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Top 101 Best Holiday Toys 2012 

 The best holiday toys guide for 2012 includes some of the most educational and fun toys on the market today.  Our team personally reviews each of the best holiday toys in our guide so you will have the highest quality and the best selection of toys right at your fingertips throughout the year. 

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For your convenience, we have organized our best holiday toys into categories–and as you can see, there is something for everyone! 

Action Figures

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Marvel Avengers Collector four Pack

The Avengers team up against Loki and save the day with these character figurines.



Disney/Pixar Brave Castle and Forest Set by Mattel

Have countless magical adventures in the castle and the forest with this Disney/Pixar Brave Castle & Forest Set by Mattel. © Disney/Pixar Brave


Marvel Spider-Man Adventures Playskool Heroes Action Gear Spider-Man by Hasbro

Help Spidey save the day, anytime and anywhere, with the action gear in this Marvel Spider-Man toy set by Hasbro.


Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3 Playskool Mr. Potato Head Play Set by Hasbro

Disney/Pixar toys bring movies to life. This Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3 Playskool Mr. Potato Head set provides a new twist to a classic toy.


Arts & Crafts

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Crayola Digital Light-Designer Spinning Light Canvas

Draw on the spinning light canvas with the stylus to see your art light up with this Crayola Digital Light-Designer.

Hasbro Play-Doh Activity World

Create molds of animals, letters, numbers and more with this Play-Doh Activity World set.


Discovery Kids Trace ‘n Draw Glow Board

Spark your child’s artistic imagination with this Discovery Kids glow board that makes their designs light up.


Melissa and Doug Magnetic Pattern Block Kit

Melissa & Doug toys stick by your little one’s side. The magnetic shapes in this pattern block kit allow your child to explore their imagination.


Activity Gift Sets

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Melissa and Doug My Own Mailbox Set

This mailbox set from Melissa & Doug features all the materials needed to sign, seal and deliver.


Melissa & Doug Drawing Bundle

Draw and color the day away with this Melissa & Doug Drawing Bundle.



Thomas and Friends Electronic Reader and 8-Book Library

Choose one of the eight paper-page Thomas & Friends books and press the matching button on the reader to hear it read aloud with sound effects.

LeapFrog Tag Junior Get Ready to Read Scout Bundle

Touch words and pictures in the LeapFrog Tag Junior books with the Scout book pal to hear audio responses that introduce preschool skills and promote active reading.



Baby Toys

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VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

VTech toys combine play and learning. This Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker encourages your child to walk while teaching. 


LeapFrog My Puppy Pal Violet

LeapFrog Toys are doggone cute. With its customization options, you can download your child’s name, 30 songs and favorite things to this LeapFrog My Puppy Pal Viloet.

Little Tikes DiscoverSounds Smart Phone

Scroll to three different screens to learn English, French and Spanish languages, or numbers, shapes, colors and musical instruments with this Little Tikes DiscoverSounds smart phone.

Evenflo ExerSaucer Jump & Learn 

Safari style. Featuring 45 learning activities and safari-themed animal toys, this Evenflo ExerSaucer helps develop your child’s motor skills and physical strength.


12 – 24 Months

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LeapFrog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket

LeapFrog adds imaginative life to pretend time. This Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket set is full of cute surprises for your little one’s play time.

Litte Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Center

Little Tikes toys are perfect for your future MVP.Featuring fun sports songs and sound effects, this 3-in-1 Sports Center introduces little ones to baseball, basketball and football. 

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Screen Laptop

Log onto learning fun with Fisher-Price toys. Hands-on activities let your child discover numbers, letters, colors and more with this Laugh & Learn Smart Screen Laptop. 

Mega Bloks 60-pc. First Builders Big Building Bag

Encourage your little one’s creativity with these Mega Bloks First Builders multicolored blocks.



Bikes & Riding Toys

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Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycle

Nostalgic ride. Your youngster will have fun on this Morgan Cycle Retro tricycle.


