2012 Gift Guide for Toys and Games

2012 Gift Guide for Toys and Games

It’s nearing the holiday season once again, and finding the right gift for the younger people in your life can be much more difficult than buying for the adults. Trends change so quickly when it comes to kids and finding the right gift can suddenly go from fun and exciting to a downright chore. Here at DealShout.com, we want to help alleviate that burden. We’ve put together a simple and easy to follow guide to this holiday season’s best toys and games. Simply read through our list and click on anything you find of interest and we’ll show you how to get the best price on it right away. So, without further ado, allow us to present the 2012 Gift Guide for Toys and Games…

Top 10 Toys and Games

The following is the top 10 best-selling toys and games products for the 2012 holiday season. Each of these toys and games is available from a wide variety of stores and is extremely popular among children of all ages. In addition, we’ve added a brief description of each product to help you determine if it’s right for you. For a look at some additional products besides those listed below, check out our toys and games product archive.

  1. Furby (2012)Furby (2012) – Your remember 1998, it was the year the first Furby was released and there was somewhat of a panic as parents rushed to get their hands on the little furry robotic creature. Well, those days are back again as the folks at Hasbro have created an entirely new and updated version of the Furby that is going to be an absolute hit this holiday season. Not only have the robotics improved by leaps and bounds, but these things are almost as intelligent as some actual humans. They come in a bunch of different colors and are recommended for children age 6 years and up.
  2. LeapFrog LeapPad2 ExplorerLeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer – If you’re a fan of more educational products and technology, than you absolutely can’t miss with the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer. Like an iPad for children, this device has hundreds of educational based games, books, apps, and tools that help your little one get a jump start on learning and early childhood development. The LeapPad 2 is very powerful and can run a ton of really fun and exciting applications. It comes in two colors, green and pink, and is recommended for kids age 3 years and up.
  3. Crayola Light DesignerCrayola Light Designer – With this artistic product, you can let your creative side run wild. This is a rotating 3D light canvas that allows you to draw incredible images without ever needing to make any kind of mess. It all happens with the help of a light pen and the sky is the limit on the number of amazing designs you can come up with. The Crayola Light Designer is recommended for children age 6 and up.
  4. Just Dance 4Just Dance 4 – Just Dance 4 is a sequel to the highly popular Just Dance 3 title that was released in 2011. In this version, you get a whole new set of music tracks and you must mimic the moves you see on screen as closely as possible to score points. It is designed for use by all ages but it requires a motion sensing accessory for your chosen platform. Just Dance 4 is compatible with the Xbox 360 (with Kinect Sensor), Playstation 3 (with the Move Motion Controller), Nintendo WiiU, and the Nintendo Wii (with the WiiMote Plus Controller).
  5. FIJIT Friends YippitsFIJIT Friends Yippits – Like the Furby mentioned earlier, the FIJIT Friends Yippits are an amazing leap forward in the world of animatronic companions. These amazing little friends can do a hundred different things and their personalities are entirely shaped by the way you interact with them. In fact, each Yippit is completely different and the sky is the limit when it comes to the number of different ways you’ll figure out to interact with it. The FIJIT Friends Yippits come in a wide variety of colors and personalities and are recommended for children aged 6 and up.
  6. LEGO Ninjago Epic Dragon Battle (9450)LEGO Ninjago Epic Dragon Battle (9450) – The Ninjago series has been on of the biggest success in recent years and the folks at LEGO have brought together a great set of Ninjago projects that will have any fan salivating at the potential. This particular kit is the Epic Dragon Battle model but there are also many others like the Destiny’s Bounty and the Ultra Sonic Raider. Each of these is both an exciting build and creates a fully functioning toy that can be used later on for fun and adventure. Truly, you can never go wrong with LEGO. This particular model is designed for kids ages 8 and up. For even more lego, check out our comprehensive LEGO section.
  7. Monster High – High School PlaysetMonster High – High School Playset – If they person you’re shopping for is a fan of the collectable Monster High series of toys, than the Monster High – High School Playset could just be the perfect addition to their collection. This is a fully functional play environment designed for use with the Monster High toys. Inside, you get all of the aspects of a real high school with the monster twist the series is so famous for. This set is designed for kids aged 3 years and up.
  8. Dance Central 3Dance Central 3 – If you picked up a Microsoft Kinect Sensor, than undoubtedly you’ll have a ton of fun playing Dance Central 3. This follow-up to the previous two Dance Central titles packs even more top notch hits and dance moves into an already packed game. Dance Central 3 is designed for play by all ages and is a ton of fun for all family members. It is compatible with the Xbox 360 console with a Kinect Sensor accessory.
  9. The Amazing Motorized Web Shooting Spider-Man FigureThe Amazing Motorized Web Shooting Spider-Man Figure – If the person you’re shopping for is a fan of the Spider-Man series of movies, comics, or television shows, than this is the ultimate action figure for them. This incredibly cool large-sized figure is able to shoot his patented web shooters out of both hands which allows him to skillfully take out super-villains of all kinds. The Amazing Motorized Web Shooting Spider-Man Figure is designed for use by kids age 4 and up.
  10. Melissa & Doug Learn-To-Play PianoMelissa & Doug Learn-To-Play Piano – When it comes to toys, sometimes the best ones are the ones that are educational as well. The Melissa & Doug Learn-To-Play Piano not only is a great little musical instrument for kids, but it also is color coordinated and comes equipped with a whole suite of songs that your little one can match to the colors in order to learn how to play. It’s a great place to begin for any aspiring musicians. The Melissa & Doug Learn-To-Play Piano is designed for us by kids age 3 years and up.

Additional Don’t Miss Toys and Games…

The above list represents the top 10 toys and games titles, but don’t miss out on some of these other great options…


When it comes to gift giving, you really can’t go wrong with LEGO. We are tracking prices on dozens of popular LEGO sets that are suitable for a wide range of ages. For a full list of all the LEGO at DealShout, check out our LEGO section.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Console Bundles

If you’re looking to add an Xbox to your home theater this year or you know someone it would make a perfect gift for, this is the best year to get one. All Xbox 360 console bundles are at extremely low prices for the holidays and they all come equipped with games and accessories to make your purchase that much more of a bargain. The following is a list of some of the Xbox 360 console bundles currently available. Just click on the one that most interests you for a listing of cheapest retail options.

We hope this guide has helped you make a decision when it comes to gift shopping for that gamer in your life. For more ideas on non-gaming related gifts, don’t miss our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.

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November 1, 2012

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