For the set too young for gravity tubes, these colorful Play & Learn Sensory Tubes ($29.99) are ideal for tiny hands to shake, rattle and roll. The set of three comes filled (and sealed) with jingle bells, stars and bouncy balls.
Available at Lakeshore Learning Materials, 2148 Polaris Parkway, Columbus 43240; 614-846-1710; lakeshorelearning.com.
Back on Track
For toddlers who yearn to play with Big Brother's marble track, finally there's a solution. Quercetti makes Migoga Junior ($29.95), a 22-piece set sized just for them. Three included balls are designed to roll slowly down the track to prolong the fun.
Available at Naturally Curious Kids, 13 E. College Ave., Westerville 43081; 614-568-8590; naturallycuriouskids.com.
Think this handmade hat by Daisy Baby is cute in the photo? In person it's oh-so-soft and practically impossible to resist. Fans of the Rankin/Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special will no doubt recognize the beloved Bumble ($35), though other designs are available.
Available at lilylimes, 7227 N. High St. (Shops at Worthington Place), Worthington 43085; 614-448-1222; lilylimes.com.
What a Doll
This charming Babipouce Fresh Riviera doll ($36) from the Babi Corolle collection has a soft body with a realistic face and hands. As with all dolls from the French toymaker, this one has a hint of vanilla scent. Perhaps best of all, she's machine washable.
Available at Oh Know! The Knowing Place, 1776 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington 43221; 614-488-2066; theknowingplace.com.
For families who believe it's never too early for kids to cheer for the Buckeyes, this bib ($7.99) makes a great stocking stuffer. It has a Velcro closure and an oversize design that many sports-team bibs lack.
Available at the Buckeye Corner, 210 Easton Town Center, Columbus 43219; 1315 W. Lane Ave., Suite B, Columbus 43221; 6606 Sawmill Road, Columbus 43235; 1550 Polaris Parkway, Suite 305, Columbus 43240; buckeyecorner.com.