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With the holidays nearly upon us, I keep begging my children to put together their gift lists. I like to get my shopping done early, but I never know what’s popular now and what gifts are going to stick through December and into the new year! Luckily, our Social Moms are here to help with their top, must-have toys for girls and boys this holiday season.

For Girls: Welcome Home Monsters

Monster High is a huge hit with girls today, and there are a variety of new products available. The Deluxe High School playset is a real WOW gift for the holidays! Extra-large and brightly colored, it features multiple levels and rooms with monster surprises, including a hidden office for Headmistress Bloodgood™ and a front hallway that doubles as a party room. There’s a classroom, Creepateria™, Vampire Lounge, and more!

Monster High has also come out with a new set of dolls just in time for the holiday season! The Welcome to Monster High doll collection is the perfect accessory for the Deluxe High School. The dolls are inspired by the new DVD “Welcome to Monster High – The Origins Story,” a movie which reveals how the Monster High story came to be.

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Kristin at MomTrends tells us why the Monster High Deluxe High School playset is her “hero” gift this year:

“What is this top holiday gift for girls you ask? Enter the Monster High® Deluxe High School playset. First off, I have to tell you how HUGE this playset is. (Don’t worry it folds up nicely so you can store it). If you’re looking for maximum impact with your gift, this will do the trick. Not only is it large and in charge, but all those vibrant colors will thoroughly engage your kids. The Monster High Deluxe High School playset includes multiple levels which can be traveled between via the bright blue stairs. Just think about all the storytelling possibilities all those rooms offer!”

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Brett with This Mama Loves shares her favorite features of the set:

“One of the things my girls love about the Monster High® Deluxe High School is that there are tons of surprises, like the headmistress’ office, which is revealed when the clock tower is opened. And get this, the front hallway doubles as a party room. There is even a radio booth and signage in the room above and tentacles that pop out from the locker to make a seat or let your dolls stand up!”

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Any Tots reveals their love of the Draculaura doll and DVD:

“I can honestly say the Dance the Fright Away Draculaura Doll is a must have. Any girl would love to have it. The details, the dress, the accessories, even Draculaura’s make-up is just to die for (pun intended!). Make sure to buy the DVD and the doll, they go hand in hand as Draculaura comes out in the movie in this dress during their monster party. Together, it’s a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer. Or, if you can’t wait, just throw a movie night like we did.”

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Midget Momma says she loves the message behind the Monster High DVD:

“Not only do I love that this movie entertaining for the kids (ok and myself too) , I also love the positive lessons it teaches my girls. It teaches a great lesson on how no matter what we should love each other and no one should be left out! This is something that I am always looking to reinforce with my girls, there is never too much reinforcement on being kind and including everyone!”

For Boys: The Ultimate in Hot Wheels

My son absolutely adores Hot Wheels, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the Hot Wheels® Ultimate Garage! With a variety of cool and engaging features, kids will be entertained for hours. And with 36 spots to park, kids can showcase and store all of their favorite cars. Once you’ve loaded your vehicles, take them on a variety of wild adventures. From air to land to sea, this set covers it all!

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Melissa at Best Friends For Frosting shares how much her son loves this Hot Wheels garage:

“Let me tell you, Charlie has quite the #HotWheelsUltimate collection, but this toy is HUGE and stores all of his cars (plus, the cars he is about to find in his stocking!). 😉 Oh, and did I mention it also connects to his other Hot Wheels tracks that he got a few months back for his birthday?! How fun!”

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Jasmine with Simply Real Moms reveals why this toy is perfect for siblings:

“The Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage is great for kids of all ages. My kids have a 4-year age gap and tend to not want to do the same things as each other, but with Hot Wheels, it really brings them both together. The Ultimate Garage is huge–in a good way. It’s the biggest hot wheels garage ever, which allows my kids to easily play together or separately, and also have their friends over to join in on the fun. There are also so many fun features included in the toy that can spark their imagination. Some of my kids’ favorites include the chomping shark, tune-up shop and gas station, and racing ramps.”

What are your favorite toys this season?