12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 9: Most Popular Toys

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 9: Most Popular Toys

Anyone with children knows that around this time of year toy companies are pushing the latest and greatest toys, kids’ shows on TV are over-saturated with ads for them, and of course, your child wants one of them. My days of buying the most popular toys for my children are long gone, and I’m not quite there yet to need to buy them for grandchildren. Nonetheless, after my copious research, here are some of the most popular toys of the season. The descriptions are NOT my own… they come from various places selling these bundles of Christmas Morning Joy. Your mileage may vary! Each title is hot-linked to a website that is selling this toy, if you want to check on pricing and availability. Owens Investigations has no affiliation with any of those sites; I am simply including them to try to make it a little easier for you. Enjoy!

Flutterbye Pink Flying Flower Fairy DollFlutterbye Pink Flying Flower Fairy Doll

Turn a young girl’s dreams into reality as they watch Flutterbye Fairies effortlessly dance through the air. Every enchanting flight puts the magic directly in their hands. Flutterbyes gracefully glide across the sky guided only by the hands of young girls. There’s never been a more magical experience. Put the magic in their hands with the charming flight of Flutterbye Fairies.


Furby Boom Figure

Furby Boom FigureGet ready, because Furby Boom is the beginning of an adventure. A New Generation Is Hatching on the free Furby Boom app, where you and your Furby Boom can collect digital eggs, hatch them, and raise a city of virtual Furby Furblings. The Furby Boom experience combines real-world interactions with virtual play for a game that will keep you coming back for more. Your Furby Boom responds to you, changes personalities based on how you treat it, dances to your music, speaks Furbish and, more than anything, wants to connect with you. You can:

  • Build Your Virtual Furby Furblings City
  • Collect and hatch virtual Furblings to fill your city in the Furby Boom app, and try to get the golden Furblings egg
  • Raise Digital Furblings with Your Furby Boom
  • You can hatch and raise virtual Furblings with your Furby Boom, and play games together using the free Furby Boom app
  • Take Care of Your Furby Boom with the App
  • Use the Furby Boom app to give your Furby Boom creature virtual food, checkups, showers and more
  • Give Your Furby Boom a Name
  • Furby Boom will remember the name you give it and the names of other Furby Boom friends it meets
  • You Shape Its Personality
  • Furby Boom has more than twice as many possible responses as the previous Furby, and how you treat Furby Boom will shape its personality


Big Hugs Elmo

Big Hugs ElmoYour child can give and receive hugs from the Hasbro Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo. This plush toy moves his arms to return a hug, plays songs, dances with your child and engages him or her with four fun imaginative activities, including playing astronauts and playing rabbits. More than 50 animated sounds and phrases help keep your child engaged. When naptime arrives, Big Hugs Elmo sings a lullaby and makes sleeping sound effects to help soothe your little one to sleep.

  • When he receives a hug, Big Hugs Elmo moves his arms to hug back, says fun phrases or sings a song about hugs
  • Children are invited to cuddle, sing, move and explore
  • Four fun activities help expand your little one’s imagination, as he or she can play along as an astronaut, rabbit, frog or horse
  • Big Hugs Elmo sings three fun songs and dances with your child for interactive fun
  • Big Hugs Elmo says more than 50 phrases, such as “Elmo loves getting hugs from you,” “Move to the beat” and “Let’s pretend we’re rabbits! Boing, boing, boing,” to help keep your child engaged
  • When laid down in a flat position, Big Hugs Elmo becomes sleepy, sings a lullaby and makes sleeping sound effects


LeapFrog LeapPad1 Learning Tablet
(Note: this description is about the LeapPad1; there is also a LeapPad2 and LeapPad Ultra.)

LeapFrog LeapPad1 Learning TabletHelp your child create and learn with the LeapFrog LeapPad1 Explorer. The learning tablet gives you access to more than 100 educational books, games, videos, and apps. Subjects like mathematics, reading, and science are covered in a fun and interactive way. The LeapPad1’s built-in camera can shoot video, allowing kids to make animation and art to share with family and friends.

Kid-Friendly, Interactive Design

Though sleek and thin, the LeapPad1 can withstand kids’ roughhousing and dirty fingers. Designed to be flipped, shaken, and turned by little hands, the LeapPad1 comes with a tilt sensor for game control that puts kids in the middle of the action. A 5-inch color touch screen makes it easy for kids of all ages to learn and interact.

