So, you have a birthday coming up for your kid's friend or your nephew. What DO you get this age group that doesn't cost as much as say, a Playstation 2 game? Well, dazzle them with these cool gifts! Have you seen this really neat gift? Radica 20Q Artificial Intelligence Game - Colors may vary since the item may come in 3 different colors it's all the rage and will even have you amazed. Ask 20 questions and the computer will guess what you are thinking. So fun, you'll want one: This game is actually for the entire family: Scene It? Disney Edition DVD Game as well as kids. They've grown up on Disney, why not put it to good use!? For books try: The New Captain Underpants Collection (Books 1-5) is THE best Captain Underpants collection going. While you might want to tell their parents to stay out of the books, the kids will howl with delight. If they already OWN most of these books (and check first because a lot of them do) go for some of the newer fare out there like The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit. This British animation series is great fun. A full-feature movie will be out in 2005, so be ahead of the curve on this trend! Boys love weird toys and this one will knock their socks off it's this: Skannerz UPC Scanner Game: Commander. This game involves scanning actual bar codes off real products. Yes, they can even take them to the grocery store and keep out of parent's hair while shopping! Every bar code could hide a monster that they can then do battle with their other captured monsters or pals that have Scanners themselves. Sound weird enough? It's way cool and there's even a website that gives the products that successfully scan for you. Spy ware is another great bet for this age the Spy Gear Spy Night Scope is a crowd pleaser. My son took it to one sleep-over and they used it for most of the night! This XP-5 Spy Wallet is also sure to keep Jr. occupied for hours on end.
In the Music department, I've found that this age group go for movie sound tracks. Shrek - Music from the Original Motion Picture is a goodie, with cool music from "Smashmouth" and not too hip-hop for scared parents. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is another fave. Be sure to check with parents about fave movies and such because you can always find a spin off of just about anything when it comes to merchandise. (this is America after all!) Astro Jax Saturn with Orange Stripe are super cool "old fashioned" toys with a new twist. These babies light up and can do all sorts of tricks. Bulls-Eye Ball Looks easy but it's just plain skill that gets that ball to bounce and go where it should. Last but not least is the new Ninentdo game Nintendogs Dachshund & Friends. Make sure they have a DS! This is the coolest virtual pet you'll ever see.