Bogs McKinley BootsThis new style from the famously easy-on-and-off brand is made with Thinsulate to keep tiny toes warm in temps as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. $70 at planetshoes.com.
Animal Planet Air Swimmers Extreme Giant Flying SharkWhat kid wouldn’t love the idea of watching out-of-town relatives jump when they see a radio-controlled shark float past the Christmas tree? $40 at Toys R Us.
A Bad Kitty ChristmasFans of Nick Bruel’s smart and sly chapter-book series will love this new holiday picture book. $10 at amazon.com.
Magnetic Comic Strip KitKids can create their own adventure right on the fridge door with this kit that includes magnetized cartoon characters, speech balloons and a dry-erase marker to write inside them. $29 at the Red Balloon.
Backyard Safari Storm Chaser Mobile Weather PodMonitor all kinds of menacing weather with this device, which includes a compass, weather vane and an anemometer, plus water and temperature gauges. $15 at backyardsafari.com.
Zazoo Kids Alarm ClockThis digital photo clock created by a Chicago-area mom reminds (too) early risers when it’s time to get up and when they should stay in bed a little longer. $89 at zazookids.com.
eeBoo 24 Colored Pencils set Two dozen nifty shades, including Gamma Ray Gold and Shooting Star Silver, encourage a spectrum of creativity. $15 ateeBoo.com.
Kuchipaku Dancing Elephant Speaker This plush MP3 (alos available in lion and rabbit styles) dances to your music and has a mic you can speak through. $75 at the MCA Store (220 E Chicago Ave, 312-280-2660, mcachicago.com).