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The 15 Coolest holiday gifts for kids

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Holiday gifts for kids, tweens & teens

If your holiday gift list includes kids of all ages, we’ve got the perfect holiday gift solutions for you. Whether you need a cool teen-friendly gift for your nephew, trend-setting interactive toys for toddlers or a variety of girl-centric gifts, these 15 holiday gift ideas will give you all the gift-buying guidance you need.

8Hide and Seek JoJoHide-and-Seek JoJo

If your preschooler loves playing hide-and-seek, he'll love Hide-and-Seek Jojo, an electronic blue bunny who folds its ears over to hide its eyes as it counts, and speaks and makes sounds when looking for a child. Once the child is discovered, Jojo celebrates. This adorable interactive toy can help improve your child's hand-eye coordination, foster social and emotional intelligence, stimulate the imagination with role playing and more.

Available at: www.walmart.com
Price: $39.99

9MixPupsMix Pups

The hottest new collectible for girls, Mix Pups by Jazwares, is anticipated to be one of the top toys this holiday season! These adorable, posable, pocket-sized puppies are the perfect pet addition to any home and a great stocking stuffer this holiday season. They're sure to spark kids' imaginations as they mix 'n' match their puppies' legs, heads, hair styles and clothing, to create their very own designer pup. Multiple points of articulation enable girls to pose their pups in 20 different playful combinations.

Available at: www.jazwares.com
Price: Starting at $5.99 each

10Write On's Chalkboard Vinyl DecalsWrite On Chalkboard Vinyl Decals

"Look, Mom, I wrote on the wall" will be a happy statement when your child is exercising her creativity with these super-cool chalkboard vinyl decals. Available in fun designs children will adore,including dinosaurs, guitars, hearts, alligators, balloons, dogs, alien spaceships, football helmets, and many others, Write On's come in a variety of sizes, are easy to remove and do no damage to the wall. Just peel, stick, draw, erase and draw some more. Perfect for preschoolers and up.

Available at: www.vinylattraction.com
Price: Starting at $24.95 per decal

11Mo's NoseMo's Nose

For the child who loves to read and engage her senses, the Mo's Nose series is the perfect holiday gift. Author Margaret Hyde takes children on a warm and cuddly dog-led journey with a heightened sense of smell – all Mo's Nose books offer scent-sational experiences for the reader. The newest book in the series, Mo Smells Christmas, joins four other must-read and -sniff books: Mo Smells Red, Mo Smells Green, Mo Smells the Holidays and Mo Smells Blue. Ten percent of the proceeds from all Mo Nose books is donated to the Best Friends Animal Society and the books are 100 percent eco-friendly. Bonus: Mo's Nose is also launching a pet-lover iPhone app called The Mo's Nose App, based on the book series.

Available at: www.mosnose.com
Price: $8.95 each

12ZooBornsZooBorns

The most adorable holiday gift for animal-loving kids and adults alike, ZooBorns (Simon & Schuster, November 2010) is a cuddly compendium of the newest, cutest animals from zoos and aquariums around the world. With interesting animal facts and background stories on the featured babies, ZooBorns illustrates the connections between zoo births and conservation initiatives in the wild. Plus, paging through the book, no matter your age, will bring a warm smile to your face.

Available at: www.amazon.com
Price: $10

13JOON Skin Care for young girlsJOON Skin Care for young girls

For that tween or teen girl who's excruciatingly hard to buy for, JOON is the latest line of beauty products specifically for young girls, which promotes a healthy lifestyle, eco-friendly attitude and attention to skin care. JOON products aim to do more than wash, moisturize and leave a delightful scent -- they're made with all-natural ingredients and create a feeling of eternal summer. JOON products include Body Lotion, Happy Face Wash, Sunshine Sparkle Body Cream, Body Mist, Happy Face Cream SPF 15, Body Wash and Lip Shine.

Available at: www.itsjoon.com
Price: Varies depending on product

14Oneida Cubby Bear Baby and Child 6 Piece FlatwearOneida Cubby Bear Baby and Child six-Piece Flatware

Tired of buying onesies for the budding infants on your holiday gift list? Try this adorable six-piece progressive flatware set featuring a friendly little bear cub who has climbed the easy-to-hold tree-like handle. This set is designed to "grow" with your child from babyhood to big kid. Parents and caregivers appreciate this set for the multiple sizing of forks and spoons that are perfect for little hands and mouths, and transition as their children move from those first tastes of cereal onward. This "beary" cute set comes in a lovely gift box and makes a surprising yet welcome baby gift.

Available at: www.oneida.com
Price: $13

15The Magic Bowl Potty Training DVDThe Magic Bowl Potty-Training DVD

You may not think this is the coolest gift for a toddler, but this instructional DVD by Dr. Baruch Kushnir will have even you humming the tunes and remembering key potty-training phrases ("Diapers are annoying"). One of the best tools to get a toddler to ditch the diaper, The Magic Bowl brings to life key characters, as well as diapers and the Magic Bowl while presenting solutions for the inevitable accidents and other potty mishaps. This is a gift that will please both parents and toddlers ready to take the step to big-boy and big-girl undies.

Available at: www.amazon.com
Price: $14.95

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