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Holiday Toy Guide

It's common knowledge that when Christmas comes 'round, shops are like breeding grounds for malevolence towards others. Not only violence, but rudeness, confusion, flying doll heads and late night cram sessions with CBBC. During the holiday shopping seasons, all bets are off, and anyone with a credit card and an eBay account has the potential to become your enemy. You want to buy the one toy that your child absolutely cannot live without, but of course this task is extremely stressful--considering everyone else's kids want that exact same toy. Well, we're here to tell you that you will never have to suffer through holiday gift buying again; with a little help from ShopWiki, you can find everything you need, from popular kid's characters to the to the fun toys modelled after them. 

This Season's "It" Toys

Each year the Toy Retailers Association, or TRA, releases it's list of Dream Toys, twelve toys that they project will be in very high demand. Some are fairly obvious (the Eleventh Doctor's  sonic screwdriver? Hardly a shocker!) while others could be last year's Go Go Hamsters . 

Babies & Toddlers (Ages Newborn-2 Years)

Mr Potato Head Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear 

My Stroll and Play Walker 

VTech Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball 

Leapfrog's My Puppy Pal Scout 

Chicco Talking Driver 

Younger Children (Ages 2-7)

Zhu Zhu Grooming Salon 

Stinky the Garbage Truck 

Moon Dough Big Barn Set 

VTech Kidizoom Video Camera 

Sylvanian Families Motorcycle and Sidecar 

Older Children (Ages 8-14)

Paper Jamz Guitar 

Toys Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Jetpack 

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver 

Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS 

Lego City Airport 

Popular Toy Guides

Plush Toys & Dolls

In the land of dolls and plush toys, it's often less a matter of getting this year's toy than it is getting the correct character. Your little animal lover may not be pleased with this year's Fashion Fairytale Barbie  if she had her heart set on Veterinarian Barbie . Or maybe she might; it depends on the child.

Peppa Pig Lullaby Peppa 

Barbie Dolls

Animagic Tender Care Twins 

FurReal Go Go Walking Pup 

Bratz 10.10.10 Dolls 

Dolls and Plush Toy Guides

Action Figures and Play Sets

With action figures and play sets, you want to look for versatility; that's half of what made the original Transformers toys  so popular. (The other half? Robots are cool.) Favourite characters are a must, but don't be afraid to throw in a villain to fight or else they'll be forced to do battle between the forces of Good and Gran's Pin Cushion .

Ben10 Mark 10 Car 

Bakugan 7-in-1 Maxus Dragonoid 

HM Armed Forces Infantryman 

Beyblade Super Vortex Battle Set 

Doctor Who Action Figures 

Action Figure Related Guides

Games

It's tempting to write off puzzles and games as boring, but they're a great way to spend time with the kids during their school holiday. You can solve brain teasers  together, test your trivia knowledge  or just watch as they plough through the next level of this year's hottest video game!

Board Games

Puzzle Games

Card Games

Computer Games

Family Fun Games

Game-Oriented Guides

Electronic Games and Gadgets

Children certainly do love their gadgets; they're the most likely items to receive serious, immediate play on Christmas Day. Make sure to have lots of batteries  on hand.

Kids Electric Guitars 

Cuponk 

Bigtrak 

Ben 10 Alien Force Omnitrix Walkie Talkie 

Vtech Mobigo Handheld Portable Learning System 

Electronic Game Guides

Arts and Crafts

The perfect gifts for the creative child who loves to make their own fun? Art supplies, activity sets and craft kits will keep a child entertained during the drabbest of winters.

Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush 

Play-Doh Puppy Play Time 

Play Doh Creativity Centre 

Noteez Secret Messaging Kit 

Origami Kits 

Kids Arts and Crafts Guides

Video Game Consoles

If your child doesn't already have a game system, now may be the best time to snap one up! The Xbox 360 and the PS3 both have new motion gaming peripherals, and the Nintendo DS has new XL and 3D models! Save money by getting a bundled set, which usually includes some games and important accessories with the console at a discounted price.

Nintendo Wii & Wii Fit 

Xbox & XBox 360

Nintendo 3DS 

PlayStations 1, 3, & PSP

Gaming Guides

Educational Toys

The best educational toys won't make your child recoil in horror and boredom. Look for toys that are fun, versatile and for the younger set, easy to use.

LeapFrog Tag Reading System 

VTech Tiny Touch Phone 

Lamaze Balancing Bug Stacker 

Rock Band 3 Wireless Pro Keyboard 

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table 

Educational Toy Guides

Outdoor Toys

Trampolines

Climbing Frames

Sandboxes

Toboggans

Bubble Toys

Outdoor Toy Guides

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