2011 Top Picks for Christmas Presents for Boys

December 6, 2011 by  
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The perfect presents for boys at Christmas. With that time of the year coming around again, many adults are faced with the challenge of finding that ideal gift for kids, who we all know can be very picky indeed. What they don't realise is that it doesn't have to be. Here are just the top picks this year, for presents for boys of different ages.

With boys under the age of 3 in mind, a popular choice is the Playskool Poppin’ Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper. This toy is designed to specifically develop the hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills of the young child, and comes in blue. Another top pick amongst the young children is the Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo gift. This is a set that enables the child to play instruments such as the piano, guitar drums and to also sing along with Elmo. It is designed to introduce the child to music at an early age and to develop any potential musical talent that they may have.

Many parents find that the challenge grows as the child does each year! The confusion comes from a greater range of toy products that are available to a wider age group. For boys aged 3-6, the top picks this year are the Imaginarium City Central Train Table or the Fast Lane Stunt City Playset. These are both aimed to improve the motor skills of the child, who at this age, start to use their own creativity and imagination when building in order to create their own fun. If money is not a factor when choosing the gift, then why not try the Power Wheels Fisher Price Dune Racers Ride On? This product is sure this year to be one well worth it's selling price, and will plunge the young boy into his own fantasy world as an open wheel car racer!

As boys grow past the age of 5, they begin to want toys that provide just that little bit more. With a little bit more, we're talking about mainly more complicated designs, for example, cars that are remote control operated. A top pick this year for car toys is the Famous animated Cars character Lightning Mcqueen - The Disney Pixar Car 2 Interactive Radio Control Vehicle, available from Air Hogs. Another choice would be the K’NEX Mario Kart Wii Ultimate Building Set – Bowser’s Castle, which again, provide just that little more detail. Alternatively, if you think the little boy is a gamer in the making, then they're sure to love Nintendo’s Skylander Spyro’s Adventure Starter Pack.

It is impossible to keep track of what boys will love each time Christmas comes round - that's the beauty of it! Hopefully this list of top picks of presents for boys has gave you a clear idea of what is in this festive year, so you can rest assured boys will be happily occupied with their toys for another year! Ultimately, the gift is about putting a smile on the child's face, and making sure their Christmas experience is one they will never forget.

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3 Famous Categories of Christmas Presents for Girls

December 6, 2011 by  
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It’s that time of the year once again and is Christmas fast approaching. People are starting to contemplate on what to gift their loved ones.  If you have a daughter, niece or a little girl to buy for then you are in for a treat. The three most popular categories of Christmas presents for girls are all shown here. There is a wide range of choices for you, so you will have plenty to pick from before finally selecting one that is most appropriate. So read on and start making that list of who is going to get what!

Toys and games can be fun and educational at the same time.  There are many educational toys and games that a girl can enjoy and at the same time learn from.  If you are the kind who would want to give a toy that contributes to the child’s development then you’re in luck, there are many to choose from:

These toys are not just entertaining to girls but also help them learn new things from the alphabet, colours, numbers and other basic subjects.

Another cool Christmas present for a girl is a make believe toy.  Girls often idolise their mothers and mimic what their mother does. A popular game for girls during childhood is playing house; young  girls pretends to have her own play house and play with little kitchen sets, tea sets and even toy ironing boards to create their own little world. Help your little girl to be creative and make her own home by buying her a make believe toy set this Christmas.

Popular Christmas gifts for girls today are character dolls.  These dolls and stuffed toys are created to look identical to characters from a famous cartoon show or movie that kids love to watch.  Choosing the right one is a daunting task as there are so many hit series around.  As a parent you will notice which show your daughter likes best, if the child isn’t your own then simply ask her parent as they are sure to know the answer, as they properly have to watch this programme ten times a day!

With more gift choices today than ever before, sometimes it’s complicated to make the right present decision, even if it’s just a simple gift you are after.  It’s best to plan ahead, so as not to buy something so generic that the recipient may already have or something which will just be left untouched.

Another thing to remember, the present should look exciting before it is even unwrapped! So be sure to wrap it in bright, sparkly and festive wrapping paper and add a few bows and ribbons to make it look like the best gift under the tree!

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All Time Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

The most wonderful time of the year is around the corner again and as always, the Christmas gift ideas for kids are already on the minds of parents and adults alike. Many parents plan this time of the year hand-in-hand with a child's birthday, however if you are one of the few that this doesn't apply to, fear not, here are the all-time best Christmas ideas for children.

When it comes to girls, more often than not, the perfect gift is a doll. The problem that crosses every parent's mind however, is what doll in particular.  Well in fact, research shows that the all time favourite gift for girls is the Humble doll. Although, these do come in all shapes and sizes (and with an incredible range of accessories available) the modern doll is still based around the classic Humble doll. With that in mind, remember that when you give a girl any doll as a gift, she is sure to love and adore it completely.

