Top Ten Christmas Toys and Gifts for 2012
This site is in its fourth year and this year we are going to be exploring the Top Ten Christmas Toys and Gifts for 2012. I am a Grandmother who has always loved toys. On this site we explore the many new toy and gift items for Christmas 2012. We started this site for Christmas 2008 and because so many of the toys we have reviewed each year are still very popular we have left the information for each year on the site.
Christmas is a very big holiday in our family. Although I am a senior, my family teases me because I still believe in Santa Claus. I believe in the mystery and the excitement that the feeling of Santa coming in his sleigh loaded with presents. It is a magical season! However it can also have a level of stress. Not the least of this stress comes from shopping and finding the perfect gift. I think I have found a great solution to some of this stress.
Who says you cannot teach old dogs new tricks? A few years ago if you had asked if I would do all my Christmas shopping online I would have laughed and said on a chance. However in the last three years that is exactly what I have done. I love the fact that I can sit in the comfort of my own home and browse the selections at my leisure. It is wonderful not to spend a half hour looking for a parking place to then enter a crowded shopping mall and be jostled about by all the other frantic Christmas shoppers. Did I mention the frustration of finding that the must have Christmas 2011 toy has been sold out. I have become the biggest fan of Amazon.com. They seem to have stock when no else has it. There is no doubt that they seem to have the lowest prices combined with free shipping on many items. Personally I have found their customer service to be exceptional.
We have done extensive research at the online shopping sites and we can recommend both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca if you wish to save money and be able to find a supply of these items. They e-mail us daily to update us on the availability and we will update the site. Many of these top ten Christmas ideas qualify for free shipping.
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The hot selling products for Christmas are changing rapidly. We have posted them here in no particular order for your shopping convenience. Below you will find a review of some of the Christmas ideas and as the weeks go on we will update these reviews. Remember popular items sell out fast. Don’t wait to do your shopping.
Top Featured Gifts Christmas 2012
Top Featured Gift – Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo has taken their popular DS series into the three-D realm with two new products – the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL. Although there are some similarities in these gaming consoles to the DS lite, they are both an improvement over the original DS. Colors are more vivid and pop from the screen. You do not need special glasses to see the 3D effect and the level of 3D can be adjusted. For a complete review of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL click the link to see what we think of this hot seller.
Top Featured Gift – Leapfrog LeapPad and Leapster
Leapfrog’s LeapPad1 was voted the #1 Learning Tablet based on the NPD Group/Consumer Tracking Service; PS Electronic Learning; Educational Toy of the Year, Preschool Toy of the Year and overall Toy of the Year for 2012. There are 100 games and apps available for it and it is suitable for children ages 4 to 9 years old. It has 2GB of memory, built in camera, video recorder and touch screen. Included in the initial purchase are Pet Pad, Story Studio, Art Studio and an app of your choice.
Not satisfied with this success Leapfrog developed the LeapPad2. This tablet has more memory 4GB, front and back cameras, access to library of 325+ cartridges and downloadable apps, including games, videos, music, and creativity apps. Included in the box are 5 apps -Pet Pad, Cartoon Director app, LeapFrog Learning Songs, Art Studio and you can also select one of four popular apps to download free to your tablet!
The Leapster is designed for preschoolers. It gives your child an online experience when it connects to the LeapFrog Learning Path. Built for the rugged play of small children there are over 30 exciting learning games featuring characters kids love. This game console is battery operated and can be used for kids on the go as well as connecting to the Internet.
Top Featured Gift – Furby 2012
Believe it or not Furby is back – better than ever! Using today’s high tech apps, Hasbro has recreated Furby. Selling out everywhere a new generation of children have a chance to create their Furby with a unique personality. Speaking Furbish, learning English, tickle it, play music for it, be nice to Furby or throw him around you will have a toy with its own mind. For a complete review of Furby see what we are saying -Furby 2012.
Top Featured Gift – Moshi Monsters
Moshi Monsters are the cute online pets that are owned by over 60 million fans. This online activity has morphed into tangible little pets. This Online activity has been developed firstly for fun and education but also to give children age 6 -12 a safe online game space. The virtual pets have led to a whole series of tangible collectable pets. Children love these small creatures and always have favorites. For more information read our full review of the Moshi Monsters.
Top Featured Gift – Monster High Dolls
Girls love these ghoulish Monster High Dolls. They are already scarce to find for Christmas 2012. Mattell has hit all the right buttons with these dolls. They are fashionable. Young girls love their ability to articulate, their detailed faces, and their outfits. They have become collector items with older doll lovers. We have done a complete review of the Monster High Dollsto help you with your research just click the link to learn more.
