Hottest Christmas Toys
Below you can choose from Top Mom's Picks 2014 and some other 'Hot and Popular' Christmas Toys that didn't make the list.
Top Mom's Picks For Christmas
The Hiccupotamus Children's Book
This is a fun story about a hippopotamus with a bad case of the hiccups.
Lovely artwork with great rhyming making for a silly story! Very funny "end credits" This Is a fun read out loud story time book!
"Lovely artwork with great rhyming making for a silly story! Very funny "end credits" This Is a fun read out loud story time book!" Amazon Customer Review Excerpt
Available online at: Amazon.com, Overstock.com and Walmart.com
Transformers Age of Extinction Stomp and Chomp Grimlock Figure
Grimlock is the biggest, baddest beast in the Transformers universe. This Stomp and Chomp Grimlock toy brings home the power of the might Dinobot warrior.
Your child can create awesome Transformers battle action with this giant T-Rex figure that converts from robot to dino and back in one awesome step. Place the included Optimus Prime figure on the dino's back to activate lights, sounds and pop-out weapons. Just imagine the two Transformers robots are riding into battle together.
Pop out weapons.
Light up eyes.
Works with Power Battlers and One-Step Changers figures(sold separately).
Available online at: Amazon.com and Walmart.com
Disney Frozen Castle and Ice Palace Playset
Inspired by the Disney film Frozen, this expandable play set allows girls to re-create the adventures of the film's two lead characters, sisters Anna and Elsa (dolls sold separately), opening to feature two beautiful settings: the impressive manse in Arendell that Anna calls home and the majestic ice palace Elsa creates high up in the mountains.
Anna's half of the playset is the perfect place for the lovable character to call home. Take the airy staircase upstairs where Anna can get ready at her vanity, complete with chair and perfume bottle. Downstairs, Anna can enjoy a tasty treat in her kitchen, which features a stovetop that flips into a tabletop, or she warm up by the “fire” on her cozy chaise complete with pink pillow.
Elsa's half features a massive room with a translucent blue “icy” throne, complete with a special spot to rest her scepter. Elsa stays beautiful with a vanity of her own, which doubles as a bed and has a beautiful printed blanket.
Flip the playset around to reveal a majestic “snowy” mountain with a slide for the sisters to take a ride.
Castle comes with 10+ film-inspired accessories, including an adorable Olaf the snowman figurine, who can also go for a ride down the mountain slide.
Dolls sold separately.
Available online at: Amazon.com and Walmart.com
Melissa and Doug Standing Easel
For the buding artist in your family. The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Easel, allows children to create art with paint, chalk, pens, crayons, markers, and more, all at one convenient station. And when art time is over, parents will appreciate the two-sided easel's easy-to-clean design. Designed for kids ages three and up, this easel will provide hours of creative activity that is both educational and enjoyable.
The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Easel features a bi-fold wood frame with two art stations, one on each side, which allows two children to work at one time. It's also designed to let children experiment with several different art media: on one side is a chalkboard, on the other is a dry erase board, and in between the two easel sides is a dowel for holding a butcher paper roll. (Paper must be purchased separately.)
Pull the paper through to either side of the easel for your child to paint or draw. Once the painting is complete, the paper can be torn neatly against the top of the frame and set aside to dry, and a new length of paper can be pulled down for the next art creation. The easel includes sturdy clips that can hold oversized individual art papers onto the easel's surfaces.
Early childhood education experts say that working on easels offers a variety of valuable learning opportunities for the preschool-aged child. Painting or drawing with large strokes encourages motor development while giving the child the opportunity to experiment with color, shapes, and the varied textures created by different art media.
Available online at: Amazon.com and Ebay.com
Fisher-Price Power Wheels Girl Dune Racer Ride On
The Fisher-Price Dune Racer provides a safe and fun way to get your kids into the driving action.
It features stylish pink and purple graphics & colors and a Monster Traction drive system that enables it to go on hard surfaces, wet grass and rough terrain.