When it comes to boys, we’re talking cars and we’re talking sports. Boys never cease to be amazed by cars – whether that means playing with or playing on them! They’re also sure to love a sports ball as a gift, being fascinated watching older figures play or even sport stars. There are so many to choose from; basketball, football, soccer and so much more – buying them something like this as a gift not only gives them something they are bound to enjoy but also prepares for their future.

If it’s toddlers that causing the trouble in terms of gift ideas, then you will be glad to know that there is just as much range, if not more! With toddlers however, male or female gifts tend to be the same, except with a different colours for each. It tends to be pinks and yellows for girls, with reds and blues for the boys. Most toys for toddlers are usually targeted for more educational and learning development purposes. There is plenty to choose from, such as building blocks, musical instruments, sports balls, books and that’s just a handful!

When thinking about Christmas gift ideas for kids, it is important for you to remember that presents are just a small part of what makes the family holiday so special, the real reason is family itself. The gifts represent the sharing of one another, so no matter what gifts are given this Christmas season, be sure to have a happy one in each other’s company.

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2011 Most Popular Christmas Presents for Kids

As the year come to an end, Christmas grows ever closer.  Since early October you start seeing Christmas decorations displayed and sold in stores. Along with the holiday spirit comes the stress of buying presents, especially when it comes the Christmas presents for kids. The parents of the kids expect the presents to be of a high standard.  The best piece of advice which can be given is, get on the hunt early!

Toys of today are largely not only for entertainment purposes but they also act as an educational probe or can enhance the artistic talent of a child.  Toddlers can enjoy music with the ‘Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo’; the character plays musical instruments and sings along with the kid.  Other instruments are available; the piano and guitar are sold separately.  Other popular Christmas presents for kids are the Playskool Poppin’ Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper in blue; this toy helps in the development of motor skills of the baby and hand-eye coordination.

For little girls nothing beats a classic doll.  Every age group has their own collection of dolls and accessories. Some ideas for age groups are as follows:

Make believe toys such as dollhouses, mini kitchen sets, diner sets and other such toys are also brilliant ideas. There is just something about dolls and make believe toys that fascinate the girls and have made these toys all time favourites.

Little boys may be easier to buy gifts for as the selection is not so varied. With all the different cartoon characters today, picking one can be tricky, so why not stick to helping the child’s education by considering the Lego Ninjago, K’NEX Mario Kart or Imaginarium City Central Train Table. These definitely fit the bill.

Children’s Christmas presents aren’t all about being materialistic but is also about being able to build the relationship with the younger generation through the things they like most.  It is through toys that they can both have fun and learn in the process. When kids enjoy the holidays and their new toys the adults are happy; so once you’ve chosen the right present it’s a win-win situation for all!

These popular toys for kids should help your search for that perfect toy for the little ones this holiday season. However, homemade Christmas presents for kids are another option, if your budget doesn’t stretch far enough for some of the toys mentioned. The most important thing is spending time together as family and to enjoy the festive period.

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FurReal GoGo My Walkin Pup

December 5, 2011 by  
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Coming in at number 4 on our list of hotly anticipated gifts is the FurReal GoGo My Walkin Pup. This will be an awesome present this Christmas time and is bound to become a bestseller!

"A dog is for life not just for Christmas" is a saying we’ve all heard and one we all remember when our loved ones asking for man’s best friend. The FurReal GoGo My Walkin Pup is a great alternative as it’s all the fun without the responsibility! So, you can feel happy with the knowledge that you can have a dog in your home this Christmas without the worry of high-cost vet’s bills.

The FurReal GoGo My Walkin Pup is impressive as it looks, barks and pants just like the real thing! This toy looks adorable as it is modeled on a Bichon Frise dog. Just like a real dog of this breed it is soft to the touch and of a similar size. She barks enthusiastically if you pat her on her head and if you put her on her side she will turn and meet you. When she’s excited she’ll wag her tail and has a cute high pitched bark!

You’re in charge of the FurReal GoGo My Walkin Pup using the remote control leash it comes with. All you need to do is pick up the leash and push the forward arrow and she will start walking at a pace that is perfect for your child to keep up with. Turning is simple – just press the left and right arrows on the leash. Watch out, once you set GoGo off she might not stop!

Now for the boring but necessary instructions; The FurReal GoGo My Walkin Pup is meant to be used indoors or on any smooth, dry surface. If your child does want to walk their dog outside make sure the ground is dry and that you wipe her rubber paws afterwards. Batteries are included with the FurReal GoGo My Walkin Pup. It uses 4 C batteries so get stocked up because this toy will be played with non-stop. Oh, but don’t worry about the barking disrupting your post-Xmas dinner snooze as it does have an off switch!

