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This Star Wars gadget is the coolest thing this side of the galaxy. It's a lamp, alarm clock and MP3 speaker all in one, encased in two of the space epic's favorite characters—choose from super villain Boba Fett or the Dark Lord himself, Darth Vader.
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Is she so over Twilight? Written by Lisi Harrison, Monster High follows Frankie Stein (granddaughter of, you guess it, Frankenstein) as she struggles to find her place in her new high school, where teen monsters secretly mix in with the "normie" student body. The result? Hilarious, spooky tween fun.
Step aside, Wii. Playstation's got a motion-controlled gaming system of its own—and it is awesome. Packaged for those who already have a Playstation 3, the Move Starter Bundle includes a wireless controller, a motion-detecting Eye camera and the super-fun Sports Champions video game (rated E for Everyone 10+).
When it's too cold to hit the playground courts, he can still practice his skills with this mini indoor hoop. Modeled after professional b-ball baskets, the SKLZ hoop has a spring-action rim, a shatterproof backboard and a foam-padded backing to protect your doors from damage—no matter how many times he slam dunks.
No guitar? No problem! He can play his favorite rock riffs with this musical shirt based on real electric guitar chords. To rock out in style, he'll need to clip the mini amp to his pocket or belt, and strum away using the magnetic pick.
This mini box of questions is a must-have for any sleepover. Each card has a quirky question (Which TV character would you like to be your real life best friend? What would you ask your pet if it could answer you?) that'll help her get to know and bond with her besties. Innocent fun—no dares here!
Have a Ball!
Help them burn off some that energy with these cool, lightweight hand trampolines from Ogosport. Your kiddo can bounce the koosh ball back and forth with a partner or play solo—either way he'll get a great workout and boost hand-eye coordination. Bonus points: the disks double as Frisbees!
Gifts with Heart
This sweet handmade necklace features a dainty butterfly charm on an 18-in thin chain, and an inspiring message card. Profits from purchase will go to Girls Learn International, a nonprofit organization supporting universal girls' education. (Also available in sterling silver.)