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FTF Gift Guide: The best toys and gifts for young children

The holiday season is here! And with it, the search for the perfect gift for our little ones.

We give because we love, but it’s easy to get caught up in the swirl and go overboard.

Try to keep in mind that babies, toddlers and preschoolers don’t need expensive toys or the latest tech. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends very simple toys and everyday household objects that encourage play, imagination and interaction.

Check out our interactive guide to the Best Gifts for Young Kids, including many free and low-cost options organized by age:

For babies under age 1, look for toys that stimulate their senses. Babies are fascinated by faces and bright colors. They enjoy playing peek-a-boo with people and stuffed animals. And it’s never too soon to start sharing books with your baby.

For toddlers between 1 and 3 years old, look for toys that encourage imagination and problem-solving, like books, blocks and pretend objects.

For preschoolers age 3 to 5, look for toys that engage their developing minds. Things like puzzles and art supplies are great.

See the FTF Gift Guide for a full list of great gifts. And above all, keep in mind that quality time with you — playing, talking and reading — is the best gift you can give this holiday season. Or anytime.

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