By Jennifer Noll
Christmas shopping for the little ones used to be so simple! Sadly, teddy bears and baby-dolls don't always cut it nowadays. Don't fret just yet - here is a list of the 10 best Christmas gifts for Kids in 2010.
1. Tickle Me Elmo
The toy that started a mania in 1996 is still going strong. He has been updated and is still quite popular. He now responds to being tickled on his chin and toes, in addition to his tummy.
These plush little dolls sing when you squeeze their bellies. When you put a group together they work in unison to create songs. "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Skip to My Loo" are two songs in the Sing-A-Ma-Jig repertoire.
3. LEGO Harry Potter Sets
Chances are your child has either seen a Harry Potter movie or has read one of the books. LEGOS are a childhood staple, and when paired with Potter this is definitely earns a spot on the 10 Best Christmas Gifts for Kids in 2010 list.
4. Justin Bieber Singing Dolls
Has your child caught Bieber fever yet? If yes, then these dolls are the perfect Christmas gift. Each doll sings a 30-second clip of a featured song, and comes with a mini fan magazine.
5. Air Hogs Battling Havoc R/C Helicopters
Remote control cars are so last year. In 2010, try the Air Hogs Battling Havoc R/C Helicopters. Your child will be able to battle helicopters with friends and shoot them down from the sky. The set comes with two helicopters, two controllers, and two rechargeable LIPO batteries.
6. Vtech V. Reader Animated E-Book System
The E-Reader has become highly popular with adults in the past few years, and now it has made its way to children. Kids will learn core reading skills while playing interactive reading games. They can even download reward certificates for the stories they complete.
7. Kinect for Xbox 360
If you bought an Xbox in the past but wish you had gone with a motion gaming device like the Wii instead, you're in luck. Xbox has created Kinect, an add-on to the original Xbox that allows gamers to use their body as the controller!
8. Furreal Friends
Furreal Friends are not your average stuffed animal. They appear very lifelike, and can be purchased in styles such pandas, dogs, and monkeys. They make real animal noises and movements.
9. Step2 Fantasy Vanity
Every little girl wants to be just like Mom. This vanity is the perfect gift for a budding makeup or hair artist. It comes with a three-piece accessory set, which includes a hand mirror, brush and comb.
10. My Pillow Pets
The My Pillow Pets appear to be a regular plush toy, until you undo the strap underneath and they become a full-sized pillow. They are great for road trips. They also help reduce toy-clutter in the house, because your child will take their Pillow Pet everywhere with them!
Knowing what to buy your children for Christmas is not an easy task. The market is saturated with toys that claim to be the next big thing. Rest assured, with this list of the 10 best Christmas gift baskets for Kids in 2010, you can't go wrong.
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