Today's toys provide "grown-up" technology in durable, kid- and eco-friendly versions with less packaging and more natural elements. Dolls and plush animals continue to provide nurturing play, even as whimsical sounds and soft glows add new life to these classic favorites.
Here is the best of the best of this year's toys, as selected by the National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA). Learn more.
Or for some local flavor, check out our thoroughly unscientific and not at all comprehensive survey of what Chicago Parent readers' kids are asking for this holiday season.