First Row: The Nerf Showtime Hoops height-adjustable basketball game ($90) lets kids play 10 electronically scored games and even has a built-in drink dispenser and cup holders. Put their imagination to use with the Circus Puppet Theater ($60), which includes a portable proscenium and six plush hand puppets. If they're not quite ready for a Sony, get them a Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera ($60) — a blue model for boys and a pink model for girls is available. If you want to really amaze them, give them MoMA's solar-powered Double Rainbow Maker ($38).
Second Row: The No. 1 item on every kid's wish list is the Nintendo Wii ($250). Good luck finding one online or in stores, but we hear Best Buy and GameStop are holding their stock all week and selling their Wiis on Sunday mornings. Any boy will love the Tyco R/C N.S.E.C.T. Robotic Attack Creature ($85). They'll be living the sweet life if you get them the 7-11 Automatic Slurpee Maker ($30), which makes tasty frozen drinks. And any teen can rock out in the retro-styled iChair ($400) with built-in speakers.
Third Row: Bugs are magnificent when you're a kid. Let them check out how ants live with the Ant Farm Gel Colony ($20). Buy them the Blue Man Group Percussion Tubes ($80) and watch them go to town playing digital drums. Just make sure it's for somebody else's kid. Every girl wants a pony. But your living room just can't take any more carpet stains. Get her the Fur Real Friends Butterscotch Pony ($300) instead. Help her start her fashion design business early with the Discovery Sew Fun Kit ($40), an easy to operate, real sewing machine.
Fourth Row: Another girl-only toy, the Digi Makeover Interactive Makeup Kit ($60) lets her use an interactive touch pad and digital camera to come up with cool effects for makeup, hair, clothes and accessories. For the younger kids, the Playskool Let's Play Together Peek 'N Play Discovery Dome will keep them busy all day. The Girl Tech Password Journal ($20) will keep her secrets safe, unlike the one you kept when you were a girl. The FLY Pentop Computer ($50) can do more than just write — it can solve math problems, schedule reminders, play games and more.
* For more toys, check out Uncrate's holiday gift picks for kids.
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