As heads turn from turkey to toys, it's time to agonize over what kids today want for the holidays.
We already know they're gaga for "Hannah Montana" and hip to the Web, but what about Guitar Hero, Transformers and DVD games? Don't fret. We've taken a page from Toy Wishes magazine to present you with this year's 20 hottest toys. "We look at many different elements: Is it fun? Is it part of the trend of the way kids are playing in today's world?" says editor in chief Jim Silver. "And we look in particular at the hot licenses: This year, Hannah Montana or Transformers."
Not to mention trends. Dot-com dolls and tech-oriented toys are on fire, while games like the Smart Cycle keep kids active in an age worried about childhood obesity.
Here are 20 of Toy Wishes' recommended gift buys for holiday '07.
1. AGES 6+ Barbie Girls
Leading the trend of toys hitting the Web, this MP3 player unlocks a virtual Barbie world at BarbieGirls.com. Girls design their own avatar, decorate her room and chat online, or customize the hand-held device and earbuds with fashion and deco packs sold separately. $49.99 at Toysrus.com.
2. AGES 4+ The Cat in the Hat, I Can Do That! Game
Dr. Seuss comes to life in this game of hilarious challenges, such as limbo-ing under the "trick-a-ma-stick." Plus, it promotes reading development and memory skills. $19.99 at Toysrus.com.
3. AGES 6+ EyeClops
This magnifying glass is a bionic eye that plugs into the TV! Get a new perspective on a cool bug or a strand of hair magnified up to 200 times. $39.97 at Walmart.com.
4. AGES 3+ ClickStart My First Computer
LeapFrog's computer plugs into the TV and features kid-designed controls. Tots play engaging, educational games that build preschool skills. $59.99 at Leapfrog.com.
5. AGES 4+ Pokémon Basic and Deluxe Figures
Still going strong. The latest figures come in single packs with a marble, or multipacks with a surprise. $4.99 single, $10 multi at Pokemoncenter.com.
7. AGES 4+ Furreal Friends, Squawkers McCaw
This squawker is a real talker! Hasbro's parrot repeats words and has voice recognition and programmable features. Bonus: it dances to music. $69.99 at Hasbro.com.
9. AGES 5+ Transformers Arm Blasters & Transformers Movie Ultimate Bumblebee
Half Camaro, half robot - Bumblebee rocks ($29.95) and Arm Blasters transform from Autobot or Decepticon into a soft-dart blaster. $89.99 at Hasbro.com.
10. AGES 6+ Hannah Montana Singing Dolls & Pop Star Stage
Can't snag tix to the tour? The doll sings one of her hit songs, or hook the stage up to a music player and hold your own concert with the set's sound system. $29.50 doll & $89.50 stage at Disneystore.com.
11. AGES 3+ Smart Cycle
Fisher-Price's breakthrough physical learning arcade system combines stationary bike, learning center and video game into one. Tots pedal to keep the games going; it teaches preschool concepts while nipping childhood obesity in the bud. $100 at Fisher-price.com.
12. AGES 6+ Scene It? Disney's 2nd Edition DVD Game
This Mattel series of DVD trivia games is on fire. The Disney version is packed with quizzes and clips from flicks like "Ratatouille" and "Cars," or check out the "Harry Potter" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" editions. $39.99 at Screenlifegames.com.
13. AGES 6+ Bratz Fashion Stylistz Doll Assortment
The latest Bratz try on a couple of different hats - hair stylist, makeup artist and nail stylist - and each girl comes with the tools she needs to succeed, plus a stylist belt for you to wear, too! $19.99 at Toysrus.com.
14. AGES 18 MONTHS+ T.M.X. Friends Ernie & Cookie Monster, TMX Elmo Extra Special Edition
Last year's T.M.X. Elmo was a show-stopper, so Sesame Street rolls Ernie and Cookie Monster versions this year. Ernie spins, Cookie giggles, and the Extra Special Edition Elmo has all sorts of silly surprises. $30 Ernie & Cookie, $40 Elmo at Fisher-price.com.
15. AGES 8+ American Idol Talent Challenge
Got what it takes to be an American Idol? Set includes microphone, mixer with echo effects, plus a 12-track DVD from the show. Rate each other's performances before Simon, Randy and Paula share their opinions. $49.99 at Kbtoys.com.
16. AGES 4+ Ben 10 Figures & Battle Sets
Bandai's action figures from the popular cartoon series boast tons of groovy creature features, from oozing slimy alien DNA to light-up organs. $8.99 figures and $7.99 battle sets at Target.com.
17. AGES 5+ Rubik's Revolution
They've reinvented the cube. The electronic version of the classic puzzle features six play modes for multiple players. Each level you complete unlocks a new one. $19.99 at Jcpenney.com.
18. TEEN & UP Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
As seen on "Gossip Girl," this addictive air-guitar game is hot. Plug into PlayStation, Xbox or Wii, and rock with tracks by the Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins and Kiss. $89.99 at Redoctane.com.
20. AGES 6+ Spotz Creator
Zizzle's activity set lets girls make circular buttons ("spotz"). Slide small pictures into the machine and punch out spotz to decorate backpacks, book covers, photo frames and more. $20.84 at Amazon.com.
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