Another year, another holiday season where the hottest gifts are gone from stores before we’ve finished enjoying our last bite of Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you have a special child in your life you want to spoil just a little or a partner who is dying for that latest and greatest tech toy, there’s a short list of hot items that everyone is trying to get their hands on this year — and you don’t have to give up hope yet.
Sure, you’re seeing “sold out” notifications every time you click on a Hatchimals Egg. You’re probably even hearing discouraging tales about how some retailers or individual sellers have gotten a hold of a handful of these gifts and are selling them for triple the original price. Don’t let it get you down — these tips will help you score five of this year’s most in-demand gifts.
Hatchimals Surprise animals all share the same thing in common: they’re adorable, furry plush animals that enter your home in an egg. After the egg is nurtured and cared for, they actually hatch (it can take 25 to 40 minutes for this to happen), revealing the pet inside. You then raise the Hatchimal, teach it to talk, and give it love — as it grows from a baby to a toddler to a child. Hatchimals can be found on Amazon and at Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, Kmart, and SpinMaster. But there’s a slight catch: some Hatchimals are exclusive to certain store. So, for example, if your little one really wants the Deeriole or Ligull, Target is the only retailer that carries it. The Puppadee is a Toys R Us exclusive and Zuffin can only be found at Walmart.
L.O.L.! Surprise Collectible Dolls
After going through seven layers of surprises in which kids decode a secret message and get clues to their doll’s personality, they get to see their L.O.L. Surprise Doll and a water surprise and can then keep the ball to use as a bath, carrying case, or display case. You can find these adorable collectibles at Toys R Us, Best Buy, Target, Amazon, and The Toy Shop, which is a British site (international delivery charges vary).
Keeping in line with the theme of major adorableness this season, Fingerlings are interactive monkeys, unicorns, or sloths that wrap around your finger, bat their eyes, make sweet little noises, and pretty much become members of your family. The Fingerlings website is great because you can search by specific Fingerling to find out which retailers carry it — expect to see Toys R Us and Amazon pop up a lot. And, since there have been reports of fake Fingerlings being sold online, the brand adds a cautionary reminder to only buy Fingerlings from the Amazon seller name “Sold and shipped by Amazon.com. You can even find Fingerlings on eBay, but shop around — the retail price should be around $15 and some eBay sellers are asking for as much as $90.
Amazon Echo 2nd Generation
And now a gift for the adult who has everything and doesn’t realize how much better life will be with this Amazon Echo 2nd Generation in it. The Echo speaker connects to Alexa and can control your TV, order food for you, make phone calls, and play music with 360-degree omnidirectional audio that sounds crisp and clear. It’s an incredible improvement from the first generation Echo and plenty of gift recipients have it on their list. You can score the new Echo from Amazon and choose among seven shades, but you can also shop for it at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Target, and Best Buy.