• Oregon Scientific Gets Kids Behind the Camera Lens

    ATC Gecko HD

    Oregon Scientific offers budding videographers portability and durability with the ATC Gecko HD for children ages 8 and up. This pocket-sized video camera can go virtually anywhere, so kids can record an adventure on bikes or a trip to the zoo. The ATC Gecko HD comes with a wrist strap to keep the device secure […]



  • Lego the Hobbit Is Not Just a Tolkien Gesture


    Given the success of the two Hobbit films to date, it would be understandable if any video games based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel attempted to get by on name recognition alone. So I’m pleased to say that the new Lego the Hobbit, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by […]



  • Monster High Returns in New (Re-)Animated Feature

    Monster High Frights Camera Action

    Universal Studios‘ direct-to-DVD Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!, centers on Draculaura, a teenage vampire and student at the title high school. After being informed that she is heir to the Vampire Queen’s throne, Draculaura and a few close “ghoul”-friends embark on an adventure that takes them to such exotic locales as Transylvania, Londoom, and eventually, […]



  • Kiddie Teaches Positive Reinforcement


    Meet Kiddie: He’s blue, he’s furry, and he’s super adorable. With so many apps at your fingertips (literally), it’s hard to find one that is beneficial to kids and parents alike. The Kiddie App is exactly that. This new educational app provides parents with a quick and useful way to implement the three Rs: Raise, […]



  • The Toy Insider Springs Into Fun with a New Giveaway!

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    Out with the old, in with the new!  Spring into fun with The Toy Insider! To celebrate the arrival of spring, we’re cleaning out our overflowing closet! Nothing like a good bout of spring cleaning to make room for the new AMAZING toys we’ll be sharing with you throughout this year. We’re giving away a […]



  • Rabbids Invasion Toys Wreak Havoc in the Best Ways

    April 14, 2014

    Raving Rabbids Toys

    I like to pretend that I’ve grown out of my childish, tomboy ways, but there’s something about toys that fart, burp, scream, and make the noises of toilets flushing that really, even still, steals my heart. As Ubisoft’s Rabbids video game-turned-Nickelodeon hit TV series, Rabbids have completely taken over TV screens and gaming devices, and now the Rabbids licensed toy […]


  • Make Easter Sweet with Toys Instead of Candy

    April 14, 2014

    Hexbug Bunny Ears

    ABC US News | ABC Business News   Twilight Buddies (Cloud b) The new Twilight Buddies are a colorful, ultra-cuddly collection of super soft friends that help ease children’s fear of the dark. These plush pals project actual star constellations onto bedroom ceilings and walls. Each cute character provides a soft glow in three soothing […]


  • Traveling with Kids

    April 13, 2014

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      We travel with our kids several times a year and I am always trying to think of new ways to make the whole process a lot smoother. For Christmas, we got both of our kids their own suitcases, like the Trunki from Melissa and Doug. They love to be able to pack their favorite […]


  • R/C Outlasts The Rest (And Makes the Perfect Easter Basket Gift)

    April 12, 2014

    New Bright Blue Car

    by Ed Koury, New Bright Kids these days are so concerned with what is on the Internet or what new video games are coming out, that classic hands-on games and toys have started to fade away. However, there are some classic toys that still hold kids’ interests. One such classic play pattern is the radio-controlled […]


  • 8 Essential Outdoor Toys

    April 6, 2014


    I can not wait for the weather to warm up a bit so that I can get the kids outside for fresh air and outdoor play. We all need it after the winter we’ve had! I have been stocking up on our outdoor toys so that there are no excuses and they won’t get bored. […]



WELCOME TO THE 8TH ANNUAL TOY INSIDER! There is nothing like watching your little one unwrap that one toy they’ve been wishing for all season long, but getting to that moment can sometimes be a bit difficult. Scouring the toy aisles in search of the perfect gift is quite the task—and that’s where we come in. We are so excited to bring you this year’s Toy Insider, your holiday gift guide to the best toys for the kids in your life. The Toy Insider panel of experts has been locating, previewing, and playing with the best toys and games for this year’s holiday season so that you can find the perfect gift.

This year’s guide, which can also be found in the November issue of Woman’s Day magazine, is packed with a brand new selection of toys for children of all ages. A handy skill key is located on the Hot 20 page, so you can see exactly what benefits the kids on your list will receive from each toy.

While traditional play patterns will always be around, it’s no secret that tech toys have climbed to the top of kids’ lists in recent years. This year, our brand new Top Tech 12 will guide you to the best tech toys on the shelves. Look for the Top Tech 12 logo to see some of our favorite tech-based items.

You will also find a checklist of all the toys featured in our guide. You can use the checklist to sit down with your children and create their holiday wish list, making your shopping experience that much easier.

As parents first and toy experts second, we know that gift giving should be fun and bring joy to the children in your life.

Enjoy the Toy Insider, THE source for the hottest toys and gifts of the holiday season, and be sure to visit us here at for even more great toys and gifts throughout the whole year!