I, like you, want to my kid everything for the holiday. Everything in my budget and that I won’t end up spending an hour fishing out from under a car seat in the dark of night when we are all crabby and hungry anyway. But my son’s list is divided into two clear categories — “Mommy, I HAVE to have this!” and “Mehhh, thanks.” Obviously, I want to spend time/money/mama-love on the wins not the wahhhs.
I’ve been over and over the catalogues that magically arrive in the mail, surveyed the kids on the playground and checked out the hottest toy lists from all the retailers. Here are the five I know will be a big hit with the boy child this holiday season. And that I may even be willing to carry around in my purse for him when we leave the house.
SpiderMan Mega Blaster Web Shooter with Glove Set 1 of 5Suddenly, my son is all about Spiderman. I am not even sure where it came from. And it could be one big excuse to climb the couch and cabinets. But since my kid loves to get fully into character, I can't help but put this on the slimy list this season -- SpiderMan Mega Blaster Web Shooter with Glove Set. I am sure I will fall victim to my little superhero's antics. No matter. I may just throw in the mask anyway. A Spidey steal at $15.99.
Mega Bloks Halo Warthog Resistance 2 of 5Do not ask me a single question about who these guys are or whence they came. All I know is that my second-grader is frantically acquiring, trading and playing somethingwith these guys. I can only imagine how thrilled he will be to add the Target toys building sets & blocks building sets & kits Mega Bloks Halo Warthog Resistance set to his mystery collection. This is $25.99 you won't regret spending on your older boy -- and you will be picking up in every crevice of the house until next June.
Target toys building sets & blocks building sets & kits LEGO Super Heroes Batwing Battle Over Gotham City 3 of 5"What's one toy every boy in your class wants for the holidays?"
That's what I asked my second-grade son a few weeks ago, fishing for ideas for him.
"Anything Batman LEGO!" he responded without missing a beat. "Especially a killer set!"
I think this one is it. It has the all-important guys -- The Joker, an updated Batman and The Henchman. Plus, there are manageable vehicles. No need to spend a gajillion dollars on the giant sets that never get built. This Target toys building sets & blocks building sets & kits LEGO Super Heroes Batwing Battle Over Gotham City will be up and running a few minutes after it is opened, making the kiddo smile. And the $27.55 price tag will keep you grinning (but not like the bad guy, swearsy).
Air Hogs Hover Assault Vehicle 4 of 5I'm just crunchy-granola enough that I cringe to read the word "assault" in a toy description. And I did with this one -- until I saw those huge, nubby wheels paired with helicopter capabilities, that make this toy able to drive, jump AND fly. How much fun is that? Even for a make-peace kind of mama. The Air Hogs Hover Assault Vehicle rings in and takes off at $39.99.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Hailfire Blaster 5 of 5When it comes to Nerf gun battles in our house, we do not mess around. The front lines may be between the shower door and the dishwasher, but make no mistake -- we take cushy-dart combat very seriously. I'm counting on my National Guard-trained boyfriend and this new high-powered Nerf N-Strike Elite Hailfire Blaster to take the condo-warfare to the next level. There may be one of these in every styrofoam soldier's stocking this holiday! $33.89 -- or FREE! if you follow the giveaway instructions at the end of this post.
What toys are on your boy’s list?
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