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Great Toys and Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Great ideas for kids' gifts your child is sure to love

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11. Sing-A-Ma-Jigs

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These little guys are sure to be a hit with your younger children (but older siblings will secretly love them, too). One of the hottest toys of the season, these adorable singing sensations can chatter, sing songs, and harmonize when different models are activated next to each other. So adorable!

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12. Magnetic Mosaics Jewels

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This decorate-by-number mosaics kit from Orb Factory comes with 400 sparkling magnetic tiles, 10 reusable projects, and an easel with a stand. (For ages 4 and up.)

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13. Paper Jamz

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Paper Jamz musicial instruments are made out of cardboard but they sound so incredibly real, you'll be amazed. Just touch the stringless guitars, for instance, and you can rock out to an already-programmed song or choose freeplay. There are even drums and an amp, also made out of cardboard. Now your kids will really be able to play air guitar, and even form a pretend-band! (For ages 8 and up.)

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14. Squinkies

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Squinkies have captured the hearts of girls across the land. These tiny pencil eraser-sized collectible characters are colorful and adorable, and perhaps most alluring for parents in this economy, affordable (at about $10 for a pack of 16).

15. Automoblox

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Boys young and older will love these cool cars from Manhattan Toys. They're stylish, sleek, and best of all, can be built by kids themselves (younger children will need a bit of help from older siblings or parents). Plus, the parts of different car models are interchangeable, so kids can easily mix and change to make their own creations. (For ages 3 and up.)

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16. Hex Bugs

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They’re creepy and crawly, and give some parents the heebee jeebies. These all-too-lifelike bug robots come in models that can be remotely controlled or ones that are motion- or sound-sensing.

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17. Skitterbots

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Speaking of creepy-crawly, these lifelike six-legged “bugs” from Desk Pets are designed to zoom around (as fast as 1 foot a second!), just like the real-life versions of the bugs they resemble just a bit too well-- namely, cockroaches. (Shudder.) Their red eyes light up, making them perfect for racing around in the dark. In fact, if you buy a few, you can actually watch them race and crawl around each other. (Double shudder.)

The coolest part: They can be recharged simply by plugging them into the computer (they come with a USB remote controller/charger). A mere 30 minutes of charging gives you 15 minutes of play.

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18. A Diary or Journal

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Many older grade-school age kids begin to enjoy writing in a journal or diary (something they’ve probably practiced for when they wrote simple, and then later more complicated personal narratives and essays in school starting as early as kindergarten).

Give your child a diary with a key to write downs their personal thoughts. Most young children won’t have the interest or discipline to write daily entries, but a diary with a key can be a great place for your child to voice his or her personal thoughts. It’s greatly therapeutic for kids, as well as for adults!

19. National Geographic Kids Magazine

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It's easy to see why this magazine is a favorite among school-age kids. Packed with challenging but fun puzzles and fun and informative articles pitched perfectly toward kids in tone and content

20. Meowsic Keyboard

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This fabulously fun keyboard by B. Toys plays 20 songs, comes with a retractable microphone, features 5 instruments and rhythm sounds, and lets kids play around with the beat and the tempo. Younger and older kids (and adults too!) will love goofing around and making all sorts of fun noises.

Another great reason to buy from B. Toys: their toys are all eco-friendly and the packages are recycled and recyclable.

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21. Pop-Arty Jewelry

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Girls will love playing with 500-piece this snap-together jewelry kit. They can create endless combinations of rings, bracelets, and necklaces. One 9-year-old reviewer raved about how much fun it was, and said she loved the fact that it wasn't electronic. Parents are sure to love that!

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22. Barnes & Noble Gift Card

One of the best gifts you can give a child is to instill a love of learning. With a Barnes and Noble's gift card, you can encourage a child to explore, buy, and love favorite stories, and open up his world of imagination and delight.


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