Remember those years that brought out lines of shoppers trying to purchase a Cabbage Patch Kid, or parents who were frantically trying to snag a Tickle Me Elmo for under the tree?
While there doesn't seem to that one must-have, blockbuster toy this year, top toy sellers have a few they think might be in kids' letters to Santa. Happi Olson, marketing director at expects a few hot sellers this year; among them are:
- Ed Toy MagnaMobiles
- Tegu Tints
- Sockette Glove Puppets
- Photo Loco Crazy Mixed Up Drawing Game
- Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet
There are Creative Kidstuff stores in Edina, Maple Grove, Linden Hills, St. Paul and Wayzata.
Over at Toys R Us, some of the items they will be stocking up on include:
- LEGO Ninjago Lightning Dragon Battle
- Leap Pad Explorer Learning Tablet
- Silly Hair Dolls
- Playskool Poppin Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper
- Power Wheels Dune Racer
Locally, Toys R Us stores can be found in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnetonka, Hopkins, Maple Grove and Burnsville.
The Hot Toys of Christmas website offers an extensive list of toys expected to be best sellers this year, five of which are:
- Let's Rock Elmo
- Angry Birds Plush
- Xia Xia Pets Hermit Crabs
- Transformers Dark of the Moon Toys
- Perplexus Maze Games
If you are sending gifts to out of town tots, the United States Postal Service recommends these shipping dates to guarantee on-time, under-the-tree arrival:
- Parcel Post - December 15
- First Class Mail - December 20
- Priority Mail - December 21
- Express Mail - December 22
And, don't forget to pick up an extra something for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program!