Its sturdy steel frame with flashy "chrome" accents boasts an open cockpit design that is roomy enough to handle two riders. And with two forward drive speeds, one reverse speed and a 12-volt rechargeable battery, this Dune Racer offers hours of off-road fun for your adventurous little one!
Your child can drive 2.5 and 5 mph forward and 2.5 mph in reverse. It has a power-lock brake system.
Sports comfortable bucket seats and metal sidebars for hand support along with its flashy 'chrome' wheels and grille.
Recommended age: 3 years to 6 years.
Available online at: Amazon.com and Walmart.com
Hot Wheels Basic Car 50-Pack
Hot Wheels Basic Car 50-Pack: Reward your child with Hot Wheels cars. These 50 Hot Wheels 1:64 scale basic car collection comes in individual packages, making them the perfect hand-outs for any occasion. Or, give the entire gift bundle as a special gift for Christmas.
Features 50 Hot Wheels cars with branded Hot Wheels storing case.
Hot Wheels have been boys’ favorite push-around and racing vehicles for more than 45 years. Widely popular with both kids and collectors, the brand continues to blaze new trails and respond to innovative trends.
Kids will have hours of push around and racing fun with these colorful, cool wheels. Share them with friends for even more track, stunts, competitive and collaborative excitement! See which car gets the most speed and which handles curves like the pros.
The vehicles span classic and new models and are custom car replicas.
Storage case size is 14.4" x 5" x 8.2" and is a painted cardboard.
Available online at: Amazon.com and Walmart.com
Olive Kids Trains, Planes & Trucks Sleeping Bag
This indoor sleeping bag, and matching travel pillow, is perfect for sleepovers, nap time and living room camp-sites. Cotton/polyester exterior, 100% cotton flannel lining that keeps kids warm, happy and safe from boogie-monsters. Opens flat for use on a bed; embroidery friendly.
Recommended for ages 3+, up to 5 feet. tall.
Includes storage bag and elastic storage straps. Machine washable: front loader, gentle, cold.
Size: 66L x 30W x 1.5H inches.
Available online at: Bestinflatableairbed.com
Blast Zone Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer House
The Magic Castle is a very popular bounce house for kids. This version of the classic Blast Zone castle blows up in seconds and easily hold 3 kids or 300 pounds of little party-hoppers.
The "Safe Slope" Slide provides safe, easy access, and the surrounding netting and Hook-and-loop fastener entrance will keep kids safe while they bounce and have a blast!
The extra-durable commercial vinyl floor, and reinforced seams add extra bouncing life.
The UL-Approved blower supplies air continuously to the unit, while kids play safely on a pillow of air.
The Magic Castle is designed with extra high walls and netting, reaching a full 60" from the bounce platform! Kids are safely enclosed at all times, yet the spires are low enough to clear standard ceilings.
In just minutes, your inflatable adventure is ready to use. Simply unroll the product, attach the blower, inflate and stake down.
The Magic Castle is an ideal bounce house for backyards, indoors, sleepovers and more.
Blast Zone Inflatables are affordable, safe and fun!
Available online at: Amazon.com, Overstock.com and Walmart.com
Still Popular 2013 Toys for Christmas
LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol
This is a wonderful hands on activity that can be enjoyed alone or with friends or parents. The set contains a ton of play. There is a boat and raft that floats, 2 water cannons, a helicopter with pontoons, a submersible, a lighthouse with rocks and three sharks.
Also included are these minifigs; pilot, captain, first mate, second mate and a happy couple.
Accessories that are included are a dog, 2 life preservers, crab, 2 life jackets, walkie-talkie, an ice cream cone and a hat with headphones.
The Coast Guard Patrol Boat measures over 7" high, 15" long, 3" wide and the helicopter measures over 2" high, 6" long and 2" wide.
Best Prices at: Amazon.com (free shipping), Ebay.com (free shipping) and Walmart.com( free shipping available).
Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag
You child will love playing Doctor with her McStuffins Doctor's Bag.
It features a bag, play syringe, otoscope, blood pressue cuff, sticker sheet, bandage cuff and Doc's magical stethoscope.
