A Christmas List

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Christmas may be months away, but the shopping list is already out.

Toy Insider has released their list of what it thinks will be the top toys of the 2011 holiday season. And topping that list is a dancing and singing Elmo and interactive Harry Potter game. A co-publisher with Toy Insider says the list takes some of the stress out of holiday shopping. She says they look for toys that will engage children and not end up at the bottom of the closet.

This year the biggest trend for toys is social interaction with parents and kids. Cell phone applications are also making their way under the Christmas tree. Toy Insider says the stuffed angry bird toys will be a popular gift. They are based off the characters in the widely played game.

Pop culture is another way for parents to please the kids. If the wizarding world of Harry Potter won’t impress them; consider Justin Bieber. His rockin tour and concert stage allows fans to pretend they are on tour with the teen idol. And to keep your post seasonal bills down, the toys on the list come at a variety of prices. Times are tough even for Santa.