“Jingle All the Way” is one of the funniest holiday movies because it centers around a problem that parents face every year: how to get the toy your child wants most when it’s been sold out for weeks. It’s hilarious when you can watch Arnold Schwarzenegger dash frantically from one toy store to another but not so funny when you’re searching online for the last Hatchimal within 50 miles. Here are this year’s hottest toys – happy shopping!
This little digital egg that hatches into a bird-like kid is the most coveted toy of Christmas 2016 and the source of a million headaches for parents. It carries a list price of $59.99 but is sold out practically everywhere, leaving parents to decide whether to spend $200+ on Amazon or eBay or to hope that a new shipment comes to Toys R Us before Christmas Eve.
Star Wars toys
With a new film coming out December 16, this is the year for all things Star Wars. Especially hot right now are the Smart R2-D2 from Hasbro, the Interactech Stormtrooper and the X-WIng vs. Death Star Rebel Assault drone by Air Hogs. Does Star Wars every really go out of style?
Princess Elena of Avalor
Of course there has to be new Disney Princess every holiday season. This one is the brand’s first Latina Princess and the star of the new Disney Channel series. Walmart has Princess Elena dolls starting at $10.19. “Frozen” items are still hot and Barbie is a perennial favorite.
Tiny collectables are back with Shopkins leading the list. These little toys are sold in sets and have their own dolls, dollhouse, backpacks and more. There are plenty of products to choose from.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
The latest additions to the wide world of Pokémon, these are brand new games for the Nintendo 3DS gaming console. These look to be among the hottest selling toys of the year and will probably be hard to find as Christmas draws closer.
FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon
This is currently the #1 top selling toy on Amazon, an interactive pet dragon that changes colors and breathes mist. Other hot sellers are the Furby Connect, Disney Frozen Jeep and Paw Patrol Air Patroller.
Virtual Reality headsets are so new to the market that it’s not always easy to identify the “best” products, or even the best values. Still, since these high-tech toys are growing in popularity by the day, it is possible to tell which headsets are getting the most sales and best reviews on Amazon. Here are five best sellers, all priced at under $100.
Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality headset – $59.99
This reasonably-priced item is Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in Cell Phone VR Headsets and received 4 out of 5 stars from 2,198 customers. The downside to the Samsung Gear VR headset is that it works only with a limited number of Samsung smartphones including the Galaxy S6, S7, Note and Edge models.
VersionTech 2nd 360° Virtual Reality Headset – $30.99
If you want a VR headset that’s compatible with a wide variety of smartphones, the VersionTech 2nd is Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in Animation & 3D. The low price and 3.6 out of 5 star rating are positives but there’s one big negative if you’re planning to buy this as a gift: Amazon will not guarantee that it will arrive by Christmas.
SARLAR 3D Virtual Reality headset – $29.99
Another versatile headset that’s compatible with iOS, Android, Microsoft or PC phones sized 4” to 6.5”, this is Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in Night Vision Binoculars and Goggles. The low price, adaptability and 3.8 star rating make this headset a good choice but unfortunately, it’s also not guaranteed for Christmas delivery.
Magicoo 3D VR Box – $59.99
Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in 3D Games, the Magicoo headset gets a solid 4.1 stars from users and is compatible with most smartphones. It will be in stock on December 12 and should be available for delivery before Christmas.
View Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack – $13.99
The #1 Best Seller in Viewfinder Toys, this budget-priced headset earned 3.9 stars from 777 reviewers. The View Master VR headset is designed for kids 7 to 15 and works with a wide variety of recent smartphones. Best of all, it’s in stock and ready to ship as soon as you order.
‘Tis the season to be on the lookout for Porch Pirates and other nefarious crooks out to steal your holiday packages. Some of us are still awaiting the arrival of our Cyber Monday purchases and with Free Shipping Day (December 16 this year) right around the corner, there will be more parcels landing on our doorsteps just ripe for grabbing. Since nothing can ruin your Christmas like having your presents stolen, here are some home security products on sale right now.
If you’d like to foil those Porch Pirates without springing for an entire home security system, Amazon is selling the Foscam PTZ F19281 for just $69.99. This isn’t the latest model but it does what the letters PTZ stand for: pan, tilt, zoom. Aim this at your front doorstep and you’ll know who’s going through your mailbox and lifting your packages.
If you want to do some indoor snooping on pets, babysitters or loved ones, Amazon has the Foscam R2 1080p camera for $74.99. Now you can find out what really goes on while you’re at work and whether it’s the dog or the cat that keeps pooping in the plants.
If you’re willing to invest a little more in protecting your crib, Walmart has discounted the two-pack of Netgear Arlo webcams by $60 to just $269.99. This wireless system also includes a gateway to control the cameras.
Vidcams are great for catching crooks but they won’t help if your home catches fire. If you have important documents that you want to protect, Newegg has knocked $5 off the price of the First Alert FATS2030FG fireproof safe, now going for $73.95.
If you’d like to be able to screen visitors from wherever you happen to be, the SkyBell HD video doorbell is on sale now for just $199 at skybell.com, a saving of $60. This nifty little gadget sends a live feed to your smartphone whenever someone rings your doorbell, allowing you to see who’s outside. You can see, hear and speak to the visitor without having to open the door. That means you can tell unsavory strangers that you’re having an NRA meeting inside when you’re actually sipping on Mai Tais on the beach in Waikiki.
Protecting your home is easier and cheaper than ever so buying a security device would be a great gift for your family.
Cyber Week is over but the deals are still coming at Amazon, where 12 Days of Deals began on Sunday and will continue through December 15. Amazon truly has something for everybody which should make gift shopping easy this year. Here’s a review of the 12 Days of Deals.
