Spa Time Baby Cape
This cape-style towel slips over a parent's head, allowing him or her to safely and securely lift baby from the bath and immediately wrap him in the warmth of mom or dad's arms. This immediate comfort removes the stress created by the baby moving from a warm environment to colder air.
The exclusive built-in waterproof panel keeps parents dry, so they can focus on enjoying this nurturing time with baby, rather than fumbling for a towel. Mom or Dad's body heat pre-warms the cape so it keeps baby warm. The patented cape is a safe and convenient accessory for drying and holding a baby post-bath.
Ages newborn to 3, $39.95. Available on spatimebaby.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Ring Around The Nosy
Your children will have hilarious, fast-action fun with this colorful game that turns everyone into an elephant. Players put on their masks and put their rings on the playing board. Using only their trunks, players must scoop up the color rings as fast as they can.
The first ring is the easiest, but it gets more difficult as players try to keep their rings on their trunks while picking up more. The first player to get all three rings on their trunk wins.
Ages 4 and up, 2 to 4 players, $15. Available at toymaster.com, Learning Express and boardgames.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas
Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree.
She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? In this merriest of stories from bestselling duo Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way.
Ages 4 to 7, $17.99. Available on harpercollins.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Just One Kiss Princess Tiana Doll
Girls can relive their favorite moments from The Princess and the Frog with the Tiana doll. Just like in the story, beautiful Tiana wears her sparkly blue ball gown and comes with her frog Prince Naveen.
Play out scenes from the movie by having the frog "kiss" Tiana as she turns her head away and says one of the phrases from the movie. When she eventually agrees to kiss the frog, her dress lights up and makes magical sounds.
Ages 3 and up. $25.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Strawberry Shortcake Berry Cafe Playset
This cafe is the most popular hangout in Berry Bitty City - it's where Strawberry Shortcake and her friends can gather for snacks, smoothies and fun! Shaped like a strawberry with doors and windows that open, the two-story caf also features Strawberry Shortcake's bedroom and includes a three-inch sweet-smelling Strawberry Shortcake mini doll with removable fashions.
The playset comes with adorable accessories, including furniture, pretend food, a spinning smoothie machine, a "flying" bird that Strawberry Shortcake or her friends can ride, and more. Additional playsets and dolls are sold separately. No batteries required.
Ages 4 up, $34.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Toy Story Pop-Open Playworld
Let the adventure begin with this portable, storable Toy Story playset, which unfolds to reveal three fun play areas inspired by the movie. Kids can learn to fly in Andy's room, escape the clutches of the claw in Pizza Planet, create a mutant toy in Sid's room, or plan an escape from Sid's backyard.
Each playset includes a Buzz Lightyear figure, an exclusive Scud figure and accessories.
Ages 5 and up. $39.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Splashy the Whale
'Thar she blows!' Splashy the friendly electronic whale is ready for fun and frolics on the high sea! But all that splashing about means Splashy's mouth has been filling up with all kinds of Flotsam and Jetsam.
Players take turns trying to fish bones, anchors, life preservers, sea horses and submarines from Splashy's mouth as he bobs and rolls around the crest of a wave. But don't tickle his tongue! He might surprise you with a spray of water and you will have to return all of your items back into his mouth. The player with the most Flotsam and Jetsam points at the end of the game wins.
Ages 5 and up, 2 or more players, $20. Available at Kmart, Learning Express, toymaster.com and boardgames.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Connect 4: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition
This extra-fun version of Connect 4 is just like the classic four-in-a-row game, with a Nickelodeon twist. Stack the yellow SpongeBob SquarePants checkers on top of the pink Patrick checkers upward, sideways, or diagonally, and be the first to yell Connect 4! But watch out, your opponent can block holes using the SpongeBob SquarePants blocker.
Ages 6 and up, 2 players. $19.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Hasbro card games
Gather the whole family for some fun playing old favorites with a new twist.
Monopoly Deal: Wheel and deal your way to a win! Scrabble Slam: Race to create words in a flash. Crazy Old Fish War: Play four classic card games in one. Littlest Pet Shop Go Fish: Collect pairs of adorable pets.
