A holiday toy guide to the perfect gifts

2-in-1 LeapTop Touch (Photo: The Toy Insider)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The holidays are just around the corner,and lots of people are starting their shopping now.

Eyewitness News talked to Maddie Michalik, a toy expert for The Toy Insider, to help you pick gifts for your kids.

Home Run Toys for Toddlers and Infants (Ages 0-3)

  • Rockin Rider Baby Rockers (Tek Nek): It's a stuffed plush rocking animal that assist with sitting up and maintaining balance. With nearly a dozen animal designs, which all play popular lullaby melodies, there's an option for every kid. MSRP: $79.99-89.99.
    Ernie the Elephant Baby Rocker (Photo: My Rockin' Rider)
  • Crayola Kids@Work Crayon Tube (Amloid): An over-sized crayon tube filled with 80 building blocks is perfect for every little builder. The crayon tubes come in classic Crayola colors, and provide an easy way for the little ones to clean up. MSRP: $24.99.
    Crayola Crayon Tube (Photo: The Toy Insider)

  • Go! Go! Smart Friends Shimmering Seashell Castle (VTech): Explore under the sea with mermaid Pearl. This set comes with a mini sand castle, a seahorse, a dolphin and a vanity. MSRP: 39.99.
    GO! GO! Smart Friends Seashell Castle (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • BB Junior My First RC (Maistro): Take your pick from the Jeep or Ferrari versions, and get to driving. These cars run with a controller with forward and backward buttons, motion-sensored left and right driving, a horn sound, and headlight and taillights. MSRP: $40.
    BB Junior My First RC (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • 2-in-1 LeapTop Touch (LeapFrog): Learn about letters, numbers, music and more on the perfect age-appropriate laptop. There's a laptop mode, which features a full A-Z and 1-10 keyboard, and a tablet mode which features a touch screen. MSRP: $24.99.
    LeapTop Touch (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach 'n Tag Movi (Fisher-Price): It's an interactive buddy that not only works the brain, but gets kids moving, too. This 360-mobility device will help kids develop gross motor skills, listening skills and learn the ability to follow directions. MSRP: $49.99.
    Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi (Photo: Fisher-Price)
  • Jumbo Tidy Town Chair (TCG): With designs including Cars, Thomas, Mickey, Minnie and Hot Wheels, your child can have their favorite friends in their room, and you'll have an extra storage space. The seat opens up to become a spacious storage compartment for toys and other things. MSRP: $24.99.
    Jumbo Tidy Town Chair (Photo: The Toy Insider)

Best Bets for the Wish List (Ages 4-7)

  • Crayola Color Wonder Light Brush (Crayola): It's just like painting without all the mess. Color Wonder paints are technically clear and only work on specialty paper. They won't color skin, carpet or furniture. The magic light illuminates identify the paint color. MSRP: $19.99.
    Crayola Color Wonder Light Brush (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • Star Wars Forces of Destiny 11-in Adventure Figure Assortment (Hasbro): Action figures are a classic staple in kid toys. Get the littlest Star Wars fans their favorite characters, which each come with a special friend like R2-D2, an Ewok or BB-8. MSRP: $19.99.
    Star Wars Forces of Destiny Adventure Figures (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • Barbie Fundamental Chemistry Set (Thames & Kosmos): This portable science lab is great for Barbie lovers who also show early interest in STEM. It comes with six safe potions to experiment with that demonstrate scientific principles. MSRP: $29.95.
    Barbie Fundamental Chemistry Set (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • Makin Station by Compound Kings (WeCool): These days, if you have a kid, chances are you've also made slime. This kit makes it easy to create a super stretchy slime-like substance with only two ingredients: powder and water. The set includes 4 colors and 6 glitter options. MSRP: $19.99.

  • Smooshy Mushy (RedwoodVentures): Smooshy Mushy pets are a collectible line of squishy, slow-rising surprises. Each collectible set includes a scented pet and a "bestie" food item. There are 24 total to collect, and they all come with stickers, a carrying container and a collectible poster. MSRP: $9.99.
    Smooshy Mushy Pets (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • Fingerlings (WowWee): They're adorable pets that you'll have wrapped around your finger. The wearable toy baby monkeys have blinking eyes, turning heads and make sounds so their owners know how they feel. MSRP: $14.99.
    Fingerlings (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker (Jakks Pacific): Make your own chocolate eggs with surprises inside. Perfect for gift giving, or making a chocolate treat for yourself. MSRP: $19.99.
    Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker (Photo: The Toy Insider)

Hot Toys for Hip Kids (Ages 8-16)

  • Soft'N Slo Squishies (ORB): Squishable, squeezable desserts based on a new trend out of Japan. They're collectible items and kids can try to find the entire sweet shop, limited edition holographic seal, or themed "gross desserts" with gross surprises. MSRP: $5.99-$14.99.
    Soft'N Slo Squishy Desserts
  • Splatoon Splattershot Blaster (Jakks Pacific): If your kids love playing Splatoon on Nintendo Wii U, they'll love this chance to turn the shooter game into real life. These blasters shoot water-based ink up to 30 feet and come with a pair of inkling goggles. MSRP: $29.99.
    Splatoon Splattershot Blaster (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • SoundMoovz (Cra-Z-Art): It's just like the name of the toy suggests—these bands make sounds when you move. It's a motion-activated wearable device where kids can choose from more than 400 sounds and start moving to make original music. MSRP: $69.99.
    SoundMoovz (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • Merge Cube (Merge VR): The world's first holographic object kids merges virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. Download an app to view the cube through your device's camera, and watch the cube come to life. MSRP: $14.99.
    Merge Cube (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 (LEGO): This video game features 18 Marvel locations, an original storyline, and iconic heroes and villains every Marvel fan has come to know and love. It's a four-player game, so friends and family can join in on the fun. MSRP: $59.99.
    LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron's X-Wing Bluetooth Speaker (eKids): This wireless speaker will connect to Bluetooth devices up to 30 feet. It's got great powerful sound and has a speakerphone feature so users can answer and end calls. The fact that it looks like a Starfighter is just a plus. MSRP: $49.99.
    Star Wars Bluetooth Speaker (Photo: The Toy Insider)
  • DROPMIX Music Gaming System (Hasbro): This game gives you a new way to mix music and complete against your friends. Players drop cards on the board that sample different elements of popular songs from artists like Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Ed Sheeran, Sam Hunt and The Weeknd. MSRP: $99.99.
    DROPMIX Music Gaming System (Photo: The Toy Insider)
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