When I was a kid, December was my favorite month of the year. I loved building snow forts and having snowball fights with all the kids in my neighborhood. On Christmas Eve, my family would get together for lunch and dinner and spend the day hanging out. I spent Christmas day opening presents such as Game Boy Pockets, Super Nintendos and portable CD players.
A lot has changed since then. For starters, I now hate snow. I hate driving in it, walking in it, and pretty much anything about it. As far as Christmas Eve goes, a lot of my family members now live in different parts of the country, making it more difficult to get together for the holidays. Last but not least, kids nowadays don’t even know that Super Nintendos or portable CD players ever existed.
Like I said, a lot has changed. Xbox 360s and iPods have replaced Super Nintendos and portable CD players. Kids nowadays are asking for cell phones at an age I was still enjoying life as a kid – you know, waking up on Saturday mornings and watching cartoons for a couple hours before going outside to hang out with friends. Any idea where I’m going with this? If not, you must not be familiar with my series on Christmas presents. So far, I’ve given ideas of what to get your mom, dad and the sports fan on your shopping list. Now, I’ll take a look at what kids are asking for these days.
Playskool Sesame Street LOL Elmo
Do you remember back in 1996 when Tickle Me Elmo was introduced? It was the toy that parents had to get for their kids. Fortunately for my little sister, my parents were able to snag one for her. I vaguely remember them talking about how people were going crazy over the toy. There were fights at stores and people spending way more than the marked price. Anyway, the toy is back. For $39.99, you can get it for your kids. What’s so special about it? The new and improved Elmo rolls and shakes with laughter, while also having the ability to tell jokes.
Crayola Light Designer
Who out there used to spend countless hours coming up with ridiculous patterns using Lite-Brite? If you’re familiar with Lite-Brite, the popular toy that came out in the late 1960s, you’ll appreciate the Crayola Light Designer. It’s essentially a modernized version of Lite-Brite that allows the user to draw colored objects on the three-dimensional surface using a special stylus. When you’re done, you have the option to save your drawing or wipe it clean and start over. It’s kind of a mix between Lite-Brite and Etch A Sketch. You can pick one up for $44.99.
LEGO Walkie Talkies
I don’t feel like I should have to explain why walkie talkies make a great gift for a young kid, but I will anyway. For starters, the LEGO Walkie Talkies work up to a mile apart. With only one push/talk button and one channel, they’re easy to use. The best part about them? They’re walkie talkies! As a kid, the options are unlimited. My friends and I used to use them all over the neighborhood. During snowball fights, building forts, or just hanging out on random days, we always had walkie talkies. You can get your kids a pair for $21.99.
FurReal Newborn Patchwork Puppy
My parents put off getting me a puppy for as long as they could. They bought me stuffed animals and some gold fish, and even offered to buy me toys instead of a puppy. None of that mattered because my mind was set on getting a puppy. If your child is set on a puppy, maybe you should start them off on the FurReal Newborn Patchwork Puppy. For only $14.99, you can use the toy puppy to help teach your child the responsibilities of having a real one. The FurReal puppy needs to be fed at certain points throughout the day and also begs for attention. It’s a small price to pay for attempting to talk your child out of a real puppy, right?
LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer Learning Tablet
This is like an iPad for kids. The learning tablet features two cameras (one on the front, one on the back), downloadable apps (eBooks, videos and music) and 4 GB of memory. The main point of the LeapFrog LeapPad Tablet is to help kids develop skills in areas such as reading, science and mathematics. The library consisting of more than 325 apps saves progress from app to app. Parents can even connect online to the LeapFrog Learning Path to follow the progress. The tablet starts out at $99, with the cost of apps and other features such as headphones increasing the total price.
Angry Birds Knock on Wood game
By now, you’ve heard of the Angry Birds app. Apple released the massively popular app on iOS in 2009. Three years later, Mattell has transformed the app into a game made for kids ages 5 and up. The game isn’t much different from the app. Players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs that are placed within different structures. The object of the game is to destroy all the pigs on the playing field. At a relatively cheap $19.99, up to four players can partake in the fun.
Remember when I said a lot has changed in my life over an extended period of time? Instead of asking for cool presents like the ones I listed above, I’m now more inclined to ask for boring gifts like jeans or gift cards. How depressing is that? Maybe this year I’ll ask for a pair of LEGO Walkie Talkies so I can relive some childhood fun. What do you think?
Alright parents, it’s your time to shine. What are some ideas I left off the list? Let us know in the comments section below!