2010 Holiday Gift Guide - Hottest toys

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* Girls of every age collect Barbie by Mattel, and the 2010 Holiday Barbie ($39.99, age 6 and older) will be on their wish lists. This season’s Barbie is dressed in a lovely tricolored gown with a white, red and gold embroidered bodice with a romantic, full tulle overlay skirt accented with a to-the-floor curled red ribbon. Barbie wears a sparkly red-and-gold headband, drop earrings and red shoulder wrap to cover the backless gown while dashing through the snow to the ball.

* Ariel is getting a brand-new Grotto at Disney World, and she has her own My First Disney Princess Ariel Toddler Doll ($32.49, age 3 and older). The My First Princess Dolls by Jakks Pacific feature the Disney Princesses as they might have looked as children. The 14-inch doll’s arms, legs and body are larger than on a typical fashion doll, so it’s easier to grasp and play with the doll. Ariel comes dressed in her signature blue-and-aquamarine dress, blue-and-silver crown and blue slip-on shoes. Also available separately are Aurora, Belle, Cindy and Cinderella dolls

* It’s hard to believe, but Dora the Explorer is celebrating her 10th anniversary, and Fisher-Price’s We Did It Dora ($39.99, age 3 and older) pays homage to the original We Did It Dora doll, released in 2002. While that doll swayed back and forth to the music, the 2010 version sings her song while swaying and swinging her long black hair, engaging children with four modes of play: the “We Did It” dance teach-me mode, “We Did It” song and dance, a freeze dance game, and “Say it Two Ways” bilingual dance game. Dora is dressed in her signature orange-and-pink outfit with white tennis shoes.

* Forget the tea party, invite your friends for a chill party with Girl Gourmet’s Chill Treats Dessert Maker ($42.99, age 6 and older). The Chill Treats Dessert Maker comes with the fixings to make eight to 12 servings, including vanilla and chocolate mousse-mix packets and toppings, including sprinkles, rainbow sours, dot sprinkles, candy dots and more.

The package comes complete with a mixing bowl, scooper, spatula, topping-bar tray, topping containers, serving cups, spoons and recipe cards. The Chill Treats Dessert Maker also works with your own treats, including ice cream, sorbet, yogurt and pudding. Additional mousse-mix packets and toppings are available separately.


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