As we head into the holiday season toy retailers are gearing up with advertisements designed to convince kids to beg and parents to buy. In years past we've seen Furby fever, Tickle-Me Elmo panic and Cabbage Patch Kids chaos. Are you susceptible to going to the ends of the earth to find the hottest "must have" toy for your child?
Here's what Parent Soup members had to say about holiday toy fads:
• When my boys were little and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were all the rage, I was at the toy store at 6am the day after Thanksgiving waiting to get one! They liked it at the time, but it ended up in the garage sale a couple years later.
• I buy what I think my kids will like and use. I do confess to having in my possession one PlayStation 2, but I didn't sleep on a sidewalk waiting for a store to open, I didn't wait in any line at all and I didn't pay $1,000 on eBay. No kid needs any toy or gadget bad enough for a parent to go through that.
• Three years ago I bought my son a Tickle-Me Elmo as his one and only Christmas present. I had no idea when I bought it that it was that year's hot item. I don't make a point of buying them. Most of the toys that are "hot" are the kind that will soon be forgotten. Tickle-Me Elmo was among a bunch of toys I donated to a shelter a couple weeks ago - he'd been in the bottom of the toy-box for more than a year.
• If the "hot" item is on the list, I'll do my best to find it. I have gone to pretty extreme lengths in the past. I got the Canadian Beanie Baby from a teacher whose brother lived in Canada and got Furby from Wisconsin. The worst was paying $65 for a Holiday Barbie about four years ago, but it was the only thing my daughter asked for. I figure there is nothing wrong with getting them what they want if you can.
Whether you're scouring the mall for an AIBO robot dog (AI for Artificial Intelligence and BO for robot) or a PlayStation2 this holiday season, be sure to get started shopping early or you may find yourself empty-handed on the big day.