The Sad Tale Of The Christmas Without A Hot Toy

You can put your pepper spray away because this year there's no toy deemed hot enough to trample fellow shoppers over. Heavily promoted items like Angry Birds toys and Lalaoopsy dolls haven't really caught on, and retailers like Target and Walmart are stocking less merchandise. They're also relying more on classic toys so they won't have to sell off shelves upon shelves of Furbys come January. This may be a sign of the nation's economic troubles, but on the plus side kids' expectations are low, so you can just slap a bow on that Monopoly game tucked in the closet or give your child the cardboard tube she really wants.