Elmo dolls always balance on the fine line between genius and insanity. This year he spells his name with big-arm gestures to a variant of the Village People's classic YMCA. fisher-price.com ($20)
A fast walker and a big talker (if Caveman can be considered a language), this one is more excitable than your average toy. Just beware its kung fu fury--and audible bodily functions. wowwee.com ($100)
Playskool VideoNow Jr.
With a color screen and a chunky design suitable for small hands, this videodisc player can be a road-trip pacifier. Titles include full-length episodes of The...