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10 Awesome Toys for the Holiday Wish List

  1. Marbotic interactive learning system $90

1.	Marbotic interactive learning system

Basically, it’s a very great toy for toddlers because it lets them hold physical objects such as letters and numbers and interact with them using their tablet. It includes 10 wooden numbers and 26 letters. It will help kids learn how to spell, write, count, and do basic math. The kid should grab a letter, put it on top of the tablet, and then it will appear onscreen as well as speak out the corresponding phonetic sound.

  1. XPV Xtreme skateboard $50

XPV Xtreme skateboard

This is an unorthodox remote-controlled vehicle. Not a car. Not a helicopter. But a skateboard. Designed to do crazy stunts, it can go up to a crazy 14 mile per hour speed! That comes in at a 100-foot range.

  1. Barbie DreamHorse $100

Barbie DreamHorse

I don’t think anyone imagined of an advanced Barbie play set. Well here it is! The robotic horse has a seat for one Barbie. It responds to touch and voice control! You can even feed it small plastic carrots, and it will crunch on it! You can experiment with over 20 reactions and sounds.

  1. Jurassic World VR adventure $59

Jurassic World VR adventure

It’s simple. No crazy computers needed except for your phone! That’s right, your phone is now an amazing VR machine. It comes with a controller and with the press of a button you get transported into a dinosaur world inspired by the Jurassic Park movies!

  1. Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit $100

Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

Ever wanted to build your own droid just like Anakin Skywalker? Using the parts included in this kit, you can become the best mechanic in the galaxy! You should download the Droid inventor app which teacher young ones the basics of electricity and circuit building.

  1. Tiny Arcades $20

Tiny Arcades

The title says it all! They are tiny arcades fitting in the palm of your hand which feature classic games such as Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Galaxin. Bring old memories back!

  1. Kamigami bug robots $50

Kamigami bug robots

This is a DIY kit which includes all the parts you need to build your favorite bug species such as ladybug, scorpion, or ladybug. This is similar to origami (paper folding), but instead of paper you use parts from flat plastic sheets. If you buy two they can battle and see which species wins and is the king of your garden! On top of that you can learn to code by programming them! They pack a gyroscope, accelerometer, two infrared sensors, infrared transmitter, tri-color LEDs, and a rechargeable battery.

  1. Nintendo Switch $300

Nintendo Switch

It isn’t just for kids! The device is a blend between a home console and mobile. It was unveiled in March and was a huge for one reason: it’s very fun to play with! This includes a tablet with detachable controllers on both sides. When you want to get the TV experience, you can simply detach the controllers, put the tablet in the charging base connected to the TV. The transition is seamless. You can easily “switch” from playing a game on the go to playing it on the go.

  1. Mind Racers $79

Mind Racers

This is no ordinary race track. You place your cars on the tracks which lead through a tunnel under the iPad base. Then the cars magically appear onscreen and your kids will have a blast racing each other. On the digital track, you will find different tokens which grant you special abilities such as upping the speed!

  1. Hatchimals Surprise

Hatchimals Surprise

Two very cute dragons self-hatch from a sparkling egg. The twins interact with each other and even you! They dance, giggle, sing, and say “I love you.” You also can’t leave them apart for a while because they will get upset. They also include LED eyes.

Top 10 best Christmas gifts for Kids (infants-teenagers)

Lego Boost Creative Toolbox

Lego Boost Creative Toolbox $160

This amazing set lets you build and program robots using the Lego pieces provided! Program the robot using a tablet. A major advantage is that you can actually combine your existing system bricks with this set! My 14 year old son loves this set and he is actually recommends this set from ages 6-infinity. This set has a very wide age demographic and you shouldn’t worry about your child growing out of it soon.

CAP Barbell 40-Pound Adjustable Dumbbell

CAP Barbell 40-Pound Adjustable Dumbbell Set $50

Do you have a freshman who dreams of being the strongest kid in school? If yes, viola, his wish came true! An excellent rust and maintenance free design also feature ergonomic grips, rubber trip collars, and comfort handles. This is guaranteed to encourage your teenager to become the next Arnold Schwartznegger!

Stop Motion Animation Kit

 

Stop Motion Animation Kit $60

This is the perfect tool for the kid that has an interest in movies! I have a son who loves filming and directing movies so he would definitely love this! This kit includes fun pieces to make the best goofy characters ever! The sky is the limit! On top of that, the included software and camera will leave your kid feeling like a Hollywood movie producer.

