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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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Looking for some unique and fun ideas for holiday gifts for kids? These great gift ideas are sure to be a hit with your kids, and anyone else who loves toys and games!

1. Ravensburger Augmented Reality Puzzles

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This amazing series of interactive puzzles from Ravensburger work with the iPad or iPhone to animate the scene -- whether it's of Paris at night, animals of Africa, or underwater sea creatures -- with moving images and sound. Just download the free app, and voila! Your puzzle can come to life. There are 1,000 pieces, so younger grade-schoolers may need some help, but this is the kind of fun puzzle that you can do together as a family. For ages 12 and up.
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2. Laser Khet 2.0 Game

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This Egyptian-themed board game uses mirrored playing pieces and eye-safe "laser" lights to blast an opponent's pharaoh to win the game. This Mensa-award winner encourages kids to learn about geometry, light refraction, and angles. For ages 9 and up.
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3. Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game

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If your kids love to play Angry Birds on the iPhone or iPad, here's a way they can play the game in real-life with this brilliant board game version of the beloved app. The familiar cast of characters -- angry birds, green pigs -- as well as a slingshot launcher and blocks to build structures are all here. Kids draw cards and build the structures, which their opponent then attempts to knock down. For ages 5 and up.

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4. LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer Learning Tablet

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If you want your child to get a start on a learning tablet, here's a great version from LeapFrog. The LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet lets kids access games, activities, digital books, videos, and more. Kids can explore subjects including math, science, geography, art, music, and more. The LeapPad tablet comes with a built-in camera and video recorder, and enables kids to combine art, music, and writing as they learn. For ages 4 to 9.

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5. Furby

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Remember the Furby craze? These personality-driven furry creatures are back, and better than ever. They respond to your touch, your voice, music, and even to other Furbys, making it an irresistable toy for grade-schoolers. For ages 6 and up.

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6. Crank Flashlights

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Kids love cranking these lights to power them up. You’ll love the fact that they don’t need batteries. The best part: They’re reasonably priced -- about $10 to $20 for mini flashlights -- and are perfect for emergency kits. Get a few and keep them right next to the crank radio.

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7. LEGO Games

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You gotta hand it to the people at LEGO -- they sure know how to tie in their products to cool new LEGO-themed toys and games (the LEGO Star Wars, Batman and Indiana Jones Wii games have been quite a hit in my house).

LEGO now has a series of games that are buildable and changeable -- perfect for anyone who loves LEGO and board games.?

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8. Zoobles

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These adorable characters pop up from a ball when placed on their magnetized “happitat,” just like Bakugan toys (both brands are made by SpinMaster).

SpinMaster is capitalizing on the Bakugan craze and hoping that Zoobles will take off among girls the way their predecessors did among boys. It’s a fairly safe bet. The Zoobles are cute and collectible, and come with accessories and playsets. Brilliant.

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9. Spy Net Secret Mission Video Watch

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What kid doesn't want to be a spy on a top-secret mission? With this cool watch, they can take pictures, record and watch videos, and even interview suspects with the built-in "lie detector."

10. My Pillow Pets

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Whether you have a toddler or a too-cool-for-stuffed-animals grade-schooler, these cuddly pillow-and-pal-in-one lovies are popular with kids of all ages.

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