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Caught Dad trying to regift that croquet set you gave him last year? Take heart. Our holiday gift guide is full of expert picks — covering gadgets, décor, toys and more — that everyone on your list (and maybe you, too) is guaranteed to love.

Author JACQUELINE DETWILER

GIFT GUIDE: TOYS

Expert Pick
NOTEWORTHY

Children’s toys, like children’s movies, require a certain degree of absurdity to hold the attention of adults as well as that of their target audience. These adorably ridiculous, award-winning Sing-a-ma-jigs Duets, which open their mouths to belt out notes like opera singers, have exactly that. “They’re cute monsters that sing and make strange sounds when you squeeze them,” says Barry Kudrowitz, toy designer and University of Minnesota assistant professor of product design. “Just like me!”
$19 / www.thesingamajigs.com

ALL DOLLED UP
What better way to learn the intricacies of modern home décor than with Brinca Dada’s contemporary Dylan dollhouse? Pick one up, and in no time at all, your kids will be walking into rooms and saying things like “Great space!”
$149 / www.brincadada.com

UP TO SPEED
When your own kids are tearing around the living room on Acorn’s retro silver speedster, your father won’t be able to yell, “Slow down! When I was your age, we didn’t have speedy-lookin’ racers like that!” Because, honestly, they probably did.
$110 / www.acorntoyshop.com

BLOCK PARTY
Like a combination of tangrams, Legos and origami but with a little more edge, Paper Punk building blocks are perfect for your budding Claes Oldenburg. Just keep an eye on his mohawk — most kindergarten teachers frown on those.
$19 / www.paperpunk.com

BRIGHT LIGHTS, LITTLE CITY
Kids are always building cities out of building blocks, so why not give them a leg up with a prefabricated version of New York City or Tokyo from Muji? That should give them plenty of time to focus on building tiny bankers, taxi cabs and pigeons.
$14 / www.muji.us

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