It’s true that every holiday season boasts predictions of record-breaking, shelf-emptying toy sales, reminiscent of the Cabbage Patch Kids days of yore. This year, things are no different, with early leaders emerging from the pack. Read on for chart-topping toys, and some less-heralded but equally as exciting, sure to please the youngsters in your life.

It’s true that every holiday season boasts predictions of record-breaking, shelf-emptying toy sales, reminiscent of the Cabbage Patch Kids days of yore. 


This year, things are no different, with early leaders emerging from the pack. Read on for chart-topping toys, and some less-heralded but equally as exciting, sure to please the youngsters in your life.


Whooo’s there?


The cuddly Skip Hop Treetop Friends Hug & Hide Activity Owl keeps infants and babies entertained for hours. More than 10 mentally stimulating and fun activities are tucked inside this adorable creature, which deserves a top spot on your shopping list.


Price: $17.95


Ages: Younger than 11 months


Where to find: Barnes and Noble


Take Harry Potter to new levels


Strategy and creativity are top players in the Lego Hogwarts board game. Kids will construct their own Hogwarts castle and battle to be the first to turn in their homework despite shifting stairs, secret passageways and duels. The Harry Potter fan on your list will love this challenging game.


Price: $27.24


Ages: 8 to 14 years


Where to find: Amazon


If they build it …


Unleash a child’s creativity and imagination with the eco-friendly and eye-pleasing bamboo Organeco Blocks. The endless construction possibilities keep kids entertained as they grow.


Price: $68.79


Ages: 1 to 5 years


Where to find: www.fatbraintoys.com


Let’s rock   


The latest addition to the cast of Elmo characters is Let’s Rock Elmo! Our furry red monster takes to the stage with his very own microphone, a tambourine and a drum set. Kids select which instrument Elmo plays and can jive to one of the six songs he plays.


Price: $59.99


Ages: 18 months to 3 years


Where to find: Toys R Us, Target and similar stores


When fish fly


One of the coolest gadgets around for entertaining crowds of kids or adults, the Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Clownfish offers hours of fun. Fill it with helium for a full two weeks of a flying good time.


Price: $37.99


Ages: 3 and older


Where to find: www.amazon.com


Make it up as you go along    


The endless storytelling possibilities that come in every game of Rory’s Story Cubes are sure to inspire creative minds. With a roll of the cubes, you’ll watch the youngster on your list take the tale in another direction, while sharpening problem-solving skills and perfecting speaking and listening skills. A great option for party ice-breakers or for travel, all ages can enjoy this game. 


Price: $5.24


Ages: 8 and older


Where to find: www.newegg.com