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Get a head start on … gifts for little ones

If you play with them first, we totally won’t tell. 

1: Vamped up …



Back up, Barbie — Mattel’s new Monster High dolls have a dark side to their pink pumps. But even so, how cute is Draculaura?
$16.99, www.mattel.com


2: … or dolled up



But no worries, B — there will always be a spot in the pink convertible for you. The new Barbie “I Can Be …” line features motivated career women, from veterinarians to computer engineers to snowboarders.
$12.99, www.mattel.com


3: Designing tweens




Teen Vogue’s new bedding line has something for every budding designer, but we love the Malibu Surfer collection, complete with a reversible tie-dyed pattern. A one-year Teen Vogue subscription is included with each comforter purchase.
$20-$90 at JCPenny, www.jcp.com


4: Take off




Not only is it 100 percent playable, but this vintage pedal plane from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child will look adorable in the playroom or living room.
$399, www.rhbabyandchild.com


5: Got game?




The classic Operation gets an update with Buzz Lightyear, who needs a little tuning up.
$20, www.hasbro.com


6: Sweet rides




The Early Rider “balance bike” doesn’t have pedals, so it lets preschoolers scoot along and figure things out at their own speed without any (very uncool) training wheels.
$160-$180, www.tykerider.com


7: In the bag




You can’t go wrong with these purses from LittleMissMatched — next to makeup and maybe an iPhone, there is nothing your niece wants more.
$20, www.littlemissmatched.com

 
 
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