Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Attention, Holiday Shoppers

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Attention, Holiday Shoppers

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The early shopper gets the popular holiday toys -- with less stress, effort and expense. Spare yourself the calls to every Toys "R" Us in North Jersey and the jacked-up online prices when stocks start to run low.

It's too soon for most of us, it's true, but the shelves are stocked now. Besides, Hanukkah starts the night before Thanksgiving, so is October really too early this year? Probably not.

Here are seven toys to get a jump on this holiday season. Some are no-brainers, like Big Hugs Elmo and Disney Infinity, which took spots on big-time hot holiday toys lists. A few on here, however, like the remote control Shellraiser and "Teen Beach Movie" dolls, didn't make the toy experts' cut but, trust us, will be a hit with the kids and probably tough to find if you put off shopping too long.

Big Hugs Elmo

Every year there's a new Elmo, but this is a standout among them. Big Hugs Elmo is soft and hugs your kid back when he is hugged. He also sings, dances, plays imagination games and has 50 sounds and phrases. When laid down, he sings a lullaby and makes sleeping sound effects.

Suggested retail price: $59.99

Recommended age: 18 months to 4

Disney Planes Wing Control Dusty Crophopper Remote Control Plane

First things first, Dusty doesn't fly. With your 4-year-old at the controls, that's probably a good thing. The propeller spins, and Dusty moves across the floor. He can do three moves on his own, but when the kids hold the remote wings in their hands, his moves will mimic theirs as they "fly" around the house. The toy has more than 40 sounds and phrases from the movie and speaks commands.

Suggested retail price: $39.99

Recommended age: 3 and up

Barbie

Digital Makeover

It is a parent's dream come true. Toss the messy play makeup and just download a free app and slip the iPad into this bit of inspiration. The Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror lets kids "apply" makeup by looking into the mirror, which will show the made-up children without any actual makeup getting on them or their clothes or the furniture. The technology even keeps the makeup on while the kid moves and favorite looks can be saved. …

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