We know how it goes: the holiday season has arrived, so you're
in a race against time to find some gifts that a) your kids will
actually like; b) fit your budget; and c) can be bought, wrapped
and handed over to the munchkins sometime near the appropriate
So this year, we did the work for you. We visited 10 toy stores
in and around Chicago to find this holiday season's hottest items.
Best of all, every gift is less than $50, so you won't break the
bank in order to see that awed expression on your child's face.
Here are the results for Tweens (10 years and
- Elizabeth Diffin
This new game is cooperative, so kids have to work together to
survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorms of the desert.
It's great for those who aren't quite ready for strategy games like
The Settlers of Catan or Risk.
Any surface can become a ping-pong table with this portable set
that includes two paddles with retractable handles, a portable net,
two balls and drawstring pouch. Just be sure to clear off your
dining room table before a tournament breaks out.
What do you get when you combine a Rubix cube with some of the
most famous paintings in history? This fun puzzle, where you
arrange 130 cubes to form six different paintings, from Renoir to
Chagall. Trust us: it's harder than it sounds.
Crafty kids will enjoy the challenge of needle felting, a
technique that uses a sharp needle to make tiny creations. These
kits come with needles, wool roving and step-by-step instructions,
so your penguin or sock monkey comes out looking perfect.