The holidays will be here before you know it and if you’re like me you still have tons of stuff to do especially shopping. Do you still have gifts to buy for the kids? Hatchimals are out of stock everywhere and you’re not sure what to get? Well, I compiled the below list of some really cool ideas for boys and girls to help you get started. Hope you like them. Happy Shopping!!
PJ Masks Headquarters Playset
PJ Masks is my son’s favorite TV show and I’m psyched for this new toy line that is inspired by the hit preschool superhero series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. The new PJ Masks toys highlight kids favorite nighttime crusaders Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko as well as their awe-inspiring vehicles and Headquarters! Young fans will have a blast playing the huge, action-packed PJ Masks Headquarters Playset from Just Play. This centerpiece of the PJ Masks toy line stands over 2 feet tall and has three action packed character-themed levels filled with engaging kid-powered features. The adventure begins with the light and sound PJ Picture Player where kids can choose their mission, and then recreate the action with the high flying zip line, working elevator, surprise trap, hanging cat rings, and pop-out hatch. The excitement continues as kids launch the included Catboy figure and Cat-Car down the winding ramp “into the night to save the day” and sing along to the theme song! This awesome playset captures the non-stop action of the series with 360 degrees of play and is compatible with other PJ Masks 3” figures and vehicles, sold separately. The playset is recommended for ages 3 years + and suggested retail price is $69.99. Visit https://justplayproducts.com for retailers.
Real Cooking Ultimate Baking Starter Set
Have an aspiring baker to buy for this holiday season? They will love the Ultimate Baking Starter Set from Skyrocket Toys. This set includes real cooking tools and two perfectly proportioned mixes to make eight delicious Sprinkle Surprise Cupcakes and eight tasty Tuxedo Cupcakes, complete with edible toppings and decorations. The set contains kid-friendly equipment, including two mixing bowls with an interchangeable suction base to keep it stable, a unique egg cracker that allows kids to crack eggs without the mess (I think I’m going to use this for myself…hehe), and a silicone mini cupcake baking sheet. Perfectly-sized cooking utensils include three measuring scoops, one scraper, one whisk, sixteen cupcake liners and four pastry bags with coupler tip to expertly frost cupcakes with a swirl. I can’t wait for my daughter to make me something. These treats sound yummy!! The Real Cooking Ultimate Baking Starter Set is available for purchase at www.amazon.com. In addition to this set, the Real Cooking line also includes the Real Cooking Deluxe Cookie Baking Set, Real Cooking Cake Pops & Cones Baking Set and the Real Cooking Mini Donuts.
Sky Viper Drone
A Toy of the Year 2016 finalist, top-selling Sky Viper Drones from SkyRocket Toys continue to deliver high-performance drones. For 2016, the entire 2016 line was upgraded with first-generation ViperFlight firmware and one-touch Auto Launch, Auto Land, Auto Hover. One such new drone is the Sky Viper 1350 Video Stunt Drone, which is a high performance drone that can capture breathtaking panoramic video in HD. You can choose Manual Altitude for complete control of stunt maneuvers or Auto Hover for hands free altitude control. The ViperFlight plus firmware results in a fast, stable, and easy to control flight experience. You can fly indoors or out with the impact resistant Duraflex™ body. The S1350 HD Video Drone is faster, easier to maneuver, and easier to master than ever before! This drone can also do really cool one touch stunts like left and right barrel rolls and flips in 4 directions. The drone streams and records in 720p HD to a 4GB SD card, which is included. For the kid who loves gadgets, the Sky Viper 1350 Video Stunt Drone makes the perfect great gift and it’s available at www.toysrus.com.
Little Live Pets Snuggles, My Dream Puppy
Snuggles, My Dream Puppy joins Little Live Pets and moves and feels just like a real puppy. Kids can hold him in his arms and give him a hug. They won’t be able to resist his big brown expressive eyes. Kids can feed him with his bottle and he’ll fall asleep in their arms, dreaming about them. Snuggles even comes with an adoption certificate for kids to fill in make him their own. With a pat of the head or a rub of the tummy, Snuggles will close his eyes and make adorable puppy sounds. Kids can even watch him breathe as he sleeps. This is one of the best real puppy toys I’ve seen in a long time. The breathing part is so real looking. Kids will surely fall in love with Snuggles this holiday season. Snuggles, My Dream Puppy retails for $54.99 at www.target.com.
Shopkins Chef Club Hot Spot Kitchen
Little girls will be looking forward to something from Shopkins under the tree this year and the Chef Club Kitchen play set is not only a great choice but it’s totally adorable. The kitchen play set comes with two exclusive Shopkins™ and two recipe books. The shelves, cupboards and drawers all open and are the perfect places to store their recipe books. There’s an even a microwave to take your Shopkins™ for a spin or cook up a treat in the oven. Kids can even pop down the surprise breadboard for a slice of the good life. The set also has two stools and a cake stand in order to display your Shopkins™. This Chef Club playset connects with other Chef Club playsets to create the Chef Club Kitchen. The Chef Club Hot Spot Kitchen retails for $19.99 and is available at www.toysrus.com.
