If you are not sure what the kid on your list likes, consider a game. Even the pickiest child loves games. Qwirkle is a popular game this year. This Parent’s Choice Gold Award winner is simple enough that children as young as six can play but has enough strategy that it keeps the attention of grownups much better than most kids’ board games.Angry Birds, Knock on Wood is another great choice. Most kids have played Angry Birds on their parents’ iPhones, but now they can take the popular game off of the screen and play it in a more tangible way.Of course, if the kids on your list are small, you can never go wrong with the classics like Cootie, Don’t Break the Ice, Memory and Candy Land. Sorry, Uno and Phase 10 are all great classics for older kids. With a game, you simply can’t go wrong.
If there are girls on your gift list, consider a doll. The Monster High Dolls are some of the most popular ones this year. Monster High takes Dracula and mixes him with Bratz dolls to create a line of fashionable zombies. Each doll has her own personality, and girls are going crazy trying to collect all of the classmates.
Barbie has always been popular, but this year the Barbie Collector Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen Doll is one that stores cannot keep on their shelves. It’s no surprise that she is a favorite, given the popularity of the books and movie this year. If you can find one and have an older girl on your list, this is a sure win.
For younger girls, the Lalaloopsy dolls are another popular item. Though they reached their height last year, girls are still loving these whimsical rag dolls. If you can find one, grab it!
Is your kid obsessed with your iPhone? Get him a LeapPad, and reclaim your touch screen. This iPad for preschoolers is the most interactive, durable electronic device on the shelves this year. The apps and games are filled with educational challenges, so you won’t feel guilty letting your child play.
If you want something that will grow with your child, consider the PlayStation Vita. This travel gaming system has a great selection of games, so you can choose those that are age-appropriate, and you can add to the collection as your child grows. With a 3G version and Wi-Fi capabilities, this is a truly complete portable gaming system.
Electronics do not have to be gaming systems, either. Do you remember Furby? Well, he’s back and better than ever. Furby 2.0 shows emotions, learns English and even eats foods you feed it with your smartphone. Your kids will love this toy, if you can get your hands on one.
Fisher Price Little People are the go-to toy for little ones who need to use their imaginations. One of the hottest ones this year is the Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace. With little people that look like your favorite Disney princesses and songs you will not mind listing to over and over, this toy is sure to be a hit.
If you don’t have a princess-in-training in your home, consider the Fisher-Price Little People Animal Sounds Farm. What kid doesn’t like to have his own farmyard of plastic animals? The realistic animal sounds help teach your child while they use their imaginations to play.
These are just some of the toys to keep your eye on for the 2012 holiday season. As you shop, remember, some of these toys are so hot, stores will not be able to keep them in stock. If you see the one that’s on your list, grab it before it’s gone!