Rockabye Baby! The 5-Year Anniversary Compilation | BABY 1 of 25
If only AC/DC and Metallica could’ve known that their hits would one day be remade into kids sleepy-time music. This two-CD set collects rock songs-turned-lullabies from Rockabye Baby’s catalog — all of them safe for the nursery.
Get it from Amazon, $23.24
Brainy Baby Animals Bundle Pack | BABY 2 of 25
This gift set is designed to grow with your kiddo, from the soothing diversion of the Animals: Apes to Zebras DVD to the board book and flash cards that help develop reading and recognition skills.
Get it from the Brainy Store, $24.99
Little Pim Spanish Deluxe Gift Set | BABY 3 of 25
This set of three DVDs and one CD from the award-winning Little Pim series brings Spanish lessons to su casa while your kids’ minds are at their most malleable. It also comes with word and phrase cards as well as a Little Pim plushie that kids will love.
Get it from Little Pim, $84.95
LeapFrog 3-DVD Learning Collection + Book | TODDLER 4 of 25
This set combines the previously released LeapFrog DVDs The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park, Numbers Ahoy, and Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory with a new book, On the Go, that lets kids practice the skills they’re learning ...
Get it from Amazon, $21.99
The Lion King Diamond Edition | TODDLER 5 of 25
Every generation needs a reason to shout, “Hakuna matata!” The Lion King returns for 2011 with every possible video format in one collection — Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, and even 3D, if your family has the means to play it.
Get it from Amazon, $29.99
Sesame Street: Once upon a Monster for Xbox 360 + Kinect | TODDLER 6 of 25
We’ve all gotten lost in a good story, but in Once Upon a Monster, kids use the Kinect controller to become characters in a Sesame Street “living storybook,” where they solve puzzles and make monster friends along the way.
Get it from Amazon, $49.99
Cars 2 | KIDS 4-8 7 of 25
Sure, we could’ve used a little less James Bond (and a little less Mater) in the sequel to Cars. But kids loved Cars 2, and now they can enjoy the movie in your own car — whether it’s on DVD, Blu-ray, or as an iPad-ready digital copy. Get it from Amazon »
Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS | KIDS 4-8 8 of 25
The classic Super Mario franchise finally arrives on Nintendo’s glasses-free 3D gaming system, adding a whole new dimension — literally — to the platforms, tunnels, and worlds kids have been exploring for years. Get it from Amazon, $39.96 »
LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 | KIDS 4-8 9 of 25
Despite the dark turns of the last few Harry Potter installments, we can still count on LEGO Harry Potter for a cheeky good time. Sure, there are chills and thrills, but the silly spills make this game ideal for kids who might be spooked by the movies. Get it from Amazon, $49.96 »
Disney Universe for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC | KIDS 4-8 10 of 25
No matter which Disney or Pixar characters are favorites in your home, odds are good that you’ll get to play as them — or at least explore their worlds — in Disney’s wide-open new multiplayer adventure. Get it from Amazon, $47.99 »
Willy Wonka 11 of 25
Gather the whole family and revisit the most wonderful candy factory of all in this ultimate collector’s edition of the 1971 film. Trust us: You’ve never truly seen an Oompa-Loompa until you’ve experienced it in HD. Get it from Amazon, $44.99 »
Dance Central 2 for Xbox 360 + Kinect | KIDS 8-12 12 of 25
Any video game that gets the kids moving is all right with us — but in Dance Central 2, the multiplayer routines feel so much like honest-to-goodness training that you might start thinking about starting your own family dance crew.
Get it from Amazon, $49.99 »
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii | KIDS 8-12 13 of 25
It’s been 25 years since the first Zelda game, but the puzzles and quests remain as epic as ever. This time, however, the Wii’s motion controls bring kids into the action to swing swords, shoot arrows, and interact with magical creatures. Get it from Amazon, $49.99 »
Little House on the Prairie: The Complete 9-Season Set on DVD | KIDS 8-12 14 of 25
We used to have to wait a week for each new episode of Little House on the Prairie. Now, your kids can visit the Ingalls family’s 19th-century world whenever they like, on a 21st-century format that comes complete with hours of bonus material. Get it from Amazon, $121.99 »
Family Game Night 4: The Game Show for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii | KIDS 8-12 15 of 25
Hasbro’s motion-controlled Family Game Night video game series returns to put us into life-sized versions of our favorite board games. Mostly, however, we love it because there are never any lost pieces. Get it from Amazon, $38.99 »
Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey | MOM 16 of 25
We’re always up for a good period drama, but PBS’ aristocratic saga Downton Abbey is a great one. Packing the award-winning U.K. series (which resumes in 2012) onto three discs, this edition has everything Mom needs to get hooked. Get it from Amazon, $17.49 »
Zumba Fitness 2 for Wii | MOM 17 of 25
Okay, so maybe nothing compares to experiencing a Zumba class in real life, but with Zumba Fitness 2, Mom and up to three friends can stage their own class anytime — spangles optional. Get it from Amazon, $39.96 »
Twister Mania for Xbox 360 + Kinect | MOM 18 of 25
Twister may have left behind its game mat and spinner to come to Xbox 360 — but with this game’s 16 new variations and 1,800 crazy shapes to play, we’re looking forward to getting mixed up with it again. Get it from Amazon, $44.99 »
Marbles Mind Music CD | MOM 19 of 25
You’ve heard of the Mozart Effect, but what about classical music that exercises the other corners of your brain? This CD promises to kick-start everything from your creativity to your health — and if nothing else, it’s a great way to mellow out. Get it from the Brain Store, $13.99 »
Forza Motorsport 4 for Xbox 360 | DAD 20 of 25
Dad may never get that Ferrari of his dreams, but with Forza Motorsport 4, he can experience the next best thing. Pretend racing has never looked — or felt — so real. Get if from Amazon, $50 »
Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) on Blu-ray | DAD 21 of 25
Dad’s all about Episodes IV-VI, while the kids swear by Episodes I-III. With this set, both sides of the house can enjoy their favorite Star Wars installments in HD glory, complete with new scenes. Get it from Amazon, $86.99 »
Band of Brothers/The Pacific Special Edition Blu-ray Gift Set | DAD 22 of 25
Managing to capture the scope of WWII across two Emmy-winning miniseries, HBO’s Band of Brothers and The Pacific now come in one package, complete with a documentary that’ll have Dad riveted. Get it from Amazon, $99.99 »
The Help Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy | GRANDPARENTS 23 of 25
While there’s no discounting its Civil Rights-era subject matter, The Help also dominated theaters this summer because it was about human relationships. Rekindle yours with Grandma and watch it together. Get it from Amazon, $29.99 »
Deepak Chopras Leela for Xbox 360 + Kinect and Wii | GRANDPARENTS 24 of 25
You play it on a game console, but Deepak Chopra’s Leela isn’t a video game. It’s more a guided-meditation experience for grown-ups, aimed at chilling you out and realigning your energy — so instead of a controller all that’s needed is an open mind. Get it from Amazon, $47.97 »
Law 25 of 25
Now that Law & Order has finished its run, you don’t need to wait for reruns to catch your favorite episode again. This 104-disc set contains all 20 seasons plus an episode guide — and, of course, lots of that familiar “dun-dun” tone. Get it from Amazon, $449.99 »
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