What's hot in gifts for the under-10 set this holiday season? Superheroes and classic characters and techno toys top the lists of must-have gifts. But you don't have to spend a fortune to bring a massive smile to your child's face on Christmas morning (unless you really want to).
Here are a few hot gifts at affordable prices for Christmas 2012.
Children's tablets. The LeapFrog LeapPad 2 and VTech InnoTab 2 are great technology gifts for kids under 10. Both devices have their pros and cons. A great comparison between the two can be found at www.squidoo.com/innotab2-vs-leappad2. Prices vary.
Other items that combine technology and creativity are great gift ideas for kids. The Crayola Digital Light Designer is the Lite Brite of today's generation of kids. It lets them create colorful pictures with a stylus, bring them to life through animation, then start over with a clean slate. $39.99 at Target.
Headphones are popular among teens and the younger set. A of couple recommendations for small and full-size headphones for kids from Headphone.com: For an excellent, all-purpose headphone, the site recommends the Koss KSC75. For full-size headphones, try the Sennheiser HD201. According to the site: “Due to their low sensitivity, kids will have a hard time turning it up too loud.” Prices vary.
Get your kids moving
Just Dance Kids 2 will have your young ones off the couch and moving to the groove of 40 crazy dance routines to kids' favorite songs. Available for Wii, PlayStation Move for PlayStation 3 and Kinect for Xbox 360. Prices vary.
Master Moves Mickey dances up a storm with one-handed handstands, and 360-degree spins. With eight original songs and 15 dance moves, Master Moves Mickey is sure to get your little one up and moving. $59.99 at Target.
Yummy gummi lamps. These lamps are fun, functional and look delicious on your child's wall. By day, they're simply decorative. But by night, give the bear's belly a squeeze and the built-in LED light will glow with ambient-colored light. $28 at Uncommongoods.com.
Action figures are always hot Christmas gift items. This season's action figures are almost all superheroes. Web-Shooting Spider-Man has two web shooters for double web-blasting action. $28.88 at Walmart. Angry Birds Star Wars AT-AT Attack Battle Game combines Star Wars and Angry Birds in a game of launching rebels to take out Storm Troopers and destroy a fearsome AT-AT walker. $39.99 at Toys R Us.
Younger children love to play with characters from their favorite TV shows. Here are a few to consider this holiday season.
Disney's favorite Doc McStuffins dolls help little girls realize they can do anything they put their minds to. Disney Doc McStuffins Time For Your Check Up Doll is an affordable doll that comes complete with doctor's uniform, bag and tools of the trade. $9.99 at Kmart.
Jake's Musical Pirate Ship Bucky from Disney's Jake and The Neverland Pirates includes a spring-loaded canon that fires water-ball projectiles and the ship is packed with 25 action phrases and songs. The set comes with Jake and Skully figures and three water-ball projectiles. $59.50 at Disneystore.com.
Barbie Tawny Walking Horse & Doll Gift Set combines a little girl's love of dolls and horses. The horse makes realistic sounds and even prances. $29.99 at Kohl's.