Local Picks for the Best Kids’ Gifts

Shop for great children’s toys and support businesses in our Frederick community. Explore these gift picks from Bonnie Monnier of Dancing Bear Toys in downtown Frederick.


Dena Silicone Stackers

These rainbow-shaped stackers allow for organic building and double as teethers. With multiple options to fit your budget, these stackers make the best gift for any baby. $49.99


Janod Stacking Stones

This set of wooden stones allows young minds to challenge their imagination and problem solving skills while building with organic shapes. $32.99

Ages 3-5


The newest addition to the Magna-Tiles line focuses on these fun ecosystem-themed tiles with poseable animals. They are compatible with all other Magna-Tiles sets. $49.95

Ages 7-9

Thames & Kosmos Candy Claw Machine

New this year from Thames & Kosmos is the Candy Claw Machine. Voted The Toy Insiders’ top holiday toy, children ages 7 and older will have a blast learning about the function of gears and hydraulics while building a claw machine. $39.95

Ages 10-12

Explore One Aries 50-millimeter Telescope

It’s the perfect holiday gift for any budding astronomer! This ideal beginner’s telescope is simple to adjust and provides 50-millimeter aperture and 600-millimeter focal length. $49.99