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8 unique toy ideas for the holidays

Slay Your Day: Holiday Toy Edition
Toy of the Year Awards
Posted at 10:57 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 10:57:16-05

JUPITER, Fla. — If you are still shopping for your kid's holiday wishlist Jennifer Lynch, a toy trends specialist at the Toy Association has some unique ideas for you. Each of the toys on her list has been nominated for the Toy of the Year Awards (for which you can vote).

1) Big Gem Diamond Painting: Magical, Faber-Castell USA
(Ages 6+, $14.99)
Nominee for Creative Toy of the Year

· Adult diamond painting uses colorful small gems to complete a coded picture.
· Big Gem Diamond Painting transforms the inviting adult activity into a creative project for kids.
· Place colorful big Gems on the themed stickers and suncatchers – without any glue.
· It’s easy, fun and made just for kids.

2) Healthy Roots Dolls: Zoe Doll, Healthy Roots Dolls
(ages 6+, $79.99)
Nominee for Doll of the Year
· Zoe's hair is specially designed with curl power, allowing it to be washed and styled like real hair.
· Kids can use real products and try out countless styles from puffs to box braids.
· With Zoe, kids can learn step by step how to love every single one of their curls.

3) Rainbow High Fashion Dolls, MGA Entertainment
(ages 6+, $26.99)
Nominee for Doll of the Year
· Ruby Anderson, Poppy Rowan, Sunny Madison, Jade Hunter, Skyler Bradshaw and Violet Willow – are the beautifully bold, fashion-forward students at Rainbow High.
· They’re bringing amazing fashion to the halls of Rainbow High and fans have noticed!
· With the debut of six new Rainbow High dolls, fans can #CollectTheRainbow!

4) Deep-Sea Adventure, The Manhattan Toy Company
(ages 12+ months, $116.00)
Nominee for Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year
· This wood activity center is packed full of exciting features!
· The Jellyfish inspired design boasts four quadrants that include loads of activities: gliders, bead runs, spinning gears, springy coral, and clacking clams.
· Multiple kiddos can play at one time while encouraging motor development and cause and effect learning!

5) Squeakee, Moose Toys
(ages 5+, $59.99)
Nominee for Innovative Toy of the Year
· Squeakee is an interactive balloon pet that’s part dog, part balloon.
· The first and only toy of its kind, Squeakee bursts with personality with over 60 sounds, movements and multiple touch sensors.
· Play with Squeakee, feed him, and train Squeakee with his ball –he listens and responds to your voice.

6) Ultimate Go-Kart, Radio Flyer
(ages 3-8, $299.99)
Nominee for Outdoor Toy of the Year
· Inspire hours of outdoor play with the Ultimate Go-Kart, featuring a 24-V battery with three forward speed settings (2.5, 5 and 8mph) and automatic braking.
· Kids will stay safe with the parent-controlled speed lock, seat belt and high-visibility racing flag.
· The XL racing slick rear wheels are perfect for drifting.

7) Shore Buddies, Shore Buddies
(ages 0+, $19.95)
Nominee for Plush of the Year
· Shore Buddies is a line of adorable plush made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
· The bottles get cleaned and shredded into plastic flakes, which are used for the Shore Buddies’ stuffing, or turned into yarn for the soft outside.
· It takes six plastic bottles to make one 12” Shore Buddy.

8) Whatsitsface, Whatsitsface
(ages 1-7, $24.99)
Nominee for Plush of the Year
· Whatsitsface is the emotional plush with six facial expressions.
· With a simple turn of a knob or a flip of a face, each Whatsitsface plush toy features six separate faces - offering your child endless opportunities to create new imaginative play scenarios while having fun and developing emotional intelligence.