Razor® Rip Rider™ 360 Caster Tricycle

Rip and slide. Your young rider will love this boys’ Razor three-wheeler as much as you loved yours. 


Fisher-Price Dora the Explorer Lights & Sounds Trike 

Your little one can have adventures with this Fisher-Price Dora the Explorer trike that features Dora phrases in English and Spanish.

Prince Lionheart Chop Balance Bike

Vintage style from Prince Lionheart. Featuring a classic motorcycle design, this balance bike helps your child take the first steps toward riding a bicycle. 



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LEGO Super Heroes Batwing Battle Over Gotham City

The epic struggle between Batman and The Joker continues with LEGO’s Batwing Battle Over Gotham City set. Comes with lots of great extras, plus a comic book!

SpiderMan Mega Blaster Web Shooter with Glove Set

Your child will love this Spider-Man web shooter. The dual-action glove can shoot either water or a special web fluid that is included. Evil doesn’t stand a chance.


NERF N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster

Battle against your enemies with a Hail-Fire blaster by NERF. Its high-capacity ammunition rack includes 4 reloadable clips capable of holding 6 darts each, so you’ll have ammo when you need it.

Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle

Eagle Talon Castle by Fisher-Price will help your little lord or lady fight off dragons and other villains. The toy promotes the use of motor skills and creative thinking, making it excellent for educational purposes.



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Kidz Delight Endangered Animal Discovery Activity Book

Kidz Delight toys are perfect for early learners. This Endangered Animal Discovery activity book features tons of fun facts about pandas, polar bears, wolves and more. With a magic pen and wipe-clean pages, kids can answer animal-based questions and play games over and over again. 

Innovative Kids Poke-a-Dot! “10 Little Monkeys” Book

Innovative Kids Poke-a-Dot! books encourage monkeying around. This “10 Little Monkeys” book uses tactile dots and the popular rhyme about monkeys jumping on a bed to teach your child to count to 10. 


Fox River Mills “How to Make the Original Rockford Red Heel Monkey” Book

Sock it to you. Learn the ways of how to make the original red-heel Sock Monkey and his friends with this instructional book from Fox River Mills. 



“Brain Games” Book

Fitness for your brain. Sharpen your mind with this “Brain Games” book by Publications International, Ltd. Five levels of puzzles will provide hours of challenging and entertaining fun for friends and family.




Building Blocks & Sets

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SmartLab Weird & Wacky Contraption Lab

With over 60 mix-and-match pieces, this SmartLab Weird & Wack Contraption Lab lets kids dream up crazy courses, then build and test them using the easy-to-construct Velcro system. 

Melissa & Doug® Pattern Blocks & Boards

Melissa & Doug toys build brain power. This Pattern Blocks and Boards set teaches matching and fine motor skills.


KidKraft Bead Maze Cube

KidKraft toys make wonderful gifts. This KidKraft Bead Maze Cube features five sides of fun farm-themed activities to keep your youngster occupied for hours.

KidKraft 100-pc. Wooden Block Set

KidKraft toys are the best on the block. This KidKraft 100-piece wooden block set improves shape and color recognition and three-dimensional thinking.



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A Laurie Berkner Christmas

Laurie Berkner has been a professional musician since 1992, but her success as a children’s recording artist was a surprise to her. “


Austin & Ally

Disney Channel’s popular music-driven series “Austin & Ally”  releases its first soundtrack album. 


Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist

Disney’s MAKE YOUR MARK is your ultimate mix of new and all-time favorite songs from your favorite Disney Channel stars! 

The Fresh Beat BandVol. 2.0: More Music From The Hit TV Show

The Fresh Beat Band is Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group and stars of the Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name.


Computer & Electronic 

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LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer

The number 1 learning tablet just got better! LeapPad2 inspires kids to imagine & explore with a faster processor and 4GB for limitless learning fun!

VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet

Kids can spend hours with InnoTab 2S’s vivid and interactive e-books, which offer narration, character voices, graphics, sounds, and music. 

