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You Will Pry This Toy From Her Cold, Dead Fingers

At Target

Toys for toddlers are hit or miss. Get the wrong toy and, of course, the shiny paper you used to wrap the toy is a bigger hit.

We’ve all been there. Drop a bunch of cash on a toy everyone is talking about only to witness your kid toss it into the pile of boring sweaters Grandma sent and focus on the box it came in.

That’s why, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, I do the one thing every parent on earth knows is a big mistake while shopping: let the kids out of the cart while in the store.

Dangerous, I know. But, look at it this way: it’s not as if you’re letting them out of the cage while you’re attempting to do other things because that would be a grave mistake. This – letting them loose in the toy aisle at Target – must be the sole focus of the entire trip so you are ready for the drama. Oh, and be sure and bring their favorite treats so you have a chance of peacefully luring them out of the toy aisles when you’ve determined which toys your little ones gravitate toward.

Last week I put on my gym shoes, armed myself with two lollipops and let my kids loose in the toy aisle and I’ve got to tell you what – LeapFrog is killing it this year. From the Disney Princess Bundle I’ve got my eye on to the super affordable Popping Play Piano Violet can’t keep her fingers off.

Henry found the ultimate toy as well. Bounce Bounce Tigger is already hiding in our closet, ready for Santa to deliver on Christmas morning.

I took the liberty of recording my Christmas toy shopping strategy so you could see it in action. Check it out in the video below:


Want to win one of the Target’s 2012 Top Toys? You’re in luck! Every single day leading up to the holidays a blogger will be giving away a toy! Simply comment below for your chance to win a LEGO F. Emma’s Horse Trailer.

Do you know a deserving family, school, or charity this holiday season? We’re giving away one grand set of 20 toys from Target, including those mentioned in this post! To nominate, simply comment and tell us why you’ve selected them!

A big thanks to Target for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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