Top 101 Best Holiday Gifts and Toy Guide 2013

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Top 101 Best Holiday Gifts and Toy Guide 2013

 Our Top 101 Best Holiday Gifts and Toy Guide 2013 includes some of the most unique, fun and educational gifts and toys available today.

Our team personally reviews each of the best holiday gifts and toys in our guide so you will have the highest quality and right at your fingertips throughout the year.

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  For your convenience, we have organized our Top 101 Best Holiday Gifts and Toy Guide 2013 into categories and by age group.

You’ll also find categories for boys, girls, teens, teachers, technology for grown-ups and adults

There is something for everyone!

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Ages 0-3

babys first 12 months picture frame personalized

Baby’s First 12 Months Picture Frame Personalized and With Hand Print

Start baby off right! This silver-plated 12-Month baby frame is the quintessential baby gift. With room for a photo from each month of baby’s first year, and easy-to-use plaster to capture their tiny handprint in the center opening of the frame. Add baby’s name, birth date, weight and length to the “birth certificate” engraving area for a gift the new mom, dad and baby will cherish.


blue teddy bear with blanket

Celebrate his or her birth (in blue or pink) with embroidered blanket and teddy bear

Stuffed with love, this cuddly teddy bear makes a great gift for celebrating the arrival of a new baby boy, or his birthday. It comes dressed in a soft white sweater and carries a snuggly blue blanket. Just personalize it with his name to make it a memorable keepsake.


Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-MobileThis award-winning mobile features vivid color and bold black-and-white images. Simple-to-complex images stimulate early visual activity and pre-reaching movement. Help your child get a jump start on early motor skills too!


Solvej Baby & Toddler SwingThis Solvej swing is an exclusive and attractive baby and toddler swing for the home environment, indoors and out, skillfully crafted with top quality materials. The timeless natural design and color range means this swing will complement any home and garden environment.


Hape Toys – My First GymColorful rattles and rings encourage reaching and kicking. A mirror reflects the smiles.


Skip Hop Stroller Bar Activity Toy – Treetop FriendsThese stroller bar activity toys are perfect for keeping little ones entertained while out and about! Both attached to stroller bars as well as infant carriers, adaptable to any ride you may have. See details tab to learn more about each style’s unique features.


Cloud b Twilight Turtle TunesTwilight Turtle Tunes is the first Cloud b character to feature wireless Bluetooth technology! Utilizing a new free Cloud b app, parents can choose from a pre-set library of melodies and sounds that can be combined to create a customized mix to play wirelessly via Twilight Turtle Tunes’ speaker. A premium app is also available which allows users to access their personal music libraries to create totally unique mixes. By utilizing Bluetooth, the melody and twilight effect can be programmed for up to 24 hours.


Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Love to Play PuppyBaby can learn A-B-Cs, 1-2-3’s and parts of the body, plus sing along to ten favorite songs and games. Invites baby to learn through singing, dancing and playing.


VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning WalkerThis colorful and engaging design has 5 piano keys that play music notes, 3 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters and light-up shape buttons, telephone handset, spinning gears and open/close barn door that enhance role play fun.


LEGO DUPLO Play with Letters 6051Features all the letters of the alphabet, includes an inspirational booklet for activities and comes complete with DUPLO child figure, cat, wagon base, 2 windows, 2 flowers and chair.


Little Blue Birdie Toddler Travel KitLittle Blue Birdie Toddler Travel Activity KitThis complete travel activity bag is a great way to keep your little one busy. It is perfect for car rides, plane trips, restaurants or in waiting rooms. Traveling will be so much easier.


Ages 3-8

Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball SetStart your little tyke off with right. This EasyScore set builds confidence and instills a love of sports. Personal recommendation from Pat Wyman: My 3 year old grandson Jackson loves this!


VTech KidiBeats Drum SetDrum set for kids has four modes of play: Free Play, Letters, Numbers, and Follow Along.


The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North PoleTouted as “the best thing since The Night before Christmas”


PlasmaCar RedNo gears , batteries or pedals. Just steer and away you go.


Classic Etch A Sketch Magic ScreenThe classically simple Etch-a-Sketch is one of the best-known toys of a generation and remains popular today.


ZoomerMeet Zoomer, your new real best friend who will bark, talk, scoot around, and play with you! Finally, a dog made just for kids!


