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erinwillow
Nov. 25, 2009, 12:42 PM
I've got a gaggle of kiddies to shop for . .all under the age of 10?? Any suggestions?

Maybeapril
Nov. 25, 2009, 12:57 PM
My son who is 6 is wanting a Screature dinosaur.

KateKat
Nov. 25, 2009, 12:57 PM
have you seen those stuffed "animals" that look like viruses, bacteria, etc? They're actually really cute...you can get a H1N1!

Also, I don't know about this year but last year was all about Webkinz...are those still popular?

lcw579
Nov. 25, 2009, 01:09 PM
If you can get those Zhu Zhu pet hamsters you will be a rock star! They are the "IT" toy of the season. Although it will probably be cheaper to buy a real hamster and cage than to pay for one of these on Ebay or the like - think, Tickle Me Elmo....:eek:


http://zhuzhupetshamster.org/

http://ezinearticles.com/?Zhu-Zhu-Pets-Toys---Do-Not-Choose-the-Wrong-Hamster&id=3088060

poltroon
Nov. 25, 2009, 01:19 PM
In that age range, I think you can't go wrong with Lego, and you can also consider horse toys (with dolls) if there's one that's horsey. If you're really at a loss, a selection of art supplies can be nice, because those supplies are both expensive to buy regularly and consumable, meaning that they won't turn into clutter.

But I highly recommend asking the parents. It's hard to know what they have and what they like.

Some good catalogs for non-mainstream toys:
http://www.chinaberry.com
http://www.hearthsong.com

erinwillow
Nov. 25, 2009, 01:53 PM
If you can get those Zhu Zhu pet hamsters you will be a rock star! They are the "IT" toy of the season. Although it will probably be cheaper to buy a real hamster and cage than to pay for one of these on Ebay or the like - think, Tickle Me Elmo....:eek:


http://zhuzhupetshamster.org/

http://ezinearticles.com/?Zhu-Zhu-Pets-Toys---Do-Not-Choose-the-Wrong-Hamster&id=3088060

OMG! HOw cute are these??? I've got a 9 and 10 year girls who will LOVE these!!! But, you aren't kidding about the price. . . $126.00--that hamster better cook and clean too! :lol::lol:

erinwillow
Nov. 25, 2009, 01:57 PM
In that age range, I think you can't go wrong with Lego, and you can also consider horse toys (with dolls) if there's one that's horsey. If you're really at a loss, a selection of art supplies can be nice, because those supplies are both expensive to buy regularly and consumable, meaning that they won't turn into clutter.

But I highly recommend asking the parents. It's hard to know what they have and what they like.

Some good catalogs for non-mainstream toys:
http://www.chinaberry.com
http://www.hearthsong.com

poltroon,

Thanks for sharing the websites. Sometimes doing a "google" search can be overwhelming so I am glad to have some sites offered upon suggestion. I LOVE wooden toys for the kids so am much appreciative for the chinaberry and hearthsong sites :-)

joiedevie99
Nov. 25, 2009, 01:58 PM
My 7 year old niece wants Zhu Zhu pets for christmas. I've been using the online tracking service for 3 weeks and don't have a single item yet. I'm hoping some hit stores on Friday.

llsc
Nov. 25, 2009, 02:15 PM
My 7 year old niece wants Zhu Zhu pets for christmas. I've been using the online tracking service for 3 weeks and don't have a single item yet. I'm hoping some hit stores on Friday.

An actual Teddy Bear Hampster is about $20.00 and if you buy the clear ball that they can run around your house in, it provides hours of entertainment. We have one and he's very cute and we all love to watch his cute little butt wiggle around as he rolls in his ball around the house.

Horsepower
Nov. 25, 2009, 03:07 PM
I understand that Walmart has the Zhu Zhu pets for much cheaper. They were a big hit with my 4-year-old.

poltroon
Nov. 25, 2009, 03:32 PM
poltroon,

Thanks for sharing the websites. Sometimes doing a "google" search can be overwhelming so I am glad to have some sites offered upon suggestion. I LOVE wooden toys for the kids so am much appreciative for the chinaberry and hearthsong sites :-)

You're welcome. Here's another one I was trying to think of:

http://www.backtobasicstoys.com/

One of the challenges is finding good toys that fit a family well, that the kid can play with by him/her self or with siblings, so there won't be disappointment if dad won't play etc. For example, there are some really wonderful kites out there, but clear something like that with mom & dad first. My daughter loves her frog kite.

Klutz has a wonderful ball with a streamer on it called a "foxtail sonic" that is incredibly fun to play with. It whistles, and you can use the streamer to make it easier to catch and more fun to throw.

http://www.klutz.com/toys/Foxtail-Sonic

Wayside
Nov. 25, 2009, 04:05 PM
If you're really at a loss, a selection of art supplies can be nice, because those supplies are both expensive to buy regularly and consumable, meaning that they won't turn into clutter.

:yes:

Yeah, I think art supplies are pretty safe bet for most kids, as long as things like paint and markers are washable :lol: These create-a-puzzle things were a huge hit with my son and nephews a couple years ago, and they were pretty inexpensive http://www.dickblick.com/products/create-a-puzzle-kits/

I think we're mostly doing art supplies and Legos this year for my son.

winfieldfarm
Nov. 25, 2009, 04:54 PM
I want to get the 4 year old I-hate-horses little boy a portable DVD player for when he has to go to horseshows with us.

Any suggestions?

I want durable, table top and car headrest mountable, cigarette lighter and wall plug, easy to use.

Joanne
Nov. 25, 2009, 05:02 PM
When Walmart had Zhu Zhu hamsters, they were $8.00. But they are long gone (as are most of the accessories). You might be able to snag one on Black Friday, but I don't think they will be advertised if they have them at all. This is the toy parents will fight for this year. People bought them and now are asking outrageous prices for them.

FWIW: I heard they are made in the United States.