Remote controlled cars are one of Santa’s favorite things to leave under the tree. (I’m certain he plays with them first.) Battle Machines R/C vehicles from Jada Toys are the first toy to combine laser tag combat with R/C racing. Each vehicle has an infrared laser and sensor. Shoot your opponent until their car is disabled with real-life sound effects and everything! Get ready for battle, $49.99-$59.99 for a pack of two, available wherever toys are sold and battlemachinesrc.com.
A game for LEGO maniacs
Bring the family to the table. The LEGO Creationary Game tests your imagination, creativity, building and guessing skills to the max. Roll the dice and show off your building skills while other players guess what you’re creating. If you build it there will be fun, $34.99, at most stores and amazon.com
Plug it in
The Mini Block iPod Speaker Dock from Land of Nod brings tunes to the playroom, in a most awesome way. The tiny speakers can be taken anywhere so they can always be moving to the beat. At such an affordable price, you’ll want to put this in everyone’s stocking. Available in blue, red, and yellow, $12.95, landofnod.com.
Shake it like a Polaroid picture
It’s retro and it gives ‘em photos of their friends in an instant. The Polaroid 300 Instant Camera is back and in three fun colors so your tween can express their style. Digital is so five minutes ago, $89.99, polaroid.com and target.com
Up to their arms
The Silly Bandz craze is still going strong. Stuff his stockings with Silly Bandz Marvel Shapes -every kid’s favorite superheroes, or even more awesome, get personal with the Build-A-Pack; pick 24 shapes to create a pack specifically for them! It’s so silly willy, $5.95 for 24, www.sillybandz.com.
Prints like checkerboard, peace signs, and camouflage are hip while these studio-inspired Rock-Out headphones give real professional sound for your teeny bopper. Let them turn the music up, $49, pbteen.com.
It’s movie night with this summer’s hit of fantasy and heroes- The Last Airbender combo pack includes a DVD, Blu-ray, and digital copy for watching on any laptop, iPod, or portable device. Bend their minds, $29.99, amazon.com.