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They’re making a list. They’re checking it twice. They’re buttering up Nana a solid two months in advance. Since there’s basically no avoiding the avalanche of toys that’s about to bury your kids, make sure their haul is super-duper awesome this year.

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Cozmo the Robot ($180)

Thanks to its emotion engine (yep, that’s a thing), this interactive little guy is basically your own personal WALL-E. He’s amazingly expressive, plays a zillion games and reveals new human-ish behaviors the more you engage with him.

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FurReal Friends


Step aside, Puff: We’re obsessed with this magic dragon. He burps, breathes colored mist, changes the color of his marshmallow treat and, best of all, burps.

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Hatchimals ($60)

A mystery creature lives inside this egg, and it will only begin to hatch after some highly focused TLC from your kid. There’s literally no other way to get the toy out of the egg—genius. Then your kid must continue to hang out with the furball to raise it from its hatchling stage through its (sometimes moody) childhood. Total Gremlins flashback, in a good way.    

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Crayola Air-Dry Clay

Crayola Air-Dry White Clay ($11)

For kids who love the paint-your-own pottery studio (and parents who stress out about the kiln and stained clothes). This natural white clay air-dries in days and can then be painted with virtually any paint—including those busted watercolors at the bottom of the toy bin.

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Klask ($50)

Take the fun of air hockey and then add in some Danish design savvy and behold a toy that even the chicest home decorator would proudly display on her coffee table. 

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Selfie Mic

Selfie Mic Music Set ($14)

Are you the semi-confused parent of a social media sensation? Bring a little karaoke-style fun into her obsessive selfie sharing.

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Num Noms

Num Noms Lipgloss Truck Craft Kit ($26)

She may not be old enough to wear makeup, but she can totally make her own flavored lip gloss (with, OMG, glitter sprinkles!) in this adorable truck.

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IDO3D Vertical Five Pen Art Set ($30)

Guys. The future is now. Simply squeeze this instrument and draw 3-D objects out of thin air.  

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“Star Wars” Bladebuilders

“Star Wars” Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber ($29)

Blow your little Jedi’s mind with this totally tricked-out lightsaber kit, featuring more than a hundred ways to customize the battle weapon.

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Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens Card Game ($20)

The most funded Kickstarter game of all time feels like the funniest graphic novel (featuring goat wizards and pig-a-corns) combined with a fierce competition for up to nine players of all ages.

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