12/4: Presents Opened with Glee—Gifts for kids
This cavalcade of toys featured an Amazon Special Offer of $10 off the Kindle for Kids Bundle which included the Kindle e-reader, 2-year worry-free guarantee and green cover. Prices at $89 had this deal sold out by Sunday night.
12/5: Title Loves—Gifts in books and media
This day also features a Special Offer: $80 off Amazon Fire 16GB + Amazon Tap Bundle. This bundle of the 7” Fire tab plus Tap Alexa-enabled Bluetooth speaker is regularly priced at $214.98.
12/6: Brunch Friends—Gifts in home and kitchen
This is the day to save on dinnerware, small kitchen appliances and more.
12/7: Brawling Nerds—Gifts in video games
Amazon has one of the biggest selections around when it comes to video and PC games so you’re sure to find a great gift for that gaming fan.
12/8: Golden Things—Gifts in clothing and jewelry
Whether you’re getting the kids bundled up for winter or looking for a glittering gift of jewelry, you’re sure to find just what you need.
12/9: Gears-a-turning—Gifts in tools and DIY
For the Ms. Fixit or DIY Dad on your list.
12/10: Suitcases Brimming—Gifts in luggage and travel
Travel in style at a great price.
12/11: Weights for Lifting—Gifts in fitness and activity
For that fitness program you’re planning to start on January 1.
12/12: LEDs Romancing—Gifts in tech and gadgets
Toys for grown-up kids.
12/13: Makers Making—Gifts in crafts and hobbies
Because everyone should have a hobby.
12/14: Puppies Peeking—Gifts for pets and animals
Pets are part of the family, so they get gifts, too.
12/15: Gifters Grabbing—Stocking stuffers
Little things mean a lot – and you’ll find plenty of them at Amazon.
Check back every day for a new batch of deals!
If you have gaming fans on your Christmas list, you know that their toys don’t come cheap. You need to look for the best prices on consoles, games and accessories so here are a few deals to check out right now.
Walmart – PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 bundle – $269.96
That’s a $30.96 discount off the list price.
Target and Best Buy – PS4 Pro 1TB – $399.99
Both chains are offering this top-of-the-line console for the same price.
Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle – $289.99
Xbox One S 1TB Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle – $339.03
Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Bundle $293.13
Xbox One S 1TB Gears of War 4 Bundle – $317.93
Amazon is one of the top places to shop for all things gaming and the online retailer is currently well-stocked with Xbox one bundles.
GameStop – Xbox One 1TB bundle with Assassins Creed Unity and Watch Dogs – $249.99
This “Blast from the Past System” is regularly priced at $312.99 so this is a good deal.
Amazon – PlayStation VR headset with Processor unit, PlayStation VR headset connection cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, Stereo headphones, AC power cord, AC adaptor and PlayStation VR Demo Disc – $599.99
Sony’s Virtual Reality headset for the PS4 is one of the most coveted gifts of the season, It’s also brand new, meaning you’re not likely to find substantial discounts and even used sets are going for about $400.
Amazon – RC Coon Mobile bundle – $189.99, $151.99 for Amazon Prime members
This South Park RPG collector’s edition includes the game and a radio-controlled toy.
Target – Use the code GAME to save 15% off NBA 2K17 15 or Watch Dogs 2, list priced at $59.99 each.
GameStop – Pre-owned copies of Final Destiny 15 are discounted to $49.49.
Destiny the Collection is now $49.99, $10 off the original price of $59.99.
Plus, Amazon is promising a whole day of deals on gaming items Wednesday, December 7 so this should be a great place to score low prices on gifts.
Just in time for holiday shopping, Microsoft has unveiled its 12 Days of Deals for 2016. Each day will bring a new sale on popular tech products to Microsoft.com and select stores. The deals start on Monday, December 5 and continue through December 16.
Day 1 – Dec. 5
Save up to $1,000 on select Intel-powered PCs, with prices starting as low as $199.
Day 2 – Dec. 6
Save $100 on the Lenovo Ideapad 110 laptop discounted to just $199.
Day 3 – Dec. 7
Save up to 50% on select Xbox One games. Pay just $19.99 for hits like Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Ultimate Warfare
Day 4 – Dec. 8
The Surface Pro 4 with Intel Core m3 and 128GB SSD will be discounted $250 to $649 plus a bonus free sleeve.
Day 5 – Dec. 9
Save up to 70% on select Windows 10 tablets, now starting at a super-low $49.
Day 6 – Dec. 10
Windows Premium Collection devices will start at $499 with savings of up to $250.
Day 7 – Dec. 11
Get a $25 Microsoft Store gift code when you buy select Xbox controllers.
Day 8 – Dec. 12
Save $50 and get 2 free games with your purchase of select Xbox One consoles. Also get major savings on Xbox games and accessories.
Day 9 – Dec. 13
Buy an HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset and get a $100 Microsoft Store gift code.
Day 10 – Dec. 14
Save up to $1,000 on select gaming PCs starting at $799 including Alienware.
Day 11 – Dec. 15
Save up to 40% on select Dell PCs with prices starting at just $199.
Day 12 – Dec 16
Save up to $200 on select Surface Pro 4 models and get a free Type Cover, an up to $359 value.
Microsoft is also offering daily Doorbuster Specials at its stores including $19.99 for a JBL Flip 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (a saving of $50) plus savings on Fitbits, games and the Lumia 50 smartphone. The most impressive Doorbuster happens on Sunday, December 11, when select Xbox One consoles will be just $179, a saving of $120. That qualifies as one of the best deals of the season for the Xbox console.