Psssst, Santa! Target's top toys for 2013 holiday season


Yeah, we know the stores are still full of Halloween costumes and treats. But before the orange-and-black has made way for the Christmas red-and-green (or the blue-and-silver for Hanukkah) Target has put together a list of the 33 top toys for the season. The Associated Press story about it is getting furious play by news outlets across the country. You can see Target's complete list here.

Included in the top picks from the Minneapolis-based retailer are Sesame Street's Big Hugs Elmo, a mechanical version of the Sesame Street favorite who gives hugs and sings songs; Hasbro's robotic Furby Boom; a Target exclusive Mattel Monster High Power Ghouls doll; and SpinMaster's Flutterbye Flying Fairy, a doll that can flutter on air.

This is the first year Target included electronics, video games and sporting goods to its top toy list. Several are Target exclusives, including the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Disney Princess Bundle, a tablet for kids.

It will be no accident if a child you know begs for the toys on Target's list. They are among the playthings that will be the most heavily advertised in the retail run-up to December.

Last week the Business Insider reported that rival Walmart predicts its strongest holiday season on record.

"I'm excited about the holiday season and I expect this to be the best year ever," Walmart U.S. Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Duncan Mac Naughton said at the company's annual meeting with investors and anlaysts.

The nation's largest retailer expects demand for high tech toys, especially tablets, will drive sales. In Walmart's newly launched layaway program, four out of the top five items in layaway are tablets, including the iPad, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy and Google Nexus. so far this year.

A CNBC report from earlier this month said that the National Retail Federation predicted holiday sales would rise 3.9 percent, to $602.1 billion. The estimate was slightly higher than last year's 3.5 percent growth and the 10-year average holiday sales growth.

Next Up

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota changes vaccine appointment process, here's what to know

Walz also announced plans for a mass vaccination event at Xcel Energy Center.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 25

The latest figures from MDH have been released.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota health leaders say state's vaccine progress better than figures suggest

Minnesota is lagging behind national vaccination rates, but MDH leaders say this is because it's holding 2nd doses in reserve.

target store

Target announces bonuses ranging from $500-$2,000 for 375,000 workers

The bonuses are being provided following a booming holiday sales season.

dale olsen go fund me

Curling community rallies behind man who was shot in Minneapolis

Dale Olsen was shot in an apparent attempted robbery.


Willmar man's coworkers fundraise to help family after he was fatally shot

David Delfosse was working in his garage when he was killed by an errant bullet.

Governor Tim Walz

Governor Walz to announce 'sweeping' education plan Monday

The governor will address Minnesota at 2 p.m. Monday.

sun country

Sun Country adds 9 more flights out of MSP Airport

The new additions include large cities and popular outdoor destinations.

Zach Parise

Ghosts of Wild's past force split with Sharks

Brent Burns and Ryan Donato thwarted a comeback attempt by the Wild.