Last Minute Toy Ideas for Christmas

3:18 PM, Dec 22, 2010   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Waiting till the last minute to do your Christmas shopping can send you into a budget busting panic, especially if you have no idea what to buy. 11Alive's Ways to Save got some advice from a few toy experts on items that kids like but that won't put a lump of coal in your piggy bank.

Chris Byrne with Time to Play Magazine has spent 30 years researching and analyzing toys, and he gives a thumbs up to these Liv Dolls from Swingmaster. "The thing we like about these is they are beautiful dolls with glass eyes. And if your kid cuts the hair, off the wigs are completely interchangeable," he said. Liv Dolls are about $14.99.

For kids who like construction and tools, they can now hammer, saw and cut for real, not just pretend. It's called the Real Construction set and the secret's in the wood, which is not actually wood at all.

"It's actually foam just like wood. It's not frustrating for them to use. It won't cut your hands, a great way to be creative," he said. The set ranges in price $19.99 to $40. We found it for $19.99 at Target.

The Chuck and Friends Stunt Park from Hasbro is another one popular with smaller kids. For eight-year-old's The Toys Insider's Laurie Schatt likes the Rock Crawler remote controlled car. "

This is really meant to be like an off road vehicle," she said. The truck can climb over objects in it's way and you can take it four wheeling outdoors. We found it on Amazon for $39.99.

And where to shop last minute? This year for the first time, Toys "R" Us Stores will be open 24 hours through Christmas Eve when they close at 10 p.m. Most Walmart stores are open until midnight though different store hours vary. And on Christmas day, you've got the drugstores.

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