Another way to score...make some Baby Wallet Cards. Sweet Pea LOVES wallets. If she sees me carrying mine in a store, she has a FIT until she gets to hold it. Her favorite part is pulling out all the cards...which of course is not good if I want to keep track of them. Hubby was telling his mom about this, and she came up with the idea of making these fun Baby Wallet Cards. They're the same size as credit cards, so they fit in a wallet. They have an assortment of cute kid-type pictures as well as photographs, and then she laminated them. Put them in an old wallet or one you find at a thrift store for a VERY popular toy.
In general when you're looking for toys for little ones, at least our little ones, is that they need to fit will in their hands. Sweet Pea favorite things fit in her hand easily with her hand closes. Some of her favorite things to carry around...pegs for a game we have, this plastic leopard, pens and pencils (which we try to discourage), little cards, CD's, matchbox cars, etc.