Every year, it seems that toys get noisier, brighter and just plain extreme. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of toys that are flying off of the shelves this holiday season—and the only sound you will hear is the laughter coming from the people playing with them.
At 68-year-old Kip’s Toyland at the Farmers Market, one of the most popular toys this holiday involves creativity and craft.
“The Rainbow Loom is our bestseller right now,” says Lily, the granddaughter of 97-year-old Irvin “Kip” Kipper, who still makes daily appearances at the store. “Boys and girls love it. They can create bracelets, rings and necklaces with it.”
Board games have also made a comeback, but with a twist. “Many apps that people use on their smart phones have been turned into board games,” says Lily. “Apps like ‘Words with Friends’ and ‘Cut the Rope’ are popular board games now.”
“Action figures are also big,” says Lily. “The Star Wars vintage series is a top seller.”
Jigsaw puzzles, Lego’s and nostalgia items never seem to go out of style. Kip’s Toyland keeps Etch-A-Sketch, paddleball and balsa wood airplanes stocked on their shelves at all times.
So if you’re in the market for a toy gift that doesn’t require batteries, you’re in luck. Happy hunting!