Your 2014 Christmas Gift Ideas Start Here!
Want to know what’s hot for Christmas this year? We’ve got the rundown of the most popular gift ideas for kids, him, and her. Which toys will win favor with the kids to become the “best toys for 2014″? Are there some so-called “cool gifts” that you should really avoid? Will any of the great games still be available when you go shopping? The hottest toys, electronics, tech, and “must haves” are all here, and we will tell you all about them.
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Updated 11/19/2014: The big countdown continues. Now just 9 days until Black Friday, and with Thanksgiving no longer being a sacred “no shopping day” it’s actually coming sooner than we think. I have been out to all the big box stores again, trying to see what the hot items are going to be this year. You never really know for sure until about this time of year, and then everyone is scrambling to get their hands on the hottest toy, gift, or whatchamacallit. Barbie looks big. Disney might be even bigger. Don’t count out Monster High or Dora either. How about My Little Pony making a comeback? FurReal is showing up, as is Zoomer and Flutterbye. The old standby, Lego, isn’t leaving either. Nerf, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and Star Wars gear is great for boys in 2014. So are Hot Wheels and Air Hogs…and don’t forget Matchbox. The little ones are getting Fisher-Price and Sesame Street. Oh, the list never ends. But let’s not forget the true meaning of Christmas!
Updated 11/4/2014: The number of remaining shopping days is suddenly hitting me like a Halloween candy hangover. Today on my stroll through the electronics department at Target I was taken back by a holiday video playing on all 25 of their wall mounted televisions. Oh my…too early to see and hear that. And yesterday I was searching online and came across several Black Friday leaks, from Lowe’s, Sears, Dell Home Store, and Home Depot. Walmart has their Early Bird specials online already, and stores are lining up to see who will open first, and who will let their employees enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with family. It has begun.
Updated 10/22/2014: Is it really possible that Christmas shopping is starting later this year? Based on the trends we are seeing, more people have been waiting to get started that in the past 5 years. One big announcement today is that Target stores are offering free shipping that begins now. So, you can place an order on www.target.com and have gifts delivered directly to your office or home. And even though people may not be in full shopping mode yet, the stores and malls are ready and waiting. Santa will be arriving at these retail locations in just a couple of weeks, and the Black Friday shopping crowd will be breaking down the doors in just over a month. Expect stores to open earlier than ever for that massive rush.
Updated 9/30/2014: We have officially passed the 90 days until Christmas mark and the shopping season has begun. Have you been in retail stores lately? Christmas trees, decor, and aisles of gifts are filling quickly. I was in Costco two weeks ago and the season was in full swing. Toysrus.com just released their annual “hottest toys for Christmas” list which included Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile, Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack, Imaginext 2-in-1 Supernova Battle Rover, LEGO Fusion Town Master, LeapFrog LeapTV Active Video Game System, Little Live Pets Bird Cage with 2 Birds, Hot Wheels Street Hawk R/C Flying Car, Hot Wheels Street Hawk R/C Flying Car, Onyx Zoomer Dino with Tin Storage Case, Mutant Mania Mutant Masher, Max Tow Truck, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch ‘N’ Shout Leonardo, Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa, Tranformers Stomp & Chomp Grimlock, Charmazing Color Me Up! Heart Collection, and FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup. Don’t want to fight the crowds in November? Get started on your shopping now and see deals we’ve found below.
Update (11/22/2013): The Christmas shopping season came early this year. We are still a full week away from the traditional Black Friday rush and yet retailers are pouring out sales, deals, and early season discounts are nearly everything you can imagine. In fact, no longer is Thanksgiving a sacred holiday, safe from the shopping madness. Now, stores are opening that day – even before the pumpkin pie is on the table. Makes you wonder what the big box shops will do for an encore during the 2014 Christmas season. Looking at our early stats – toys and electronics are once again leading the way. Lots of people looking here for suggestions from other shoppers. And, while there are plenty of toys being snatched up for under $20, we’ve also seen some of the most expensive gifts for Christmas in years. So, what gadget are you looking for? Do you know what the big tech items are this December? Do you know what the teens are asking for (besides a new iphone)? Be back soon to keep you updated!
Update (11/1/2013): Welcome to November, everyone! Halloween is now behind us and Thanksgiving is coming quickly. But the #1 most celebrated holiday of the year is just 54 days away now and the Christmas shopping season is officially in full swing. I heard this morning that Walmart is getting an early jump on the competition by running online sales that start today, a full month ahead of last year. With six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, retailers will be offering deep discounts way before the turkey is in the oven. Go get yours now!
