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2013 Holiday Gift Guide

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Holiday

2013
GIFT GUIDE
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WHAT DO YOU GET THE MAN – OR
WOMAN – WHO HAS EVERYTHING?
HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR PARENTS
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TYPICAL MOM AND DAD FARE IS
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BY LINDSEY ROMAIN | CTW FEATURES
There are only so many sweaters, necklaces and pocketknives a person
can acquire before it gets to be a bit much. “At a certain age, we start to
comprehend the sacrifces our parents have made for us,” says Shelley Hunter,
the gift expert known as The Gift card Girlfriend. “With this
understanding, we feel compelled to give gifts that adequately convey our
feelings of love and appreciation. That’s a tall order for a trip to the mall.”
One way to be creative for the ‘rents this holiday season: hone in on a
more personalized area of interest and fnd fun stuff within those constraints.
“Choosing the right gift has nothing to do with gender. It has everything to do
with thinking about the recipient’s likes, interests and activities,” Hunter says.
Or try any of these items for very specifc sectors of mom and dad types. It’s
always fun to think outside the box – or to think inside a box of
unique goodies.
MOM » THE READER
“Since nothing we give can equal the
gifts they’ve given us, we turn to more
practical items,” Hunter says.
If mom’s a bookworm, chances
are she’s alreadychecked out some of
this year’s hottest sellers, like Gillian
Flynn’s “Gone Girl” or even – from
the comfort of a private room – “Fifty
Shades of Grey.” But if she’s looking
for something a little different, try
surprising her with the critically
acclaimed “The Shining Girls”
by Lauren Beukes ($18.45 hardcover).
The mystery novel, about a time
traveling serial killer, has steadily gained
steam since its release earlier this year,
and is the perfect bookend to a year of
great reads.
If she has enough books already, maybe a bookish accessory is a better bet.
Literary-inspired retailers, like Out of Print (outofprintclothing.com), make an
array of products – from shirts to pouches to eBook covers – that are great
for moms with a literary lean.
MOM » THE TEA LOVER
For the tea-drinking mama, delicate,
patterned teacups – like these Charlotte
mugs from World Market ($21.56 for
a set of four) – are subtle, feminine and
inexpensive. Pair them with a delicious
and healthful blend of tea and she’s all
set.
“THE SHINING GIRLS”;
$18.45
CHARLOTTE MUGS; $21.56
Teavana, a specialty tea and accessories store, offers plenty of unique flavors
for every tea-loving palette. The Youthberry Wild Orange Blossom Tea Blend
($18.80 for 4 oz. of loose leaf tea) is a popular favorite and a good place to
start. And make sure mom’s ready to brew the perfect cup of tea with a teapot
or infuser.
YOUTHBERRY WILD ORANGE BLOSSOM TEA
BLEND; $18.80
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MOM » THE FITNESS GURU
If the New Year inspired mom to get on the ftness train, you’re in luck!
Fitness gifts are a never-ending stream of trendy new products – from colorful
weights to yoga mats to running shoes and beyond. One such product is
ViewSPORT Spandex Leggings for women ($30). Honor your mom’s, uh,
colorful personality with skeleton leg and tribal patterns. What better way to
spruce up her ftness routine than something boisterous as motivation?
If at-home workouts are your mom’s
thing, try gifting her with a kettle ball.
Kettle balls are a great workout on their
own, and minimize equipment to one
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DAD » THE COUCH POTATO
Is dad a TV guru stuck on reality programming? Open his eyes to the
wonderful world of scripted cable programming this holiday season. Top-
notch shows like AMC’s “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” are both up-to-date
on DVD and Blu-ray, so why not induce a plot-heavy marathon to go with
that Christmas food overload? (“Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” seasons fve:
$24.99).
If he’s trying to downsize his material collection and knows how to work a
Wifcapableviewing device, Netflix or Hulu Plus will give him a similar viewing
experience without all the plastic. (Streaming-only versions run for $7.99/
month for Neflix and Hulu Plus.)
