Holiday Gift Guide

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: A Very Playful Christmas

Everything in these 2012 gift guides can, on some level, be considered playful, right? So why then the existence of this special Very Playful Christmas guide? Because it’s a cheap and easy way to squeeze in some more great gift ideas for kids that aren’t necessarily Tiny, or Personalized, or for Tweenagers, and so on. See, makes perfect sense.  Shall we continue to the best playfully playful toys & games from 2012?



Pony Royale

These elegant foals represent the first attempt at a toy line diversification from Razor (yes, the scooter company) and I think they’ve nailed it. The ponies themselves are lovely, and the fold-up carrousel-cum-closet, the Pony Royale Dressing Carousel Playset, is stately and well-conceived.  We have a couple of the royal ponies and the girls love them, and love swapping out/brushing their hair and manes. If only they spent as much time brushing their own tangles mess of a head.

LEGO The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Game

 By the time Christmas comes, this’ll be the biggest movie in all the land. So the LEGO construction game of The Hobbit is going to be just the thing to extend a child’s fascination with Tolkien’s legendary tale away from the cineplex.

Magic Feather Board Game

An incredibly goofy board game that’ll have your entire family drawing, acting, and laughing out loud together. Read my full review of Magic Feather here.  This is the best board game we’ve played in 2012.

Batman Power Attack Figures & Batmobile

This version of Batman isn’t going to take crap from anyone. The Power Attack figures include a variety of rad get-ups, like Thermo Armor and Toxic Shield Batman (shown above), that I’ve never seen or heard of before, but that are pretty bad ass.  Oh, and the accompanying Toxin Blaster Swamp Raider Killer Croc Figure is SO cool!  Because you’ve gotta have an awesome villain, right?

Harry Nilsson’s The Point: The Definitive Collector’s Edition

Would you believe that I JUST this month acquired this childhood classic?  It pains me to admit this, but I do it as a service to you, my dear and loyal reader.  If you don’t have The Point in your DVD library, now is the time for you to right your own personal wrong.  The definitive collection, with 25 minutes of bonus footage, is the ideal way to leap into the world of Harry Nilsson’s The Point. Join me, won’t you?


Like with everything else in the OWTK 2012 Gift Guides, many of the products highlighted above can be found cheaper locally, and maybe even at a local small business.  But in case not, or in case you don’t want to leave your home and deal with the bad park jobs and general rudeness of others, here’s some Amazon linky love to make things easier for you.

(OWTK will get some cash kickbacks should you buy anything from Amazon through these links, which helps keep this thing afloat. So thank you!)

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