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Best toys for kids this holiday season

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 holiday.

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.

The newborn to 1 age bracket is filled with colorful toys thatare not only fun, they help kids learn and grow.

Eight must-have gifts for infants

Eight must-have gifts for Chicago babies

We know how it goes: the holiday season has arrived, so you’rein a race against time to find some gifts that a) your kids willactually like; b) fit your budget; and c) can be bought, wrappedand handed over to the munchkins sometime near the appropriateholiday.

So this year, we did the work for you. We visited 10 toy storesin 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 thebank in order to see that awed expression on your child’s face.

Here are the results for Infants (0-12
months).

– Elizabeth Diffin


From earth-friendly instruments to glowing turtles tosmartphones kids can sink their teeth into, we have 10 ideas forthose on your shopping list between 1 and 3 years old.

Ten great gifts for toddlers

Ten must-have gifts for Chicago toddlers

We know how it goes: the holiday season has arrived, so you’rein a race against time to find some gifts that a) your kids willactually like; b) fit your budget; and c) can be bought, wrappedand handed over to the munchkins sometime near the appropriateholiday.

So this year, we did the work for you. We visited 10 toy storesin 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 thebank in order to see that awed expression on your child’s face.

Here are the results for Toddlers (1-3
years).

– Elizabeth Diffin


This holiday season, it’s all about the Squigz. Kids can buildodd-looking structures with the suction construction set, then makea satisfying “pop” when they pull the pieces apart. We also haveplenty of other options, from superhero capes to dinosaurconstruction toys.

Ten hot gifts for preschoolers

Ten must-have gifts for Chicago preschoolers

We know how it goes: the holiday season has arrived, so you’rein a race against time to find some gifts that a) your kids willactually like; b) fit your budget; and c) can be bought, wrappedand handed over to the munchkins sometime near the appropriateholiday.

So this year, we did the work for you. We visited 10 toy storesin 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 thebank in order to see that awed expression on your child’s face.

Here are the results for Preschoolers (3-5
years).

– Elizabeth Diffin


Kids in the 5-7 year old bracket can be hard to buy for — tooold for baby toys but not quite ready for all those 8 and up games.That’s why we’ve selected things like miniature hockey figures tore-create a Blackhawks game and science dog and kitty collegekits.

Ten awesome gifts for early elementary grades

Ten must-have gifts for Chicago kids in early elementary

We know how it goes: the holiday season has arrived, so you’rein a race against time to find some gifts that a) your kids willactually like; b) fit your budget; and c) can be bought, wrappedand handed over to the munchkins sometime near the appropriateholiday.

So this year, we did the work for you. We visited 10 toy storesin 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 thebank in order to see that awed expression on your child’s face.

Here are the results for Early Elementary (5-7
years).

– Elizabeth Diffin


This group of toys, perfect for kids 8 to 10 years old, featureseverything from build-your-own headphones to a light-up air powersoccer disk. You might want to take that one outdoors!

Nine gifts kids in late elementary will love

Ten must-have gifts for Chicago kids in late elementary

We know how it goes: the holiday season has arrived, so you’rein a race against time to find some gifts that a) your kids willactually like; b) fit your budget; and c) can be bought, wrappedand handed over to the munchkins sometime near the appropriateholiday.

So this year, we did the work for you. We visited 10 toy storesin 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 thebank in order to see that awed expression on your child’s face.

Here are the results for Late Elementary (8-10
years).

– Elizabeth Diffin


Your big kids might think they’re too old for toys this
year, but that’s because they haven’t seen these cool gifts. From
puzzles and games to unconventional crafts – and a portable
ping-pong table! – here are some they’ll be begging to try.

Four must-have gifts for Chicago tweens

We know how it goes: the holiday season has arrived, so you’rein a race against time to find some gifts that a) your kids willactually like; b) fit your budget; and c) can be bought, wrappedand handed over to the munchkins sometime near the appropriateholiday.

So this year, we did the work for you. We visited 10 toy storesin 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 thebank in order to see that awed expression on your child’s face.

Here are the results for Tweens (10 years and
up).

– Elizabeth Diffin


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