DAD » THE CLASSY GENTLEMAN
If dad’s more the “slow sip at the end
of the day” type, class up his drinking
experience with some fancy liquor
goods. Sick of fetching and making him
ice? Gift him some whiskey stones, like
this Teraforma set ($19.94 at Crate and
Barrel), which he can freeze ahead of
time and reuse.
DAD » THE CLASSY GENTLEMAN
DAD » The Geek If dad’s a “Star Trek” guy, go for the gold. Literally. ThinkGeek
is offering a limited edition gold U.S.S. Enterprise pizza cutter ($99) so he can
show his Trekkie allegiance and enjoy a TV-night snack. For a less prodigal option,
get the basic stainless steel version instead ($29.99). ThinkGeek also has Star Trek
bath robes in multiple colors ($49 to $59) so dad can pretend he’s part of the crew
around the house.
Want to participate in dad’s geekery? Opt for a project book, like “Geek
Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share”
(Penguin Group Incorporated, 2010, $17) by KenDenmead. Projects include tips
for transforming a room into a spaceship, homemade Ethernet cuff links and
customized board games.
“There’s a difference between a gift and a present. A gift is something you give,
knowing the recipient will enjoy it,” Hunter says. “A present is something you
‘present’ to the recipient because it’s something you think he or she should
have. You’ll know you’ve chosen a gift if you’ve removed your own preferences
from the decision-making process. If you have chosen a gift or a gift card that the
recipient has expressed an interest in, regardless of your own opinion, then
the gift will be well received.” © CTW FEATURES
If he’s a DIY sort of guy, he might
enjoy a starter kit, like the Woodinville
Age Your Own Whiskey (2-pack for $149; 4-pack for $596.96), which accelerates
the aging process and comes with a reusable barrel.
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EVERY PICTURE
TELLS A STORY
BY RACHEL GRAF | CTW FEATURES
Most new tech gadgets worth their salt
play host to a built-in camera nowadays
– tablets, smartphones, laptops and
even gaming consoles. With so many
digital photos housed in a variety of
locations, it can be easy to forget about
all those snapshots languishing on
Facebook or Instagram. This holiday
season, give a unique gift by moving
photos from the digital world to
something physical, like an iPad case or
even in a snow globe.
For the crafty gifter, there are many
do-it-yourself projects that incorporate
photos to customize gifts. Find inspiration online at sites like Photojojo,
which offers simple do-it-yourself photo projects and other photography
tips. Their mission is to help people of all ages discover or rediscover a love
of photography, says Amit Gupta, founder of Photojojo and co-author of
“Photojojo!: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas” (Potter Craft,
2009).
“I saw tons of my friends taking hundreds or thousands of photos a year
with digital cameras, and all those photos were getting lost and forgotten
about,” Gupta says in an email. “So Photojojo started as a way to help people
do more with the photos they were already taking.” Gupta’s favorite projects
are ones that include transforming an object you would typically throw out
into something beautiful. For example, he says he really likes the photo snow
globe made by placing a photo, glitter and a few other common ingredients in
a water bottle. Photo projects from Gupta’s book include photo slider puzzles,
Rubik’s cubes, temporary tattoos and a photo chandelier.
You can buy items from a local gift shop and use them in your
personalization projects to make them even more unique. Another option
for photo gifts, if you’re not inclined toward crafts, is ordering a customized
printed product. Your local photo center or pharmacy is likely equipped with
a customization kiosk or station that offers dozens of options for products to
print on and designs to add. A variety of websites also offer the same services,
often with sophisticated previews so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Just remember to order the product in advance to allow for printing and
shipping time. “It’s really easy,” says Heidi Reichert, head of custom design at
Tiny Prints, one such website. “The designs are stylish and beautiful and there
is such a variety to choose from.”
With just a few minutes to upload images and choose products, customers
can order a gift that is more heartfelt and completely different from what’s
available on the shelves. Whether it’s a practical gift like day planners or iPhone
cases, or something for display like acrylic trays and mounted prints, a
customized photo gift can make the memories last.
“I think it’s a very, very wonderful way to show someone how much you
care about them,” Reichert says. “I’m going to make an ornament for my
daughter every year and send it to her grandparents. It’s something they can
have to preserve their memories.” © CTW FEATURES
PERSONALIZED DAY PLANNERS (ABOVE) OR
IPAD CASES (BELOW), CAN BE ORDERED FROM
LOCAL PHOTO CENTERS OR ONLINE.
