I have to tell you that the gift guide above is as much for me, as it is for kids. I worked for 9 years at a toy store – from the retail floor all the way up to their head office. I. LOVE. TOYS. It should come as no surprise, seeing as my life is really about creating artwork for kids rooms. I love colour, I love imagination, it’s all just awesome. While playing with Oscar, I sometimes have found myself thinking – “I have to include this on my gift guide!” because some toys are great hits, whereas others are misses. The one toy that I really wanted to highlight in the above collection was No. 8 – and that’s the Magformer set. I was apprehensive about the magnetic building toy because of the cost, but it is 100% worth the investment. The magnets are forgiving, but don’t fall apart (so they are strong enough – not allowing for frustration in a 4 year old) If you are looking for a really special gift for a kiddo, really consider this. And get a big enough set, because nothing is more frustrating that wanting to build and only having a few pieces.