The 411: Tory’s Holiday Hot Picks for the Kids

Now that holiday shopping is in full swing, we asked our favorite product guru Tory Johnson to pull together some of her go-to gifts this season. Next on our list are the most discerning of gift-receivers: the kids. Here are Tory’s picks for the stylish young ones in your life.

Oversized Stuffed Animals

Lions, tigers, and sloths? Oh my! For the little animal lovers, Melissa & Doug’s realistic oversize stuffed toys are the perfect gift. Choose from a selection of sea, savanna, farm, and forest creatures. Our favorites: the sea turtle, the white tiger, the walrus, and the English bulldog. Buy it: Starting at $29.99 at melissaanddoug.com.

Custom Face Stickers

Who doesn’t love a sticker? And one with your face (or your loved one’s) on it is pure genius. Just choose your sticker-sheet style (booklet, 3.5” sheet, sampler sheet, etc.), upload your photo, and My Sticker Face traces it, prints it, and ships it within seven business days. Buy it: Starting at $9.99 at mystickerface.com.

My Audio Pet Speakers

With big sound in a tiny, animal-shaped package, My Audio Pet is one of this season’s hottest gifts. The Bluetooth-enabled mini speakers go anywhere and provide up to four hours of continuously playing music. You’re good to go with just one Audio Pet—Dancer the Reindeer is a holiday favorite—but you can purchase a pair for True Wireless Stereo sound. Bonus feature: the speaker doubles as a microphone, takes pictures for you, and when paired with the app, engages in a game of hide and speak. Buy it: Starting at $29.99 at myaudiopet.com.

Fuji Max Instant Film Camera

In eight vibrant colors, the retro-cool Fuji Max Instant Film Camera makes capturing the moment for budding photographers a snap. With an automatic flash with light adjustment and a selfie mirror, this gift will have them all saying, “Cheese!” Buy it: $59.99 at bestbuy.com.

Say it With Legos

It’s right there on the box: for ages 4 to 99. Legos are the most fun and versatile gift out there, with something for everyone. From Duplo for the little ones to the classic Large Creative Brick Box to Lego Technic for the more experienced builders on your list (read: grownups), Legos are the gift that keeps on giving. And when you invest in one of the larger kits, like the totally awesome Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle, it guarantees quality time together with the family while you build. Buy it: Sets starting at $9.99 at lego.com.

The Original Scrabble

We’re all about any toy that provides a diversion from the blue-light screens we all sit in front of (and carry in our pockets) every day. In an era of spell check, Scrabble ensures your kids don’t lose sight of the importance of building a strong vocabulary. The game also promotes healthy competition among family and friends, which is always good. And take your pick: There’s a Scrabble for every playing level, including Scrabble Junior, Scrabble Deluxe, and the Retro Series Scrabble 1949. Buy it: Starting at $4.99 at shop.hasbro.com.

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