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THE GIFT-GIVER’S GUIDE
TO SHOPPING LOCAL
BUYING FROM LOCAL
MERCHANTS ISN’T JUST THE
FEEL-GOOD STORY OF YOUR
SHOPPING YEAR. IT’S A GREAT
WAY TO MAKE GIFTS MORE
SPECIAL WHILE SUPPORTING THE
PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES THAT
HELP MAKE YOUR TOWN GREAT
BY JESSICA ROYER OCKEN | CTW FEATURES
The Internet is always there, lurking. It couldn’t be easier to click a few
buttons and have life’s essentials arrive at your door. These days, local
businesses don’t just compete with big boxes and department stores,
they compete with everything on the World Wide Web.
But choosing gifts for people – selecting something perfectly
matched to personality and preferences, that adequately conveys your
love and appreciation for them – can be trickier than making sure
another case of paper towels arrives before the last one runs out.
“What are your goals for this purchase?” Heidi Butzine, founder
of ShopLocal.us and author of “Shop Local: A Practical, Pain-Free
Guide to Shopping With a Purpose” (Simplex Publishing, 2012),
suggests you ask yourself. “Do you just want something as cheap as
you can get it?”
If we’re not careful, holiday shopping becomes merely one more
task to be completed at our desks – another workload piled on top of
everything else we have to do at this busy time of year.
So why not try something different? Step away from the screen
and make shopping an experience this year, and a pleasant experience
at that. “It feels good to get out of your offce, away from the
computer,” Butzine says. “Take a break and engage with people at a
local store.”
The benefts of this approach are not just for you. You’ll also be
supporting your community, as well as delighting those on your gift
list.
When it comes to shopping local, there’s plenty of reward to go
around.
FOR YOUR COMMUNITY …
Shopping at local stores is “the gift that keeps on giving,” says Bill
Brunelle, executive director of Independent We Stand, an organization
launched in 2011 to educate consumers and businesses about the
economic benefts of buying local. When you purchase something at a
locally owned business, more of your money stays in the community,
he
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explains. It’s not going out of town to a big box corporate offce. Store owners
based in the community are also more likely to hire local accountants and
marketing frms, as well as source more of the products they sell locally. “It’s
really a multiplier effect,” he says. “The money keeps recirculating.”
Why is that important? Think about how local stores contribute to the
fabric of your community, suggests Kathleen McHugh, president of The
American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). The toy store in town
might be where parents bring their kids for a craft class, or where they know
they can pick up a last-minute gift that will be wrapped for them, or where
they go when the baseball team needs a sponsor.
Independent stores’ distinctive presence gives your city character and
make it a special place to live. “The guy across the counter may be a second
generation employee, and he’s been on the school board,” Brunelle says. “He’s
got a true vested interest in the community.”
FOR YOUR RECIPIENT …
America has become a bit of a “throwaway society,” Brunelle says. “Once
something doesn’t work, it goes in the landfll, and you get what you pay
for sometimes.” But the holidays are the perfect time to break out of this
mode. “When you’re looking for a gift that will make someone feel good, buy
something unique, something they don’t have in big boxes or national chains.”
When you take the time to fnd something special, you’re giving the person
some of yourself, Butzine notes. Perhaps the gift will represent where
you live. Butzine lives on the ocean, so she sometimes chooses artwork or a
photo of the beach for landlocked friends. “Your gift can remind them of you
or provide an escape,” she says. “Gift giving is so individualized. You just need
to stop and think.”
If you’re shopping locally, you don’t have to think alone. “You can go into a
local toy store and talk to someone who’s really well trained in child
development,” McHugh says. Just give them the child’s age, and you can likely
walk out with the perfect present. “That’s priceless – there’s no guessing!”
Plus, you can select from more than just the latest mass-produced toys and
games. You’ll get a range of creative, open-ended playthings. “It’s not about
what the toy does, but what the child does with this toy,” McHugh says. “If a
kid can fnd a million ways to play with the same toy, you’ve hit the jackpot.”
