But smart moms and dads know that it pays to shop around. It could be that one or two of your child's picks can be found in -- a dollar store?
While browsing through Family Dollar's Christmas Toy Book, I was impressed by the brand names I saw there and even more impressed by the prices. Most of the toys in this online catalog were reasonably priced at $10 or $15, with some even less, some a little more and one item in the electronics section that was $30. Here's just a sampling of what I found:
Disney Princess Dolls by Mattel for $10 each
Playmates My Birthday Cinderella for $15
A Disney 30-piece tea set for $10
My Very Own Kitchen or My Very Own Vanity for $20 each
Sing and Hum Elmo for $15
Playskool Barrel of Monkeys, Form Fitters or Poundin' Nails for babies, $5 each
Soft baby dolls, $3 each
DVD books for ages 1-5, Winnie-The-Pooh or Thomas The Tank Engine, $8 each
Little Tikes cell phone for $5
Little Tikes CD Player or Jam 'N Play MP3 Player, $8
Hasbro Transformer Universe action figures for $5 each
Mattel Hot Wheels 5-pack, $5
Hot Wheels Full Function radio control car, $15
Hot Wheels Radical Roadway play set, $8
Kawasaki Electronic keyboard, guitar or drum, $20 each
GPX 1 GB MP3/Digital Audio Player, $20
And, for all of those battery-operated gizmos, Family Dollar has Eveready Gold batteries, an 8-pack of AA or AAA's for only $3.75 each.
For the full selection of kid-friendly goodies, check out Family Dollar's online flyer.
Marlene Alexander is a freelance writer and dollar store diva. She writes tips and ideas for decorating using only items from the dollar store.