Top Christmas Gifts

Finding the perfect present for everyone on your list

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas shopping. Here's a brief look at some of the toys, games and electronics that we think we be the hot Christmas gifts in 2011.

Toys and Games

Silly Bandz

If you don't know what Silly Banz are, then you must not have a young child in your life. To put it mildly, kids go crazy for these rubber bands. Silly Bandz are colorful, animal-shaped rubber bands that can be worn and traded. When they're worn on your wrist, they look like a bracelet. When they are removed, the fun begins and they pop back into shape.

Zuh Zuh Pets

These battery-operated creatures offer all the fun of a live pet with none of the mess or responsibility. They can be hard to find around Christmastime, so it's not a bad idea to stock up earlier in the year. Zhu Zhu pets are relatively inexpensive, but don't forget that your child may also want some of the accessories, like the tunnel or the hamster wheel, that are associated with Zuh Zuh pets.

Settlers of Catan

Don't be surprised if Settlers of Catan is the must-have board game for Christmas 2011. In the game, you are in charge of a group of settlers on the remote island of Catan. Every game is different, as the board is dynamic and changes every game. You build settlements and trade with other players. This game is appropriate for children ages ten and up.

Thor, Captain America, X-Men, Green Lantern and Transformers Action Figures

Every year, there's a new superhero movie and, of course, a new line of tie-in toys. This year, the big movies are Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and the third installment of the Transformers series. You probably can't go wrong with action figures from any of these films.

Lego Ultimate Building Set

Lego never gets boring because there's no limit to what you can build with it. Every boy on the planet (and many of the girls) will love the chance to build whatever he can imagine, take apart his creation and build then build something new. The Lego Ultimate Building Set comes with 405 assorted pieces and is a great for starting point for children as young as four who are new to the world of Lego.

Pirates of the Caribbean Lego

If a box of assorted Lego isn't right for your child, perhaps he or she would prefer to receive a Pirates of the Caribbean Lego set based on the popular movies of the same name. This Lego theme is new in 2011 and has many different sets, including Cannibal Island, the Black Pearl and the Fountain of Youth.

Electronics

Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is the world's first 3D handheld gaming system. It features new technology that creates a three-dimensional gaming experience without requiring the user to wear glasses. If you child has the old Nintendo 3DS, he or she will likely be thrilled to get the newest version.

iPad 2

The first iPad set the bar for all other tablet computers and became one of the hottest Christmas gifts. The iPad 2 will likely follow in the footsteps of its predecessor. Great for reading books, playing games or surfing the Web, the iPad 2 is a great Christmas gift for boys, girls, men and women of all ages.

iPhone 5

Every year, Apple unveils a new iPhone. Every year, the device becomes a very hot ticket around the holidays. If your giftee already has an iPhone, or if the phone is out of your price range, remember that you could always give the gift of iPhone accessories. There are many great iPhone cases and headphones that make great gifts.

Beats by Dr. Dre

Speaking of headphones, why not give the gift of the hottest headphones on the market? Endorsed by rap star Dr. Dre, these headphones are stylish and provide great sound. They are a huge upgrade over the cheap earbuds that come with most electronic music players and they make a wonderful Christmas gift.

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