With Christmas less than two weeks away, it's time to make those last minute purchases for the kiddos on your list. With everything from cool new toys that stimulate imaginations to science kits that inspire STEM education to even companies that "give back," we have all the hottest trends covered from some of the most innovative companies of today. Take a peek below at our holiday gift guide for this year!
Geckobot by Thames and Kosmos
This astonishing wall-climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, such as glass, plastic, whiteboards and glossy laminates. The battery powered motor drives an innovative gear system that produces a rotating motion, making the legs move in motions that mimic a real gecko. A 24-page, full-color manual guides you through model building with step-by- step illustrated instructions and provides scientific information and explanations. Ages 8 and up. MSRP $49.95. Buy it at Toys 'R' Us, Amazon
Brackitz Driver Set
Designed to ignite creativity, Brackitz is an award-winning innovative new construction line that encourages open-ended, imaginative play like no other construction set on the market today. With just a few tools at their disposal, including wooden planks and one-of-a-kind plastic connectors, children are given the opportunity to use their imagination to construct entirely new worlds by playing on their own or with friends. So build out, build tall or build wide – there is no limit! And since the line is made completely in the USA, parents can be rest-assured that they are providing their child with a durable construction set that also promotes STEM, no matter what skill level. The new Driver Kit includes 43 pieces, which includes 4 wheels. It also includes directions for 10 driving machines.
Space Wow 22Pc Set
Build spaceships and rockets with Magformers Space WOW 22Pc Set. Beginner builders can blast into space with the new astronaut character! Add antenna and wheels to create a space buggy or search for extra-terrestrial life by building a space station. Great for young minds to learn about constructing cube nets, patterns, shapes and colors! MSRP $59.99
Educational & Tech
Turbo Runner by Odyssey Toys
Capable of going just about anywhere, the Turbo Runner climbs walls and ceilings with ease. The Turbo Runner is a master of all tricks. Transitioning from flight to running mode, it darts across walls then dashes across ceilings – it even runs down staircases. Mimicking a design that was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Navy for a real-life UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), the Turbo Runner fears no trick thanks to its patented cage, which minimizes any force of impact. Master the trimming controls, and soon you’ll be performing amazing stunts never before possible with a flying RC vehicle. Ages 8 and up. MSRP $49.95. Buy it at Brookstone, Costco, Toys 'R' Us, RadioShack.
CogniToys™ are the award-winning next generation of Internet-connected smart toys that learn and grow alongside your child, bringing a new gateway of smart, fun and interactive learning to children in the digital age without the need for a screen! The Dino is Cloud-based and Wi-Fi-enabled, allowing children to engage in intelligent conversation unlike any other toys on the market today. CogniToys™ can explore a wide variety of topics during playtime and can participate in activities like storytelling, questions and answers, games and more. The Dino is available at Toys R Us. MSRP $99.99
School Zone Get Ready for Preschool Learning Set
School Zone Publishing is proud to introduce boxed bundles of fun - set up a pretend classroom at home! These packages come complete with School Zone’s award-winning workbooks and flash card sets, as well as coloring pads, stickers, crayons, lotto boards and more for endless hours of educational entertainment. The Learning Box Sets are available exclusively at Toys ‘R’ Us. MSRP $19.99
Fire Station Playset
Spark imaginative play with the Green Toys™ Fire Station! This playset has everything your little firefighter needs to save the day, including a fire station, fire engine, firefighter cat characters, rotating water cannon, command center, and stackable bunk beds. Open and close the doors to both the front and back of the station, help the cats slide down the fire pole, and race to the rescue in the fire engine, all while helping to develop fine motor cooperative play skills. All pieces fit inside the fire station, so clean-up and storage is a breeze, and the built-in handle makes it easy to take all the fun on-the-go. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic with no BPA, phthalates, or PVC. Dishwasher safe. Packaged with recycled and recyclable materials printed with soy inks. MSRP $49.99.
Irish Fairy Door
The Irish Fairy Door Company encourages children to expand their imaginations by exploring the magical world of fairies with their award-winning handmade Irish fairy doors. These doors help fairies easily relocate into human homes, classrooms, gardens and woods and provide a beautiful and unique way for children and parents to interact and play through the power of imagination and belief. Once in place, the creative team at FairyHQ ensures direct access to Fairy Valley, so the magic continues long after the fairy has moved in. Fairy Valley boasts ongoing magical messages, play ideas and stories delivered to children and parents who register their fairy’s name on the website, via email or at the brands immersive app. $19.99
Spin the Spinner and Get Stacking!
