The Sea­son of Giv­ing

201 Family - - CONTENTS - WRIT­TEN BY LAURA ADAMS STIANSEN

(201) Fam­ily’s picks for the per­fect hol­i­day gifts

PLUSH PRESENT

Comic Im­ages, based in Mont­vale, of­fers fans of Star Wars: The Force

Awak­ens this new BB-8 back­pack buddy ($24.99). Avail­able at Toys “R” Us and comicim­ages.com

COLOR ME EX­CITED

Color­forms – the pop­u­lar sticker-like vinyl im­ages from the ’80s – are back! Well, they never re­ally left…but now you can share the adhesive toys with your own kids. Ber­gen-born Color­forms (started in a River Edge base­ment) now fea­tures a new line show­cas­ing Dis­ney princesses. Each Color­forms Dress Up play­set ($14.99) in­cludes a large vinyl 2-sided back­ground, two posted char­ac­ters and more than 48 pieces to dress and ac­ces­sorize them. Avail­able at Toys “R” Us

SHAR­ING STO­RIES

Sleepover Di­ary (hardcover $50; spi­ral $29.95), a new shared jour­nal for tweens was in­spired by Alice, a 9-year-old from Englewood who be­came en­thu­si­as­tic about the di­ary ex­change con­cept her mother ex­pe­ri­enced as a child. With more than 180 pages, friends can write down mem­o­ries, in­ter­ests and post pho­tos. When each friend com­pletes a sec­tion, she passes Sleepover Di­ary to the next friend to fill with her own thoughts and sto­ries. When com­pleted, each friend may order a copy of the di­ary – ex­actly the same qual­ity as the orig­i­nal. Avail­able on ama­zon.com

AWE­SOME AC­CES­SORIES

Ruther­ford de­signer Heather Markowski cre­ates these fash­ion­able crease­less hair ties. Her fourpiece sets ($6) fea­ture fun col­ors and pat­terns in stretchy elas­tic so kids can wrap their hair in a pony­tail. Great gift for your lit­tle girl or teenager who likes to stay stylish while on the go! Avail­able on etsy.com/shop/PoshA­dorn­ments

DE­VEL­OP­ING A SENSE OF STYLE

Launched this fall, the Jonathan Adler Crafted By Fisher-Price col­lec­tion com­bines Adler’s ex­per­tise in de­sign with Fisher-Price’s knowl­edge of early child­hood devel­op­ment. The new­born ap­parel selec­tions ($6.99-$24.99), made of 100 per­cent soft and ab­sorbent cot­ton, fea­ture black and white pat­terns with a lit­tle pop of color. Avail­able ex­clu­sively at buy­buy BABY

CUS­TOM CRE­ATIONS

Look­ing for a per­son­al­ized piece of fur­ni­ture for your lit­tle one? Peachy Keen Kids of­fers beau­ti­fully hand-painted rock­ing chairs ($300), per­fect for chil­dren ages 3 to 8. And for the sports fan in your fam­ily, pick up a hand-painted stor­age step stool ($120) that can be de­signed with your child’s fa­vorite sports and teams. Avail­able at Peachy Keen Kids, Ridge­wood

FASH­ION­ABLE FLOOR­ING

Want to perk up your child’s bed­room or play­room? If so, Lorena Canals rugs ($83-$279) are the per­fect home dé­cor gift. These stylish all-nat­u­ral, hy­poal­ler­genic rugs are free of toxic com­pounds and chem­i­cals so you can feel safe hav­ing your child play on them. And don’t worry about spills – the rugs are ma­chine wash­able! Avail­able at Home and Kidz Fur­ni­ture Gallery, Para­mus and Lake­land Baby, Wayne

FOR YOUR LIT­TLE MUNCHKIN

This Munchkin Kisses Baby Bath and Feed­ing Gift Set Bas­ket ($100) is a great gift idea for the new mom in your life. The bas­ket con­tains 13 Munchkin must-haves to make life eas­ier – from bot­tles, cups and paci­fiers to an in­flat­able safety duck tub and var­i­ous bath toys. Avail­able on tar­get.com

BEAUTY BUZZ

Spoil the ba­bies on your hol­i­day list with a Lit­tle Green baby bun­dle ($101). The big­ger kids can en­joy the kids’ bun­dle ($131). Each gift bas­ket fea­tures sham­poo, body wash, body lo­tion, a “boo boo” pack, hooded towel or tod­dler robe and more. Lit­tle Green, a Fair Lawn-based com­pany, cre­ates gluten-free prod­ucts that are safe, gen­tle and for­mu­lated for sen­si­tive skin. Avail­able at var­i­ous area salons and on lit­tle­green­cares.com

CUD­DLY CREA­TURES

Flash­back to when you were a child. Cute and cud­dly Care Bears were all the rage! Now they are back with an all new se­ries fea­tur­ing the beloved Care Bears Cousins. The line of plush fig­ures ($2.49-$39.99) in­cludes Lotsa Heart Ele­phant, Bright Heart Rac­coon, Brave Heart Lion and Cozy Heart Pen­guin. Avail­able at Toys “R” Us, Kmart and Tar­get

DOC TO THE RES­CUE

Is the pop­u­lar Dis­ney Ju­nior an­i­mated se­ries Doc McStuffins your child’s fa­vorite show? Sur­prise her with the Doc McStuffins Toy Hospi­tal Play­set ($49.99). The set in­cludes three lev­els of care – from a re­cep­tion area and pet vet clinic to check-up cen­ter – along with a real work­ing el­e­va­tor, mov­ing walk­way, light-up X-ray ta­ble, rock­ing cribs and more. It comes with four char­ac­ters – Doc McStuffins, Lam­bie, Baby Cece and Rhoda the He­li­copter. Avail­able at Wal­mart

