Holiday’s Top Toys and Educational Gifts Sure to Bring a Smile to Kids and Retailers

Holiday's Top Toys and Educational Gifts Sure to Bring a Smile to Kids and RetailersAthens, GA  (  With Black Friday rapidly approaching, retailers hope that the influx of new and exciting toys for this Christmas season will boost their end of year profits. Recent studies show that average holiday gift spending may be as high as $800 or more per consumer this year, and a large percentage of each year’s gift giving consists of toys. With the rise in television and online advertising aimed directly at children, they are now capable of making consumer decisions by requesting very specific toys and gifts. This has naturally increased the number of hot toys each Christmas season.

Each year toy experts predict which toy trends will peak and which will fizzle out during the holiday season, and is one resource for information on the hottest toys and newest gifts for children. Toy reviews, news and gift giving advice are all available to help parents, grandparents and anyone else charged with the task of buying the perfect toy for a child. Finding the most popular toys may be difficult if the gift giver waits too long to purchase them, so understanding the trends as the gift buying season starts will put them ahead of the game.

Toy trends in 2010 are focusing on small and cute collectibles, a return to the popularity of 18 inch dolls, gadgets based on recent movie hits like “Toy Story 3”, and interactive and realistic robotic pets and companions. Both intricate and simple train sets and systems are also seeing a comeback, with early sales higher than predicted.

Some of 2010’s hottest toys showcased on include:

  • Imaginext Bigfoot The Monster
    The Imaginext Bigfoot remote controlled monster comes to life with the push of a button. Watch your child laugh and play with the world famous Bigfoot! 
  • FurReal GoGo My Walkin’ Pup
    The FurReal GoGo My Walkin’ Pup is easy to operate with a remote control connected to the puppy’s leash. She’ll bark, wag her tail, and walk.
  • Disney Princess and Me Dolls
    You can be sure that every little girl wants to be a princess, and Disney delivers! This year Disney took a new approach to their design, making the Disney Princess dolls more accessible to young girls.
  • LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System
    The LeapFrog Leapster Explorer is for the age range of 4-6. It comes loaded with over 40 different games and activities, encourages life skills such as music and health, and includes school subjects.
  • Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Action Wing Pack
    With the Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Action Wing Pack, watch with joy as your little boy reenacts his favorite Toy Story 3 scenes, taking his imagination straight out to infinity and beyond!

Collectibles are popular among children because they are small, usually cute, and feature variations that make them more personalized to each child. Collectibles are also smaller and less expensive than larger toys, making it easier to purchase two or three of them for a single gift. Sing-A-Ma-Jigs are capitalizing on this, with their soft, colorful characters that sing individual songs or in a large chorus when placed together.

Disney’s “Toy Story 3” was the most popular children’s movie in 2010, and the Christmas season is showing an explosion in toys based around the movie. The hottest and most requested of these is the Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Action Wing Pack. Built like a backpack, the toy features extendable wings like seen in the movie and makes flying noises when the child leans over. With the sudden focus on 18 inch dolls, Disney is also entering that market with its line of Princess and Me soft bodied dolls. Girls can choose from 5 different movie princesses with their own ball gowns, tiaras and other accessories.

Lifelike and interactive robotic toys are also trendy this Christmas season. The Imaginext Bigfoot is a 2 ft tall Bigfoot character that throws a ball, rolls and does many other tricks with the push of a button on its remote control. The FurReal GoGo My Walkin’ Pup updates the honored classic of the walking puppy with better movement controls and a more realistic looking toy dog. Finally, for gift givers who prefer educational gifts, the V. Reader Animated E-Book System is very popular and gives children an animated way to interact with the reading experience.

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