Update (10/7/2013): This weekend brought huge changes in the weather. Just 5 weeks ago our high temp was 99. Yesterday, 51. Yes, that is how quickly seasons can change and it reminds me that I’m already running out of shopping days until Christmas. I believe we are under 75 now…and nobody wants to look for gifts during that final few days – or maybe it’s more obvious that nobody prefers a gift purchased from the top shelf at Walgreens when everything else is gone. So, we are putting together more gift suggestions based on what people are looking for, what’s new in the past 30 days, hot items for boys, girls, toddlers, fads, gifts trending in the U.S., and several others. Doing our best to point you in the right direction!
Update (8/29/13): Where I live, the forecast high temperature for today is 100 degrees. So, what am I doing updating our 2013 Christmas website? Well, lots of people have started their research and they are counting on us to deliver the goods…much like kids are counting on Santa to do the same in less than 4 months. The trends we spot over the next 30-60 days will determine the hottest, must have toys and gifts for kids of all ages. According to early predictions, watch for Squiqz suction construction, Spirograph, Kinetic Sand, Goldieblox and the Spinning Machine, Tenzi, Civil Engineer Tape, Simon, Made By Dad, Paddle Punches, Solar Robots, Flying Turtle Scooter, Ultra Stomp Rocket, Chalktrail Scooter, Castle Molds, Story Lines, Laptop Trays, Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike, and Logiq Tower to be some of the big hits. What ever happened to lincoln logs and viewmasters? Be back with another update soon, and stay cool out there today.
Update (12/17/12): We are certainly in the home stretch now and the news for procrastinators (myself included) is that lots of online retailers are now offering FREE SHIPPING on almost anything you are willing to buy today. Today is the offical “free shipping” day but with a full week until Christmas Eve, I expect this offer to contiue for a few more days at many of these stores – even free 1 or 2 day shipping as we near the end of the week. Toys R Us has some great deals as well as Coldwater Creek, Converse, Ebags, Eddie Bower, Joseph A Banks, Land’s End, Sports Authority…the list goes on and on. If you haven’t tried it before, take a look at GottaDeal.com too. They seem to have some of the most popular offers as they come available. Happy Shopping!
Update: Okay, is it just me or is everyone starting the countdown to Christmas? I look up at the calendar and what do you know, we are now inside of 90 days. For some of us (men, you know who I am talking about here) – 3 months until Christmas is a lifetime. For others, things are about to start moving really fast. The stores are full of Halloween costumes and decorations, and the day after that holiday is behind us, the ghosts and witches will be replaced with Thanksgiving Day decor. And what happens the day after Thanksgiving? You got it – Black Friday. Oh my. Are you ready for this?
Update: The traffic here continues to grow, and now people aren’t just browsing – they are buying. 90 days from now we will see shoppers in full-out gift buying mode. Based on early results, I am predicting another big year for the Amazon Kindle and all books and media related to this incredible device. For the time being, please relax and enjoy the remaining weeks of summer. School will be starting for students this month and the next thing you know the seasons will be changing. Also, for those of you planning to buy a camera for Christmas, we will soon launch a camera reviews website to make that process easier.
Update: Sure, Christmas is months away – but guess what. People are already searching for “2012 Christmas Gift Ideas” and Hottest Toys For 2012 Christmas Season. Those are the same people that have their Christmas shopping done before Labor Day! Someone has to jump start the season. I can almost hear the music playing in the mall.
Update: Okay, if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping by now – don’t worry. Amazon still has you covered. Last Minute Gift Certificates and gift cards can be printed or emailed. They never expire…but get this done today!
Update: Amazon is now running their Top Holiday Deals sale, and with only a few days left to order for Christmas delivery it seems the discounts just keep getting better. Many of the items on this page are listed at more than 50%. Stay warm, shop from home and get free delivery with Amazon’s Super Saver Shipping.
Below are the most wanted (and asked for) toys for Christmas, 2011. We’re betting a couple of these were on your kid’s wish list!
- Cepia’s DaGeDar, $4.99 to $19.99: collectible decorated balls that come with track sets.
- Hasbro’s Beyblade Metal Fusion, $5.99 to $39.99: battling spinning top game.
- Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Line, $12.99 to $49.99: Foam dart guns.
- iStar Entertainment’s FyrFlyz, $10: yo-yo like toy that glows in the dark.
- Jakks Pacific’s Spy Net Stealth Video Glasses, $39.99: sunglasses that record video.
