Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gifts for Kids 6-10

Big kids are hard to impress, so we found the coolest toys that are guaranteed to knock their socks off! By Danielle Friedland

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AHOY MATEY PIRATE COLLECTION KIDDIE PLAY PACK

AHOY MATEY PIRATE COLLECTION KIDDIE PLAY PACK

Perfect for school or just toting around their favorite cars and books, this waterproofed cotton canvas backpack has one main section that closes with Velcro plus one zippered pocket.
Age Range: 18+ months
Get It: Sugar Booger, $20 (get free shipping on orders over $50 with code celebrityblog)

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XEKO MISSION: CHINA AND GIANT PANDA XEKO PAL STARTER SET

XEKO MISSION: CHINA AND GIANT PANDA XEKO PAL STARTER SET

Imagine a board game, a role playing game and a trading card game all rolled up in one. Oh and your kid will learn about China and its ecology.
Age Range: 8+ years
Get It: Xeko, $25, Booster packs $4

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Q-BA-MAZE

Q-BA-MAZE

This is the toy of the season. Imagine a marble run crossed with a construction toy that has a countless number of designs your child can build. Note: To make this design, you need three 50-packs.

Age Range: 5+ years

Get It: Q-BA-MAZE, $20/20-pack, $40/50-pack

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ALL ABOUT ME SECRET KEEPER TREASURE BOX AND STATIONERY SET

ALL ABOUT ME SECRET KEEPER TREASURE BOX AND STATIONERY SET

Every little girl loves a secret, and this treasure box is full of them. It comes with a mini notebook and pen, 64 stickers and 20 fold-and-seal notes. One box even has a secret drawer. No peeking, now!
Age Range: 6+ years
Get It: Peaceable Kingdom Press, $15
We Also Like: Fisher-Price Color Me Gemz Jewelry Box, 5+ years, $25

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THE BOOK OF TIME OUTS

THE BOOK OF TIME OUTS

That's trouble with a capital 'T'! Next time you spring a child from time-out captivity, sit down to read about some of history's biggest troublemakers, from Babe Ruth to Cleopatra.

Age Range: 6-9 years

Get It: Simon amp Schuster, $16

We Also Like: For ages 4-8: The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry, $21; Big, Bigger and Biggest Trucks and Diggers, $15.

For ages 8-12

Pirate's Log: A Handbook for Aspiring Swashbucklers, $16

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DISCOVERY MAGIC SET

DISCOVERY MAGIC SET

It's hard to find magic kits for kids as young as 6, but Melissa amp Doug has done it with this wooden version that includes four beginner tricks. (Side effects may include improved confidence and fine motor skills.)

Age Range: 6+ years

Get It: Melissa amp Doug, Melissa amp Doug, $20

We Also Like: Discovery Bay Games Potions, 8+ years, $15

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WHAT'S A DRAGON ART FOLIO

WHAT'S A DRAGON ART FOLIO

This mini art folio keeps each crayon and drawing pad tucked in. It will keep your kids busy and creative whether home or on the road.
Age Range: 3+ years
Get It: The Piggy Story, $20 (save 10% with code HLDY08 through 12/31/08)
We Also Like: Alex Toys My Giant Busy Box, 2+ years, $20

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BILINGUAL ZINGO

BILINGUAL ZINGO

Yo quiero zany bingo (ZINGO!) en Español! Find English words on one side of the cards and Spanish on the other. The Zingo Zinger deals out tiles and players have to match them.
Age Range: 3-8 years
Get It: ThinkFun, $17

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PLAYMOBIL CIRCUS RING

PLAYMOBIL CIRCUS RING

The circus has a colorful cast of characters – from the animal trainer to the dog act, and even a clown who squirts water from his flower.
Age Range: 4+ years
Get It: Playmobil, Toys R Us, $80

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DELUXE SLEEPING BEAUTY COSTUME FOR GIRL AND DOLL

DELUXE SLEEPING BEAUTY COSTUME FOR GIRL AND DOLL

It's not necessarily a bad thing when your daughter wants to wear her princess costume every day, as long as it's machine washable! Little Adventures' costumes are high quality but inexpensive, comfy and easy to care for.
Age Range: 1-9 years
Get It: Little Adventures, Little Dress Up Shop, $37 (includes free shipping)

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WILD REPTILES STICKER ACTIVITY TOTE

WILD REPTILES STICKER ACTIVITY TOTE

Compact, reusable sticker kits are perfect for kids on the go: Smart parents use them on planes and even in restaurants!
Age Range: 3+ years
Get It: Peaceable Kingdom Press, $9

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ETCH A SKETCH 100TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

ETCH A SKETCH 100TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Can you believe Etch A Sketch is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year? This special collector's edition features a bronze screen, metallic red frame and gold-colored knobs and comes in a commemorative tin.
Age Range: 4+ years
Get It: Ohio Arts, World of Toys, $25

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STEFAN SPECKSCHWARTE

STEFAN SPECKSCHWARTE

SigiKid is a Bavarian toy company that has been making high-quality plushes since 1968. Younger kids will love to snuggle and touch the richly textured animals, but older kids are sure to fall for these more grown-up creatures.
Age Range: 5+ years
Get It: SigiKid, $93

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METEORLIGHT L.E.D. BALL

METEORLIGHT L.E.D. BALL

Imagine a superball that lights up from within. Who do you think will be more excited by this light-up bouncy ball – your kids or your pet?
Age Range: 5+ years
Get It: NiteIze, $10