If you’re wanting the perfect Xmas gift then take a look at The FurReal GoGo My Walkin Pup as it is set to be one of the top toys this Xmas 2011.Make sure you order soon so that you get the FurReal GoGo My Walkin Pup before Xmas day. Do it now while GoGo is still in stock!

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WowWee’s Lite Sprites

December 5, 2011 by  
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Everyone knows that with little girls, it is the bright and wonderful world of magical sprites that brings those toys to life, and this year WowWee’s Lite Sprites are intended to do exactly that, bringing a land full of magic and excitement perfect for sprites.

In a time long ago in the magical world of Lite-Topia, the four sprites used their wands to create colour spells, creating beauty all around. Each Sprite comes with a wand that writes in a particular colour so you can do the same!

When getting yourself a Lite Sprite you need to first choose your side!

If your daughter likes to cause a bit of mischief, then Bleak is the one for her! She is part of the Wowwee Lite Sprite Bleak and Pod and is one sprite that doesn’t like the good peaceful life, she prefers chaos!

Not all sprites are bad however, and Prisma is one of them. She prefers the kind and beautiful lights and wishes to fill Lite-Topia with colour! If your child is a bit of a dreamer, then the sprite for her is most definitely Astra. She is one sprite that loves colour and beauty, and with her, your child will love adding that special touch to the moon and stars! Or maybe Brooke is the one for her? She is the last of the sprites and loves bringing a certain colour to the water for all to see!

With your child’s Wowwee Lite Sprite Wand with Prisma Sprite and Pod, they’re able to choose from 10 different colours, which can even share with other wands! Each sprite’s wand also comes with special powers that can beam light onto the playset!

The Tree of Lite is the one place to call home for the sprites, and your child can connect the pods from the sprites onto the tree itself! They can also move around in the balconies, stairs and even an elevator!

Why stop there? What you will need to complete your collection is the Wowwee Lite Sprite Deluxe Waterfall Playset, which will react different to each sprite’s wand that it comes across! And don’t forget Wowwee Lite Sprite Deluxe Windmill Playset, which will complete your child’s sprite world of Lite-Topia, full of wonderful magic!

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FiJIT Friends Interactive Toy

December 5, 2011 by  
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Young girls love being cool and having a best friend to talk to and play together. They also love toys that are super cute and fun to play with, luckily for young girls Mattel has created FIJIT Friends. FIJIT Friends are loveable interactive toys that’ll entertain your little girl with their soft bodies and amazing talking and dancing skills!

FIJIT Friends have many exciting features including:

  • Responds to your daughter- Each FIJIT Friend has voice recognition technology it works when keywords are being said out loud, it has over 150 phrases and jokes in its repertoire and will select the best response for your daughter. Your child is guaranteed to have hours of conversations with this toy.
  • Dances to music- If the toy is placed in earshot to music it will start to dance, performing for your child. It will dance to any type of music and has a range of dance moves that your daughter will enjoy watching or even joining in!
  • Soft tactile skin- This toy is very true to life when it moves, its skin is soft but strong enough to withstand your daughter poking, squeezing and tickling it.  FIJIT Friends have detachable ears and a belly that glows in the dark!
  • Small and lightweight-The toy is only 10.5 inches tall and weighs 2 pounds, allowing your daughter to take anywhere with ease to play with.
  • Built in songs- FIJIT Friends have their own original songs allowing your daughter to learn a new song.
  • LED lighted face and eyes- Any movement from a turn a wiggle or a bounce the FIJIT Friend’s face and eyes will light up!

Buying this interactive toy will bring a smile to your daughters face as they respond just like a friend by entertaining her with jokes. Don’t be surprised if her FIJIT Friend becomes her best friend in an instant. Choosing the right FIJIT Friend for your daughter couldn’t be easier as there are four different FIJIT Friends.  Each one comes in different colors and has their own personality and sayings, so simply match your daughter’s personality or favourite colorto the FIJIT Friend.

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Air Swimmers eXtreme from Animal Planet

December 5, 2011 by  
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Toys seem to be getting more and more awesome every year, so much so that adults want to join in the action. There are some toys in Toys R Us this year that will earn a lot of delight and laughter, from anyone who uses them! Topping the list this year is the Air Swimmers eXtreme from Animal Planet. You need to actually see this toy in action to witness how unbelievable it is! It operates veryfluidly; you’ll think you’re in the middle of the fish tank or in the ocean.

You can get the Air Swimmer Remote Control Inflatable Floating Shark or the Remote Control Flying Clownfish. Both toys are greatly in demand right now and are ideal for fun for the entire family.

