that do magic tricks and crazy stunts.  Both boys and girls will love how the Amazing Zhus perform circus acts for them.  There are six different varieties of Amazing Zhus, and each does its own special trick.
There are also all sorts of Amazing Zhus accessories, including a disappearing box and cards for magic tricks, a high wire, a tomato can, and a cereal box.  The Amazing Zhus are such a hot toy this holiday season that they have already sold out in some stores, so be sure to order yours early!

One World Dolls - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

One World Dolls

Because every little girl is not blonde with blue eyes, One World Dolls offers a line of diverse, multicultural fashion dolls that any lucky girl will love to play with.  The premise behind the dolls is that no matter what corner of the globe they come from, they’re special and their dreams will come true as long as they work hard for them.

The dolls are called the Prettie Girls! and in this case, Prettie is an acronym for Positive, Respectful,  Enthusiastic, Talented, Truthful, Inspiring, Excellent.  Because they send such a positive message, these dolls are a fantastic gift alternative to the usual fashion doll.  Once Santa brings one of the five dolls, your little girl will want to collect the others too.  Maybe you should just buy them all at once!

Zoomer Dino - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Zoomer Dino

Boomer the electronic pet Zoomer Dino is a revolutionary toy that uses True Balance technology to allow hand-free play. Zooming around the house on two wheels, the Zoomer Dino will explore and is able to pick itself up when it gets in a jam.  

Mood indicating eyes help the user to interact with and tame their dino. A remote-control allows users to control actions or a free-play mode lets the Zoomer Dino roam free on its own. Children can train Boomer to dance, chase, chomp, roar and much more!  Recommended for ages 5 to 10. 

Click-eez Jewelry - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Click-eez Jewelry

These clickable, stackable bracelets are oh so adorable and are sure to be a hit with any tween girl on your gift list! Click-eez bracelets come in 8 cool collections like The Sweets collection with ice cream, cookie and donut charms. Or the Animal collection with a raccoon, hedgehog and owl charms. 
Any girl would be happy to wear, share and trade these bracelets with her friends.  These bracelets are a fun, affordable way for your tween to express herself with jewelry perfect for her age.  She’ll have lots of fun being a click-ster.

Roominate Studio - Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Roominate Studio 

Dollhouses are oodles of fun, but the ability to design your own customized space is even better!  The Roominate Studio let girls build and create their own creations with modular building pieces that come together to create a fabulous studio for their Roominate dolls and pets.  

Designed by two female engineers, Roominate sets encourage development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills during play.  Children can make their creations come to life with a motor circuit that powers things like fans, windmills and elevators.  Recommended for ages 6 and up, the Roominate Studio comes with everything a child needs to create a fabulous studio including one doll doll and one pet to enjoy the custom room! 


You can easily bookmark this page to retrieve using your computer or smartphone, but if you’d like a printable list to take with you to the store or to use as a checklist for your gift giving, we’ve provided one below: 

Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Shopping List by Barb Webb

Rural Mom Hot Toys for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide


Disclosure:  We receive sample products for review for our holiday guides, many of which are donated to local charities after gently testing and inspecting.  If it’s not a gift we wouldn’t love to see under our own trees or personally gift to a loved one, you will not find it in any holiday guide. We do not accept payment for placement of items in our guides. If it made it to our top holiday gift pick list, it’s earned a spot based on its high quality, reasonable price point, and overall excellence in durability and/or functionality.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, wen she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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    • Daisy B
    • November 3, 2014

    What a great collection of toys! My son is 4 years old and a lot of these would be perfect for him. For instance, the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair, Spot It game, Deluxe Flying Baymax, and My First Crayola products are all things that I am adding to my list.

    • Heather Jones
    • November 3, 2014

    I think my two year old would love the City Skyway toy! It looks fun!

    • Grace Hodgin
    • November 3, 2014

    I love your selection of toys you’ve selected for your guide. There is something here for everyone. I’m going now to check out the Click-eez Jewelry for my grand daughter

    • Heidi Gray
    • November 3, 2014

    These are great toys! Having an idea of what kids will want is always a huge help when it comes to shopping!

    • Nicole Standley
    • November 3, 2014

    The Strider is so cool. The lucky kids who get one this Xmas are going to be so happy.

    • Jenn
    • November 3, 2014

    The Strider 12″ Sport No-Pedal Balance Bike would be great for my youngest, we are still having a hard time with it.

    • Shell Feis
    • November 4, 2014

    My son really wants that Zoomer Dino! I want to get that chair for my baby.

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