For the Kids

 
Desk Pets CarBot, $29.99,
Toys R Us, toysrus.com

CarBot is a micro robotic racecar that can be controlled with your Smartphone. By downloading a free app and using the SmartPhone adapter (included), kids can choose from three different play modes. The CarBot ultimate challenge tests users’ maze-solving skills by avoiding obstacles, and multiple robots can race each other because of the different color selections. This is probably one that may go to the office with Dad as well.
Nerf Firevision Football, $24, Toys R Us,
toysrus.com

Microprism Technology brings children a new spin on an old classic. NERF Sports Firevision Football adds glow to your game with glowing streaks of light throughout the ball. When you activate the Firevision ball with a pair of Firevision Frames, you can see the glow up to 100 feet away. The color of the glow depends on whether you wear the red or green Firevision Frames. No more quitting the game when the sun is setting.
Spiketus Rex Backpack, $60,
MadPax, madpax.com

Any kid would love these prehistoric looking backpacks. The adjustable padded shoulder straps with ladder strap provide comfort, and the faux leather exterior can be hand washed. MadPax also offers the Bubble packs and the Lator Gator model, which features cool reptile print.
Penguin Clothbound Classics, $20 each, us.penguingroup.com
With all the gaming systems, apps, gizmos and gadgets out there for children, let’s not forget about how much fun a great book can be. The clothbound classics from Penguin make literature beautiful with gorgeous patterns stamped on linen cases, colored endpapers and ribbon markers. You can pick and choose your favorites from Gulliver’s Travels and Little Women to Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities. It will give the kids a break from technology for a while.
The North Face Lil’ Crympt Down Jacket, $130, Dick’s Sporting Goods, dickssportinggoods.com
The kiddos will experience optimum warmth in The North Face Lil’ Crympt down jacket. Stretch fleece side panels allow for freedom of movement, and the insulation is 550 fill down. The bright colors make it easy to spot them on the slopes.
12V Mercedes Benz G55 AMG Ride-On,
$339.88, Sam’s Club, samsclub.com

This is the official licensed kid’s battery-operated version of the Mercedes Benz G55 AMG. Not only can this mini SUV propel two passengers at a cruising speed of 5 mph, but also entertains riders with a real working FM radio and horn and an MP3 outlet. The real deal will run adults more than $100,000.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn
Apptivity Monkey, $29.99,
Toys R Us, toysrus.com

This little guy is the best of both worlds for much younger kids. It’s a cuddly friend to snuggle with plus an interactive learning device. Just put your iPhone or iPod Touch into the case located in the monkey’s stomach and twist the lock. Pressing the monkey’s hands, feet or the app on the screen will start educational songs, tunes and fun phrases.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn
Apptivity Monkey, $29.99,
Toys R Us, toysrus.com

This little guy is the best of both worlds for much younger kids. It’s a cuddly friend to snuggle with plus an interactive learning device. Just put your iPhone or iPod Touch into the case located in the monkey’s stomach and twist the lock. Pressing the monkey’s hands, feet or the app on the screen will start educational songs, tunes and fun phrases.