Toy Insider’s Hot 20 Toys for the Holidays

September 26, 2013    |    By +
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Sure, the rest of us are just starting to pack away our swimsuits and replace them with sweaters, but The Toy Insider Magazine has been hard at work tracking down what will be the hottest toys this holiday season. They just announced their 20 picks for kids ages 0 to 9 and up, and I’m going to share a few of my favorites from the list to start your holiday shopping engines. Remember that if you’re shopping for kids, the hottest toys of the season tend to fly off of the shelves with lightning speed. So, although it might feel early right now, you’re smart to stock up on these so that you aren’t bidding $1,000 on eBay in the 11th hour.

For ages 0-2 years:

Big Hugs Elmo ($49). We got a sample of this sent to us at the office and we were all cooing over how sweet this toy is. When you give Elmo a hug, he hugs you back, really! Hasbro has done it again with the Elmo franchise. He has more than 50 animated sounds and phrases to entertain your wee one, ages 18 months or older.


For ages 3-5 years:

LeapPad Ultra ($130). LeapPad continues to set the standard with their educational tablets for kids. The new Ultra, for ages 4 and up, has real Wi-Fi and lets kids access kid-safe web content. A bigger screen gives kids more surface area to play with and a stylus helps them practice their writing and drawing skills.


For ages 6-8:

Disney Infinity ($130). This is the ultimate gift for Disney loving youngsters ages 6 and up. The collectible characters from their favorite Disney adventures connect with their favorite gaming console to bring the movies to life.  Kids can explore iconic locations, solve puzzles and create a virtual toy box. Disney Infinity is available for most consoles.


For ages 9 and up: 

Air Hogs Elite Helix X4 Stunt ($64.88). Best for children ages 12 and up, this is the latest upgrade from Air Hogs and it doesn’t disappoint. Older kids will have a blast making this crash-resistant quad copter do back flips, barrel rolls and 180-degree flips.


Shop the entire Toy Insider Hot 20 Toys for the Holidays list.



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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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