Air Wars Battle Drones

 

Air Wars Battle Drones $64

This perfect product lets your loved ones unleash their battle tactics in the air! (kids and adults) These 2 drones come with 4 pre-programmed attack moved and 3 different speed settings. One of the drones is red and the other is white!

Hape Checkout Register

Hape Checkout Register $29

Your baby will feel like a shopkeeper when they play with this amazing register! It is an excellent learning tool also! Babies can count, swipe, and cash out! Cha-ching!
Myhtical creatures do exist! Tell Santa Claus to give your little girl her dream gift this Christmas! Coming in at a whopping 3 foot height, your girl will love being cordial with her new toy!

Giant Stuffed Unicorn

KidiRace RC Police Car $38

Any RC enthusiast would love to receive this car any time! It features a realistic light and sound combination which is guaranteed to make anyone cop-obsessed (or car-obsedded!) Wee-woo-wee-woo!
Anki Cozmo Robot

Anki Cozmo Robot $180

This is by far the best and most affordable robot I’ve seen in my life!  Cozmo is highly sophisticated, kid-friendly, and actually has quite a personality! It features an app you download on to your mobile device to control it and play missions and games with it! It will also recognize you! The future is here!
Self-Balancing Electric Scooter Hoverboard

Self-Balancing Electric Scooter Hoverboard $165

Are you the type of person who is into cool gadgets and whatnot? Then have your kid or even yourself ride a hoverboard. (Segway without a handle.) The built in gyroscope makes it very easy for anyone to master it. They will not forget this and will love you forever!
Minecraft Exploding Creeper

Minecraft Exploding Creeper $23

Any Minecrafter would love an exploding creeper any day! It is the most iconic mob in the game that has been there since one of its earliest releases! You’re probably wondering if it actually explodes. Yes it does! Simply press the button at the top and it will explode into little bits as its signature move!

Best Financial Gifts to Present

Christmas Money

Each year, before Christmas, we all face the same predicament: deciding what to present to your family and friends. But the truth is that most of the items presented will become history gathering dust in a closet once the holidays are over. So why not to discard the tangible gifts this year. Below are some investing gift ideas that can help those you love enlarge their capital and enhance their purchasing power.

Sow

Sow is an online platform designed to help kids learn how to manage finances prudently. In fact, it’s an interactive online savings account that enables people to specify what gifts they want to get. Kids can manage their money in three ways: save, donate to a specific charity or spend it to purchase products on their wishlist.

Help your kids establish Sow accounts and give them $30 or $50 dollars they can allocate for things they want, such as a new phone or bike. It is a sort of crowdfunding for big-ticket gifts.

SparkGift

Want to present someone a piece of their favorite company? Turn to SparkGift, a company that enables you to present shares of such public companies as Disney (DIS), Shake Shack (SHAK), Apple (AAPL) to name just a few. The company will send a gift certificate to the recipient, who will open an account on the site with Folio Institutional, an online brokerage firm that is in charge of all trades accomplished through SparkGift. The gift giver will have to pay $2.95 plus a 3% fee, but redeeming the gift is free. Ranging from $20 to $2,000 per gift, the money presented never expire. SparkGift offers a fun and easy way to educate kids and young adults about investing and stock market and help their favorite companies grow.

FundRise

Those who are unafraid of risk and are ready to invest more than $1,000 should consider real estate. FundRise offers the opportunity to invest in real estate for people who lack the know-how or capital to do it on their own. This crowdfunding platform enables the person to set up an account and manage midsize assets, which are supposed to provide opportunities and higher risk-adjusted returns.

Last year, the FundRise introduced two online real estate investment trusts (eREITs) — one specializing in debt assets and the other in equity financing. This year, the company launched three new eREITS, which serve three geographical areas — East Coast, Midwest and the West Coast. A REIT is a sort of mutual fund, i.e. the company is in charge of managing the properties on behalf of passive investors. And the yield is 11% on debt and 8% on equity financing.

The best part of this is that you don’t need to be an accredited investor to get into real estate business.  Small companies are allowed to offer and sell securities to non-accredited investors and FundRise is reported to have raised $250 million from individual investors during a single year.

Though Sow, SparkGift and Fundrise can’t give you a tangible item to present to your spouse, child or friend, these companies do provide the valuable opportunities for wealth creation.

Hatchimals Are Returning to Wal-Mart

Hatchimal

Parents can rejoice now as Hatchimals, the part-Furby/part-Tamagotchi toys that have been so popular this holiday season will soon be available at Wal-Mart.

