Top 10 Best Toy of 2012

December 12, 2012    |    By +
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They are here! With your help, we found the best of the best in 10 amazing gift categories. And, big thanks to the help of the Giftee Awards Judges in trimming down the nominees from over 5,000 total to 10 for each category. Trust me when I say that there were SO many others we wish we could have included & some that we just didn’t ‘get’ at all.

Your holiday shopping is in the bag if you use the Giftee Awards as your guide!

You will receive endless praise from your kids for being the coolest parents, aunts, uncles, friends, or siblings on the block who are up to date with what toys kids really want to see under the tree.

So, without further ado…here are the Top 10 Best Toys of 2012!

1. Nintendo Wii U – $399.00 – The 2012 Giftee Award winner of the Best Toy of 2012, Wii U is the next great gaming console from Nintendo and it redefines how you will play next. With its innovative new Wii U GamePad controller, it not only introduces entirely new ways to play games, it also transforms how you connect with friends and enjoy entertainment.

2. Furby - $68.99 – Time to dust off your furbish dictionary because furby is back and ready to take the world by storm! Feed it, speak to it, tickle it, play music for it and shake, tilt or turn your furby upside down!

3. LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer -  $109.95 – LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet. This handheld gaming console delivers fast-paced action and effective learning systems for the ultimate gaming and learning experience for your little one. Kids tilt, turn and shake the console and bring the games to life!

4. Xbox 360 Skylanders Giants Owners Pack  - $60.00 -Skylanders Giants Portal Owners Pack Includes: Video Game, Skylanders Figure, Character Collection Poster, Sticker Sheet with Secret Code and Trading Card

5. Symphony in B. Orchestra – $58.89 – Your preschooler can conduct an orchestra! This phenomenal musical toy gives kids a truly extraordinary way to explore music. As little maestros move up to six of the 13 instruments into the “orchestra pit,” they’ll hear each one’s sound incorporated into 15 glorious songs. The sound quality is remarkable, the recordings are professional, the possibilities…endless.

6. Flying Super Grover 2.0 - $20.30 – Grover’s arms and head move in the direction he is flying. He sings and talks. Classic sound effects for super-flying fun! Requires two “AA” alkaline batteries. Demo batteries included. Ages 2 to 5 years.

7. AppFinity AppDrive - $27.88 – Get behind the wheel of the ultimate driving simulator! Using patented touch pad technology, the AppDrive puts you right in the race. Your iOS device’s gyroscope delivers 100% authentic steering control as you tilt, twist and turn your way through every race.

8. LEGO Friends Olivia’s House - $87.99 – Visit Olivia’s House with all of the LEGO Friends. Olivia, her parents and her pet cat live in a big, bright house with lots of rooms for hanging out and having fun. Help Olivia to grill up a barbeque for the girls. Mow the lawn with the lawnmower and more!

9. Kinect Sesame Street TV for XBOX 360 Kinect - $34.96 – The Microsoft Kinect Sesame Street TV DVD Xbox 360 Game is a quality educational game that you can buy for your kids. Let your children experience learning in a fun and exciting way together with Big Bird, Elmo, and the rest of the gang.

10. Destroyer Dome Set - $39.99 – Take your battles to the next level with the tops, tools and arena in the DESTROYER DOME Set! Get ready for a whole new kind of battle in the DESTROYER DOME arena, because this arena is closed and tops zip up the sides for gravity defying combat!

11. Monster High High School Playset - $59.99 – Monster High High School Playset: The most iconic spots in Monster High are finally getting some freaky fabulous time in the spotlight. In response to fan demand, girls can now showcase their favorite student bodies in the very first Monster High playset.

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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!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.