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Gifts for Teens 2012

by James


With Holiday season upon us, it’s time to take a look at the popular gifts that kids want this Christmas. And we normally start at the babies and work our way to the teens, but we’re going the other way this time and starting with the hot gifts that teens are looking at this year.

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GameStop Opening Kids Stores for the Holidays

by James

With recent surveys showing that kids want high tech toys and gadgets for the holidays, electronics and gaming retailer GameStop is planning to open nearly specialty stores aimed right at their target demographic … kids.

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Disney Introduces A Fly Lookin’ Master Moves Mickey

by James


First, there was Dance Star Mickey in 2010, then there was Rock Star Mickey in 2011, and now, Disney has announced Master Moves Mickey, a great interactive doll which can perform up to 15 ultra-cool break dancing moves that Disney hopes will get kids up and movin, fly style.

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Christmas return policies vary … but have become stricter at some stores

by James


Due to the crazy sales this holiday season, reports are that there will be nearly $50 BILLION in gifts returned this week. So, if you got a toy you already have or simply want to return your Christmas gifts for something else, it pays to familiarize yourself with the return policies of the stores from which your gift came from.

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10 Last minute Christmas gifts …

by James


So you’re the cool Uncle or Aunt of the family and you’re heading over to see the kiddies on Christmas eve. And you realize that you forgot to shopping! With the Holidays closing in and stores about to close out, here’s some last minute toy gifts you can pick up to play Santa for the kiddies …

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Toys R Us offering last minute Christmas deals on Star Wars toys

by James


Geoffrey and the gang at TRU are bringing it right down to the wire with some last minute toy deals, including Star Wars Toys … so if you’re heading to a galaxy far far away and need to pick up some quick toys for under the tree, here’s what you can get that little Padawan on your list …

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A Century of What I want for Christmas

by James


SciFi’s DVice has a very interesting graphic that shows the evolving tastes of kids over the last century of writing letters to Santa asking for toys for Christmas. From Teddy Bear to Teddy Ruxpin, PlayDough to Playstation, kids tastes for the hot toys are getting more sophisticated. Here’s a breakdown of some of the toys kids have wanted over the last century …

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Survey shows Christmas may be more expensive for St. Nick

by James


According to a recent survey, it isn’t Barbie, Hot Wheels, LEGOs or even NERF that kids are asking Santa for this year … it’s iPAD.

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Toys for Tots needs your help …

by James

The Marines have been collecting Toys for Tots since 1947. Semper Fi!


Just a reminder that the US Marine Corps Reserve is in full swing with their annual Toys for Tots drive. Created in 1947 by Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks and a cadre of reservists in Los Angeles, Toys for Toys collected and distributed 5,000 toys for needy kids. Since then, the United States Marines across the nation and around the world have been collecting unwrapped toys worth at least $10 to distribute to needy kids at Christmas time. In the beginning, he Marines collected both new and used toys, but beginning with the Christmas in 1980, they have only collected new, unwrapped toys for distribution. And with time, the Marines courted famous names to further their cause, even Walt Disney has the honor of being the designer of the Toys for Tots train logo. But also big names like John Wayne, Doris Day, Tim Allen, and even former First Lady Nancy Reagan have devoted considerable time and clout to helping the Marines accomplish their mission of giving every needy child a toy for Christmas.

And it’s grown far beyond and extra curricular activity for off duty Marines. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved making the annual Toys for Tots drive an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Over the last 62 years, the US Marine Corps Reserve have distributed over 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation has added to the toy collections by purchasing nearly a half billion dollars in toys to insure that no child gets left behind at Christmas.

And this year, as with any year, the campaign needs your help. You know the mission – pick up an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl and look for one of those dashing jarheads sitting next to a collection box near the entrance to the store. Or, you can Swing by http://www.toysfortots.org/ to make a cash donation to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. While at the site, you can find more information on a toy collecting center in your area.

Semper Fi and Merry Christmas!

How about a video from Santa to give the kids a push to be good til Christmas?

by James


It always happen this time of year … the kids start to get excited about Christmas, but being kids, they start getting unruly. Sometimes you just have to give them that extra dose of incentive to stay nice and not naughty. Well, Santa has your back, parents, with a free custom made video greeting to your kids from the Ripe Jolly ole Elf himself.

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