Cool Stuff

By Christine Davis

2018 Holiday Barbie Doll

This annual classic is a must-have for Barbie collectors. This year’s edition features a multi-tiered red dress with statement necklace, hair accessory and shoes. Available at Hudson’s Bay, Toys R Us, Real Canadian Superstore and Walmart. $59.99

Don’t Step In It game

Poop is funny and this game brings the hilarity to the next level with some rather messy consequences. Players attempt to not step in poop while wearing a blindfold. It’s easy to play and suitable for ages 4+. Available at Toys R Us. $24.99

Disney Princess Magical Movers Rapunzel’s Twirling Tower Adventures Playset

Watch Rapunzel twirl her way around her magical castle. She charges at the base and is activated by simply pulling the string. Available at major retailers. $49.99

Kidi Secrets Selfie Journal

Make a photo journal, write diary entries or record messages to keep them safe from prying eyes in this journal from VTech. Facial recognition software unlocks the journal, which includes a full suite of mini-apps including games, photo and video filters and more. Available at major retailers. $59.99

Kidi Star Karaoke Machine

You’ll be the star of the show with this machine from VTech that features a Music Magic mode that reduces or removes the main vocal track of songs. Offers easy connection of MP3 and mobile devices to play personal playlists and includes a disco light. Available at major retailers. $59.99

Tonka Power Movers Cement Mixer

Tonka trucks always make great gifts and this cement mixer is no exception. It features new Motion Drive Technology that creates sounds and lights when pushed forwards and backwards. Available at Home Hardware, Walmart and Toys R Us. $24.99

Antsy Pants Build and Play Kit – School Bus

Reinvent playtime with this kit that contains everything needed to build your own school bus. Made with durable poles and snap and click connectors to stay strong. Available at Indigo. $69.95

Lego Classic Creative Suitcase

Perfect for timeless Lego play, this set includes loose Lego bricks to inspire classic creative building. Available at major retailers. $19.99

Harry Potter Training Wand

Train like a wizard and learn 11 different spells with this wand that recognizes movement and offers five modes of play. Available at various retailers. $34.99

Fisher Price Think and Learn Rocktopus

Kids can explore a variety of musical styles while learning about instruments, rhythmic patterns and more. App compatible to create music videos. Available at Best Buy, Canadian Tire and $24.99

Indigokids Pajama Set

Give the gift of a cozy sleep with this set from Indigokids that features a Christmas tree strapped to the top of a red truck graphic on a soft cotton crewneck top. Available at Indigo and $24.95

My Audio Pet

These are the cutest and tiniest Bluetooth speakers that feature amazing sound quality with True Wireless Stereo functionality. It plays with enormous sound for its size and pairs with other pets for a true wireless stereo experience. Available at $39.99

Little books for art lovers

These books from The Quarto Group are packed with tips, techniques and art instruction on drawing, painting, lettering and more. Choose from such titles as: Folk Art Fusion, Little Book of Lettering & Word Design and Pocket Art: Portrait Drawings. Available at Amazon and Indigo. From $19.99

Nintendo Switch

Play Nintendo’s newest game console at home, on your TV or pop it out of the dock and take it on the go. It’s the best of both worlds and sure to be on every gamers’ wish list. Available at major retailers. $379.99

Hexbug Vex Battling Boxing Robots

Put those budding building skills to the test with this construction kit that promises an equally fun payoff when assembly is complete. Use the app to control the robot’s actions and challenge friends to matches. Available at mass and specialty retailers. From $116.99

Stocking Stuffers Bic Gel-ocity Quick Dry

This new gel pen from Bic offers a smooth writing experience in 13 bold colours and features fast drying ink for young artists. Available at major retailers. 8 pack $13.99

Crate Creatures Flingers

Unleash these fun, interactive pets from their cage then pull their tongues and fling them on the floor (not at other people) for monstrously fun sounds and interactions. Available at Toys R Us, Walmart and Indigo. $16.99

Lypsyl four pack

Stuff their stockings with lip balms that will moisturize and sooth. This four pack includes two original lip balms; One Sweet Mint & Basil Vegan Yummy Stick and one Passion Fruit & Chocolate Vegan Yummy Stick. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart. $5.79

Fingerlings Untamed T-Rex

The latest Fingerlings have more chomp! These newborn t-rexes come with two modes to play: Tamed for sweet nuzzles and untamed for wild roars, hisses and chomps. More than 40 sounds and animations make them a must-have. Available at Showcase. $24.99