Top ten gifts for kids: Holiday 2013


Technology takes over this season, with many of the hottest gifts for kids requiring batteries and/or a USB port. But, in the case of Big Hugs Elmo, some things never change…soft and cuddly always has a place under the tree.

1. Rainbow Loom Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker The Shimmer & Sparkle Set comes with literally thousands of pieces for creating hours of fun. This is the craft trend that is sweeping the nation, says Senior Vice President of ToysRUs Lisa Harnish. $14.99+, for ages 6 and up. 2. Disney Infinity is Disney’s answer to Skylanders. Characters and game combine for a one-of-a-kind interactive experience. Platforms: XBox 360, Wii, WiiU, PS3, and Nintendo 3DS. Starter pack $74.99. Additional packs $14 for singles, $35 for combos. Power Disks $4.99.

3. Big Hugs Elmo All is right with the world when Elmo has his arms wrapped around you. About $49 at ToysRUs. Ages 18 months to 4 years old.

4. Furby Boom! This newest iteration of Furby is almost like your kid: you can shape his personality with your interactions. Comes with a Furby Boom App. $39 — $59.

5. Doc McStuffins Check-Up Center Stand aside kid kitchens and workbenches, this kid-sized doctor station, with all the extras, takes doctoring to a whole new level. It’s based on the popular cartoon and is on every top ten toy list out there. $79 at ToysRUs.

6. Leap Frog Leap Pad Ultra In green or Pink. The Leap Pad Ultra has plusses that don’t come with ipads like pre-installed kids apps, storytelling and language lessons, and the protection of a closed network for the device’s internet access. $149 and best for ages 4-6.

7. Barbie Dream House Barbie’s newest real estate acquisition boasts three stories, a working elevator and real lights. Not only is Barbie’s closet extra large, it has it’s own fashion elevator to send frocks from bedroom to bathroom when a girl needs a quick change. $149

8. Skylanders Swap Force Video game with action figures for XBox 360, XBOX ONE, Wii, WiiU, Nintendo 3DS. And don’t think you will only be buying the starter pack…collectibility is built-in to this wildly popular toy. $75 for the starter pack, additional battle packs around $25.

9. Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Watch out Katniss, you’ve got some contenders. In a bold move, Nerf targets girls with this pink and purple crossbow that fires darts up to 75 feet. $12.

10. Razor Crazy Cart This real go-cart runs on two 12-volt batteries and rides up to 12 miles per hour for 12 hours. $399 and definitely for ages 9 and up. Drive it when your kids aren’t lookin’.

And finally a Wild Card: The new irresistible Crayola Melt N Mold Factory takes your old broken crayons and melts them into a myriad of multi-colored shapes. The possibilities are endless and what mom wouldn’t love the idea of recycling that drawer full of crayon bits into birthday party favors? $49 and best for ages 6 to 8.

Lea Ann Stundins is a creative consultant, shopping strategist, and blogger at Mommy’s Wish List. You’ll find her not only telling people how not to pay for things, but cursing at Photoshop in her glamorous dining room office. Lea Ann is on twitter @mommyswishlist.


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