Big W salesperson, Christie Finnigan, with the toys that are selling well in the pre-Christmas trade.
Big W salesperson, Christie Finnigan, with the toys that are selling well in the pre-Christmas trade. VALERIE HORTON

Most wanted kids gifts revealed

FORGET about their two front teeth.

All your kids want for Christmas this year are a Nintendo DSi, Zhu Zhu Pets and the very latest Ripstick.

Christmas shopping season is officially upon parents of the Fraser Coast and, as always, Santa’s wish list is rife with requests for toys, toys and more toys.

While it can be difficult to stay ahead of the latest fads, your kids will be the coolest on the block if you stick to some of the key trends for 2010.

According to Rita Duffy, store manager of Target Hervey Bay, there is a great range of quality, affordable on-trend gifts on the shelves.

“Zhu Zhu Pets are among the must-have toys this Christmas with the recent release of Zhu Zhu royal pets for girls and the Kung Zhu warrior pets for boys,” she said.

Zhu Zhu Pets, ranging from $13 to $44.90, are alternatives to live hamsters – except Zhu Zhu hamsters don’t poop, stink or die.

They include two modes: nurturing mode where they coo and purr and adventure mode where they explore with intelligent audio and mechanical responses to their surroundings.

Meanwhile, there’s a huge range of gadgets and gizmos on the market this Christmas as competition between the world’s largest technology manufacturers heats up.

The Apple iPad, iPod Touch, Nintendo DSi console, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 Kinect, Playstation 3 Move and FLIP HD video camera are just some of the appliances leading the pack.

And for the kids who love getting outdoors, items such as Razor Scooters, Ripstik boards, Nerf guns and Slip ‘n’ Slide have been flying off the shelves.

“For girls, Littlest Pet Shop, Moon Dough and Disney are among the popular items. For boys, Beyblades, Hexbug and all things Toy Story 3.”

TOP 5 HOTTEST GIFTS FOR KIDS

1. Zhu Zhu Pets - $13 to $44.90

2. Ripstik - $80 to $250

3. Nintendo DSi Console - $249

4. Nerf Toy Blaster - $30

5. Everything and anything Toy Story 3



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