In the same way, the bookseller in town may suggest local or regional
authors you haven’t heard of, the local boutique may have clothing or jewelry
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by designers you might otherwise miss, and the music store down the street
may have cutting-edge tunes by independent artists, plus a great selection of
vintage vinyl, these expertssay.
FOR YOURSELF …
“The holidays get so stressful, but try to look at your shopping as a fun,
meaningful opportunity,” Butzine says. It can make you feel good to fnd
something you know a person on your list will love.
Try to enjoy the process rather than making it a mad dash to buy stuff.
Try the “Shop Local Loop,” she suggests. Work your way through the
neighborhood stores in a 1- to 5-mile radius of where you live.
You’ll likely be rewarded with unusual and offbeat gift options, as well as
more knowledgeable employees and perhaps even the store owner in person.
“I like to touch everything,” McHugh says.“When you shop in person you get
it right the frst time. There’s no being surprised and having to return things.”
This heightened level of customer service can help when buying for
someone you don’t know so well: grandparents who aren’t as in touch with
what kids are doing at a certain age, people who don’t have kids but want
to wow their nieces and nephews, you with that one enigmatic sister-inlaw.
“When you show up with the best gift, you win the day,” McHugh says.
Shopping local can even help you conquer the most diffcult holiday gift
list challenge of all: the co-worker. Choose a gift card for an area restaurant,
Butzine suggests. Then you’re giving something you know will be convenient,
as well as supporting a local business, and you and the recipient could even
go there together. And for the person who doesn’t need any more stuff, a
donation to a local charity – in your area or theirs – may be just the thing.
“That’s a nice way of getting around the idea that a gift must be something
tangible,” Butzine says.
Finally, once you’ve found that perfect item – the chocolates made by a local
confectioner, the sweater from a family that’s been knitting for generations,
a toy that will entertain for hours – be sure you share your experience with
the recipient too. Rather than just slapping a tag on the package, add a card
that tells the gift’s story: who made it, why you chose it, how you found it. “A
personal note saying how much fun you had picking out their gift lets them
know the thoughtfulness involved,” Butzine says. “It lets them know this
isheartfelt.”
After all, that is the goal of holiday gift giving. © CTW FEATURES
SHOP LOCAL RESOURCES
WWW.INDEPENDENTWESTA ND.ORG This site includes a database of
independent businesses as well as research and information about the benefts
of shopping local.
WWW.YOURNEIGHBORHOODTOYSTO RE.ORG Powered by The The American
Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), this site includes a store locator,
resources for parents, interviews with inventors and retailers, and picks for the
best toys of the year.
SHOPLOCAL.US Managed by Heidi Butzine, this site offers a nationwide
database for fnding independent retailers in your zip code.
WWW.INDIEBOUND.ORG Started by members of the American Booksellers
Association, this website is a resource for locating independent bookstores
(and more) around the country. And don’t worry, these guys can load eBooks
on your tablet just like the big retailers can.
GETTING A GOOD PRICE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Bill Brunelle, executive director of Independent We
Stand says it’s a “common misconception” that local retailers are more
expensive than national chain stores or websites. “I think most retailers in
locally owned businesses understand that they have to compete on price,”
he says. However, they also know they have to deliver superior customer
service—even after the sale—which may not be the case for sellers far
removed from their patrons.
While there are added costs for bricks-and mortar businesses, such as rent
on the store and staff salaries, that may be reflected in the price of their wares,
this also means you’re dealing with people who care about what they’re selling,
notes Kathleen McHugh, president of The American Specialty Toy Retailing
Association (ASTRA). They’ve made a personal investment.
And localista Heidi Butzine adds that small business owners often have
more flexibility in terms of pricing because they’re not beholden to a
corporate policy. While you always want to be respectful – we’re not haggling
here, folks – she sees no problem with inquiring about an item’s price when
you’ve seen it somewhere else for less.
Interested in buying a camera, she recently went to a local camera store,
and while they couldn’t completely match the price she’d seen online, the
did give her a discount after she mentioned it. They also offered her a free
photography class, as well as pointing out that they’d be there as a resource
for her if she needed help with the item or needed any accessories for it.
