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The Hottest Toys of 2011 (That You Won't Regret Buying by the 26th)

By amywindsor |

Will the Air Swimmer Shark be 2011's hottest toy?

I can remember the first time I got hooked by the holiday toy frenzy where some “hot” product became almost impossible to find about the same time my son heard about it. The child proceeded to work himself into an absolute lather about it, which made me get all hopped up to get my hands on one, so I could get it under the Christmas tree and watch him light up when he opened it. Which is the whole point, right?

With twelve years of intensive present-giving under my belt, I know a thing or two about buying fad gifts versus the classics. With that in mind, I’ve weeded through the “Top Toys of 2011″ lists that the other sites are touting , taking out the truly obnoxious toys that you will loathe after 10 minutes and your child will tire of in an hour, and padding it with some of the tried and true toys that always sell out, even though they haven’t seen a “hot list” in years.

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Top Toys for 2011 (That You Won't Regret Buying By the 26th)

Animal Planet's Air Swimmers Shark

Even though I KNOW a horrible disaster will befall this helium-filled shark —probably on it's maiden voyage—I am still 100% buying it. It just looks way too cool and kind of makes my head explode with the awesome. I'll be buying a repair kit along with the helium tank needed to get it up and running—and hoping for the best (along with hundreds of thousands of other kids around the U.S.).
Find it HERE.

FYI: You never know which toys will sell out, so bite the bullet and order now if you have even the slightest inkling that you might want it later. You can always sell it to a friend who didn’t have your forethought.

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Amy Windsor is an avid mommy blogger whose blog, Bitchin' Wives Club, was named one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Blogs in 2012. She was a contributor to Babble's Parenting channels.

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3 thoughts on “The Hottest Toys of 2011 (That You Won't Regret Buying by the 26th)

  1. Bunnytwenty says:

    The Air Swimmers shark and clownfish are awesome! The only thing to keep in mind with those: it’s a lot better if your house has high ceilings. I think they’d be a lot less impressive in a home with low ceilings (I first saw them at Toy Fair, where the convention center’s extremely high ceilings really displayed these toys to their best advantage). And don’t take ‘em outside! They will swim away.

  2. Malan says:

    A useless list for those of us who avoid plastic!

  3. Jack( fijit friends toy blog) says:

    hey, i just wanted to add that you could’ve added more pictures, but i like your blog. and by the way, that shark is nice, i ordered one a few weeks ago, so i am not too late for christmas, i hope my little kid will love it. anyway, thanks for the info. nice post :)

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