Holiday Toys Bring Holiday JoysMonday, January 10, 2005 By Era Dykhne
With the holidays rolling around, you may be wondering how to please everyone on your gift list; here are some ideas to put a smile on even the pickiest faces. Guys will love a copy of Halo 2, the sequel to one of the most phenomenal video games of all time. Or you can bring back the action of Spider Man 2 with the DVD packed with special features and behind the scenes footage. Girls can relive all the tears and laughter of Gilmore Girls with the complete second season DVD. Matching gloves and scarves are sure to please both giver and receiver since they are available in every color, style, and price range imaginable. Trendy watches, such as the one by Roxy, sold with interchangeable white, green, and pink leather bands are perfect stocking stuffers. The little, annoying brothers and sisters in your life will love singing and dancing E-L-M-O, the newer, hipper version of the beloved toy. This time, he sings his classic song “ELMO” to the tune of the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” If fuzzy red creatures aren’t your thing, you may prefer Leap Frog Learning Friends, Lily and Tad. The charming amphibians make learning fun with songs about counting and colors. The V. Smile Learning System is another hit with kids and parents. Kids love that they’re playing video games, and parents are thrilled that their children learn numbers, letters, and vocabulary at the same time. A brand new coffee press is sure to get brownie points from mom. Any brand is perfect for those who can’t start their day without a cup of Joe. Help mom relax after a stressful day of patrolling rowdy gifts with a Spa Gift Basket. Lockets with picture compartments never go out of style, since moms never tired of looking at their babies. Dad will love a copy of The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul by Phil Jackson, the personal account of one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time about the most difficult year of his career. Warm, fuzzy, shearing slippers will keep out the cold this winter season, and their prices vary to suit budgets big and small. Put dad in a good mood before you hand him your report card with the Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection 6 disk set DVD featuring five of the most beloved movies of the greatest comedy act in history. Finally, for those who feel it’s better to receive than to give, some of the best gifts this year are electronic. Apple i-Pods are tiny, sleek, and fabulous because they keep 10,000 of your favorite songs at your fingertips at all times. Camera phones are also great because they let you take and send pictures to all of your friends and family. Lastly, karaoke machines such as the Leadsinger LS-3000 All-In-One Karaoke Singer realize your dreams of being a rock star by letting you perform up to 300 songs.