The America’s largest retailer has recently announced that about 1,700 of its stores will be offering this mega-popular toy — an animal that hatches from an egg to be raised by the owner. There will be plenty of Hatchimals at the price of $48.88 at each of those stores, without any limit per customer.

Hatchimals have been highly demanded lately. Dozens of parents have been spotted in queues at Toys R Us each time a new shipment of these cute toys arrives. The specialty toy retailer even had to set a limit of one toy per person when a new batch came on the weekend. Although that shipment was immediately sold Toys R Us is expected to receive more of the hottest toy of the season through Christmas. At Toys R Us a Hatchimal costs $59.99.

On Sunday, Dec. 11Target also has reported about its plans to restock the toy on Sunday, Dec. 11. The retailer will sell it for $59.99, and set a limit of two items per shopper.

According to Adobe Digital Insights, Hatchimals top the list of highly demanded out-of-stock merchandise. And the arrival of each new shipment immediately attracts crowds of shoppers to the retailers’ physical stores. At Target com, Hatchimals are listed as available for sale at only some of its locations. These toys are out of stock on Walmart.com and are listed as available only in stores at Toys R Us stores.

But the good news is that Spin Master, the creator of Hatchimals, reported to have increased production so new arrivals of Hatchimals are expected to fill the shelved of the stores in early 2017.

But until then, customers will have to continue their Hatchimal hunt.

The Coolest Gadgets as Perfect Tech Gifts to Present This Holiday Season

If you are looking for the latest gadgets to present to your tech-obsessed friend or relative on holiday you might find the following items worth considering.

  1. Noise Cancelling Headphones

Bose Headphones

To enjoy music with the world around you blocked out entirely consider purchasing Bose’s noise-canceling headphones which are definitely the best. Exceedingly comfortable, these headphones are a great example of the best noise-cancellation technology available that delivers powerful audio performance. The new feature is the ability to use them as passive headphones without power.

  1. A Charger That Is One Step Ahead of You

Charger

AmazonBasics Portable Power Bank has 10,000 mAh capacity. This portable battery pack features dual USB ports so you could easily charge several smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices at the same time.

  1. An Extra Long Cable

Long Cable

The charger cables are designed to connect your Apple devices to wall adapter, car charger, computer, laptop and portable charger with standard USB 2.0 A interface.

  1. A Small but Powerful Camera

Nikon CameraFor example, Nikon Coolpix L340 20.2 MP Digital Camera with 28x Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD is a great option to consider. It features 28x optical zoom, 56x Dynamic Fine Zooms, as well as 20.2-MP CCD sensor for bright, high quality photos and HD videos. Even though it is rather small and light it has a large and powerful lens that performs much better than an average lens in a true pocket camera. HD 720p videos with sound are sure to bring your memories to life.

  1. A Do It All Machine

Do It All MachineAll-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that can be used for playing music, reading news, controlling smart home devices, setting alarms, and more. With the help of this gadget you can control lights, fans, switches, garage doors, sprinklers, and others. Equipped with 7 far-field microphones it ensures hands-free control even when it is noisy in the room or music is being played. Due to its built-in speaker the device can be used as a smart alarm clock, or an assistant anywhere you need a voice-controlled computer.

  1. A Watch that Tracks Your Steps

WatchCUBOT V1 Fitness Tracker with OLED Screen, Bluetooth 4.0 Bracelet, Activity Wristband with Steps Counter Sleep Monitoring Calories Track works as a pedometer, calorie tracker, sleep monitor and alarm clock. It comes with special app that is developed to help the user meet fitness and activity objectives by day and month, enabling to save the latest 30days tracking data. The Bluetooth can help keep connected with the phone within 164 feet, with signal twice stronger than that by the others.

  1. A Camera for When You Are on the Go

CameraGoPro Camera HERO+ LCD HD Video Recording Camera with Built-in Touch Display is an excellent gift for those who are passionate about photography. It also can record immersive 1080p60 and 720p60 video with built-in video trimming, and many other features.  Due to built-In Wi-Fi + Bluetooth you can stay connected to the GoPro App or Smart Remote1 so you could change modes and settings, as well as control the camera remotely. The camera is durable and waterproof to 131’ (40m) and could be used in harsh conditions.

  1. An E-Reader

E ReaderKindle Paperwhite E-reader featuring 6″ high-resolution display (300 ppi) with built-in light and Wi-Fi is now available in black or white colors. Built-in adjustable light ensure comfortable reading day and night, and even in bright sunlight as it has no screen glare. With extra powerful battery the device can be charged once a week or even several weeks.

