Family-friendly gifts for all ages

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The exclusive built-in waterproof panel keeps parents dry, so they can focus on enjoying this nurturing time with baby, rather than fumbling for a towel. Mom or Dad's body heat pre-warms the cape so it keeps baby warm. The patented cape is a safe and convenient accessory for drying and holding a baby post-bath.

Ages newborn to 3, $39.95. Available on spatimebaby.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

The first ring is the easiest, but it gets more difficult as players try to keep their rings on their trunks while picking up more. The first player to get all three rings on their trunk wins.

Ages 4 and up, 2 to 4 players, $15. Available at toymaster.com, Learning Express and boardgames.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? In this merriest of stories from bestselling duo Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way.

Ages 4 to 7, $17.99. Available on harpercollins.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Play out scenes from the movie by having the frog "kiss" Tiana as she turns her head away and says one of the phrases from the movie. When she eventually agrees to kiss the frog, her dress lights up and makes magical sounds.

Ages 3 and up. $25.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

The playset comes with adorable accessories, including furniture, pretend food, a spinning smoothie machine, a "flying" bird that Strawberry Shortcake or her friends can ride, and more. Additional playsets and dolls are sold separately. No batteries required.

Ages 4 up, $34.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Each playset includes a Buzz Lightyear figure, an exclusive Scud figure and accessories.

Ages 5 and up. $39.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Players take turns trying to fish bones, anchors, life preservers, sea horses and submarines from Splashy's mouth as he bobs and rolls around the crest of a wave. But don't tickle his tongue! He might surprise you with a spray of water and you will have to return all of your items back into his mouth. The player with the most Flotsam and Jetsam points at the end of the game wins.

Ages 5 and up, 2 or more players, $20. Available at Kmart, Learning Express, toymaster.com and boardgames.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Ages 6 and up, 2 players. $19.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

  • Monopoly Deal: Wheel and deal your way to a win!
  • Scrabble Slam: Race to create words in a flash.
  • Crazy Old Fish War: Play four classic card games in one.
  • Littlest Pet Shop Go Fish: Collect pairs of adorable pets.

Ages 5 and up, 2 to 6 players. $5.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

The "purr-fect" pet for little ones, Lulu features soft white and marmalade fur and preens, cuddles and mews just like a real kitty cat. Lulu loves to snuggle; gently rub her back and she will "purr" and "meow" to show that she is happy. Once she's relaxed, Lulu will roll over onto her back, indicating it's time to have her tummy rubbed. Requires four C batteries, included.

Ages 4 and up, $54.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Cheerilee and Scootaloo all feature bright colors, fun-filled hairstyles and new sizes that reflect their ages.

Each figure in the Pony Friends Assortment comes with its very own activity book, giving girls the opportunity to get to know their

favorite pony up close and personal!

Ages 3 and up, $5.99. Available at most major toy retailers and on hasbrotoyshop.com.

Each sold separately. (For a photo, see slideshow).

By holding the trigger and pumping, players can instantly transition between "single" fire and "slam" fire mode, unleashing a rapid stream of 35 darts. Also features a cool "digital camo" pattern unlike any Nerf blaster before it. No batteries required.

Ages 6 and up, $29.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

This collection of classic street games provides a fun, casual sports experience for the whole family.

Ages 6 and up, rated E for everyone. $29.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

portable music devices (not included). Requires two AA batteries, included.

Ages 6 and up, $34.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

With new characters added to the mix and an assortment of new challenging events, the stage is set for a winter Olympic experience like no other. Get ready to go for the gold!

Ages 6 and up. Rated E for everyone. Available on amazon.com for Nintendo Wii ($49.99) and DS ($33.99) systems. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Ages 8-14, rated E for everyone. $49.99 bundled with one mircrophone, or $39.99 non-bundled. For Wii and Playstation 3. Available on amazon.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Test your baseball abilities in skill challenges, puzzles and trivia matches, featuring every MLB team and today's top baseball stars with hosting by "Mr. Baseball" legend Bob Uecker.

Ages 6 and up, rated E for everyone. $19.99 on amazon.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

The never-before-seen To SquarePants or not to SquarePants finds SpongeBob struggling with his sense of self-identity when all his square pants accidentally shrink in the wash. Will his friends even recognize him in round pants or underpants? Optimism, infectious laughter and comedy reign in this 88-minute Nickelodeon compilation.

Ages 7 and up. $12.49 on amazon.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Nationwide Children's Hospital

The quest spans 30 days and makes for a cool holiday gift for tweens and teens. Parents and grandparents can donate subscriptions to play Xeko Elf Island to patients of Nationwide Children's. Xeko Elf Island was founded by a native Ohio couple who are parents of twin boys. The game and the kids who play have been involved in a number of charity donations for organizations across the globe - planting trees in Niger, building homes in Honduras and more. During the month of December, the Xeko Elf Islanders will help Nationwide Children's bring much-needed computers and laptops to patients - all while having fun!

Ages 8-15. Xeko Elf Island registration is free with a subscription upgrade. Any user is able to log into the community to play standard games. To help the Children's mission, players need to upgrade to a membership with a subscription: approximately $5.95 per month, $29.95 for a 6-month subscription, or $57.95 for an annual membership. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Ages 6 and up, 2 or more players. $19.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Teams can choose between easy and hard questions, allowing players of all ages to compete in the silly fun.

Ages 8 and up, 4 to 6 players. $19.99 on toysrus.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

Battle your opponents to see who can capture the flag and not get tagged! Or race to "seek" and "disarm" the flag with challenging 5- and 15-minute timed modes. Requires two AA batteries; not included.

Ages 8 and up, $34.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. Each set sold separately. (For a photo, see slideshow).

The oven comes with three different mixes, two baking pans, two utensils, a pan pusher, two warming cups and recipes/instructions. One 100-watt standard light bulb is required but not included.

Ages 8 and up, $24.99. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on hasbrotoyshop.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

The Shred Sled is the first 4-wheel inline, dual-deck board that makes it smoother and easier for kids and adults to start carving up the streets. Instead of pushing off the board like a regular skateboard, riders use their hips, legs and arms to move the board, similar to movements used to propel surfboards and snowboards. Paint the town 'Shred' in one of three colors: black, blue or red.

Ages 8 and up, $119.99. Available at retailers nationwide and online at www.theshredsled.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

$89. Available on pangeabrands.com. (For a photo, see slideshow).

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See photos of the gifts in the guide