[Kelly’s Newspaper Column – Holiday Gift Trends]
My granddaughter just turned eight and she is into all things Descendants. Correction, Descendants 2. I have not yet seen the movies, but have bought her the merch and overpriced clothing for her birthday, and will do so again for Christmas. The premise of the Disney TV movies is the children, “the descendants,” of heroes like Beauty and the Beast and villains like Cruella DeVille, go to the same school now and the usual conflicts take place. This holiday season, Descendants items are hot buys.
In years past, my granddaughter has wanted ShopKins, Pokeman cards, and dolls that poop. I don’t remember much of what I wanted for Christmas as a kid, but I do remember various crazes that thankfully, I was never part of, as a child or a parent.
Who can forget the Cabbage Patch Kids craze? Or Tickle Me Elmo? Or Caboodles? Caboodles?! I don’t remember those, but apparently they were big in 1987 and then again in 2012 for the 25th anniversary. I had to look it up. A Caboodle is basically a plastic tackle box for makeup and jewelry. Maybe you’ll find one under the tree this year.
Perhaps you have gifted someone a Big Mouth Billy Bass. Or been on the receiving end. That is the kind of silly gift that can be passed along every year from home to home family to family. I might just start that tradition this year so siblings and cousins, you have been warned.
I used to joke that my holiday fashion wish list included leg warmers, gauchos, and a poncho. They all recently came back “in style” so I guess I better not be surprised if someone takes me seriously and decks me out. Maybe I’ll get a body suit that snaps in the crotch too.
How about you? Anything on your list? Do you prefer a Chia Pet or a Hatchimal? What about a Fingerlings Glitter Monkey? That sounds pretty risqué, but they sell ‘em at Toys R Us and are this season’s most wanted toy.
Some things have stood the test of time, like Baby Alive and My Little Pony. And have you noticed Smurfs have their own blue empire and Trolls their own multi-colored one? Transformers and LEGOs are now movie franchises too. Power Rangers are still kicking. As are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But what about jacks or a yo-yo? Who wants those?
Maybe this year I will get myself a Barbie Dreamhouse. Or a Teddy Ruxpin. Actually, Teddy kinda creeps me out. I am contemplating getting my husband the new Super Spirograph. I will use it too.
Some things don’t have staying power. Beanie Babies. Barney. Pong. Rubik’s Cube? But one thing never changes: some kooky items go viral every year and we cannot predict what will become the latest rage. What is on your must-get list – for yourself or those you buy for? If it’s a Barry Manilow album in the shape of his head, add me to your list!