Mommyish Gift Guide: Alternatives To This Year’s Sold Out Toys

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harry potter legos nightbusAll the kids I know make their Christmas and Hannukkah lists early. Children take note of those toy commercials right around Halloween and by the time December rolls around they have about five Christmas lists with stars, underlines, and hightlighted gifts that they would like you to relay to Santa ASAP.

But while Santa has his little elves on the assembly line to help with his orders, you often battle the toy stories alone — snatching up the season’s biggest gets so that your kid isn’t the only one on Christmas morning to wake up without a Tickle-Me Elmo or a Furby. But in case you arrive at the shelves to find this year’s hottest toys sold out, here are some alternatives that may pass your kid’s smell test.

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