While many parents are still picking up Halloween costumes and candy, a handful of stores have already released their hottest holiday toy lists for the year. But do these lists actually influence your toy shopping during Black Friday and beyond?
The Fabulous 15 for 2016
Every year Toys "R" Us creates an extensive hot toy list, which includes around 50 items. There's something for every kid's personality on the list. Toys "R" Us then takes things a step further, narrowing that list down to what it says will be the top 15 toys of the season. These are the Fabulous 15, and they're likely to top many kids' letters to Santa. They're also likely to be the hardest toys to find.
This year's picks include the Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck, Hatchimals, and the Sky Viper v2400 HD Streaming Drone, among other neat offerings. Click here to see the whole Fabulous 15 list and start putting together your Black Friday shopping strategies to ensure you don't miss out.
There's More Than One Hottest Toy List
While Toys "R" Us might be an authority on the subject of toys, other retailers offer their own must-have lists for inspiration-seeking parents. Amazon, Target, and Walmart have all released their own lists in the last month. As expected, there's some overlap across all the lists.
Readers, do you use store recommendations when creating your holiday toy shopping list? What do you think of this year's selections? Let us know in the comments below!