Top Toys and Home Gift Predictions for 2013

Classic toys like LEGO and Barbie are still popular with children, but nontraditional items are finding a way onto children’s wish lists this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).  For the first time, iPads are among the most popular gifts for both girls and boys, with demand among young girls being slightly higher (girls #4, boys #13). Gift pile

Although consumers may spend slightly less on holiday gifts this year, parents will still find a way to check off items from their child’s wish list,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Early promotions and attractive holiday deals will put parents in a position to find their children the perfect gifts while still maintaining their budgets.”

According to NRF’s 2013 holiday consumer survey, 44.3% plan to buy toys as gifts this holiday season. Children are still asking for timeless items like Barbie and dolls (girls #1 and #2 respectively) or LEGO and toy cars (boys #1 and #3 respectively). And the younger generation is clearly more technologically savvy than ever, asking this year for tablets/​iPads, smartphones (girls #11) and game consoles like Xbox One (boys #5) and PlayStation 4 (girls #10, boys #6).

Other popular toys for girls include Monster High Dolls (#3), Disney Princess (#4) and American Girl (#5). The hot new item for boys this year is Skylanders (#7), a hugely popular interactive video game that allows kids to play with a toy action figure at the same time.

Timeless, classic toys will always resonate with children, but tablets and smartphones continue to steal more attention from today’s kids, leaving mom and dad with no option but to look for ways to get their children their own items — and leave theirs alone,” said Prosper’s Consumer Insights Director Pam Goodfellow.

2013 Top Toys for Boys

2. Video Games
3. Cars & Trucks (generic)
4. Hot Wheels
5. Xbox One
6. PlayStation 4
7. Skylanders
8. Remote Controlled Vehicles
9. Action Figures
10. Bicycle (T)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (T)

2013 Top Toys for Girls

1. Barbie
2. Dolls (generic)
3. Monster High Dolls
4. Disney Princesses (T)
Tablet/​Apple iPad  (T)
5. American Girl (T)
Lalaloopsy (T)
6. Furby
7. LEGO/​LEGO Friends
8. Elmo/​Big Hugs Elmo
9. Hello Kitty
10. My Little Pony (T)
PlayStation 4 (T)


According to The NPD Group, the top home-​product holiday gift for 2013 is coffeemakers, ranging from traditional drip machines to espresso makers and single-​serve pod machines. Second is food-​processing and blending solutions, with a focus on blender/​mixer/​chopper systems and countertop models. Third is juice extractors, related to the trend in juicing and its related health benefits.

These are followed by soda makers, slow cookers, popcorn makers, frozen treat makers, cast-​iron cookware, wine glass sets and throws.

Some items on this year’s home holiday shopping lists deliver warmth, and others make it cold,” said Debra Mednick, NPD executive director and home industry analyst. Some items are functional, and some are about the fun factor. Either way, the hottest home categories for the 2013 holiday season are designed to conveniently deliver comfort, improve health or bestow simple affordable pleasures.”

[Source:  "2013 Top Toys survey; 2013 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey."  Conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics/​National Retail Federation (NRF).  21 Nov. 2013.  Web.  22 Nov. 2013; Survey.  The NPD Group.  18 Nov. 2013.  Web.  22 Nov. 2013.