She decided these “value adds” were worth it and made her purchase locally.
“Open a dialogue with the manager or owner, and perhaps they’ll work with
you,” she says. “The worst they can say is no.”
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Friday, December 6, 2013
Tickets: $5 per person, Free for children 4 and under.
Caroling begins at 5 p.m. at the Genoa Community Church, followed
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6:15 p.m., you may sip hot cocoa while you visit with Santa!
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HOT GIFTS FOR
GOOD COOKS
BY BEV BENNETT | CTW FEATURES
If your companion is glued to chef shows on television, a cooking implement,
especially if it’s used in the program, may be the perfect holiday gift.
It’s easy to fnd presents that are chef-inspired thanks to the surging interest
in all things chef.
“The chef influence is important,” says Debra Mednick, executive director
and home industry analyst for the NPD Group in Port Washington, N.Y.
A culinary professional’s stamp of approval
may be good for sales, according to Mednick,
and it may be just what the recipient needs as a
confdence builder.
The aspiring chef uses the same gizmo as the
television chef and may become a better cook.
You beneft, too, when you’re invited for meals
that are delicious and daring.
Here are several new kitchen products that are
either supported by or used by chefs along with
cookbooks to further the home chef ’s skills.
CAKE BOSS
Buddy Valastro, star of TLC’s television series “Cake Boss,” collaborated on a
new line of bakeware with the Cake Boss name.
The line goes beyond bakeware to include Cake Boss 4-Piece sets of
Fondant Presses in various shapes including Christmas, Dinosaur and Work
Truck themes.
For the baker who wants a professional fnish to cakes, there’s the Cake
Boss 10-Piece Fondant/Gum Paste Modeling Kit with tools for adding veins
to leaves and other intricate touches.
The Fondant Presses have a suggested retail price of $9.99 each, the
modeling kit, $19.99. The fondant products are available at larger chain craft
stores and mass-merchandise stores.
Those fondant garnishes would look lovely topping the mouth-watering
cakes from the baking book “The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook” by Tom Douglas
and Shelley Lance (William Morrow, 2012).
Tempting recipes from the famous Seattle bakery include cornmeal
rosemary cake with lemon glaze, carrot cupcakes with brown sugar cream
cheese frosting and Piedmontese hazelnut cake.
ISI GOURMET WHIP PLUS
Savoring foam, the light essence of
flavor, once meant making a
reservation at an expensive,
experimental restaurant. Now the
at-home chef can indulge in frothy
adventures, turning purees, soups
and sauces into foams with the iSi
Gourmet Whip Plus handheld
dispenser that operates on
nitrousoxide chargers (sold separately).
The Whip Plus can be used with
either hot or cold ingredients and
includes straight, tulip and star tips for
creative foam shapes. It’s available as
half-pints or pints at fne cookware
stores.
ISI GOURMET WHIP
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CAKE BOSS
10-PIECE FONDANT
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DECORATING
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As the companion book to the Whip Plus, add the “Explore New Taste” by
iSi North America.
The company, which makes kitchen utensils for both the home and
professional cook, produced a limited edition cookbook featuring ideas and
recipes from chefs and mixologists around the world.
Your chef can read about the importance of density and texture and whip
up uni toast with avocado and grapefruit foam.
The book will be available on January 1, 2014, and has a suggested retail
price of $49.
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DUFF GOLDMAN BY GARTNER STUDIO S AIRBRUSH MACHINE
Help your favorite baker become the Cezanne of cupcakes.
Unleash the kitchen artist to airbrush swaths of pearl, metallic, pastel or
deep colors onto unbaked or fnished cakes, cookies and similar desserts.
The lightweight air compressor, named for the star of the Food Network’s
“Ace of Cakes,” features adjustable air pressure, airbrush and hose. Airbrush
colors are sold separately. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $129.99.
Find the airbrush machine at larger chain craft stores.
If you’d like to add a book to the gift package, try “Vintage Cakes: Timeless
Recipes for Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Bundt, Chiffon, and Icebox
Cakes for Today’s Sweet Tooth” by Julie Richardson (Ten Speed Press, 2012)..