Doc's magical stethoscope lights up and plays a magical sound.
Others who have purchased this product say that the bag is a little hard to open but most of their children have adjusted to it.
Affordable and can be found at: Amazon.com, Ebay.com and Walmart.com
Furby Boom Figure
This customer review on Amazon says it better than we can:
"The Furby BOOM is the second generation of the new versions of the Furby. They come in many cool colors and designs such as pink/polka dots, black white/zig zag, teal/peacock, etc. Furby's Boom technological features have also advanced been upgraded quite a bit since the previous version. The Furby Boom still comes equipped with led eyes that change shapes based on their expressions, moods and overall needs. You can customize your Furby's personality/attitude by how you treat him, this is not as simple or predictable as it sounds and the Furby Boom has twice as many responses as the original so it ensures that each Furby Boom will be unique to their owner and it's fun to watch over time. Some of the things you can do with your Furby are Feed him (with or without the Furby App), tickle him, Shake him, pull his tail (which now also works as a default sleep mode), play him music and so much more. ..."
Check out the different designs and colors at : Amazon.com (free Standard Shipping), Ebay.com (some with free shipping) and Walmart.com (free shipping available).
InnoTab 3S The Wi-Fi Learning Tablet
Download 350 educational games, e-books, music and videos specific to your child's unique stage of development, age and interests. These subjects cover reading, math, science, social studies, creativity, problem solving and so much more.
Everything spans from toddlers to gradeschoolers. Allow your child to expand their leaning potential while being entertained.
The Innotab 3S has a 5" color touch screen, 4 GB on-board memory - expandable up to 32GB with micro SD card (sold separately), E-Reader and Story Dictionary.
Also included: 180° 2.0 MP rotating camera/video recorder, Wonder Cam with over 55 photo effects and 20 total Apps included.
Includes rechargeable battery pack, AC Adaptor and 2 styluses.
Learn more about the InnoTab 3s at: Amazon.com (free Standard Shipping), Ebay.com or at Walmart.com (free shipping available)
LeapPad Ultra - The Ultimate Kids' Learning Tablet
The LeapPad Ultra is kid tough, durable and drop-tested. It has a built-in-9-hour-rechargeable-battery. It is built from the inside out for kids. There are kid friendly controls, an ultra-tough frame and a screen designed for a kid's light touch.
With the LeapPad Ultra your child will have access to 800+ fun games, ebooks and more...
It has a 7" hi-res screen and allows connectivity via Wi-Fi to kid friendly sites. An 8 GB Memory will hold up to 40,000 photos or 100+ Game Apps.
"This is a great educational tablet. If you have two children and a tablet for each, the peer- to-peer play is the best feature. I can't say enough about how fun the Kart Racing game is, my five year old girl asks me to play this constantly with her. Of course this game teaches math also, which is the point: learning while having fun. ..." Excerpt from Amazon Customer Review
Recommended age range: 4 to 9 years.
Check the pros and cons on this one in the reviews at Amazon.com.
Purchase your LeapFrog Ultra at: Amazon.com (free Standard Shipping), Ebay.com or at Walmart.com (free shipping available)
Monopoly Empire Game
It's the classic fast-trading property game with a brand new twist! When you play Monopoly Empire you've got a tower to fill with billboards. Buy your favorite brands when you land on their brand spaces, and slide your billboard into the tower.
Every time you pass GO, you collect the current value of your tower, so every brand you buy makes you richer! You can hit the top sooner if you buy an office, so start wheeling and dealing and build your way to the top in Monopoly Empire! Monopoly and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
You'll need to make tough decisions and smart moves to take down the competition and be the first to reach the top.
For ages 8 years and up. Good for 2 to 4 players.
Includes: gameboard, 4 Towers, 6 Tokens, 30 Billboard Tiles, 6 Office Tiles, 14 Chance Cards, 14 Empire Cards, Money Pack, 2 Dice and Game Guide.
