Kids Toys For Christmas 2011

The cold this winter is vicious and so are the shoppers that endure it while waiting camping outside the store so that the minute the doors open they can stampede through, trampling anyone who dares obstruct the path to Elmo Live Encore.

It will probably be just as crazy, if not crazier, than the notorious Tickle Me Elmo rampage of 1996. What is it with Elmo? But in general, kids toys have a long standing reputation of bringing out the worst in consumers, especially during the holidays when everyone’s looking for the best stocking stuffers.

Children become spoiled brats, parents become pirahnas and store employees join those among the most unfortunate in the world. They’ll have to convince themselves that holiday pay is worth facing the wrath of swarms of overzealous, angry and unsatisfied customers.

Everyone knows that the sensible thing to do is to wait until the craze over the hottest kids toys dies down a bit, and the price and demand lower a bit, but knowing and doing are two different things. So if you can’t be convinced to back down, or your kids won’t let you, then you might as well prepare yourself as best as you can.

It’s a good idea to know early on which kids toys are going to be the most popular and sought after so that you can plan early, possibly even getting a hold of them before the mad rush. Elmo Live Encore is a sure winner—other hot toys of Christmas 2011 are the Zhu Zhu pets, Twilight Barbies, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo Wii, Transformers action figures, Hannah Montana toys, Leap Frog Text and Learn, and Dance Around Dora.

Some of these, like the Nintendo consoles, Hannah Montana and Transformers are fairly easy to find, so if those are among your choices the time is ripe. Others like the Zhu Zhu pets are extremely difficult to get a hold and remain in popular demand. Parents will be fighting over them for sure.

Unfortunately, sometimes you just can’t win. Hot kids toys often remain low in stock and chasing after them from store to store is an exhausting ordeal, and lots of times you just aren’t able to find them in the end. In this case, it’s good to prepare some good substitute or alternative Christmas toys for kids.

While good hand held games for kids could be found among Hasbro Toys and Games, the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet and the Fisher-Price iXL 6-in-1 Learning System are great kids’ hand held games, and should be included in the Kids Toys For Christmas 2011 list.

Alternatives might be a better idea, since having a toy that’s close but not quite the real thing can be even worse than not having it at all. So look to your kid’s other interests and hopefully you’ll be able to survive the Christmas shopping season intact.

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