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Give Santa a hand with this great guide to toys

Want the best playthings for your children? The Oppenheims are here with their latest "Toy Portfolio." Read an excerpt.

As the holidays approach, it’s the question every parent (and grandparent and friend) faces: What toys will be fun for kids but also safe and educational?

Fortunately, there’s help at hand, from “Today” contributor Stephanie Oppenheim and her fellow toy testers (and family members), Joanne and James Oppenheim. Each fall the Oppenheims issue their “Toy Portfolio,” which rates the best toys, videos, books, music and software for kids.

Stephanie was invited on the show to talk about some of her favorites, as featured in the latest edition of the “Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.” including the products given the “Platinum” award, the Oppenheims’ highest accolade. (Please note: This is a PDF file.)