Hot Holiday Toys of 2013 Rated by REAL Kids

Uggly dog toyI can't be the only one who loves holiday shopping. The smell of pine boughs. The joy of finding something my loved ones are destined to love. The entertainment of watching normally sane and level-headed parents fight over the hot holiday toys on Black Friday like they're the last bar of chocolate on earth.

Parents take the warnings that such and such toy is going to be hot and hard to find very SERIOUSLY, and for good reason. I was once that mom trying to find the very last doll in the store way too close to Christmas. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

But how do you know that it's really worth throwing on your battle gear and actually going to war for an XBox One or an InnoTab? What will the kids actually play with for years to come?

We decided to ask -- who else -- real kids to test the "hot" toys of the 2013 holiday season.

We wanted to know: what's boring, what falls apart in seconds, what gets cast aside in seconds? And for that matter, what do the kids say they absolutely must have for Hanukkah or Christmas? So we gathered one 4-year-old boy, one 6-year-old boy, two 8-year-old girls, one 8-year-old boy, and a teenager to help us.

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The products were all procured as samples from the manufacturers (with the exception of the XBox One, which was purchased by the writer), and presented to the kids as is. The parents and teen helped only in getting them out of boxes and/or with any set-up that required an adult's touch.

We asked the kids to be honest, and to make sure they were, we didn't tell them they'd get to keep their favorites until after the test was over. 

Are you surprised by what they had to say about #12? What's on your kids' holiday list this year?


Image by Jeanne Sager

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adamat34 adamat34

Wow most of these are stupid expensive. Not very practical if you have more than one child to buy for.

the4m... the4mutts

Adamat- I have to agree. Aside from the xbox, these aren't really group pay toys, and would probably cause a lot of fights in a house like mine. I have 4 kids, all close in age. They would all want turns all at once, and the things would probably be broken in a week

bmommyx2 bmommyx2

Some of those toys are creepy to me & I would never buy them no matter how much my kids wanted them.  About 3/4 of those toys cost a lot more than I am willing to spend on one toy.  I did like the crayon melter, but would never spend $50, more like $20 or $25 at the most.  The ballon toy is just a redone verson of a game they had in the 70's when I was a kid.  Luckily we celebrate Hanukkah & I did my shopping long ago.

nonmember avatar Amanda Mcgathy

All of these toys are revamped 90s toys.... Skydancers treasure trolls the crayon melting thing, ugly dog looks like a crude version of the DOGG toys I had. The monkey fur realz toy looks like Monchichi form the 80s. Legos are classic, remote control planes, nerf guns (I love those) the tablet is a glorified pixter lol the balloon game thing is from the 80s I believe or similar to one. The Xbox one is just like my old super Nintendo I got for Xmas one year. My point is I can't afford half of this so I'm going to the goodwill to buy the same thing anyway. :) my kids will loveit just as much if not does anyone know where I can buy a poochi :)

nonmember avatar me

Yeah, what happened to reasobably priced toys? My whole budget is about $100 per kid, im not going to blow it on a crayon maker and a pillow.. Like instead of the fairy, which she wan5ed, , I found a 2 foot tall very pretty fairy doll at walmart for my daughter for $10. You can find alternatives to the expensive stuff. And $500 for an xbox? People are losing their minds if they are buying that. I was on the fence of buying the disney infinity for my kids and it was $60. But theres 3 of them so they can share

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