Look no further: It's Holiday Hot Dozen

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:44 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It’s that time of year again. Get out your list, head to stores and join the thousands of other holiday shoppers trying to find the perfect gift.

Shopping for multiple friends and relatives can be a nightmare if you don’t know what they’re interested in. Your preschool-age daughter won’t want the same thing as your college-age nephew.

To help calm your holiday stress, we have gathered some of the “hot” gifts for 2004.

Each year, Toy Wishes magazine releases the Holiday Hot Dozen, a list of the most wanted toys for the season. This year’s list was released Oct. 5.

  1. BALLOON LAGOON by Cra-nium (5 and older)
  3. BELLA DANCERELLA by Spin Master (3 to 8)
  4. BRATZ TOKYO-A-GO-GO DANCE ’N’ SKATE CLUB by MGA (3 and older)
  5. CABBAGE PATCH KIDS by Play Along (3 and older)
  6. E-L-M-O by Fisher-Price (18 months and older)
  7. INTERACTV by Fisher-Price (3 and older)
  8. MS. PAC-MAN TV GAMES by JAKKS (5 and older)
  9. NITRO BATTLERZ by Radical (8 years and older)
  10. TAMAGOTCHI CONNECTION by Bandai (8 to 14
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  12. VIDEONOW COLOR by Has-bro (6 years and older)
  13. VTECH V.SMILE by VTech (3 to 7)

Toy Wishes magazine has predicted the best-selling and most popular child gifts for the past five years.

Teenagers are often more difficult to shop for than young children. Popular gifts differ between genders, but teenage boys and girls rank money as their favorite holiday gift.

According to a study Harris Interactive conducted in 2002, 80 percent of girls and 67 percent of boys ranked money at the top of their wish lists.

Other gifts for teen girls include clothes, gift certificates, jewelry, and perfume. Gift ideas for teenage boys include CDs, DVDs, sports equipment and electronic games.

Anthony Zerban, product processing manager for Best Buy in Columbia, said the new Nintendo DS will be a popular gift for boys in high school and men in college.

The DS is different from other game consoles because it’s portable, has dual screens and allows players to use a touch screen and voice activation during games. Nintendo DS sells for about $150.

Zerban said that Apple’s iPod would be a big seller for those high-school age and older.

“iPods are big all the time but I’m sure we’ll see a large bump in sales during the holidays,” Zerban said.

The price for an iPod is $299 to $399.

Zerban also said digital cameras and DVDs have been popular gifts and will be favorites this year.

Unity Marketing found the best gifts for adults are things a person would not normally buy for him or herself, such as things of luxury.

Parents and working adults appreciate stress relieving gifts. Spa gift certificates and massage machines are popular.

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