Perfect gifts for the girls and toddlers on your list

Great toys for your toddler and little girl. Photo: Toys for Toddlers

Many parents remember when Tickle-Me-Elmo was introduced. It was one of the hottest toys of 1996, fetching up to $1,500 when supplies were too small for surging demand and causing stampedes at toy stores before Christmas.

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Producers have learned to manage supply a little faster, so parents won’t need to take out loans to buy this year’s hot toys. And one of the hottest is brought to us from Just Play, the Tickled Pink Minnie Mouse.

Minnie’s popularity has surged through the Disney Channel’s “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Minnie’s Bow Toons.” A whole new generation of girls loves Minnie and wants everything Minnie. 

The Tickled Pink Minnie Mouse is great for this group because it is a plush doll that laughs and lights up when squeezed then tickled. The extra requirement of squeezing the hand before tickling helps insure parents’ sanity from an endless stream of unintentional Minnie giggles. A simple squeeze to the hand will also make Minnie talk. Ages 3+ MSRP $24.99

Based on the animal characters introduced in the popular Disney Princess Palace Pets app, children can now have their favorite palace pet at their side. These are smaller version of the pets, and when children press the button on the pet’s collar, each animal with talk and sing, bringing the app character to life.

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The Disney Princess Palace Pets Talking & Singing are hard plastic pets with fluffy, groomable tales. Each talking and singing pet comes with a brush and tiara. Three of the pets are available in as Talking & Singing Pets: Snow White’s rabbit, Berry; Cinderella’s puppy, Pumpkin; and Ariel’s kitten, Treasure.

The second type of Disney Princess Palace Pet available is the Glitter and Glitz line.

They are much larger than the Talking & Singing Pets and are stuffed animals covered with sparkles and have long fluffy tails for grooming. These are a good option for the stuffed animal, princess loving girls who want to cuddle with their animal toys. The Gliter and Glitz pets are: Ariel’s kitten, Treasure and Belle’s puppy, Teacup. The entire line of toys in the Disney Princess Palace Pets has been included in’s Most Wanted Holiday Toys.

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Ages 4+ MSRP $29.99 for Disney Princess Palace Pets Glitz & Glitz, $12.99 for Disney Princess Palace Pets Talking & Singing.

This is a great gift for the snow lover who lives in a region that does not receive enough to satisfy.

Snowtime Anytime Snowballs

Snowtime Anytime Snowballs

Snowtime Anytime Snowballs are made of soft squishy material that somehow feels like actual snow packing under your fingertips when you squeeze the balls.  The soft balls are perfect for snowball fights at any time and any place. You can safely have snowball fights indoors or in the backyard.

And what fun would a snowball fight be without a fort?

Snowtime Anytime also has an inflatable snow fort and inflatable snow castle available to provide you shelter during the barrage. If the snowballs start looking more like dingy slush balls after use, simply throw them in the washing machine on the gentle cycle to clean, and dry on a towel or using the light cycle in the dryer. 

Snowtime Anytime Snowballs are perfect for family fun, inside or out at anytime in the year.

Ages 3+ MSRP: 20 snowballs $20.00; 40 snowballs $39.00; Inflatable Snow Fort or Snow Castle $39.95.

The characters from this popular Disney Junior show come to life with Doc MacStuffins Magic Talkin’ Doc & Friends.

This seven piece set comes with Doc McStuffins, Lambie and Stuffy dolls, along with a clinic table, doctor’s bag, and two of Doc’s medical tools.

When Doc’s stethoscope is pressed she sings the “Time to Get a Check Up” song.  When placed on the check-up table, Lambie and Stuffy speak, as well and will sing the “I Feel Better” song” together.

Named a toy “Hot in Play” by this will be sure to be a hit with your budding doc. Ages 3+ MSRP $39.

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