Happy Holidays! Hope Mark Montano got you up to speed on this year’s hottest gifts and gadgets. Below you’ll find more information on the items he discussed.
“This holiday season marks the 10 year anniversary of Barbie™ Entertainment, with Barbie™ A Perfect Christmas,” the 22nd title in the popular Barbie™ direct-to-video franchise, starring Barbie™ and her sisters Skipper™, Stacie™ and Chelsea™. As the girls set out on a vacation to New York, a snowstorm turns their plans into an unexpected adventure far away from the dream holiday trip they’d had in mind. Stranded in the tiny town of Tannenbaum, the sisters surprisingly discover new friends, holiday fun and magical experiences. To show their appreciation to the town, Barbie™ and her sisters use their musical talents to put on a fantastic performance. In the end, Barbie™ and her sisters learn the heartwarming lesson that the joy of being together is what really makes a perfect Christmas.
ARP: $14.95 | Age: 3+ | Available: November 2011
Barbie™ A Perfect Christmas Barbie® Doll
In the all-new movie “Barbie™ A Perfect Christmas,” Barbie™ and her sisters put on a rockin’ concert for the small town of Tannenbaum. Girls can recreate the movie’s musical finale with Barbie™ A Perfect Christmas® Barbie® doll. Wearing a beautiful, candy cane inspired glittery dress, Barbie® doll is accessorized with fabulous “jewelry” and faux fur for a truly glam holiday look.
ARP: $18.99 | Age: 3+ | Available: Exclusively at Target
Barbie™ A Perfect Christmas Dolls & Stage
Girls will have a blast recreating their favorite scenes from “Barbie™ A Perfect Christmas” in this fun musical four-pack gift set featuring Barbie®doll and her sisters Skipper®, Stacie® and Chelsea®. Wearing outfits inspired by Christmas ornaments, the sisters come together on stage to sing “Deck the Halls” in their own harmony. By plugging each doll into the stage, girls can hear the sisters singing in their own voices. Girls will have hours of fun re-enacting the magic of the movie finale by plugging each doll on stage and hear their singing voices individually harmonized – with all four ultimately singing together.
ARP: $54.99| Age: 3+ | Available: Exclusively at Target
Barbie™ A Perfect Christmas Chelsea® Doll Assortment
Girls can play out winter fun with the “Barbie™ A Perfect Christmas” story Chelsea® doll assortment featuring different holiday clothing themes including, Ice Skating-themed Chelsea® doll wears a festive snowflake-inspired skating dress with winter white skates. Snow Day Chelsea® doll wears a Christmas ornament-inspired dress and girly pink ear muffs.
ARP: $6.99 | Age: 3+ | Available: Exclusively at Target
‘Roll out’ and get hands on the biggest building set in the KRE-O line up: the KRE-O TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME set. Complete with more than 500 pieces, the largest amount featured in any of the 2011 KRE-O sets, builders can assemble the popular OPTIMUS PRIME character in ‘vehicle’ mode as the notable semi-hauler or in ‘robot’ mode to create the leader of the AUTOBOTS. When in ‘vehicle’ mode, the truck’s removable cab converts into a mini-command station and the trailer opens to fit the two motorcycles and five unique KREON figures included with the set. The trailer can also be disassembled and built into a command center playset for the KREON figures. When in ‘robot’ mode, builders can blast into action with a projectile launching brick! The KRE-O TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME set includes orange traffic cones and cool decorative decals. Available at most major retailers nationwide and www.HasbroToyShop.com.
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up /Approx. Retail Price: $59.99/Available: Summer 2011)
You can’t go wrong with tech gifts. From computers to phones to e-readers to ipods and ipads, everybody from mom, dad and teenagers all want some type of tech gift.
For the DIYer in your life there is the Dremel Saw-Max. It’s a compact, handheld saw that allows users to make precise, straight cuts with confidence in a variety of materials. At one-third of the size and weight of a traditional circular saw, the tool enables easy, one-handed operation and allows for detailed work in tight spaces.
KIDS 10 AND UNDER
Tennis is the perfect gift to give children this holiday season…it’s fun, easy, and can be played almost anywhere…the playground, a sidewalk or driveway, and even indoors.
In the spirit of getting kids more active, The United States Tennis Association (USTA), which hosts one of the greatest sporting events in the world…the US Open, is now offering free 1- year junior memberships to kids ten and younger, new to the USTA. Kids will receive Bounce, a quarterly newsletter and access to play fun programs in their area.
And to play “real tennis” kids need the right equipment. With 10 and Under Tennis, parents can now purchase the right-sized tennis equipment for their kids including – smaller, lighter racquets and softer, lower bouncing balls – at a local sporting goods store, at one of the large discount retailers or online.
To learn more information about the USTA’s free membership for kids or where to buy equipment, go to www.givethegiftoftennis.com. Join the fun!!