If you're unsure what to buy for those little kids in your life, Walmart has a useful tool. When perusing the site's toy section, you can actually browse by age group.
My over-seas cousin is 12, and I had no idea what to get her, but Walmart's guide really helped. After all, what do I know what a 12 year old wants? Their wants change monthly, and what they consider "cool" can change from one day to the next.
After selecting age group, choose between "New Toys," "Customers' Top Rated," "Shop by Price," and "Shop by Brand." At the very top of the page, Walmart offers their person "Top Picks."
The tween girl into gadgets who dreams of fashion will go crazy for Designer's World Runway Success Plug n' Play TV Game. Secretly, I even want it!
The objective is to "turn rags into riches" in the world of high fashion on your TV. Players get to become designers, choosing everything from fabric to color to the models who wear their outfits. Then, just like Project Runway, the fashions are judged... but in the game, they're evaluated in fashion shows in the style capitals of Paris, New York, Tokyo and Milan. "Turn your clothes sense and business know-how into a fashion empire that wins you fortune and fame!"
If my cousin didn't live overseas, I'd just snatch the game back and play it myself if she didn't appreciate it. But at $29.94, you can't really go wrong.
One of the top rated was the Disney Princess Mix Max Flowers 3 Digital Music Player. The hot pink gadget ($88.72) plays up to 6 hours of video or holds 240 songs. It's recommended to the 8-14 set and is a good kid-friendly (and wallet-friendly) iPod alternative.
The best find? The Mint colored Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Electric Euro-Style Scooter! For under $200, your kids could be looking Euro chic traveling 10 miles on a single charge.
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