An airbrush glaze is just a lot of air without the cake as foundation. Simple,
old fashioned cakes provide an excellent surface. The chef artist can bake a
Harvey Wallbanger cake and gild it with a gold sheen.
MARSHMALLOW COLLECTION FROM CHICAGO METALLIC
Cooking isn’t just about meal
preparation; it’s also about having
fun.
Imagine the pleasure of turning
out homemade marshmallows.
A new line for marshmallow
fans from Chicago Metallic
includes pans with collapsible
walls in either 8-inch square or
9-by- 13-inch sizes. There’s also a cutting wheel, which can double for sticky
pizza toppings and a Crush & Coat set of bowls and a pestle for hand grinding
marshmallow toppings. The pans have a suggested retail price of $11.99 for
the smaller and $14.99 for the larger. The cutting wheel has a suggested price
of $9.99, and the bowl set $19.99, at cookware stores.
Homemade marshmallows are great for constructing elaborate cakes, such
as those in “Extreme Cakeovers” by Rick and Sasha Reichart (Clarkson Potter,
2013).
It’s DIY cake decorating gone wild when your baker turns pound cake into
fries, green fruit roll-ups into “lettuce” and ice cream cones and marshmallows
into train smokestacks.
MIC ROPLA NE ADJUSTATABLE SLICE R
WITH JULIE NNE BLADE
Cutting thin, even slices of vegetables or
fruits can be unnerving unless you have a
highquality slicer. This new model from
Microplane makes julienne cuts easy with
adjustments for 1/32-inch, 1/16- and 1/8-
inch thick slices.
The slicer is distinguished by an extremely
sharp blade that slices through everything
from potatoes for a gratin to limes for a
cocktail.
The adjustable slicer is available at
cookware stores and has a suggested retail
price of $29.95.
If julienne sliced vegetables inspire your
chef to more adventurous cooking, give
them “New American Table” by Marcus
Samuelsson (Wiley, 2009).
Inviting dishes in this accessible and
attractive cookbook from the well-known
restaurateur and television personality include
cabbage-tomato relish, almond chicken with
avocado salsa and radish salad or cabbage
slaw (with sardines, yogurt and almonds).
MOJITO , COSMOPOLITAN AND
MARGARITA R-EVOLUTION
KITS
Remember those chemistry sets
from
childhood? The adult version
– the culinary one – allows a
mixologist the same pleasure
of experimentation, applying
concepts in molecular
gastronomy to add foam to a
margarita or fll a cosmopolitan
with bubbles you eat with a
spoon. The kits include sachets
of food additives, molecular
gastronomy tools and a stepby-
step recipe booklet for a
suggested retail price of $29.95.
For more information visit the
website at: www.molecule-r.com.
If your gift recipient still
doesn’t know what to imbibe,
Zach Golden has the answers in
an irreverent collection of
drink recipes, “What the F*@#
Should I Drink” (Running Press,
2013). Cocktail recipes range
from the familiar classic daiquiri
to the uncommon Italian Job.
But watch the language, which is
saltier than a margarita.
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TOY LAND,
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Innovation. Building skills. Out-of-the-box thinking. This year, toys trends are
more about stretching the mind than providing temporary entertainment – or
fnding new ways to do both.
“This is the year of toys powered by kids’ imaginations,” says Marianne
Szymanski, the founder and president of Toy Tips, Inc., an international child
development research group.
Billy Lagor, senior vice president of U.S. marketing at Hasboro, agrees:
“This year it’s all about customization, and the merging of digital and face-to-
face play, along with new ways to play with classic favorites.”
Meaning, in simple terms: tablets, robots and building toys with a million
little pieces are all the rage.
TECH BYTES »
Tablets were a big deal last year, but in 2013 the “tablet market has exploded,”
according to Laurie Schacht, co-publisher of Toy Insider, also known as the
“Toy Insider Mom.”
