I don’t know if I have to say anything else, after all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
The image shows two young kids (at least I think they are kids) playing with Fisher Price’s newest toy, a charcuterie set.
To be honest, I had to look up what charcuterie meant (the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. But, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese, and sauces) as well as how to pronounce it (“shahr-ku-tuh-ree”). Just based on these facts alone, it would have eliminated such a gift from my consideration.
My guess is that such a toy is aimed at a certain demographic, and I do not think I am part of that demographic.
The toy is formally known as “Snacks for Two” and includes two faux marble plates, a wood-accented cutting board and a fake knife to “slice” the soft salami, play cheese, red grapes, and two fabric napkins printed with “You’re Grape” and “Let It Brie.”
Nicole Lyn Pesce, a reporter at Marketwatch, notes that many people have left comments about the toy on Twitter:
- what kind of fancy a— child has such refined taste
- I’m not sure whether to laugh at this or thank Fisher Price for grooming hipsters at a very early age
- Playskool peleton bike and Pilates reformer is next….
Others defended it:
- The Fisher-Price Charcuterie Board set is absolutely adorable. I don’t get why people are getting upset over meat, fruit, and cheese. Too snooty?
- Where was THIS when I was growing up?? I might buy it for myself now
Pesce then goes on to share some other Christmas presents for kids with “taste”:
- “Mr. Boddington’s Studio: NYC ABCs” picture book teaches little ones the alphabet with hip examples. “B” is for “Bergdorf Goodman Christmas window,” reads one entry. Or, “N” is for “New York Times with coffee stains,” says another. “P,” of course, stands for “Pilates.”
- Uncommon Goods offers multilingual wooden building blocks with characters printed in Spanish and Mandarin, or there are also American Sign Language blocks, to cultivate a more worldly child.
- the Skip Hop Explore & More Selfie Baby Cellphone Toy
- Barbie’s current Malibu House features a pop-up smoothie bar in the kitchen, as well as a living-room wall that flips to transform the space into an entertainment center.
- Barbie’s Dreamhouse boasts a flat-screen TV set-up into which you can plug a smartphone to play videos, as well as a working elevator.
- Monopoly has scrapped the cash bank for a voice-controlled, smart assistant that transfers money into each player’s account.
The multilingual building blocks and the electronic Monopoly game actually do sound appealing; the others, not so much.
But in my world, what seemed to make our kids happiest were a few books, some Legos, and a gadget or two.
Actually, those are the kind of things that make me happy too…
*image from ABC7 News