What are the holiday hits in your house?

We have some definite holiday hits in our house this year, and they were fairly simple gifts — a revved up top, some new dolls and books.

If you have a kindergarten to fifth-grade boy, then Santa probably brought some Beyblades to your house. Despite terrible anime marketing cartoons, Beyblades are surprisingly educational and long-lasting entertainment. At first I just thought were just tops, but apparently you can change how fast or long they spin. My 8-year-old is fascinated by the physics of them and has played non-stop with them since Christmas day. He carries them with him. I sent them to my nephew, 6,  and Godson, 8, as well. My nephew reports a huge hit! I haven’t talked to my Godson yet.

Monster High dolls – Both girls, 10 and 4, requested these dolls and Santa delivered. They use them just like regular Barbie dolls but the characters in the stories are monsters. One mom I talked to was outraged by them and compared the Bratz dolls but I disagree. Bratz dolls are about teaching girls to be trashy, these dolls are just characters from classic stories such as Dracula, Abdominal Snowman, Frankenstein, etc. ….

The American Girl advice books – My 10-year-old is also spending a lot time with some new American Girls advice books about puberty, boys and friends.

A toaster that makes toast, poached eggs and reheats bacon or sausage – My husband and I both bought toaster ovens for each other. I bought him a regular toaster oven but he found online a toaster that poaches eggs and reheats bacon/sausage while it toasts your bread! And it actually works! I love it! It should make school breakfasts very easy with less cleaning. Little guy wants eggs every day! (P.S. Michael says he got it on sale and didn’t pay what that link says — even better!)

What were the big hits at your house this holiday season? What did the kids love? What are you surprised you liked?

33 comments Add your comment

Jimmy Ed

December 28th, 2011
6:12 am

I big bottle of rum was my gift. It’s all gone now and I puked on my shoes Christams night, but it was still the best gift.

Munch Kin

December 28th, 2011
7:36 am

There you go again…..Bragging about what a great Christmas you had, not realizing that many of us can’t afford what you can.

Let me ask you this…..How much did you donate to charity this holiday season? How are you educating your children on the plights of others? Do they even know this is an issue?

missnadine

December 28th, 2011
7:55 am

” Bratz dolls are about teaching girls to be trashy…”. Teresa, you are a complete idiot. How does a doll teach a child anything? Isn’t that YOUR role? It’s a toy! I’ve seen the Monster High dolls – they dress about the same as the Bratz dolls, and in your line of thinking, or lack thereof, does that mean that the MH dolls teach kinds to be monsters?

Figment

December 28th, 2011
8:10 am

@Munch – Oh woe is me…. waaaaa waaaaa waaaaa. Only you can change your life. Complaining is not going to fix it.

@Theresa – I never could figure out what those Beyblade things were. My son is still a bit young for that I think. We got him a wooden train set and a few Hotwheels cars and a little playset that had a dragon and some knights. So far he likes that and the train set best. It was fun to watch him open presents, this was the first year he’s really been in to it.

Becky

December 28th, 2011
8:29 am

The girl got a room makeover and she was thrilled with that..Her “wonderful” toy that she got was a 3D DSI..That was pretty much all she wanted, so she got that and a few little things..The only thing that she has left to get is a new TV..

The boy got a room makeover also and his “big” toy was a Mongoose bike that he wanted..He also got a few little things and both of them seem to be content..

@Munch Kin..I’m sorry that you are so unhappy in your life, but does it really make you feel better to come on here and rag on Theresa? Based on what she posted, her kids didn’t get a huge amount of toys..In case someone has never told you this, Life isn’t fair, it’s a tough time being an adult and sh*t happens, so learn to deal with things..Take off your shroud of self pity and try being happy with the small thigs in life and as big things happen, be happier..

Augusta

December 28th, 2011
8:31 am

The best gift I received was a scrap book one of my daughters put together with pictures of our family trip this past summer….

The other great gift was from my parents. They had taken pictures of each child, from birth till now, and put them in collage frames, for each child. I received 4 beautiful frames with pictures of each child. The recent picture was from our family trip this past summer. Those pictures made me cry….

But in general we don’t give presents that are in demand, that everyone else gets. We try to be creative, and several people were very creative this year.!!

JATL

December 28th, 2011
8:41 am

My oldest is in kindergarten and Bey Blades are a huge hit here! My Goddaughter is the same age and wanted them as well, but we haven’t exchanged gifts yet. Her mom was at a total loss over them, so I volunteered to get them. I have to admit -I did NOT understand the appeal initially, but I’m a little hooked on them too! We have the arena, Poison Pegasus and Fury Capricorn and they battle daily!

