Hottest Holiday Toys 2011

Now that Halloween is past, there is more talk of Christmas and holiday gifts as retailers, I am sure, are desperate this year to increase their profits.

I am already looking for holiday gifts and took at look at CNBC’s list of “Hot Holiday toys” to get some ideas. The list looked pretty much like updated versions of old toys such as the Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo that interacts with kids 18 months to 3 years old and recognizes which instrument they give him. Nerf is putting out a line of four new guns that shoot greater distances for kids 8-10 or so. The Nerf Vortex Praxis is said to be the least expensive of the bunch and seems kind of fun. Finally, there is the top toy of the CNBC list called My Keepon – Interactive Robot that is supposed to be exclusive to Toys ‘R Us but it seems to be on Amazon, at least when I looked and there were a few left. A couple of the comments at Amazon did not make this toy sound too good, however.

Anyway, the holiday season is always fun for kids and for adults who like toys. What were your favorites as a kid or now?