- LeapFrog’s LeapPad Explorer, $99.99: tablet for tots, with games, e-books and a camera.
- Lego’s Alien Conquest and Ninjago Lines, $3.49 to $119.99: construction sets with alien and ninjas.
- Mattel’s Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game, $16: block game based on the popular smartphone app.
- Mattel’s Fisher-Price Big Action Construction Site, $59.99: construction site play set.
- Mattel’s Hot Wheels Wall Tracks, $29.99: car track set that can attach to walls.
- Mattel’s Monster High Dead Tired Line, $14.49: dolls that are the offspring of different monsters.
- Mega Brands 3D Breakthrough Puzzle, $19.99: 3D jigsaw puzzles.
- MGA’s Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Doll, $34.99: rag-like doll with bendable hair.
- Spin Master’s Logo Board Game, $24.99: board game that tests player’s knowledge of popular brands.
- Spin Master’s Redakai, $5.99 to $19.99: collectible trading-card game.
- Thinkway Toys’ Lazer Stunt Chaser, $39.99: remote-control car that follows a laser.
- Vtech’s Innotab, $79.99: tablet for kids that lets them play games, color and read books.
- WowWee’s Lite Sprites, $19.99: dolls that light up in different colors with the touch of a wand.
Most online retailers are finding ways to keep the discounts and shopping party going long after Cyber Monday has ended. Here is the link to find all of the Cyber Week Sales at Amazon – Cyber Week
** Shop Cyber Monday Sales Here! Stores are already posting CyberMonday deals (on Sunday) so if you missed any items on Black Friday – now you have a second chance. Amazon is once again one of the early leaders and here is the link to all of their previous Cyber Monday specials. Shop Cyber Monday Sales Here!
Amazon’s Black Friday Specials Are Going Fast!
Amazon created a page that includes the best Black Friday Specials everywhere–including deals other stores are planning–so they can meet or beat their prices and bring them to you even earlier. These offers go really fast so don’t feel bad if you miss one…new ones are added throughout the day, every day of the week.
Up Next…CyberMonday specials will be announced soon. Stop back and enjoy your shopping experience.
Christmas 2014: Start planning now! In 2014, Christmas will be on a Thursday, making it especially easy for families to gather and celebrate the holiday. For some, this might mean a larger than average family dinner and gift exchange, so this site is starting early to help you plan for what exotic new dishes to try at Christmas dinner, what hot toys to buy the kids and what party ideas will keep your relatives and friends in the holiday spirit all season long! Here are our predictions for what will be all the rage come Christmas 2013:
Food: Of course, the traditional favorites will grace many tables; there will be hams, yams and more gingerbread than most of us really need at all the holiday parties. If you want to truly wow your guests or office-mates at the company potluck, though, start searching for recipes on mini-foods (Bite-sized cheese balls and tiny turkey crudités? YUM!) and make sure you buy all organic.
Kid’s toys: The hottest Christmas toys for the past few years have been animated (Tickle Me Elmo) or have been fun new tech gadgets (Nintendo Wii and Rock Band). Expect 2014 to stick to this same trend. We aren’t too sure on the details yet, but the simple rule is: If it moves and makes noise, little kids will love it (though parents may soon tire of hearing that Elmo laugh over and over…and over…), and if it’s a video game that an army of soccer moms would beat you up to have, older kids will absolutely flip.
Grown-up gifts: For the past few years, we’ve seen gifts start to trend to the more technological side of the spectrum. Twenty years ago, all dads got sweaters and golf bags and moms got sweaters and framed pictures of the kiddoes. For Christmas 2014 gift ideas, look again for more techno-gifts, but look for them to do some pretty cool stuff. More cell phones, mp3 players and even cameras will have touch technology (similar to the iPhone), so that will be a hot seller. Anything that is connected to the internet and designed to make life a little easier should be a great gift in ’14.
Parties: For Christmas twenty twelve, keep it simple. Our lives are hectic enough, so wouldn’t a simple bottle of wines among friends be better than a neighborhood holiday blow-out? Pair simple guest lists with simple food and drinks and you’ll find the 2013 holiday season to be one of the most relaxing of all. After all, it’s the one time of year you get to spend time with your loved ones and appreciate all you have.
Luxury Gifts: Remember the Lexus commercials they run around Christmas time? Silver luxury cars and SUVs with huge red ribbons – parked in the garage and waiting for Santa to deliver them? Well, if you are sending a gift my way – I will take one of those luxury Hybrid SUV models.