  1. A Voice Controlled Lightbulb

Light BulbsPhilips Hue White A19 Starter Kit consists of two soft white A19 LED light bulbs and a bridge (hub) that wirelessly connects up to 50 lights. The bridge allows to control your lights from your smart device through the Philips Hue App. You can also connect to Alexa for voice control (Alexa device should be purchased separately).

  1. An Instant Print Camera

Palaroid CameraPolaroid Snap Touch Instant Print Digital Camera with LCD Display (Blue) and Zink Zero Ink Printing Technology will enable you to develop your photos on 2”x3” Polaroid Zink Zero Ink Paper right after they have been taken. It comes with a cool touchscreen display with 3.5” LCD viewfinder perfect for capturing still photos, HD videos and selfies. This bluetooth-enabled camera includes printing app for iOS & Android.

  1. A Streaming Stick

A Streaming StickWith a powerful quad-core processor it provides access to Amazon, VUDU, Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, and more. This device portable for various HDTVs in your home, hotel, and dorm rooms can also search across top channels to find free or cheap content to watch. It comes with free mobile app for iOS and Android with voice search and private listening.

  1. A Wireless Speaker

Speaker

Light and portable, with long battery life, the wireless speakers will bring your favorite music and more to you.

Best Video Games to Buy in 2016

Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer a great number of deals on video games and systems. If you are at a loss which ones to choose below you will find the list of this year’s top video games worth buying.

NES Classic Edition ($60)

The NES Classic Edition was sold out within hours after going on sale. Want to know why gamers get crazy about this replica of Nintendo’s popular home console? The adorable, pint-sized device that comes with a spot-on version of the NES controller plugs right into your TV to entertain you with 30 cool NES games. It will be difficult to find, but it’s worth the effort.

Dishonored 2 ($60 | PS4, Xbox One, PC)

The sequel to 2012’s Game of the Year, “Dishonored 2″ features two unique playable characters that appear in an incredibly steampunk world full of danger and choice. There the characters will sneak through the windows running into unknowing bad guys, as well as destroy everything with all-mighty mystical powers.

Overwatch ($60 | PS4, Xbox One, PC)

It is a thoroughly designed, perfectly polished and brilliantly balanced shooter that has already become a hit among millions of gamers who had bought it. If you love competitive gaming, “Overwatch” guarantees lots of fun, especially when played with a group of friends.

Pokémon Sun/Moon ($50 | 3DS)

If you enjoyed playing “Pokémon Go” on your smartphone why not opt for a 3DS to experience a real “Pokémon” game. “Pokémon, Sun/Moon” is set in a tropical environment and offers lots of new pokémon and features. Those who have been playing this game for a lot of time are sure to enjoy a number of upgrades, including a new Pokédex and the opportunity to refresh your pokémon after battle. The game is bright and colorful so you can easily get addicted to playing it whenever there is the time for the pleasure.

Skylanders: Imaginators ($75 | PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U)

The game is a favorite among both the children and the adults as it boasts all the latest cool features. You can create your own “Skylander” and customize it. You may even order a 3D printed version if you like so you might want to spend some more money on extra toys.

Civilization VI ($60 | PC)

The sixth version of some of the best strategy games ever is truly addictive. Even though it is rather complex the game is surprisingly accessible. If you played the earlier versions be prepared for a range of cool new features, such as unstacked cities and a Civics tech tree. The 25-year-old formula is a time tested formula of success, and a great gift for any PC gamer.

Battlefield 1 ($60 | PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Get back into the past with “Battlefield” series that recreates the epic battles of World War I. Probably the best strategy of all time, “Battlefield” games will take you to an old-school arena where a moving single-player campaign can change the outcome of the battle.

Forza Horizon 3 ($39 | Xbox One, PC)

The new “Forza Horizon 3″ is a valid reason to purchase an Xbox One if you still don’t have one. The game invites you to discover and explore the sweeping vistas of virtual Australia from behind the wheel of the cars, exotic and ordinary ones. Whether you’re driving along the picturesque country roads or winding along narrow streets, you’ll be amazed at the gorgeously beautiful graphics and perfect handling.

NBA 2K17 ($60 | PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)

The 2016-2017 NBA season is not over yet, but the developers of “NBA 2K” have already presented the general public the best sports game on the market. Now it features an improved Career mode, a deeper MyGM, and many other upgrades that ensure another championship year of excellent game for the basketball dynasty.