Ages 5 and up, 2 to 6 players. $5.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
FurReal Friends: Lulu, My Cuddlin' Kitty
The FurReal Friends brand launched in 2002 with the introduction of a lifelike cat. This fall, the brand returns to its roots with the introduction of Lulu, My Cuddlin' Kitty pet, the most realistic feline to join the family.
The "purr-fect" pet for little ones, Lulu features soft white and marmalade fur and preens, cuddles and mews just like a real kitty cat. Lulu loves to snuggle; gently rub her back and she will "purr" and "meow" to show that she is happy. Once she's relaxed, Lulu will roll over onto her back, indicating it's time to have her tummy rubbed. Requires four C batteries, included.
Ages 4 and up, $54.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
My Little Pony: Pony Friends Assortment
Girls will love the new look of each pony in this assortment. Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Toola-Roola, Starsong, Sweetie Belle,
Cheerilee and Scootaloo all feature bright colors, fun-filled hairstyles and new sizes that reflect their ages.
Each figure in the Pony Friends Assortment comes with its very own activity book, giving girls the opportunity to get to know their
favorite pony up close and personal!
Ages 3 and up, $5.99. Available at most major toy retailers and on hasbrotoyshop.com.
Each sold separately. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS 35 Blaster
Get ready for the highest dart capacity Nerf blaster yet! The Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS 35 Blaster is the next big thing from Nerf's popular N-Strike line. It features a collapsible stock and new drum magazine that holds 35 darts, which is interchangable with the Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6 Blaster and Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6 Blaster.
By holding the trigger and pumping, players can instantly transition between "single" fire and "slam" fire mode, unleashing a rapid stream of 35 darts. Also features a cool "digital camo" pattern unlike any Nerf blaster before it. No batteries required.
Ages 6 and up, $29.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Go Play City Sports for Nintendo Wii
Go Play City Sports recreates the experience of playing sports in the city as a kid. Become the neighborhood's top athlete by competing in six classic games and rule the courts made of manhole covers, fire hydrants and parked cars.
This collection of classic street games provides a fun, casual sports experience for the whole family.
Ages 6 and up, rated E for everyone. $29.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
I-Dog Soft Speaker
Girls will love to cuddle up and rock out with the I-Dog Soft Speaker pet. Available in a variety of fun colors, simply plug an MP3 player directly into this dog and music will broadcast through a built-in speaker. Just like the original I-Dog, this puppy features the signature array of colorful LED lights located on its face which will light up as the I-Dog plays your favorite tunes. Compatible with most
portable music devices (not included). Requires two AA batteries, included.
Ages 6 and up, $34.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Mario and Sonic's first face-off in Beijing explodes in an all-new winter sports competition. In this ultimate sports party game, you'll take to the snow and ice in head-to-head competitive events, as well as those that require teamwork.
With new characters added to the mix and an assortment of new challenging events, the stage is set for a winter Olympic experience like no other. Get ready to go for the gold!
Ages 6 and up. Rated E for everyone. Available on amazon.com for Nintendo Wii ($49.99) and DS ($33.99) systems. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Disney Sing It: Pop Hits
This is the third game in the video-based karaoke series from Disney Interactive Studios. It features songs and music videos from fan favorites, including Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat, Demi Lovato, Hannah Montana, Jesse McCartney and Coldplay. Players can sing solo, duet, or compete head-to-head with friends and family in multi-player mode.
Ages 8-14, rated E for everyone. $49.99 bundled with one mircrophone, or $39.99 non-bundled. For Wii and Playstation 3. Available on amazon.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Baseball Blast for Nintendo Wii
It's time for family-friendly and party-starting baseball action! Baseball Blast puts a fun fantasy spin on big league baseball by offering a series of more than 20 addicting mini-games for up to four players.
Test your baseball abilities in skill challenges, puzzles and trivia matches, featuring every MLB team and today's top baseball stars with hosting by "Mr. Baseball" legend Bob Uecker.
Ages 6 and up, rated E for everyone. $19.99 on amazon.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
SpongeBob SquarePants: To SquarePants or not to SquarePants DVD
SpongeBob is an innocent, irrepressibly optimistic sponge with a knack for inadvertently annoying those around him. This compilation of eight SpongeBob SquarePants episodes explores some of the things that make SpongeBob SpongeBob - namely his square pants, his enthusiasm for pleasing others, and his inherent competitive instinct.
