Gift ideas for the holiday season

By Alexandra Newman -

SIDNEY — For anyone out there with family members to buy gifts for, but no idea what to get them, this is the story for you. Some of the top toys this holiday season include reinvented classics and futuristic gadgets. The following toys can be purchased at most stores and online.

Play All Day Elmo is a furry little red guy that is more sophisticated than the other Elmo’s on the market. This Elmo is interactive, includes eight games and activities and more than 150 responses to help keep kids engaged all day. When you cuddle with Elmo he sings a lullaby. Play All Day Elmo can be purchased for about $45.

There is also the Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo. Pressing BeatBo’s colorful LED grid tummy or the buttons on his feet rewards baby with fun songs, learning content, and of course: dance moves. BeatBo costs about $35.

The newest Hasbro game on the market is The Pie Face Game. It will cost you about $20 to get a pie in the face from the comfort of your very own home.

You can have Girl Scout Cookies all year long with The Girl Scout Cookies Deluxe Oven. It is like the classic Easy Bake Oven, but now you can actually see your Thin Mints and Do-si-dos cooking before your very eyes. This oven will cost you about $50.

Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens premieres Dec. 18, and what better to take with you to the premier than your very own light-saber. The Star Wars BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber allows you to get creative with light and sound to create a customized light-saber. This set costs about $55 and can be found in almost every store. Also for the star wars fans out there the Interactive Remote Control R2 D2 will be on shelves this season for about $160.

For anyone with an XBOX or Nintendo Wii, Guitar Hero Live is for them. It’s just like the old Guitar Hero we’ve grown to love, but with a revamped guitar controller with a new, 6-fret layout, and a new in-game presentation style that utilizes full motion video to simulate a real-world concert setting from the perspective of the guitarist. This rock-star experience will cost you about $100.

A new trend hitting the streets, quite literally, are mini self-balancing two-wheel scooters. The brand Footwelt has one that lights up with LED’s for $365. Other brands can be found online for as low as $250. And nicer models go up to almost $600 in price. College campuses and metropolitan areas are seeing people ride by on these more and more because they are more compact than their cousin the Segway.

Another new trend, but not new concept is hitting store shelves: adult coloring books. The Crayola Color Escapes Premium Adult Coloring Kit includes twelve large coloring pages featuring animal and nature designs. Each page is printed on large 11”x17” high-quality premium paper. The package includes 50 Count Crayola Colored Pencils and 12 Fine Line Markers for detailed coloring. Design themes such as garden, kaleidoscopes, geometric and nature are featured. The Crayola website offers adult coloring tips and techniques from art experts. One of these books and their accessories are about $25.

And last, but not least, here is a list of 2015 movies that could be good to get a family member on DVD or Blue-ray Disc:

PG: “Inside Out,” “Home,” “Minions,” “Hotel Transylvania 2,” “Cinderella,” “Tomorrowland,” “Paddington,” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”

PG-13: “Jurassic World,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Furious 7,” “Pixels,” “Hot Pursuit,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Insurgent,” and “San Andreas.”

R: “Spy!,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Mad Max Fury Road,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “Trainwreck,” “Straight Outta Compton,” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

By Alexandra Newman

Reach this writer at 937-538-4825; follow on Twitter @SDNAlexandraN

Reach this writer at 937-538-4825; follow on Twitter @SDNAlexandraN