Furby BoomFurby Boom has more than twice as many possible responses as the previous Furby, and how you treat Furby Boom will shape its personality. This toy allows you to catch and raise virtual furblings and it will remember their names. (Not for kids under 3).


LeapFrog Scribble & Write TabletTrace the lights to learn how to write.


Kidoozie Foam Pogo JumperGreat for indoor and outdoor play. Fun for adults too!


Kid Galaxy RC Bump N’ Chuck Bumper CarsInteractive, head to head RC fun.


Ages 8-12

Ultimate Crystal Growing Kit

Most impressive crystal growing kit you will ever find with (13) different growing activities.


LEGO Ultimate Building Set – 405 Pieces (6166)Includes building instructions for 5 models and photo inspiration for 25 more


Multi Voice Changer by ToysmithChange your voice with 8 different voice modifiers.


Perplexus Maze Game by PlaSmart, Inc.A maze game where players must maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a transparent sphere.


Crayola Marker MakerAll the tools needed to create customized colored markers.


Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of ScienceMore than 70 fascinating activities included.


Doc McStuffins Get Better Check-Up TableHeal toys and give healthy checkups just like Doc McStuffins.


Fold & Go TrampolineFrom Box to Bounce in less than 5 minutes; Unfold your trampoline – Screw on the legs – Attach the handle – Bounce – Repeat!


90′ Eagle Series Seated Zipline KitThis fun design will provide hours of outside activity. Weather-resistant, this kit includes a seat with adjustable bracket for rider’s height and fully assembled steel trolley w/ exceptional rubber grips.


Little Tikes Jump n Slide Dry BouncerThree mesh slides protect children, and let parents watch the fun. Maximum weight limit of 250lbs.



Magnetic Poetry Kit – OriginalContains over 300 words and fragments – Works on any magnetic surface.


Walnut Hollow Deluxe Woodburning KitThis kit is perfect for beginners who want to learn a new hobby and have fun doing it.


Make-Up PortfolioThis sketch pad lets you draw make-up looks, hairstyles and nail designs on the Fashion Angels models.


LEGO Architecture StudioIncludes a booklet that gives design and historical details on this amazing building in English and Italian.


Creativity for Kids Day at The Spa Deluxe Gift Set30+ piece set includes inflatable pedicure pool, battery operated nail dryer, satin eye mask, pedicure slippers and toe separators.


4M Water Rocket KitCreate your own rocket using a bottle, water and pump.


Project Runway Fashion Design Sketch PortfolioThis sketch pad lets you draw fashions and accessories on the models.


Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter – UFOStability and agility in flight simplify professional 3D maneuvers like pirouettes 3D fun flips,rolls,and more.


Estes 1469 Tandem-X Launch Set2 High Flying Model Rockets


Razor MX350 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross BikeScaled down, battery-powered electric moto-cross dirt bike for off-road riding that ANY young teen would love!


Arts and Crafts

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel
Comes with the accessories needed to help turn your child into the next Van Gogh.


Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make
Kids everywhere discovering the wonder and joy found in simple needle and thread. And while sewing offers lots of benefits for children — it nurtures creativity, cognitive ability, coordination, and confidence and is a skill they’ll use their whole lives — kids know that it’s just plain fun.


Jewelry Design Super SetMake 200+ pieces of jewelry.


Milestones’ Mosaic Stepping Stone Kit
The Orginal mosaic kit, contains enough colorful stained glass to completely cover the stone.


Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit
Loopdedoo is a new spinning loom that uses ordinary embroidery floss to create fab and funky friendship bracelets in just minutes.


Creative Colorful Loom Band Kit … Loom Tool, 600 Multi-color Band + Clips
Create unique Do-it-Yourself bracelets, necklaces, rings and more.


Spirograph Design Tin Set
The simple geared design; allows anyone to draw elegant and artistic designs.


My Comic Book Kit
Your child writes and illustrates their own original comic book that will be printed as a full-color, professionally typeset comic book



Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book CollectionA perfect gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds, this collection of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, and Fox in Socks—will be cherished by young and old alike. Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime!


Goodnight Moon

In this classic of modern children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.


Jackson's First Haircut

From the I am a STAR Personalized Book Series

Jackson’s First Haircut PERSONALIZED BOOK for your child 

Help your child overcome their jitters about their first haircut. This book is PERSONALIZED and available with your child’s name in the story and on the cover.

