Saturday, November 19, 2011

2011 Gift Guides: Gifts for kids 15 and under

Compiling this list, was like taking a trip down memory lane, many of the toys that are popular this year are based on franchises and properties from the 1980's and 90's. Some of the top toys this season include such blasts from the past as the Thundercats, Power Rangers and Cabbage Patch Kids. Other toys are completely new such as the Justin Bieber Keyboard Guitar, or any of the Dora the Explorer toys. Some of the top toys are listed below.

10. Legos. A classic toy that can provide hundreds of hours of fun. Specialized sets based on Star Wars, Pirates of the Carribbean and many other multi-media franchises are available. Just beware the potential of stepping on some of the small pieces if the kids don't clean up every one when they are done.

9. Barbie. Another classic toy, Barbie and her friends now come with hundred's of variations and accessories, some that even the boys can play with.

8. Squinkies. Squinkies are a new toy, based on an old model. They are similar to the Mighty Max and Polly Pocket toys from the mid 1990's, but with a new take in that they are miniature toys based on versions of other things, such as Marvel Comic's heroes like Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. The toys can be bought as individual miniatures or in conjunction with larger play sets.

7. Pillow Pets. These can be used as pillows, or folded up and with a small piece of velcrow played with like any other stuffed toy. The official Pillow Pet line includes such plush items as Thomas the Tank Engine and Spongebob Squarepants. There are other knock-off brands that include other properties with the same concept.

6. Rockboard 2-in-1 Adjustable Self Propel Scooter. One of the cooler new toys on the market this works much like a traditional scooter at times, but at other times the rider can flip a switch and ride along on electric power.

5. Spy Net Stealth Video Glasses. Sunglasses with a built in video camera over the bridge of the nose. People will never suspect they are being recorded as you built evidence to make your case. The camera holds up to 20 minutes of video, or roughly 2,000 still photos.

4. Justin Bieber Tour Bus and Concert Stage. This or any other Justin Bieber toy is a good gift for the musical person, or the person that is just a fan of his music or acting careers.

3. Hot Wheels Race Track Sets. Fun for both boys and girls, there are hundreds of different sets to choose from. They can provide hours and hours of fun.

2. Kinect for the Xbox 360. For the kid that already has an Xbox gaming system, this is the the perfect add on for added gaming experience. The Kinect puts the player into the game, giving the system the ability to track the user's real life movements and put them on screen.

1. Playstation Pocket (PSP). A hand held gaming system that is as powerful as home based consoles from five years or so ago, games for the system can be bought for any age range. The PSP officially came out in 2005 itself but is continually receiving tweeks and updates to its software.


  1. My brother and step-sister actually got a PSP each recently, under $100 each. I got games for them for Christmas