Top Featured Gift – LEGO Friends for Girls
When LEGO decided the market for girls they had no idea how popular LEGO Friends would become. Although many girls have enjoyed and built LEGO sets for years the themes have had a decidedly male theme to them. In spite of much controversy girls have loved these sets and they are very much in demand for Christmas 2012. We have done a review of what we think of this line of lego Friends for girls. You can read it by clicking the link.
Top Featured Gift – Playstation 3
One of the most popular game systems is the Playstation 3. It is on many lists for Christmas 2012. The new model is super slim, lighter, and quieter. It is being sold as a bundle with a full game and a 30 day membership to the Playstation Plus Network, which allows you to download free games and extra content for games you own. This system has a large 320 Gig hard drive that can hold lots of downloadable games and saved games. For more on this year’s Playstation 3 click the link.
Top Featured Gift – LEGO Ninjago Epic Dragon
Lego is always a hit particularly with the boys on your Christmas list. The LEGO Ninjago Epic Dragon is a huge set with 915 pieces. It includes the Great Devourer and snake prison. The Great Devourer, serpent and the Ultra four headed Dragon delight both little and big boys. With eight mini figures the battle between good and evil can take on imaginative scenarios. To check out what we think about LEGO Ninjago Epic Dragon read our full review by clicking the link.
Top Featured Gift – Xbox 360 with Kinect
Xbox 360 with Kinect topped the list of best sellers for Christmas 2011 and for this year Christmas 2012 it is touted to outsell the 2011 sales. I think the idea that this gaming system is based on getting up and moving appealed to many families that were on the fence about having another gaming system. For our take on the Xbox 360 with Kinect please click the link.
Top Featured Gift – Playstation Vita
Playstation Vita is a gaming system for the whole family. This new Playstation platform has been dramatically improved over the former one. Powerful and exciting new features include dual touch pads at the front and rear, dual cameras at the front and rear, dual analog sticks, a 5-inch OLED screen, GPS, six-axis motion sensors and a three-axis electronic compass and exceptional built-in connectivity via both Wi-Fi* and exclusive to this model, an always on 3G connection. Please click on this link to read our full review of the Playstation Vita.
Top Featured Gift – Schleich Knight Castle
The Schleich Knight Castle is for every child who would love to be an knight or maybe the damsel in distress that needs their castle protected. This castle is much bigger than it looks in the images and has a rugged realistic appearance. It can easily be rearranged to suit the current play. For this Christmas it is hitting almost every top toy list. For our opinion of the Schleich Knight Castle please click the link.
Top Featured Gift – My First Lab Stargazer Telescope
The My First Lab Stargazer Telescope is an Amazon.com exclusive. It is a perfect Christmas gift for young children who are interested in learning about the stars. With high quality glass optics and 9mm and 20mm eyepieces plus a 2x Barlow lens, which allows for 45x, 90x, 100x and 150x magnification and a heavy duty tripod base, with 1.25″ steel tripod legs, for ultimate stability, This telescope is designed to be used by children. For more about what we think of the My First Lab Stargazer Telescope please click the link.
Top Featured Gift – Vtech Innotab 2S Learning Tablet
Vtech Innotab 2S Learning Tablet is another great learning product from Vtech. This multi-functional tablet for children ages 3 – 9 includes a photo/video camera, a 5-inch touch screen, 2 GB of onboard memory, an SD card slot for expandable memory, and media players for MP3s, photos, and videos. For this Christmas it is already sold out in many places. Take a look at this parent’s review of it by clicking this link Vtech Innotab 2S Learning Tablet .
Top Featured Gift- Lalaloopsy Dolls
Another top seller this Christmas is the Lalaloopsy Dolls cute plastic rag dolls that withstand the rough treatment that young girls give their dolls. They have plastic hair that will withstand brushing and washing. Their outfits are cute not sexualized. There are a number of themes to cater to different interests. Some of them even have silly hair and the girls love this. Check out what this parent thinks of the Lalaloopsy Dolls just click the link.
Top Featured Gift – Cabbage Patch Kids
Back for this Christmas and much in demand Cabbage Patch Kids. Better than ever the new versions of Cabbage Patch Kids are dressed in cute clothes. Each doll has its own personality with eyes as big as saucers who could resist falling in love with these adorable dolls. We know our girls will love these dolls. Please read our parent’s review if the
Our Favorite Christmas Desserts
What Top Ten Christmas Ideas would be complete without something for our sweet tooth lovers. For a change of pace we have included our favorite Christmas Desserts. These are recipes that we have collected over the years. We don’t make all of them every year but they are our family’s go to recipes.