by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
With less that three weeks until Christmas and even less until Hanukkah many are starting to scramble to get holiday toys for their kids, nephews, nieces and all of the other kids in their lives. Don’t wait until the last minute to run around like a crazy person with the huge crowds and buy gifts on a whim – now’s the time to get everything you need so we’ve put together a list of fun and trendy toys for kids from toddlers to teenagers.
CartWheel Kids Hello Kitty Kitchen Cafe ($79.99)
The cutest kitty in America is celebrating her 40th anniversary this year! Kids can make food and drinks for Mom & Dad with this deluxe cafe. At over 3-1/2 feet high and with a real fabric awning, it comes loaded with accessories. Dispense “ice” from the refrigerator/ice maker combo. Features a clear oven door, a “hot” stove that sizzles with lights and sounds, a “disappearing coffee” pot, coffee mug, two cupcakes and serving tray, removable oven rack, saucepan, spoon, two ice cubes, a pretend smart phone and a printed menu. Ages 3-6. Buy on Amazon
My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Styling Pony
My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Styling Pony from Cartwheel Kids ($14.99)
Many little girls adore playing “hairdresser” and this take-along pony is perfect for the car for hours of fun. The 10-inch-high pony comes with everything you need to create tons of fabulous new hairstyles, including a lollipop-shaped hairbrush, a hair extension clip, a bow-shaped hair clip, 1 candy and 1 cupcake claw clips, 2 rainbow star snap clips, 2 candy-shaped barrettes, 2 foam rollers, 3 elastic bands, 1 sticker sheet and a wear & share necklace for pony – which doubles as a bracelet for the “stylist!” Ages 3-6. Buy on Amazon
(Editor’s Note: I bought this for my daughter recently and she loves it).
Peter Rabbit Adventure Treehouse Playset from Cartwheel Kids ($29.99)
If your kids are fans of the Beatrix Potter series they may also be familiar with the Nickelodeon show, Peter Rabbit. Now they can discover and play out their favorite adventures with this fun Peter Rabbit Adventure Treehouse playset. Ride the elevator to the 2nd floor, swing in the tire (that doubles as a lookout), take flight on the hang glider, or make a great escape from Mr. Tod through the “secret” escape hatch and down the slide. Full of action and pop-up surprises, this playset is great for developing motor skills and open-ended story play. Toys”R”Us exclusive, ages 2-5.
For School-Aged Kids
Graphic Skinz Design Studio Motorized Vacuum Chamber for Girls Includes Machine, 3 Models and 30 Transfer Skinz (45915AA-4) ($17.38)
Kids can make awesome creations with the new Graphic Skinz Design Studio. Available in two styles, its battery-operated super-suction vacuum chamber applies or “skins” full-color graphics onto 3D objects such as toys, cell phone cases, jewelry, trinkets and just about any object that fits into the chamber. “Skins” come is many different patterns and colors for both boys and girls. Ages 6 & up, at major retailers such as Amazon
, Target, Toys”R”Us and Walmart.
Ever After High Magic Mirror from Cartwheel Kids ($22.49)
Inspired by Mattel’s Ever After High web series and fashion doll line. Ask the Magic Mirror a question and get one of 22 responses, such as “I see this is Destiny!” or “The outlook is wicked awesome!” Open the secret side drawers to reveal hidden make-up compartments with two non-toxic color palettes included (1 Royal and 1 Rebel). The center drawer opens and can be locked with a detailed Ever After High key. Includes a wearable locket necklace with lip gloss inside. At retailers nationwide, ages 6 & up.
HyperChargers R/C cars and trucks from Jada ($19.99)
Remote-control cars are fun; replacing the batteries all the time? Not so much. HyperChargers are remote-control cars and trucks that come with a built-in, rechargeable battery and USB cable. Works with any USB port: desktop computer, laptop, gaming console, car charger, smart phone adapter or wall unit. Car styles: Bentley Continental SS, Chevy Camaro, Chevy Corvette Stingray Concept, Dodge Challenger SRT 8, Ford Mustang GT, Toyota Supra, Scion FRS. Trucks: Ford F-150 Raptor and Chevy Silverado. Chase 2-Packs: Ford Mustang GT Police car with red Chevy Camaro OR Dodge Challenger SRT 8 Highway Patrol vehicle with blue Chevy Corvette Stingray Concept. For ages 6 & up, available at Walmart and Amazon.
GirlMazing Chevy Camaro SS 1/24 Radio Controlled Vehicle
(R/C) Cars ($12.97)
Why should boys have all the fun? Girlmazing is a fun, bright and colorful line of customizable remote control (R/C) cars that girls will love to play with and fit their barbies inside. Choose one of four models and customize it with fun, colorful stickers (20 stickers included). Ages 6 & up. Requires four AA batteries (not included). Buy on Amazon
For Tweens & Older Kids
Loonacy card game from Looney Labs, ($12.44)
With this easy to learn, fast-paced and amazingly fun game players must race to empty their hand of seven cards in order to win. Every card features two images, and players must match one image with another on the topmost card of the discard pile. Loonacy does not require turn taking; rather, a fast eye and quick hand are needed to win. Loonacy features 100 cards with colorful, iconic art. Perfect for travel. Ages 8 & up, for 2-5 players. At retailers nationwide.
Cartoon Network Fluxx
This new game is based on Fluxx, Looney Labs’ top-selling card game. You will be on your toes with ever-changing rules: as cards are drawn and played from the deck the rules of the game change. Ages 8 & up. Buy on Amazon.
Holiday Fluxx Card Game ($16)
Holiday Fluxx encompasses holidays from Halloween to New Year’s, with a heavy emphasis on Christmas and is intended as a family-friendly introduction to Fluxx. A perfect stocking stuffer, the cards feature retro-style painted art from artist Ali Douglass, who has illustrated several American Girl books as well as North Star Games’ Happy Birthday and other titles. Ages 8 & up. Buy on Amazon.
I was not compensated for this post. I received a sample. This post contains affiliate links.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 7, 5 and 2) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.