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A Holiday Gift Guide for Merry Kids

Children’s Gift Ideas to Bring Out the Joy of the Season

The holiday season is full of merriment and memory making for children.  Here are some ideas for presents that the little ones on your gift list will enjoy and cherish for years.

Railing ‘Round the Christmas Tree

Bring back childhood memories and give the kids a new tradition of an electric toy train circling the Christmas tree with Power Trains.  The Log Loader Express set includes a remote control, a 2-speed motorized engine car with a working headlight, a working Log Loader, four highly detailed and authentic looking rail cars, forklift tractor and more than 15 feet of track to create an awesome train world. Ages 4 and up.  $49.99.  Available at retailers nationwide.

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Just Fort Fun

The kid on your list who loves to build forts will light up over Crazy Forts Fort Lights.  They attach with clips to shine a light inside a secret hideaway and stay cool to the touch and automatically turn off after 20 minutes.  $15.99,

Mixin’ Xmas

Bring out kids musical mixin’ talent on the turntables with JAKKS Pacific’s EZ Pro DJ. Budding DJs can loop, mix, crossfade and scratch and sample songs to create unique mash-ups using the deck’s two virtual turntables and easy-to-use interface and audio connection for speakers and headphones. Download the FREE EZ PRO DJ app on any iOS device to access your own music collection and get mixing. Ages 8 and up.  Check out EZ Pro DJ demo on YouTube  ($49.99), Kmart and retailers nationwide.


Cuddle Bunny

Your little snuggle muffin will love cuddling up with Sofia’s best friend, the soft and cuddly Talking Clover loves to chat with his friends – simply press Clover’s tummy to hear him say over eight iconic phrases from the show. His hilarious sayings and super soft ears and body will instantly make him any girl’s best friend. The Talking Clover also comes with a free magical lesson card to use in the Talking Magical Amulet, sold separately. Batteries included. ($19.99), Ages 3 and up. ToysRUs and retailers nationwide.

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Splash Happy

The little mermaid on your Christmas list will sing a happy song for Tollytots Under the Sea Surprise Ariel.  When the Princess mermaid is placed in water, her fin lights in rainbow colors.  Ariel also sings and says favorite movie moments in both English and Spanish. $29.99, Ages 3 and up. Target and other national retailers.

Bug Out

Kids will love getting’ buggy with Bugs in the Kitchen, a 3D game where a battery-operated HEXBUG Nano crawls across the game board as players try to lead it into their traps. Players roll the die to see whether they can move a fork, knife, or spoon to make a path for the bug. Players earn tokens and win by capturing the bugs. Ages and up.  $24.99, Target.

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Nail It

Trend setting tweens and teens will wow their friends with Style Me Up! Perfect Nail Markers ($9.99).  The kit comes with 2-in-1 polish pens and brush applicator and five nail polish colors, color instructions and ideas guide. The Style Me Up! Perfect Nail Salon ($29.99) includes the a nail dryer, six bottles of nail polish, 30 nail stickers, three bags of sequins and one of nail glitter powder plus two nail files, a pair of toe separators, 32 nail polish remover pads, and other tools. Ages 8 and up,


Baby You Can Draw My Car

Young car designers can “detail” their rides with the Design Masters sketchbook collection, featuring such classic’s as Lamborghini Gallardo, Aventador LP700-4 and Sesto Elemento. Artists can trace, color and detail vehicles precisely to specifications or creatively interpret their own concept car choosing wheels, spoilers, bumpers and other car parts to create awe-inspiring vehicle designs. Sketchbooks feature 30 pages of stencils, illustrated inspiration sheets and over 140 stickers.  Ages 7 and up. Small format $6.99, large $9.99.  Amazon and other national retailers.


Tick Toc You Don’t Stop

Fan of the Tickety Toc show will love to play and learn with the Tickety Toc Matching Game where players match and make sets of pictures or their favorite Tickety Toc characters – Tommy, Tallulah, Pufferty and Hopparoo. While having fun with their fave characters, kids develop memory skills and learn to share and take turns as they try to collect the most matches! One to four players. Ages 3 and up.  $9.99.  Exclusively at ToysRUs.


It’s Catching

Young anglers will love to cast out their lines with the Shakespeare Catch More Fish Series.  Choose from a variety of complete fishing packages that includes a two-piece rod, reel spooled with line and assorted tackle.  Each kit is customized for the type of fish and setting, whether its fresh or salt water, Fly, Crappie or just about every fish in the sea, or lake. $29.99-$49.99.   Bass Pro and other sporting goods stores.