With the holidays nearly upon us (Hanukkah starts extra early – it falls on Thanksgiving), it’s time to get your shopping started. Don’t get caught off guard or left out in the cold shopping for “IT” gifts for your grandkids.
Nothing but the best for your grandkids, right? With so many toys and choices, what's a grandma to do? Who has the strength to go shlepping from mall to mall, store to store? Let your fingers do the walking, like I did.
First, I went to the toy association's website to find out the best toys of 2013. They feature only the top toys in a variety of categories and the list below features only the winners. After looking through the paper at toy ads, I went online to do a little comparison shopping.
Here’s a list of the top award-winning toys for 2013 AND the best prices online!
This list will help you get started on your holiday shopping and ensure you have the 2013 “holiday must haves” to delight and excite the most discriminating grandkids, no matter their age – and at prices you can afford. Many sites offer free shipping with minimum orders, so bundle a few together and save on gas AND shipping! (Please note that there may be some better prices, but the guarantees may have seemed a little iffy, so only the most reputable online vendors have been listed.)
Top Toys for 2013 and where to find them online for less:
1. Activity Toy of the Year: Lego® Friends | The LEGO Group | 5+ | $5.99 - $69.99
2. Boy Toy of the Year: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shellraiser | Playmates Toys | 4+ | $34.99 (On Sale Toys R Us $23.99)
3. E-connected Toy of the Year: Skylanders Giants™ | Activision Publishing, Inc. | E10+ / Starter Pack (On sale At Amazon $49.99)
4. Educational Toy of the Year: LeapPad2™ | LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. | 3-9 | $99.99 (On sale at Amazon, $79.99)
5. Game of the Year: Perplexus™ Epic | PlaSmart Inc. | 8+ | $29.99 (On sale at Amazon $24.24)
6. Girl Toy of the Year: Lego® Friends | The LEGO Group | 5+ | $5.99 - $69.99
7. Infant Toy of the Year: Tranquil Turtle™ | Cloud b | 0+ | $48.95 (On sale at Amazon $44.00)
8. Innovative Toy of the Year: Digital Light Designer | Crayola | 6+ | $49.99 (Online at Target $38.99)
9. Outdoor Toy of the Year: The Original Big Wheel | Kids Only, Inc., a division of JAKKS Pacific, Inc. | 3-8 | $59.99 (Priced online at Walmart from $48.88-$53.76)
10. People’s Choice Awards: LeapPad2™ | LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. | 3-9 | $99.99 (On sale at Amazon, $79.99)
11. Preschool Toy of the Year: Doc McStuffins “Time For Your Check-Up” Doll | Just Play | 3+ | $19.99 (On Sale at Target $14.29)
So get your shopping list together, check it twice, and get your shopping on – without leaving the house!
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