Available online at: Amazon.com, Overstock.com and Walmart.com
Fisher-Price Thomas the Train - TrackMaster Avalanche Escape Set
Thomas must navigate a risky mountaintop track in the TrackMaster Avalanche Escape Set from Fisher-Price! After charging up a steep incline, he'll need to use his momentum to soar across a huge gap in the tracks!
As Thomas careens down the mountain, he'll also power through a rickety bridge with collapsing guardrails before he enters a spooky cave where he'll discover a fossil!
Thomas isn't home-free just yet, because there's a monster of a surprise lurking in the scrap yard!
Featuring an auto-reset function that enables continuous play, the Avalanche Escape Set delivers a nail-biting adventure that will test the speed and bravery of the No. 1 blue engine!
Playset is over 5 feet long and over a foot tall.
Includes motorized Thomas engine, cargo car, and fossil cargo piece.
Recommended Age: 3 years and up
Available Online at: Amazon.com and Walmart.com
Monster High 13 Wishes Gigi Grant Doll
As seen in the spine-tingling movie Monster High 13 Wishes, Gigi Grant — the daughter of a Genie. She totally enchants in her bewitching fashions and accessories.
She wears a monster-inspired genie outfit with gold detailing and comes with a lantern purse and fierce scorpion pet, Sultan Sting.
Gigi Grant may have to grant her finder any wish — good or bad — but she makes only great fashion choices for herself.
She wears a monster-inspired genie outfit, pairing a colorful top and stylish black pants with golden detailing. She accessorizes this enchanting ensemble with platform shoes, dazzling jewelry, and a matching lantern purse.
She comes with a personal diary, a hairbrush for touching up her ’do, and a doll stand for striking different poses. Plus, your ghoul will shriek with delight at the spooky-cute pet scorpion, Sultan Sting.
Lots of storytelling and fashion fun
Available Online at: Amazon.com and Walmart.com
Still Popular Top Dream Toys From Past Years
The LeapPad is a great learning device for kids. With the LeapPad thay can read e-books, listen to and play music, play learning games, enhance art and animation skills, do flash cards, learn writing and watch videos. In addition, it has a built-in camera and video recorder. Includes a stylus and fortunately a spare one. Comes in green and pink.
Uses rechargeable batteries and they run out quickly, so be prepared.
Best Prices at: Amazon.com, Ebay.com and Walmart.com.
You might also want to consider these accessories:
Leappad Case - To help keep it protected when not in use.
Headphones so you yourself don't have to listen to the games and activities when traveling or just close by.
Sesame Street Let's Rock Elmo
This fun toy allows pre-schoolers to make music with the much adored and beloved Elmo. Elmo plays six songs that your children will love dancing and singing along while Elmo uses his microphone and sings and plays the tom-tom style drums and a tambourine.
Elmo's version of the Alphabet Song makes learning the ABCs fun for small children. Designed for ages 18 months and up.
This toy requires 6 AA batteries. Be aware that Let's Rock Elmo does not have the soft cuddly feeling as other Elmo toys. It is best to sit him on a hard surface where he can perform at his best.
Resonably Priced at: Amazon.com (Free Shipping), Ebay.com (plus shipping) and Walmart.com (free ship to store).
Let's Rock Elmo also interacts with other Let's Rock instruments like the Let's Rock Guitar or Keyboard. These items are sold separately so if you think your child is going to really enjoy this toy then you may want to purchase these toys as well.
Find other loveable Elmo toys at Elmo's World.
You will be impressed with the quality of the photos your child takes. This Vtech Kidizoom Spin & Smile Digital Camera offers 4 major functions; photography, moving making, photo editing and 5 cool games. Your child can even take a photo of themselves by using the innovative rotating lens.
This Vtech Kidizoom can even be connected to a TV so your child can view their work or play games on the big screen. The camera can also be attached to your computer so you can store and email your child's photos.
This camera is very kid friendly and most children will be able to just figure out how to use it. This may be a Christmas toy but kids will use it for months/years to come.
Has a 5 star rating at Amazon.com - Pink - Blue
If you find Amazon is sold out then check the offerings at: Ebay.com
Kids report that this Neft gun is fantastic and cool. It shoots automaticly and has a 20-disc, clip fed blaster. The disc are rubber and soft and it does not hurt to get shot by one. The electronic scope with pulsing lights lets you center your aim.
