WESTFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — If you forgot a few young ones on your list or want to add to their stocking this year, gifting experts have ideas that you can get before Christmas morning.
It may be too late to order online, but The Toy Insider editor-in-chief Marissa DiBartolo told CBS2’s Meg Baker on Wednesday it’s not too late to pick up some hot items in big box stores and at local toy stores, where you may even be able to get curbside pickup.
“I think board games that the whole family can play are especially important,” DiBartolo said.
You can start a game-night tradition. For example, Pokemon Battle Academy is fun for the whole family.
“Pokemon has been around for a while, right? A couple of decades now. So I think a lot of people will recognize this. But this is the first ever board game adaptation. This actually comes with a really fun game board that actually teaches you the moves so you can see exactly what you can do on your turns. This is kind of like Pokemon for dummies,” DiBartolo said.
To hit an older age range, try Incoherent Family.
“You have to say the gibberish really fast and try to guess the word or phrase, so this one says, ‘Beurer wreckfest tin patch,'” DiBartolo said, referring to the term “breakfast in bed.”
Other great, inexpensive options include a snow tube to encourage kids to get outside. In addition, tie dyes have been a top trend of the coronavirus pandemic, so why not create your own?
“I love this rolling sound studio because everything stays contained in this little orb that has these valves. So you just put the dye in. You put your shirt in. Everything is contained with a little bit of a less-mess option,” DiBartolo said.
And while you are browsing the toy aisle, DiBartolo suggests picking up something extra for charities that are still collecting for those less fortunate.
CBS2’s Meg Baker contributed to this report
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