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10 holiday toys topping your kids’ lists

While still popular, Zhu Zhus have been pushed out of the running for the #1 toy that is topping your child’s wish list.  So which toy has taken its place?  A farting dump truck.  But never fear, annoying adorable tiny animals still make the list – several times.  Read on for more hints on the toys that kids are asking for this year.

Stinky the Garbage Truck: This one has become the #1 “IT” toy of the season, as many of you parents already know. It reacts to sound and light, has over 100 phrases, an addiction for small cars and garbage, and a stinky habit of breaking wind. Of course he’s a hit with the toddlers. $49.99 +/-

Sing-A-Ma-Jigs: One Sing-a-ma-Jig, and you have a joyful noise. Add another, and you have a melodic duet. Add a couple more, and you have a chorus of Sing-a’s who will harmonize with each other in perfect pitch. (Want some fun? Sing-a-ma-jig yourself with the Facebook app for some musical fun). $9.49 +/-

Justin Bieber Singing Doll:  I’m so sorry parents. He is not going away. And it’s only fitting that the latest heart-throb of tweens and toddlers is now a doll. Well, not yet, but he will be hitting stores come December 1st. And if you have a kid who’s been Bieberized, you better go pre-order the Biebs (like at Amazon.com) before the doll is sold out and you have a hysterical, broken-hearted Bieb-fan to contend with. $53.15 +/-

Squinkies Surprise Bake Shop: 9 little, tiny squinkie animals, and a super sweet bake shop disguised as a cupcake – plus all the furnishings for them to kick back on as they chat about this sweet little world they got going on here. Yup, sign me up. $19.99 +/-

FurReal Friends Frenzies: Like Zhu Zhu, but so not. First off, the animals aren’t hamsters (though I admit, they really do look somewhat like hamsters). And they zoom around their play yard at giggle inducing speeds. Kids will love the zippiness of the non-hamsters. Parents will love that they remain in the play yard and not under their feet on the floor. It’s win-win. $26.49 +/-

Hot Wheels R/C Stealth Rides: These hot rides are a little smaller than the palm of your hand. But once you’re done playing with it, they flatten to fit into a case that can slide into your pocket (get it? It’s pretty stealth…). Not only that, but the case actually acts as the remote control. $36.99 +/-

Disney Princess & Me: Disney might be offing the princess, but that doesn’t mean the princess has left the store shelves. And judging by the continued popularity, little girls will be asking for this on their holiday list. In characters like Belle, Ariel, Cinderella and more, plus cheaper than the American Girl Doll, you can buy your child their favorite princess and know that it will be a favorite gift. $49.99 +/-

Calico Critters Country Cottage Playset: When I was younger, these cute little animals were called Sylvanian Families. Now they’re considered Calico Critters, but hold the same preciousness they did back then. There are multiple types of animal families (bears, rabbits, even mice), and this little cottage has a ton of adorable add-ons (sold separately) to create even more tiny gifts for your munchkin to squeal over. $49.99 +/-

Iron Man Walking R/C Robot: Shoot missiles at sis, chase the cat across the dining room floor, and intimidate opponents through flashing lights and mighty phrases. Have an Iron Man fan in the house? Then this one is a must-have gift. $40.78 +/-

Loopz: The dance game that will get your whole family up and groovin’ to the music. Through flashing lights and music, Loopz tests how hot your rhythm is with seven different challenging games that can be played with one to four players. Plus, it makes for an awesome light show in your living room. $43.99 +/-

Check out some of our favorite toy stores in the area:

The Toy Shop – 201 W Napa St Ste 1, Sonoma
A Child’s Dream – 1037 Santa Rosa Plz, Santa Rosa
Toyworks – various locations in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, including 2724 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa
HobbyTown Petaluma – 171 N Mcdowell Blvd, Petaluma
Kaleidoscope Toys – 9078 Windsor Rd, Windsor and 2421 Magowan Dr, Santa Rosa
Toys R Us – 2705 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa
Toys West – 151 Petaluma Blvd S Ste 105, Petaluma
K B Toy Outlet – 2200 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma

What toys are your kids asking for this year?


See this?

It’s a Weapon of Mass Destruction. Sure, the one little guy looks innocent enough. But they have an uncanny way of hiding in plain sight until they end up under your foot. And then…

…they invite a friend over. They see the potential to cause mass destruction, and decide to share in the wealth. But why stop at one friend when you can have a…

…Lego WMD party! That’s right, your sitting there as an unsuspecting victim in your own house while these evil destructors are planning their attack on your bare feet. And before you know it…

…they’ve invited all of their friends for the biggest party of the century.

Don’t worry. I think I captured their king.

Toys "R" Us Gear Trade-In

Do you have any baby items that need some serious replacing? Don’t sell it at your garage sale, trade it in to receive 20% off of a new item at the Toys “R” Us “Great Trade-In” event, happening this Friday, August 28th through Sunday August 20th.

Much like the Cash for Clunkers program, the idea behind this program is to get old and possibly recalled baby items* out of use. The items they are looking for are cribs, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, high chairs, play yards, and carseats.

There are several reasons this program is helpful for those safety conscious parents:

  • Older products may not meet the newest safety regulations.
  • The materials used to make carseats break down over time, weakening the structure and safety of the carseats in ways not visible to the naked eye.
  • Carseats that have been in accidents may look fine, but have unseen damage that renders them unsafe for use.
  • Unknown to a thrifty shopper purchasing a secondhand baby product at a garage sale or secondhand store or off of Craigslist, the baby product for sale may have been recalled or be missing crucial parts or instruction manuals.

This program will be especially profitable for daycares, who may have a lot of older cribs, high chairs, etc that have been used heavily over the years.

For more information, visit the site itself, or contact our local Toys “R” Us at (707)575-6200

(From the site) “From Friday, August 28 through Sunday, September 20, Babies”R”Us and Toys”R”Us stores nationwide are holding the “Great Trade-In” event, providing our customers the opportunity to trade-in any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, playards or high chairs in exchange for a 20% savings on the purchase of any new baby item, in any of these product categories, from select manufacturers.”

*Participating brands are: Babi Italia, Baby Caché, Baby Trend, Bertini, Britax, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Cosco, Delta, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, Graco, Jeep, Natures Purest by Summer Infant, Safety 1st, and Sorelle.