Can you stack 12 blocks before the Stack Smasher gets to the tower and topples it? Spin a color and stack a block. Spin a Challenge and add a tricky task like stacking while singing “Happy Birthday!” Spin the Stack Smasher, and you’re one space closer to the big topple! Ages 3-5, 2-6 Players MSRP $19.99 Available at TARGET.
Hoot Owl Hoot!
Hurry Owls, It’s Time to Go Home
Players help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up. Play a color card and fly to that space. Draw a sun card, and you’re one step closer to the daylight. Play together to help all the owls get home before the sun rises and -- everyone wins! Ages 4+, 2-4 Players, No Reading Required, $15.99, Available at TARGET.
Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Game
A Social-Emotional Game That Develops Empathy and Compassion
Friends and Neighbors is a matching game that focuses on emotions. Can players help a little girl who’s sad because she’s standing out in the rain or a boy who’s afraid of the dark? Reach into the Helping Bag and pull out a token – can it help someone on the game board? If so, it’s a match! Ages 3+, 1-4 Players, No Reading Required, $15.99 Available at Amazon.
Kung Fu Panda Flash Light-Up Toothbrush
The sculpted Flash Light-Up Toothbrush features Po as the base of the brush. Press Po’s bellybutton and the timer light flashes for 2 minutes, which is the brushing time recommended by dentists. The brush has a suction cup bottom. MSRP $3.99
Brush Buddies Shopkins Brite Beatz
Shopkins Brite Beatz Shopkins Brite Beatz plays the Shopkins theme song along to synchronized lights. Brite Beatz helps improve oral care making brushing fun for kids. Shopkins theme song will play for the dentist recommended two minutes. Shopkins Brite Beatz has fun characters on the handle and a comfortable grip for kids. MSRP: $9.99
Most mosquito repellent sprays are full of harmful chemicals that contribute to air pollution. With PARA’KITO refillable wristbands and clips, parents and kids can stay safe this spring and summer while protecting the environment! PARA’KITO is a blend of all-essential oils that are 100% safe for the skin and the Earth. The roll-on gel also eliminates the need for a spray with the higher concentrated protection. MSRP $19.50
The Snuza Hero is a portable and easy-to-use movement monitor, which clips onto baby's diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Hero detects even the slightest abdominal movement and will alert you if your baby's movements are very weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. If no abdominal movement is detected for a period of 15 seconds, Hero will gently vibrate. Often this vibration is enough to rouse the baby, and Hero will revert to monitoring mode. After three vibration/rouse incidents, the Rouse Warning will alert you when you’re baby's abdominal movements have stopped for 15 seconds on three occasions. If no further movement is detected for another 5 seconds, an alarm will sound to alert you. MSRP $119.99
Syki Bath Support
With the Syki Baby Bath Support, bath time is filled with bubbles of sweetness! With its European design, which puts on emphasis on comfort, the Syki baby bath support shape is adapted for newborn baby up to 6 months old. The unique ergonomic design maintains softly baby’s body and head while allowing free movements of both arms and legs, creating the perfect soothing environment for baby to really enjoy bath time. Featuring a soft and supple hygienic material, which is gentle on baby’s fragile skin and easy to clean with a wet sponge, the bath support also easily drains water through its small holes and dries quickly. For ages 0-6 months. Made in France. MSRP $24.99
Mobo Mity - 3 Wheeled Cruiser
A Toddler’s Ergonomic Three Wheeled Cruiser the Mobo Mity is a mighty little three-wheeled cruiser designed for children 2-5 years old. From its innovative rear-wheel steering system to its ergonomic design, the Mobo Mity encompasses an abundance of splendid features. With quality you can trust, this stylish cruiser features a comfortable seat, chainless chassis, never-flat tires and a sturdy, adjustable frame that grows with your child. This unique cruiser plays an integral role in the development of your toddler's motor skills, muscle strength, and hand-eye coordination. While promoting healthy exercise, the Mobo Mity delivers a fun riding experience coupled with increased physical activity. Let your child take a Mobo Mity out for a cruiser and start an adventure today. Recommend for ages 2-5. MSRP: $99.99.
Companies that Give Back
Bears For Humanity Premium Sherpa Bear
Bears for Humanity™ is a leading social commerce company committed to helping its community and the earth. From farm to fulfillment, the products are made using only certified organic materials and Fair Trade practices, while employing at-risk women from welfare-work programs right in the U.S. The “BUY One, give ONE” program provides a bear to a child in need for every bear purchased. Sourced from the world’s finest Himalayan organic cotton, the original 16” Sherpa Bear is as soft and huggable as ever. Choose from natural white, beige, dark brown, soft pink and blue. MSRP $49.99