We asked readers what tops their kids' wish lists this year, and
177 of you responded.
You can through with a few non-traditional ideas,
too. melanie says: "I am hoping to talk
everyone into doing a weekend at a waterpark hotel INSTEAD of gifts
this year! We all have so much stuff & it would be great to
spend 2-3 days together non-stop...I think ;-]"
here to read all 177 answers
Squinkies! No, qwirkle cubes! Maybe it was zoobles? Or
glow-in-the-dark Bendaroos? There you are at your local big-box
store, the season's hottest toys rippling in front of you in a
parade of plastic and packaging, and you realize you have no idea
where to start.
When in doubt, follow the crowd. And
if our thoroughly unscientific poll is any indication, that's a
straight path to the video game section, which topped the wish
lists of more than 60 percent of our respondents.
A popular item among kids is the
Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360. This hands free game system allows
your body to be the controller. It gets kids off the couch and up
jumping and dancing around. If you have an Xbox 360,
congratulations, you're half way there. By itself, it retails for
$149.99. If you don't have a 360, don't fret. Xbox sells a bundle
pack on its website starting at $299.99 which includes the
360, the Kinect and a bonus game, Kinect Adventures, where
you can float in outerspace or explore the ocean depths.
Video games may be all the rage, but
on the other end of the bells-and-whistles spectrum, LEGOS are more
popular than ever. Star Wars, Toy Story andHarry Potter sets - just
in time for the big movie, out Nov. 19 - topped 1 in 5 wish
Pretend pets are another popular
request, with Zhu Zhu pets, FurReal walking dogs and pillow pets
showing up time and again. And this wouldn't be the season of
giving -and getting- without kids dying for the coolest cell
phones, smallest iPods, hottest digital cameras and the cream of
the crop, the iPad.
If you're still overwhelmed by
12-page Christmas lists and obscure toys you've never even heard
of, crack open our December issue, on newsstands Nov. 22, for a
list of the most popular toys, games and books of the year.
If they're asking for Justin Bieber nail polish, just grit your
teeth and bear it.
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