Discovery Kids Laptop

Help your little one know it all with Discovery Kids. This laptop features more than 60 challenging built-in games and activities to make learning fun and satisfying.


iTikes Canvas

Young Artists will love expressing their creativity on the iTikes Canvas. On its own it comes with a classic magnetic doodler.



Dolls & Stuffed Animals

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Hasbro Baby Alive Day Out with Mommy Doll Set

Keep this Day Out with Mommy doll happy by feeding her the Baby Alive doll juice and then get ready to take out the diaper bag. 

Melissa & Doug Victoria 14-in. Ballerina Doll

With her leotard on and slippers laced, this Melissa & Doug Victoria ballerina doll is ready to dance for her new best friend.

Pillow Pets Dream Lites Dog

Snuggle in for restful sleep with this Pillow Pets Dream Lites dog that projects a starry night sky on the ceiling at the press of a button.


Hasbro FurReal Friends Bouncy My Happy-to-See-Me Pup

This Hasbro FurReal Friends Bouncy puppy figure spins, jumps and makes happy sounds when she gets attention and pets from your little one.



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Narrated by Tim Allen, Chimpanzee is the fourth Disneynature film. The movie takes moviegoers deep into the Taï Forest of Africa and follows a lively young chimpanzee named Oscar, who leads the wonder-filled life of a growing chimp, until tragedy strikes. An amazing show of compassion saves Oscar, and his story will touch viewers as it did the filmmakers and scientists who witnessed the show of “humanity” first-hand.


Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Colorful and whimsical animation, vibrant musical numbers and exciting characters make Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax a a winner with kids and families. Dr. Seuss’ classic cautionary tale comes to life when a boy named Ted sets out to find a real Truffula tree for his crush Audrey. He happens upon the Onceler, who tells him a sorrowful tale about the fate of the forest.


The Secret World of Arrietty

Based on the beloved book The BorrowersThe Secret World of Arriettytells a charming story about Arrietty, a tiny young girl who from a family of borrowers (tiny people) who live under the floor of a country house. When a boy named Shawn comes to stay at the house, Arrietty is seen by the human boy, and her family’s life is changed forever.

The Muppets

Wocka Wocka! The Muppets value pack contains the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Soundtrack. The Blu-ray edition contains several bonus features. One fun addition is “Disney Intermission.” If you need to pause the movie for someone to go to the bathroom for example, which happens at our house a lot, then an intermission sign comes down, and you can hear some jokes, Muppets poke their heads out, and sometimes bonus feature previews are played.




Games & Puzzles 

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Scrabble Alphabet Scoop Game by Hasbro

Mix up a batch of fun with Hasbro games. In this Scrabble Alphabet Scoop game, players scoop letters out of a pot in an attempt to spell out a word on their card. 

Melissa & Doug® Monster Bowling Set

Strike up the fun. Your child will always have a ball with this bowling set. 



Milton Bradley® Jenga® Game

Milton Bradley games provide excitement. Build it tall and sturdy if you want to win this Jenga game. 


University Games Brain Quest Smart! Game

Brain Quest games are perfect for family game night.This fast-paced, Brain Quest Smart! game challenges players of all ages to questions about Science, Math, Art, Reading and The World. 



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Easy Bake Ultimate Oven

Bake up sweet and tasty treats with the EASY BAKE Ultimate Oven. No more light bulbs needed! Use the included mixes, pans and other goodies to whip up cake and cookie batter.



Barbie Fashionistas Ultimate Closet

Display your Barbie doll’s clothing and accessories in style with the Ultimate Closet from the Barbie Fashionistas collection. It has enough space to store several Barbie fashions, and it comes with one head-to-toe outfit to get you started.

LEGO Friends Emma’s Horse Trailer

Your little horse lover will have a great time helping prepare for a horse show with a LEGO horse trailer set. Children can put mini doll Emma in her horse Robin’s saddle to practice jumping.


Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Star Doll – Harmony B Sharp

Your little one will have hours of musical fun with this ultra-cute new addition to the Lalaloopsy family. This Harmony B Sharpe doll talks, dances and sings five different songs whenever she gets a new hairdo, making play time a blast.


Learning & Education 

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Eric Carle’s ABC Game

ABCs and 123s. This Eric Carle’s ABC game helps your youngster learn both letters and numbers.




Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Camera

Picture perfect! This Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn camera lights up and plays four sing-along songs to help your future photographer learn counting, opposites, colors and more. 



Little Tikes Playful Basics Play Cube

Watch as your baby develops fine motor skills in a fun way with this Little Tikes Play Cube.




Discovery Kids World Map

Discovery Kids makes it fun for your little ones to expand their horizons. This set gives children the tools to learn as they label their map with country and landmark indicators, and colorful regional animals.



iTikes Map

With the iTikes I Explore Map, kids ages three and up can learn about US and world geography, prehistoric times, the solar system, and more. I Explore includes six maps that teach and quiz different subjects.




Music & Instruments 

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VTech KidiJamz Studio

Pump up the jams with this VTech KidiJamz Studio. 



Kansas Intern Burwood Student Acoustic Guitar

Sweet sounds. Your youngster will learn to make beautiful music with this student acoustic guitar.

Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box

Strike up the band with Melissa & Doug toys. From shaking the maracas to tapping out tunes on the tambourine, kids will love creating new tunes with this Melissa & Doug band set. 

Schoenhut® 30-Key Fancy Baby Grand Toy Piano

Inspire years of musical memories with this Schoenhut 30-key fancy baby grand toy piano.



Outdoor Play 

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Step2® Naturally Playful® Sand Table™

Sandbox kid. Yours deserves a table this innovative and exciting. Sure to provide endless fun in the sun.




Skywalker 40-in. Lily Pad Adventure Bouncer with Enclosure

Skywalker takes leapfrog to the next level. Lily pads on the jump mat of this bouncer keep your little one moving and learning.



Discovery Kids Tent

This Discovery Kids adventure play tent and tunnel lets imaginations soar. It’s the perfect way for your kids to play inside or outside the house. Complete a playroom, backyard playground, or add a fun touch to children’s birthday parties with this play tent. 


VTech Musical Bubbles Octopus

VTech learning toys are suds of fun! This Musical Bubbles Octopus features large buttons your little one can press to hear the names and sounds of animals and instruments. Flip a switch to send bubbles floating through the air for extra fun.



Preschool Toys 

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Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn™ Cookie Shape Surprise™

For your little cookie. This Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Cookie Shape Surprise talks, teaches and plays music. 


Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Basketball Set

Fisher-Price toys make learning fun. This Laugh & Learn Basketball Set teaches letters, numbers, shapes, colors and opposites. 


Melissa & Doug® Grocery Store/Lemonade Stand

Melissa & Doug toys make wonderful gifts. This Grocery Store/Lemonade Stand allows for hours of imaginative play.


VTech® Touch & Teach Turtle

VTech toys make learning fun. This Touch & Teach Turtle offers your little one three modes of play.



Pretend Play 

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Step2® LifeStyle™ Deluxe Kitchen

Cook up some fun! This Step2 play kitchen is just like the real thing. 



Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates Talking Spyglass by Fisher-Price

Keep an eye on Captain Hook with this Jake and the Never Land Pirates talking spyglass. Press the button to see Captain Hook in the telescope and to hear Jake phrases and whistles. © Disney

Discovery Kids Cardboard Train

It’s all aboard with Discovery Kids. This large, cardboard train will provide your kids with hours of coloring and playtime fun. 


Step2 My Own Workshop

Pretend to be the handyman around the house with this portable Step2 My Own Workshop play station.




Specialty Toys 

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Lalaloopsy Holiday Collector Edition Ivory Ice Crystals Doll

Designed as a Lalaloopsy collector’s edition, this Ivory Ice Crystals doll has been given the royal treatment. 


