Gift 2013’s Top Toys and Tech


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Finding the perfect holiday gift for each special someone on your list can be a challenge. Rather than wandering aimlessly through the aisles of your nearest big box store or mall walking yourself into a frenzy, why not get familiar with this year’s hottest gadgets and gizmos sure to make you everyone’s favorite Santa?


No matter how long Sesame Street has been around, each new generation of children on their way “to where the air is sweet” seems to fall in love with these beloved characters. This year, Playskool’s Big Hugs Elmo (MSRP $49.00) offers children return hugs, sing-along songs and even a lullaby come nap time. For a more educational choice, the Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car from Fisher Price (MSRP $59.99) features dozens of songs, tunes and phrases for teaching little ones the alphabet, numbers, colors, opposites, greetings, and more in a fun and engaging way.

School-Age Children

More than 15 years after its initial debut, the Furby is back — and more desirable than ever. Recommended for kids ages 6+, Hasbro’s plush electronic pet (MSRP $64.99) develops its personality and English-speaking skills based on interactions with its owner. Or how about another throwback with two must-have Nerf toys? Boys will be boys with the N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18 blaster (MSRP $44.99), which holds 18 darts that can be blasted up to 75 feet. If you’ve got a girl who loves The Hunger Games, the Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster (MSRP $19.99) will have her channeling her inner Katniss in no time.

Tweens & Teens

For the kid who can’t get enough of his or her favorite tunes, consider gifting the iHome iDM11 portable Bluetooth speaker (MSRP $69.99). Don’t be fooled by its compact design; it packs a punch of decent sound for a fraction of the price of some competitors. Have an aspiring photographer on your hands? The Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens (MSRP $99.99) attaches to the iPhone for fisheye, wide-angle and two macro lens shot capturing with ease. Lastly, if gaming is more your teen’s style, you might splurge on Microsoft’s new Xbox One (MSRP $499.99) or Sony’s PlayStation 4 (MSRP $399.99).


From smartphones and smartwatches to tablets and tech accessories, electronics are expected to top many adult gift lists this season. For your TV and movie buffs, consider purchasing a Roku (MSRP $49.99 to $99.99) streaming device so they can access their favorite entertainment instantly and on-demand. If your gift recipient prefers entertainment on the go, Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX (MSRP starting at $229.00) and the Apple iPad Air (MSRP starting at $499.00) are competing for top tablet status.

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