   Built-In Camera Encourages Creativity

Prepare to be amazed by the wacky and touching videos, photos, and artwork that your child will produce using the LeapPad1. Voice-guided instructions make it easy for children to edit and share their creations with friends and family. And with 2 GB of built-in memory, the LeapPad1 has plenty of space to store your budding director’s creations.

The built-in camera allows kids to become the stars of their own stories. The Story Studio and Art Studio apps allow children to modify pictures they take and drop them into storybooks. Both apps are free and can be downloaded once you register the device.

   Leveled Reading Experience

LeapPad1’s book apps are interactive, cinematic experiences designed to guide children through books and immerse them in the joy of reading. Each book is actually three books in one, with different levels and modes optimized to support reading development. As a child builds his/her reading skills, the levels adjust automatically and are remembered from book to book.

The book app’s innovative activities build comprehension skills and expand vocabulary with support features that allow your child to touch a word to see its image, touch an image to see the word highlighted in text, touch words to hear them sounded out, or find definitions in the visual dictionary. All of this with characters that children will love, brought to life through animation that keeps children engaged as they learn.

   Each book app features:

  • 3 levels of text
  • 3 modes where children can listen to the story, read along with the story, or read and explore activities on their own
  • 6 comprehension activities leveraging the tablet’s accelerometer and 3 fun games
  • Ability to record and play back personal story narration

   Discover a World of Learning

With more than 100 learning games, videos, books, and apps available for LeapPad1, it’s easy to keep your child entertained on long car trips or at your favorite restaurant. LeapPad1 has a game cartridge slot for backwards compatibility with the entire existing Leapster Explorer Library, the curriculum covers spelling, phonics skills, mathematics, science, music, geography, and more.

The LeapPad1 also automatically adjusts learning so that kids can learn at their own pace while staying engaged. They can even practice writing with the included child-sized stylus.

   Track Your Child’s Progress

The LeapPad’s online tool, the Learning Path, allows you to tune into your child’s progress and track achievements. You can choose to receive regular e-mail updates on your child’s accomplishments, which provide insight into where your child may need additional support and give you new ideas for even more learning fun.


Zoomer Robot Dog

Zoomer Robot DogYour child will love to run, play and laugh with Zoomer RoboDog. He loves to sniff out adventure and wag his tail with excitement. The more your child plays with him, the more he learns. Your child can call his name, teach him lots tricks and watch how excited he gets about a real good belly scratch. Zoomer can understand English, Spanish and French. Download the free iOS or Android app to learn everything there is to know about training Zoomer. He comes with 1 built in rechargeable Lipo battery, 1 USB charging cable, 1 instruction guide and 1 reference guide. Ages 5 and up.

Sofia the First Talking Sofia Doll

  • Sofia the First Talking Sofia DollSofia has a unique ability to speak with animals
  • Doll interacts with the included animal friends: Clover the Rabbit, Mia the Bluebird and Robin the Robin
  • To activate, simply bring 1 of the sculpted animal figures close to the Sofia doll
  • Her amulet will glow, and the 2 will “speak” with each other
  • Sofia looks delightful in her signature purple dress
  • Skirt is multi-layered with a white underskirt, purple skirt, a petal-hemmed overlay skirt with white detailing and a sparkly sheer peplum
  • Amulet, glittery tiara and loose wavy curls complete Sofia’s look
  • Includes Sofia doll and 3 animal friends
  • Sofia doll stands 10″ tall


Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster

Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow BlasterExperience real bow action with the Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow! This Nerf Rebelle bow fires the 5 foam darts up to 75 feet for far-reaching fun. Build your bow-blasting skills and reveal your Nerf Rebelle attitude! Take aim with the Heartbreaker Bow blaster and show the world the beauty of strength and power. Arm yourself for action and team up with friends to play together as you make the rules and define the style. With the Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow, real bow action is at your fingertips!

The Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow comes with 5 collectible foam darts in different colors and designs. Slide the included dart storage accessory onto the accessory rail to keep the darts nearby for easy, on-the-move loading and launching. The Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow is decorated with pink and purple phoenix feathers for a fierce and feminine look that’s just right for glamorous Nerf Rebelle girls like you.

If you are looking for that magical toy for that wonderful boy or girl, I hope you find the perfect toy for them. Happy shopping!!



Keith Owens is the owner and founder of Owens Investigations.

photo credit: Extra Medium via photopin cc

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