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Timeless Christmas Gifts for your Children

02 Nov

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It’s time to get over the sugar rush from Halloween and gear up for the rest of the holidays. I have been thinking of Christmas more than Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong I love thanksgiving as much as the next fella, but if you want to make a magical Christmas for your family you should start buying presents yesterday. My best advise is buy on sale and buy early. Every time you go into a Target or Walmart you should go past the sales rack for toys, stocking stuffers, etc.

Not to say I practice what I preach. Every other year I find myself fighting over the last “tickle me Elmo” on Christmas Eve. If you’re like me you procrastinate because you just can’t decide on the perfect gifts. Below is an article from “The Telegraph” that outlines all of the gadgets and toys that are sure to sell out. I hope this helps you to make your mind up and avoid the Christmas eve mania.

(Personally, I want to get my hands on the new “Furby”)

By: Josh Martin
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Children go back to the future this Christmas
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Published By: Telegraph.co.uk

Boys can buy the ‘costume’ of each turtle – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael – complete with weapon, such as nunchucks.

And fans of the 1990s phenomenon Furby can now buy an updated version of the little round toy. The battery operated hairy creatures speak their own language – Furbish – but will slowly learn English as their new owner nurtures them.

In a modern twist, owners can control the Furby using an iPad app. The app ‘swipes’ food into the mouth of the creature, which acknowledges being fed by chewing. The Furby will even spit unwanted food, such as chicken bones, back onto the iPad’s screen.

Spiderman and Lego, both of which are hardly modern, are also expected to be big sellers this year.

Gary Grant, managing director of toy chain The Entertainer and the chairman of the Dream Toys selection panel, said that there is a trend for parents buying their children toys that grown-ups connect with their own youth.

“If you look at this year’s list, Cabbage Patch Kids came out 30 years ago, Furbies were 15 years ago, Spiderman is one of the all-time favourite superhero characters and Lego has been around for more than 50 years.

“These kinds of products do have parental approval. If there was a product they had as a kid they will buy it for their kids. We lavish some of our childhood on our own children,” said Mr Grant.

A spokesman for Flair, the games manufacturer behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles relaunch, said that the products are designed to appeal to children but also their fathers who were into the products the first time around. Fans of the turtles are affectionately known as ‘Sewerheads”, the spokesman said.

“We want to get the dads who were interested then as well as their kids now. There are some dads in their 30s who still have the original figures from the first time,” the spokesman said.

Cabbage Patch Kids, Furbies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Twister are among the dolls and games that manufacturers are putting out in time for the £3 billion Christmas toy market.

Cabbage Patch Kids, which originated in the US and became a worldwide craze in the 1980s, will be 30 years old next year and have been relaunched by maker Jakks Pacific.

The dolls, which sold in their millions, have a bizarre back story: they are ‘found’ in vegetable gardens and are ‘adopted’ by children.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, meanwhile, have been re-released as talking action figures. The franchise about four turtles who live in a sewer and are named after great artists of the Renaissance first came to prominence in the late 1980s with a TV show and series of films.

Boys can buy the ‘costume’ of each turtle – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael – complete with weapon, such as nunchucks.

And fans of the 1990s phenomenon Furby can now buy an updated version of the little round toy. The battery operated hairy creatures speak their own language – Furbish – but will slowly learn English as their new owner nurtures them.

In a modern twist, owners can control the Furby using an iPad app. The app ‘swipes’ food into the mouth of the creature, which acknowledges being fed by chewing. The Furby will even spit unwanted food, such as chicken bones, back onto the iPad’s screen.

Spiderman and Lego, both of which are hardly modern, are also expected to be big sellers this year.

Gary Grant, managing director of toy chain The Entertainer and the chairman of the Dream Toys selection panel, said that there is a trend for parents buying their children toys that grown-ups connect with their own youth.

“If you look at this year’s list, Cabbage Patch Kids came out 30 years ago, Furbies were 15 years ago, Spiderman is one of the all-time favourite superhero characters and Lego has been around for more than 50 years.

“These kinds of products do have parental approval. If there was a product they had as a kid they will buy it for their kids. We lavish some of our childhood on our own children,” said Mr Grant.

A spokesman for Flair, the games manufacturer behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles relaunch, said that the products are designed to appeal to children but also their fathers who were into the products the first time around. Fans of the turtles are affectionately known as ‘Sewerheads”, the spokesman said.

“We want to get the dads who were interested then as well as their kids now. There are some dads in their 30s who still have the original figures from the first time,” the spokesman said.

By:
Mrs. Fields

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