Here are a few new characters in town that we think you should meet.
Made by WowWee, the company that brought us the amazing MiP, Chippies and Robosapien, Fingerlings Hugs are surprisingly low-tech — but no less entertaining.
These adorable monkeys are made to be tossed, tickled, scratched, rocked, shaken, patted, hung upside down, kissed and, of course, hugged.
Everything you do produces a different response, ranging from squeals of delight to burps and farts. Hugs also record short messages whispered in their ear.
About $24. fingerlings.com
AUGGIE PULLMAN PLUSH
Auggie is the hero from the R.J. Palacio’s mega-selling “Wonder” series. And this 12-inch plush version is the perfect way to bring a little kindness into your family’s post-holiday life.
As Augie says, “I know I can’t change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see.”
The plush ($23) can be purchased with “We’re All Wonders” ($19), which makes Auggie’s message accessible to younger readers. yottoy.com
Buddy, a friendly puppy with a cowlick, comes with five books, each of which introduces a different theme, including shapes, colors, letters, emotions and opposites.
He also plays Brahms’ lullaby and doubles as a colorful nightlight.
Batteries required. For ages 2-5. Under $42. leapfrog.com
Looking for something huggable but, perhaps, a little smaller? These soft, cuddly, 8-inch slap bracelets will grab onto your hand, arm, leg, or just about anything else.
Chose from chimp, panda, reindeer, penguin, black cat (with glow-in-the-dark eyes), bat, bald eagle, shark and dozens more.
$ 7.99 each. wildrepublic.com