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MONKEY SCARF

MONKEY SCARF

For the little monkey in your life, a fun fleece scarf with a monkey on one end and a banana on the other! Be sure to check out the other designs – they're all adorable!
Age Range: 3+ years
Get It: Aardvark, http://www.kitsel.com/aardvark.html, Canada, $15 (save 10% with code CBB through 12/15/08)
We Also Like: Hanna Andersson Reversible Sweaters, 1-12 years, $60

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SMENCILS HOLIDAY SET

SMENCILS HOLIDAY SET

Here are some pencils your kids won't be bummed to unwrap. Made of recycled newspaper, they’re soaked in environmentally-friendly holiday fragrances like Cinnamon, Sugar Plum, Candy Cane, Gingerbread and Sugar Cookie. Unlike other scented writing utensils, the scent transfers to the paper.
Age Range: 5+ years
Get It: International Arrivals, $5

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BOOKS: WILD WEST BANANZA and WEE LITTLE CHICK

BOOKS: WILD WEST BANANZA and WEE LITTLE CHICK

Paul Frank's iconic monkey, Julius, is shaking up a Wild West town where everything's the same. It's completely bananas. Wee Little Chick proves that you don't have to be the biggest of the spring chickens to accomplish a lot. And that's no chicken feed.
Age Range: 3-6, 2-6 years
Get It: Chronicle Books, $13 (save 25% and get free shipping with code CELEBBABY through 12/31/08)
We Also Like: For ages 2-5: In Town All Year Round, $17, Farmer Brown's Barnyard, $19, Giant Play and Learn Book, $20, Predators: A Pop-up Book with Revolutionary Technology, $28
For ages 4-8: Dora's Magical Adventures: A Carry-Along Boxed Set, $11, Madeline and the Cats of Rome, $12, Usborne Sticker Dolly Dressing Princesses, $9

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WILDLIFE AND SEA ANIMALS

WILDLIFE AND SEA ANIMALS

We love the baby wildlife additions to Schleich's realistic 1:20 scale high quality, hand-painted collection. What's cuter than tiger and lion cubs frolicking?
Age Range: 3+ years
Get It: Schleich, Kites, Tails amp Toys, $3-$5.50 (save $10 on purchases over $50 with Schleich50)

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YO GABBA GABBA PLUSH PALS

YO GABBA GABBA PLUSH PALS

Your pint-sized Yo Gabba Gabba! fan will love receiving a 7-inch Gabba plush bean bag pal. Choose from Plex, Too Dee, Brobee, Foofa and Muno!
Age Range: 2+ years
Get It: Spinmaster, Round Table Toys, $9

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50TH ANNIVERSARY BUILDING SET

50TH ANNIVERSARY BUILDING SET

If LEGO is 50 that makes us… well… we won't say. This set comes in retro packaging, with a single gold brick in honor of the 50th anniversary. It's a timeless toy that will entertain the generations together.
Age Range: 4+ years
Get It: LEGO Shop, $40
We Also Like: Royal Guards Skittles Set, 5+ years, $89

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DISNEY HANNAH MONTANA AWESOME ADVENTURES STORYBOOK & MUSICAL MICROPHONE

DISNEY HANNAH MONTANA AWESOME ADVENTURES STORYBOOK & MUSICAL MICROPHONE

For the girl who can't get enough of Miley Cyrus or her alter ego, this book has four episode-based stories and a microphone pre- programmed for some sing-along fun.
Age Range: 5-12 years
Get It: Reader's Digest, $16

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FLOWER POWER BEAD SET

FLOWER POWER BEAD SET

For the little jeweler in your house, this bead set is easy for little fingers to thread thanks to a stiff string that doubles as a needle.
Age Range: 3+ years
Get It: Melissa amp Doug, $6
We Also Like: For older kids: Fisher-Price Color Me Gemz Necklace or Bracelet Set, 5+ years, $8

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KARITO KIDS TRAVEL CHARMERS

KARITO KIDS TRAVEL CHARMERS

Travel Charmers are smaller, soft, lower-cost versions of the original Karito Kids dolls. These little globe-trotters are dressed in international fashions and come with a Jibbitz-style charm that your little girl can add to the bracelet (sold separately) or her Crocs!
Age Range: 3+ years
Get It: Kids Give, Karito Kids, $20
We Also Like: Corolle Calin Naïma, 18+ months, $31

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MAKE YOUR OWN SHRINKY DINKS

MAKE YOUR OWN SHRINKY DINKS

This jewelry kit includes five sheets of Shrinky Dink film, colored pencils and all the trappings to make a necklace and bracelet.
Age Range: 7+ years
Get It: Creativity For Kids, $7

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MONSTERS AND CUTIES

MONSTERS AND CUTIES

For kids who can't yet read, this set of more than 50 cool magnets from the Magnetic Poetry folks are fun to arrange on the fridge and use to make up stories.
Age Range: 3+ years
Get It: Magnetic Poetry, $8
We Also Like: Magnetic Poetry Pirate Ship, 3+ years, $10

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TRUE TO LIFE CRAYONS

TRUE TO LIFE CRAYONS

Have your kids ever wanted to draw a sunset but have been disappointed their traditional crayons don't quite cut it? These twistable crayons will help them capture lifelike colors that they see in nature.
Age Range: 3+ years
Get It: Crayola Store, $3
We Also Like: For toddlers: Crayola Beginnings TaDoodles First Marks, 18+ months, $6.50

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