The Neo Tracks car track set has been a big hit -and it wasn’t even asked for. “Santa” happened to see it on Amazon when looking for a “completer” gift for the oldest, and it wasn’t very expensive. It’s FANTASTIC! There are endless combinations of track building, and they’re flexible and can go over any furniture, tables, stairs, etc. This has somehow been combined with a GeoTrax Toy Story 3 train set that I thought would be a dud. My MIL wanted ideas and I told her my youngest really wanted the Lego Toy Story 3 train set (for younger ones). She got confused and got this one, but THEY LOVE IT! Both of them love it! It’s a remote control, and the train crashes and they can’t get enough. They’ve blended the two sets and the cars from Neo Tracks are crashing with the Toy Story Train and many action figures are being run over constantly.

They each received a Matchbox Shark Ship that was top priority on their lists and they’ve loved them. I’m excited at how much they love the Berenstain Bears books Santa brought. I didn’t realize how many “helpful” books the Bears had out on topics like “Too Much TV” and “Homework” and “Staying Safe” -at the skatepark (oldest got his skateboard). They fell in love with the Berenstain Bears over Halloween, and so far the books have been a big hit.

homeschooler

December 28th, 2011
8:48 am

I was most impressed by a remote control airplane that my son got that actually shoots video while flying. I thought it wouldn’t work well but it is easy to fly and the video’s easily load onto the computer. Very cool and it didn’t cost much more than those without the camera.

Never heard of the monster dolls. I don’t think I would have a problem with them but I agree about the Bratz dolls. Missnadine is right that it is Theresa’s job to teach what is and is not appropriate. Part of that is not buying dolls that look like gangbanger sluts. I never liked Barbie dolls much but I always wanted to look like her. I wouldn’t want my daughter to think that the Bratz dolls are glamorous or have a look she wants to strive for. She likes the American Girl Dolls and that suits me fine.

Lil Timmy

December 28th, 2011
8:52 am

We didnt get nothin this year. Since we had to move from are house to a apartment Santa had no chimminy to come down to leave presents. At least thats why my parents told me. I think Santa is mad because they lost there jobs.

ya think?

December 28th, 2011
9:18 am

Damn!

“We husband and I’

Do you not have the decency and respect for the reader and the publication that pays you to take 30 seconds to READ, let alone edit, what you typed?

“I’ve been like super busy, typing many blogs”
“I’ve been totally sick, my kids are sick, my dog is totally sick”

catlady

December 28th, 2011
9:55 am

“these dolls are just characters from classic stories such as Dracula, Abdominal Snowman, Frankenstein”

Ouch! So you got your daughters dolls so that they could re-inact stories where the male characters are dominant?

catlady

December 28th, 2011
9:55 am

PS. Teachers HATE those bayblades!

Me

December 28th, 2011
10:01 am

@Munch Kin — Are you sure this is the correct blog for you?

jarvis

December 28th, 2011
10:07 am

Anyone “outraged” over a doll needs to get a grip.

My daughter has been playing with the Monster High dolls for a couple of years. They are not sluttish, and they are certainly less monster-like than 2/3’s of what my son plays with.

Star Wars for my boy and an iPod Touch for my daughter. She has learned how to text my iPhone from it, and she has been very busy.

jarvis

December 28th, 2011
10:18 am

95% of the time “the plight of others” in this country is self-inflicted. We give to charity (helped provide Christmas to 4 families) but also explain to my children that making bad decisions in life often lead to bad consequences.

Drugs, laziness, selfishness and stuipidity….these are the things that cause most problems. We teach that for that 95% you take pity on those people, and handout to them when possible. For the other 5%, you lend a helping hand to get them back on their feet.

jarvis

December 28th, 2011
10:19 am

@catlady, Frankenstein is the finest piece of female literature ever written in my opinion.

catlady

December 28th, 2011
11:07 am

Okay, jarvis. Maybe I was wrong.

Catlady has a real...

December 28th, 2011
11:09 am

…problem with men – last week she chastised about “giving men sex without makiing them pay for dinner” (then, when called on it, backtracked that she was “kidding”). Now she castigates TWG about “male domination”…

catlady

December 28th, 2011
11:10 am

Theresa, you and Michael both giving toaster ovens reminds me of the Christmas I was 10. My dad took me aside and told me he had gotten my mom a…typewriter! Later my mom took me aside and told me she had gotten my dad a…typewriter! I was sworn to keep both a secret but it sure was tough!

catlady

December 28th, 2011
11:20 am

@Catlady has a real… Pbbttt!

My opinion is that girls Rose’s age need lots of stories about women/girls in the hero role. Didn’t say anything about “male domination.” (perhaps you are projecting YOUR ideas?)

jmb

December 28th, 2011
11:51 am

The toaster looks like it would be too much mess to clean up grease off of after the eggs/bacon.

HSM

December 28th, 2011
11:57 am

Wow! I check in from time to time. I live in another part of the country. Is it just me or are people who post on here getting a tad nasty to TWG and each other? I guess there is freedom when one hides behind their computer.

