An employee points to the touch pad for a customer to check out at a Toys"R"Us store during their Black Friday Sale in New York
November 28, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Christmas is fast approaching, with only a few days left before Dec 25, 2013. While a lot of people argue that Christmas is not just a time for giving gifts, it can't be denied that a huge part of it is still about shopping, wrapping presents and exchanging gifts. Since it's almost Christmastime, the mad rush of looking for gifts has already started. With there is a whole gamut of options for consumers out there, it can be quite confusing and a little hard to decide on what to give people, especially kids, these days. But don't fret because here is a helpful holiday 2013 gift guide featuring the top five toys for boys in 2013.
The National Retail Foundation (NRF) designed a survey called "NRF 2013 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey" to learn more about consumer habits, behavior and shopping trends which are related to the winter holidays. It was conducted for NRF by Prosper Insights and Analytics from Nov1 to 7, 2013. It observed the popular toys that are in demand in 2013. Below is a list of the NRF 2013 top five toys for boys.
Top 5 Toys for Boys in 2013:
The classic and colorful toy that stimulates children's imagination and creativity by allowing them to design and build just about anything they can think of using LEGO blocks is still a top favourite among boys. It can give endless hours of fun and can leave the boys occupied for a long time. Just be sure that these toys are given to kids in the appropriate age range recommended on the LEGO boxes because the little parts could be eaten by curious little ones. Check out LEGO's Top Sellers by clicking HERE. Or visit the LEGO Christmas Gift Shop (click HERE).
Sgt. Matt Krumwiede of the U.S. Army assembles a Lego set during occupational therapy at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas August 1, 2013. On June 12, 2012, Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan
when he stepped on an IED, which tore away both his legs, damaged his left arm, and ripped open his abdominal cavity. The 22-year-old has since undergone around 40 surgeries and is learning to walk with prosthetic legs. He is keen to re-join the infantry as soon as his injuries allow. U.S. troops have been in Afghanistan
since 2001. Thousands of Afghan elders gathered in Kabul on November 21, 2013 at a Loya Jirga, or grand council, to debate a crucial security pact with the United States, a day after Kabul and Washington reached a draft agreement laying out the terms under which U.S. troops may stay beyond 2014. Picture taken August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
2. Video Games
With the popularity of video games nowadays, it's not surprising that kids love them, especially boys. There are kid-friendly video games appropriate for children such as the well-known "Pokemon X and Y" from Nintendo and Game Freak. However, make sure to check the ratings of the video games because some of these have too much violence and graphic content, like "Grand Theft Auto 5" ("GTA 5"), which are too much for children of a certain age to handle. For Pokemon games, click HERE.
3. Cars and Trucks (Generic)
This list wouldn't be complete without the requisite cars and trucks which boys absolutely adore, even at a young age. There are lots of brands to choose from, so just pick out the ones which are made of non-toxic materials so that the children stay safe even while playing these toys.
4. Hot Wheels
An extremely famous brand of automobile toys that have various models and colors to choose from, but it could be a start of an expensive toy collection, so prepare for that possibility if you decide to get a Hot Wheels toy for your little boy. Click HERE for Hot Wheels toys.
5. Xbox One
Microsoft's popular game console beat out its competitors (Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Wii) to emerge as at among the top of the pack and the fifth among all other toys out there in 2013. It is the latest game console from Nintendo after its much loved predecessors, the Xbox and Xbox 360. Click HERE to see the Xbox One.
Other top toys for toys include PlayStation 4 (Top 6), Skylanders, (Top 7), Remote Controlled Vehicles (Top 8), Action Figures (Top 9), Bicycle and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (tied at the Top 10 spot).
A woman walks past a pile of XBOX One video game consoles at a Toys"R"Us store during their Black Friday Sale in New York
November 28, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Hopefully, this holiday 2013 gift guide featuring the top five toys for boys in 2013 will come in handy come Christmas shopping time. The little boys in your life will surely love you more for giving any of these gifts featured here. Don't forget to make a list and check it twice!
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