Titanfall 2 ($60 | PS4, Xbox One, PC)

This sequel would be a perfect gift for any shooter fan. It addition to providing fantastic giant mech multiplayer, this year’s version is enhanced with incredibly inventive and exciting solo campaigns.

Uncharted 4 ($60 | PS4)

Considered the best-looking video game of the year the game is a real must-have for PS4 owners. While hunting a pirate treasure be prepared to take a risk, make precarious leaps, and blast villains. The gameplay is unmatched and the cinematic delivery of the game is unrivalled.

Watch Dogs 2″ ($60 | PS4, Xbox One, PC)

This great open-world romp was designed to help us relive the fantastic events. Just fancy hackers who try to manipulate real-world events by breaking into supposedly secure online systems. The events of the game take place in San Francisco, and this sequel is better than the original in many things: it can’t but impress with its great script, lots of activities, and a variety of gadgets.

Best German Christmas Markets in the U.S.

Christmas Market

If you think that to shop at the German Christmas market you have to take an expensive international flight to Germany and cross the Atlantic you are wrong. You can capture the festive Christmas spirit that German holiday markets have to offer in the U.S. as well. Although the tradition of holding Christmas markets dates back to the 16th century, when a big market was organized annually in Nuremberg, Germany, such events are held in the U.S. as well. There customers can purchase a range of traditional crafts and foods and feel the spirit of the coming holiday. The aroma of the spices and roasted almonds pervade the air tempting visitors to splurge.

Christkindlmarket Chicago

For the most authentic Christmas market experience visit Christkindlmarket, one of the oldest German holiday markets that draws over a million visitors during its holiday run. This year the market held at the downtown Daley Plaza location celebrates its 20th season. It features a special Kinder Club with tons of fun activities for kids like a scavenger hunt and life-size advent calendar. Open daily through Dec. 24.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market, New York

The New York Christmas market is quite large. It features over 100 vendors offering for sale a variety of crafts from around the world. It is located at the southwest entrance to Central Park and has already become popular among holiday visitors. Open daily through Dec. 24.

Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Walt Disney World park boasts the Germany Pavilion that offers the truly authentic spirit of the Christmas market which is hard to find elsewhere. Great many German products that you won’t find in regular stores can’t but impress. In addition the pavilion employs young German workers and this adds authenticity to the whole festivity.

Christmas Village, Philadelphia

This Christmas market that runs for a whole month draws large crowds to JFK Park, where the iconic statue spelling out L-O-V-E is erected. The event features daily concerts, a heated garden offering mulled wine, and a German grill with all time popular bratwursts, Belgian fries and strudel. Open daily through Dec. 27.

Downtown Holiday Market, Washington

Held for 11th year in a row, the D.C. market offers a variety of fine crafts and imported snacks, including traditional German foods and sweets. On a weekend this event usually attracts about 100,000 shoppers. Open daily through Dec. 23.

Denver Christkindl Market

More than175,000 people are expected to attend this daily market located at Skyline Park at the city’s 16th Street Mall. This season will be its 15th year and the market will have a skating rink with a warming tent, offering warm wine and hot chocolate. Traditionally there are also numerous appearances from St. Nikolaus. Runs through Dec. 23.

Alpine Village Christmas Faire, Torrance, Calif.

During the holidays this year-round shopping, dining and entertainment venue brings the best traditions of German Christmas to sunny Southern California. The market is held the first three weekends of December and impresses its visitors with beautiful decorations, authentic crafts, a train ride and snow.

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, Cincinnati

The Ohio River city has been known for its traditional Oktoberfest. Now it also features a Christmas market that has become an indispensible part of the city’s holiday scene. The market is held Friday through Sunday downtown in Fountain Square. It has a look of a traditional European village with half-timbered homes where traditional holiday sweets, hot spiced wine and German beer are served. There are also numerous crafts offered for sale, plus entertainment. Held through Dec. 20.

Tomball (Texas) German Christmas Market & Festival

The event includes all the traditional German market favorites associated with Christmas festivities, such as mulled wine, bratwurst and Christmas stollen bread. The typical fair foods like corn dogs and barbecue are also served there. There is the Kinderfest children’s play area, plus four music stages for German-style musicians performing on the stage and in the crowd. Run Dec. 11-13.

Christkindlmarkt, Helen, Ga.

Thousands of visitors come to this town in the Blue Ridge Mountains to enjoy the breathtaking alpine village scenery and Marktplatz held the first two weekends of December. The event draws a number of crafts and food vendors, and there is a spectacular Christmas parade on Dec. 12.