With tons of toy options, finding the perfect gift for your little ones can seem overwhelming during the holidays. Many of us can recall an early childhood memory of a favorite toy or game. The best toys are the ones we play with for years or the games that bring you closer to those special people in your life. Make great memories this holiday season with the best toys of 2016. You’ll be giving Santa a run for his money this year!
Disney Baby Finding Nemo Sea Of Activities Jumper
Up to 25 lbs
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Treat the newest member of the family to an activity jumper that provides endless stimulation with over thirteen engaging toys and activities. Four height adjustment settings allow the jumper to grow with your baby and the 360 degree rotating seat ensures that your baby won’t miss out on anything. Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Learnin’ Lights Dance Mat
Ages 9-36 months
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Fisher Price has created an interactive dance mat that encourages your babies to sit, crawl, walk and dance in a fun and exciting way. Bright Beats leads the way with interactive motion censored lights, 4 light up buttons, music, games and more. The ABCs just became a whole lot more fun.

Big Waffle Block Set
Ages 2+
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Encourage young kids to climb and build with the Big Waffle Block Set. Let the creative juices flow as you bond with your kids and create all sorts of castles, cities and houses together. Since the set breaks down, it’s easier to store than most sets and can be used indoors or outdoors. Rainy days just became a whole lot more fun.

Fisher Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar
Ages 3+
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The new Fisher Price Code-A-Pillar is the perfect toy for your little Einstein. The eight different segments can be connected in various different patterns that make the caterpillar move. This encourages problem solving skills and critical thinking. Not to mention all the fun your little one will be having. Ready, set, code!

Ages 3+
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Science doesn’t have to be boring. Magnets are a great way to learn, build and create. Young kids will have endless opportunities to create 3D shapes and buildings with these magnetic shapes. Even the grown ups will be asking, “Is it my turn yet?”

Frozen Kinetic Sand
Ages 4+
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Make Olaf’s dreams come true by making him a “sandman” in summer with kinetic sand. If you haven’t heard of kinetic sand, it’s the world’s first no mess sand that’s easy to clean up and never dries out. Sand is a great tool for sensory play where kids can build and squish sand without making your house look like you just got back from the beach. Fun times will surely be had even on the days when outside seems “Frozen.”

Hot Wheels Super 6 Lane Raceway Playset
Ages 5+
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If you have a car lover in your family, surprise them with the ultimate car racing experience. Now everyone in the family can race to the finish lane with this new six lane raceway. Even the neighbors will want to come over and play!

Pokemon Trading Cards
Ages 6+
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Pokemon is back! This time they’ve turned things up a notch with EX and Mega cards. These cards add additional damage and combat power to your Pokemon. Catch em’ all and trade them with friends or in the new online trading game. Let the battle begin!

Ages 7+
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Elon Musk, the inventor of America’s first battery powered car and Space X, made his first video game at the age of 12. Bloxels is an easy and fun way for your kids to create their own video game. The physical Bloxels are used to create your own world and store that work with the free app. The options are as endless as the fun you’ll have with your new creations. You might even say it’s out of this world!

3Doodler Start 3D Printing Pen Set
Ages 8+
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Your creative kids can finally build their own world with the new 3Doodler Printing Pen. Create 3D drawings that you can actually hold and play with. The possibilities are endless. All you have to do is turn it on, insert a color strand and start doodling. Picasso himself would envy your creations.

Singing Machine Bluetooth Karaoke System
Recommended Ages 9+
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Impress your tweens with endless fun Friday nights with this karaoke machine. Invite family and friends over to help you belt out the classics or the newest Bruno Mars song. The bluetooth feature allows you to easily find your karaoke songs on Youtube and stream them right to the machine. Next stop, Broadway!

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Film Camera
Recommended Ages 10+
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If you have older kids let them explore their creative side with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Film Camera! Just like when you were younger, this camera allows you to take a photo and instantly prints out the picture. Even if they don’t discover a passion for photography they’ll be sure to have memories that will last them all the way to next Christmas!

Merissa Principe is a teacher and a freelance travel blogger from NYC. Teaching early childhood education has provided Merissa an opportunity to travel all over the world and live in new places. Be sure to follow her at Citygirlriss.wordpress.com for all things travel, beauty, fashion and New York City.