The never-before-seen To SquarePants or not to SquarePants finds SpongeBob struggling with his sense of self-identity when all his square pants accidentally shrink in the wash. Will his friends even recognize him in round pants or underpants? Optimism, infectious laughter and comedy reign in this 88-minute Nickelodeon compilation.
Ages 7 and up. $12.49 on amazon.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Xeko Elf Island
On December 3, Nationwide Children's Hospital, along with Xeko Elf Island (a virtual world where kids play online games that cause good to happen in the real world), will launch a "Good Quest" for the hospital. This particular Good Quest will have kids playing an online game and building virtual computers to bring real computers to the patients at Nationwide Children's.
The quest spans 30 days and makes for a cool holiday gift for tweens and teens. Parents and grandparents can donate subscriptions to play Xeko Elf Island to patients of Nationwide Children's. Xeko Elf Island was founded by a native Ohio couple who are parents of twin boys. The game and the kids who play have been involved in a number of charity donations for organizations across the globe - planting trees in Niger, building homes in Honduras and more. During the month of December, the Xeko Elf Islanders will help Nationwide Children's bring much-needed computers and laptops to patients - all while having fun!
Ages 8-15. Xeko Elf Island registration is free with a subscription upgrade. Any user is able to log into the community to play standard games. To help the Children's mission, players need to upgrade to a membership with a subscription: approximately $5.95 per month, $29.95 for a 6-month subscription, or $57.95 for an annual membership. (For a photo, see slideshow).
This is a new way to play the picture-hunting game that gets the whole family together for constantly engaging fun. In the center of the table, a 3-D penguin frantically flips small game cards from its rotating base in a circular pattern onto the game table. Players race to find the wacky drawings that match the "mission cards" before the penguin quacks and places more cards on the table.
Ages 6 and up, 2 or more players. $19.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
This game of high-speed charades will get players up and out of their seats for laugh-out-loud performances. With five silly words to act out on every turn, teams have to speed up their acting and guesses, or the card-munching timer will swallow the card (and the point).
Teams can choose between easy and hard questions, allowing players of all ages to compete in the silly fun.
Ages 8 and up, 4 to 6 players. $19.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Nerf Dart Tag Capture the Flag Set
You'll have to use your stealth and speed to win Nerf's adrenaline-pumping twist on capture the flag. Complete with two redesigned scoring vests, two Stormfire blasters, six tag darts and a new electronic flag, the set offers an advanced way to enjoy classic dart tag action. The electronic flag features flashing lights, sounds and motion sensors.
Battle your opponents to see who can capture the flag and not get tagged! Or race to "seek" and "disarm" the flag with challenging 5- and 15-minute timed modes. Requires two AA batteries; not included.
Ages 8 and up, $34.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. Each set sold separately. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Easy-Bake Oven & Snack Center
The beloved Easy-Bake Oven & Snack Center is back in its original aqua color. The classic side-loading oven that bakes with a light bulb returns to let bakers-in-the-making whip up tasty snacks for friends and family, including cakes, brownies, cookies and much more.
The oven comes with three different mixes, two baking pans, two utensils, a pan pusher, two warming cups and recipes/instructions. One 100-watt standard light bulb is required but not included.
Ages 8 and up, $24.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
The Shred Sled
Start shredding the news! Kids, adults and outdoor enthusiasts are getting 'on board' with The Shred Sled, the next generation caster board that combines the movements of snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding into one unique sport.
The Shred Sled is the first 4-wheel inline, dual-deck board that makes it smoother and easier for kids and adults to start carving up the streets. Instead of pushing off the board like a regular skateboard, riders use their hips, legs and arms to move the board, similar to movements used to propel surfboards and snowboards. Paint the town 'Shred' in one of three colors: black, blue or red.
Ages 8 and up, $119.99. Available at retailers nationwide and online at www.theshredsled.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
The O.T.R. (On the Road) Duffle Bag
Perfect for parents on the go is this sports-themed, durable cotton canvas and ballistic nylon trim duffel bag, embellished with your favorite Major League Baseball team logo. Show your team loyalty on and off the field!
$89. Available on pangeabrands.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).
Family-friendly gifts for all ages
Spa Time Baby Cape