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Metro Parent's Holiday 'It' List Gift Guide 2013

S.T.E.M. – science, technology, engineering and math – is the focus of this year's toy selection for kids of all ages. Plus, you'll find holiday 'hot toys,' books, music and more.

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Hot Toys

Singing Minion Tim

"Ba-na-na! Ba-na-na-na!" This wee wacky star from hit animated film Despicable Me 2 sings little ditties (like that ode to fruit) and says 25 phrases, some from the movie, and much more. He's 10 yellow inches of hilarity. Ages 4+. $39.99.

Lalaloopsy Dolls

Colorful, kooky and cool – there's a doll that suits any girl. Some have stories, like Haley Galaxy, who was "made from an unidentified object" and makes wishes on falling stars. Others, like Peanut Big Top, have bright hair that's fun to style. Ages 4+. $7.99-$34.99.

Playskool/Hasbro Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo

He's been tickled for years, but now he wants to cuddle. Everyone's favorite furry friend is back and expecting lots of hugs. In return, he'll fling his arms around your kids – and teach them their ABCs, numbers, shapes and colors. Ages 18 months-4 years. $59.99.

Zoomer, R/C Dog

For the kid that wants a dog for the holidays and the parents who aren't ready to commit: Meet Zoomer. He's fun without the hassle! This loyal, trainable remote-control pooch plays and performs tricks – he even understands commands in English, Spanish and French. Age 5+. $99.

I-Mat My Animal World

With voice pen in hand, kids can tap any spot on this foam mat and learn about animals in the wild – from snakes to sharks. The mat "speaks" English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese – and kids can learn vocab and comprehension through basic and advanced games. Ages 18 months-plus. $79.99.

Tabeo e2 by Toys R Us

The coolest kids’ WiFi tablet to hit the market last year is back – with “bigger, better and faster” bells and whistles. It sports Android Jelly Bean 4.2, thousands of free apps/videos/books (many free) and, of course, parent controls. Ages 6-11. $149.99.

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