Some kids’ letters to Santa include three or four pages of wish-list items. And yet, there’s a lot of pressure on a loving aunt, uncle, or grandparent to find unique gifts for the little ones that will be both memorable to the parents and loved by the children themselves.
We have suggestions for award-winning unique gifts recognized by publications or institutions for their creativity and contribution to child development. Each of these goes far beyond the average toy – just as you would expect from Hammacher Schlemmer.
Winner of a Creative Mind Magazine Preferred Choice Award for Creative Toys, this plush and cuddy lamb generates eight different tranquil sounds to lull an infant to sleep. It re-creates the sound of a mother’s heartbeat heard within the womb, a gentle rain shower, the calming sounds of ocean surf, the harmonic sounds of whale song, and four soothing melodies.
These award-winning Symphony Blocks can be rearranged to play a million different melodies, teaching children about music, shapes, and colors. A recipient of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Classic Award, the five blocks can be placed into the sturdy base in any order. Each side of each block plays a different phrase of music when pressed. Hitting the big red button on the front runs through all five phrases in sequence, while a flip of a switch changes the music from classical to swinging jazz to drum-filled African rhythms.
With all the action worthy of its onomatopoeic name, the Schmeckenbecker Kinetic Contraptions Kit is a 6′-tall tower that puts a marble through a labyrinth of contraptions. Winner of an Oppenheim Toy of the Year Award, the kit provides young designers with hands-on lessons in physics with over 600 pieces that assemble into as many configurations a mind can envision. Young engineers are challenged to place obstacles at precise angles to ensure a non-stop journey with each run.
Our online selection is abundant with unique gifts for youngsters. Use our online gift guide to find the perfect presents for children of all ages, in all price ranges.