Disney Princess Cinderella Holiday Princess Doll by Mattel

Dressed for a holiday ball, this Disney Princess Cinderella doll by Mattel promises to spread cheer this season.  © Disney


Dora the Explorer Holiday Doll by Fisher-Price

Your little one will enjoy the season with this Fisher-Price Dora the Explorer holiday doll wearing a pretty dress with a holly applique. 


Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Playset

Help Santa prep for the biggest night of the year by making toys with this Playmobil holiday workshop playset.




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Hasbro Twister Dance

Hasbro Twister Dance….Rock the spots to today’s hottest music with the Twister Dance Game. Learn dances by following the Twister spots to songs like “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears or “Whip My Hair” by Willow. Or dance to your own music.

AppFinity – AppDrive

Get behind the wheel of the ultimate driving simulator! Using patented touch pad technology, the AppDrive puts you right in the race! Your iOS device?s gyroscope delivers 100% authentic steering control as you tilt, twist and turn your way through every race!

Lazer Tag Blaster 1

Nerf Lazer Tag Single Blaster Pack features 1 Blaster, iPhone/iTouch Cradle, 1 Lazer Tag iPhone Skin, 1 Lazer Tag iPod touch skin, and game guide. Lazer Tag App Includes Tons Of Downloadable Upgrades! 

The Game of Life: zAPPed Edition for iPad

Play your iPad and game board together for an interactive family experience. The free THE GAME OF LIFE zAPPed edition app brings your game to life with over 100 hilarious clips from America’s Funniest Videos.


Sporting Goods 

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Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set

Your child will love being able to play basketball like the big kids with this Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set. 



Franklin® 3-in-1 Indoor Sports Set

Franklin toys are triple the fun. Complete with balls, adjustable sticks, and two goals, this 3-in-1 sports set lets your young athlete enjoy indoor hockey, knee hockey and soccer action.


Step2 Double Play Baseball & Golf Set

Step2 toys flex muscles and minds. This Step2 Double Play Baseball and Golf set offers twice the fun with half the equipment. 


Poof Pro Gold™ Mini Sport Pack

Three times the fun. Your little athlete will keep the action going with this boys’ Poof Pro Gold Mini Sport Pack.




Vehicles & RC 

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Hot Wheels RC Terrain Twister Vehicle by Mattel

Drive this Hot Wheels Terrain Twister vehicle from Mattel forward, backward or side-to-side in a stealthy motion using the RC controller. 

Propel Toys Sky Force Helicopter

Featuring slow and fast speed settings, this large Propel Toys Sky Force helicopter allows you to fly in a variety of conditions.

Step2® Deluxe Canyon Road Train & Track Table™

Playtime’s on the fast track toward fun! The Step2 Deluxe Canyon Road Train & Track Table is sure to move full steam ahead in your child’s toy collection.

Matchbox Cliff Hanger Shark Escape! Playset by Mattel

Watch out for the escaping shark and octopus obstacles on this Matchbox Cliff Hanger playset by Mattel. 


Video Games & Accessories 

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Wipeout: The Game for Nintendo Wii

Wipeout: The Game for Nintendo Wii tests your skills.You’ve laughed at all the bizarre trips and spills while watching the show, but now it’s your turn. Prove your strength with Wipeout: The Game.


Nickelodeon Fit for Nintendo Wii

Nickelodeon Fit for Nintendo Wii gets your kids off the couch. They’ll love interacting with Dora, Diego, Kai-lan and The Backyardigans, and you’ll love that they’re staying active.


Disney Tangled for Nintendo DS

Disney Tangled for Nintendo DS puts you in a world of fantasy. Join Rapunzel to explore a vast kingdom filled with colorful environments as well as engaging quests and challenges. Let down your hair with this Disney Tangled video game for Nintendo DS.  © Disney.

Minute to Win It for Xbox 360

Minute to Win It for Xbox 360 lets you participate in your favorite game show. You’ll be surprised how much fun you can have within 60 seconds. 




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