Each fall, Toys R Us puts out its "Hot Toys" list, predicting which toys will be, well, hot. Kmart (SHLD) does the same with its "Fab 15" list. And last week, Walmart (WMT) put out its own prediction list, which was partly determined through the input of actual children. To help out harried parents, we're gone through them all and picked out a few of the likely hottest of the hot.
All three retailers are offering free layaway this season, so if you think your kids will want anything here, considering putting it on layaway now. Even if you don't need layaway to afford the toys, it's still a good way of hiding the gifts until you get closer to the big day. And for those who will be buying Chanukah gifts, it isn't even all that early to be getting a jump on your shopping. Thanks to the oscillations of the lunar calendar, the first candles of the holiday will be lit the evening before Thanksgiving this year. That's only 10 weeks away.
Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.