Poppit Pop ‘n’ Display Bakery
With the Pop ‘n’ Display Bakery, kids can pop out their very own mini clay creations that they make and decorate. Once you’re finished you can then display your bakery beauties on the store shelves. It’s so easy to make too! All you do is load the Popper with clay, pop out your piece and voilà you have cute mini creations. In addition to the Poppit popper, the set comes with four different colored clays and twelve different Poppit molds, Poppit Tool, Dropper, texture stamp as well as a ton of pieces to decorate, plus sprinkles, beads and gems to create some tasty mini magic. The Poppit Pop ‘n’ Display Bakery is available on www.amazon.com.
Rapunzel’s Royal Ribbon Salon
With Rapunzel’s Royal Ribbon Salon, your little princess can create stylish hair extensions using colorful ribbons for her favorite royal princess. Rapunzel sits in her special salon chair while your child styles her hair. It’s really easy to use. Just put the colorful ribbon in the spinner, turn the handle, and watch as it transforms to look like hair. The doll comes with a brush, salon chair, spinner, 5 hair clips, base, and 8 ribbons. It retails for $29.99 at http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com.
Looking for a new and innovative toddler gift? Check out Playroom Prep, a hands-on, dry-erase, activity book designed for one-on-one use between an adult and a child created by Mary Ann Kemp, a Chicago based-teacher and her daughter Rosalyn (mother of two small children). After realizing that her students were unprepared for the first day of class, Mary Ann designed the activity book out of necessity, which combines proven research methods with bright, colorful illustrations. This resulted in an effective teaching tool that is fun, age appropriate and encourages families to unplug and play together. This activity book is easy to use and features simple instructions that detail suggested practices that reinforces discussion and practice. Each activity follows a set sequence: the adult demonstrates, the child and the adult try together and the child repeats the steps alone. As a result, Playroom Prep helps cultivate many skills such as Concentration, Fine motor skills, Letter sounds, Writing skills and Important face-time with mom or dad. Playroom Prep is available on https://www.amazon.com and at www.playroomprep.com for $18.99.
Barbie STEM Kit
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and toys that incorporate these topics are in demand right now especially the new Barbie STEM Kit from Thames & Kosmos. It’s among one of the top toys for learning this season as it allows kids to learn important STEM-related skills in a fun, engaging way. In this kit science saves the day! The Annual Animal Shelter Gala is just hours away! Help Barbie and Nikki prepare for the party and learn important STEM skills along the way. Kids will be able to build 7 Barbie® Dreamhouse® models and accessories, create three unique dresses for Barbie® and explore biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, art, and design. Build a spinning closet rack, washing machine, jewelry holder, hammock, dress designer platform, shoe rack, and greenhouse with fan. Make a chromatography dress, leaf-print dress, and optical-illusion origami dresses. The kit comes with a full-color storybook manual that will guide you through all the various projects. The kit is recommended for ages 4-8 years old and is available at www.target.com.
Kids First Science Laboratory
Thames & Kosmos also does an amazing job with STEM gifts for the preschool and kindergarten age group as they have a natural curiosity to explore and learn. The Kids First Science Laboratory was developed according to the current educational philosophy of fostering children’s inquisitiveness and interests by providing them with tools and open-ended learning experiences to optimally support their development. The lab set includes a unique, multipurpose 14-piece screw-together system with tubes, funnels, lids, connectors, and perforated disks that can be used in a multitude of ways. Also included are large and small measuring spoons, a test tube rack, a pipette, a hand magnifier, magnetic rings and stand set, and 10 illustrated experiment cards to visually guide children. There is also a 16-page, full-color manual that explains to parents and adult supervisors how these tools should be presented to their children and gives insight into a child’s developmental stages. This kit helps develop fine motor skills, science and math skills, problem-solving skills, and reasoning and concept development skills. The kit retails for $49.95 at http://thamesandkosmos.com.
Hot Wheels® Criss Cross Crash™ Track Set
Little Kids who love their Hot Wheels will be thrilled with this new Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash™ track set, which has four intersecting crash zones. With four intersecting crash zones, kids line up their cars and let ’em rip for near-misses or total wipeouts. With more than 16 feet of track that includes hairpin turns, motorized boosters, and a giant crash zone, kids can enjoy crash-and-smash fun for hours on end. One Hot Wheels vehicle is included with the track set to kick things off, but there’s plenty of room to add more (additional vehicles sold separately). There is a car feeder feature that allows you to line up vehicles before they’re set loose on the track. The track set also has integrated parking spaces, which easily store vehicles while they’re not in action. The Hot Wheels® Criss Cross Crash™ Track Set retails at http://www.toysrus.com for $44.99 and is recommended for ages 5 years +.
