And don’t forget the Play-Doh Fun Factory — that thing is seriously awesome. Age 6: This might sound crazy, but Slinkys are still fabulously cool to the average 6-year-old. Something like Gund’s Mushmellows: so cuddly. Age 3: A whole pile of Play-Doh (bought or home made). Make sure you go for the original and the best. There are so many sets accessible to a 7-year-old — go crazy! I still remember the chess set I had as a kid, and have such fond memories sitting down at the dining table, playing against my uncle and my Dad. And what better collection to have than a collection of marbles? Age 0: The cuddliest, sweetest teddy bear you can find. Here are our recommendations for the best classic toy to buy for any child, aged zero to 12. At 12: Their very own chess set. Age 1: The traditional rubber duck. Age 5: Dominoes are a fantastic way to introduce young kids to the fun, and a few of the basic elements of table top games. A kite can be a great excuse to get a potentially screen-addicted kid outside, too. Age 4: Hot Wheels cars will be the winner at 4, but if you’ve got a die-hard girly girl to buy for, it’s time for her own baby doll. Age 10: Something a little trickier to master for a 10-year-old: a yo-yo! Did we miss a classic toy favorite from your house? We have a little boy in our house who has one on his Christmas wishlist. Ever wonder what to buy the little kid in your life, amidst all the plastic and TV-themed junk out there? The kind that will travel alongside you, all your life. At 11: Share the joy (or endless frustration, depending on how you look at it) of the Rubik’s Cube.