Gifts for good girls and boys

Molly Logan Anderson

If you have little ones in your life, it’s likely you can’t escape the excited screams of kids reacting to the endless toy commercials come holiday time. But how do you decipher great toys from those that are simply a fad? Look no further — our holiday toy guide sorts through the masses and leaves you with this year’s must-haves.

The Furby is back!

Do you remember these little creatures that were popular in the late 1990s? These cuddly fellows come straight to you speaking Furbish, but as you speak to them, they learn to speak English. Each child determines the quirks and qualities of his or her Furby’s personality, as they respond according to how they’re treated. Download the Furby app for extra fun and Furbish translation, compatible with most Apple devices.


Ages 3 months to 8 years 

Where to find it

Toy retailers nationwide

Lego Friends

Olivia’s House 

Olivia’s House is part of Lego’s new line aimed at pleasing even more youngsters with its popular product. Olivia’s House is just one component of the Lego Friends offering that includes cars, cafes, tree houses, beauty shops and more. Girls and boys are sure to love these new pastel-colored products, which are fully compatible with all Lego blocks.

Price $69.97

Ages 6 to 12 years 

Where to find it

Toy retailers nationwide

Wii U

The latest offering by Nintendo is the Wii U, a gaming system equipped with the Wii U GamePad, a handheld controller with a screen that offers a second window into the gaming world. The gamer on your list will love the versatility of switching between the television screen and handheld play while they try out the new games available at launch. 

Price $299-$349

Ages Dependent on game selection

Where you’ll find it

Preorders taken now, with release planned before the holidays. 


Make way for another comeback. Loopedoos, a spinning tool used to create fab and funky friendship bracelets in seconds, is sure to be a hit with girls and boys. Each designer creates different settings for bracelets, anklets, necklaces and zipper pulls, resulting in one-of-a-kind creations to share with friends. Include some extra embroidery floss to keep kids entertained all winter.

Price $34.95

Ages 8 to 15 years 

Where you’ll find it

Master Kitz

Inspire the child on your list to seek out his inner Van Gogh with the help of Starry Night Master Kitz. Pastels, paints, stencils and other tools help your little artist recreate the master’s famous piece and hopefully to produce some of their own. Not sure Starry Night will be a hit? Peruse Master Kitz’s other offerings to find the best classic piece for the youngster in your life.

Price $24.45

Ages 4 to 12 years old

Where you’ll find it