This Hasbro Nitron uses Xtra Long-Range (XLR) technology to propel a full-auto storm of disc towards your targets at an extreme distance.
To perpare for rapid firing you simply squeeze down on an acceleration trigger to power up the motor. Then you are ready to pull the standard trigger and overpower your opponent.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. Be sure and check the battery requirements and purchase them because the Nerf Votex is not near as much fun without them.
Get these new Nerf guns at: Amazon.com (Free Shipping) and Ebay.com.
This is one where you are going to want to also order extra ammo discs for fast re-loading and to cover the ones that get lost in the grass.
Star Wars Ultimate Lightsaber
"The Ultimate Lightsaber, as it's dubbed, affords one the opportunity to live out something that only Jedi Knights can do in the fictional "Star Wars" universe: construct their own weapon as a final rite of passage into the Jedi Order. " Amazon Customer Review Comment
Your children will never get bored with creating their lightsabers from the more than 20 interchangeable parts and challenging others to battle.
A little pricey but if you have a child on your Christmas list that loves Star Wars then the Star Wars Lightsaber will be a hugh hit on Christmas morning.
Requires 2 C batteries that are not included.
Available Online at: Amazon.com (Free Shipping) or Ebay.com
Monster High Lagoona Blue Doll Hydration System
Lagoona is dead tired after a long week at school and needs to use her hydration station to re-moisturize and get some rest and relaxation.
The hydration station with it's 3 different modes of lights and bubbles doubles as a light up room decor for girls.
Includes logoona blue doll with eye mask, her pet fish, Neptuna, and other accessories.
This will be a very welcome gift in your home on Christmas morning.
Recommended for ages 6 and up. Once again don't forget the batteries (AAA) because they are not included.
Affordable and can be found at: Amazon.com(Free Shipping), Ebay.com
Doggie Doo Games
Even grown ups love this game. The kids and the adults will laugh for hours.
You feed and walk your little cute pup and when he makes a mess you clean it up. The first to clean up 3 times wins.
It is a simple game. You feed your doggie doo his yellow food, put the bone back in his mouth and then you squeeze it's leash until he makes his mess. Thank goodness it doesn't smell. But, his actions are very funny.
Recommended ages: 4 - 15 years. But, as we said the adults get a lot of laughs too.
Pick up your Doggie Doo Games at: Amazon.com or Ebay.com
Ninjago Fire Temple
The battle for control of the Dragon Sword of Fire starts in the LEGO Ninjago Fire Temple Set.
In the Ninjago Fire Temple game four brave ninjas stand against the evil Lord Garmadon and his Skeleton Army. Your child with his or her ninja friends will be able to create a thrilling airborne battle of good versus evil.
Recommended for ninjas aged 8 to 14 years of age.
If your child is obsessed with Ninjago then this will be a big hit with them.
Purchase online at: Amazon.com, Ebay.com
Top Christmas Toys Summary
There you have it. Eight of the top 2014 Top Mom's Picks for Christmas. But, don't overlook the top picks in the other catagories of Games, Boys, Girls, Pre-School, Teens, Ride on Toys, Large Stuffed Animals, Educational Games and of course the Hot and Cool stuff that every kid wants. I'm sure you haven't completed your wish list from just eight items, so go check out the other most wanted gifts of the season.
Continue shopping and enjoy! You don't want Santa's sleigh to come in empty on Christmas Eve.
Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas!
Baby Games For Kids
This cute Baby Friends Bowling set is made up of 6 soft fabric farm animal bowling pins and a bright multi-patterned ball. The pins are decorated with a pig, cat, cow, dog, sheep and duck farm animals and have fabric numerals from 1 to 6. There are three pairs of soft sounds when the pins are shaken and the ball has its own chiming sound.
The pins are a perfect size for knocking down, holding, hugging and carrying any and everywhere.
You will find that children may use their bodies to knock the pins down more than using the ball but they still have fun with them.
