Every fall, the larger retailers always release their list of the Top Hot Holiday Toys. Kids tend to flock towards the items on these lists. These lists are the ultimate way to advertise to children.
While parents and family members want to get the things their kids want, there are obstacles that come up. That doesn’t mean you won’t get the item you want, you just have to know how to play the game.
Check out this year’s hottest holiday toys:
- Target Top Toys List 2016
- Walmart’s Hot Toy List 2016
- Amazon’s Holiday Toy List 2016
- Toys R Us Hot Toy List 2016
1. Shop early. The items on these list are getting the most exposure. This increases the demand. If you know your child wants something on a hot toy list and you find it in stock, buy it. It doesn’t matter that it is more than 2 months before the holidays. If you don’t buy it now, you may not find it again.=
Don’t wait for a sale. Retailers know which items will draw in the most sales. There is no reason for them to lower the price to increase the incentive for purchase. That means most of the items on these lists will not go on sale this year. If you try to wait for a price drop, you will more than likely miss out on even getting them.
3. Redirect your kids. While some of the items look incredible, sit down with your kids and find out what they really would like. Something might appeal to them only because they have seen it advertised. But, is that something they actually want. Will they still be playing with in a few months?
4. Don’t show it to your kids. When these ads arrive in the mail, throw them away. If your child can not see it, they will have no reason to ask you to buy it for them.
5. Split the cost. If something it a bit out of your budget, ask a family member to share the cost with you. Buying one larger toy can actually be more cost effective than getting two or three smaller items.
6. Limit your shopping. This year, try a different gift giving tactic. For instance, give the Five Gifts rule a try. This is where you purchase five total gifts for your child. These include:
1) A book to read
2) An item they need
3) Something to wear
4) A toy they wantS
5) Something to share
Create your holiday list and budget and do not allow temptation to sway you to spend more.
7. Have a backup plan. Even if you have the budget set to be able to grab that hot toy, you might not be able to find it. The most popular items sell out quickly. Don’t go crazy trying to find something in stock. Create a backup plan. Ask your children for different ideas. That way, when you can’t find one toy, you can still give them something they want.
The holidays are not just about the gifts. Sure, we want to give our children what they want. However, we need to keep our sanity (and our finances) in check.