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New Products for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

Our weekly showcase of what's new in shopping trends
2013-12-19T18:30:00Z 2013-12-26T12:55:08Z New Products for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013Compiled by Philip Potempa,, (219) 852-4327

Church flowers

Thomas Kinkade's Starry Night by Teleflora is the beautiful 2013 offering adding another feature to the favorite ever-growing little town of the holidays. A tribute to Thomas Kinkade, "the Painter of Light," this charming hand-crafted, hand-painted centerpiece is a heartwarming reminder of the beauty and wonder of the holiday season. The illuminated scene sits atop bright red roses and features a brilliant chapel that lights up as a family approaches via horse-drawn sleigh.

WHERE TO BUY: $79.95 at your local florist or

Balancing act

Thames & Kosmos Gyrobot explores the world of gyroscopes, which are used in countless devices, from smartphones, tablets and video game controllers to airplanes and space telescopes. Gyroscopes perform tasks ranging from the everyday to the extraordinary. With this kit, children can explore the astonishing powers of the gyroscope by building seven motorized models, including a robot that can balance on two linear wheels and move along a tightrope. For ages 8 and older.

WHERE TO BUY: $44.95 at

Green scene

This socially responsible toy line is 100 percent made in the USA and features a fun selection of toys for boys, girls and infants too all made from recycled materials and free of toxins, such as the Green Toys Rocket. It's a fully equipped, two-in-one set that includes a detachable top capsule and two astronauts that sport molded spacesuits, helmet, and dual-tank backpacks. The Rocket has a large door that flips down to double as a set of steps up into the main cavity, while the detachable nose cone capsule has its own door that opens to reveal buttons, dials and more. It's for ages 2 and older.

WHERE TO BUY: $24.99 at

Ride on

Mobo Total Tot has the Roll-to-Ride Three Wheeled Cruiser, designed so it can first be pushed by an adult and then ridden by a child. It has a seat belt and adjustable push bar. It can play an integral role in the development of a toddler's motor skills and hand-eye coordination while cruising outdoors enhances a child's observation skills and stimulate their imagination.

WHERE TO BUY: $239 at

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