What to get for spoiled kids

Bratz® Style Starz ($27.99), mgae.com. (Supplied)

Bratz® Style Starz ($27.99), mgae.com. (Supplied)

Thien Huynh, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 3:21 PM ET

The most difficult people to buy Christmas presents for are an unclassified love interest, “frenemies”, and someone who has everything, according to a recent survey by Groupon.com.

However, anyone with kids, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews can attest that spoiled children present the biggest holiday shopping challenge – especially the ones that call you out for your inability to distinguish a Skylander action figure from a Lalaloopsy rag doll.

So instead of giftwrapping a lump of coal, here are some ideas for kids venturing on the naughty side of Santa’s list.

Bratz (for brats): Bratz® Style Starz (ages six and up)

Price: $27.99

Where to buy: Mgae.com

Although the irony will totally be lost on your kid, you can at least have alittle chuckle to yourself when giving your little brat a Bratz doll for Christmas. The popular doll brand’s Style Starz line features a “Pop Star” figurine with a changeable trendy outfit, flashy shoes, stage makeup and two wigs. Each doll even comes with a unique song, microphone and stand. Watch out though - giving your kid this as a Christmas gift could turn your brat into a potential mini-diva.

Blast from the furry past: The New Furby (ages five and up)

Price: $69.99

Where to buy: Furby.com

If your child sometimes acts like a little monster, it's only appropriate they get one, too.

For those who don’t remember (or tried to forget), Furby was the Christmas craze of 1998. Children insanely wanted one, and the little furball drove parents crazy. This year, Furby’s back with a vengeance.

"Popular toys this year will be the ‘classic’ names being re-energized and enhanced for the next generation of kids,” explained Kerry George, chair of the Canadian Toy Association.

“Making a big comeback are new gender-neutral versions of Furby, Elmo, Tigger and several others whose personalities now come alive in new and interactive ways."

The New Furby associates with a free app for your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone. It learns English and changes personality the more you play with it. The potential drawback to this toy? Aside from the high price tag, you might end up with two pesky little monsters instead of just one.

 D.I.Y. Skateboarding: Lil’Rockit Skateboard Builder Kit (ages 10 )

Price: $125.99 (everything you need to make two boards)

Where to buy: Roarockit.com

If you have a rambunctious kid that loves to carve and ollie all over the place with little regard for their skateboard or their own well-being, Roarockit’s Lil’Rockit skateboard builder kit will teach them a thing or two about valuing their property.

The new Lil' Rockit skateboard kit offers kids the opportunity to create their own mini-cruiser. Measuring just 23 inches long, the smaller board appeals to young kids who get their introduction to the sport riding something their own size.

As an added bonus, all that tinkering around with tools might prep your kid to start helping you around the house with post-Christmas renovation chores, like fixing the bannister that they broke while skateboarding in the house.

Baby Bytes: Sony VAIO Duo Convertible Ultrabook (ages seven months and up)

Price: Starting at $1219.99

Where to buy: Store.sony.ca

I wasn’t going to include a computer in this children’s gift guide - until I watched my seven month old son Luke play around with the touch-screen enabled Sony VAIO Duo Convertible Ultrabook. It has all the power of a HD laptop with a 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 for adult work, but also acts like a tablet with the brand new Windows 8 loaded that makes screen navigation as easy as child’s play. In fact, Lil’Luke was treating it like a smartphone – touching the screen to easily sort through my emails, videos, and games. I then came to the sad realization that my computer savvy infant was already familiar with Windows 8, while I was still stuck in Windows 7.

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