During the weeks leading up to Christmas and the Holidays, the department stores, stores, and most all retail locations are filled with shoppers. And, december 25th the nearer you can, the more robust will be the crowds. Even online shopping is setting up new information for monies being spent for gifts. For children, of year presents a huge opportunity for their parents and other family and friends to spend money this time around, for all types of toys especially.

And there are thousands to choose from both the stores and online. Costs can rise for households, especially for parents with underage children, as reported by Yahoo Finance this month. 271 per child in Christmas gifts. 500 per child. While this is just an average, American family members will surely spend an astronomical amount of money on Christmas presents.

Larger family members with several children may have to work even harder to avoid the vacation spending hangover. While this excess would elsewhere be better placed, such as parents creating strong financial futures for his or her families, these warnings often fall on deaf ears. Christmas spending has taken a dramatic increase in recent years and shows no signs of slowing. This year’s worst toy was the Laugh & Learn Apptivity Monkey from Fisher-Price.

This toy, a stuffed monkey that holds an Apple digital device, is promoted for children 6 to 3 years of age. Two other contenders for the TOADY honor, TheO Ball and Put Me in the Story application also utilized cell phones or cellular phone apps. Other top five contenders included LEGO’s Butterfly Beauty Shop and the 7-11 Slurpee Machine. THE WONDER Shop stimulates young ladies to “get primped and quite and also have some serious salon fun”.

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CCFC felt that this toy marketed condescending stereotypes. Concerns about the 7-11 Slurpee Machine centered on children creating sweet treats that may lead to weight problems or diabetes. On the other side of the gold coin were Good Housekeeping’s Best Toy Awards 2012 and Parenting Magazine’s Best New Toys of 2012. In selecting their toys, Good Housekeeping considered the ones that incorporated “creativity, skill-building, problem-solving, and strategy”. One hundred thirty-five different toys were “tested” by 140 children in laboratory and home settings to determine the 24 playthings that made their best list.

Editors from Parenting Magazine selected their best toys after attending the American International Toy Fair in New York. Toy security is paramount, when you are spending a huge selection of dollars through the Vacations especially. With new product recalls almost daily, choosing safe and healthy toys can be a daunting task. Before you buy, double check that the toy you’re considering meets safe shopping guidelines.