From the Cabbage Patch Dolls of decades ago to Tickle Me Elmo a few years back, there's always one hot toy that the kids are dreaming of during the holidays.
This is the rundown of what will be making kid's wish lists this year, along with a few tips on how to be sure you get your hands on them!
"We are all about princesses in our house. We have little tiny princesses, big princesses, medium princesses," said Krystyn Hall..
But figuring out what to buy the other kids in her life is an issue. And that's where Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht saves the day. She says ultimately, there are four hot groups to select from.
The first is tech, no matter what the age.
"They're swiping before they're speaking sometimes and we're really embracing it because they're really learning the digital skills that they need for the 21st century," she said.
For the little guys, the Leap Pad Two is out now with a second camera and faster processor. Meanwhile, the iPad is all the rage for just about every other age. And now, your tech can actually turn into the game controller. A Y-Spy helicopter is sure to be hot.
"Once they're airborne, they can take pictures, videos and share on all their social networks immediately," she said.
Want something more traditional than tech? Construction toys are the second category.
Lego is out with a line for girls these days. There are also chunkier versions for toddlers with littler hands. Even angry birds is into the build-it craze.
"You're actually building the angry bird set, just like you see on the app," she said.
Crafts are the third category. From the huge toy train you can color and crawl through, to the Crayola marker air brush to the haute couture fashion design set.
"Comes with fabric and cloth and everything they need, including mannequins and a real working sewing machine," Schacht said.
Pop culture rounds out the final toy category and this year, Chuggington is taking train fans to a new level. It's over two feet high. The radio controlled Batman car comes pre-programmed with commands. Disney's Doc McStuffins is in demand, along with Merida and Angus her horse built for the brave. In the Alton household, Cinderella is queen.
When it comes to buying, Schacht says start now.
"Retailers are not overstocking, so if you see something that's really high on your child's list, you should buy it," she said.
Something else to point out that's different this year-some of the stores are now using QR codes, little labels you can scan, on shelves with the toys.
This allows you to still buy a toy and have it shipped to your home if it is sold out on the store shelves.
For a complete list of the hot toys click here: http://www.thetoyinsider.com/?page_id=5618
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