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.
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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