The VTech Inno Tab 3S
($99.99, ages 3 to 9) and the
XO Learning Tablet
($149, ages 4 to 14) are two
popular tablets for kids, as is
the Disney Creativity Studio
– Smart Stylus ($50), which
works in conjuncture with
the Disney Creativity Studio
iPad app ($4 in the Apple
Store). It’s a nice treat for
kids with iPad-owning
parents who aren’t afraid to
let them handle the device.
That technology crossover
– using something new, like a
stylus, to “renovate” an
existing product, like an iPad
– is a big trend in the toy world
right now. The Telepods line is
a “digital gaming platform for
the mobile generation,”
Lagor says. With the Angry
Birds Star Wars II app (available
September 19), kids can
“teleport” physical Angry Birds
toys into the app and use them
within. They just have to tap the
Telepods icon in the game to get
started. When the game is off,
they can play with the Angry Birds
toys, which they can set up and
strategically knock down, just like
in the game.
Disney Interactive’s Disney Infnity and
Skylanders Swap Force (both $74.99 for a
starter pack) use that same concept – mixing
physical toys with a virtual world – and are
both expected to be big hits, according
to Schacht.
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NOSTALGIA RULES »
For parents perturbed by the thought of glitzy teleporting tech, fear not
– classic toys like Cabbage Patch dolls, Smurfs, Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs
are big again this year. “Parents and grandparents love to share the toys they
remember and adored growing up with their kids and grandkids,” Schacht says
of this trend.
Updates on classics are also making rounds. Lagor makes note of Monopoly
Empire, a new spin on everyone’s favorite money-hungry board game. In
Empire ($19.99, ages 8 and up), properties are replaced with popular brand
names of entities kids will recognize, like McDonalds, Xbox and Coke.
Twister, the dotted arm-tangling game, also has an update: Dance Rave
($34.99, ages 8 to 14), which hooks up to an MP3 player and comes with
movable Twister spots that get players dancing.
BIGNAME , BIG MONEY »
Kids are also suckers for anything recognizable to them – which is why toys
based on popular movies, TV shows and preexisting brands are some of this
year’s most anticipated.
Sofa the First, Talking Sofa and Animal Friends ($39.99, ages 3 and up)
should be a big hit with little girls, as should anything Doc McStuffns-related.
McStuffns toys, also based on a hit Disney show, were some of the top sellers
last year. This year, the Doc McStuffns Get Better
Check Up Center ($79.99, ages 3 and up) should be
a hot gift.
As for movies, the minions from “Despicable Me
2” were the breakout characters of the year – and
that should translate to the toy world, too, like with
the Talking Minion doll ($39.99, ages 4 to 12).
CAN WE FIX IT? »
If a kid can build it, a kid will want it this year. VTech’s Go! Go! Smart Wheels
Construction Playset ($34.99, ages 1 to 3) lets little ones assemble a puzzle-like
race course. First Builder’s Billy Beats Dancing Piano ($39.99, ages 1 to 5) is
both musical and builder-friendly – he even holds other First Builders blocks
under his red hat.
For slightly older kids, K’NEX Thunderbolt Strike ($119, ages and up)
comes with 850 pieces and over 17 feet of connectors.
AT THE END OF THE DAY»
Even with all the gadgets and intricacies in toys this year, the biggest name of
the season is… the Rainbow Loom?
Yes, the Rainbow Loom. The colorful bracelet-making kit, invented by a
Michigan man named Choon Ng for his daughters, took off earlier this year.
The Loom is only available in specialty stores and runs for $14.99, and “while
it may not remain as hot as we head into the holidays, it will remain a great and
inexpensive gift for kids of all ages,” according to Schacht.
“Kids have become crafty, more imaginative and are now interested in
making their own designs,” says Szymanski of the trend.
Regardless of what your kid is yearning for – from techiest of the tech to
the simplest bracelet maker – Schacht says to remember that they’re the ones
you should be listening to.
“It’s all about what your kids love,” Schacht explains. “Understanding how
they play, and what they like best will help ensure a great choice for a toy that
is played with and enjoyed many times over.”
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TALKING SOFIA AND
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$39.99
K’NEX THUNDERBOLT STRIKE, $119
FIRST BUILDER’S BILLY BEAT
DANCING PIANO; $39.99

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