2012 Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas from Hallmark

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Bell the Husky Pup Interactive Story Buddy From Hallmark

Bell the Husky Pup Interactive Story Buddy from Hallmark

Like an elf in Santa's workshop, Hallmark works year-round to create gifts that families will love. Here are the top ten gift ideas for Christmas 2012 from Hallmark.

Interactive Story BuddiesTM
With new characters and enhanced technology, Hallmark Interactive Story BuddiesTM can help families experience story time magic in more ways and in more places. Bell, Hallmark's new character for Holiday 2012, and Jingle the Husky Pup are plush Story Buddies who chime in when people read key phrases in their corresponding books. This year, Story Buddies not only come with a book, they come with an audio CD and free online and mobile games that each Story Buddy interacts with, as well. $34.95

Be a Part of the Story
Hallmark's new interactive storybook line - Be a Part of the Story - encourages kids to immerse themselves in story time by having conversations with storybook characters. When highlighted lines are read aloud, the main character chimes in with a special question or choice for a child to answer. Once the child answers, the story continues. Change an answer - change the story, giving multiple story options in one book. Titles include A Visit to the North Pole, A Day at Fairy Godmother's and All Aboard. $24.95

Recordable Storybooks
Hallmark Recordable Storybooks feature voice-capture technology that enables a person to record each page of a book and have it played back over and over as the recipient turns the pages, so families can participate in holiday story time with loved ones even if distance causes them to be apart. There are more than 20 everday books in the Hallmark Recordable Storybook collection. This year's holiday collection features seven titles including All I Want for Christmas, Jingle's Magic Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®. $19.95

Text BandsTM
Text BandsTM are a cool new way for kids to let friends know what's on their minds. Kids enter a message into the Text Band, and when they see friends wearing Text Bands, they connect with them with a fist bump. The bands will light up and the message will transfer from band to band. And just in time for Christmas adds a new twist with licensed style bands featuring characters, shows and singers kids love including singer Cody Simpson and the hit Disney show "Shake It Up!" $14.95 starter kit, $4.95 style bands

Until We Hug AgainTM Plush
Share the love of a hug when a loved one can't be there with new Until We Hug AgainTM recordable plush toys. Press the paw of a brown and blue bear or pink bunny to record a personal message. When the plush is hugged, the child will hear a loved one's voice over and over again. $29.95

Grab-n-Gabs - Tell the Elf
Make family gatherings a bit more lively with this fill-in-the blank story game. Simply answer the questions and Tell the Elf will convert any voice into a little elf voice. Makes it fun and easy for all ages of the family to connect and laugh together. Everyday Grab-n-Gab games are also available, including Chatty Chipmunk, Likewise the Owl and Ned the Letterhead. $19.95
North Pole Countdown Keepsake Ornament
Kids will love turning the dial on the North Pole Countdown Keepsake Ornament. Gather your family around the radio each night starting December 1 and tune in to hear radio updates from the North Pole and track Santa's progress towards Christmas Eve. $24.95

Hallmark turned Christmas karaoke up notch with Merry-oke, a microphone that changes a voice to sound like an elf. The microphone comes loaded with six pre-recorded holiday songs to sing along to - "O Christmas Tree," "Deck the Halls," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "Jolly Old St. Nick" and "Up on the Housetop." Sing along to the original lyrics from the included song book, or take a try at the parody lyrics for added silliness. $19.95

Countdown Cards
With the help of Mickey Mouse or one of Santa's friendly elves, these cards double as a holiday greeting and a functioning countdown clock. Display the card and watch the days and hours tick away, bringing you closer to the excitement of Christmas Day. $6.99

Movie Magic
Give the gift of new Hallmark holiday classics "Jingle and Bell's Christmas Star" or "Jingle All the Way." Both holiday movies are available on DVD and can be enjoyed by the whole family all season long. $9.95 each

About Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what's in their hearts and spend time together – a privilege few other companies in the world enjoy. Hallmark greeting cards and other products are found in more than 38,000 retail outlets in the United States, including the network of flagship Hallmark Gold Crown® stores. The brand also reaches people online at Hallmark.com and on television through Hallmark Hall of Fame original movies and cable's top-rated Hallmark Channel. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. This privately held company is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is led by the third generation of the founding Hall family. Visit http://corporate.hallmark.com for more details.

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