Top-10 Car-Themed Gifts for Kids
Edmunds.com Editors' Top-10 Car-Themed Gifts for Kids; The Newest Toys, Books and Video Games Guaranteed to Delight Budding Car Enthusiasts
SANTA MONICA, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 15, 2005 Editors at Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, are coming to the rescue of parents who want to indulge their kids' budding enthusiasm for cars, yet haven't found the ideal gift as the holidays quickly approach.
Even if getting their driver' license is years in the future, lucky kids will take delight in a wide range of new car-themed toys, books and video games that range in price from $7.95 to $299. The Edmunds.com editors' favorites (just in the nick of time):
1. Lego Ferrari F430 Spider
Ferrari 430 Spider 1:17 available at Lego Store
Lego makes racer models priced from $3.99 to $49.99, but the Edmunds.com editors' favorite is the $39.99 Spider, an authentic 1:17 scale copy of the Ferrari 430 Spider.
2. Nintendo Mario Kart DS Bundle
Rated: E for Everyone; best suited for those over 6
This special holiday pack bundles the Limited-Edition Hot Rod Red
Nintendo DS portable with the high-quality, kid-friendly Mario
Kart DS game. The bundle costs $149.99, but the game can be
purchased separately ($34.99) if the child already owns a Nintendo
3. Electronic Arts Burnout Revenge
Rated: E10+ for mild violence
Winner of "Best Racing Game" at the 2005 Electronics Entertainment
Expo (e3), "Burnout Revenge" even makes rabid fans out of
driving-game haters. Available for PS2 and Xbox, $39.99.
Available at Amazon.com
4. Fisher-Price Power Wheels Cadillac(R) Escalade(TM) Custom Edition
This Fisher-Price/Toys "R" Us exclusive has almost as many features
and "bling" as the real thing. Like its namesake, this
top-of-the-line pick has a hefty price tag: $290.
5. Safety 1st C5 Racer Corvette
Chocked full of features, this sturdy, super-realistic ride-on-top
model seats two, has great racing sounds and is priced at $299.99.
Colors include Bubble Gum Pink with flower decals for the girls.
6. Have Fries -- Will Travel! The Adventures of a Veggie-Powered Car
and an Eco-Rap StarAvailable at Amazon.com
By Linda K. Hempel and Kathy Dotson
A unique book (complete with celebrity introduction by Daryl
Hannah) that makes the "green" subject accessible and fun.
Published by New Society Publishers and priced at $12.95.
7. Everything I Know About Cars: A Collection of Made-Up Facts,
Educated Guesses, and Silly Pictures about Cars, Trucks, and
Other Zoomy ThingsAvailable at Amazon.com
By Tom Lichtenheld
Author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld is a longtime favorite of
children everywhere, having penned similar "Everything I Know..."
books about monsters and pirates. In his new "Cars" book, kids will
learn a made-up history of cars and motor travel, how cars
(supposedly) work, how to be a good passenger, and even offers tips
for kids on how to design and draw their own vehicles. It retails
8. Crashed, Smashed, And Mashed: A Trip to Junkyard HeavenAvailable at Amazon.com
By Joyce Slayton Mitchell and Steven Borns
What happens to a car after it dies? This new paperback edition of
the 2001 hardcover gives kids (and adults) a glimpse into a world
they might not ever see for themselves. From Tricycle Press for
9. NASCAR, a DK Eyewitness BookAvailable at Amazon.com
By James Buckley
There are plenty of other NASCAR books, but those who have read DK
Eyewitness books know that nothing compares to the way they tell
the story via large color photos, graphs and fun facts. The book
retails for $15.99.
10. Reed and Barton Silver-Plated Race Car Bank
'Silversmiths Reed and Barton, well-known for their flatware and
giftware, offer this classy 6 3/4-inch, tarnish-resistant model
from their Antique Toy Bank Collection. If the child's first word
(after "Mama" or "Dada") was "car," this shiny toy priced at $35
will elicit the kind of squeals that don't come from tires.
For more details about these gifts, additional "honorable mention" ideas for car-themed kids' presents, and time-saving links to find these gifts online.
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