Written by Buzz Bishop for Babble.com
What's on the Christmas wish list for kids this year? Nothing, it would seem.
Well, nothing in the sense that there is no "top toy" for 2013.
"There are no hot toys this year; there really aren't," said Gerrick Johnson, a toy industry analyst at BMO Capital Markets. "We don't have a Tickle Me Elmo or a Zhu Zhu Pet or a Cabbage Patch Kid -- nothing that is approaching phenomenon status."
"In the 12 years I've been covering toys, we've always had something selling for a premium on eBay," Johnson said, referring to the online auction site. "This is the first time we're not seeing that."
This is GOOD NEWS people! Our kids get to be individuals. There's no playground competition to keep up with the other kids and be the first to have the biggest and best, or feel left out because Mama couldn't get off work in time to get the last hot toy from the shelf.
This year, the kids want the classics.
"The nostalgia surrounding some of the oldest toys will never go away," said Kathy Grannis, a spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation. "A lot of kids are still growing up on traditional toys."