2012 Holiday Gift Guide | Ages 11 + up
Madden NFL 13 Football Classic
NFL football experience for sports gamers with new Connected Career mode allowing users to assume the career of a current player or coach. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. $59.99, Rated E for everyone. Easports.com.
Harry Potter for Kinect Xbox
Become a wizard or witch to cast spells, soar in Quidditch, brew potions and battle in exciting duels. With Kinect scanning technology, players scan their face to create a unique character. Xbox 360 Kinect. $49.99; Rated 10+. Gamestop.com.
GoPro HD Helmet Cam
The high-performance camera is the ultimate for outdoor adventure seekers. Whether they hike, surf or skate, capture all the action hands free. Able to capture 3 photos per second. $149.95-$299.95, gopro.com.
Rumba Time Watch
Keep them on time and in style like celebs Willow Smith, Snoop Dog and Raven Symone with Rumba watches in several fashion colors and styles to please all tastes. The Orchard, Sweet Lilac. $30; rumbatime.com.
Beats by Dr. Dre
These high-quality over-ear phones are light and compact enough to fit in a purse or backpack, with the signature sound that makes Beats so popular. Get them in black, white and six other colors. Solo line. $199.95, target.com.
After their debut album, entered the U.S. Charts at No. 1, this British boy band stole the hearts of girls everywhere. If you want to get smile on Christmas morning, give your tween girl One Direction’s new release, Take Me Home. Or try the book, “Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction” (May 2012, Harper Collins). $12.99
Dodger by Sir Terry Pratchett (Sept. 2012, Harper Collins)
Bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett combines comedy with deep wisdom in this tale of an unexpected coming-of-age and one remarkable boy in the streets of London, finding his way in a complex and fascinating world. Dodger may be a thief, but his heart is in the right place. $17.99. Ages 13+
Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn (June 2012, Viking Juvenile)
Sixteen-year old Violet’s story appeals to teens interested in manga and art, taking readers into the heart of Japan to find a missing Van Gogh painting. “…a modern, unique whodunit,” says the L.A. Times. $17.99. Ages 12+.
Scrabble Catch Phrase
Think fast. The electronic Catchphrase game challenges you to come up with words and then pass the game fast so you don’t get caught holding the bag. Great for players of four or more. $19.99. Ages 12+.
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