A negative reported by consumers is that the pins tend to pick up pet hair that is hard to clean off.
If you have two children they seem to like setting the pins up for each other and then having the other one throw the ball.
Babies tend to like these because they are soft and they like the light musical sounds.
Recommended ages: 12 months and up
Resonably Priced at: Amazon.com (Eligible for Free Shipping), Ebay.com (plus shipping) and Walmart.com.
Take Along Tunes
The Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is a perfect size and weight for a baby to hold. The sound quality is great and not too loud or electronic sounding.
Since the tunes are pleasing to the ear both parents and baby alike enjoy listening to them. The tunes play longer than most toys so you don't have to restart it as often.
You will find that this Take Along Tunes toy will have a calming effect on your baby.
There is a large easy press button that toggles through 7 high quality classical melodies while a colorful light dances across the screen to each song.
It is inexpensive and makes a nice gift for any parent with a new baby.
Inexpensive and can be purchased at: Amazon.com (Eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping), Ebay.com (free shipping on some) and Walmart.com (Out of stock).
Fisher Price Laptops
If you baby loves your real laptop then get him or her one of their own. They will love opening and closing their own, banging on the keys and listening to the music.
The Smart Screen Laptop gives your child the opportunity to learn numbers, shapes, object names, colors, initial letters and more. There are plenty of words, 12+ sing-along songs and tunes, sounds and exciting activities in both English and Spanish.
You will find that your little one will "work" on their laptop while you are really working on your own laptop.
This Fisher Price Laptop seems to be very durable and holds up to a lot of dropping and banging.
Not only is this a great learning and entertainment laptop it serves to distract from the real laptops in the house.
Recommended ages: 6 months to 3 years
Save your laptop by purchasing this one at: Amazon.com (Eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping), Ebay.com or Walmart.com.
Babys Belly Button
The is a Lift the Flap Book. A Colorful drawing of baby with some part of their body hidden asks "Where is baby's ....?". Then your toddler lifts the flap to find the hidden picture of where that part of their body is located.
This is a sturdy book which is very attractive. It is very helpful in getting your child to name their body parts and fun for both you and your child.
The colorful and simple illustrations will encourage your baby to lift the flaps and search for baby's toes, hands, belly button and etc.
Recommended ages: 1 year and up
This book qualifies for a special 4 for 3 promotion at Amazon.com. Where is Baby's Belly Button can also be found at Ebay.com or a box set can be found at Walmart.com .
Laugh & Learn Learning Basketball
This Learning Basketball set is just and all around great toy for your baby or toddler. The height is adjustable so your baby can sit and play until they can later stand and play.
It has great sounds and songs and the net has a sensor and when something goes through the net it will trigger different sayings such as, 'slam dunk' or it will count how many baskets the player gets in a row.
Your child will learn to throw and roll balls. There are bright flashing lights that will mesmerize them. There are 2 soft basketballs for tossing through the hoop.
The Laugh & Learn Learnng Basketball set will introduce your child to numbers, colors, letters, shapes and opposites.
A nice feature is that there are two different volume levels for all the sounds.
Requires 3 AA batteries.
Recommnded ages: 6 months to 3 years
Best buys for Learning Basketball at: Amazon.com and Ebay.com.
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Learning Piggy Bank
Cha-ching! Get ready to cash in on playtime fun and learning with the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Piggy Bank! The piggy bank introduces baby to counting, colors, animals, and sizes through friendly role-play, all wrapped into an exciting piggy bank theme.
With 10 colorful coins to drop into the Piggy Bank’s slot, and an open door for put-and-take play, it’s a toy with lots of exploration.
Baby can press piggy’s nose to hear musical responses and sing-along songs that teach colors, animal names and counting skills.
Big coins show animal moms, little coins show babies. And, just like real coins, the coins have heads and tails – with the front and back of each animal.
Your baby will be laughing all the way to the bank.
