BOSTON (CBS) – Still looking for ideas to add to your holiday gift-giving list? Laurie Schacht is the Insider Toy Mom and she specializes in picking out the best toys of the season.
First on her list: The new Harry Potter version of “Scene-It.” For the budding artist try the U-Draw Game Tablet, it works with most gaming consoles wirelessly. Lite Sprites change color with the wave of a wand. And there’s the new Tetris Link.
Mini-collectibles are also big this year and they can be popular with parents because they’re so affordable.
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Check out the 3-D animated Redakai cards and characters from PopTropica. Squinkies launched last year but they have now expanded to Hello Kitty, Disney princesses, Marvel superheroes, and Hot Wheels.
Moving onto the action toys: hot items include the all-terrain Baja Beast, Light Strikers, the Nerf Line is always a big hit, and check out the Lazer Stunt Chaser, light-guided cars with incredible speed that can also do all kinds of great stunts.
For aspiring superstars: there’s the Justin Bieber tour bus. And anyone can be a rock star with the Paperjamz Microphone.
Possibly an even bigger challenge that picking out the perfect gift? Finding it. Stores are stocking less and less inventory each year so the toy you have your eye on may be harder to get.