10 toys from the Melissa & Doug Black Friday Sale you’ll thank yourself for buying

When it comes to quality kids toys, few brands are more ubiquitous than Melissa & Doug. Launched by a husband and wife (and parents of six!) back in 1988, their thoughtfully made Montessori-approved toys have entertained our kids for approximately eleventy billion hours. As such, they’re an absolute home run when it comes to holiday gift giving.

If you’re looking for timeless toys that won’t be headed to the giveaway pile by spring, the Melissa and Doug Black Friday Sale is the one you can’t miss this week. Until 11/23 you can save 20% off $49 and 30% off $99 with code HOLIDAYNOV22. The best thing is that you absolutely can’t go wrong with anything they have to offer. But if you’re in need of a little guidance, let us help!

We’ve rounded up some of the tried-and-true Melissa & Doug products that our own kiddos have loved over the years. From the family game night staple that everyone can agree on to pretend play sets that even siblings can play with squabble-free, here are some of our favorites.

Melissa and Doug Black Friday deals you can't miss

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel

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Deluxe Magnetic Standing Art Easel

Let your little artist’s creativity flourish with this wooden double-sided easel that will take them from first scribbles to preschool masterpieces! This simple, yet functional, easel features a magnetic chalkboard, dry erase board, refillable paper dispenser, and a tray for storing paints and other art supplies. It’s sure to become a playroom staple!


Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks With Wooden Storage Tray (60 pcs)

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Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks With Wooden Storage Tray (60 pcs)

Few toys are more versatile than a big ol’ box of wooden blocks. And while there are thousands of sets out there, we recommend this simple 60-block set from Melissa & Doug. The blocks come in a variety of shapes that are perfect for building anything they can imagine and durable enough to hold up for generations.

Melissa and Doug Deluxe Road Rug Play Set

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Deluxe Road Rug Play Set

This is one of our absolute favorites for quiet play time! The rug is big enough for two kiddos to play with together and with 49 wooden pieces to set up and zoom around, there is plenty to keep them busy.



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Let's Play House Dust! Sweep! Mop! 6 Piece Pretend Play Set

One of our top recommended Montessori toys, this colorful, kid-sized set looks just like the real thing and includes a wooden pretend play broom, mop, duster, brush, and organizing stand. The red dustpan conveniently clips into all handles.


Melissa and Doug Fresh Mart Grocery Store

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Fresh Mart Grocery Store

Finding a toy that inspires young kids (especially siblings) to cooperatively play is like striking gold—which is why the Fresh Mart Grocery Store from Melissa & Doug is truly a gift the whole family will appreciate. The concept is really so cute: On one side, the “shopper” can find items from their make-believe grocery check-list and add them to the conveyor belt. Then the “worker” can ring up everything in the bagging area with help from a beeping scanner and cash drawer. Made with the high-quality materials we know and love from Mellisa & Doug, the Fresh Mart will get your kids excited about hours of imaginative, screen-free play.

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game

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Suspend Family Game

This easy-to-play balance game is perfect for family game night! Using a steady hand players take turns adding the notched wire bars to the stand. As the sculpture takes shape, the balance shifts and be careful! One wrong move can send the whole thing tumbling. It’s an awesome game for hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills but it’s also just plain fun.

Melissa and Doug Get Well Doctors Kit Play Set

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Get Well Doctors Kit Play Set

The doctor is in! From checking up on their stuffies to caring for a “sick” sibling, this doctor’s kit comes with 25 realistic patient care essentials to administer shots, check reflexes and more. When they’re OOO, everything can be stored in the handy tote!

Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box

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My kids are 11 and 17, and it’s possible some of these instruments still exist in my house somewhere. They’re a fun addition to music time and dance parties or marching in their own neighborhood parade. And bonus! They come with their own wooden box for storage.

Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set

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Cutting Fruit Set

I cannot say enough good things about this best-seller. Held together with velcro tabs, these sliceable fruits are oh-so-satisfying to cut up and put back together. It makes a great addition to the Farmer’s Market stand we mentioned above, but also makes a great toy all on its own.

Melissa & Doug Giraffe Giant Stuffed Animal

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Giraffe Giant Stuffed Animal

Ok, so this one won’t fit under the tree, but it looks adorable with a bow around its neck standing next to it! At over 4 feet tall, this plush giraffe is the stuffie to end all stuffies. We loved it as nursery decor and as the years pass it becomes a regular part of play time. (Especially since it doesn’t protest joining in dress up time the way the dog does.)