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October 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Hurry! The ‘Thanksgivukkah’ rush may make hot toys hard to come by

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By Doreen Christensen / Sun Sentinel

Gobble tov! Hanukkah is just a month away, and Christmas is coming right up! Forget Halloween candy and costumes. The upcoming holidays qualify as a shopping emergency.

If you think I’ve lost my mind, don’t. It’s your sanity that may be on the line.

Toys are involved.

Thanksgivukkah, as Hanukkah is affectionately known this year, will be celebrated on Nov. 27. That’s just one day before Thanksgiving, which in turn will kick off Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season.

This year’s double holidays have Jewish mothers everywhere in a shvitz.

But don’t sweat it. Just shop, says Jodi Furman, a Palm Beach County, Fla., savings maven who celebrates Hanukkah.

“It’s not too soon, trust me. It’s never too early to shop for the holidays,” says Furman, who blogs about shopping deals on LiveFabuLESS.com. She shops year-round to get the best bargains.

Furman’s advice applies to both Hanukkah and Christmas, because early toy shopping for one will cause shortages for the other.

So plan now and make a mad grab for this year’s top toys, which include Furby Boom, Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster, Flutterbye Flying Fairy and Big Hugs Elmo, according to kid-approved Toys R Us and Walmart hot-toy lists.

“You won’t save much on the hottest toys closer to the holidays, so just buy them now and save the hassle and stress of running around to get that hard-to-find item,” Furman says.

Target, Walmart and Amazon.com have most in stock now. Get the kids to make an early list and figure out what color Furby they want.

“If you change your mind, or the kids change their minds, you can always return and rebuy if it’s listed at a cheaper price. Most stores have 90-day return policies,” Furman says.

Top-toys lists

The big retailers have released their lists for 2013’s  hot toys. Furby Boom ($52-$59), Big Hugs Elmo ($49) and the Flutterbye Flying Fairy Dolls ($28) made all the lists.

Walmart’s kid-approved picks were named after 1,000 children voted on their favorite toys. The list includes the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car ($50) and Zoomer Robot Dog ($80).

Toys R Us’ “Fabulous 15” includes the Crazy Cart ($360), Xbox One ($500) and FurReal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey Pet ($60).

Amazon.com lists the Crayola Marker Maker ($18) and, not surprisingly, the Kindle Fire HD (starting at $139).

Target’s top toys list includes the Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair Doll ($30) and the Hot Wheels Triple Track Twister ($32).

 

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