Hot Holiday Gifts

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

November 24, 2005

Now that Thanksgiving is coming to a close, it's time to start planning for the next holiday. Here is a sample of what is hot and what's not this holiday season.

If you're shopping for children, start at the toy store, which can make anyone's imagination run wild.

That's why "Thomas the Tank Engine and characters like Elmo, Peter Rabbit, Raggedy Anne begin to take on life for the children," said Kai Rady of the toy store Shenanigans.

This year figurines are hot. Top ones are playmobil, which puts characters in different setting and Calico Critters, who are all different types of animal families.

"Little Animal figures used in a doll house type of play pattern. Very cute little detailed doll houses, or animal houses are very popular. Little boys like them too," said Rady.

Classic games will never go out, but neither will one toy you probably played with.

"We already sold out of blocks once this season and I virtually never have enough blocks," said Rady.

But how about for adults. What are the hot styles this season?

"This time of year we really tend to sell a lot of party dresses and party tops. The girls are getting cute little velvet jackets or embellished beaded sparkly sweaters to wear to parties," said Capi Applestein a buyer for Levy's.

Black is always in, but there's plenty of color.

"We're selling a lot of little sweaters to go over dresses and camisole tops and velvet jackets. We've sold a lot of little velvet dresses for dressy and casual," said Applestein.

These items won't be the only things flying off shelves for a busy season that starts very soon.

Although prior to Thanksgiving the Barracks Road Shopping Center parking lot was empty, that will not be the case after Turkey Day. Nicknamed 'Black Friday,' the Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year for retails stores.

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