Imperial Death Trooper Voice Changing Mask
For the child who is a Star Wars fan, he/she will have a blast playing with this Imperial Death Trooper Voice Changing Mask. The mask lets your Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fan speak with true authority! It’s the right fit when issuing commands as they bypass protocol with their own missions. Put yourself straight into the middle of the action and defend the Empire with this awesome Imperial Death Trooper Voice Changer Mask from Star Wars: Rogue One, and re-create all of the moments from the Star Wars saga with this and other role play toys from Hasbro Star Wars. The mask also lights up when you speak. The mask retails for $16.95 at https://www.disneystore.com.
DC Super Hero Girls™ Action Doll
Inspired by a new interpretation of iconic DC Comics characters in an all-new high school setting called Super Hero High, girls can explore their own inner heroes with this assortment of 12 “ action dolls designed to lead to Super Hero fun. The assortment of dolls includes Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Supergirl, and Poison Ivy. Their fashions exhibit elements from the original DC Comics Super Heroes while accessories highlight the characters super powers. My daughter loved the movie Suicide Squad, hence the reason why Harley Quinn is super popular right now. She loves the doll as well. Harley wears her typical black and red outfit, which is a diamond Harlequin-inspired print and mismatched fashion with modern trends ready for action. This comical acrobat also comes with her giant mallet that she can hold in her hand. The DC Super Hero Girls™ Harley Quinn doll is recommended for ages 6 years+ and is available at www.amazon.com.
DC Super Hero Girls™ Batgirl™ Utility Belt Accessory
Girls will unleash their inner power with this role-play set inspired by Batgirl, a favorite student of DC Super Hero High. Grab some friends and the rest of the DC Super Hero Girls collection and reenact some of your favorite scenes from the show. Whether Harley Quinn or Poison Ivy are causing trouble again, it’s up to Batgirl to stop the bad behavior. Put on the Batgirl™ Utility Belt Accessory and stop the mischief in the halls of Super Hero High. Push the button on the bat symbol belt buckle to activate lights and sound effects for a dynamic Super Hero moment. Fans of the web series will recognize dynamic sounds and signature phrases of this favorite DC Super Hero Girls character. Take the phone out of its compartment on the belt and open to find the secret messages stored inside — then close the phone and use it to decode them. Have more secrets to carry? Use the hidden compartment within the bottom of the belt’s removable pouch to stash them away — out of any villain’s sight. The DC Super Hero Girls™ Batgirl™ Utility Belt Accessory is recommended for ages 6 years+ and is available at www.toysrus.com.
NERF Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster
Need something cool for an older kid? They will have a blast pretending to be the ultimate zombie hunter and defending the world from hordes of zombies with the NERF Zombie Brainsaw Blaster kids. This dart-firing blaster has a spinning foam saw blade for 2 ways to keep zombies away. Load the darts into the blaster to be ready for an attack whenever you venture into zombie-infested territory. Fire up the spinning foam blade and start cutting this zombie invasion down to size. Prime the blaster and pull the trigger to fire 1 dart at a time, and pull the string to make the blade spin. The Nerf Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster comes with 8 Zombie Strike darts. The toy is recommended for ages 8 years old+ and it retails for $29.99 at www.target.com.
Marvel Captain America: Civil War Scope Vision Helmet
Little Captain America fans can imagine the power of Cap himself with the Captain America Scope Vision Helmet and create their own Marvel adventures. The Scope Vision Helmet includes a 2-color light-up vision scope that helps with more precise targeting. When your little hero presses the button on the helmet that sends the included projectile launching, Captain America’s opponents won’t know what hit them. The helmet has an adjustable strap for comfortable fit and features a movie-inspired design. The helmet is recommended for 5 year olds+ and retails for $19.99 at http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com.
FurReal Friends® Bootsie™
Last year my daughter flipped for the FurReal Friends Starlily Unicorn, which was downright gorgeous. Just when I thought the FurReal Friends couldn’t get any cuter they introduce the loveable Bootsie, a furry little feline with a big personality. Bootsie is adorable with her big beautiful eyes. You can change her mood just by playing with her. Give her a treat and she’ll probably be happy… tap her mouth twice to make her cranky; pet her on her forehead to discover her latest mood. Pick up Bootsie and hold her close – she loves to be cuddled. She also comes with a treat. Bootsie is recommended for ages 4 years old+ and is available at www.hasbrotoyshop.com.
Disney Descendants Neon Lights Feature Mal Isle of the Lost
This new Mal doll is takes fashion and fluorescent fun to the next level with a super cool light-up dress inspired by Mal’s ensemble at the Neon Lights Ball in the Descendants animated short series, Wicked World. As if her glowing dress wasn’t enough, girls can accessorize her look with the 9 included fashion accessories, which consists of a hair accessory, 2 arm cuffs, safety-pin bracelet, 3 spiky bracelets, a pair of shoes, and a pair of earrings. The doll is available at http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com.