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?