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How To Get The Christmas Presents Kids Want

Updated on November 21, 2008

Every year there is one special Christmas present that all kids are asking for. Thousands of parents are all after the same gift and many times there is only a limited supply of certain toys, games, Nintendo Wii, digital cameras, ipods, cell phones, etc. Unless you shop online early for all of your presents, lots of times by the time you get to the store it has already been sold out. Well do not let that happen this year. Im going to share a family tradition that we use to get those must have gifts This always works and we do it every year.

Okay so the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. Tons of people, crowds, traffic, long lines and.... dont we just love it? Well if not you are going to have to get over it if you want to get those toys because this is THE DAY to get everything on your list for everyone. Here is how we do it.

The Game Plan

After Thanksgiving dinner we all get our sales papers from all the stores. Not just the ones that come in the regular newspapers either. Some of them you have to sign up to receive.

The kids spend the next hour or so going through all the sales papers marking the things that they want. Then they write it all down on paper and give it to the grownups. After we have gone over each kids list and decided which presents we need to be buying we make a list of what stores have them. Group them together and decide who will go where. Depending on the popularity of the gift or how hard we think it may be to get one that is the store we go to first. Well we are actually in two teams of 3. One team will hit Best Buy and the other will hit the toy store.

You absolutely have to be at these stores way before they open and before everyone else also. Last year my sister stayed the night in the Best Buy parking lot so she could be 1st in line to get a Nintendo Wii. They only had a handful per store and they handed out these little tickets to whoever was there first and after the tickets were gone that was it. Even after spending the night in the parking lot she was not 1st but 8th and did get one, but you can see how crazy it can get.

Okay back to the plan. You need to be in the parking lot outside the store waiting in line at 3:00 am. You will not be the only one there I promise. I know it sounds crazy but there are other people that are doing this same thing so it will be okay.

When you get in the store divide up into pairs. One group gets everything on the list from the toy section the other get everything on the list from the other parts of the store. Since there are always so many people it helps if you wear matching sweatshirts so you can find eachother. Wait in the line and go to the next store. You will need more than one car because after the 2nd store your car will be full. Instead of all of you having to go back and unload one person can do it and meet the others at the next store with another empty car.

The main thing is get there early, organize and everyone has a job at each store that they need to get done. If you do these things you are sure to get exactly whats on your kids list.

Current Must Have Toys

Here is a list of a few of the most requested gifts for Christmas 2008. these can currently be found on

  • Kindle: Amazon's Wireless Reading Device -$359
  • Wii - $283.33 and up
  • LEGO Mindstorms NXT -$249.99
  • Pleo Dinosaur: A UGOBE Life Form - $320.55
  • Transformers Movie Leader Optimum Prime - $70.69
  • Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera For Girls - from $179.99

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Other presents:

  • Elmo Live
  • Live Butterfly Garden
  • Wild Planet Hyper Dash
  • Playskool Busy Ball Popper

See more most wanted gifts and reviews


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      drgratton 9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Some great ideas here. Thanks so much. Sarah