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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Little People Disney Princess Sings Palace

The royal ladies get a Little People makeover for this interactive playset, which recognizes and responds to each doll. 18 months+, $50; fisher-price.comBubbles

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Rubber ducks are so last season! Get more creativity during bathtime with these colorful orbs that stick to the tub and each other for an endless combination of designs. 12 months+, $18; booninc.com

Spin 'N Saucer

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Kids will have a blast on this UFO-shaped ride-on with 360-degree wheels that roll in every direction. 18 months+, $30; radioflyer.com

My Very First Games: Gitti Giraffe

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How many blocks can you stack on the giraffe's neck before they fall over? Your child is about to find out in this basic game that's a great intro to following rules. 2 years+, $36; habausa.com

B. Woofer Guitar

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Your tot rocker will get a kick out of jamming on this unique instrument. Not only does it play acoustic and electric, but it also howls when strummed! 2 years+, $24; target.com

Wobble-Along Elephant

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Your budding walker can get in extra practice with the help of this sweet plush pet from the Parents toy line. 12 months+, $22; manhattantoy.com

Duplo My First Build

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Easy-to-follow cards show beginners how to set up this house and other structures—and give them the confidence to make their own. 18 months+, $25; lego.com

Kid O Sort-A-Shape House

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Match the pieces by color or shape to complete this mod home. 12 months+, $35; albeebaby.com

Whizz Down Mountain

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Our tot testers never got tired of rolling the cars down this spiral track, complete with flashing lights and sounds. 18 months+, $60; intplay.com

Wonder Glow Blocks

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Classic wooden blocks just got a lot cooler, thanks to this high-quality glow-in-the-dark set. 2 years+, $23; wonderworldtoys.com

Alex Jr. Bop & Roll

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Save your pots and pans with this mallet-and-ball toy that puts your child's banging energy to good use. 12 months+, $39; alextoys.com

Puzzle Stacker: Square

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Add another level of play to this well-crafted stacking toy: Its pieces fit together in a variety of ways. 12 months+, $30; pkolino.com

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