When it comes to the holidays, kids have a fantastic tendency to let you know their favourite gifts in advance, but those much-desired items may not always be the best options for them. If you're trying to stay away from video games or DVDs that will keep them staring at a screen for hours, there are toys out there that will let them have fun while also teaching them basic skills.
The Huffington Post Canada Living team has gathered some of this season's hottest toys that will also help kids build developmental skills.
And if you're shopping for several kids with different personalities, check out our toy guide for kids.
Let us know what you think. Which ones are your favourites? Tell us on Twitter @huffpostcaliv or our Facebook page. The Huffington Post Canada has also put together lists of top toys for kids this year, generic gifts that work for everyone, and many more.