If you type in the child’s name and rest of the title and don’t find it immediately, email us at iamastarbooks (at) and we will have one created for you right away and send you an email when it is ready!  You will also find other personalized books for your child like Jackson’s First Day of School.

Note: This is a kindle book but you don’t need a kindle to read it – just grab their FREE reading app here and you can read it to your child on your computer, your tablet, iPad, or tablet.


Harry Potter 7 Paperback Box Set

Now for the first time ever, J.K. Rowling’s seven bestselling Harry Potter books are available in a stunning paperback boxed set! The Harry Potter series has been hailed as “a spellbinding saga’ by USA Today. And most recently, The New York Times called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the “fastest selling book in history.” This is the ultimate Harry Potter collection for Harry Potter fans of all ages!


the complete ramona collection

The Complete Ramona Collection

Kids everywhere feel connected to Ramona’s unique way of looking at the world as she tries to adjust to new teachers, feels jealous about Susan’s curls, and is secretly pleased by Yard Ape’s teasing. The scrapes she gets herself into—like wearing pajamas to school or accidentally making egg yolk shampoo—are funny and heartwarming, and sometimes embarrassing. No matter what—Ramona’s lively, curious spirit shines through.


The Day the Crayons QuitPoor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining.


the very hungry catepillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

“The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…” —Mother’s Manual


where the wild things areWhere the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over, by the one and only Maurice Sendak.


The Polar ExpressFor twenty years, The Polar Express has been a worldwide bestseller and Christmas classic. To commemorate this special anniversary, this heirloom gift edition has been created. The slipcase holds a cloth copy of the book, which includes a distinctive bookplate designed by author Chris Van Allsburg exclusively for this edition. A perfect keepsake for any family, this beautiful edition can be handed down to each new generation of readers.



Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset
Turn a stick of wax into a fully functioning Hot Wheels car in a matter of minutes


Jakks Creepy Crawlers BugmakerBug maker transforms slime to bugs in no time.


K’NEX Atomic Coaster
Includes 2 coaster cars and motorized chain lift.


LEGO The Hobbit The Goblin King BattleIncludes 7 minifigures: Dori the Dwarf, Nori the Dwarf, Ori the Dwarf, Gandalf the Grey, The Goblin King, Goblin Scribe and 2 Goblin Soldiers, all with assorted weapons.


OWI-536 All Terrain 3-in-1 RC Robot Kit – ATRPut it together, take it apart, make another module – NO SOLDERING REQUIRED.


Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter – Blue2 Selectable Frequencies Let’s You Fly Up To 2 Helicopters At Once.



New Zealand Clip ArtNew Zealand Fun Clip ArtThe finest and most-comprehensive hand-drawn, royalty-free, jpg clip art collection available in the world for use in all your school projects or reports.Students, teachers and parents will love these Kiwi Culture, hand-drawn images by a man born and raised in New Zealand, who was an animator for Disney, NZ. Collection is available online or on CD’s and you’ll see everything on this site. Click here to get 2 FREE jpg images now



Baby Einstein OctoplushBabies can hug the octopus to hear a Baby Einstein melody and explore the textures for tactile development.


DuneCraft Dome Terrariums – HerbsThis complete kit contains everything needed to keep fresh herbs in your home for months upon months


Educational Insights Geosafari Talking Microscope
The perfect first microscope! Great for introducing scientific observation.


Educational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel GameDevelops matching, sorting, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and pre-handwriting skills.


LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra Kids’ Learning TabletLeapPad Ultra is the 100% kid-perfect learning tablet that is built kid-tough with a 7-Inch hi-res screen and Wi-Fi with kid-safe Web. Ages 4 – 9 years


My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope
Features 40x, 100x & 400x magnifications, Real Glass Optics, 6 hole disk diaphragm, Battery Operated, Extensive, 50 pc accessory kit


Learning Resources Teaching Cash RegisterHelps children practice coin recognition, addition, subtraction and place value with 4 engaging games


LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing SystemLeapReader helps your child learn to read and write with confidence by teaching reading comprehension, vocabulary and listening skills.


Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100Exciting projects include burglar alarm, doorbell and more.


Thames & Kosmos Physics Workshop
Experiment with simple machines: gears, levers, screws, inclined planes, pulleys, wheels and axles.


