Finding the perfect gifts certainly doesn’t get any easier as your kids grow up, and it’ll take more than a simple teddy bear to bring a light to your big kids’ eyes this holiday season! To help you find the perfect presents for your growing boys and girls, Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht brought some seriously cool toys to CBS New York. You’ll be shocked by the amazing things these toys can do!


28086 LLP S3 Bird Clever KeetLittle Live Pets Clever Keet (Moose Toys)

  • Clever Keet is the smartest bird that you’ll ever meet!
  • When kids first meet their bird, they can give him a name that he’ll remember.
  • He can record and repeat messages like the other birds in the Little Live Pets flock, and he can remember phrases and mash them up to create all new sentences.
  • Clever Keet can also swing on his perch, eat and drink on his own and dance in the mirror. He loves to move around on his cart, too!
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $59.99


Tech4Kids.3DCreationMaker3D Creation Maker (Tech 4 Kids)

  • Kids can turn gel designs into 3D creations!
  • Trace your own designs on a template and insert them into the Maker.
  • When enclosed, the gel becomes solid after only one minute from exposure to LED light.
  • Kids can connect finished pieces together to build multi-dimensional structures.
  • The 3D Maker uses light instead of heat for kid-safe play.
  • The gel is available in multiple colors.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.99


WickedCool.GirlScoutsCookieOvenGirl Scout Cookie Oven (Wicked Cool)

  • The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven lets aspiring bakers experience the hands-on fun of making their own Girl Scout-inspired cookies.
  • A real working oven, it comes complete with tools and mixes that allow kids (and adults!) to have fun and learn how to make cookies that remind you of the real thing.
  • It features a viewing window that lets bakers see the treats they’re making and a warming station to heat and melt delicious cookie coatings and frostings.
  • One of the fastest and most authentic toy ovens, the two PTC, ceramic, tiled heating elements will evenly bake the cookies. The patent-pending heating technology allows for anything to be baked like a real oven in just 15 minutes – 5 minutes to pre-heat and approximately 10 minutes to bake.
  • Comes with mix packets to create Thin Mints-inspired cookies, a spatula, a baking pan and “The Perfect Cookie” mL measuring tool.
  • A fun and educational way to experience the excitement of Girl Scout Cookie season all year long.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $59.99


Girl Scout Cookie-Inspired Flavor Mixes (Wicked Cool)GSCookieRefills

  • Kids can keep the fun going with Girl Scout Cookie-inspired mixes!
  • Basic Refill Packs give young bakers the opportunity to make cookies everyone will love.
  • Available flavors include Thin Mints, PB Sandwich, Trefoils, Chocolate PB, and Caramel Coconut. MSRP: $6.99
  • Deluxe Refill Packs include two popular flavors. Deluxe Refill Parks come in Thin Mints & Chocolate PB, Caramel Coconut & PB Sandwich, and Trefoils with Chocolate Shortbread and Lemon Cookies. MSRP: $14.99
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $59.99


ToyState.NikkoRCVaporizr2Nikko RC VaporizR 2 (Toy State)

  • The VaporizR 2 is the ultimate all terrain invention, tackling all kinds of conditions! Test its limits against water, rocks, or hills. This full functioning vehicle works on land, water, and snow.
  • True 4×4 power for play on water and terrain.
  • Max speed is 8.3 mph/15 km/hr.
  • Ready to run controller with batteries included.
  • Has a range for 15 meters/45 feet indoors, 20 meters/65 feet outdoors, and 15 meters/49 feet in water.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.99


 Crayola Creations Thread Wrapper (Crayola)Crayola.ThreadWrapper

  • What’s old is new again when you wrap your gear using the Crayola Thread Wrapper!
  • Use the included thread or upcycle old thread to give your favorite things a custom color makeover!
  • You can even color your own thread – the possibilities are endless!
  • Comes with a motorized threading unit, a re-threading attachment, 6 Crayola color spools of thread, 2 empty spools and 1 Fine Line Fabric Marker.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99


StarWars_Lego_FirstOrderTransporterLEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Order Transporter (LEGO)

  • Kids can build this vehicle with more than 792 LEGO pieces!
  • Lower the ramp, load the troopers and get ready to transport them into battle!
  • This heavily armored First Order Transporter is packed with cool features, like dual spring-loaded shooters and top-mounted dual-stud shooter.
  • Includes seven mini figures with their iconic weapons, including the highly anticipated Captain Phasma.
  • Ages: 9+
  • MSRP: $89.99


Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Millenium Falcon (Spin Master)SpinMaster.AirHogsMilleniumFalcon2

  • Now you can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs with the Flying Star Wars Millennium Falcon!
  • Fly the most iconic ship in the Star Wars universe right in your own backyard!
  • The Millennium Falcon takes flight with the power of 4 quad propellers concealed in the ducts of the ship. Its authentic lights and sounds bring the Millennium Falcon to life as you fly.
  • Activate Hyperspace mode on the remote control and hold on for a fully loaded hyperspace journey. If your deflector shields go down, you’re still in good shape; the Millennium Falcon is constructed from impact resistant foam making it resilient to a few photon torpedo hits.
  • With 2.4GHz communication, you can control the Millennium Falcon up to 200+ feet away! J
  • Join the rebellion, and bring Star Wars home with the Millennium Falcon Quad from Air Hogs!
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $49.99

About the author

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun is the editorial assistant at Adventure Publishing Group. He is a recent transplant from Ohio, and spends the bulk of his free time reading, running and exploring his new home in New York. When he’s not at home or in the office, he’s on a park bench somewhere, enjoying fresh air with his nose deep in a novel or magazine. With a lifelong interest in literature and art, Christopher loves any toy that helps kids share their creativity and imagination with family and friends. He thinks coloring books and crayons are necessary for a fulfilling life and no home is too small for a craft closet. To keep up with Christopher, follow him on Twitter @chrisjamesbraun.