ABC, 123

With tech­nol­ogy in­te­grated into ev­ery­day life, Mar­botic’s Smart Letters ($49.99) and Smart Num­bers ($34.99) are a great toy to help kids read, write and learn arith­metic. The wooden letters and num­bers con­nect to apps avail­able on your touch-screen tablets, al­low­ing your chil­dren to play a va­ri­ety of games to help their vo­cab­u­lary and dis­cover the con­cept of ad­di­tion and sub­trac­tion. Avail­able on ama­zon.com

EN­TER­TAIN­ING EMO­TIONS

The Mood­sters Plush Char­ac­ters and Sticker Ac­tiv­ity Books ($19.99), based on five lov­able Mood­ster de­tec­tives – Coz (happy), Lolly (lov­ing), Quigly (afraid), Razzy (anger) and Snorf (sad) – show the emo­tions that all chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery day. The set in­cludes a plush char­ac­ter rep­re­sent­ing an emo­tion and a fun and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­ity book to learn about that feel­ing. Avail­able at Tar­get

COOKIE CRAZE SING & DANCE ALONG

You know the song…Hot dog, hot dog, hot dig­gity dog... Mickey Mouse sings it in his Dis­ney Ju­nior se­ries Mickey Mouse Club­house. Now kids can sing and dance along with Hot Dig­gity Danc­ing Mickey ($39.99). The plush toy fea­tures in­ter­ac­tive songs and silly jokes that will keep kids laugh­ing and danc­ing all day long. Avail­able at Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Tar­get and Wal­mart Who doesn’t love Girl Scout cook­ies? Now your child can make them at home! The Girls Scouts Cookie Oven ($49.99) is a real work­ing oven, com­plete with tools and mixes that al­low young bak­ers to whip up a batch of their very own fa­vorite Girl Scout cookie fla­vor. The set comes with mix pack­ets to cre­ate Thin Mints-in­spired cook­ies, a spat­ula, bak­ing pan and mea­sur­ing tools. Avail­able at Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Tar­get and Wal­mart

COMIC AD­VEN­TURES

If your child loves to draw and get lost in il­lus­trated sto­ries, they will love the My Comic Book Kit ($30), which in­cludes mark­ers, trac­ing pen, pen­cil, sharp­ener and ready-to-use pages so they can cre­ate their own comic ad­ven­ture! Once the story is com­plete, mail the pages (a pre-paid en­ve­lope is sup­plied) for it to be made into a pro­fes­sion­ally bound comic book. Avail­able at un­com­mon­goods.com

SPEED RACER

This three-pack of Tonka Die Cast Vin­tage Ve­hi­cles ($11.99) is per­fect for boys and girls who love po­lice cars and fire trucks. The pack fea­tures three clas­sic Tonka ve­hi­cles in vin­tage stylings and pack­ag­ing. Avail­able at Toys “R” Us, Tar­get and Wal­mart

AR­MOR UP!

If your child is team Iron Man, pick up the Iron Man Slide Blast Ar­mor ($19.99) so they can launch into bat­tle just like the su­per­hero. Kids can push a but­ton to send ar­mor up their arm or pull the lever to the gaunt­let then push the but­ton to fire two Nerf darts! Avail­able at Toys “R” Us, Tar­get and Wal­mart SU­PER­HERO SAVES THE DAY If your child is team Cap­tain Amer­ica, they will love gear­ing up for bat­tle with the Cap­tain Amer­ica Scope Vi­sion Hel­met ($19.99). This high-tech hel­met fea­tures a lighted scope and but­ton-ac­ti­vated fir­ing mis­sile. Choose from one of three col­ored lights de­pend­ing on the mis­sion. Comes with one fir­ing pro­jec­tile. Avail­able at Toys “R” Us, Tar­get and Wal­mart

PLAY­ING WITH YOUR FOOD

One of the pop­u­lar games from last hol­i­day sea­son was Pie Face Show­down ($24.99). Each player places their head through the mask and races to see who can hit their but­ton the fastest in tug-of-war style. Push the but­ton down faster to move the loaded arm closer to the op­po­nent. Play­ers must move quickly or some­one will end up with a whipped cream (not in­cluded) in the face! Avail­able at Toys “R” Us, Tar­get and Wal­mart

TRIVIA FOR A NEW GEN­ER­A­TION

Who didn’t play Trivia Pur­suit grow­ing up? The game has now been up­dated for the new mil­len­nium. Trivia Pur­suit 2000’s ($24.99) al­lows play­ers the op­tion of choos­ing a topic. Don’t know the topic? No prob­lem. Try to stump the group to get ahead. Avoid get­ting stumped as a group by work­ing to­gether to an­swer the 2000s-re­lated ques­tions cor­rectly. The first player to fill up the scor­ing to­ken with all six scor­ing wedges is the win­ner. Avail­able at Toys “R” Us, Tar­get and Wal­mart AR­CADE FUN Pac-Man is back! This mini-sized ver­sion of Pac-Man ($19.99) al­lows for real-time game play. Use the joy­stick to move around the maze but watch out for the ghosts! Kids will have fun play­ing along and par­ents will re­mem­ber all the joy they had while play­ing the ar­cade game as a child. Avail­able at Toys “R” Us and Wal­mart

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