The Magic School Bus – Chemistry LabStore experiments and components in the bus shaped kit – comes with three plastic trays to hold all components


VTech Move and Crawl BallMotorized ball stimulates gross motor movement



Cranium GameThe Classic Cranium game lets you act, sing, draw or other creative tasks to win points.


Hedbanz GameGet ready for the award winning, goofy guessing game of “What am I?” with Hedbanz.


Qwirkle Board GameMindware’s Best-Selling Game of All Time


SIMONThis is the classic electronic memory game of the 1980’s is back.


hasbro electronic catch phrase

Hasbro Electronic Catch Phrase

Use this game at your parties and your guests will immediately remember how much fun they had and want to come back for more. I’ve played this game several times and always had so much fun – you’ll love it!

Guess the answers to the clues for more than 10,000 words. How quickly can you get your teammates to say “backseat driver”? “Pay through the nose”? “Strong, silent type”? You can do or say just about anything to get them to guess the phrase but don’t be the last one holding the game!



American Girl of 2013 Saige Doll & Paperback BookThe Saige doll comes in an outfit that gets her creativity flowing! An indigo knit dress with cropped sleeves, geometric embroidery reminiscent of southwestern art, and a tiered skirt Tall leather-look boots with wrap straps A turquoise-colored ring to bring out her eyes, plus fun earrings Blue cotton underwear The Saige doll has a huggable cloth body, and her moveable head and limbs are made of smooth vinyl. Includes the Saige paperback book-an engaging story that will inspire girls to act on their passions!


Discovery Kids Motorized Pottery WheelKids can create clay creations with the motorized foot pedal similar to a authenthic pottery wheel


Easy Bake Ultimate OvenThe classic oven has been updated to be light bulb-free and comes with yummy mixes and pans for cooking up all kinds of sweet treats!


Fashion Design StudioDream up your own designer originals and get ready for the runway. Recommended for ages between 9 -11 years.


FurReal Friends Daisy Plays-With-Me Kitty Toy
Pet her forehead, wave her kitty toy at her, squeeze her front right paw or press her back.


LEGO Friends 3184 Adventure CamperIncludes 2 bikes, surfboard, picnic table, barbeque grill, chicken, cups, juice element, a tote bag and the kitchen accessory pack: plates, utensils, bowl, muffins, spatula, frying pan and baking tin.



Optical Crystal Apple Paperweight – Desktop GiftThe perfect gift for your favorite teacher.


Teachers Rule! Personalized StationeryCelebrate the joys of teaching with this personalized stationery for teachers, each featuring a charming sentiment about being a teacher, expressed through quirky and colorful art of acclaimed graphic artist Lori Seibert!


Vanilla Bean Woodwick Jar Candle – 10oz.
The perfect gift to help educators relax and unwind. This candles features a warm, natural scent of pure vanilla bean.


Self-stick Notepad Assortment for TeachersThis is a set of 6 self-stick notepads featuring humorous messages for teachers.


Ferrero Collection 24 Piece Gift BoxA gourmet assortment of fine chocolates perfect for your favorite teacher.


Contemporary Christmas Cookies Custom Made By the Patricia O’Brien & Co.Adding lime and forest green to the traditional Christmas colors brings a contemporary whimsy to this dozen …. We hope you’ll think it’s as much fun as we do. Please let us have your order before December 1st, so we’ll be able to send the cookies (with your greeting) to arrive before Santa!


Print At Home Amazon Gift CardWhen you can’t decide on the perfect gift for your teacher or loved on this year, let them decide when you give them a convenient print at home Amazon Gift Card



The Revolutionary Touchfire Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad 1,2,3,4  We love this because it is the world’s thinnest, lightest iPad keyboard – thin as two credit cards and weighs just 3/8 of an ounce.


Honestech VHS to DVD 7.0 DeluxeCapture old VHS, Beta, 8mm or camcorder tapes and convert them to DVD, Blu-ray or other digital formats.


Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Blue)Automatic exposure measurement. The camera signals the recommended aperture setting with a flashing LED. This helps capture the perfect photo every time.


Apple TV MD199LL/A Stream video, games, and more from iOS devices using AirPlay; music, videos, and photos can also be streamed from PCs and Macs.


All-New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Tablet
Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, plus e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more.


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