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December 14, 2012 Holiday Gift Garage: Week Four - Gifts for the Kids

Welcome back, AskPatty shoppers!  This week in the AskPatty Nation our Gift Garage series continues, and it's all about the kids - or the kids in all of us.  These gifts are sure to delight and inspire the young racer, engineer, or auto enthusiast as well as the older ones.  Let's get going!

SlotcarCarrera Marvel - The Avengers "Hero Team Chase" Race Set:  Here's a hobby that you may remember - slot car racing!  Believe it or not, slot car racing's still alive and well.  Introduce the classic racing hobby to your kids with this set from classic slot car maker Carrera.  They'll love assembling the track and readying the cars - and the Marvel Avengers theme should really pique their interest!  If this gift is a hit, this set is fully compatible with all the other Carrera slot car sets, so you can add cars and expand your track - the sky is the limit!


MariokartMario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS - If you asked me "what is the one racing video game I need?" the answer would definitely be one of the amazing Mario Kart series.  These go-kart racing games featuring characters from the Super Mario Brothers saga of games are innovative, addictive, and way too much fun.  This year, the latest in the series is Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS handheld.  For the first time, drivers explore new competitive kart possibilities, such as soaring through the skies or plunging to the depths of the sea. New courses, strategic new abilities and customizable karts bring the racing excitement to new heights.  This one's gonna be a hit!

XboxXbox 360 Holiday Bundle with Exclusive Amazon Holiday Bonus - And speaking of video games, if you're in the market for a new console, this is an unbeatable deal (and I should know, I just bought one myself!).  The Xbox 360 holiday bundle comes with the console, a 250gb hard drive (that's a lot of storage!), a wireless controller, headset, a free month of Xbox LIVE Gold, a free month of Hulu Plus, a free month of Epix, the full game "Skyrim" as a downloadable install, AND the great auto racing game Forza Motorsport 4.  The Amazon Bonus actually adds to this - giving you an a whopping 3 months of Xbox LIVE Gold, 5 free digital arcade games to download, and a $10 Amazon Instant Video credit.  It's a huge bundle, don't let this one pass by. 

ZoobZOOBMobile Car Designer - Feed the brains of your budding engineers with this building kit.  ZOOB is "The Moving, Mind-Building Modeling System" where the five basic shapes you use to build with connect to each other in a mind-blowing array of ways, allowing you to build amazingly complex structures.  This kit contains pieces to build a wild assortment of cars - the only limit is your imagination!  Adults, playing with this kit will make us jealous that we only had Erector sets as kids - though to be fair, I did love my Erector set!

CarsLEGO Disney's Cars - Flo's V8 Café - And of course, if you're looking for building and creative expression, the only name you really need to know is LEGO.  These guys consistently make incredible sets of imagination-expanding building blocks.  This one is for fans of the Disney-PIXAR Cars series.  It's a LEGO re-creation of Flo's V8 Café, but it's just one of many, many Cars-themed building sets.  Let your imagination run wild!


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