Available Online at: Amazon.com and Ebay.com
Fisher-Price Little Superstar Sing-Along Stage
Babies and young kids love to be in the spotlight and they love to sing, dance and move. You can bring out the performer in your little one with the Fisher Price Little Superstar Sing-Along Stage.
The Sing-Along Stage features five fun songs for you and your baby to sing along with. It's easy and fun for your baby to play with: Just shake the "magical" microphone to start the music! While the music plays, your child will delight in the four dancing spotlights, the pop-up audience of friendly smiling fans, and the big picture mirror to watch him or herself groove.
Four musical instruments sit along the bottom of the stage: Baby just presses the horn, the xylophone, the drum, or the guitar to hear them play.
You and your child will have great fun singing and dancing together with all of the songs!
Available Online at: Amazon.com
Hide N Squeak Eggs
These are not your ordinary eggs you find at the grocery! Crack open the shells to reveal six egg-stra special chicks.
Learn shapes by sorting each shell into it's own carton spot. Six different face/shell combinations included.
Press down gently on their heads to hear them cheep! Best of all, no batteries are needed!
Recommended for ages 12 months and up.
Great gift idea!
Available online at: Amazon.com
Selecting The Right Toy For Your Child This Christmas
I think before we had sooo many choices in Toys for Christmas shopping was just a lot easier. You could get the little red wagon, a new simple bike, some clothes, a baby doll and playhouse or maybe a BB gun.
Today Christmas Toys is a huge market and there are thousands of choices. Unless you are really internet savvy it is hard to know exactly what to buy that your child will like and that you can afford.
Here are a few things to consider when selecting toys for your child.
- Is it right for your child's age - Most manufacturers of toys provide a recommended age group which will help but I think you also have to know your child and where they are in their learning process. They may just be 18 months but may be advanced enough to take on a toy that is recommended for 2 years and up. Take time to read customer review because many parents have reported that their 8 year old really enjoys playing with a game or toy that was bought for their 5 year old brother or sister.
- Is it safe for your child - All toys are supposedly safe for child's play but I think you once again have to consider your child. Does your child chew on everything? Well maybe you want to be careful which set of wooden blocks you buy so they won't get splinters in their mouth. Maybe your child wants a ride on toy but the area where you live and he or she would have to ride is really just too close to a busy highway, then maybe you can find something else that will make your child happy for this year. The other thing is that you might check if there have been any product recalls before you purchase just to be extra safe.
- Do you need to get at least one or two educational toys - There are many word games, math games and electronics project kits that are very educational, yet lots of fun. Once again check the manufacturer's recommended ages and also take into consideration your child's skill set before you buy. There are many of these type games that are good family games that the adults can play with the kids without being bored themselves. A lot of the word games are really good for the elderly and the handicapped as well. Plus these type toys make nice stocking stuffers and Angel Tree gifts.
Every kid today seems to want electronics, electronics, electronics and there is nothing wrong with many of the electronic toys, games and gadgets, but try to mix in some other things under your Christmas tree as well. Try to spread their focus and enlarge their view to make them well rounded in life.
Don't overspend. Christmas will come again and there will still be plenty of Toys for Christmas again next year.
Gift Giving Doesn't Have To Be Expensive
Everyone is always searching for a gift idea for someone that doesn't cost too much that they can give to a lot of people on their list.
For so many people just being remembered by someone during the Christmas season makes them happier than what the gift is that they receive. This applies to not only the elderly but to others in your daily life like the postal worker that delivers you mail, those that pick up your garbage, the babysitter, your pastor and so on.
When you want to say thank you for being a part of my life to so many people it can really become expensive. So, it is hard to find a holiday gift that doesn't seem too cheap; yet you can fit into your budget.
I have found that homemade fudge or cookies fills this need pretty well. It is something that can be done fairly inexpensively and something that most people will like. And, it seems to do the trick for filling the bill of saying " I'm thinking about you with fondness at this time of year".
You can find an easy recipe for chocolate fudge at this link: Easy Fudge Recipe
Toys For Charity
If you have some new toys or some gently used toys or books that you would like to give to an organization that can make good use of them for children in need than check out: Christmas Toy Shop
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