It changes direction; up or down or an entire 360 degrees! The nylon the toy is made from is strong and long lasting; it can even hit walls without damage. This toy is a huge hit at office gatherings, family reunions, and birthday parties and of course as a Christmas gift.

Once the Air Swimmers eXtreme from Animal Planet is filled with helium it’s ready to show you what it can do. This cool toy is weight balanced, so it won’t rise up too high or fall too low. It is simply amazing and is so easy to use, providing you with hours of entertainment and fun!

This toy works thanks to infrared technology. To operate it, you have to aim the light the controller directly onto the receiving pod (the fish or the shark). When you want the air swimmer to move you use the tail button. When you activate it, the tail moves back and forth from left to right as it propels forward. You can go fast or slow depending on how you control the tail button. When you want the Air Swimmers eXtreme from Animal Planet to turn, you simply push the tail button the desired direction. Whenever you want the fish or shark to change altitude, you move the button to make it climb. When you want to lower the Air Swimmer, you use the dive button.

You and your children will be delighted and amazed at the antics of this toy. The Clownfish Air Swimmer is 57 inches in length and 36 inches in height as is the shark.

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Mini Kick Scooter

December 2, 2011 by  
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Younger kids always want to copy what older kids are doing and don’t want to be left behind. Scooters are typically a toy for older children that younger children want.  For 3 to 5 year olds many parents feel regular scooters can be dangerous causing accidents. Thanks to the Micro they have made a Mini Kick Scooter that is safe for young children to use, it has the basic functions of a regular scooter without the worry for parents.

The Mini Kick Scooter’s features include:

  • Large panel- As the panel is large enough to accommodate both feet to be placed on the panel they can enjoy the ride without having to balance on one foot. They won’t have to keep pushing off from the ground either making it easier for them.
  • Low deck panel- With a deck lower to the ground makes scooting easier for the little ones to scoot safely as they can hop on and off the board as they please.
  • Lightweight- The Mini Kick Scooter only weighs 3.3 pounds which makes for easy transportation to bring anywhere.
  • Spoon Break- At the back of the scooter there’s a brake giving more control to your child when their riding.
  • Tricycle styled wheels- There are two wheels at the front of the scooter stability unlike the traditional scooter.There is a single wheel at the back of the scooter is designed for mobility.
  • Italian Made Wheels-The wheels are made from Polyurethane allowing the children to have a smooth ride also, the wheels make no noise so no disturbances. Furthermore due to thehigh quality materialif the scooter was used indoors it won’t leave any scuff marks on floors.
  • Durable Construction material- Due to its high quality Swiss design you can be assured that you child will be able to ride the scooter for years to come.

The Mini Kick Scooter will bring a smile to your child's face and  will last for years to come. One mother was extremely happy with the Mini kick Scooter in 2007 she purchased the scooter and updated her positive review of the scooter for two years with it 'still going strong'.

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Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset

December 12, 2010 by  
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Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset

The brand new Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset gives your child everything they need to command the coolest fireman around.

Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset/No firetruck
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The very first thing that grabs you with this toy is just how compact and space-saving it is. Unlike other toys that might take up most of your living room floor, or have so many bits and pieces that many inevitably get lost over time, the Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset comes in one neat case that doubles up as the fire station command centre. This, and the clever carry handle on the top of the case, not only makes the whole set very easy to carry, but because all the pieces fit easily and tidily back inside the case when finished with, your child is much less likely to ever lose that all important piece and it won’t leave your room in a mess.

Another great thing about the Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset is that with no fiddly assembly and no batteries required this playset really is ready to go. From the minute you open the box your toddler is free to play to their hearts content. Just open up the fire station to reveal the fire fighters headquarters, where you’ll find the kitchen and utility areas as well as a nifty turn table for Jupiter (the fire engine) to be turned and directed out of the opening doors.

In addition to these cool features, the Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset also comes with Officer Steele and Fireman Sam character figures as well as neat little accessories such as a fire extinguisher and a fireman’s pole. It even includes a bell on the side of the fire station for that realistic fireman ring!

You can even create the whole village of Pontypandy by connecting the Deluxe Fire Station Playset with the other playsets in the range (including the Mountain Lodge and Supermarket) to make a comprehensive play setting for Fireman Sam and friends. Then your child can even have them drive the vehicles around the village using the Road Track pack.

A compact and tidy fun house, packed full of fun features, accessories and figures, as well as being able to connect to other sets in the series, the Deluxe Fire Station Playset with fire engine turn table is the perfect toy for your little one this Christmas. Once they experience the fun of Fireman Sam and friends in his own Deluxe Fire Station Playset, they’ll never want to stop playing.

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