Sure, you can google for the hottest toys for Christmas 2009, but where will that get you? Your son or daughter will simply end up with a toy that every kid has. Boring.
Want to present your child with an unusual, one-of-a-kind gift that his friends will oooh and aaah over? Then check out my list: The 13 Hardest Toys to Find this Christmas. And they are hard to find, not because every Tom, Dick, and Mohammed is out there buying it, but because hardly anyone stocks them. So print out this post and take it with you when you visit Toys-R-US (or if you're in Harlem "We-B-Toys") and ask the salesclerk if the store carries any of my suggestions. You will be happy you did.
And by the way, tell them that Planck's Constant Blog sent you. It won't get you any discount, but it might get me some extra traffic.
Here they are:
Peepin Tommy night-vision goggles
(mask & crowbar sold separately)
John Candy land
easy bake meth lab
lawn dart tag
honka trucks for white trash kids
playdoh bling factory
bump'em hump'em robots
(with new action maggots)
mary-kate's binge 'n' purge game
junior electrician home
appliance repair kit
Photos courtesy of jibjab.
OK, Seriously - there is only one thing kids really want this Christmas: A game. Any game. Forget Barbie Dolls, or Scrabble, or Risk. Get anything that plays on Wii, Nintendo, PlayStation or Xbox.
This has been a Thursday 13 post [# 48] and is updated on some Thursdays.
Disclaimer: I'm sure I will be breaking some FCC regulation if I don't mention this, but I am NOT getting compensated by any toy store or toy manufacturer for this article.