Our gift to you this holiday season is a stress-free shopping guide for the hottest playthings of the year. They topped our kid testers' wish lists!

By Kourtney Eidam with Sarah Rammos and Brooke Bunce
October 04, 2012
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Dominoes are making a comeback this year. Follow the instruction cards to set them up; then knock them over to see Lady Liberty, a rainbow, and much more. 8 years+, $45; marblesthebrainstore.com

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Rubik's The Void Puzzle

Apparently, taking the middle out of the cube makes it harder to solve. Who knew? If your kid did, this puzzler is probably the perfect stocking stuffer for him. 8 years+, $16; winning-moves.com

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Surprisingly addictive, this balance game requires a steady hand. Hang all the wires form your pile first to win. Psst! It's not as easy as it seems. 8 years+, $17; melissaanddoug.com

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All Duct Out

Duct tape is all the rage, and this trendy set gives your fashionista enough multicolored tape and patterns to make a whole wardrobe of stylish purses and accessories. 7 years+, $28; alextoys.com

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DJ Rock Dock

Attention future engineers! Learn some tech basics and come out with your very own set of speakers. The kit contains everything kids need to build a working MP3-player dock. 8 years+, $20; smartlabtoys.com

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Pet Science

Don't forget about your child's furry friends. The Dog School and Kitty College kits come with a guide for training pets and making toys like this Cat Activity Center. 7 years+, $20 each; intplay.com

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