It's on every parents mind this month - what does my kid want for Christmas, and is it going to be the popular toy that is impossible to find?
I'll admit it, I couldn't handle the pressure and the unknown, and I have already purchased Hailey's big Christmas gifts. I couldn't risk not being able to get my hands on it later in the season. It's risky though to buy early. They could change their minds on what they want, the toy could go on sale, and you could end up buying more things if you start too early. It's a hard line to walk.
Sometimes, you get lucky. Hailey wanted the Barbie Camper, and the Barbie Jet. I found the Jet at Costco for $99.99 with three dolls, while everywhere else had it for the same price with no dolls. It has since gone on sale for $79.99 at Toys R Us, but again it has no dolls. I ordered the camper with three dolls from Toys R Us online for $119.99, on a Monday, and on Friday it went on sale for $99.99. But - TRU was really great over the phone and credited the difference back on to my credit card.
Since then, Hailey has mentioned wanting the Toy Story Operation game she saw at Shoppers Drug Mart, and an Easy Bake Oven. We only get her one big gift for Christmas, plus her stocking, so I am planning to drop a couple of hints to family members looking for something to pick up for her.
My friend's daughter wanted the Fur Real Friends Go-go walking dog - and this item is showing up on a lot of hottest toys for 2010 lists. She was able to find one, but it wasn't easy. She had to get another friend pick one up in New Brunswick and bring it home for her.
What other toys do you think will be hot this year? I'd love to do up a list and see if our predictions are correct. What is your kid asking for this year? Did you rush out to pick it up, or are you waiting to get your shopping started? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.