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Old 01-27-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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I work with a local charitable organization, and each Christmas we put on a large event where parents in need can 'shop' for their 3-10 yr-old children from a selection of toys we have purchased.
Some members of our group of volunteers don't have their own children, or don't have children in the age ranges they are buying for, and we'd love firsthand advice from parents about what toys your kids really loved receiving on Christmas (or their birthdays, for that matter).
Our budget is approximately $20 per toy. Parents choose one toy, so it should have some 'wow factor' since there's a chance it's the main gift their child will receive that year.
If you can post some examples of 'hot' toys in this price range (with the corresponding age and gender), we'd greatly appreciate it!
FYI our categories are as follows:
Boys 3-5 yrs old
Girls 3-5
Boys 6-8
Girls 6-8
Boys 9-10
Girls 9-10
Feel free to be as specific as possible to help our shoppers! Thanks a lot! I thought I'd post this now since we try to shop while there are sales going on to get more bang for our buck.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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My three year old son LOVES lego duplo blocks. They are a bit larger than regular Legos and come in a box. I believe a large box of them is about $30 at Walmart or Target. I am sure they go on sale as well. Good luck! This is a wonderful thing you are doing.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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My 5 year old son loves the Mouse Trap game that Santa brought him for Christmas. He plays it every night after dinner. He also likes his Hot Wheels track and slot-car racing track.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Legos. My son is 4 and loves regular Legos. Great for imagination and hand eye coordination.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: NC
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my son is 4 and loves

legos and duplos (the bigger legos)
his favorite toy is the imaginext space shuttle and launch station thing (i paid $40 at target just before xmas, ive seen it for $30 at walmart, and i bet it goes cheaper on sale sometimes)
nerf gun (LOL)
whac a mole game (need to buy batteries to go with it, i dont think it came with them)
anything toy story
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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may not have the "wow" factor of everyone, but will have the "wow" factor to someone:

Baseball glove
Bat
Football
Soccer ball
Shin guards
etc...

I'd hate that a child couldn't play a sport they love because mom n dad couldn't afford the gear.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:17 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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In the three to five category I'' agree with the legos type toys and add that both DS and DD enjoyed anything from the Fisher Price Little People series of toys.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Webkinz are still very popular with the 4+ kids, both boys and girls. One tip, I shop for a similar group, and Webkinz are so popular, you find them at all the thrift stores in great condition. I buy them for 20 to 40 cents each. You can buy bikes in great shape in most thrift stores too. Just an idea.
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:06 PM
 
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Wow, awesome ideas! Thanks so much everyone!
Keep 'em coming - they are really helpful!
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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I also meant to ask about Legos for older boys (9-10) - seems like we typically buy Lego Bionicles for them, but are those popular and/or "big" enough? They are a physically small package and don't seem to 'sell' quickly.
How about RC cars/trucks for boys that age? Too young for them?
Is Backugan (sp?) too young?
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