Augusta

December 28th, 2011
12:18 pm

Yes, HSM and you have to remember, school is out, and there’s bored children at home….

Fred

December 28th, 2011
1:17 pm

Munch Kin

December 28th, 2011
7:36 am

There you go again…..Bragging about what a great Christmas you had, not realizing that many of us can’t afford what you can.

Let me ask you this…..How much did you donate to charity this holiday season? How are you educating your children on the plights of others? Do they even know this is an issue?
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
We got OUR nine year old a nook tablet and the new ipod touch, (the expensive 32gb one) along with a MULTITUDE of other EXPENSIVE gifts (nothing cheap here, it’s ALL about the dollars) and didn’t for one second give a fat rat’s ass about what you could and could not afford.

After we opened the presents, we set out in the Mercedes with cans of tuna fish to “donate” to the bums. We gave our daughter 5 bucks for every bum she successfully hit at 20 MPH, 10 bucks for 21-30 MPH and 15 for any 31 MPH and up. She out foxed us though and went with scatter shots at larger groups of bums rather than single tosses at individuals. We started with 200 cans and didn’t come back til we used them all up. See? We combined your last two tasks in one activity, we “doanted” food AND taught her about the plight of bums. Shame we didn’t know where you live, I would have tossed a few cans at, I me “too” your broke whiny butt.

jmb

December 28th, 2011
1:23 pm

LOL Fred, my youngest (17) got a 40″ flatscreen and the oldest got a new couch and loveseat for her new apartment. The grandbaby (3) got pretty much everything :) Sorry Munch, but I didn’t think about you either.

Becky

December 28th, 2011
2:04 pm

Laughing at Fred’s post..

@jmb..As I mentioned in my first post, the girls room got a makeover..This included the bathroom..At nine, she was very excited about getting a new sink and toilet..She told everyone about it..As I also mentioned, the next thing is a new TV for her room..Her Poppy is getting her a 43 ” flatscreen..

I will admit that I don’t give to a lot of charities..I would be happy to give more, if I knew exactly where ALL of the money went to..I give to the Shriners every time that I see them standing at the light collecting..My ex is a Shriner, so I have a clue where most of that money goes and I have family that has gotten help from the hospitals that they fund..

Me

December 28th, 2011
2:27 pm

@Fred — You are soooo fortunate!! You have a Mercedes and I’m so unlucky as to only have a BMW… :(

Penguinmom

December 28th, 2011
3:00 pm

Mini pillow pets were a big hit here. Along with a warm blanket for my perpetually cold teen. I got a new car radio to replace the one that is starting to randomly change channels/settings whenever I drive over bumps (figure its a short somewhere but it was not easy to see where)

My youngest got a remote controlled helicopter and absolutely loved it. Barely stopped playing with it the whole day which mean the tree and anything in the vicinity was in mortal danger most of the day.

My daughter is spanning the toys to teen things bridge at the moment so she got a few toys (Squinkles) and some room decoration and clothing gifts. Her favorite thing was a book called “Scumbled” which is a companion to her favorite book “Savvy”.

My teen got his own key to my car (he is 15 so still can’t drive on his own) and the movie ‘Thor’.

TMG, Beyblades are a great toy. They were popular back when my 15 yr old was younger and he loved them. Flywheels was the other toy he and his friends would enjoy playing with in elementary school.

Penguinmom

December 28th, 2011
3:16 pm

I forgot that my daughter got the game Bop-It from her older brother. She Loved it and played it nearly non-stop. She is now at the ‘Expert’ level where it stops giving you voice commands and gives you just the sound the action makes.

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is available

December 28th, 2011
3:34 pm

It stings when I pee…I got penicillin for Xmas.

Sarah

December 28th, 2011
8:32 pm

My 6 year old daughter LOVES LOVES LOVES beyblades. She got some more of those as well as an iPod Nano with a slap bracelet to wear it in and a guitar. She seems to be getting into music alot lately. Some games for the Wii and Xbox… especially this new one called Skylanders (HUGE HIT)! She also recieved an interactive globe and the entire Harry Potter book series (hardcover) in a nice box set. My daughter doesn’t play with “barbies” but loves superheroes and got the Polly Pocket superhero dolls (supergirl, batgirl, and wonder woman). She got lots of other things but these items were probably the biggest hits!

My 4 year old son loves his new batcave and batmobile and, of course, his new beyblades. Aso some nerf guns and remote control cars, and an ice cream maker. Also these giant paper airplanes that are as big as he is…. LOVES them!

Sarah

December 28th, 2011
8:37 pm

BTW…. I really really really want one of those toasters that make the egg while toasting. How cool is that! I got an really nice laminator that I had asked for… but now I know what I will ask for for Mother’s day!!

Been There, Done That

December 28th, 2011
11:45 pm

“Abdominal snowman”….really? Does it have a big stomach? C’mon Theresa…