By Lisa Witherspoon of The Golden Spoons

As a rule of thumb, we try really hard to NOT to blog too much about December Holidays until after Thanksgiving, but being a part of online social media … we are feeling the pressure. So, when Lisa compiled this blog I knew we couldn’t delay. Some of you are already out shopping. Some of you are already DONE shopping. And some of you have relatives breathing down your neck asking for ideas to buy your kids! (Or is that just my relatives??) Anyway, we felt like we owed it to you all to run this list now so you can be prepared. And for those of you who aren’t ready to think about the holidays, don’t worry – we will link back to this blog through other gift idea blogs and on Facebook in December! Also, Lisa will be showing these toys on Fox 8 Morning news on November 12th, so tune in! Thanks again to Lisa for this amazing list. Enjoy! ~Rachel

Did you know that major retailers publish their popular Christmas toy predictions in September?! As I was doing research to compile this list of popular Christmas toys, I visited the following websites: Walmart, Squidoo,Target, Toys R Us, and Kmart. Unlike last year, most of these sites had very similar lists. In fact, the first six on my list made the list on at least four of the five sites I visited.

(Due to copyright infringement issues, I have not included pictures of the items, but I have linked to manufacturer or retail sites where you can view the items along with more detailed descriptions. Prices listed were according to retailers at the time of this post and may vary depending on retailer of choice and date of purchase.)

1. Furby Boom – the Furby experienced a resurgence of popularity last year. The Furby Boom is “a whole new generation of Furby critters.” Interacting with your Furby Boom shapes its personality. Now, there is even an app you can download in which you can take care of your Furby, translate Furbish, and hatch virtual Furblings. (The app is compatible with iOS 5.0 or later.) (Recommended for ages 6 and up; $59.00)

2. Big Hugs Elmo – Give Elmo a hug, and he will hug you back! He also sings, talks, and plays games with your child. (Recommended for ages 15 months-4 years; $49.00)

3. Doc McStuffins Get Better Check Up Center – This toy doctor’s office comes with a toy Lambie, pretend medical equipment, and stickers so your child can be just like Doc McStuffins! (This item is made by Just Play and is available at Target, Kmart, ToysRUs, and Walmart) (Recommended for ages 3 and up; $79.99)

4. Flutterbye Flying Fairies – Little girls will love these fairies that actually fly through the air! Launch them from their stand and then guide their flight by simply putting your hand under them. (Recommended for ages 5 and up; $29.99)

5. Zoomer the Robot Dog – Zoomer is your child’s newest pet! He can wag his tail, do tricks, and respond when you call his name. There is a free app you can download to learn how to train him, too! (Recommended for ages 5 and up; $79.99)

6. FurReal Friends Cuddles the Giggling Pet Monkey – Cuddles responds when you play with her by giggling and making monkey sounds. Kids can feed her with her banana bottle and change her diaper. At bedtime, rock her and she will fall asleep! (Recommended for ages 4 and up; $59.00)

7. Sofia the First Royal Talking Enchanted Vanity – Sofia is Disney’s newest princess and she is wildly popular with little girls. This vanity plays six princess lessons. It also includes beauty accessories and a jewelry box. (Recommended for ages 3 and up; $79.99) {There are also Sofia dolls, dress up clothes, and other toys that might be great alternatives!}

8. LeapPad Ultra – The latest version of this toy comes with 11 pre-installed apps and hundreds more are available. It also has built in Wi-Fi capabilities, camera, and video recorder. (Recommended for ages 4-9; $150.00)

9. Legos – Legend of the Chima – I have girls, so I am not too familiar with these, but apparently most boys are! There several different Legends of Chima Lego sets ranging in difficulty, age level and price.

10. Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster – Now, girls can be just like Catniss with this Nerf Bow that comes with 5 darts. (Recommended for ages 8 and up; $19.99)

Honorable mentions:

Crayola Marker Maker – Kids can mix different colors of ink to create their own marker colors! (Recommended for ages 6 and up; $19.99-$27.99)

Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror – Your iPad becomes a mirror on this digital vanity. Kids can apply virtual makeup and watch as facial tracking technology transforms their faces in the “mirror.” (Recommended for ages 10 and up; $69.99-79.99)

Barbie Dream House – This classic continues to make the list. Girls love this three-story doll house for Barbie and friends! (Recommended for ages 3 and up; $159.00)

Disney Planes Remote Control Dusty – Your little guy can use the infrared remote control to drive Dusty in all directions. **Don’t be fooled – this toy DOES NOT FLY! (Recommended for ages 4 and up; $34.99)

What do you think?? WiIl any of these toys be on your son or daughter’s list?? Got any other “must-haves” to add?